The Destruction of the Kingdom by YAHWEH
All historical accounts are selective, yet this purpose is to point out main events that influence writings in Scripture.
Yisrael and Yahudah at Variance (931-926)
A critical moment for YAHWEH's Chosen People
Schisms created between Yisrael and Yahudah over the offense of Rehoboam will prove to be the beginning of the downfall of the People of YAHWEH.
YAHWEH spared HIS people from devastation by Egypt and yet they returned to fighting among themselves, committing political suicide.
The economic policy of the kingdom of Yisrael, which reached a
level of luxury and refinement hitherto unknown, began their downfall.
'Shock troops', who hurled themselves into battle, are called
by the Scripture 'the prophets'
Elisha; chosen successor of EliYah and Amos with language
rich in powerful and vivid images.
Prophet Hosea, the love of YAHWEH symbolized, the Assyrian
Invasion and End Of The Kingdom Of Yisrael.
His cry against wickedness, his warnings to YAHWEH's people
and his promise of hope to the remnant.
This solemn prophecy, expressed in clear-cut language which is
a distinctive mark of YeshaYahu's literary genius, is actually shrouded in
Assyrian Tiglath-Pileser's Harsh Treatment Of His Ally Ahaz,
King Of Yahudah and Hosea, The King Of Yisrael's Double Game Causes The Siege Of
The deportation by Jeroboam earlier had sounded death knell of the Ten Tribes Of Yisrael, now they disappeared for ever as they were dispersed among crude ethnical elements of Babylon.
One of the most moving pages of the spiritual history of
Hezekiah worked with all his strength for the recovery of the
kingdom by a strong attitude of non-intervention, but when pressed, he resorted
A turning-point of great importance in the history of the
spiritual progress of humanity.
Three accounts in one volume, a national and historical
treasure of a kind unequalled at this period.
One extensive spiritual lesson (the four-term equation: sin,
punishment, repentance, forgiveness).
The King of Yahudah as a politician playing a double game,
from the beginning right up to the end
Hezekiah had given up his spiritual guide YeshaYahu, gone over
openly to the military party and rose against Assyria.
Hezekiah was better never to have started the adventure and
wiser to follow the exhortations of the Prophet YeshaYahu.
Fourth Act: Hezekiah decided to ask YeshaYahu's advice.
YeshaYahu the prophet's words came to pass as an malak of
YAHWEH went out and struck down a hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the
One of the greatest and most outstanding of the prophets of
Yahudah, under its own sovereign, deliberately abandoned its
own ancestral YAHWEH, the one Sovereign Ruler of the tribes of Yacob.
The People of YAHWEH were plunged in thick darkness and
uttered a sorrowful appeal, O my strength, come quickly to my help
Four Principal Divisions Of The Reign Of Josiah, regency,
awakening, spiritual reform, and discovery of the Book of the Law.
His thirty-year reign leaves no doubt about the solid
principles of Yahwism that he was taught from an early age.
Josiah was determined to adopt measures which would guide the
People of YAHWEH back to the straight path.
Josiah and the people promised to keep the commandments, the
decrees and Laws of YAHWEH and to enforce the terms of the covenant.
Despite his good will and his courage, Josiah did not succeed
in bringing back YAHWEH's Chosen People to the path of YAHWEH.
The Destruction Of Nineveh; the capital of the immense
Assyrian Empire, a city of incredible, legendary wealth, and regarded as
Josiah's madness was to think of opposing the powerful
Egyptian army. The Judaeans were cut in pieces and Josiah was mortally wounded.
Yahudah, formerly the vassal of Egypt, became the vassal of
the Babylonian empire and then things began seriously to go wrong.
Jehoiakim did what was displeasing to YAHWEH.
Jehoiakim's Rebellion, Yerusalem under siege and Deportation
The war party and the peace party with king Zedekiah between
them, the Revolt Of Yerusalem Against Nebuchadnezzar and The Siege Of Yerusalem.
The remnant of Yisrael in Babylonian Exile and almost complete destruction was to emerge regenerated, stronger, more living, more luminous than ever.
The Exile in Babylon (597-536)
With a solid moral barrier against the foreign influences, the the Chosen People
were not absorbed into the Babylonian influence of their common Law.
Yehezqel during the first six years of his ministry tried to show the Chosen
People how they were guilty in the sight of YAHWEH.
The Judaean Exiles In Babylon began to understand submission to the will of
YAHWEH, obedience to the Law and prayer of the heart.
The Second YeshaYahu's message; the suffering of the righteous man brings
redemption of the sinful community, closer to YAHWEH.
Cyrus endeavoured to bind his peoples to him by the benefits that he conferred
The Babylonian captivity had come to an end. The Chosen People organized their return home as they sang the praises of YAHWEH.