Saturday, June 14, 2014

Has the Assyrian Empire just revived? ISIS, Baghdad, and the Middle East in prophecy part 1 (Updated)

Introduction here
Part 2 here

Update here from UK Daily Mail
How Isis have rampaged towards the capital: A blow by blow account of how Islamist militants outnumbered 20-to-1 by the army cut through huge swathes of Iraq 


Update 2 how & why maps shoft, and conditions that lead to global war: (The New World Disorder)
"The map of Middle East drawn up after the end of the Ottoman Empire in 1918 is uncoiling, dissolving into a region-wide Sunni-Shia civil war. The Western response, driven by understandable war-weariness, has largely been to stand and watch. Even pictures of gassed children heaving and choking in Syria’s makeshift hospitals, was not enough re-awaken a sense of the old responsibility that America and the West took upon itself after 1945 to underwrite the institutions and ideals of global democracy."
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There is currently so much going on now in the Middle East it staggers the mind. I wrote this earlier on Twitter,

So hard to concentrate today, with all that God is doing in the world & in the Middle East. I'm in awe of Him & want to just worship all day

and this next one isn't a scripture verse but is instead a conceptual paraphrase-

The Lord stretcheth out His arm and He smites nations. The Lord stretcheth His arm and He gathers His bride. The Lord stretcheth out His arm

I was following the news of the ISIS-led takeover of northern Iraq, part of Syria and Southern Turkey. I was reading about the brutalities the ISIS group is perpetrating. I read of the battle for Baghdad. It seemed biblically prophetic to me, this great and dramatic and sudden movement of peoples in the exact prophetic center of God's plan for future history. But how?

I read Daniel 11, which I believe has some bearing. I re-read Ezekiel 38-39, Jeremiah 49 and Psalm 83, familiar territory for me, as well as Isaiah 17 and 19. But it was when I saw the UK Daily Mail map of ISIS-controlled territory that it hit me.

The territory ISIS is alleged to control is in the same territory as the heart of ancient Assyria.

Assyria.

The Man from Assyria (Antichrist).

Assyria the brutal, dominating, hateful regime- then and now.

So I went back and read prophecies relating to Assyria, Isaiah 10 and Micah 5. I listened to several good men preach on the relevant passages. I prayed.

I do not know if the events happening this week in the ME are directly related to unfulfilled biblical prophecy or not. Only the LORD knows that. And I say "directly" related because at the root level, all history is related to prophecy. God is the author of history and His pronouncements, prophetic and otherwise, will come to pass. Jesus is working and the Father is always working. (John 5:17).

Studying prophecies related to Assyria are also very difficult because they are spread between and among many of the prophets, not just Isaiah and Micah but also Nahum and others. Some of the passages have a near future fulfillment at the time it was written, and did indeed come to pass. Other passages have a far-fulfillment and have not yet come to pass. Rightly dividing the two is beyond me, at least, unless I studied them for 5 years or so. And rightly dividing the passages means I won't do injustice to them by making claims.

However it's important to study the history of the Middle East so that when I make my conclusion you will see the main point: there has been trouble there since 2500 BC when Assyria was founded, the King of Iran (not Iraq) Chedorlaomer, was involved in one of the first wars recorded in bible history, the one which captures Abram's nephew Lot. Genesis 14 records the kings involved in this lengthy war, including the King of Shinar and the King of Ellasar (in Iraq) the area where we are discussing today. When God is obviously working in the world, it is right and good to read and ponder His magnificent works from scripture- what He has done in the region and what He says He will do.

So anyone who says they have a solution in bringing peace and security to the region (future antichrist included) is dead wrong. The enmity that began in Genesis 3 between God and the serpent against God's people is ancient. God and God alone will bring peace, when His Son returns.

This week in Iraq, summed up by the UK Guardian:
Iraq faces the abyss after its military melts away
Redrawing of regional map looms large as violence and sectarian confrontation return to Iraq
"This week has seen Sunni insurgents once more face off with Shia militias, a major city looted as an army stands by, and the two shrines whose destruction sparked the sectarian war again endangered. This, though, is a crisis like no other for Iraq, eclipsing even the blood-soaked and hopeless war years that pitched sects against each other and whittled out towns and cities. There is no occupying army to hold the country together this time. After the stunning capitulation at the hands of Sunni insurgents this week, there is barely a military left at all.

