who rides through the heavens to your help,
majestic through the skies.
He subdues the ancient gods,
shatters the forces of old;
he drove out the enemy before you,
and said, ‘Destroy!’
It is a-MAZE-ing that you have an internal GPS system of hexagons in your brain help you to navigate spiritual and physical direction! When a conference on Exponential Medicine highlights hexagonal architecture we need to become alert and take notice.
In 1990, two teams of astronomers in the US and Britain revealed the honeycomb-like structure of the heaven. With the utterance of Let there be…our universe started at this primal point. After these utterances no new matter-energy has ever been created or destroyed. For good or for evil you are eternal. This is critical these days to remember so that we do not fall into the trap that Satan, fallen angels, or their technology engineered evolution create or destroy anything.
Of this we can be certain-only God creates and He shares His glory with no other.
Image by Celeste
The Lord appears to be communicating real-time with those who listen to Him. Of those who listen, many are receiving similar conveyances, although in different fields and through different data-streams.
I am experiencing an on-going open revelation that takes place using the line upon line, precept upon precept or brick-like architecture of Scripture. There are two special layouts for songs - half-brick over brick, and half-brick over half-brick. The half-brick over brick is triumphant and good. The half-brick over half-brick is bad - bury the sons of Haman or the sins of the Jews.
This is what one might call the War of All Wars. We cannot expect all the dots (information) instantly as winds of war blow and shift. We need to practice listening to that still small voice of Jesus for His instructions. It would be my desire that this article was shorter, but it is foundational piece, that will God willing sparkle with insights in my next article on the parallel between creation the the End of Days.
It appears that at creation immediately fixed imprints of triangles and hexagons were organized into galactic structures. As man is a microcosm of creation it should not surprise us that we find these same hexagons throughout nature and in our brain as well. As you will see this is applicable when you process memories, replication, travel, corn mazes, garden labyrinths, and quite possible is a directional beacon as you transition from physical life to be with the Lord. Hexagons are also a tool of your memory situated in the hippocampus. Your genes stimulate production/activation of chemical agents or morphgenes in your body. These chemical reactions are not enough to produce symmetry for pattern generation. Diffusion is necessary to create patterns for development according to Turing.
Bottom Line: All of God's creation is ordered, detailed, precise and patterned. Only God can create. Satan or man can merely engineer.
Graphene, Triangulene, and the Beast System
It should not surprise you that the beast system has counterfeited this hexagonal architecture for evil.
For the first time, researchers have synthesized a strange and unstable triangle-shaped molecule called triangulene, which physicists striving for nearly 70 years (not a coincidence for years).
Triangulene is similar to the magical material graphene in that it's only one-atom-thick. Instead of sheet of carbon atoms, triangulene is made up of six hexagonal carbon molecules joined along their edges to form a triangle - an unusual arrangement that leaves two unpaired electrons unable form a stable bond. No one has ever been able to synthesize the molecule until now. The significance will become rapidly apparent my next article.
Evil does this by shattering God's symmetry reversing the stability of God's reality. What does that mean? It is the mathematical-physics version of:
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who turn darkness to light and light to darkness, who replace bitter with sweet and sweet with bitter. Isaiah 5:20
In the biological world we see activator-inhibition systems with diffusion-liquidation of God's creation. We also see a synthetic technological morphogenesis necessary for growth beginning at the embryonic level and development of patterns in engineered biological systems.
Bottom Line: Satan wants to break down God's creation to its elemental form and rearrange the world without God.
- Image Accessed: M. Monsalve-Mercado and C. Leibold, Phy. Rev. Lett. (2017)
A model explains why grid cells—neurons that are part of the brain’s positioning system—fire electrical pulses in hexagonal patterns.
Image Access: Olena Shmahalo/Quanta Magazine
Not only does your brain have a hexagonal structure to it the neurons in your hippocampus fire electrical impulses to determine your spatial orientation. The hippocampus is the primary part of your brain responsible for memory.
