About Jesus Steve Sweetman
Ax In The Hand Of God
Isaiah 10:5 and 6 God said that Assyria is "a rod of his anger, in
whose hands is the club of His wrath ...
against a godless nation … to seize and loot … to trample down like
mud in the streets …" Simply
put, Assyria was a club in the hand of God to clobber the godless northern
nation of Israel in 722 B. C..
goes on to say, "does the ax raise itself above him who swings it, or
the saw boast against him who uses it?
… Therefore, the Lord will send a wasting disease upon his sturdy
warriors ..." (Isaiah 10:15-16)
didn't make Assyria attack Israel
against her will. He didn't
violate her freedom of choice. She
certainly wouldn't have chosen to be a tool of the Israeli God.
She didn't know she was anybody's tool, let alone God's tool.
Besides, Assyria had full intensions of invading the northern
kingdom of Israel. Even though it was God's
will for Assyria to invade Israel, the attack violated the Abrahamic Covenant.
So, God cut Assyria down in judgment with the ax of Babylon. Remember, "he who
will be blessed and he who curses Israel
will be cursed". (Genesis 12:1-3)
history is repetitive. Only
the names change from one era to the next.
the book of Isaiah you will note references to "the Assyrian".
He's the king of Assyria, who many prophetic futurists believe is prophetically symbolic of the
anti-Christ. Like the king of
Assyria and his kingdom, the anti-Christ and His empire will rise to world
domination, with a special hatred towards Israel. Also like the king of
Assyria, the anti-Christ will be the ax in the hand of God to cut Israel
down one last time. After
experiencing the worst axing in her history, Israel
will finally find lasting repentance and return to her God. (Zechariah 13
and 14) This ends the
anti-Christ's usefulness as an ax in the hand of God.
So as God brought down Assyria and
a few things to learn from all of this.
God won't violate a nation's freedom of choice,
but at the same time, He is actively involved in the affairs of that
nation and the choices it makes. Even
though that nation doesn't realize it, and would certainly deny it, God
can use it to accomplish His will. Then,
like Assyria and Babylon, if necessary, throw it into the junk pile of rusty old nations once used
as tools in the hand of God. It's
my opinion that
godless as your nation might be, you should know that the Lord is quite
capable of using a godless nation and its godless leaders to accomplish
His will. For our own peace of
mind, it is important to understand these things as God maneuvers His way
through the unsettling world events that now face us.
We need to see these events from God's perspective, not from our
perspective. As Isaiah 9:7
says, "the zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this".
This is my version based on my understanding of the Hebrew text.
"The passionate jealousy of the Lord of the mother of all
angelic armies will certainly accomplish His will", and in this
context, God's will is the restoration of Israel.