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Wednesday, December 27 2017

The Conquerors Of Assyria

"Be not afraid of the words which thou hast heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed Me"

Assyria was a major geographic and political region of northern Mesopotamia ("Mesopotamia" is from the Greek term for it, meaning between the rivers i.e. the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers; see also Israel's Journeys Along The Fertile Crescent) in what is today Iraq (see also Biblical Eras: The Messiah's Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq).

Assyria is very ancient - it is identified at the beginning of the Book of Genesis with the Garden in Eden (see also How Did Eden Become Babylon?).

"2:8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. 2:9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

2:10 And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads. 2:11 The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; 2:12 And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone. 2:13 And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia. 2:14 And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates." (Genesis 2:8-14 KJV)


Assyria became one of the great empires of history (see the Fact Finder question below). Although founded by 1700 B.C., the Assyrian Empire, with its capital at Nineveh (see The Rise And Fall Of Nimrod's Nineveh), had its greatest influence on Bible history during the period from about 900 to 600 B.C. when the LORD (see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The LORD God Of Creation) had the Assyrian Empire conquer and exile the northern Kingdom of Israel, thereby making them the "lost ten tribes" of Israel (see The Politics And Religion Of The Lost Ten Tribes).

The prophets Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Hosea, Micah, Nahum, Zephaniah and Zechariah all wrote of the Assyrian Empire (see also The Holy Spirit In History and Prophecy: The Spirit Of All True Prophets and Why Were The Prophets Of Truth Hated?).

Assyria Assyrian Kings Who Had Contact With Israel and Judah
  • Shalmaneser III (858-824 B.C.)
  • Shamshi-Adad V (823-811 B.C.)
  • Adad-Nirari III (810-783 B.C.)
  • Shalmaneser IV (782-773 B.C.)
  • Ashur-dan III (772-755 B.C.)
  • Ashur-Nirari V (754-745 B.C.)
  • Tiglath-pileser III (744-727 B.C.)
  • Shalmaneser V (726-722 B.C.)
  • Sargon III (721-705 B.C.)
  • Sennacherib (704-681 B.C.)
  • Esarhaddon (680-669 B.C.)
  • Ashurbanipal (668-633 B.C.)
  • Ashur-eti-ilani (632-629 B.C.)
  • Sin-shum-lishir (628-624 B.C.)
  • Sin-shar-ishkum (623-612 B.C.)
  • Ashur-uballit (611-608 B.C.)

As with all empires, Assyria eventually declined in relative power and influence. By 600 BC, "the conquerors of Assyria" took on a new meaning - it no longer referred to the Assyrians conquering others, but other conquering Assyria. The Babylonian Empire then took its turn (see also Nebuchadnezzar's Dream Of The World To Come) and superseded Assyria as the "superpower" of the world (see the Fact Finder question below).

Fact Finder: How did the successive empires of man shape and fulfill Bible history and prophecy?
See The Empires Of Bible History And Prophecy

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This Day In History, December 27

537: The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey was completed. The Greek Orthodox patriarchal basilica (church), later became a Muslim mosque. It is today a museum (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).

1512: The Spanish Crown issued the Laws of Burgos. They governed the conduct of settlers (who the native people came to view as invaders in their homelands) toward native people in the "New World."

New World

1741: Prussian (not to be confused with Russian - Prussia is in Germany) forces took Olmutz, Czechoslovakia.

1822: Louis Pasteur, the French chemist and bacteriologist, was born. He originated the heat process known as Pasteurization, used to destroy micro-organisms in certain foods and drinks.

1825: The first public railroad using steam locomotives was completed, in England.


1831: The British survey ship HMS Beagle set sail from Plymouth, England, on its scientific voyage around the world. On board was a young naturalist by the name of Charles Darwin (see Rescuing Charles Darwin From The Atheists).

Charles Darwin

1922: The Japanese Hosho was commissioned. It was the first purposely-built aircraft carrier in the world (earlier carriers were converted ships e.g. the first U.S. aircraft carrier was a converted bulk coal carrier). During the Second World War (1939-1945), Japan lost over 20 aircraft carriers (including those that were involved in the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941), while the U.S. lost over 12 (including the Hornet, Langley, Lexington, Princeton, Wasp and Yorktown).


1927: Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Soviet Communist Party, marking a victory for Joseph Stalin.

1929: Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin ordered the "liquidation of the kulaks as a class." The kulaks were peasants who owned property that they worked for, but were regarded as a threat to socialism.

1945: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) was established.

1949: Indonesia became independent from the Netherlands by decree from by Queen Juliana.

1966: The Cave of Swallows, the largest known cave shaft in the world, was discovered in Aquismon, San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

1972: Lester Pearson died at age 75. The 14th Canadian Prime Minister (1963-1968) was awarded the 1957 Nobel Peace Prize (back in the days when the recipient had to actually do something for peace) for his efforts to resolve the Israeli Suez Crisis of 1956.

Lester Pearson

1972: Belgium became the first NATO country to establish diplomatic relations with East Germany.

1978: King Juan Carlos ratified Spain's first democratic constitution.

1979: Soviet forces invaded Afghanistan. Hafizullah Amin, President of Afghanistan, was executed. The U.S. condemned the Soviet invasion until it did so itself a few years later.


1995: Israeli troops withdrew from Ramallah, completing the handover of 6 "West Bank" towns to the "Palestinians" ("Palestine" is merely a variant English-language rendering of "Philistine"; see Jordan's West Bank Invasion and Where Is Palestine?).

1996: Rwanda's first genocide trial opened with the accused facing charges for their part in the slaughter of 800,000 Tutsis in 1994.

2007: Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated.

2008: Israel began a 3-week military operation on Gaze - "Operation Cast Lead" (see also Gaze In History And Prophecy).


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