It remains a mystery although as to its precise mechanism but neurons called grid cells fire in regular hexagonal patterns that are thought to form a cognitive map of space.
The hexagonal pattern of grid cell activity is repeated all over nature, from honeycombs to the benzene ring to a tightly packed crate of oranges. It’s a highly efficient arrangement; bees use hexagons in their combs to minimize their use of wax. In the grid-cell system, the hexagon isn’t a physical object. Rather, it’s the organization of space that encodes information most efficiently. Researchers aren’t sure why grid cells use hexagons, but the hexagonal organizing principle has attracted attention from computational biologists, who are trying to figure out how the grid is generated.
One intriguing discovery is that grid cells can function in complete darkness, absent any visual cues. “This must reflect some internal brain dynamics that are in some sense independent of external sensory input,” Knierim said. “That’s one reason it’s so phenomenal — it gives us a window on understanding internal processing.”
Neuroscientists at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich have proposed by neuroscientists: the firing activity of grid cells may result from that of the place cells. In the model, your movement generates electrical pulses in neurons called place cells, which are fed as inputs to grid cells. These transmit nerve impulses in precisely coordinated temporal sequences, which follow particular rhythmic patterns, and thereby encode relative spatial distances. It appears that your brain encodes abstract properties with cells using information along with other cues to create a sense of place. Together, they create a rich data-dense map, the lay of the land so to speak based upon experiments by John O'Keefe in an elegant theory proposed in the book The Hippocampus as a Cognitive Map (1976).
You can think of this process much like mental time travel, as you relive past events. We are able to do this because of our place cells.
Many researchers believe that memory and space are even more intricately linked. Orators and students (possibly even yourself) dating back to the Greeks would use tricks such as mnemonics to exploit the fact that the hippocampus encodes both location information and autobiographical memories. God provided an excellent way of organizing experiences.
This triangulation, such as determining where you are via your cellphone and cell towers in the brain your hippocampus, and grid cells in the entorhinal complex, activates producing patterns that give rise to a virtual map, made up of a hexagonal arrangement of grid cells that reflect the relative distances between particular landmarks in the real world. This process resembles pattern-forming phenomena known as Turing instabilities which are thought to underprin hexagon-shaped bee honeycombs and why zebras have their stripes.
Bottom Line: Our brain is physically constructed in a hexagonal array and hexagonal fire forming memory, cognition, virtual mapping, mental time travel, and even can form skin patterns.
Space in the Brain
"...henceforth, space by itself, and time by itself, are doomed to fade away into mere shadows, and only a kind of union between the two will preserve an independent reality."
This now iconic quote spoken by Hermann Minkowski in 1906 captured the spirit of Albert Einstein's his published special theory of relativity. Einstein had shown that both space and time as independent mathematical constructs that were mere illusions in the equations of relativity, conceding instead to a 4-dimensional. Today there is a similar revolution between time and space in the fields of psychology and neuroscience.
Spatial cognition is the study of how the mind's cognitive architecture perceives, organizes and interacts with physical space. In a sense, space to Immanuel Kant was a window or door into the world, rather than a thing to be perceived in it.
Interestingly, grid cells have been identified primarily within an area of the brain called the entorhinal cortex, one of the primary neural inputs to the hippocampus, suggesting that grid cells provide a source of the spatial framework upon which cognition of environments are formed.
Bottom Line: Spatial cognition is one window to physical space. Similar to the window on Noah's Ark, where Noah could relate to what was occurring outside the Ark.
Time in the Brain
Time has proven to be a much more elusive concept for both psychology and neuroscience.
In early 2000, direct evidence to support the role of the hippocampus in parsing and sequencing episodic events began to emerge from human studies. Using an array of experimental methodologies, researchers found that the hippocampus is crucial for encoding the order of visual stimuli - whether pictures on a computer screen or landmarks in an environment - and that it expresses unique patterns of activity during overlapping segments of routes through an environment or your own personal GIS or ESRI system. Howard Eichenbaum proposed a new type of neuron population within the hippocampus which he labeled as time cells. Translated to humans, these findings have important implications for understanding how the hippocampus subserves various cognitive functions such as episodic memory, navigation and imagination. Specifically, it suggests that the hippocampus is able to tune its activity to both spatial and temporal aspects of an experience, depending on what type of information needs to be encoded or recalled. When something can be tuned, it can be modulated.
