But G-d knows His people:

In the writings of Isaiah after the description of Elijah in chapter 53 G-d says “The watchmen are blind, all of them, They perceive nothing. They are all dumb dogs That cannot bark; They lie sprawling, They love to drowse. Moreover, the dogs are greedy; They never know satiety. As for the shepherds, they know not What it is to give heed. Everyone has turned his own way, Every last one seeks his own advantage.“Come, I’ll get some wine; Let us swill liquor. And tomorrow will be just the same, Or even much grander!”

And that is why His purpose might not prosper. And I will enjoy the wine and G-d and I will do something different. Something more grand than swilling liquor I hope.

Keith Ellis McCarty, Esquire


Between the ninth and seventh centuries B.C., the Assyrian Empire grew in size, conquering an empire that stretched from modern-day Iraq to the borders of Egypt. As the Assyrian Empire grew, it came into contact with both Israel and Judah. The Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III claims that an Israeli king named Jehu was forced to pay tribute to Assyrian King Shalmaneser III (reign 859-824 B.C.), the obelisk is now in the British Museum.

The Hebrew Bible states that during the rule of Israel’s King Pekah (who reigned around 735 B.C.) the Assyrian king Tiglath-Pileser III (745-727 B.C.) launched a military campaign that led to the loss of several cities that Israel controlled. As Israel’s losses mounted, Pekah was assassinated and a new king named Hoshea took control of what was left of Israel.

Accounts recorded in the Hebrew Bible suggest that the Assyrian campaign against Israel was part of…

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