Remember the line "redrawing of regional map." Now to the history-

Iraq is the ancient biblical land of Shinar, Mesopotamia, the Chaldeans. The Tigris and the Euphrates run through it. Baghdad is the home to former Babylon (50 miles to its south). Mosul is home to the former Nineveh which is across the river banks. Nineveh was the capital of the Neo-Assyrian Empire.

The Neo-Assyrian Empire lasted from 934 BC and ended in 609 BC. During this period, Assyria assumed a position as the most powerful state on earth, successfully eclipsing Babylonia, Egypt, Urartu/Armenia and Elam (Iran) for dominance of the Near East, Asia Minor, Caucasus, North Africa and east Mediterranean, though not until the reforms of Tiglath-Pileser III in the 8th century BC did it become a vast empire. Wikipedia

In the days of Pekah king of Israel, Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria came and captured Ijon, Abel-beth-maacah, Janoah, Kedesh, Hazor, Gilead, and Galilee, all the land of Naphtali, and he carried the people captive to Assyria. (2 Kings 15:29)

"At the height of its power, the Assyrian Empire stretched from Cyprus in the Mediterranean Sea to Persia (Iran), and from the Caucasus Mountains (Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan) to the Arabian Peninsula and Egypt." (Wikipedia)

Indeed, some call the bible 'a tale of two cities', Jerusalem and Babylon (Baghdad). As ISIS moves closer to Baghdad, many are on the edge of their seats wondering of the Iraqi army will melt away and hand over the city, or if they will dig in for a siege. In the Tribulation, Babylon is prophesied to be revived, (Revelation 18:10) so one wonders with raised eyebrows when heavy fighting erupts suddenly around this ancient biblical and prophetic city. Wonders and watches.

m putting this information up so you can see how ancient these strife is and how long there has been conflict in the area of Iraq. In looking at a map today, the borders are actually fairly new. In the ancient times I mentioned above, Assyria simply was the main empire and covered most of the Middle East. Borders were not necessary- they had the whole thing.

The heart of the Assyrian Empire eerily mimics the ground the ISIS coalition has grabbed today: northern Iraq, northeast Syria and southeastern Turkey. Like this:

UK Daily Mail map
In bible times, the Assyrian Empire was well known for its cruelty.

ASSYRIA'S CRUELTY AND ARROGANCE:
"The Assyrians were noted for their brutality, and their kings were often depicted as gloating over the gruesome punishments inflicted on conquered peoples. They conducted their wars with shocking ferocity, uprooting whole populations and deporting them to other parts of the empire." 

“When you meet the unbelievers in the battlefield, strike off their heads until you have crushed them completely; then bind the prisoners tightly,” Sura Chapter 47.
The world today is indeed shocked at reports of ISIS' gruesome sweep into northern Iraq.

UK Daily Mail reads, “‘They lined the streets with the decapitated heads of police and soldiers’ Iraqi refugee reveals the horrors of the jihadi takeover as Baghdad vows to fight back.

A precursor to the beheadings of the saints in the Tribulation? (Revelation 20:4)

The Washington Post reports today:
Death was everywhere in the sacked the city of Mosul, a strategically vital oil hub and Iraq’s largest northern city. One reporter said an Iraqi woman in Mosul claimed to have seen a “row of decapitated soldiers and policemen” on the street. Other reports spoke of “mass beheadings,” though The Washington Post was not able to confirm the tales.  But the United Nations Human Rights chief, Navi Pillay, said the summary executions “may run into the hundreds” and that she was “extremely alarmed.” The stories, the videos, the acts of unfathomable brutality have become a defining aspect of ISIS, which controls a nation-size tract of land and has now pushed Iraq to the precipice of dissolution. Its adherents kill with such abandon that even the leader of al-Qaeda has disavowed them.

The Guardian reports of the ISIS determination to re-write the borders. First, this is important because the end of the end times includes a re-written globe containing a ten-nation federation. Therefore, it stands to reason that ancient borders re-emerge as we head toward the last times.

