Saturday, November 1, 2014

King Esarhaddon, Son of Sennacherib

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(The above picture is yet another discovery that proves king Esarhaddon's existence)
Hello friends, The following is evidence of King Esarhaddon; Sennacherib's son who became his successor after two of his other sons killed him. 
His mother Queen Nakija is also mentioned in the following plaque.
Isaiah 37 

37 And it came to pass, when king Hezekiah heard it, that he rent his clothes, and covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the Lord.
2 And he sent Eliakim, who was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the priests covered with sackcloth, unto Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz.
3 And they said unto him, Thus saith Hezekiah, This day is a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and of blasphemy: for the children are come to the birth, and there is not strength to bring forth.
4 It may be the Lord thy God will hear the words of Rabshakeh, whom the king of Assyria his master hath sent to reproach the living God, and will reprove the words which the Lord thy God hath heard: wherefore lift up thy prayer for the remnant that is left.
5 So the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah.
6 And Isaiah said unto them, Thus shall ye say unto your master, Thus saith theLord, Be not afraid of the words that thou hast heard, wherewith the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me.
7 Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a rumour, and return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.
8 So Rabshakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria warring against Libnah: for he had heard that he was departed from Lachish.
9 And he heard say concerning Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, He is come forth to make war with thee. And when he heard it, he sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying,
10 Thus shall ye speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying, Let not thy God, in whom thou trustest, deceive thee, saying, Jerusalem shall not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.
11 Behold, thou hast heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands by destroying them utterly; and shalt thou be delivered?
12 Have the gods of the nations delivered them which my fathers have destroyed, as Gozan, and Haran, and Rezeph, and the children of Eden which were in Telassar?
13 Where is the king of Hamath, and the king of Arphad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah?
14 And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up unto the house of the Lord, and spread it before the Lord.
15 And Hezekiah prayed unto the Lord, saying,
16 O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, that dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth: thou hast made heaven and earth.
17 Incline thine ear, O Lord, and hear; open thine eyes, O Lord, and see: and hear all the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent to reproach the living God.
18 Of a truth, Lord, the kings of Assyria have laid waste all the nations, and their countries,
19 And have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no gods, but the work of men's hands, wood and stone: therefore they have destroyed them.
20 Now therefore, O Lord our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the Lord, even thou only.
21 Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent unto Hezekiah, saying, Thus saith the LordGod of Israel, Whereas thou hast prayed to me against Sennacherib king of Assyria:
22 This is the word which the Lord hath spoken concerning him; The virgin, the daughter of Zion, hath despised thee, and laughed thee to scorn; the daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee.
23 Whom hast thou reproached and blasphemed? and against whom hast thou exalted thy voice, and lifted up thine eyes on high? even against the Holy One of Israel.
24 By thy servants hast thou reproached the Lord, and hast said, By the multitude of my chariots am I come up to the height of the mountains, to the sides of Lebanon; and I will cut down the tall cedars thereof, and the choice fir trees thereof: and I will enter into the height of his border, and the forest of his Carmel.
25 I have digged, and drunk water; and with the sole of my feet have I dried up all the rivers of the besieged places.
26 Hast thou not heard long ago, how I have done it; and of ancient times, that I have formed it? now have I brought it to pass, that thou shouldest be to lay waste defenced cities into ruinous heaps.
27 Therefore their inhabitants were of small power, they were dismayed and confounded: they were as the grass of the field, and as the green herb, as the grass on the housetops, and as corn blasted before it be grown up.
28 But I know thy abode, and thy going out, and thy coming in, and thy rage against me.
29 Because thy rage against me, and thy tumult, is come up into mine ears, therefore will I put my hook in thy nose, and my bridle in thy lips, and I will turn thee back by the way by which thou camest.
30 And this shall be a sign unto thee, Ye shall eat this year such as groweth of itself; and the second year that which springeth of the same: and in the third year sow ye, and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat the fruit thereof.
31 And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward:
32 For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and they that escape out of mount Zion: the zeal of the Lord of hosts shall do this.
33 Therefore thus saith the Lord concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shields, nor cast a bank against it.
34 By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and shall not come into this city, saith the Lord.
35 For I will defend this city to save it for mine own sake, and for my servant David's sake.
36 Then the angel of the Lord went forth, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.
37 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh.
38 And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons smote him with the sword; and they escaped into the land of Armenia: and Esarhaddon his son reigned in his stead.

Praise The Lord JESUS CHRIST!!!

This relief belonged to a monument that was probably erected in Babylon. It depicts King Esarhaddon, followed by his mother Queen Nakija, the wife of Sennacherib. The text commemorates the return of the statue of the god Ea to the temple of his son Marduk, the great god of Babylon. Sennacherib had burnt and razed Babylon. In the first year of his rule, his son Esarhaddon rebuilt the holy city, under the influence of the queen mother, who was keen to have her native city restored.
A decorative element
This metal relief was originally covered with gold leaf, of which a few traces are still visible. Such bronze plaques were often used as wall decorations, but this plaque is thicker than those used to cover the gates of the Assyrian palaces at Balawat and Khorsabad. This fragment was more likely to have decorated the base of an altar or a throne; from the evidence of the inscription that covers it entirely, it was probably in the temple of Marduk in Babylon.
A royal representation
Only a fragment of the image remains, but the inscription clearly identifies King Esarhaddon and his mother Queen Nakija, both depicted in a religious scene, perhaps part of a procession. The king is wearing a beard and the truncated conical tiara of the Assyrian sovereigns. The queen's crown is crenelated, like the one worn by the wife of King Ashurbanipal on the relief known as the "Garden Party relief," now in the British Museum, London. Esarhaddon is holding a staff or weapon in his left hand, no doubt an insignia of power, while Nakija has a mirror. Both are making the same ritual gesture with their right hands, lifting what seems to be a flower bud or little stick to their noses, as a sign of prayer or humility before the gods who - if we refer to the historical context - are angry and must be appeased.
An important historical testimony
Women are seldom represented in Assyrian art and seem to have had little influence in public life. Some emblematic female figures make an exception to the rule, however, and this relief is an example. Nakija, the wife of king Sennacherib (704-681 BC), managed to impose her son Esarhaddon as the successor to the Assyrian king, although he was not the eldest heir. This choice probably led to the assassination of Sennacherib and a brief civil war in the early years of Esarhaddon's reign. Sennacherib, tired of the revolts stirred up by the Chaldeans, had ordered the destruction of the holy city. In the first year of his reign, Esarhaddon began to rebuild the city, making it more magnificent than ever. The relief commemorates the restoration of Babylon, and the return of the gods exiled by Sennacherib. The text celebrates the return of the statue of the god Ea, to the temple of his son Marduk. The queen mother, who was born in Babylon and wished to see her native city restored to its former glory, was probably behind this change in policy. Nakija wielded considerable power throughout her son's reign and no doubt encouraged the accession to the throne of her grandson Ashurbanipal - to the detriment of his twin brother - on the death of Esarhaddon. She certainly inspired classical Greek authors for the legend of Semiramis.

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