Bottom Line: We have in our hippocampus time cells that provide us with a detailed and layered memories, navigation, and imagination embedded within time.
Binding Space and Time in the Brain
Are space and time truly distinct in the mind, or are they the product of a generalized neurocognitive system that allows us to understand the world? One suggestion is that the primary function of the hippocampus isn't to think about past and future, or to move about through space per se. Another thought is that our brains cooperate in a larger network utilizing the hippocampus to allow us to construct a representation of the world in a spatiotemporal context that affords the ability to simulate past experiences in order to make predictions about the future, and to ultimately use this information to direct action. There are problems with this, for instance, our perception of space appears to remain stable, while time regularly dilates at the whim of attention - moments stretch and contract as we pay differing degrees of focus to our actions in the world.
Bottom Line: Spatiotemporal context allows us to network and integrate past experiences to make wise choices for the futures.
Golden Age Constellation of the gods
They provoked His jealousy with foreign gods; they enraged Him with abominations. They sacrificed to demons, not to God, to gods they had not known, to newly arrived gods, which your fathers did not fear. You ignored the Rock who brought you forth; you forgot the God who gave you birth.… Deuteronomy 32:17
Researchers want to know more about how the brain encodes information about the world in electrical signals, and how it integrates new information as those signals move from region to region in the brain. This is not for our benefit but for cognitive abilities for synthetic life forms and structuring the constellation conjunction necessary to return to Golden Age of the gods.
The process of pattern-forming phenomena known as Turing instabilities, which are thought to underpin the formation of, for example, zebra stripes and hexagonally shaped bee honeycombs.
It also allows your brain the capability of constructing a virtual map which encodes its own position in space. The Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology 2015 went to the discoverers of this system, which has been referred to as the brain’s GPS.
Hacking your Brain is Trending
Those of us at the Exponential Medicine Conference were treated o a taste of the innovative research being conducted to hack your brain. Successful implanted fake memories into mice has occurred. Scientists are playing with ultrasound to control brain circuits. It’s now possible to recapitulate what a person is seeing based on his brain activity alone. Innovative devices, the eQuility stimulator, is striving to disrupt negative thought patterns. Dr. Eric Leuthardt, a neurosurgeon at Washington University in St. Louis, began experimenting with ways to capture the brain’s movement instructions using wearables, a functional MRI, which tracks blood flow—a proxy for neural activity—has also been instrumental in teasing out the intricacies of brain activation in response to a changing environment. Mary Lou Jepsen, founder of Openwater, the solution is simple in concept: shrink the machine down to the size of a ski hat, a bra, or a bandage, and manufacture the gadget at the cost of a smartphone. The trick, she explains, is to move away from magnets and instead turn to light.
The human body is translucent to red and near-infrared light, allowing our tissues—including both skull and brain—to be illuminated. The problem is that the light scatters as it passes through tissue, which prevents a sharp, clear image.
To re-focus the light, Jepsen turned to holograms. “Holography records the intensity of light and the phase of light waves,” she explained. Because it captures all light rays and photons at all positions and angles simultaneously, a hologram can be used to re-direct light rays into a single stream of light.
Bottom Line: Mankind wants to hijack God's mathematics to return to the Golden Age of gods while researchers are bent on hacking the brain.
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The development of these exquisite hexagonal lattices of place cells and grid cells, as well as the mechanism of origin of grid cells and their disposition remains a mystery.
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Lattices abound in nature—from the crystal structure of minerals to the honey-comb organization of ommatidia in the compound eye of insects. These arrangements provide solutions for optimal containers, efficient resource distribution, and cryptographic protocols.
Do lattices also play a role in how the brain represents information?
Our brains have high-dimensional neuronal lattice codes maximize spatial resolution.
