14-4 Latter-day Sennacherib
As in the prototype with Sennacherib, the destruction of Gog at
the second coming will be by Angelic means under the command of
Christ. The enigmatic Mic. 5:5 maybe refers primarily to Hezekiah's
influence of Angelic forces in leading to the destruction of the
Assyrian invader. This would point forward to Christ's use of the
Angels to destroy Gog: "This man (Hezekiah/ Jesus) shall be the
peace, when the Assyrian (Gog) shall come into our land. . . then
shall we raise against him seven shepherds (an Angelic title in
Ps. 80:1 and Is. 63:9-11; cp. the seven eye-Angels of Zechariah
and Revelation), and eight princes of men"- another Angelic reference,
seeing that "the prince of Persia" in Daniel was an Angel. Maybe
this implies that the Angels will use other nations as a means of
defeating Gog. The primary reference may be to Rabshakeh hearing
a rumour of foreign invasion (e. g. by Tirhaka of Ethiopia) and
having to return to his own land (Is. 37:8,9). This will be repeated
in the last days by the northern invader hearing disturbing tidings
from the east and north (Dan. 11:44). It seems hard for these tidings
to be about Christ and the saints, who will have come to Jerusalem;
in any case, how can the body of Christ be in two places at once?
It would be more fitting if they referred to tidings of human armies;
perhaps those of the Western bloc? Some schools of prophecy have
seen similarities between Britain and Ethiopia (the particular nation
mentioned as creating bad news for the original Assyrian king of
The natural Jews in Jerusalem will mirror those in Hezekiah's time
exactly- they will have experienced the humiliation of past defeats,
will be prone to the taunts of the invaders about not trusting in
their unproven Messiah (as they were taunted about Hezekiah), and
they will be torn between the temptation of capitulating to the
offers of a part in a new communist state of Israel (cp. Is. 36:16,17
and the Assyrian policy for conquered areas), and having total faith
in Christ. Due to the spiritual effect of their previous trials
at the hands of the Arabs (Zech. 13:8,9), they will make the right
decision. The description in Is. 63 of the natural Jews looking
warily out of Jerusalem to the saviour Angel coming to save them
now falls into place. The saviour that comes up from fighting in
Edom and Bozrah, having judged (the figure of the winepress, v.
3) both the saints and the enemies of the Jews, is defined in v.
8-13 as the Angel that led Israel through the wilderness. In the
same way as the Angel's kindness and unjustified love at that time
was so glorious, so Is. 63 captures the same spirit of supreme thankfulness
that will be amongst the Jews as they witness such great salvation
As the Jews of Hezekiah's time went out of Jerusalem to a revitalized
land and started to receive the tribute of the surrounding nations
(the primary application of Isaiah's Kingdom prophecies), so the
saints will pour forth from Jerusalem to establish the Kingdom worldwide.
"Ye shall go out (from Jerusalem) with joy, and be led forth with
peace: the mountains and hills shall break forth before you into
singing. . . " (Is. 55:12). After the surrounding of Christ in Jerusalem
and the defeat of Gog, Ps. 2 describes the establishment of the
Kingdom worldwide: "I shall give the heathen for thine inheritance.
. . kiss the son, lest He be angry. . " (v. 8,12).
Thus we can summarize our findings chronologically:
- Arab invasions of Israel- Jerusalem ravaged (Zech. 13); destroy
land; unless this is part of the early Gog invasions (see next
- Angels "visit" Gog to inspire first invasion of Israel (Ez.
38:4; Is. 24:21 AVmg. ) and then turn him back (cp. Assyria's
several invasions). It is at this time that the "King of the north"
successfully invades Israel and takes Jerusalem, erecting a blasphemous
system of worship in Jerusalem (Dan. 11:40-45).
- Second Angelic visiting of Gog some years (? "many days") later
to provoke another invasion. It could equally well be at this
time that Gog and her Arab nations make the invasion just described.
