Ancient Assyria & Our 2016 Election

The mighty Assyrian Empire dominated the biblical world from the 9th to the 7th centuries B.C.  They were most dominant from  725 to 635.  Interestingly enough between 800 and 745 B.C. they were led by less aggressive Kings. Jonah, the reluctant prophet, came to Nineveh, the capital of Assyria, during this period–some time between 785 and 775 B.C.  This was not Billy Graham saying, “Thus saith the Lord;” rather Jonah’s message was, “Repent, and I hope you don’t.”

In a miracle that exceeds that of the Great Fish that swallowed Jonah, the Ninevites listened and repented.  They were granted an extension of power until they fell to the Babylonians in 612 B.C.  This angered Jonah a great deal, but it is one of the most fascinating stories of the Old Testament.

The Assyrian and the other great Mesopotamian Empires threatened the small state of Palestine.  Most of the Kings of Israel and Judah were evil men.  But occasionally there was a Godly King like Hezekiah who reigned over Judah from 715-686 B.C.  Into Hezekiah’s world came King Sennacherib who ruled Assyria from 705-681 B.C.  The King and People of Judah were quaking at the size and strength of the Assyrian Army.  But Hezekiah was a man of God and knew where to go for help.  In one of the great prayers in all the Bible (II Kings 19:15-19) Hezekiah calls upon God for deliverance.  And God heard and answered in a miraculous way.

In II Kings 19:35-36 we read that an angel of the Lord passed through the Assyrian camp and killed 185,000 troops. So Sennacherib, King of Assyria, departed for Nineveh, never to return to Jerusalem.  In 681 B.C. he was in the temple worshiping his god, Nisroch and his sons Adrammelech and Sharezer struck him down with a sword and fled. Their brother, Esarhaddon, then reigned over the Assyrian Empire.

What might we learn from this fascinating biblical account?  To begin with, like Assyria after the death of Sennacherib, we are a declining power.  We face major threats from Russia, China, Iran and terrorists from all over the Middle East.  Rather than fighting this we have a President in Barack Obama who fears standing up to enemies which simply emboldens our foes.  Rather than isolating terrorists who wish to come here from the Middle East, Obama is welcoming unvetted Syrian refugees.  Some may be fine but there are almost bound to be ISIS agents among them.  Hillary Clinton wishes to follow Obama’s lead and even to increase their number.  In fact, in recently released speeches to Wall Street, she is calling for a North America without borders.

In short, our nation is threatened from abroad and at home.  Abraham Lincoln said that if we lose our freedom it will be by way of home grown despots.  Such is what we face with the Democrat nominee and with the 44th President. Donald Trump is all that stands in the way of a Hillary Presidency.  So what are too many Republicans doing in face of this? Calling for Trump to step aside at the 11th hour.  Why?  Because of some lewd comments made over a decade ago.

I wonder how many of these gutless GOP leaders called for Bill Clinton to step down over Monica and his abuse of other women.   Clinton was impeached but all knew he would not be convicted.  Give it to the Democrats–they do stand with their own come what may.  And how many Republican leaders stand with Trump in the face of Benghazi, lies about classified e-mails, and a private server which put Americans everywhere at risk?  Far too few GOP leaders are for Donald Trump.  It seems not to matter that he knows how to create an atmosphere for more jobs, that he is right on the Supreme Court and in his call to rebuild our crumbling military.

There is another lesson from King Hezekiah, Judah and Assyria.  Hezekiah knew where to go for help.  Do we?  Our coins say, “In God We Trust.”  Do we trust Him?  In the face of long odds and desertion by his Party,  will we pray for deliverance from God Almighty.  Donald Trump was not our first choice but he alone stands between us and the disaster of a follower of Barack taking over and bringing her in name only husband along with her.

On October 27, 1964 Ronald Reagan delivered his “A Time for Choosing” speech.  It was life changing for a nation in need following Lyndon Johnson and Jimmy Carter.  Two years later Reagan was Governor of CA and sixteen years later a great President at a time our nation was also in decline following the disaster of Jimmy Carter.  Among the things Ronald Reagan said were “Nothing lasts longer than a temporary government program,” and “Man is not free unless government is limited.”

Are you praying for our nation as Hezekiah prayed for his?  The human race remains largely the same as it was 2900 years ago when Assyria was the mightiest Empire of the day.   Assyria is long gone but Judah remains in the state of modern Israel.  Why?  Because they turned to God as His Chosen.  Will we do the same as His Second Chosen?  I hope so.

Eutychus

 

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