Grid cells have attracted attention because of the 3D of the self-organizing crystal-like structure underlying their firing fields such as your sensory systems, imported from the outside world, but is created within your brain.
The new model implies that grid cells are generated by a neuronal learning process. This process exploits synaptic plasticity to transform temporal coordinated signaling between place cells into the hexagonal patterns of grid-cells responses observed in the entorhinal complex.
For species that move freely in three dimensions, a face-centered cubic lattice is best.
Bottom Line: Your grid cells are 3D of the self-organizing crystal-like structure underlying their firing fields providing you with your sensory system. These cells are in danger due to fallen angel technology.
Warfare of a Hexagonal Kind
Image Accessed: Uncoiling the spiral: Maths and hallucinations
Have you ever experienced a whirly, spirally, tunnel-vision-like patterns akin to psychedelic imagery? As we are seeing God designed creation and our brain cognition in a hexagonal form it is not uncommon to see or perceive geometric structures. People have reported seeing hexagonal images in near-death experiences, as a result of disorders like epilepsy and schizophrenia, following sensory deprivation, or even just after applying pressure to the eyeballs. Scientists call them geometric hallucinations. I prefer to call them geometric imagery. They can reveal how your brain operates.
Geometric imagery were first studied systematically in the 1920s by the German-American psychologist Heinrich Klüver. Klüver's who studied pharmakia's precipitation of geometric imagery. Drug's and frequency modulation are well-known for inducing striking visual imagery and mind control. Klüver noticed the repeating geometric shapes in drug-induced imagery and classified them into four types, which he called form constants: tunnels and funnels, spirals, lattices including honeycombs and triangles, and cobwebs.
In the 1970's mathematician's Oxford Centre for Collaborative Applied Mathematics built a theory to describe what is going on in our brain when we see geometrically.
The visual cortex: the area V1 is shown in red. Image: Washington irving
Through MRI we know that the first area of the visual cortex to process visual information is known as V1. VI compresses your neurons together in a two-dimensional sheet similar to the consistency of graphene that we studied in Be Still My Beating Heart.
An object or scene in the visual world is projected as a two-dimensional image on the retina of each eye, so what we see can also be treated as flat sheet: the visual field. Every point on this sheet can be pin-pointed by two coordinates, just like a point on a map, or a point on the flat model of V1. The alternating regions of light and dark that make up a geometric image are caused by alternating regions of high and low neural activity in V1 — regions where the neurons are firing very rapidly and regions where they are not firing rapidly. To translate visual patterns to neural activity, what is needed is a coordinate map, a rule which links each point in the visual field to a point on the flat model of V1.
So how does this retino-cortical map transform Klüver's geometric patterns? It turns out that imagery comprising spirals, circles, and rays that emanate from the center correspond to stripes of neural activity in V1 that are inclined at given angles. Lattices like honeycombs or checkerboards correspond to hexagonal activity patterns in V1. This in itself may not be particularly exciting, but there was a precedent: stripes and hexagons are exactly what scientists had seen when modeling other instances of pattern formation, for example convection in fluids, or, more strikingly, the emergence of spots and stripes in animal coats. The mathematics that drives this pattern formation was well known.
Bottom Line: Sometimes it is difficult to determine where reality ends and fantasy begins. As technology invades our brain space the barriers between reality and fantasy will disappear.
How the goat got her spots…
The first model of pattern formation in animal coats goes back to Alan Turing, better known as the father of modern computer science and Bletchley Park code breaker. Turing was interested in how a spatially homogeneous system, such as a uniform ball of cells making up an animal embryo, can generate a spatially inhomogeneous but static pattern, such as the stripes of a zebra. Although attributed to Turning this computational ability stretches way back into biblical times such as in the narrative of Jacob and Laban with the striped and spotted sheep and goats in Genesis.
