PROOF THE BIBLE IS AUTHENTIC
Hello out there!
Are all of you doing well this week? I pray so, and if you are struggling, I pray that Yeshua gives you extra strength! I attended a wonderful women’s retreat this weekend. Much healing occurred and the presence of Jesus was strong. What a blessed time we had singing songs, listening to great stories and authentic teachings, praying and eating yummy food, lol! And just basking in each others love and the ultimate Love of our heavenly Father.
|ISIS Damage to ancient sight in Mosul, Iraq|
It all started with ISIS, the Islamic terrorist group. From 2014 to 2017 they took control of parts of Iraq, including all of Mosul, where the ancient city of Nineveh is located. Because ISIS has no regard for ancient historical sights they destroyed much and tunneled and dug around the ancient city (most likely looking for something valuable to sell to fund their terrorist group). Since 2017, archeologists have worked at this site trying to assess the damage and see what was
unearthed. Though not thought of any importance by ISIS, some of the most stunning finds were inscriptions made by Assyrian kings. Why are these finds so important? Because they provide physical evidence of places and names mentioned in the Bible. Here are a few:
|Tunnel dug by ISIS|
King Ashurnasirpal II, who reigned from 883-859 BC, wrote “The ancient city Calah which Shalmaneser, king of Assyria, a ruler who preceded me, had built—this city had become dilapidated; it lay dormant (and) had turned into ruin hills. I
rebuilt this city. I took people which I had conquered from the lands over which I had gained dominion, from the land Suḫu, (from) the entire land Laqû, (from) the city Sirqu which is at the crossing of the Euphrates, (from) the entire land of Zamua, from Bīt-Adini and the Ḫatti, and from Lubarna (Liburna), the Ḫatinu. I settled (them) therein.”1 Ezra 4:10 mentions this type of resettlement practices and Genesis 10:11-12 mentions the city of Calah.
|Discovery in one of the tunnels, note|
cuneiform writing on walls
Several of the inscriptions were found on wall panels, statues
and pillars. Here is just a few of what was inscribed:
“The palace of Esarhaddon, great king, mighty king, king of the world, king of Assyria, governor of Babylon, king of Sumer and Akkad, son of Sennacherib, king of the world, king of Assyria, descendant of Sargon (II), king of the world, king of Assyria.
The palace of Esarhaddon, great king, mighty king, king of the world, king of Assyria, governor of Babylon, king of Sumer and Akkad; the one who (re)constructed the temple of the god Aššur, (re)built Esagil and Babylon, (and) renewed the statues of the great gods; son of Sennacherib, king of the world, king of Assyria, descendant of Sargon (II), king of the world, king of Assyria.
The palace of Esarhaddon, strong king, king of the world, king of Assyria, governor of Babylon, king of Sumer and Akkad, king of the kings of (lower) Egypt, upper Egypt , king of the four quarters, son of Sennacherib, king of Assyria, son of Sargon (II), strong king, king of the world, king of Assyria.
The palace of Ashurbanipal, great king, mighty king, king of the world, king of Assyria, son of Esarhaddon, king of Assyria, descendant of Sennacherib, king of Assyria.”2
“All of the Assyrian kings mentioned in Esarhaddon’s inscriptions are mentioned in the Bible and in the correct order. Sargon II (just called Sargon in Scripture) is only mentioned once in Isaiah 20:1; Sennacherib is mentioned several times (2 Kings 18-19; Chronicles 32; Isaiah 36-37). Scripture mentions that he was assassinated by two of his
sons and that another son, Esarhaddon, reigned after him. Esarhaddon is only mentioned three times, with the 2 kings 19:37 and Isaiah 37:38 passages merely recording that he succeeded his father to the throne. Ezra 4:2 also mentions that the Samaritans and the mixed peoples of other nations conquered by Assyria were settled there by Esarhaddon (sometime after the conquest of the Northern Kingdom of Israel in 722 BC). Ashurbanipal…was the son of Esarhaddon and is also mentioned in Scripture but, depending on the translation, may be called by that name or by Asnappar, Osnapper, or Asenaphar in Ezra 4:10, where he is also listed as an Assyrian king who relocated non-Israelite people to the regions of Samaria.”3
|Ancient citadel to Nineveh (modern day Mosul)|
So many archeological artifacts already confirm the Bible’s authenticity, this just adds more solid evidence. Good things to know when asked or confronted about the Bible’s authenticity.
Until next week, God bless and take care,