Isaiah 37:1 And it came to pass, when king Hezekiah heard it, that he rent his clothes, and covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the Lord.
And went into the house of the Lord. They sure know where to go when their butts get into some serious trouble, don’t they? Do you do that as well? Never communicate with Him until the hammer is fixin’ to fall and then beg Him to listen to you?
He’ll listen because He loves you and you’re His child, but will it go any further than that? I don’t know, maybe He wants to teach you a lesson by NOT answering your prayers; put an idea in your head that you should stay close to Him ALWAYS, not just when you need special help to get out of a jam that you yourself got into.
But Hezekiah has finally got his head right and is going to go to the Father and ask for His help. He always had a deep love for the house of the Lord, as it occupied his thoughts and filled his heart with joy continuously.
One of his first acts, after becoming king, following his father Ahaz’s death, was to open up the house of Yahaveh…
Ref: 2nd Chronicles 29:3 He in the first year of his reign, in the first month, opened the doors of the house of the Lord, and repaired them. KJV
…..that his father had closed:
Ref: 2nd Chronicles 28:24 And Ahaz gathered together the vessels of the house of God, and cut in pieces the vessels of the house of God, and shut up the doors of the house of the Lord, and he made him altars in every corner of Jerusalem.
Ref: 2nd Chronicles 28:25 And in every several city of Judah he made high places to burn incense unto other gods, and provoked to anger the Lord God of his fathers. KJV
Going to the Father and not depending on Egypt was a righteous move because the Assyrian army, in fact, Sennacherib had positioned TWO armies outside the gates of Jerusalem, along with a multitude of armory and chariots and war devices, that Judah could never compete against and win.
Isaiah 37:2 And he sent Eliakim, who was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the priests covered with sackcloth, unto Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz.
Going to seek our Father through the writer of this very book….Isaiah.
Isaiah 37:3 And they said unto him, Thus saith Hezekiah, This day is a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and of blasphemy: for the children are come to the birth, and there is not strength to bring forth.
This is the beginning of a new time for Judah and it’s explained to us through the use of a birth and no one has the strength to bring that child out of the birth canal.
We could look at this as the birth of a new age for us today. We are on the verge of some really exciting times, both physically and spiritually. I don’t feel as though there is that much time left in this generation and the beginning of the Millennium will be that new age.
It’s going to be interesting to see which candidate wins this election in November. The Democrats have a candidate, who is proven to be someone that lies continuously, repetitiously, to cover her corrupt dealings with Congress and other world leaders.
She has no morals, no convictions of honesty, she should have been tried and convicted of treason because of the email scandal, she should have been tried for murder for those that lost their lives in Benghazi at the embassy, when she turned her back and ignored their frantic calls for help, and she has obstructed the investigation by the FBI more times than one can count. And these charges are just the tip of the iceberg.
There are two murders that can and should be traced back to her and her husband when he was president. Remember the suspicious deaths of commerce secretary Ron Brown and White House Deputy Counsel Vincent Foster?
More importantly, however, is her popularity with the people of this nation. She is wildly popular and it shows how degraded the moral fabric of this nation has become. When groups of thousands stand and cheer when she gets up on stage, it’s a sign that we no longer have a sense of right and wrong, there is no accountability for anything that she does and the people in this country just love her for it.
The Republicans have their candidate…a shrewd businessman and multi-billionaire, who pretty much tells it like it is. You can probably take Trump at face-value without sorting through a bunch of lies coming out of his mouth.
So, on one side, you have corrupt and contemptable. On the other, you have someone who will tell it like it is. With honesty, or so it appears, so far.
An election of this magnitude, in this day and age, CANNOT and WILL NOT be ignored by our Father. His hand will be involved and giving direction because His Plan will soon end with the coming of His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, on the Lord’s Day, and our next president may play a large role in the final days, if Satan/Antichrist does appear in Jerusalem a couple of years from now.
Remember, no king comes to power unless He so allows it. Have these candidates or the American people consulted with our Father as to who should be our next president? Not hardly.
IF some of her popularity comes from the fact that she will be the first WOMAN president then take a step back and see what the first BLACK president has done to this country. Do you really want to go through that again?
Some may object to my inserting my own personal opinions here but this concerns the United States of America, the most powerful and blessed country on earth, built by the descendants of Jacob and others. We will play a major role in these end times.
Besides, it’s my website, so get over it.
Isaiah 37:4 It may be the Lord thy God will hear the words of Rabshakeh, whom the king of Assyria his master hath sent to reproach the living God, and will reprove the words which the Lord thy God hath heard: wherefore lift up thy prayer for the remnant that is left.
