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.
THERE IS a chapter in the Book of Isaiah that is so clearly about the suffering servant, the Messiah, that rabbis have tended to avoid it for centuries.
This week, we discuss the prayer of Hezekiah for deliverance from the army of Assyria, God’s miraculous reply, and the prophecy of Isaiah 53 so powerful that it has essentially been blackballed in modern Judaism.
Click here for comments on Isaiah 53 by respected rabbis through history and a list of New Testament references to Isaiah’s prophecy.
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.