Animal pattern equations are heavily mathematical, but putting it as simply as I can, Turing hypothesized that biological geometric patterns are a reaction-diffusion process. One of the two chemicals is an inhibitor, which suppresses the production of both itself and the other chemical. The other, an activator, promotes the production of both. There is a small perturbation, a reaction, and chemicals diffuse through the embryo skin. The spots or stripes are determined by the chemical activity. It is this what occurred in Genesis 30:37. Here is an applet (kindly provided by Chris Jennings) which allows you to play with different parameters and see the patterns form.
Bottom Line: Interesting enough this is a modified version of the Hegelian Dialectic: Problem, Reaction, Solution only here it is: Inhibitor, Reaction (Activator), Result.
Patterns in the Brain
Neural activity in the brain isn't a reaction-diffusion process, but there are analogies to Turing's model. Neurons send signals to each other via their output lines called axons. Neurons respond to each other's signals, so we have a reaction. The signals propagate so quickly relative to the process of pattern formation that you can think of them as instantaneous interactions. The roles of activator and inhibitor are played by two different classes of neurons. Some neurons are excitatory — they make other neurons more likely to become active — and there are inhibitory neurons, which make other neurons less likely to become active.
Image Accessed: Uncoiling the spiral: Maths and hallucinations-Stripy, hexagonal and square patterns of neural activity in V1 generated by a mathematical model.
This suggests that geometric imagery is a result of an instability in V1, for example the presence of a drug or frequency which throws the neural network off its equilibrium, kicking into action a snowballing interaction between excitation and inhibitory neurons, which then stabilizes in a stripy or hexagonal pattern of neural activity in V1.
Bottom Line: Drugs and frequency modulation can turn: off, on, control our brain function. Pay close attention to things that are stable and unstable. This concept will play an important role in the days to come.
Symmetries in the Brain
In reality neurons don't only respond to light and dark images. Neurons are arranged in collections of columns, known as hypercolumns, with each hypercolumn roughly responding to a small region of the visual field. But the neurons in a hypercolumn aren't all the same: apart from detecting light and dark regions, each neuron specializes in detecting local edges — the separation between light and dark regions in a part of an image in a particular orientation. It is the lay-out of hypercolumns and orientation preferences that enables us to detect contours, surfaces and textures in the visual world.
Image Accessed: Uncoiling the spiral: Maths and hallucinations-
Connections in V1: Neurons interact with most other neurons within a hypercolumn. But they only interact with neurons in other hypercolumns, if the columns lie in the direction of their orientation, and if the neurons have the same preference.
Anatomy suggests that neurons within their own hypercolumn tend to interact with most other neurons, regardless of their orientation preference. But when it comes to neurons in other hypercolumns they are more selective, only interacting with those of similar orientations and in a way which ensures that we can detect continuous contours in the visual world. This interaction pattern is highly symmetric.
Image Accessed: Uncoiling the spiral: Maths and hallucinations- A lattice tunnel hallucination generated by the mathematical model.
Mathematical models of the anatomy of V1 can produce lattice tunnels, honeycombs and cobwebs that are better characterized in terms of the orientation of contours within them, than in terms of contrasting regions of light and dark. The symmetry interaction suggests that it is the lay-out of hypercolumns and orientation preferences, in other words the mechanisms that enable us to detect edges, contours, surfaces and textures in the visual world, that generate the imagery.
Bottom Line: Hyper-columns provide us with orientation, contrast, contour, and texture in our lives. Hyper-columns help us determine the light from the dark.
Messages from a Hidden Ancient Dimension
Computer scientists are already building the inter-connectivity with the aim of teaching computers to detect contours and textures. Also on the table are experiments to stimulate part of the visual cortex through bypassing the eye, putting images directly into your brain.
Other cells within the body can also line up and form patterns similar to those found in VI such as fibroblast cells.
People have reported seeing visual imagery since the dawn of time and in almost all human cultures. In many petroglyphs and cave paintings according to shamanism regard these images as messages from the spirit world.
Bottom Line: Consider the ramifications of images implanted into your brain as messengers from an ancient and hidden world.
