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The Faith of a Nation
It is of little doubt that
The Jewish nation at that juncture of
history found itself opposed to the most formidable foe the world had ever known. The
Assyrian people, through mass destruction, had put together the first true empire in world
history. Other cultures, such as the Egyptians, Akakadians, Cretans, Babylonians, and
Hittites, had set out on conquests of their own, but none were able to affect more than
just areas in their own locality. They were empires dominating particular areas of the
It was a nation who served the god Asur
acquired from the Babylonians. Asur originally Asit, "the leader" in war, who in
The worship of this god was associated
with the city of
The words of Tiglath-pileser I (c. 1076
BC) illustrates how this warrior-god filled the hearts of the Assyrian people with visions
of world conquest. "With the help of Asur, my lord, I gathered my chariots and my
troops. I looked not behind me.
Except for a temporary faltering in the eighth century BC., the relentless force of the loot-hungry kings continued relentlessly until most of the Orient was subdued.
It was in the second Assyrian Empire,
though, that the true strength of this nation's military might came to bear its awesome
influence on the world. Tiglath-pileser IV (745-727 BC) was the one who made
Originally built by Nimrod himself,
For centuries the city remained without
a wall in an era when walls were the main means of protection for any metropolis. This
shows the confidence of these antagonistic aggressors who knew they were safe in the power
of their own might. It was the antagonist of Hezekiah, Sennacherib who finally constructed
a defensive structure around
The infamous King Sennacherib did not
have the military skill or the administrative abilities of his father Sargon (722-705
BC.). Sargon had captured
Sargon's son, Sennacherib did not lack
for a zeal for cruelty towards his enemies. His reign was aggravated by constant revolt in
Then he set his wrath towards the chosen people of God. In 701 BC Sennacherib assumed his campaign against Hezekiah of Judah.
The Assyrians were not at a deficiency
for the devices of conquest such as the one waged against the children of
As the walls crumbled before their mighty hand, the nations became easy prey for their vigilant cavalry, infantry, bowmen, mounted archers, slingers, and corps of charioteers. Up until this time, kingdoms had employed militias to defend their boarders. But the Assyrians established a permanent, professional army composed of all of their nation's men. This grand machine was the first to employ the use of iron weapons in such a grand scale that no realm was a match before their unshakable resolve.
Sennacherib had outfitted his mighty
horsemen with a coat of mail, affording protection as they charged relentlessly upon their
foes. They had trodden over every adversary with such malevolent ferocity that entire
civilizations were castigated in their mighty hands. To defray the mass of chariots that
opposed them, a new type of cavalry was devised. Equipped with their superior weapons this
body of fighting men would initiate quick thrusts through the enemy ranks with the same
ferocity of the Nazi tanks in WWII, scattering enemy ranks into unorganized groups that
were easily surrounded and destroyed. For the first time,
Upon learning that their dreaded legions
were in their vicinity, many city states would send out emissaries, not to negotiate, but
rather offer their unconditional surrender in hopes of receiving mercy from the captors.
For the most part, these hopes were in vain. The vast majority of
Archaeologists have uncovered the ruins
These give a rather complete account of
his conquests including his capture and destruction of
Numbering the Palestinian cities he had
captured in that campaign the walls declare that Sennachrib had shut up Hezekiah
"like a caged bird" as he sought to lay siege on the city of
Hezekiah received the letter from the
messengers and read it. Then he went up to the temple of the Lord and spread it out before
the Lord. And Hezekiah prayed to the Lord: "O Lord, God of
"It is true, O Lord, that the Assyrian Kings have laid waste these nations and their lands. They have thrown their gods into the fire and destroyed them, for they were not gods but only wood and stone, fashioned by men's hands. Now, O Lord our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all kingdoms on earth may know that You alone, O Lord, are God." (II Kings 19:14-19 niv)
But Isaiah son of Amoz sent a message to
the king asserting, "Therefore this is what the Lord says concerning the king of
That night the angel of the Lord went
out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp. When the
people got up the next morning - there were all the dead bodies! So Sennacherib king of
The pride of the conqueror did not allow
him to record the same details of his defeat that are enumerate for us in the Bible. This
humiliating experience would not display well amongst his proclamations of self-worship
and boastings concerning his many victories. It is interesting though, that in digging
through the ancient ruins of this arrogant king archaeologists have yet to find one
mention of this despot ever capturing the city of
One day, he was worshipping in the
temple of his god Nisroch, his son Adrammelech and Sharezer cut him down with the sword,
and they escaped to the
This account of the demise of Sennacherib was confirmed and supplemented in the archeological findings of a large cylinder discovered in Esarhaddon's palace. Where was Sennacherib's god when the sword was plummeting down upon him? This untrustworthy deity certainly could not claim the reality that the Living God whom Hezekiah put his trust in!
