This column will begin a series to examine God’s absolute sovereignty in the rise and fall of world kingdoms; the identity of present world powers; and characteristics of the seventh world kingdom.
In the center of all this is the tiny nation of Israel.
The Bible tells of Israel being God’s chosen nation dating back to His promise to Abraham in 2090 BC. However, after their bondage in Egypt, and taking possession of their promised land, they repeatedly disobeyed God’s commands and required chastisement. Nevertheless, God made a promise to them that the day would come when they would once again be the envy of every other nation. They would no longer be a democracy, as they are today, but rather a monarchy.
No other nation or kingdom has been given such a promise.
Recently we highlighted Israel and her future. Below is a single Scripture passage from a recent column that sets the stage for the future of Israel and the nations.
“David My servant shall be king over them…they shall also walk in My judgments and observe My statutes, and do them. Then they shall dwell in the land that I have given to Jacob…forever; and My servant David shall be their prince forever…The nations also will know that I, the LORD, sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.” Ezekiel 37:24-25, 28
The king will be David’s offspring.
Knowing the past history of Israel, and her predetermined prominence in the world, why do some in America’s congress despise God’s chosen nation?
As recently noted, in the millennial kingdom Jesus will be King, Lawgiver and Judge of all nations.
While there are presently 195 nations in the world, the Bible lists just seven world kingdoms beginning with Egypt and ending with the revised Roman Empire which will be destroyed just prior to the millennial kingdom.
Seven centuries after the Exodus from Egypt, another more powerful kingdom came into being. It was the Assyrian Empire, beginning in 750 BC.
God had predetermined the number of days of the Assyrian Empire, along with His specific purpose of that kingdom.
In today’s geography the Assyrian Empire’s land mass included eastern Turkey, western Iran, nearly all of Iraq, all of Syria, all of Lebanon, most of Jordan, western Saudi Arabia, and half of the Sinai Peninsula.
Due to their disobedience, northern Israel was overtaken by the Assyrian Empire in 722 BC. Northern Israel was also known as the land of Joseph’s offspring, i.e. Manasseh and Ephraim, or Samaria.
There were several reasons why God let the Assyrian Empire overtake Samaria. One of the primary reasons was that Israel was making laws contrary to God’s laws.
“Woe to those who make unjust laws…” Isaiah 10:1
As we progress, we’ll compare America’s current status to see if we are doing the same things that Israel did that caused their chastisement.
Israel was proud, and prior to being overtaken by the Assyrian Empire God cynically asked them what they would do when He dealt with them.
“What will you do on the day of reckoning, when disaster comes from afar? To whom will you run for help?” Isaiah 10:3
Then God revealed His sovereignty and proclaimed that the Assyrian King was just a puppet in His hands.
God would put His will in the king’s heart to chastise Israel, and then He would subsequently punish him for his actions.
“Woe to the Assyrian, the rod of my anger, in whose hand is the club of my wrath! I send him against a godless nation…” Isaiah 10:5-6
“Does the ax raise itself above him who swings it, or the saw boast against him who uses it…?” Isaiah 10:15
Then God reveals that the plan of the Assyrian king was to overrun Judah after taking Samaria, but such was not God’s plan. God would eliminate Assyria before they plundered Judah.
Then God summarizes Assyria’s naiveté.
“But this is not what he intends, this is not what he has in mind; his purpose is…to put an end to many nations.” Isaiah 10:7
Yes, Judah would be later chastised, but not by the Assyrians.
To be continued.