Isis has made no bones about its intent to rewrite them. It already controls much of the border between Iraq and Syria and aims for the same control between Syria and Lebanon. And as great cities fell this week with little more than a gentle push, the jihadists seem on their way to their goal.

Indeed, here is a MEMRI transcript posted on June 2 of ISIS soldiers singing about their goals- wipe out the borders, humiliate the Jewish rabbis, and crush the cross and the lineage of the people of the cross. This enmity between the lineages is ancient, and God-given.

I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring
~Genesis 3:15

Oh soldiers of Truth, let's go.
Repeat the tune of endurance.
A light has illuminated Shaam [the Levant],
so rally all the soldiers.
The Islamic state has been established,
so wipe out all the borders.
Break the crosses and destroy the lineage of the grandsons of monkeys.
The state of monotheism will remain in spite of the lies of the hateful people.

Here is the link to the clip itself if you'd like to hear it sung in Arabic.
ISIS Video Calls to "Break the Crosses and Destroy the Lineage of the Grandsons of Monkeys"

The part of Isaiah where it points to future prophecy is here, Isaiah 10:24,

Therefore thus says the Lord GOD of hosts: “O my people, who dwell in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrians when they strike with the rod and lift up their staff against you as the Egyptians did.

And again, this part of Micah seems to be pointing to future prophecy (MacArthur, S. Lewis Johnson)

And He will arise and shepherd His flock In the strength of the LORD, In the majesty of the name of the LORD His God. And they will remain, Because at that time He will be great To the ends of the earth. 5This One will be our peace. When the Assyrian invades our land, When he tramples on our citadels, Then we will raise against him Seven shepherds and eight leaders of men. 6They will shepherd the land of Assyria with the sword, The land of Nimrod at its entrances; And He will deliver us from the Assyrian When he attacks our land And when he tramples our territory. (Micah 5:4-6)

Both Micah and the Isaiah lived during the time when Assyria was a great threat to Israel and all the peoples around. As usual though, their prophecies seem to speak on two levels of fulfillment. First, as a warning to Israel at that time but, more importantly for us, these prophecies also look forward in time to the final coming of The Assyrian (Asshur) as Israel's deceitful enemy and false Messiah. It is predicted that The Assyrian will invade and occupy Israel. He will finally be destroyed in the end by the true Messiah, Jesus Christ, at the Second Coming.

I'd said at the beginning of this blog essay, God stretcheth out His arm... today and the future, in judgment. He stretches out His arm in blessing, too! He has a plan for the Assyrians:

In that day Israel will be the third with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, whom the Lord of hosts has blessed, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel my inheritance.” (Isaiah 19:24-25)


Part 2: Israel


32 comments :

  1. Smart girl!
    Thanks for putting it all together.
    I'll be searching it out, too.
    Maranatha!
    Pam

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    1. You mentioned Assyrian Antichrist is ISIS, if Assyrians are ISIS so who are other Assyrians that God will bless in Isaia 19? Are you mad?? There is one Assyrian and they are descending of Asshur and they still alive and they live in north Iraq and you must hearted that ISIS destroy their historical statues and they kick Assyrians from Mosul. Those Mosul Christians are ASSYRIANS. They will produce the Antichrist but not all of them and those who still Christians Assyrians that they are under prosecutions God will bless them with Eyghpt And ISralel. U understand now!!!!

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    2. Hello remon,

      No, I am not mad. Not all ISIS are Assyrians, and not all Assyrians are ISIS. Micah 5 makes what many believe is a reference to "The Assyrian" as the coming antichrist.

      I have written before about Isaiah 19 and the three named nations God will bless in the Millennium: Israel, Eqypt, and Assyria. it is a beautiful prophecy

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  2. My dad is luckily home right now but he works in an area that is controlled by Kurds (city of Arbil) right now but quite close to all the mess happening. I understand this is mainly between Sunnis and Shiites but I am still so worried. I've been especially disturbed by this group because of all the names in the world, they named themselves ISIS.