Fortunately for our nation at the time,
Abraham Lincoln turned his attention to He who is capable of rescuing those he calls His
The young Calvin is dwarfed by his father who is reclined in his chair as he leisurely was enjoying another good book. With pencil in ear and notes in hand, the youngster asserts, "Here's the latest poll on your performance as dad. Your approval rating is very low, I'm afraid."
Not appearing to be annoyed by this interruption, dad replies, "That's because there's not necessarily any connection between what's good and what's popular. I do what's right, not what gets approval."
With his eyebrows bearing down, Calvin walks away in disgust, "You'll never keep the job with that attitude."
Now back into his book, "If someone else offers to do it, let me know."
* * *
The ferocity of the people of
In August of 1993 a Baptist minister,
the Reverend Lumpkin, was fired from
Later though, before a talk-show audience, Lumpkin asserted that he believed everything in the Bible. When asked if he agreed with a passage in Leviticus that deems execution for male homosexuals, he responded, "That's what is says. . . That's what God says. . .That's what the Bible says. . ."
Contending that his statements were taken out of context and that he did not advocate violence against homosexuals was not enough to save the reverend. The mayor's spokesman related, "Prior to Friday, the mayor said he would defend (Rev. Lumpkin) up to the Supreme Court. The mayor does not have a litmus test of religious beliefs for anyone. . . as long as he would vigorously support laws against discrimination and hate crimes.
"But Reverend Lumpkin chose to make his religious beliefs part of the political process. The mayor said he could not justify someone being on the Human Rights Commission who justifies violence, whether bases on biblical passages or otherwise."
Yet the preacher promised he would continue to preach the "eternal values and divine will" as written in the Bible.
In another instance in
The Scientific American informed Forrest Mims that their offer to allow him to write a regular column in their magazine would be rescinded on account on his Christian views on creation.
Dr. Dean Kenyon was told he was no
longer capable of teaching a biology course at
Two newspaper reporters were fired by
Thomas and Linda Mintonye have been sued by homosexual activists for refusing to put one of their licentious ads on a billboard they own.
The list goes on-and-on. The cost can be very high to uphold a commitment to righteousness. It could involve rejection and separation, things that few are willing these days to endure.
Unfortunately the environment that we are living in today is filled with too many people who would rather flee to "Tarshish" than to face the consequences incurred by the one who proclaims outspoken declarations against sin. As a result we are now left with a substantial amount of the body of Christ who has found itself in darkness, devoured by the likes of Jonah's great fish.
The calamity that befell the heathen sailors, who were transporting Jonah to his chosen destination chosen in accordance with his own rebellion, was a result of the prophet's own disobedience. (Jonah 1:3-16)
Likewise our nation today is infected with all sorts of ills due to the failings of the church concerning its obedience to Christ. Long before our society fell into the gross iniquity that we are witnessing today, the Church set itself on a course of modernism to deny the Word of God. Could it be the world is casting the Church overboard because of its unfaithfulness? If the church had been true to its calling would it now be on the outside looking in?
When the news reached the king of
It is humiliating in the face of
The ancient Assyrians neither knew God,
nor were His people. So greatly were they feared and hated during those days, that it is
no wonder that Jonah was angry when God withheld his wrath on
No doubt though, the Assyrians had heard
of the fame of the Lord of Israel that had spread throughout the
This act of repentance by a dissolute
nation surpasses the self-righteousness of our own
It was years after its repentance in the face of the words of Jonah (who was one of the earlier prophets who lived during the reign of Jeroboam II king of Israel - II Kings 14:25), that Assyria turned its heart to evil, and resolved to wage war on God during the time of Hezekiah. It is a fearful thing when those who once recognized God turn away from the truth that was once established with them.
The son of Sennacherib, Esar-haddon,
seemed to have all the attributes of an administrator and a general that his evil father
lacked. It was under his reign that the second Assyrian Empire grew to the pinnacle of
power and strength.
But it was during the generation of his
son Assur-bani-pal (626 BC.), the last of the great Assyrian rulers, that extravagant
luxury entered the royal court. He was a great patron of learning, building a tremendous
Included in his art collection is a
relief scene showing him reclining in the palace gardens eating dinner with his queen.
