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Bible Study-ISA-Chapter 36
Historic Events & Prophesies
An account of Sennacherib, king of Assyria, preparing a siege against all of Judah and Jerusalem, can be found in 2nd Chronicles 32:1-22 as well as here in chapter 36.
The difference between the two is that 2nd Chronicles gives us the historical events while Isaiah gives us the history AND the prophesy at the same time.
Isaiah 36:1 Now it came to pass in the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah, that Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against all the defenced cities of Judah, and took them.
Now it came to pass in the fourteenth year. We can date this to 628 B.C.
Don’t forget that the king of Assyria is a type of antichrist.
Sennacherib took all these cities, placing his army right up to the gates, he took all ten tribes, which we can call Samaria. One thing that you have to remember is that our Father is allowing this to happen. He’s going to use the Assyrian army to chastise His people.
According to deciphered inscriptions, he took 200,000 Jews prisoners.
Isaiah 36:2 And the king of Assyria sent Rabshakeh from Lachish to Jerusalem unto king Hezekiah with a great army. And he stood by the conduit of the upper pool in the highway of the fuller's field.
Prophesy fulfilled: Foretold in Isaiah 29:1-6:
Prophesy fulfilled: The above reference foretold in Isaiah 22:15-25:
He hasn’t destroyed anything at this point, but he’s ready to talk, try to make Hezekiah come to his senses. You might remember that we read about the upper pool and Fuller’s field back in chapters 7 and 36.
Rabshakeh is the political officer of the government. Rab is a title and it means that he is the chief cupbearer.
Isaiah 36:3 Then came forth unto him Eliakim, Hilkiah's son, which was over the house, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah, Asaph's son, the recorder.
Prophesy fulfilled: Eliakim, chief minister of the king, has been put in charge of the government which fulfills the prophesy from Isaiah 22:20-25.
Shebna the scribe. A scribe was kind of like a secretary and a financial officer of sorts.
Joah, Asaph's son, the recorder. A recorder is literally one who reminds. He keeps the king informed on important facts and also acts as a historiographer.
Prophesy fulfilled: Eliakim fulfills Shebna’s office, as foretold in Isaiah 22:15-25.
Isaiah 36:4 And Rabshakeh said unto them, Say ye now to Hezekiah, Thus saith the great king, the king of Assyria, What confidence is this wherein thou trustest?
Who are you putting your faith in? Where is your good buddy Egypt at this time?
You might remember that Judah went down to see Pharaoh in Egypt, without even telling or asking our Father about it.
Great king was the usual title of a Persian or Assyrian king as there were many other smaller kings over some of the provinces:
Ref: Isaiah 10:8 For he saith, Are not my princes altogether kings? KJV
Since the Assyrian is a type of Antichrist, spiritually, he could be asking you:
“Who do you trust? Me or God?”
Isaiah 36:5 I say, sayest thou, (but they are but vain words) I have counsel and strength for war: now on whom dost thou trust, that thou rebellest against me?
Don’t give me a bunch of vain words here, don’t give me any lip-talk…who do you trust? Do you have your army?
They went against our Father and Egypt WAS considered to be famed for its wisdom, but where are they?
Isaiah 36:6 Lo, thou trustest in the staff of this broken reed, on Egypt; whereon if a man lean, it will go into his hand, and pierce it: so is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all that trust in him.
Lo, thou trustest in the staff of this broken reed, on Egypt. There was a similar alliance with King So, the Ethiopian king of Egypt, which provoked the Assyrian to invade Israel, the ten northern tribes, under king Hoshea.
A reed is like a piece of straw except that it grows in the wetlands. But it’s hollow inside like wheat; it’s sharp when broken and will poke a hole in your hand if you apply pressure to the end of it but the analogy is that Egypt is not trustworthy, they will break their word as easily as you can break a reed.
Again, who sent the Assyrian against Judah? Our Father did. It’s correction time. He’s going to use Sennacherib’s army’s to dress Judah down and bring them back into His fold once more.
But Sennacherib had better be careful because if he goes too far, if he over-corrects, if he swings the rod too hard, Father will bring it back on him, so there is a fine line to be walked here.