    Anyway, I have nothing to add but just want to say thanks for this informative post and putting these events in bibilical perspective. Praying for people who live in that area and those that had to flee. What a world we live in.

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    1. Just wanted to update with a little testimony. My father was supposed to head back to Iraq next week and our family has been praying that he will not have to go back as the situation is not getting better. He got a call the other day stating that he will not be going back till everything dies down. They are trying to get some of his coworkers out of there too. I've been reading that non-iraqi workers from different countries have been kidnapped bt ISIS over the last few weeks. The situation is just horrible. Anyway thanks for all your posts regarding the situation. I've printed them out and I am studying them like I do with many of your posts. God bless.

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    2. I was wondering if anyone was interpreting the ISIS military campaign the same way. It happened so quickly it reminded me of the 6 day war when God's work on the part of Israel seemed evident. When I read that the ISIS assaults caused the Iragi army to throw their guns down, take off their uniforms and flee, I couldn't help but be reminded of the supernatural way that God defeated Israel's enemies in the OT. I also saw the map alignment with the Assyrian empire map and was shocked when I was reminded that Mosul was ancient Ninevah, the capital of the Assyria. Knowing that we can expect the antichrist to be as Assyrian it seems possible that the nation that he will arise from is now forming. When he rises to power at a future date then we can look for the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse (he's the 1st), the war to conquer three neighboring countries, and then the formation of the ten nation empire from which he will declare himself God. As Jesus said in Matt 24:16, "Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains", the battle against Israel will begin and we know it ends in the valley of Megiddo. A lot of pain and suffering on our way to the glory of Christ's victory. I'll be watching with you.

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    3. Hello J. Dwyer,

      Isn't the sudden emergence of ISIS amazing! I agree with you that it seems similar to the prophetic events where the hand of God will be obvious. I also agree that it could well be that the place where the antichrist may arise from could be this very area that is forming.

      When the horsemen are released it means the wrath is released. (Rev 6:17). Since the church is not appointed to wrath (1 Thess 5:9) and the church is not going thru the trial that will affect the whole earth (Rev 3:10) we will not see the horsemen unleashed nor will we see the formation of the ten kingdoms. We will have been raptured already!

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  3. I'm not so sure we have to be concerned about a coming Tribulation. John's book of the Revelation correlates with the Olivet Discourse in Matthew 24, which describes the destruction of the Jewish Temple - and therefore the Old Covenant ways - in 70 AD.

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    1. Molli, the AD 70 temple destruction was as David Reagan explains, "a prefilling " of the prophecy, while the real tribulation will be a fulfilling of it.

      We know the tribulation has not occurred yet in 70Ad because 1/3 of the world hasn't died, angels aren't flying at midheaven, plagues haven't broken out, and the antichrist hadn't stood in the temple claiming to be God...and many other prophesied events in Matthew 24 and Rev 6 have not occurred yet.

      Jesus said in Mt 24:21, For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be.

      That hasn't happened yet, and will occur in the future.

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    2. You mentioned plagues. Is it just coincidence that Ebola is rapidly spreading in Africa? You just made me think it might be a God-incidence. Even though we know that there will be tribulation we are still called to "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem" and I can see God protecting his people when you see how few Israelis have been killed in contrast to their agressors.

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    3. Janet, In one way, every single thing that happens on earth or heaven is God. He either allows or causes it. He allowed satan to harass Job. he directly caused the earthquake in the days of king Uzziah. He directly caused the walls of Jericho to fall down. He indirectly allowed Judas to take his path.

      So when the Ebola plague broke out, it is because God is currently allowing sin and destruction on the earth, and it is a 'natural' event. Or He is doing it directly. We don't know. At the Tribulation, he will directly cause what happens so as to punish the wicked and punish the Jews.

      When we pray for the peace of Jerusalem, (Psalm 122:6) we are actually praying for the Millennium kingdom peace. There will be no peace in Jerusalem until after the tribulation, when Jesus installs His kingdom. So saying we pray for Jerusalem is like saying kind of. "lord come, and get the bad stuff overwith so we can get to the good stuff"!

