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Assyrian Soldiers Killed by an Angel, 185,000

Miracles and Faith go hand in hand. God smote many in defense of the righteous. This article is about how one of His angels saved Jerusalem under the reign of Hezekiah. The event is recorded on the Bible Timeline Poster around 700 BC.

Hezekiah’s reign (726-697 BC) overlapped the reigns of Assyrian kings Shalmaneser V, Sargon II, and Sennacherib. He also served as coregent with his father king Ahaz who placed Judah under the rule of Assyria during his reign.

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In 722 BC, Shalmaneser besieged Samaria and three years later the city fell to his brother Sargon II. He had the citizens of Samaria deported to other Assyrian territories (2 Kings 18:10-11). Judah, meanwhile, experienced religious and political reformation during Hezekiah’s reign. In 713-711 BC, Hezekiah joined in planning a rebellion along with the rulers of Ashdod, Edom, and Moab against Sargon. This rebellion may have been stirred up by king Merodach-Baladan of Babylon who was removed from his throne years ago by Sargon. The allied kings decided not to pay tribute to Assyria, but Hezekiah later withdrew from the plan and Azuri, the ruler of Ashdod, was removed from his throne (Isaiah 20).

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“Defeat of Sennacherib”

Sennacherib came to power after the death of his father Sargon II during the battle of Tabal in 705 BC. He wasted no time in defeating his father’s old enemy, king Merodach-Baladan of Babylon. Sennacherib also invaded the kingdom of Judah and captured the town of Lachish. Upon hearing this, Hezekiah offered to pay tribute to Sennacherib if only he would withdraw his armies from Judah (2 Kings 18:13-). The king of Assyria received Hezekiah’s tribute but continued to Jerusalem to besiege it.

The king of Judah sent his ambassadors after Sennacherib summoned him but Sennacherib’s chief of staff insulted the king of Judah and belittled his army. His ambassadors asked the Assyrian chief of staff to speak to them in Aramaic instead of Hebrew because they did not want to frighten the people. But Sennacherib’s chief of staff refused because he wanted the people to hear about what the Assyrian army will do to them if they will not surrender and made an example out of the people of Samaria.

Hezekiah relayed the Assyrian chief of staff’s message to the prophet Isaiah. But the prophet told the king not to worry about Sennacherib’s threats and foretold the Assyrian king’s death by the sword. Sennacherib besieged the town of Libnah and left to meet the attack of Taharqa, king of Egypt. Sennacherib sent a message to Hezekiah demanding for his surrender before leaving. Hezekiah despaired and Isaiah, once again, sent him a prophecy reassuring him of Judah’s safety and Assyria’s defeat.

2 Kings 19:35 tells that 185,000 Assyrian soldiers were killed by an angel that night and Sennacherib returned to Nineveh. He was later killed by his own sons. His youngest son, Esarhaddon, succeeded him as king of Assyria.

References:
Miller, J. Maxwell, and John H. Hayes. A History of Ancient Israel and Judah. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1986
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13 thoughts on “Assyrian Soldiers Killed by an Angel, 185,000

  1. Who were the 185,000? Were they just soldiers or were they the best of a larger army because not all of the army was killed.
    Thank you
    Tim

    1. But I read where the Bible said in the morning they were ALL DEAD

    2. They were the Assyrians, Nephilim. Giants. The strongest enemy in the world at the time. The Angel of the Lord that killed them was/is Jesus Christ. There is a lot of scripture that supports this specific individual being the Son of Man. Angel can mean messenger. Jesus dealt with the Nephilim in the Old Testament as the Angel of the Lord and again in the New Testament as Jesus Christ. However in the New Testament He was dealing with them in their spirit form of demons. These demons knew who He was and that He was the Son of God because He is the one who killed them when they were Nephilim.

      1. I have been trying to find the answer to this. I know Christ is of the Father, and the God of Moses is the deity Jesus calls the first ruler, evil one, we call Lucifer, the bible calls God, the archons. so with that framework, did the Angel of Yaldoboath/God of Moses/Demi-urge/creator of the material world, did he smite the 185k army, or did the light come into this world to smote them, maybe so the Christ could come in a Jewish body from the seed of Abraham? So in other words, who killed the army, God of our world, physical beasts and animals, or the Light, the Father of the All, Christ?

      2. Very powerful & thought provoking

      3. Hi, Your response is really interesting. You say that it was Jesus that killed the forces and that there is a lot of scripture that supports this. As a student, could you tell me where in the Bible I will find these scriptures? Preferably the verse and chapter as well as the name of the Book. Thanks in advance.

  2. a movie by JWs shows that the king his wife and one soldier are the only survivors to tell the story of what Jehovah did that night.

  3. They had been around for some time. The invading Assyrians had been wronging the people for some time. God and the angel had been summoned to clear the field and grounds

  4. I’m trying to figure out HOW did this 1 angel kill 185,000 men? Did he multiply himself into spiritual clones to equal the amount of men present that night, with all the clones returning back inside the body of that angel after the killings were completed (i.e. like Nicloas Cage in NEXT multiplying himself in that warehouse towards the end of that movie)? Did this angel have superfast teleportation abilities like Nightcrawler from Xmen, swiftly but quietly slaying each man one-by-one? I love thinking about stuff like this.

    1. Brother Parker If God can create the Universe and everything in it, when he made Angels do you think that He would not have given them powers far beyond our imagination?

      One thinks thou art taking the xxxx.

    2. God is limitless in power and ability, and can bestow a measure of that power onto his creations as he sees fit. There are a number of examples in the Bible of angels performing feats that our human minds struggle to comprehend. What this lesson boils down to, though, is that the angel did not stop because he ran out of time. He stopped because he ran out of Assyrians.

    3. Maybe he did an all-at-once shockwave (e.g., Tabuu from Super Smash Bros. Brawl).

  5. Therefore this is what Jehovah says about the king of As·syrʹi·a:“He will not come into this city Or shoot an arrow there Or confront it with a shield Or cast up a siege rampart against it. 33 By the way he came he will return;He will not come into this city,” declares Jehovah. 34 “I will defend this city and save it for my own sake And for the sake of my servant David.”’”

    11 Kings 19. On that very night the angel of Jehovah went out and struck down 185,000 men in the camp of the As·syrʹi·ans. When people rose up early in the morning, they saw all the dead bodies.

    The 185,000 were the most brutal of the forces. They were the most blasphemous to God. After that killing, the rest of the forces retreated and in the end King Sen·nachʹer·ib of As·syrʹi·a was killed by his own family.

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