What about this world that we live in today? Is there a correction needed here?
We see examples of depraved human beings, killing in the most horrible of ways, almost every day on the news.
We’ve seen video and read about beheadings, throat-cuttings, and hangings. People put in cages with steel bars and slowly lowered into a pool of water with underwater-video cameras recording it all until their death.
Several were put on their knees with a blue cable wrapped around their necks, creating a human chain, and the cable explodes. Multiple cameras record this event from several different angles and the footage is put on the internet for all to see.
Children being used as suicide bombers and sent into schools, weddings, and ceremonies.
The killing of police officers in this country. The influx of hundreds of thousands of illegal Syrians, and others, allowed into this country by our Muslim president, being permitted to vote eventually, thus keeping the socialists in power.
And the crème de la crème is Hillary Clinton. A liar of the first magnitude, a traitor, an unindicted murderer of those in Bengasi, and probably our next president. It just makes me sick to my stomach every time I see her or Bill on TV.
Two depraved human beings; one was president for eight years and an unindicted rapist; the other looking forward to being president for eight years. They left the White House dead broke and today are worth over $100 million dollars and how did they get this fortune?
By paid speaking engagements with foreign leaders, big business and influence peddling, and then putting that money into the Clinton Foundation. Who contributed to this foundation?
Saudi Arabia $25 Million
Kuwait $10 Million
Oman $5 Million
United Arab Emirates $5 Million
Qatar $5 Million
Persian Gulf Sheiks $100 Million
And the list goes on and on. Notice that these countries are in the Middle East. Nothing to be surprised about there. I’ve said it time and time again: watch the Middle East, they are the weatherglass of prophecy.
These countries will eventually want something from Hillary, or promises made fulfilled, when she becomes president and it will all be in the realm of sweet deals that screw the American taxpayer and take away more of our rights, much like that global warming conference in Kyoto, Japan, put into full effect in 2005, where portions of that accord would have superseded our own constitution!
If the time is not right for our Father to intervene and make a correction, what about the people in this country? What does it take to get people off their lazy, sorry asses and stand up as a nation and tell the government that we’re not going to put up with their crap any longer?
They do that in other countries, why not here?
Oh, I forgot. People here get too much free money from the government and there’s no need to bite the hand that feeds them. Don’t want to work and still make a good living? Come to America.
Isaiah 36:7 But if thou say to me, We trust in the Lord our God: is it not he, whose high places and whose altars Hezekiah hath taken away, and said to Judah and to Jerusalem, Ye shall worship before this altar?
The Assyrian is saying to Judah: don’t tell me your God will protect you because you don’t even have His altars anymore.
Isaiah 36:8 Now therefore give pledges, I pray thee, to my master the king of Assyria, and I will give thee two thousand horses, if thou be able on thy part to set riders upon them.
The Assyrian is taunting Judah. What he’s saying is that they don’t even have 2000 riders for the 2000 horses he’s willing to give them to help them put together an army that may have a chance of beating them.
What a fiasco that would have been because Israel never went to war on horses or chariots, as I explained earlier. And to put 2000 Israeli men on 2000 war horses would have been a carnival. Rabshakeh knew this, of course. He was belittling Israel because there was no doubt in his mind that his army could conquer Israel in short order.
Isaiah 36:9 How then wilt thou turn away the face of one captain of the least of my master's servants, and put thy trust on Egypt for chariots and for horsemen?
Well, the question is: where are they? Where is Egypt? Where is their army? They’re not there.
Isaiah 36:10 And am I now come up without the Lord against this land to destroy it? the Lord said unto me, Go up against this land, and destroy it.
Prophesy fulfilled: This was foretold 28 years earlier and we read of it in Isaiah 10:6-8.
Are you picking up on this? Rabshakeh is telling Israel that Almighty God Himself TOLD HIM to go up against Judah and destroy them! His very own people. Do you not remember that we read of this back in the 10th chapter and the 5th through the 8th verses?
Our Father is speaking…
Ref: Isaiah 10:5 O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation.
Ref: Isaiah 10:6 I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.
