Read 183.) II Kings 16:7 thru 17:2, II Chronicles 28:22 thru 29:2, and Isaiah 17:1 thru 21:17. With this reading, we are now 1/2 of our way thru the Holy Bible! Beginning with the II Kings passage, we read of the incredible unfaithfulness of Ahaz, and of the time the very last king of the northern king of Israel was installed. His name was Hoshea. Ahaz was being attacked by Aram and Israel. He submitted unto Assyria and gave Judah’s wealth in order to be saved. Assyria then attacked Aram and Israel, conquering both. Ahaz went to Assyria’s king in Damascus, and had a copy of an altar made for Judah, utterly forsaking the Lord. Very soon after, Ahaz died. He was only 36. With the II Chronicles passage, we again read of Ahaz’s great unfaithfulness, and of his end, but we include the installment of his successor, Hezekiah at this time.
Going to Isaiah, chapter 17 begins with an oracle against Damascus, which is modern Syria, but then was Aram, as verses 1 and 3 make clear. Beginning with verse 4, however, we have our word clues once again, “In that day….” It is the Day of the Lord, and this is obviously of bad news, and, hence, the time of the Tribulation. Verses 4 thru 6 is of Israel’s near utter destruction, but, again, the deliverance of a remnant. Verses 7 and 8 tell of how men will turn to God, from their idols, but only in acknowledgment that He is the One bringing their judgment and destruction in the very end. Then, with verse 9, to the end, we are told of the reversal of Israel’s fortune for the good, after Christ returns, and the Kingdom is being set up upon the earth, and just before the survivors of the earth are brought to Jesus for judgment, as told by Him in Matthew 25:31 thru 46. Chapter 18 is of Cush, which is modern-day Sudan in Africa. Beginning with woe, it is of their judgment. When the call to destroy Israel goes out, they will join in, and be wiped out at Christ’s Return, but with the last verse, 7, those that remained behind will go there for the purpose of acknowledging His Lordship, as He establishes His kingdom. With chapter 19, we come to Egypt. Egypt was conquered by Assyria in 701 BC. Verse 16 is of their time at the end of the Tribulation, and verses 17 thru 25 takes us into the Millennium, and a time when Egypt and even Assyria (Modern-day Iraq) will worship the Lord! Chapter 20, just 6 verses, speaks of Egypt and Sudan again. It is again identified as being in the early 700’s BC time period, when Assyria was conquering. Finally, chapter 21, the first 10 verses are of Babylon, and its fall to Media. But Babylon rises over Assyria about 100 years later, and Media doesn’t overthrow Babylon until 539 BC! Verses 11 and 12 are about Edom to Judah’s south, and verses 13 thru 17 of Saudi Arabia, further south. The time is again identified as likely being Assyria’s soon sweep thru all that region. Behind it all? God is in control! It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell