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Sennacherib Besieging Lachish

Sennacherib Besieging Lachish ‎Here, Sennacherib (reigned 705–681 B.C.) sits on a throne outside Lachish in the kingdom of Judah, modern Tell ed-Duweir, Israel. He inspects the captives and spoil taken from the city. The cuneiform inscription reads, “Sennacherib, king of multitudes, king of Assyria, sits on a lofty throne and the spoil of the city of Lachish passes before him.” The original bas-relief of this image came from Sennacherib’s palace at Nineveh and is now on display at the British Museum in London. ‎2 Kgs 18:13, 2 Kgs 19:16–36

Jerusalem, the City of the Great King

Jerusalem, the City of the Great King ‎ We are standing on the Mount of Olives, just behind a modern Russian church, looking directly west across the valley of the Brook Kedron to Mount Moriah and the walled city of Jerusalem. Bethlehem is only six miles away at our left (S.W.); the Sea of Galilee is 70 miles distant at our right; 16 miles behind us the Jordan pours its waters into the Dead Sea; beyond Jerusalem, in the direction in which we are looking now, stand the mountains, and then below their farther slopes the plains of Sharon, and then the shores of the Mediterranean less than 40 miles from here in a straight line. ‎“Across the valley and under the wall do you see the army of gravestones where innumerable Mohammedans lie buried? Do you notice in the wall, almost in the middle of our range of vision, an elevation having a double arch under it? That is the Golden Gate, which the Turks have walled up because of a tradition that through this gate a conqueror, not of their faith,…

The Temple of Artemis

The Temple of Artemis ‎This temple, called Artemision, was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Construction began in the mid-sixth century BC; more than a century later, it was the largest building in Rome, Greece, or Asia. Roughly four times the size of the Parthenon in Athens, it featured 127 columns, each measuring 60 ft. in height. It made Ephesus the center of Artemis worship.

Christian Saluted by the Three Shining Ones

Christian Saluted by the Three Shining Ones CHRISTIAN SALUTED BY THE THREE SHINING ONES
Christian then seeing them lie in this case, went to them, if peradventure he might awake them, and cried, You are like them that sleep on the top of a mast, for the Dead Sea is under you—a gulf that hath no bottom (Prov. 23:34). Awake, therefore, and come away; be willing also, and I will help you off with your irons. He also told them, If he that “goeth about like a roaring lion” comes by, you will certainly become a prey to his teeth (1 Peter 5:8). With that they looked upon him, and began to reply in this sort: Simple said, “I see no danger”; Sloth said, “Yet a little more sleep”; and Presumption said, “Every fat must stand upon its own bottom; what is the answer else that I should give thee?” And so they lay down to sleep again, and Christian went on his way.

Bunyan, John. The Pilgrim’s Progress. Vol. 3. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2006. Print.

The Lord Tells Abram about Future Events

The Lord Tells Abram about Future Events


A deep sleep fell upon Abram; with this sleep a horror of great darkness fell upon him: a sudden change. The children of light do not always walk in the light. Several things were then foretold. 1. The suffering state of Abram’s seed for a long time. They shall be strangers. The heirs of heaven are strangers on earth. They shall be servants; but Canaanites serve under a curse, the Hebrews under a blessing. They shall be suffers. Those that are blessed and beloved of God, are often sorely afflicted by wicked men. 2. The judgment of the enemies of Abram’s seed. Though God may allow persecutors and oppressors to trample upon his people a great while, he will certainly reckon with them at last. 3. That great event, the deliverance of Abram’s seed out of Egypt, is here foretold. 4. Their happy settlement in Canaan. They shall come hither again. The measure of sin fills gradually. Some people’s measure of sin fills slowly. The knowledge of fut…

Putting Off to Conform with Christ Jesus, Ministry Post Blog

Putting Off to Conform with Christ Jesus By. Shirley Thomas
“Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old manwith his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, …(Colossians 3:9-10)”
Paul, the Apostle, bound in chains in prison, writes this letter to the Colossian church, admonishing them to stop their carnal ways of verse 5). In verse 6, he tells them of their sinful life, and their enmity with God (Eph. 2:2). He further states,“upon the sons of disobedience (Eph. 2:2),when He returns, while giving Precedence of their past lives to God to show the renewing new man spiritually (Rom. 12:1; 2 Cor. 4:16; Rom. 8:29; Eph. 2:10). Paul concludes his reproving to the Colossian church with a Sphere: “where”, and an Enumeration: “there is neither Greek nor Jew, (See Rom. 10:12; [1 Cor. 12:13]; Gal. 3:27, 28), and a List-Item: 1.circumcised nor uncircumcised, 2.barbarian, 3.Scythian, 4.Slave Supplied: nor 5.Free And he close…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

December 9

  When thou passest through the waters I will be with thee
Isa. 43:2
God’s presence in the trial is much better than exemption from the trial. The sympathy of His heart with us is sweeter far than the power of His hand for us.


Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1997. Print.

Connect the Testaments

December 9: Self-Evident Hope
Jeremiah 16:1–17:27; Romans 1:18–2:11; Proverbs 16:1–11

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all impiety and unrighteousness of people, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what can be known about God is evident among them, for God made it clear to them” (Rom 1:18–19). A statement like this could easily be taken out of context if we leave off everything after “people.” But when we contextualize this message, we find hope instead of hopelessness.
Paul goes on to tell us that creation itself reveals God and His goodness to humanity, so there is no excuse for failing to understand God and the salvation He offers: “For from the creation of the world, his invisible attributes, both his eternal power and deity, are discerned clearly, being understood in the things created, so that they are without excuse” (Rom 1:20).
We have all heard people who are concerned that salvation seems unfair: What about the people who won’t ever hear abo…

My Utmost for His Highest

December 9th
The offence of the natural

And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. Gal. 5:24.

The natural life is not sinful; we must be apostatized from sin, have nothing to do with sin in any shape or form. Sin belongs to hell and the devil; I, as a child of God, belong to heaven and God. It is not a question of giving up sin, but of giving up my right to myself, my natural independence and self-assertiveness, and this is where the battle has to be fought. It is the things that are right and noble and good from the natural standpoint that keep us back from God’s best. To discern that natural virtues antagonize surrender to God, is to bring our soul into the centre of its greatest battle. Very few of us debate with the sordid and evil and wrong, but we do debate with the good. It is the good that hates the best, and the higher up you get in the scale of the natural virtues, the more intense is the opposition to Jesus Christ. “They that are Chr…

Morning and Evening

Morning, December 9      Go To Evening Reading
   “Therefore will the Lord wait that he may be gracious unto you.” 
 — Isaiah 30:18
God often DELAYS IN ANSWERING PRAYER. We have several instances of this in sacred Scripture. Jacob did not get the blessing from the angel until near the dawn of day—he had to wrestle all night for it. The poor woman of Syrophenicia was answered not a word for a long while. Paul besought the Lord thrice that “the thorn in the flesh” might be taken from him, and he received no assurance that it should be taken away, but instead thereof a promise that God’s grace should be sufficient for him. If thou hast been knocking at the gate of mercy, and hast received no answer, shall I tell thee why the mighty Maker hath not opened the door and let thee in? Our Father has reasons peculiar to himself for thus keeping us waiting. Sometimes it is to show his powerandhis sovereignty, that men may know that Jehovah has a right to give or to withhold. More frequently the …