Ref: Isaiah 10:7 Howbeit he meaneth not so, neither doth his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy and cut off nations not a few.
Ref: Isaiah 10:8 For he saith, Are not my princes altogether kings? KJV
But never forget this: if people repent and have a change of heart, on an individual basis, He will bring them back into His arms and accept them on their word. He will continue to love them because He never stopped loving them.
Once you do that you had better knuckle down and get your head and your life right and try to stay that way.
Isaiah 36:11 Then said Eliakim and Shebna and Joah unto Rabshakeh, Speak, I pray thee, unto thy servants in the Syrian language; for we understand it: and speak not to us in the Jews' language, in the ears of the people that are on the wall.
Do not let the people on the wall hear you say that our Father is against us because they would give up and quit. They would no longer have any hope of destroying the Assyrian army.
But Rabshakeh isn’t going to change the language in which he is speaking because he WANTS the soldiers on the wall to hear him. He WANTS them to be demoralized.
Isaiah 36:12 But Rabshakeh said, Hath my master sent me to thy master and to thee to speak these words? hath he not sent me to the men that sit upon the wall, that they may eat their own dung, and drink their own piss with you?
He’s kind of overstepping the bounds of what our Father has given them permission to do.
Isaiah 36:13 Then Rabshakeh stood, and cried with a loud voice in the Jews' language, and said, Hear ye the words of the great king, the king of Assyria.
If we take this to the spiritual, Satan/Antichrist will make sure that the whole world will hear his words because he will promise to make the entire world so much better under his direction.
Isaiah 36:14 Thus saith the king, Let not Hezekiah deceive you: for he shall not be able to deliver you.
Hezekiah couldn’t anyway because our Father is in control of this situation.
Isaiah 36:15 Neither let Hezekiah make you trust in the Lord, saying, The Lord will surely deliver us: this city shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria.
It’s going to be the same way during our time. Our Father gives the five-month tribulation of Satan/Antichrist TO him and allows him to deceive as many souls as possible. The only people/souls that receive any protection are those that have the seal of our Father in their foreheads. Satan cannot touch or hurt them.
But the other people/souls are fair game.
Isaiah 36:16 Hearken not to Hezekiah: for thus saith the king of Assyria, Make an agreement with me by a present, and come out to me: and eat ye every one of his vine, and every one of his fig tree, and drink ye every one the waters of his own cistern;
He’s going to let them have everything if they will simply lay down their arms. Satan/Antichrist will do exactly the same thing. In the book of Daniel, we find that he will come in peacefully and prosperously:
Ref: Daniel 11:21 And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries. KJV
People are not expecting that, that’s why his deception will be so complete, to those who have not read or learned the truth of him before he arrives. The Scriptures say that, with the exception of those with the seal of our Father in their brain, he will deceive the entire world:
Ref: Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. KJV
A chicken in every pot is a part of an old expression that I used to hear when I was a child up in Pennsylvania. It was a one-liner used in 1928 by presidential hopeful Herbert Hoover. The entire phrase was: a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage.
It was a slogan that touted prosperous times to come if he won the presidency. Satan/Antichrist will promise something similar. He’ll pay off your debts, your mortgage, your credit cards and on it will go.
He will bring world leaders together and promise that there will be world peace. St. Paul had a bit to say about that:
Ref: 1st Thessalonians 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
Ref: 1st Thessalonians 5:4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
Ref: 1st Thessalonians 5:5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. KJV
If you haven’t read and/or prepared yourself for the coming of Satan/Antichrist, you will be taken in by this promise of peace and safety. It’s even more likely to occur today than years ago because people today are more than willing to give up some individual rights in order to have a safety net provided by the federal government.
What is that net? Free cell phones for everyone living below the poverty level; free medical care in the form of Medicaid; free or cheap prescriptions; disability payments when the person is not disabled in the least; SSI, the SNAP program (free food); subsidized housing; money each month for propane gas if you use that to cook or heat; money to cover most or all of your utilities; food banks in addition to the SNAP program.
You don't have to do anything today except apply for these benefits and they're given to you. Any need for proof of anything is quickly covered up by fraud.
