After a three year siege, Samaria falls to the Assyrians marking the end of the nation of Northern Israel. In this episode, we cover the siege and the end of Northern Israel and discuss its best and worst kings and their highest and lowest moments with personal feedback learned over the last few years of studying the kingdom of Northern Israel.
2 Kings 17:6-40
2 Kings 13:4-5
Not since the night of the first born of Egypt did the Angel of Death visit the earth, yet his services were required again in the year 701BC. According to Jewish tradition, the Angel of Death was named Azrael and a night of reckoning for the powers that be was set forth.
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At the height of the siege of Jerusalem, King Ahaz sent riders out to Ninevah to offer his submission to Tiglath Pileaser of Assyria. His riders make it to Ninevah and offer Jerusalem's treasures, but the treasures made no difference because Assyria had already invaded Aram and Northern Isreal. The invasion of Aram led to the end of the state of Aram and the submission of Northern Israel. All that remained of Northern Israel was the city of Samaria and other hilltop cities. In one last grasp for power, King Hoshea tries to play his cards but is called on the mat by Assyria's next king Shalmaneser V who invades and besieges Samaria.
2 Kings 16:7-9
2 Kings 17
In a final bid for survival, Aram and Northern Israel join forces and attack Judah leaving a devastating wake of destruction and death in their wake. The wicked King Ahaz and the rest of the nation of Judah hide behind their remaining cities and their city walls. In the midst of the siege, the prophet Isaiah brings a message of hope to a desperate nation and its wicked king.
While the prophet Isaiah prophesies from the city, Micah prophecies from the country. The prophecies of Micah focus on the location of Judah and Israel, they vary dramatically from the time perspective. Speaking judgment words in his generation, Micah also speaks to the Messianic age and the end of the age. In this episode, we cover the significant prophecies of Micah.
The Book of Micah
When Uzziah was struck with leprosy, Jotham became king In Jerusalem. He proves to be a faithful and great king. Upon his death, Ahaz becomes king and proves to be one of the wickedest kings to ever rule in Israel. In this episode, we emphasize the wickedness of Ahaz and set the scene for one of the greatest prophecies of all time.
2 Chronicles 27
In preparation for a life of visions and prophecies, Isaiah has a most powerful heavenly encounter. Tune in as Isaiah encounters the Lord in a heavenly vision and we recount other prophets and their experiences in heaven and we meet the four living creatures who reside at God's throne in heaven.
At the height of Northern Israel's power, God tells the prophet Hoshea to marry a prostitute. Hoshea married Gomer, the prostitute, and went on to have at least three children. Within a short while, Gomer leaves Hoshea and returns to her prostitution and idol worship. The entire account of Hoshea parallels the sin of Gomer to Israel's unfaithfulness to God.
The Book of Hoshea
Around the year 753 BC, the city of Rome was founded and two of the greatest Messianic prophets were born. In this episode, we discuss the founding of Rome and the birth of the prophets Isaiah and Micah and their significance to the greatest story ever told.