Attendants are standing behind them fanning the air as musicians entertain the couple
resting under the shade of the tree. Amidst the tranquility though, the king stares at the
severed head of an enemy chieftain dangling from a tree branch. This reveals the
inhumanity of the era. This is not much different from a wealthy
The ferocity of the Assyrian rule
continued relentlessly while the king reeled in excess. Twice
The violence of the times was summed up
in the words of a Syrian ruler who declared, "The
But the hollow triumphs of this wicked nation could not avert the inescapable justice of God. The time had come to put the iniquity to an abrupt end.
It was a nation of great learning and
culture unsurpassed in its time. But no matter how advanced, rich and learned it becomes;
a culture cannot continue to exist in the sight of the Lord if it denies His holy word.
But it was the prophet Nahum, who lived
in the time of this ancient and evil king, who proclaimed God's wisdom to those who had
become so wise in their own eyes. He pronounced the final judgment that was to come upon
the wicked city of
The successors of Ashur-bani-pal's were
not able to hold the Empire as time passed, and the struggles to build and maintain it
However, by the seventh century BC the burden of the mass misery became unbearable as defiance reared its dissident head. Therefore, when the Chaldeans and Medes from the South challenged the authority in revolt, nation after nation joined them in the onslaught.
Even during Assur-bani-pal's rule, a
revolt suddenly broke out headed up by his brother, Sama-sum-ukin, the Viceroy of Babylon.
For a while the situation was in doubt as
Then the Assyrian army made its way to
When the Cimmerians plummeted their might upon the empire shortly thereafter, the weakened Assyrians were in no condition to resist. Within a dozen years after the reign of Ashur-bani-pal, the mighty empire collapsed - as prophesied to the king by Naham, prophet of the Lord God most high.
Indeed archaeologists have discovered
that the ancient and rebellious city of
It was in 606 BC that Sin-sar-iskum, the
last monarch of
The fury of the oppressed people towards their oppressors can be weighed by the treatment melted out on the capitol and symbol of Assyrian strength. To merely capture and sack the city was not enough to appease its assailants. Building by building and stone by stone the once mighty metropolis was plucked to pieces until not even a charred skeleton lingered as a reminder. Even the ground was slashed and churned up to the incantations of the pronouncement calling for the gods to curse it for eternity.
In light of the great sin that surrounds
us today, one is left in awe in reading the components of God's judgment against this
corrupt civilization. The Lord has given a command concerning you,
"Woe to the city of blood, full of lies, full of plunder, never without victims! . . Many casualties, piles of dead, bodies without number, people stumbling over the corpses - all because the wanton lust of a harlot, alluring, the mistress of sorceries, who enslaved nations by her prostitution, and peoples by her witchcraft.
"I am against you,"
declares the Lord Almighty. "I will lift your skirts over your face. I will show the
nations your nakedness and the kingdoms your shame. I will pelt you with filth, I will
treat you with contempt and make you a spectacle. All who see you will flee from you and
So now our nation stands before the Lord
in its nakedness awaiting His appraisal. Our unborn children lay dead in numbers that are
becoming uncountable; fallen victims of the harlotry of people who have chosen the company
of sexual immorality and decadence.
"Nothing can heal your wound;
your injury is fatal. Everyone who hears the news about you claps his hands at your fall,
for who has not felt your endless cruelty?" (Naham niv) Is the situation in
There is a considerable amount of debate
even amongst the body of Christ today regarding whether or not the concept of blessings
and cursing can be rightly applied to the nations in the world today. The question would
be raised about whether or not the declarations of Abraham Lincoln regarding the spiritual
The argument goes that these blessings
and cursing were activities of the covenant that God made with His chosen nation in the
Old Testament, and this is the only place where national blessing and cursing apply. The
argument continues that
It cannot be overlooked though, that
It was without covenant that the
Chaldeans settled into the city of
God himself through His prophet Daniel
proclaimed to the Chaldean King Nebuchadnezzar, "You, O king, are the king of
kings. The God of heaven has given you dominion and power and might and glory; in your
hand He has placed mankind and the beasts of the field and the birds of the air. Wherever
they live, He has made you ruler over them all." (Dan 2:37-38a niv) Without a
covenant his kingdom was proclaimed by God to be the greatest of all kingdoms, save the
To date, this occurrence of the establishment of Christ's Kingdom on earth has not yet occurred. Until it does, God is more than concerned with the events that transpire regarding the realms of man. The message in Daniel 2 concerning the meaning of Nebuchadnezzar's dream indicates that the very return of Christ will center on the developments that occur with the great kingdoms on earth. Whether Christian or heathen, Jew or Gentile; God has determined that He will bless and conversely curse realms in accordance with their national behavior.