Sweet Seduction of Idolatry
Proverbs chapter 5 uses the sweetness of comb honey to illustrate the temptation to sexual immorality that the strange woman as a metaphor for idolatry. The idolatrous woman, in contrast with the Proverbs 31 woman brings her appeal to a man with her use of charm and smooth words. It constitutes a fine warning to Christians today. “As a honeycomb the lips of a strange woman keep dripping, and her palate is smoother than oil. But the aftereffect from her is as bitter as wormwood; it is as sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet are descending to death,” says the wise man. Her smooth, honeylike words and actions lead the man right up to the immoral act so that “all of a sudden he is going after her, like a bull that comes even to the slaughter.” As the Golden Age returns we should have some understanding about the bull in the cosmos and the stern warning we examined in Rise of Disembodied Virtual Assets and Identities to the Church of Pergamum. Words as sweet as honey are beckoning us.
With the emergence of these computational grid cells scientists are determined to design better navigational software for future robots and even offer a new window through which to probe the mysteries of the human brain.
AI researchers are developed deep-learning networks—layered programs that can come up with novel solutions to achieve their assigned goal. These networks are inspired by the brain, but they don't work quite like them, said Francesco Savelli, a neuroscientist at Johns Hopkins University. AI systems are closing in on emulating the brain's architecture, the diversity of real neurons, the complexity of individual neurons and even the rules by which they learn.
In a human brain, learning is thought to be achieved by vacillating synapses. That is also true in AI learning but exactly how it is done and the rules that govern the learning might be very different.
AI has been really useful for a number of functions, from facial recognition to deciphering handwriting and translating languages, but higher-level activities—such as navigating a complex environment—have proved far more challenging.
Bottom Line: The beast system is counterfeiting God's original design. Many people will be deceived through sweet words.
Assyrian Hexagon Obelisk
Reign of Sennacherib, (689 BC)
Baked clay, inscribed
38.0 cm H, 14.0 cm W
500 Lines of Writing (cuneiform)
Purchased in Baghdad, 1919
Isa 46:8-10 "Remember this, and show yourselves men; Recall to mind, O you transgressors. Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, 'My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,'
The most dreaded ancient conquerors were the Assyrian's who were known for the violence and cruelty used a unique model for conquering. As the beast system was developed you have seen various facets of Assyrian warfare. For instance, the mixing of peoples in their country to the degree that they forget their culture and ways and the coming against Jerusalem in war.
Sennacherib's Prism Reveals King Hezekiah
This six-sided hexagonal clay prism, commonly known as the Taylor Prism, was discovered among the ruins of Nineveh, the ancient capital of the Assyrian Empire. This obelisk is reminiscent of the one in 2001: A Space Odyssey (although that one was not a hexagon but original supposed to be a tetrahedron). It contains the Annals of Sennacherib himself, the Assyrian king who had besieged Jerusalem in 701 BC during the reign of king Hezekiah. On the prism Sennacherib boasts that he shut up "Hezekiah the Judahite" within Jerusalem his own royal city "like a caged bird." Being caged up is another concept we need to keep in the forefront of our thoughts as God unfolds the drama of the End of Days. For instance, we see that imagery in Ezekiel 13, and futurists see their AI as being caged and they are preparing quickly for its release into the wild or general population. This prism is among the three accounts discovered so far which have been left by the Assyrian monarch of his campaign against Israel and Judah.
Who was Sennacherib?
Sennacherib in Akkadian means "Sin (moon god) has multiplied the brothers". Sennacherib was one of the most powerful monarchs in the history of the world. He was king of Assyria, and the son of Sargon. He inherited the vast empire from his father, and ascended the throne on the twelfth day of Ab (July-August), 705 B.C.
The Taylor Prism was discovered among the ruins of ancient Nineveh by Colonel Taylor in 1830. Of all Assyrian documents that have come down to us not one is in better preservation than this.
In 1878 Hormuzd Rassam (Assyrian Archaeologist 1826-1910) had resumed work for the British Museum at Nineveh after Henry Austen Layard's excavations in 1845 for the British Museum at the Mounds of Nimrud.
