Saturday, August 10, 2013


Isaiah lived nearly his entire life during the reign of the Assyrian King Sennacherib (720-683 B.C.).  As a result, the Book of Isaiah mentions "the Assyrian" eight of the thirteen times the name appears in the Bible.  He is also mentioned once in Ezekiel, twice in Hosea, and twice in Micah.  As one looks at what Isaiah said about his contemporary, it is obvious that there is a parallel between Sennacherib and the Antichrist. 

*   Both are used of God to pour out His wrath upon Israel (Isa. 10:5, 24; 52:4; w/ Dan. 9:24-27; Mt. 24:3-28; Rev. 6 - 18).
*   Both attack Egypt (the King of the South) by going through the land of Israel (Isa. 19:23; 37:6-7 w/ Dan. 11; Ezek. 38 - 39).
*   Both are described as a "fiery flying serpent" (Isa. 14:29 w/ Rev. 12:7-9).
*   Both war against the "whole earth" (Isa. 14:26 w/ Rev. 12:12; 13:15).
*   Both attempt to slay Israel's remnant (Isa. 14:30 w/ Rev. 12:13-17).
*   Both are defeated by the voice of the Lord, a sword (Isa. 30:31; 31:8 w/ Rev. 19:15).

Of the other verses that mention the Assyrian, these are especially pertinent:

*   Hosea 11:5 says, "He shall not return into the land of Egypt, but the Assyrian shall be his king, because they refused to return."
*   Micah 5:5-6 says, "And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men.  And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall He deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders."

As I have written in the past, I believe the Antichrist will be from the land that was once controlled by Assyria, Egypt, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome, for when Christ returns, He will destroy ALL those kingdoms at one time (Dan. 2:44-45; Rev. 17:10; 19:11-21).

The "Assyrian" appears to have been a type of Antichrist.

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