King Belshazzar was the last of the
Chaldean monarchs. He was the final king of
However, the potentate outdid himself
when defied God with his sacrilege. While Belshazzar was drinking his wine, he gave
orders to bring in the gold and silver goblets that Nebuchadnezzar his father had taken
from the temple in
It was after this accomplishment, that the arrogant king received a personal visit from the Lord in the form of a hand that wrote upon the wall, "Mene, Mene, Tekel, Parsin." The king was in horror and sought for an explication.
Daniel interpreted the message to the ruler proclaiming, "O king, the Most High God gave your father Nebuchadnezzar sovereignty and greatness and glory and splendor. . . But when his heart became arrogant and hardened with pride, he was deposed from his royal throne and stripped of his glory. . .But you his son O Belshazzar, have not humbled yourself, though you knew all this. Instead you have set yourself up against the Lord of heaven. . . This is what these words mean: Mene: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end. Tekel: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting. Peres: Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians. . . That very night Belshazzar, king of the Babylonians, was slain, and Darius the Mede took over the kingdom, at the age of sixty-two. (Dan ,20,22-23a,25-28,30-31 niv)
It was in 538 BC that the Persians sent
their legions into
Cyrus was the one who was to issue a new
age for the near east. Before his death in 529 BC he had created the largest empire the
world had ever known up to this point, the first fulfillment of Nebuchadnezzar's dream,
the second kingdom - the chest and arms of silver. (Dan 2:32b) From Cyrus to Artaxerses I
the kings fancied imperial aspirations to create a dominion that stretched from the
The Persians came from a much more benevolent strain than the Assyrians, allowing, and even encouraging, those in their realm to retain and develop their own pattern of cultures. Yahwehism was recognized as the official religion of the Hebrews. God himself was acknowledged for who He is by the Persian King Darius as he proclaimed, "I issue a decree that in every part of the kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel. For He is the living God and He endures forever; His kingdom will not be destroyed, his kingdom will never end." (Dan niv)
It was these Persian rulers who were
selected by God to initiate the return of the people of
The debate continues on today concerning the issue of rather or not the founders of our country were truly Christians in the Biblical sense. It is brought out that people such as Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin were deists who recognize the existence of God but deny that He interacts with those He created. In other words, from the deist's perspective, God made the universe and man in it. But his involvement ended there. He is like a watch-maker who designs a clock only to wind it up to leave it running forever on its own.
This deist philosophy leaves absolutely no room for a personal God who came to earth to redeem mankind from his iniquity. The deist therefore is not a Christian. In that light, the liberal asks how can one contend that a country founded by men with beliefs such as these be considered a Christian nation.
First, let us define exactly what we are talking about here. The issue is national blessing, and whether a government has put itself into the position to experience it. The question of salvation is a personal matter that can only be discerned through an individual relationship with God.
But Francis Schaeffer explained: "We as evangelicals have often made the mistake of stopping with individual salvation. Historically, the word Christian has meant two things. First, the word Christian defines a man who has accepted Christ as Savior. This is decidedly an individual thing. But there is a second consideration as well. It concerns what flows from individual salvation. While it is true that there is an individual salvation, and this is the beginning of the Christian life, yet nevertheless as we examine the teaching concerning the Church and as we consider the Church at its strongest throughout the ages, that individual salvation should show itself in corporate relationships."
". . . The Christian sociological position is that the sociological problems which we find, regardless of what they may be, are a result of the separation that has come between men because of sin. Now the world should be able to see in the Church those marks which exhibit that there is a substantial sociological healing possible in the present generation."
". . . What counts, as men look upon us individually and corporately, is whether we are exhibiting God and His character now. The Christian position is not static, but is living."
The nations are governed by a standard that is corporate rather than individual. Neither the Assyrians, Chaldeans, nor Mede Persians could be considered inheritors of God's eternal kingdom. There is no Biblical advice on the matter one way or the other. We do know that they were pagan cultures who had direct interaction with the blessing, and cursing of God, along with the position of being chosen by God as instruments of His divine will.
The scale that they were judged is according to the world view that they acknowledged. In other words, to the extent that they recognized the one true God and submitted to His authority, they were blessed, to the extent that they disobeyed, they were cursed.
We have been hearing the words of
Abraham Lincoln to discover that this was a man who recognized the sovereignty of the Lord
and responded to it accordingly. He was professing a Christian world view. He asserted to
the nation what kind of behavior is to be expected out of the people in
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