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April 28 - Evening

"In the fifty-second year of Azariah king of Judah, Pekah son of Remaliah became king of Israel in Samaria, and he reigned twenty years. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord. He did not turn away from the
sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat,
which he had caused Israel to commit.

In the time of Pekah king of Israel, Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria came and took Ijon, Abel Beth Maakah, Janoah, Kedesh and Hazor. (Map HERE) He took Gilead and Galilee, including all the land of Naphtali, and deported the people to Assyria. Then Hoshea son of Elah conspired against Pekah son of Remaliah. He attacked and assassinated him, and then succeeded him as king in the twentieth year of Jotham son of Uzziah."

- Second Kings 15:27-30

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The "Fourth Generation" and the Fifth Cycle of Discipline for Northern Israel    

The last six kings (753-721) of the northern kingdom ruled in evil times as their four-generation society of oppression and violence engulfed their culture. The fifth cycle of judgment culminated in this “fourth generation” with the invasion of the Assyrians, the destruction of Israel’s capital city Samaria and the deportation of many Israelites to foreign lands.

Four of the last six kings of Israel were assassinated. The last king was taken prisoner by Assyrian king Shalmaneser.

Zechariah, the fifth generation of Jehu’s dynasty, replaced his father Jeroboam II and reigned only six months. Shallum attacked and killed Zechariah at a public gathering.

Shallum then reigned one month in Samaria and then Menahem from Tirzah attacked and killed him. (Map HERE)

Menahem faced a new threat coming from the north of the now subdued Aram.  The Assyrians led by King Tiglath-Pileser III (Pul in the NIV) invaded the land. Menahem gave him 37 tons of silver to guarantee his position on the throne. (Map HERE) This political expense was passed on to the people as a 1 ¼ pound tax of silver. Menahem reigned for ten years and died in 742 BC.

Pekahiah, son of Menahem, reigned for two years. One of his officers, Pekah, son of Remaliah, took fifty men into the most secure part of the palace, the royal citadel, and killed Pekahiah. (Map HERE)

Pekah, son of Remaliah, (mentioned in Isaiah 7:4-10) lost several of his northern cities (Map HERE) to Tiglath-Pileser, King of Assyria. After twenty years Pekah was assassinated by Hoshea who replaced him as king.

Hoshea began reigning in 731 BC. He was a vassal king for the rising Assyrian empire. The new Assyrian king, Shalmaneser, discovered that Hoshea had sent ambassadors to So the king of
Egypt. When Hoshea stopped paying tribute Shalmaneser put him in prison in 724 BC.
Shalmaneser then invaded the land of Israel and led a three year Assyrian siege against Samaria.

In 721 BC the Assyrians captured Samaria and deported (Map HERE) the Israelites of Israel into Assyria and dispersed them throughout the Assyrian Empire. Many of the Israelites from the
northern kingdom of Israel fled for refuge in Hezekiah's southern kingdom of Judah. It was at
this time Hezekiah expanded the walls of Jerusalem to protect these new settlers on the
west hill or western ridge of Jerusalem (or, today what is called Mount Zion and the
Jewish Quarter of the Old City.) (Map HERE) (See photo of the remains of this wall Hezekiah built to protect the refugees from northern Israel fleeing to Jerusalem HERE.)

  Christian Quote from Church History
"The only program which can meet all the alarming facts of the situation is the worldwide spread of Christianity in its purest form." - John Mott
Something to Ponder??

Five Hebrew words for “Faith”

Prop – Gen. 15:6, the word for “amen.” It means to use God as a prop and to use God as a foundation, to lean on Him.

Slam – Psalm 37:3, translated as “faith” or “trust.” This is an ancient wrestling term that refers to one wrestler picking up the other and slamming them down. The idea is to pick up you problems and slam
them on the Lord.

Flee – Psalm 57:1, used to say “flee like a bunny.” Just like a rabbit flees from a large animal instead of staying and fighting the predator, we are to flee to the Lord as if he were a cleft in a rock.
We flee to him for safety.

Withstand – Job 13:15, this means to stand your ground, trust and wait though you are in extreme pain (Habakkuk 3:17-18; Daniel 3:17-18).

Hang On – Isaiah 40:31, “Those who hope in the Lord…” This word originally was used in making rope. In rope production you start with only a little strand which could be easily broken. In this case you do not weary, stumble or let go, but instead you begin to bind together more strands of truth and hope to make a great rope that cannot be broken.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Patria (Gr) – Family (Eng) – patria is Greek word that comes from pater, meaning “father.” Patria is used in classical Greek to refer to “a family” or “a tribe.” It is used three times in the NT:
Ephesians 3:15; Luke 2:4; Acts 3:25.

  An impression in clay (called a bulla) made in the 700's BC from a seal says in Hebrew: "Belonging to Hezekiah [son of] Ahaz, King of Judah." The clay impression is1/2 inch in diameter and has a winged scarab beetle similar Egyptian art. According to the Bible Hezekiah (715-686 BC) was the son of Ahaz who ruled Judah. (more here)
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I treat people fairly? Am I concerned with justice in my society?
I will not allow myself to live selfishly and use oppression, force and violence to get what I want.
  "Whoever increases wealth by taking interest or profit from the poor amasses it for another, who will be
kind to the poor."

- Proverbs 28:8
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The Roman siege ramp at Masada

The Roman siege ramp at Masada.

A roman inscription from around 138-161 AD was reused in the southern wall of the Temple Mount.

(click on image for larger size)

Watch Toni walk up the trail on the side of this Roman siege ramp at Masada in Galyn's video below along with other details:

A roman inscription from around 138-161 AD was reused in the southern wall of the Temple Mount.
(See more photos and details here.)
(click on image for larger size)
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