"the Jewish seers had denounced judgments and ruin on their country"

Despite its status as the Promised Land, the coming destruction of Israel is the main message God has his prophets deliver. Warning that its inhabitants will lapse into sin whilst continuing to hypocritically maintain they are God’s chosen, Micah proclaims that Zion will be mowed flat (3:12). Daniel, meanwhile, prophesies that if the Israelites do not turn their back on sin, then their capital, Jerusalem, will be destroyed by the prince’s soldiers and swallowed up by a great flood (9:26). 

Destruction of Jerusalem (1850)
Public DomainDestruction of Jerusalem (1850) - Credit: David Roberts