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    4. What? When you pray for Jersalem your praying for God to arrive with gifts? Wow, that statement alone has blasphemy written all over it

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  4. Hi Elizabeth. Have you considered the prophecy of Balaam in Numbers 24? I interpret it to mean that Asshur (Assyria, ISIS) will invade the Kenites (Saudi Arabia) and will take them captive. The ships of Chittim (from the west) will come against Asshur and Elam (Iran). "He" will perish and be no more. Since Iran survives to Armageddon, I am guessing that either Asshur or the folks in Chittim perish. Hm...
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    applaud your dedication to your reporting. God bless you.

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  5. I am Assyrian and this was very interesting.

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  6. no they are Arab from south move up 100 years ago and nothing do it with Assyrian

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  7. Being assyrian a lot of my people are being killed by isis in northern Iraq. We are the large Christian population in Iraq and syria and to see this happen is very scary. And yes our empire was large and we were the first to convert to Christianity and believers of our lord jesus christ and isis will fall and will never be Assyria that is our land we were and are gods right hand may God bless you all and great story Elizabeth!!! Well put together.

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    1. Hi Anonymous, Egypt, Israel and Assyria have a blessed future ahead, the only named nations to be promised a blessing. Isaiah 19:23-25 reads

      In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and Assyria will come into Egypt, and Egypt into Assyria, and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians.24In that day Israel will be the third with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, 25whom the Lord of hosts has blessed, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel my inheritance.”

      I think the Jews were the first to convert to Christianity and the Samarians also, but you are exactly right, by the time immediately passing John's death by 100AD the Assyrian remnant people were converting. For a long time, the Assyrians were the most powerful nation-state on earth, But like all the other nations that come and go, the Assyrian nation was no more by 609BC. Again, you're exactly right; though officially nationless, there are a few million ethnically distinct Assyrians in the world, mostly in northern Iraq in the homeland. This surprises a lot of people but why should it, the Assyrians will be blessed as Isaiah says :)

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  8. What is happening now in Mosel-Iraq-Nineveh -The late capital of great Assyrian is the continuing of killing the rest of holy people the Christian-Assyrian- by fanatic Muslim sunny the Kurdish-Peshmarga and more dangerous-ISIS and the Evil Israel government had a big hand in it with Kurd and Arab. Yes because they want to push the rest of Christian -Assyrian out of north Iraq to name it Kurdistan- whom they are Muslim killers to Christian Assyrian -and Christian Armenian from 1915 with the Othman an Turk and history reap ate it self .

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    1. The Kurds are the ones that is protecting the christians now. They even sent helicopter to rescue refugees from Sinjar that were trapped in the mountain after fleeing from Isis. Christians from Mosul also flee to the Kurd region and they will provided for and protected by the Kurds.

      It is the muslim sunni Isis that are demanding the christians to leave or convert to Islam or be killed. The Christian Armenian are killed by the muslim Turks from Turkey and not the Kurds. Turks and Kurds are different.

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  9. A note to the angry people commenting about Assyrians, with threats:

    1. I will never publish your angry rants.

    2. I have no disrespect for Assyrians the ethnic people still existing today.

    3. However, it is a historical fact that Assyria was one of the most brutal of regimes and empires ever to rule the earth. They were known for their brutality. It might make you feel ashamed, but every nation has their shame. Germany has to live with the Holocaust and Hitler. Cambodia has the Killing Fields. The USA has to live with the Japanese internment and the Native American debacle. Sorry, but the historical, biblical Assyrians were brutal.

    4. Yes Nineveh repented. Then they went back to their ways and were smote. They were stuck so bad by God their city wasn’t even discovered for 2000 years. Read of Nineveh’s destiny in Nahum. (Or here, http://www.enduringword.com/commentaries/3403.htm)

    5. I’ve written on this blog and most recently yesterday on this very comment string that Assyria is one of only 3 nations to have a prophecy that says God will bless them in the future. Don’t overlook the future blessing in your heat to defend your nation today, a nation that by the way, doesn’t exist.

