Trend Update: King Sennacherib Rediscovered, March 2017

Isaiah 37:37-38 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and returned home and lived at Nineveh. It came about as he was worshiping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons killed him with the sword; and they escaped into the land of Ararat. And Esarhaddon his son became king in his place.

See also 2 Kings 19:36

In July 2014, this is what ISIS thought of Jonah. They destroyed his remains at the shrine of Jonah. They wanted to remove and delete as though he never happened or existed. ISIS militants believe giving special veneration to tombs and relics is against the teachings of Islam. ISIS considers these shrines as a form of idolatry.

In the Hebrew language, Jonah’s name means “dove”. In the Bible, the dove is a symbol of peace. The dove is likened to the descent of the Holy Spirit onto Jesus at His baptism. Luke 3:22a and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove…

Fast forward to March 2017. ISIS has been removed from ancient Nineveh or what is eastern Mosul, Iraq. Ancient Nineveh is located east of the Tigris River.

Under the rubble of what used to be the tomb of Jonah, a discovery has been made. The 7th century BC palace of King Sennacherib has been found. The palace was later renovated by his son Esarhaddon as indicated from the relics.

Iraqi archaeologist Layla Salih found, “a marble cuneiform inscription of King Esarhaddon thought to date back to the Assyrian Empire in 672 BC.”

Tunnels to the site are at risk of collapse due to poor construction.

Eleanor Robson, head of the British Institute for the Study of Iraq stated, “The objects don’t match descriptions of what we thought was down there. There’s a huge amount of history down there, not just ornamental stones. It is an opportunity to finally map the treasure house of the world’s first great empire, from the period of its greatest success.”

ISIS has plundered the site. Archeological artifacts have been stolen. ISIS is selling the historical items for revenue. It is estimated 80% of the religious archeology sites have been destroyed. The ancient city of Nineveh is estimated to be 70% destroyed. ISIS has used bulldozers and explosives as their method of destruction.

King Sennacherib of Assyria was a real person. His son Esarhaddon assumed power. They ruled from a palace in Assyria in the ancient city of Nineveh. Thanks to ISIS destruction in the 21st century, the accounts from 7th century BC in the Bible have been confirmed.

2 Chronicles 32:22 So the Lord saved Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib the king of Assyria and from the hand of all others, and guided them on every side. 

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