II Kin. 15:8-26
During a period while the prophets, Jonah, Amos, Hosea and Isaiah prophesied, Jeroboam II, Zechariah, Shallum, Menahem, Pekahiah and Pekah reigned as kings in Israel. Jeroboam’s reign ended and Pekah’s reign began during the last fifteen years of that time. All of those kings were displeasing to God because they continued in the sins of the first Jeroboam of Israel.
Zechariah succeeded his father, Jeroboam and served only six months before being assassinated by Shallum. His death fulfilled the promise that God had made to his great-great grandfather, Jehu that his sons would only serve to the fourth generation.
The tumult continued to build as Shallum was himself assassinated by Menahem after only a month on the throne. Assyria was becoming stronger and more powerful after a period of weakness that had occurred during the reign of Israel’s King Jeroboam II. Menahem paid King Pul of Assyria a thousand talents of silver to keep him from attacking Israel. That was only a temporary relief from the prophesied disaster predicted by God’s prophets.
After Menahem’s death, his son, Pekahiah became king of Israel. He also continued in the evil ways of his predecessors. Assassination seemed to be the rule during that era. Pekahiah was king for only two years before being killed by Pekah.