Satan/Antichrist wants to provide you with HIS safety net, not the one that the federal government offers.
And by the time that you figure out that you’ve been had, it’s waaaaaay too late to stop it or do anything about it. You’re going to walk into the Lake of Fire with Satan and there’s no two ways about it.
How ‘bout them apples? Are you ready for that? Would you like to sit up there, on the left side of Paradise, and agonize over the fact that you can’t cross over that gulf and get to the other side where peace and love and glory for our Lord are happening every minute of the day and night?
Nope. You can’t get over there. You’re an outsider. It’s worse than that, you’re a foolish outsider because all you had to do was believe, and in believing, your desire to gain knowledge in the Scriptures should have driven you to reading and studying the Bible.
“Well, I read the Bible but I just can’t make any sense out of it, so I just put it down and forget about it.”
Then you need the help of a good teacher and, no, there’s not a good bible-teaching pastor on every street corner, but they are out there. You can find one on TV and you don't even need cable or satellite to receive that channel. It's free.
Hey, if you’re reading this, you’ve made a first step towards saving your immortal soul. It’s not that I’m going to save you, all I can do is plant a seed.
It’s up to you and the Holy Spirit after that because I’ve done my job. Your job is to listen to that little voice in the back of your head and let it lead and guide you. Father won’t let you down but you have to listen.
In lieu of that, pick the Book up and start reading the Gospels, they're easy enough, show Him that you’re ready to make a change in your life. And don’t get discouraged after a few days, be persistent with it. That’s the way that our Father can tell if you’re sincere or not, to keep plugging away at it even though you only understand a small portion of what you’re reading.
But eventually, persistence pays off and you will not believe the feeling you’ll get when things do start to make sense and they begin to build your spiritual knowledge bank. That’s the Holy Spirit working with you but it takes time.
Let me repeat that….it takes time. You cannot begin to study the Word a week before Satan/Antichrist appears on Mount Zion in Jerusalem and expect to overcome his lies. You need to start studying TODAY.
Isaiah 36:17 Until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land of corn and wine, a land of bread and vineyards.
Of course this would have been Nineveh, this city being the capital of Assyria.
Isaiah 36:18 Beware lest Hezekiah persuade you, saying, The Lord will deliver us. Hath any of the gods of the nations delivered his land out of the hand of the king of Assyria?
Rabshakeh is saying that they took every one of those nations so why in the world would you believe your king Hezekiah? He probably assured them that they would lose if they indeed followed their king into battle.
Now, Rabshakeh is kind of going against the Father here and that’s a bit dangerous.
Isaiah 36:19 Where are the gods of Hamath and Arphad? where are the gods of Sepharvaim? and have they delivered Samaria out of my hand?
Hamath was the town of the Kenites. Samaria was the capital of the Ten Northern Tribes, the House of Israel and they, the Ten Northern Tribes, were taken captive 200 years before THIS came to pass.
They took them all and, of course, our Father arranged it. That’s why it’s dangerous for Rabshakeh to take all the credit for conquering all those nations because he didn’t do it by himself.
Isaiah 36:20 Who are they among all the gods of these lands, that have delivered their land out of my hand, that the Lord should deliver Jerusalem out of my hand?
The lauding by Rabshakeh is again overstepping the bounds. Spiritually, we have the Antichrist himself, delivering a message from our Father!
Isaiah 36:21 But they held their peace, and answered him not a word: for the king's commandment was, saying, Answer him not.
This is one of those times when you just need to stand there and keep your mouth shut.
Isaiah 36:22 Then came Eliakim, the son of Hilkiah, that was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah, the son of Asaph, the recorder, to Hezekiah with their clothes rent, and told him the words of Rabshakeh. KJV
They were scared, frightened and weeping.
✡ Rent-- OT:7167 qara` (kaw-rah'); a primitive root; to rend, literally or figuratively (revile, paint the eyes, as if enlarging them): KJV - cut out, rend, surely, tear.
To rent one’s clothing was to tear the fabric and it was an outward display of grief and sorrow.
How about you? Do you trust in the Father or do you have some modern-day version of a reed to lean on?
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—24 August 2016—