Amidst the major prophetic events that are happening on the global scene, there are also periodic archaeological discoveries that verify the Bible’s narrative accounts. When these occasions occur, I like to bring these to readers’ attention to strengthen everyone’s faith in the accuracy of biblical accounts. This post is one such occasion. Isaiah 36-37 has an account of a major invasion of the ancient kingdom of Judah by the Assyrians during the reign of King Hezekiah.

The Assyrians were notoriously cruel when they captured the cities and populations of kingdoms they were invading. King Hezekiah and his people were besieged by the Assyrians who seemed irresistibly numerous. The Assyrian general, Rabshakeh (who was sent by Assyrian King Sennacherib), boasted about the fact that the gods of other besieged cities could not resist the Assyrian invasions and he openly proclaimed that the God of King Hezekiah was also too weak to do anything to save Hezekiah and the people of Judah from a terrible fate when the Assyrians breached the walls of Jerusalem. In his desperation, King Hezekiah prayed to God for deliverance, citing Rabshakeh’s open scoffing about the inferiority of Hezekiah’s God. Hezekiah’s prayer was answered and he sent a message via Isaiah the prophet that God would deliver Hezekiah and his besieged people from the Assyrian army encamped about the city of Jerusalem. God sent an angel to execute the Assyrian army and the Bible records that 185,000 Assyrian soldiers were killed by angelic action, liberating Jerusalem from this Assyrian invasion. This gripping narrative is found in II Kings 18:18:11-19:37 and Isaiah 36-37.

God’s message to Hezekiah via Isaiah the prophet included a personal prophecy for King Sennacherib of Assyria: that he would be killed in his own land when he returned to Assyria (II Kings 19:6-7, Isaiah 37:6-7). After his army was Divinely killed, Sennacherib did return to Assyria but he was assassinated by his own sons (II Kings 19:36-37 Isaiah 37:37-38), fulfilling God’s prophecy. The Bible further notes that after assassinating Sennacherib, his sons fled to the region of Armenia for asylum. Why did they flee to Armenia and why were they certain they would be granted asylum there. My printed book, Israel’s Lost Empires and my E-book, The “Lost” Ten Tribes of Israel…Found!, explain that Sennacherib’s sons fled to the area of Armenia/Ararat because they knew that a large contingent of displaced members of the exiled and Assyrian-hating ten tribes of Israel lived there so their chances of asylum were very high. The Israelites in that area founded the kingdom of Iberia (named after Eber, the father of the Hebrews), which was one of the dispersed and confederated tribes of the Scythians (many of whom were exiled Israelites).

With the above backstory, let us examine what has just been found in modern Jerusalem. A topographical/archaeological effort in Jerusalem has found the location of the Assyrian camp in which 185,000 Assyrian soldiers were killed by God’s angel. Just as the Romans were known for building rectangular camps when besieging a location (one such camp is visible below the slopes of Masada), the Assyrians were known for building circular encampments. The besieging armies would routinely build a fortified camp outside the besieged city to protect them from the elements as well as attacks from the soldiers of a besieged city. The three links below detail the location of this camp in the modern area of the city of Jerusalem as well as how the archaeologists located it. The links point out the obvious fact that this discovery supports the biblical narratives and gives weight to the Bible’s accounts of what happened there. Those readers who have been in Jerusalem will likely especially want to read those links to see where the Assyrian encampment was located.

That ancient physical evidence supporting biblical accounts have been found is great news, but I’d like to offer a few comments about this discovery in a larger, biblically-prophesied context. Daniel 12:4 prophesied that at “the time of the end” (the latter days), “knowledge shall be increased.” I’ve discussed this important prophecy in other writings, but will repeat that the Hebrew word translated “Increased” is the same Hebrew word which is used in Genesis 7:17 to describe how the waters on the earth “increased” during the Deluge in Noah’s time. Obviously, it meant an unprecedented, exponential “increase” in the waters on earth during the Flood in Noah’s time, so it also means an exponential “increase” in mankind’s fund of knowledge in the latter days. That prophecy has been very literally fulfilled in our modern time. Mankind’s level of knowledge has increased in the modern era from a level of knowledge little changed from ancient times to walking on the moon, blanketing the earth with satellite coverage, digital technology and now Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications. Such technological increases confirm we are living in the latter days of this current age before Divine intervention occurs.

One result of the increased level of mankind’s knowledge during our present latter-day period is that there are now technological abilities to locate ancient cities and geographical locations mentioned in the Bible. It is also being discovered that at one time ancient mankind’s technological abilities rivaled our own (as numerous episodes of Ancient Aliens programs on cable TV documentaries have examined.) Without aerial drone and satellite technologies, many things visible from the air or space would not be noticed at all from the ground. Modern technologies were used to locate the ancient Assyrian encampment which was discussed in the Bible when a doomed Assyrian army was encamped outside of the besieged city of Jerusalem. Jesus Christ himself, in Matthew 24:37, prophesied the latter days of our age would be a parallel society to what existed on earth before the Flood in Noah’s time.

Who knows what else will be discovered on earth in the future that affirms biblical narratives? What artifact or lost city would you like to have located? Many would say the finding of the lost Ark of the Covenant would be a huge discovery…and so it would be. I also think of a different “Ark” I’d love to see discovered–the Ark of Noah which Genesis 8:4-5 records came to rest in the “mountains of Ararat.” Many explorers have looked, without convincing success, for Noah’s Ark on the modern mountain named Mt. Ararat. A literal  understanding of Genesis 8:4-5 shows they all may have been looking in the wrong place. The Bible does not specifically state the Ark will be found on a modern mountain named “Mt. Ararat.” The Bible simply states that the Ark came to rest somewhere on a mountaintop in the “mountains of Ararat.” This means the Ark could be located today on any of the high mountains in the Ararat mountain range which straddles the modern nations of Turkey, Armenia and Iran–a fairly wide region. I do wonder: Was God deliberately vague about the specific location where the Ark came to rest because he is preserving it to be found and revealed to mankind at the beginning of the Millennium/Messianic Age or will it be located prior to the return of Jesus Christ? We will have to wait and see.

I’d like to thank the reader who alerted me to the important discovery of the ancient Assyrian encampment located in Jerusalem .

 

  1. https://www.foxnews.com/world/newly-found-assyrian-camp-supports-epic-biblical-account-expert-says
  2. https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/newly-found-assyrian-camp-supports-epic-biblical-account-expert-says/news-story/efb6bea177bfc68b958b345d9934ffdf
  3. https://www.catholic.org/news/international/middle_east/story.php?id=87127