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Regarding Israel: Remember King Hezekiah

Updated: Jan 12


By Robert Anthony

Jan 5th 2023


The extreme and irrational reactions by the nations throughout the world against Israel, a nation defending itself from a brutal terrorist act, prove that this is more than simply politics as usual. 


The only rational conclusion, there must be an actual and tangible, spiritual battle raging around this tiny and young nation -  just as the Bible predicted over and again throughout its prophets.  It’s amazing to consider, such a small and lightly populated nation could bring the nations to the brink of World War 3! 

 

Look at the facts: North Korea just launched a succession of artillery at the South, Serbia is about to restore their draft for war with Kosovo, Azerbaijan and Armenia as still very close to full-scale conventional war, the Muslim’s are slaughtering innocents in Nigeria, worse yet, the Muslim’s in Sudan just slaughtered thousands in small villages in out of the way places, China and India are still in a hot-border dispute, India and Pakistan have a long running border dispute, Syria still has a civil war, Turkey just attacked thousands of Kurds in Syria and Iraq, there’s Chinese provocations in the South China Sea and China just told President Biden to his face that they will take back Taiwan this year!  Iranian proxies are attacking US bases almost daily, Yemen (one of Iran’s proxies) is attacking ships near their nation, Lebanon is almost in civil war, etc. Then, of course, we won’t forget Russia has invaded Ukraine, without any sign of repenting in their assault.  And every day, another Muslim nation or militia makes political and/or military advances against the tiny nation of Israel!

 

The Bible foretells that in the last days, Israel will be the epicenter of many of these global events, as if to say, “All Eyes will be on Israel!”  It’s amazing to consider that of all these conflicts, the world’s attention is in fact fixated on Israel, even today!  As terrible as the conflicts have been over the past couple decades, no conflict has brought the world into such strife and division as this current situation in Israel has.  The winnowing fork, as clearly prophesied throughout the Bible, remains God’s Chosen, Israel.


 

As Israel continues to be revealed as God’s land of holy-prominence and eternal heritage, let the nations take note and even be warned.  Students of war should take the time to study Israel’s infamous defense in the 6-day war in 1967 and the Yom Kippur victory they had while defending themselves, quite outnumbered in 1973.  The outright miracles that God did for Israel throughout those wars, delivering them, should make any enemy of Israel think long and hard before attempting to “wipe them from off the face of the earth”.   Any nation throughout antiquity who attempted such a feat has been totally and utterly removed from the world.


One story in particular I have enjoyed over the years involves Israel during the reign of King Hezekiah.  (You might enjoy reading the story for yourselves. The Prophet Isaiah, who lived this story with the king, testifies of all that happened in his book, chapters 36 and 37.)  In short, the Assyrian king, who had just absolutely demolished the ten tribes to the north (some estimate as many as 20 million of the ten tribes were slaughtered by those Assyrians), marched on to Jerusalem with 185,000 troops and their army had never lost a battle!  King Hezekiah was well aware of all of these facts as he watched the Assyrians surround the walls of Jerusalem with men, weapons and machines of war.  Wisely, the king sought the Lord God and with the prophet Isaiah. 


Before God, Hezekiah agreed to turn all of Jerusalem and Judah back to Him and back to His commandments. The king practically begged Isaiah to plead with the Lord insomuch that God would deliver them from certain destruction!?

 

Isaiah sought the Lord and returned to the king with His response, chapter 37, verse 33-35, “[The king of the Assyrians] shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shields, nor cast a bank against it.  By the way that he came, by the same he shall return… For I will defend this city to save it for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake.”  But understand the odds against Israel - their army couldn’t have been much more than 20,000 and how few of them were actually men of war!?  As history records, the Assyrian army had just destroyed Judah’s walled and well-fortified city of Lachish!  There was absolutely nothing stopping them from taking Jerusalem, until the Lord said, “I will defend my City, Jerusalem!”

 

And modern archeology testifies to the perfect accuracy of the whole Biblical record. Here is an article we wrote on the subject with a great video presentation:

 


 

What happened to Assyria?  Why did they disappear from history?  Why was Babylon able to take over their entire kingdom?  A kingdom-empire that was undefeated for decades, if not centuries!  What the Lord did for Jerusalem and King Hezekiah so completely demolished the Assyrian empire, soon after they were forgotten from the chronicles of history!  Read about the great miracle that the Lord did for His chosen people, chapter 37, verse 36, “Then the angel of the Lord went forth, and smote [killed] in the camp of the Assyrians 185,000: and when they arose in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.”

 

The king of the Assyrians woke up and saw his entire army slaughtered in the middle of the night! Can you imagine the shock and awe as the Assyrian king returned, devastated to Nineveh!? Certainly, and as modern archeology confirms, it would not be long until a competitor nation would come and overthrow the whole of Assyria, to reign in their stead.  Babylon came to power on the heels of God’s great overthrow, certainly they learned the Assyrians were defenseless, completely devoid of their award-winning army!  After Babylon, Assyria’s capital city Nineveh was buried under the sand and forgotten in time.

 

There is another story, I personally rather enjoy wherein God fought for Israel, without them having to lift a single sword, spear or bow!  Read 2 Chronicles 14:9-15.  A Million Ethiopians came against King Asa and the armies of Jerusalem. But Asa called upon the Lord His God for help - and the Lord heard His prayer and showed up in great force!  Verse 12 says, “The Lord smote [killed] the Ethiopians before Asa, and before Judah; and the Ethiopians fled.”  Did God in fact wipe out a million-man army for His people!?  Whatever God did, the Ethiopians were slaughtered and ran away afraid from the Lord and His host, back into Africa.  And then the Jews of Judah spoiled their lands greatly, and took back to Jerusalem incredible amounts of wealth and riches! Such a victory!

 

These stories and others: Joshua and Jericho, Moses and Pharaoh, David and Goliath, etc. these should serve as a warning to the enemies of God and His Israel.  The Bible foretells that God will bring the armies of the nations in the end to "the valley of decision" and there the Son of Man will come, riding upon a white horse with the armies of heaven following after Him! And there will be a great victory as the Lord sets up His kingdom on the earth, to rule and reign for a thousand years!  If some are having a difficult time with the reality of the Living God, I encourage everyone to look at the archeological finds [Click Here to see several articles about the archeology], including Nineveh, proving the authenticity and perfect accuracy of the Bible!

 

In conclusion I would say, “Be warned all you nations, “For he that touches [Israel] touches the apple of [God’s] eye”!!  And “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God!” (Zechariah 2:8 and Hebrews 10:31). And God has declared, “Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm… (Psalm 105)”

 

Wisdom and prudence say,

Let the nations reconsider their advance, posture and/or assault against what is God’s.

That they might live…. And find the blessing…

Amen.




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