    6. If you are a Christian, we know that no matter how much we love our ethnicity or our nation, we are not of this world and our citizenship isn’t on earth. It is in heaven. Heated defenses of Assyria, which by the way is in the area of the most evil part of the world (Babylon) only show that either you are not Christian and therefore are of the devil, or are Christian but love earth and your ethnicity more than Jesus and the one Body. (Galatians 3:28).

    7. You must go away now. Peace be with you and may His grace fill your mind and squeeze out the hate.

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    1. I don't quite know what to say but to register my response to the killing of the innocent, and the push by some for an "Islamic State". Help me to understand it's place in Biblical prophecy and what God is saying to us at this time. My reading today took me to Nahum and that Nineveh was Assyria, I can see how Syria relates..now the incredibly large number of displaced Syrians as a result of this turmoil are in Lebanon (1 million?). In the past Lebanon has served as a buffer for Israel in filtering hatred from the surrounding nations.. if this does not compromise their position, I don't know what will. Praying Phillipians 4:7 for them and to those who are seeking refuge. Paula

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    2. Assyria was no more brutal than Elam, Israel, Judah, Babylonia, Persia, Egypt, Phoenicia, Hittites or Aramea. Assyria was just a bigger power, but the brutal things Assyria did were commonplace in the Iron Age.

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    3. Paul, here is some historical context. The Assrians were PARTICULARLY known for brutality, though brutality was common. Assyrians stood above.

      "Nahum saw God’s judgment as justified, but if we just drop into the book without a historical tour, we can miss the reasons why. The Assyrian Empire appears often in Scripture, usually in the role of international thug. Assyria’s sinister reputation was built on its brutal warfare tactics. For instance, the description of the Assyrian attack on Israel in 2 Kings 17:5 says, “The king of Assyria invaded all the land and came to Samaria, and for three years he besieged it.”

      In siege warfare, an invader would surround a city, cut off all food and water supplies, and wait for the bitter end. One graphic description of siege warfare is found in Isaiah 36:12, when the residents of Jerusalem were threatened with being “doomed … to eat their own dung and drink their own urine.” In addition, references like “the kings of Assyria have laid waste the nations and their lands” (2 Kgs 19:17) were not metaphors—the Assyrians used a slash-and-burn protocol to weaken their enemies’ resistance. An Assyrian attack left a nation crippled for generations. With these facts in mind, we can better understand what was behind Nahum’s prophecy."

      Source: Twist, E. T. (2014). Making Sense of Severity. In J. D. Barry & R. Van Noord (Eds.), Study Like a Pro: Explore Difficult Passages from Every Book of the Bible. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

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    4. Elizabeth you say, "The Assyrians were PARTICULARLY known for brutality, though brutality was common. Assyrians stood above." How is a race particularly known for its brutality? here is some information I found on: http://period7assyria.weebly.com/inventions.html regarding the inventions Assyrians created:

      "The Assyrians were the first to develop an effective postal system (or courier system). Letters were written in cuneiform on clay tablets that were three inches square enclosed in clay envelopes."

      "The Assyrians were the first to develop a masonry dam. The dam was created on the Atrush River. The water was channeled into a canel that led to the Capital of Assyria."

      "The Assyrians were the first to use a library. The library was established by Ashurbanipal, a king, in Nineveh. This library housed information of many southwest civilizations and the first dictionary. The librarians gathered knowledge of their ancestors while working here."

      Also, The Assyrians invented many things like: The wheel, Cuneiform (a style of writing used long ago) Paved roads, Beer, Algebra, Astronomy, Calendar, etc....

      does that sound like a race PARTICULARLY known for brutality? Yes, they had iron weapons and war tactics but then again, what nation at that time didn't? How is it that America and Russia wasn't known for its brutality even though they created the deadliest weapon of all...The Nuclear Bomb! How is Russia not despised for its former leader, Joseph Stalin for his communist views? How is Germany today not looked at with disdain because was Hitler their leader? Hitler once tried to block all food supply ships traveling to England to starve them to surrender! Hitler placed all Jews and other minorities like the disabled and gypsies into concentration camps! How are the Jews not loathed for their cooperated effort to kill Jesus:

      "For some of the Jews killed the prophets, and some even killed the Lord Jesus. Now they have persecuted us, too. They fail to please God and work against all humanity as they try to keep us from preaching the Good News of salvation to the Gentiles. By doing this, they continue to pile up their sins. But the anger of God has caught up with them at last" (1 Thessalonians 2).

      and kill his follower, Paul: "When it was day, some of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink until they had killed Paul. There were more than forty people who had made this conspiracy" (John 16:1-4).