- Return of Christ; responsible gathered to Jerusalem
- Angels come physically to Jerusalem to minister judgement in
conjunction with Jesus
- Rejected punished in Gehenna
- Kingdom conditions evident around Jerusalem- the little stone
of Dan. 2 has landed
- Angels inspire the "evil thought" of Gog invading this colony
of the redeemed (Ez. 38:10,11)
- Natural Jews in Jerusalem area win battle of faith to believe
in Christ in face of the biggest onslaught yet
- Angel appears from Edom/ Bozrah area having executed judgements
(the figure of the winepress, Is. 63:3) there, provoking comparison
with the love and pity of the wilderness Angel for reprobate Israel
- Angel destroys Gog with help from Christ within Jerusalem.
Micah 5:5 implies that the Angels will use other nations to effect
this, perhaps the actions of the western bloc causing Gog to retreat
from Jerusalem to his final destruction.
- Saints and Jews pour out of Jerusalem to establish the Kingdom
Therefore the key to reconciling the two different schools of thought
regarding latter day prophecy may be to recognize that some prophecies
are concerning Christ and the saints, whilst others are concerning
the Angels, who are operating in geographically separate areas to
Christ. Thus the concept of a march of a rainbowed Angel may not
be totally wrong; the main error seems to be in thinking that the
Angel is Christ and the saints, rather than a literal Angel. Once
this is grasped, there is no need to argue for a judgement of believers
One final question; both the prototype in Hezekiah's time and the
descriptions in Dan. 11 and Ez. 38 require there to be a personal
leader of the northern invasion. Rabshakeh and latter day Sennacherib
equate with Daniel's "King (not 'power') of the north", and Ezekiel
38's specific reference to a "rosh" [might one, chief prince] and
use of the personal pronoun "thee": "turn thee back. . . thy jaws.
. thine army. . be thou prepared. . thy company" etc. All this emphasis
needs some explanation. If the prototype of latter day Sennacherib
Rabshakeh is to be closely followed, this individual need not be
a nation, but a young, headstrong, powerful army commander that
mirrors Rabshakeh. To make the clues more exciting, remember that
Rabshakeh was probably an apostate Jew (note his references to the
covenant name, and evident knowledge of conditions inside Jerusalem).
"The man of sin" that is to sit in the temple of God in the last
days would seem to have reference back to the "abomination that
maketh desolate" and to the planting of
the king of the north's tabernacles "between the seas
in the glorious holy mountain"- i. e. in the temple area of Jerusalem
(Dan. 11:45). This "man of sin" points to an individual.
As a footnote to all this, the following familiar latter day prophecies
also have Angelic connections:
- Christ's approach to Jerusalem is described in Ps. 24:10: "Who
is this King of glory? The Lord of Hosts (Angels), he is the King
of glory". Thus Christ, the Lord of glory, will be especially
clearly associated with the Angels as He approaches Jerusalem.
He comes with all the Holy Angels with Him, with “saints”, i.
e. Angels, to relieve the invasion of the latter-day Sennacherib.
- "Thither cause Thy mighty ones (cp. 'Elohim') to come down"
(Joel 3:11) speaks of God manifestation through Angels to destroy
the latter day invader, the latter-day Sennacherib.
- "God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. His
glory covered the heavens. . his brightness was as the light,
he had horns. . . burning coals went forth at his feet" (Hab.
3:3-6) is full of Angel-cherubim language, implying that the people
of Israel were led by the Cherubim through the wilderness, even
if not fully visible to them. Thus the Angel leading Israel out
of Egypt is a type of Christ's second coming, as the sun of righteousness.
This passage is painting the picture of a sunrise (see NIV)- which
fits in with the picture of Christ's return in Mal. 4:2.
- "I will encamp about mine house because of the army of him
that passeth by [the latter-day Sennacherib], and because of him
that returneth. . . the Lord of Hosts (Angels) shall defend them"
(Zech. 9:8,15) is all the language of Jacob under threat from
Esau, being Angelically camped around.