Isa 7:17 “The LORD will bring on you, your people, and your ancestor’s family a time unlike any since Ephraim broke away from Judah. He will bring the king of Assyria.
Notes : After assuring Ahaz about the invasion of Israel and Syria against Judah then the LORD warns him that he would be endangered from another direction.
at a time like any since Ephraim broke away from Judah. That is, the separation of the 10 tribes from Judah and Benjamin.
Pekah and Rezin returned the following year with more forces and beseiged Jerusalem. This happened due to the continued wickedness of Ahaz. 2 Chron 28:1-5
2Ch 28:1 Ahaz was 20 years old when he began to rule. He ruled for 26 years in Jerusalem. He didn’t do what the LORD considered right, as his ancestor David had done.
2Ch 28:2 He followed the example of the kings of Israel and even made metal idols for worshipping other gods-the Baals.
2Ch 28:3 He burned sacrifices in the valley of Ben Hinnom and sacrificed his son by burning him alive, one of the disgusting things done by the nations that the LORD had forced out of the Israelites’ way.
2Ch 28:4 He offered sacrifices and burned incense as an offering at the illegal worship sites, which were on hills and under every large tree.
2Ch 28:5 So the LORD his God handed him over to the king of Aram, who defeated him, captured many prisoners, and brought them to Damascus. He also handed him over to the king of Israel, who decisively defeated him.
They killed 120,00 in Judah in one day because they had forsaken Jehovah and served the Baals. (Zichri, a valiant man of Ephraim. killed Maaseiah, the son of Ahaz.)
Pekah took 200,00 captive. He proposed to take them to Samaria the Capital of Ephraim but was prevented by the prophet Oded. They fed and clothed them then returned them to Jericho and they left.
Assyria responded to Ahaz’s call for help when he stripped the gold from the temple of the LORD and sent it to the King of Assyria. 2 Chron 28:20
God knows how to punish a wicked nation in His own way. – All Nations are under His control.