Archaeology of Ancient Assyria
When the river of
Assyria overflowed its banks even into the land of Israel, the Lord had given
them strength and glory for a season. They conquered His rebellious people in
722 B.C. and led them away into captivity. When the river of Assyria overflowed
once again, and swept the countryside of Judah, reaching to the neck, the
prophet Isaiah strengthened himself by seeking Immanuel, the divine owner of the
land. It was Yahweh who bore the name Immanuel "God with us" and it was He and
He alone who would protect Jerusalem from the Assyrian's and any other enemy. If
king Hezekiah was to fear anyone he was to fear the Lord alone, who dwells in
Mount Zion, not Sennacherib, king of Assyria and his invincible host.
This was Isaiah's
message to the people in Jerusalem and to king Hezekiah. Hezekiah called the
people to seek after Yahweh and to trust in Him for their deliverance. The
prophet Isaiah said that Yahweh was using the Assyrians as a rod to chastise
Israel and Judah. But the proud Assyrians took quite a different view of the
situation. To them Yahweh was only the god of a small weak nation, and not to be
compared with Asshur or Ishtar, whom the Assyrians worshipped. King Sennacherib
never dreamed that he was merely an instrument in the hands of an Almighty God.
This was Isaiah's message ever since the Assyrians first stepped foot into
Judah. Isaiah prophesied that the Assyrians would be overthrown by God Himself
in Jerusalem, and he repeated this message many times. No doubt that many Jews
mocked Isaiah's message of deliverance, for who could stand up to the mighty
Assyrians? The Jewish God is the God of all the earth and the Assyrian knew it
not. God spoke again through His prophet Isaiah and said that Sennacherib would
leave the land of Judah and return to his own land.
Isaiah 37:29 "Because your rage against Me and your tumult Have come up to My
ears, Therefore I will put My hook in your nose And My bridle in your lips, And
I will turn you back By the way which you came."'
Assyrian army was routed by the Lord Himself in Jerusalem just as the Lord had
promised. Sennacherib returned to his land and was murdered by his own sons.
This was recorded in the Bible and also on the Nabonidus Stele discovered in
The Lord also
promised that the "cruel" Assyrian Empire would fall, and again not by human
hands. This also came to pass in 612 B.C. when the Babylonians and the Medes
came against Assyria. God sent a flood to wash away the walls and Nabopolassarís
armies utterly demolished the Assyrian Empire.
passed into history and was so utterly devastated that they were believed to
have been a biblical myth throughout the centuries. In fact no one even knew
where Nineveh was located until archeologists came in the 19th-century and
in the ruins of ancient Assyria that the Lord keeps His promises. But the Bible
is more than a book of history, it is a history of redemption. It is not a
history of the world, not even a history of the Hebrew people. The Bible
accurately records gods plan of redemption in history, everything else, however
magnificent and whatever the treasure may be, is passed by silently, and left to
the examination of the archaeologist.
"Heaven and earth will pass away but My Word will abide forever."
Archaeology of Ancient Assyria
Ancient Assyria and Archaeology
Paul Emil Botta
- French Archaeologist
Austen Henry Layard
- British Archaeologist
List of Later Assyrian Kings
The Ancient City of Nineveh
The Ancient City of Khorsabad
The Ancient City of Calah
The Ancient City of Asshur
Scriptures about Ancient Assyria
- Ancient Documents
- Heart Message and Devotional
Archaeology and Ancient Assyria