Sunday, February 15, 2009
Assyria Destroyed, Philistia Destroyed
15 February 2008: I have come upon some verses in Isaiah in which the Lord declares His irreversable and permanent purpose to destroy the Assyrian, to remove his yoke and burden. Given these verses then how is it even remotely possible for an Islamic Assyrian Antichrist to rise as postulated by the "eastern leg" proponents of Daniel 9:26? It appears to me that said exegetical proponents of an Islamic Assyrian Antichrist are espousing a false teaching that is in direct opposition to the Word of God.
Isaiah 14:24-32 (New King James Version)
24 The LORD of hosts has sworn, saying,
“ Surely, as I have thought, so it shall come to pass,
And as I have purposed, so it shall stand:
25 That I will break the Assyrian in My land,
And on My mountains tread him underfoot.
Then his yoke shall be removed from them,
And his burden removed from their shoulders.
26 This is the purpose that is purposed against the whole earth,
And this is the hand that is stretched out over all the nations.
27 For the LORD of hosts has purposed,
And who will annul it?
His hand is stretched out,
And who will turn it back?”
The very next set of verses describe the destruction of the Philistines. Is it even remotely possible that these verses would not be intimately connected to the prophecies found in Psalm 83 and Isaiah 17 which declare the coming destruction of these same enemies of Israel, among other immediately adjacent tribes and nations? Of course not. To suggest otherwise is a Biblically unfounded exegesis, and the teaching of such things is to be opposed in true contention of the Faith. I take this position in like manner as Paul directly opposed Peter when Peter was clearly in the wrong, so that they may come to the same brotherly Christian understanding that Peter came to as a result of Paul's opposition.
28 This is the burden which came in the year that King Ahaz died.
29 “ Do not rejoice, all you of Philistia,
Because the rod that struck you is broken;
For out of the serpent’s roots will come forth a viper,
And its offspring will be a fiery flying serpent.
30 The firstborn of the poor will feed,
And the needy will lie down in safety;
I will kill your roots with famine,
And it will slay your remnant.
31 Wail, O gate! Cry, O city!
All you of Philistia are dissolved;
For smoke will come from the north,
And no one will be alone in his appointed times.”
32 What will they answer the messengers of the nation?
That the LORD has founded Zion,
And the poor of His people shall take refuge in it.