Is. 17:1-14; 14:24-32
Israel/Ephraim had allied themselves with idolatrous Syria against Judah. Isaiah stated that Syria’s capital city, Damascus would cease from being a city and would become a ruinous heap. Ephraim would also be carried away as a harvester reaps his grain. However, as gleanings from grain, grape and olive harvests are left, so would a remnant of Israel remain in the land.
God used evil people such as Assyria and Philistia to serve His purposes in punishing His children for their sins. That, however, did not prevent Him from punishing those same evil persons for their sins also.
The prophet Isaiah stated God’s intention to, “break the Assyrian in My land…tread him underfoot…”
Philistia also would face the same wrath of God for their wickedness. “…All you of Philistia are dissolved; For smoke will come from the north, And no one will be alone in his appointed times.”