The palace at Nineveh was decorated with massive stone wall panels depicting the siege of Lachish. These can be seen today at the Lachish Gallery in the British Museum.
What you are about to read is wickedness of yesteryear and headline news today (as you read this narrative let your mind ponder the dynamics and perception of Revelation and the beast system):
Sennacherib, the great king, the mighty king, king of the world, king of Assyria, king of the four quarters, the wise shepherd, favorite of the great gods, guardian of right, lover of justice, who lends support, who comes to the aid of the destitute, who performs pious acts, perfect hero, mighty man, first among all princes, the powerful one who consumes the insubmissive, who strikes the wicked with the thunderbolt; the god Assur, the great mountain, an unrivaled kinship has entrusted to me, and above all those who dwell in palaces, has made powerful my weapons; from the upper sea of the setting sun to the lower sea of the rising sun, he has brought the black-headed people in submission at my feet; and mighty kings feared my warfare, leaving their homes and flying alone, like the sidinnu, the bird of the cave, to some inaccessible place...
In my third campaign, I went against the Hittite-land. the terrifying splendor of my sovereignty overcame him, his strong, walled cities, where there were fodder and drink, for his garrisons, the terrors of the weapon of Assur, my lord, overpowered them and they bowed in submission at my feet.
Royal throne over them, and tribute, gifts for my majesty, I imposed upon him for all time, without ceasing.
All of them, numerous presents as their heavy tribute, they brought before me for the fourth time, and kissed my feet.
But Sidka, the king of Ashkelon, who had not submitted to my yoke, the gods of his father's house, himself, his wife, his sons, his daughters, his brothers, the seed of his paternal house, I tore away and brought to Assyria..who had not speedily bowed in submission at my feet, I besieged, I conquered, I carried off their spoil.
The officials, nobles, and people …bound by oath and curse of Assyria
Into fetters of iron and had given him over
He kept him in confinement like an enemy
Their heart became afraid, and they called upon the Egyptian kings, the bowmen, chariots and horses of the king of Meluhha [Ethiopia], a countless host, and these came to their aid. In the neighborhood of Eltekeh, their ranks being drawn up before me, they offered battle. With the aid of Assur, my lord, I fought with them and brought about their defeat. The Egyptian charioteers and princes, together with the Ethiopian king's charioteers, my hands captured alive in the midst of the battle. Eltekeh and Timnah I besieged, I captured, and I took away their spoil.
I approached Ekron and slew the governors and nobles who had rebelled, and hung their bodies on stakes around the city. The inhabitants who rebelled and treated (Assyria) lightly I counted as spoil.
As for Hezekiah the Judahite, who did not submit to my yoke: forty-six of his strong, walled cities, as well as the small towns in their area, which were without number, by leveling with battering-rams and by bringing up seige-engines, and by attacking and storming on foot, by mines, tunnels, and breeches, I besieged and took them. 200,150 people, great and small, male and female, horses, mules, asses, camels, cattle and sheep without number, I brought away from them and counted as spoil. (Hezekiah) himself, like a caged bird I shut up in Jerusalem, his royal city. I threw up earthworks against him the one coming out of the city-gate, I turned back to his misery. His cities, which I had despoiled, I cut off from his land, and to Mitinti, king of Ashdod, Padi, king of Ekron, and Silli-bl, king of Gaza, I gave (them). And thus I diminished his land. I added to the former tribute, and I laid upon him the surrender of their land and imposts gifts for my majesty. As for Hezekiah, the terrifying splendor of my majesty overcame him, and the Arabs and his mercenary troops which he had brought in to strengthen Jerusalem, his royal city, deserted him. In addition to the thirty talents of gold and eight hundred talents of silver, gems, antimony, jewels, large carnelians, ivory-inlaid couches, ivory-inlaid chairs, elephant hides, elephant tusks, ebony, boxwood, all kinds of valuable treasures, as well as his daughters, his harem, his male and female musicians, which he had brought after me to Nineveh, my royal city. To pay tribute and to accept servitude, he dispatched his messengers.