Our Father will always forgive those that remain but this here is blasphemy. They don’t know that our Father sent the Assyrian there to whoop them up a little bit. All they had to do was listen to what our Father told them in chapter 1:5-6 of this same book:
Ref: Isaiah 10:5 O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation.
That’s the rod and staff of correction.
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. KJV
That hypocritical nation is Judah.
Our Father ALWAYS forewarns us before He does something, either physically or spiritually, and it’s all written right here in this Book. All you have to do is to read it WITH UNDERSTANDING. And if you can’t understand it on your own then find a good teacher and stick with him/her.
Isaiah 37:5 So the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah.
Going to have a meeting of the minds.
Isaiah 37:6 And Isaiah said unto them, Thus shall ye say unto your master, Thus saith the Lord, Be not afraid of the words that thou hast heard, wherewith the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me.
Father told them not to worry about the words that the Assyrians used against Him, He would take care of it.
Isaiah 37:7 Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a rumour, and return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.
When we get to verse 36 we will see this come to pass. He will die at the hands of his own family.
✡ Blast-- OT:7307 ruwach (roo'-akh); from OT:7306; wind; by resemblance breath, i.e. a sensible (or even violent) exhalation; figuratively, life, anger.
✡ Root Word--OT:7306 ruwach (roo'-akh); a primitive root; properly, to blow, i.e. breathe; only (literally) to smell or (by implication, perceive (figuratively, to anticipate, enjoy):
If you are unsure of what a blast is, this verse from 2nd Kings will make it very clear:
Ref: 2nd Kings 19:35 And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the Lord went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses. KJV
That’s 185,000 troops. No doubt, men and women.
Isaiah 37:8 So Rabshakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria warring against Libnah: for he had heard that he was departed from Lachish.
Things are happening pretty fast there.
Isaiah 37:9 And he heard say concerning Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, He is come forth to make war with thee. And when he heard it, he sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying,
This is his final word; the king of Assyria is talking here.
Isaiah 37:10 Thus shall ye speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying, Let not thy God, in whom thou trustest, deceive thee, saying, Jerusalem shall not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.
Wow. This is blasphemy to the highest degree. What he’s saying here is:
“Don’t think for one minute that YOUR GOD has stopped me from defeating and conquering Y’all.”
Father is not going to put up with this.
Isaiah 37:11 Behold, thou hast heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands by destroying them utterly; and shalt thou be delivered?
All countries specifically connected with Israel, is what that means.
Isaiah 37:12 Have the gods of the nations delivered them which my fathers have destroyed, as Gozan, and Haran, and Rezeph, and the children of Eden which were in Telassar?
All of these lands are right in the middle of Assyria. He’s flexing his muscles and blowing a little smoke here.
Isaiah 37:13 Where is the king of Hamath, and the king of Arphad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah?
They don’t exist anymore, He took them into his one-world system.
Isaiah 37:14 And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up unto the house of the Lord, and spread it before the Lord.
Finally, he’s going to go consult with our Father.
Isaiah 37:15 And Hezekiah prayed unto the Lord, saying,
He’s going to ask for divine help. I don’t think that he knew that our Father was heavily and actively involved from the start.
Isaiah 37:16 O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, that dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth: thou hast made heaven and earth.
Paying tribute and honoring our Father. What does that mean: dwellest between the cherubims?
That’s where the Mercy Seat was, situated on top of the Ark of the Covenant, with a cherub on either side. Satan used to be one of those cherubs in the first heaven/earth age, until his vanity took control and he decided to oust our Father and sit there himself.
Didn’t go too well for him, did it?
Isaiah 37:17 Incline thine ear, O Lord, and hear; open thine eyes, O Lord, and see: and hear all the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent to reproach the living God.
Father was the One that sent him so He pretty much knows what’s going on but the point is that Hezekiah has come to Him, is praying to Him, is honoring Him and that’s as it should be.
Isaiah 37:18 Of a truth, Lord, the kings of Assyria have laid waste all the nations, and their countries,
They done whooped every last one of them.
Isaiah 37:19 And have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no gods, but the work of men's hands, wood and stone: therefore they have destroyed them.
Not too bad really because he’s done away with false religions and idols.
Isaiah 37:20 Now therefore, O Lord our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the Lord, even thou only.
O Lord our God, save us from his hand. Now he’s doing the right thing.
Isaiah 37:21 Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent unto Hezekiah, saying, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Whereas thou hast prayed to me against Sennacherib king of Assyria:
You are spot-on right now.
Isaiah 37:22 This is the word which the Lord hath spoken concerning him; The virgin, the daughter of Zion, hath despised thee, and laughed thee to scorn; the daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee.
The virgin implies that the city of Jerusalem is safe for the time being.
The daughter of Zion is a feminine personification of the people of Jerusalem.
