Micah was a prophet in Judah (the southern kingdom) from 731 to 701 B.C. and was a contemporary of Isaiah (our next prophet).
Isaiah quotes Micah in Isaiah 2:2-4
Micah quotes Isaiah in Micah 4:1-3.
Like Hosea and Amos, both Micah and Isaiah spoke about the destruction of Samaria (Israel’s capital city) and the end of the northern kingdom; but unlike their predecessors, Micah and Isaiah lived to witness the fall of Israel to Assyria in 722 B.C. and the subsequent deportation of their northern cousins.
Judah was overrun by Assyrian troops in 701 B.C. and might have suffered the same fate as its northern neighbor but Jerusalem itself was not taken. Judah was let off the hook by paying tribute to Assyria and losing part of its territory to the Philistines.
Assyria would continue to dominate the ancient Near East for more than a century before being eclipsed by the Babylonian Empire.
Judah’s judgment was delayed, at least in part, because of the spiritual reforms instituted by King Hezekiah. This godly king accepted prophetic critique and was greatly used by the Lord (2 Chron 29:1-31:30).
Hezekiah’s reign explicitly demonstrates God’s willingness to refrain from judgment when His people repent.
This is the core purpose of prophecy.
Judah limped along for another 100 years or so (after Hezekiah’s reign) before God’s warnings through Micah fully materialized.
In 586 B.C. Jerusalem fell and the Judeans (“Jews”) were deported to Babylon.
Though rejected by his original audience, Micah’s prophecies became a source of hope for the exiles living on the receiving end of God’s judgment. If Micah’s prophecies of judgment were reliable, so were his prophecies of restoration.
So what has God been dealing with you about?
If your answer is “Nothing,” you haven’t been paying attention (1 John 1:8-10). Is it possible you’ve ignored the voice that’s trying to guide you into God’s blessings?
You can save yourself a lot of heartache if you’ll learn to listen closely, repent of your sins, and turn to Christ in faith.
Both Israel & Judah would tell you … SOONER is BETTER than LATER.