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Assyrian Empire, End of

The Assyrians were a cruel and warlike people who were used by God to punish his people and the surrounding nations who practiced idolatry. The Assyrians were especially cruel in their tactics and methods of conquest. Most Assyrian kings had a policy to transport the people from defeated kingdoms into other territories. They also enslaved them, killed them in great numbers, tortured humans as a means of entertainment, they praised false gods and they shed innocent blood. The Assyrians were not a righteous and upstanding group of people and in time God had to judge them for their sins. The kingdom of Assyria is completely replaced by Babylon by 600 BC which is when this event appears on the Bible Timeline.

Before God destroyed the Assyrians he sent them some of his prophets to warn them to turn away from their sins. The book of Jonah is a testimony to this truth. Jonah prophesied to the Assyrian city of Nineveh about 100 years before its destruction. This event took place around 740 to 730 B.C. The prophet didn’t want the Assyrian people of Nineveh to escape God’s judgment but God knew that they would repent and this is why he sent him to the city. Even though the people of Nineveh repented when Johan came to them the future generations of Assyrians did not have a change of mind about their cruel acts and sins. The prophet Nahum speaks judgments against the city about the same time as Jonah and his prophesies about the downfall of this city eventually take place.

The Assyrians conquered many people in the Middle East region of the world. The Medes, Scythians, Babylonians, and Medes were some of the major groups of people that were brought under the control of the Assyrians. The Israelites were also dominated by the Assyrians, but the people of Judah were not. They would be conquered by the kingdom of Babylon at a later date. The Assyrians broke their empire down into small and manageable provinces. The Assyrian King Tiglath-Pilezer started this policy and as he expanded the empire he continued to use it to make sure the people would not rebel. Eventually, this policy failed because the Babylonians, Scythians, and Medes rose up against the Assyrians around 632 B.C.

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Battle scene, Assyrian, about 728 BC.

The Babylonians led this federation and went to war against the Assyrians. Their main objective was to take Nineveh and destroy this city because it was the seat of power for the Assyrian empire. The Babylonians got close to the city and almost destroyed it, but the Assyrians managed to keep them tied up before they could accomplish this objective. Some of the tribal groups of Medes managed to sack Nineveh while the Assyrians were busy fighting the Babylonian federation. Even though the Medes conquered the city the Babylonians would go on to become the official rulers of Assyria. When the Assyrians lost Nineveh they knew that their empire was going to fall into the hands of their enemies. Babylon went on to conquer other Assyrian cities and by 600 B.C. Babylon had become the next dominant empire in the region.

Biblical References:

The Books of Nahum, I and II Kings, 1 and 2 Chronicles and Jonah explains why God took the time out to destroy and in some instances save Assyrians.

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8 thoughts on “Assyrian Empire, End of

  1. Very good facts about the Assyrians

  2. stop making it based off the bible, as your facts about “gods judgement” are false.

    1. Boy , the fact that God is envolved in the affairs of men and does not jump through your hoops, really bothers you , doesn’t it?

    2. You better stop slandering God’s Word, hell is not where you want to go when you die. Turn to Christ, He will save you

  3. I appreciate your information. Of COURSE the article would be based on the Bible. The BIBLE is the only book that is 100% trustworthy in its original manuscripts.
    It has also stood the test of archeology over and over again. co

    1. We don’t even HAVE the original manuscripts. All we have are copies of copies of copies, and even those are questionable, at best. There are so many contradictions between copies, it just depends on which copy suits the reader’s preferences, as to which one is chosen. There are also many indications that the books were written long AFTER the events happened, not before, so it wasn’t really prophecy as much as it was re-telling of some parts of events. History is what it is, but it’s never fully reported, just told with as many details as the teller chooses to use, based on how the writer wants the story to come out. And unfortunately, world happenings don’t usually involve a god of any kind, regardless whether some wish it did. It’s easy to interpret events as working out for or against a particular belief system, but life really doesn’t happen that way; one side’s view as positive for humanity is another side’s negative view. Bias controls everything.

  4. One day every knee will and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, thereby giving glory to God the Father.
    Better to do this now and trust in the authenticity of the bible (the written word of God given through men who spoke inspired by God’s Holy Spirit); For this wonderful book is able to make one wise unto the salvation God offers to sinful mankind (for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory God intended for mankind).
    God so loved His world that he willingly and freely gave his beloved son to save us all from our sin by paying the price in dying in our place for our offences, and meeting the righteous demands of justice. God does not desire the death of a sinner but rather that a sinner turn and live for God desires all mankind to be saved.
    A rejection of this gracious invitation to repent of our sin and have faith and hope in God because of what Jesus has done in paying for our sin will result, on the day God judges by Jesus Christ, in being forced to recognise Jesus for who he really is (Lord and Saviour), and then being committed to eternal destruction from the beautiful, loving and peace filled presence of the Lord.

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