The words despised, laughed and shaken are called a prosopopaeia and it means things represented as persons.
Isaiah 37:23 Whom hast thou reproached and blasphemed? and against whom hast thou exalted thy voice, and lifted up thine eyes on high? even against the Holy One of Israel.
This is our Father speaking here….
Sennacherib and Rabshakeh are the ones who blasphemed our Father, the Holy One of Israel, not Hezekiah. Hezekiah ignored our Father but he did not speak against Him.
Isaiah 37:24 By thy servants hast thou reproached the Lord, and hast said, By the multitude of my chariots am I come up to the height of the mountains, to the sides of Lebanon; and I will cut down the tall cedars thereof, and the choice fir trees thereof: and I will enter into the height of his border, and the forest of his Carmel.
Father is paraphrasing the words that Sennacherib has spoken.
By the multitude of my chariots am I come up to the height of the mountains. He took his troops and his chariots through some rough country and through the thickest forests.
Isaiah 37:25 I have digged, and drunk water; and with the sole of my feet have I dried up all the rivers of the besieged places.
This is our Father speaking again…
Isaiah 37:26 Hast thou not heard long ago, how I have done it; and of ancient times, that I have formed it? now have I brought it to pass, that thou shouldest be to lay waste defenced cities into ruinous heaps.
If we look towards the future, in this verse, we’re probably looking at Armageddon and Hamon-Gog. Don’t forget that the Assyrian is a type of Antichrist.
Isaiah 37:27 Therefore their inhabitants were of small power, they were dismayed and confounded: they were as the grass of the field, and as the green herb, as the grass on the housetops, and as corn blasted before it be grown up.
Father made them unable to withstand them. They were no stronger than withering grass or grass growing on a housetop, which has little dirt to sustain itself.
Isaiah 37:28 But I know thy abode, and thy going out, and thy coming in, and thy rage against me.
Father is saying that He knows where Sennacherib lives, He knows what he’s like deep down inside.
Satan has a rage against our Father, a hatred that cannot be confined. He was defeated in the first heaven/earth age, when he began the katabole' and has already been sentenced to die in the Lake of Fire. His loathing of our Father has no limits.
Isaiah 37:29 Because thy rage against me, and thy tumult, is come up into mine ears, therefore will I put my hook in thy nose, and my bridle in thy lips, and I will turn thee back by the way by which thou camest.
Father is going to handle Satan with a strength that cannot be overcome and He’ll do it as easily as putting a bridle and bit on a horse.
Isaiah 37:30 And this shall be a sign unto thee, Ye shall eat this year such as groweth of itself; and the second year that which springeth of the same: and in the third year sow ye, and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat the fruit thereof.
This represents a time period of three years. They’re not going to plant anything for the next three years, they’ll live off the seeds that fell on the ground and that grow unto themselves because the invasion will happen after that time.
Isaiah 37:31 And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward:
You should have known all along that the Assyrians were not going to be successful against Judah because they took the Ten Northern Tribes captive…. Nebuchadnezzar took Judah captive.
Isaiah 37:32 For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and they that escape out of mount Zion: the zeal of the Lord of hosts shall do this.
There’s always that remnant, His Elect.
Isaiah 37:33 Therefore thus saith the Lord concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there nor come before it with shields, nor cast a bank against it.
Father is not going to let him do it.
Isaiah 37:34 By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and shall not come into this city, saith the Lord.
Turn his butt around and go back the way he came.
Isaiah 37:35 For I will defend this city to save it for mine own sake, and for my servant David's sake.
He’s not going to save it for the people’s sake, He’s going to save it for HIS sake. Jerusalem is our Father’s most favorite spot on earth. An entire chapter is written on His love for this place.
And for my servant David's sake. That’s the lineage through which the Messiah would come.
Isaiah 37:36 Then the angel of the Lord went forth, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.
A hundred and fourscore and five thousand. That’s 185,000 people!
Isaiah 37:37 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh.
Nineveh being the capitol of Assyria. Sennacherib didn’t have much of an army left after our Father got through with him.
Isaiah 37:38 And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons smote him with the sword; and they escaped into the land of Armenia: and Esar-haddon his son reigned in his stead. KJV
Sennacherib, king of Assyria, killed by his own family. But he had accomplished what our Father wanted him to do.
And that brings us to a very interesting question: did our Father interfere in Sennacherib’s life; did He go against Sennacherib’s free will? We’ll never know for sure but it’s a fact that if our Father chooses to use one of His souls for His own purposes, He has made allowances for that.
Was the soul that was placed in Sennacherib, at the time of his birth, one that had justified itself in the first heaven/earth age? Was that soul one of His Elect? He is free to interfere in the lives of His Elect because they already justified themselves in the first heaven/earth age.
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