THE DESTRUCTION of Assyria and the prophetic implications of its destruction are the focus of this week’s study.
Although the Assyrians had been used by God to punish the northern kingdom, Israel, for its apostasy, He saved Judah and Jerusalem through miraculous intervention. We discuss Hezekiah and his fall into destructive pride, the sin and repentance of Manasseh, and the brief reign of Manasseh’s son Amon, who obviously didn’t learn a thing from his father’s mistakes.
Then we analyze the prophecy of Nahum against the Assyrian capital of Nineveh and find surprising connections between Assyria and the kingdom that destroyed it, Babylon.
THE SCENE shifts from Isaiah’s prophecies of imminent invasion by Assyria to looking ahead to the Medo-Persian conquest of Babylon. At the heart of it all is God’s plan to restore the fortunes of His people, Israel.
We discuss the courtroom setting of these chapters, the divine council implications, and how God uses prophecy to establish the truth of His word.
GOD CAN deliver us in the face of overwhelming odds. We discuss two examples of this from the book of Isaiah this week–the miraculous healing of Hezekiah, marked by the backwards movement of the sundial’s shadow, and the deliverance of Jerusalem from the unstoppable might of the Assyrian army.
We didn’t discuss this, but you might be interested in Chuck Missler’s article “The Long Night of Sennacherib.” Chuck speculates that a near pass-by of the planet Mars might have been responsible for the sun’s regression.