ISIS Unwittingly Helps Confirm the Bible…
Some recent activities of ISIS may have backfired… to them. In an age of denial on the veracity of scripture, comes another of many confirming archaeological discoveries. Aaron Earls of Facts & Trends online recently reported the following…
When fighters for the terrorist organization ISIS destroyed numerous biblical archaeological sites in Iraq, they unknowingly unearthed evidence supporting Old Testament accounts.
Previously archaeological teams stopped digging under certain sites in Iraq, such as the traditional tomb of Jonah the prophet, for fear of destroying them.
When ISIS fighters took over Mosul and other Iraqi areas in 2014, they had no such qualms. They demolished the tomb of Jonah and dug tunnels looking for buried treasure or artifacts they could sell to finance their terrorist operations, according to the UK Telegraph.
Once the Iraqi army rooted out ISIS earlier this year, archaeologists began checking the historic sites to see how much damage had been done. They made some startling discoveries.
An article in Iraq magazine, an archaeology journal published by Cambridge University, examines previously discovered artifacts from the site and those unearthed by ISIS.
Inscriptions found in the old city of Nineveh give an order of Assyrian kings that matches perfectly with the biblical order.
- Sargon II (Sargon in Scripture): Isaiah 20:1
- Sennacherib: 2 Kings 18-19, 2 Chronicles 32, Isaiah 36-37
- Esarhaddon: 2 Kings 19:37, Isaiah 37:38
- Ashurbanipal (also known as Asnappar, Osnapper or Asenaphar): Ezra 4:10
Other inscriptions confirm biblical references to the city of Calah (Genesis 10:11-12) and the methodology of resettlement used by the Assyrians (Ezra 4:10).
While these discoveries are no surprise to most of us regarding the integrity of scripture, (nor did we need them to believe) they are reminders of the accuracy and priority of scripture. Here’s what I mean. Since archaeological and historical confirmations match the Biblical record, it means we can trust the Word of God. And if we trust the Word of God, then we must order our lives accordingly. And that leads us to obey its commands, its precepts, and its principles--- knowing that one day we will answer to God not just on the basis of our “information” about scripture, but on the basis of our “application” of scripture to our lives.
Today… another Story of Jesus, which was given to us by Jesus for practical spiritual application and growth. Listen carefully, God has something fresh to say to you today. And remember, God is always trying to take you someplace new. I love being your Pastor!