During the reign of king Sennacherib, the Assyrian Empire appeared to still be unstoppable. It was gobbling up virtually the entire civilized world of the Near East, and it had annexed the northern kingdom of Israel into its territory as well. After King Hezekiah of Judah refused to submit to Assyria and pay the tribute owed, King Sennacherib came and attacked the towns of Judah.
Nearly all the fortified towns of Judah had fallen to Assyria—except for the capital city of Jerusalem. The Assyrians were besieging the city, and Hezekiah and his people were desperately crying out to the Lord to save them
In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah’s reign, Sennacherib king of Assyria attacked all the fortified cities of Judah and captured them. (2 Kings 18:13)
The Lord answered their prayers by sending an angel throughout the Assyrian camp—killing 185,000 troops in a single night! As a result, Sennacherib broke camp and returned to Nineveh, where his own sons killed him
That night the angel of the Lord went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning—there were all the dead bodies! So Sennacherib king of Assyria broke camp and withdrew. He returned to Nineveh and stayed there. One day, while he was worshiping in the temple of his god Nisrok, his sons Adrammelek and Sharezer killed him with the sword, and they escaped to the land of Ararat. And Esarhaddon his son succeeded him as king(2 Kings 19:35–37).
Such is the amazing power of God!!
Among the ruins of Assyria’s palaces in Nineveh, archaeologists have found wall reliefs depicting the siege of Lachish, one the towns of Judah captured by Sennacherib.In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah’s reign, Sennacherib king of Assyria attacked all the fortified cities of Judah and captured them.