      If you call Assyrians a brutal race why not call all races on earth brutal races?

      P.S. totally agree with you Paul Daniel

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    5. Just because a race was particularly brutal does not mean thy were not also cultured. It isn't an 'either-or.' Here is a quote from Bible History online:

      "Assyrian policy was to deport conquered peoples to other lands within the empire, to destroy their sense of nationalism, and break any pride or hope of rebellion and replace them with strangers from far away. Assyrians were great warriors. Most nations at that time period were looters, building their state by robbing other nations. Assyria was the most ferocious of them all. Their very name became a byword for cruelty and atrocity. They skinned their prisoners alive, and cut off various body parts to inspire terror in their enemies. There is records of Assyrian officials pulling out tongues and displaying mounds of human skulls all to bring about stark horror and wealthy tribute from surrounding nations. Nowhere are the pages of history more bloody than in the records of their wars."
      http://www.bible-history.com/old-testament/the_assyrians.html

      It might be personally unpalatable to you, but the ancient Assyrians' most well-known characteristic was their brutality. However take comfort, because on of the greatest revivals known to man took place in Nineveh, Assyria's ancient capital. God specifically designated a prophet to preach to them. And take comfort in knowing that no matter how brutal they were, God has a special plan for the Assyrians in the future. Read the end of Isaiah 19. It refers to the Millennial Kingdom.

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  10. I am an Assyrian and this is very interesting!

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  11. ISIS is trying their best to write history, however, they have killed more Muslims than any other minority. Few are protesting the US attacks on ISIS. It might be the only time most Muslims around the World are welcoming US intervention. This might be a time for unity among Muslims, and maybe Christians, and maybe the prophecy may come true, that whoever emerges might be the AC.

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  12. Although Wikipedia is not a reliable source, the information presented is very compelling. (FYI-high school teachers do not accept Wikipedia as a source for assignments, the authors of the information are anonymous and often not creditable, information can be edited at will.)

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    1. Annnnnd, ... many ISIS members are Assyrian. That part of the world is home to the worst evil the world has ever known. At the end of time all evil will gather there to fully pollute the world. (Babylon, Revelation 17-18). The Antichrist is known as The Assyrian.

      In Nahum 3:1, God calls Nineveh "the bloody city, all full of lies and plunder". In Nahum 3:6-7, God said, "I will throw filth at you and treat you with contempt and make you a spectacle. And all who look at you will shrink from you and say, “Wasted is Nineveh; who will grieve for her?”"

      The evil the peoples of Assyria/Iraq have perpetrated against God and will do so again in the Tribulation is what is highly offensive.

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  14. There are 7 heads of the Dragon, the 7 kingdoms that take over Israeli and Jerusalem 1. Egypt 2. Assyria 3. Babylon 4. Medo-Persia 5. Greek 6.Roman 7.Arab or Ottoman. The angel said "The dragon really is the number 8th and it will lead the whole world into the end, and the dragon is one of the 7 heads. The sentence " once was, now is not, and will come up out of the Abyss " means that the dragon is not the Roman Empire because the book of revelation written in year 90 AC, so the word "now" means Roman Empire. indeed, the dragon it is "Was", so it means that the Dragon is 1 of 5 kingdoms before Roman Empire; 1.Egypt 2.Assyria .Babylon 4.Medo-Persia 5.Greek. Therefore, from these 5 kingdoms I cut Egypt, Babylon and Greek off from the list because nowadays we already have Egypt and Greek while Babylon is the woman who sits on the Dragon and I think that woman is "New York". In conclusion, The real Dragon or the injure head that will be healed and will revive again in the future and bring the whole world into the end might be between "Assyria" or "Persia" (IMO Assyria 80% Persia 20%) and this revived Kingdom will destroy New York before destroying the whole world.

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