Saturday, October 04, 2014

Islamic State (12) Israel

Israel should be careful about forming an alliance with the Islamic State. It seems likely that Israel has provided weapons and intelligence to ISIS in attempt to undermine President Assad of Syria (My enemy's enemy is my friend). That could back fire. Josiah was one of the best kings of Judah formed an alliance with the king of Assyria when he was attacked by Pharaoh of Egypt. Josiah was killed in a battle at Meggido.

While Josiah was king, Pharaoh Necho king of Egypt went up to the Euphrates River to help the king of Assyria. King Josiah marched out to meet him in battle, but Necho faced him and killed him at Megiddo (2 Kings 23:29).
This is probably a warning sign.

Isaiah warns that the Assyrian Spirit will be the club of God's wrath against a godless nation, which has angered God.

Woe to the Assyrian, the rod of my anger,
in whose hand is the club of my wrath!
I send him against a godless nation,
I dispatch him against a people who anger me (Is 10:5-6).
This word is also a prophecy against the Assyrian Spirit. It will eventually be destroyed.
When the Lord has finished all his work against Mount Zion and Jerusalem, he will say, “I will punish the king of Assyria for the willful pride of his heart and the haughty look in his eyes (Is 10:12).
The Spirit of Assyria will be destroyed, but not until God has finished his judgments against Israel and its rulers. This puts it well into the future after the Fullness of the Jews (Is 10:20,21). It will be followed by a season of great blessing on earth (Is 11:1-12).

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