The Lord of Heaven’s Armies has spoken— who can change his plans? When his hand is raised, who can stop him?”” (Isaiah 14:27, NLT)

This statement is the end of ashort oracle against Assyria which in itself is astounding because when it was written Assyria was the mighty power of the day.  To say that God would stop Assyria and prevent her from destroying his people was an exercise in audacity.

I will break the Assyrians when they are in Israel; I will trample them on my mountains. My people will no longer be their slaves nor bow down under their heavy loads.” (Isaiah 14:25, NLT)

The rest of the story is that Assyria was broken and her power was destroyed at the hands of the next great power that was rising: Babylon.  This happened at the Battle of Nineveh in 612 B.C.

Think about this for a minute.  God uses one pagan empire to destroy another pagan empire and he prophecies that it will happen while the empire that was destroyed was the most powerful on earth!  This is a good example of God’s sovereignty over all human affairs, whether those humans acknowledge him or not.  This is also, of course, exactly what our verse says: Who can change the plan of the Lord of hosts?  Who can stop him?  Assyria could not.  Babylon could not.  No earthly power alive today can, and no coming governmental or technological power can stand against his purpose or will ever be able to stand against his power.

What can one do at this truth but fall to our knees and worship?

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