America Needs a Declaration of Dependence
Dr. J. Vernon McGee
Isaiah lived in a time of tension that bore many striking similarities to these days in which
we live. Catastrophic events and cataclysmic judgments were taking place in rapid succession
and on a global scale. The international scene presented a crisis on many fronts. There was
upheaval in the social order. Lawlessness abounded on every hand.
A new nation had arisen in the north and it was moving to world domination. That nation
was Assyria. It was the most brutal nation that ever put an army in the battlefield - so much so
that, according to history, when it was known that the Assyrian army was advancing upon a
town, the entire population would commit suicide rather than fall into the hands of the brutal
Assyrians. Nations were falling before their advance like overripe fruit. Already the northern
kingdom of Israel had been taken captive, and the southern kingdom of Judah was in a precarious
position. Outside the city of Jerusalem, this tremendous army of 185,000 Assyrians was
camped and demanding its surrender.
In that dire, desperate, and difficult day, King Hezekiah entered the temple, and he turned to
God in prayer. God responded by sending to him His prophet Isaiah with the amazing statement
that the army of Assyria would never set foot in the streets of Jerusalem; they would not cross
the threshold of any of its numerous gates; and not an arrow would be shot into Jerusalem by
any member of that 185,000-man army! Now you can well understand how some trigger-happy
Assyrian soldier might shoot an arrow by chance over the wall. But he did not, because God had
said not one arrow would be shot into the city. God in His mercy was sparing the nation of
Then the angel of the LORD went forth, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a
hundred and four-score and five thousand; and when men arose early in the morning,
behold, these were dead. (Isaiah 37:36)
However, God did not ...
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