Complete translations of the records of Sennacherib can be found in Daniel D. Luckenbill, Ancient Records of Assyria and Babylonia, vol. 2, and in James Pritchard's Ancient Near Eastern Texts (1950).
The best way to see the accuracy of the Biblical account with this record on Sennacherib's Prism is to compare 2 Kings 18:13-19:37 and Isaiah 36:1-37:38 with the last paragraph on the above account.
Bottom Line: Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me.
A Mystery of History
After comparing the Biblical account with that of the Sennacherib Prism one Scripture stands out above all of the rest, which remains a mystery even to today. It is also recorded in the Book of Kings along with the Book of Isaiah. It is the part where Isaiah gives a Word from the Lord just after King Hezekiah's awesome prayer.
Isa 37:33-38 "Therefore thus says the LORD concerning the king of Assyria: 'He shall not come into this city, Nor shoot an arrow there, Nor come before it with shield, Nor build a siege mound against it. By the way that he came, By the same shall he return; And he shall not come into this city,' Says the LORD. 'For I will defend this city, to save it For My own sake and for My servant David's sake.'" Then the angel of the LORD went out, and killed in the camp of the Assyrians one hundred and eighty-five thousand; and when people arose early in the morning, there were the corpses--all dead. So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and went away, returned home, and remained at Nineveh."
This miracle cannot be substantiated by archaeological discoveries for a reason of which only God knows, but all of the pieces seem to fit together because even today no one has determined exactly why Sennacherib did not even enter Jerusalem with his great army once it was besieged. After reading his campaigns on his Prism it would seem that this was the thing he had intended to do, and with all anxiety.
Another revealing fact is this: At this point in time there was an abrupt discontinuance of Assyrians western invasions. Professor George Rawlinson of Oxford noted:
Sennacherib during his later years made no expedition further westward than Cilicia; nor were the Assyrian designs against Southern Syria and Egypt resumed till toward the close of the reign of Esarhaddon (Historical Illustrations of the Old Testament, 1873, p. 145).
Herodotus and Josephus on Sennacherib's Campaigns
Herodotus, the father of ancient Greek history, records what is probably an Egyptian legend (that grew out of this historical event); he suggests that Sennacherib's fighting force was greatly reduced when in one night, a plague of field mice gnawed the quivers, bowstrings, and shield-straps of his soldiers, thus making them suddenly vulnerable to their enemies (cf. Edersheim, Bible History, VII, p.155).
Josephus quotes the Chaldean historian Berosus as follows:
Now when Sennacherib was returning from his Egyptian war to Jerusalem, he found his army under Rabshakeh his general in danger [by a plague], for God had sent a pestilential distemper upon his army; and on the very night of the siege, a hundred fourscore and five thousand, with their captains and generals, were destroyed (Antiquities 10.1.5).
But the account of his death may give us some sort of distant light as to this miracle and the possibility of his great army being utterly routed.
One interesting note worth investigating further is where the Bible records what happened to Sennacherib once he had returned to Nineveh, without his great army.
In reviewing the background of this situation King Hezekiah was intensely concerned about the armies of the Assyrian king Sennacherib. He sent his servants to inquire of the prophet Isaiah just exactly what the Lord was saying that he needed to do. Once his servants had found Isaiah, he said:
2 Kings 19:6-7 "And Isaiah said to them, "Thus you shall say to your master, 'Thus says the LORD: "Do not be afraid of the words which you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed Me. Surely I will send a spirit upon him, and he shall hear a rumor and return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land."
The book of Kings goes on to record what had actually happened to Sennacherib once he returned to his capital, Nineveh.
2 Kings 19:37 Now it came to pass, as he (Sennacherib) was worshiping in the temple of Nisroch his god, that his sons Adrammelech and Sharezer struck him down with the sword; and they escaped into the land of Ararat. Then Esarhaddon his son reigned in his place."
This exact same account was unearthed, having been recorded on a clay tablet, now in the British Museum.
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