Deuterocanonical ("Apocryphal") Books

ISIS in the Book of Judith

The Book of Judith contains a stunning prophecy of ISIS. Too bad nobody reads it.

Test All Things (Including Protestantism)

The Book of Judith is one of seven books that Protestants have agreed to remove from their Bibles– without the slightest resistance or scrutiny. Having been in Protestantism for nine years, I never met a single Protestant who thought these books should be in the Bible, but I never met a single Protestant who had actually read these books, or who could explain why they believed these books should not be in the Bible.

Although these books have been removed from Protestant Bibles, they remain in Catholic and Orthodox Bibles. Listen to Christian radio or sit in American Evangelical pews, and you will hear how these books do not belong in the Bible because they are not accurate, and they do not confirm (and are not confirmed by) the 66 books that remain in the Protestant Bible. I heard this for years, but I never heard a single piece of evidence presented to support it. Now I know why. That is, I have thus far found the criticism of these books to be sheer nonsense– whispering down the lane, one pastor repeating negative comments he heard from another pastor, none of them ever stopping to test the veracity of these comments.

Test all things… ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:21

Following the Biblical mandate to “test all things,” I began testing the veracity of the seven books Protestantism has deleted from the Bible. In an earlier post, Tobit, Or Not Tobit? That Is The Question, I put the Book of Tobit to the test, and I believe it passed that test. Today, I test the Book of Judith. Enjoy.

The Assyrians Attack The Medes

Judith is a Jewish name that means Jew-ess. The Book of Judith begins with Nebuchadnezzar, King of the Assyrians, waging war on Arphaxad, King of the Medes. Nebuchadnezzar is based in Nineveh, which gained fame as the city that Jonah really did not want to visit. Nineveh is in modern-day Iraq. Arphaxad is based in Ecbatana, which would be in modern-day Iran. Remember, Arphaxad is King of the Medes. The Medes correspond to the modern-day Kurds. Modern-day Kurds do not actually have a nation. Rather, they exist across “Kurdistan,” a region of the Middle East whose footprint includes parts of modern-day Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey.

Kurdistan as mapped out by the CIA.

Kurdistan as mapped out by the CIA. (Image source: wikipedia)

Motley Hordes

Biblical Assyria covered this same general area, and then some. As I was reading the Book of Judith, these words jumped off the page at me.

Then he [Nebuchadnezzar, king of the Assyrians] returned home with all his numerous, motley horde of warriors… ~ Judith 1:16

Is there a “numerous, motley horde of warriors” attacking the Medes (Kurds) today? Yes indeed, ISIS! But let me get more specific. Remember that the King of the Medes is Arphaxad. You can read what several different Bible reference sources say about Arphaxad’s roots here, but the one that really caught my eye is on wikipedia. Here it is:

Arpachshad was understood by many Jewish and Muslim scholars to be an area in northern Mesopotamia, Urfa of the Yazidis. ~ Arpachshad (Arphaxad), wikipedia.com

The Yazidis! Stay with me here. So, in the Book of Judith we have this motley horde of warriors (associated with Assyrian king) attacking King Arphaxad and his people, the Yazidis. Does this ring a bell??? Recently on the news we saw images of blond-haired Yazidi girls in imminent danger as ISIS invaded their land, slaughtered their people, and kidnapped their women.

Yazidi Girls

The Yazidi are a Kurdish group targeted for particular brutality by ISIS. They are unique in the Middle East because of their often light-colored hair and blue or green eyes. (Image sources: Left Photo – Reuters, Right Photo – Getty Images)

A Snake With A Turkey’s Head

But ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) has its masters. It is Turkey who is arming and aiding ISIS, and it is Turkey that will ultimately take control of all the gains ISIS achieves. Turkey, with its huge military, is the head of this Islamist snake. Ultimately, it will be Turkey along with ISIS that invades and swallows the Middle East. With this in mind, let’s take a further look at how the Book of Judith describes the “motley horde” attacking the ancestors of the Yazidis.

Then he [General Holofernes, commander of the Assyrian Army, 2nd in command to the Assyrian king] and his whole army proceeded on their expedition… A huge, irregular force, too many to count, like locusts or the dust of the earth, went along with them. ~ Judith 2:20

Here we have a regular (official) army, augmented by an irregular (unofficial) army that sets out and attacks basically the entire Middle East, the entire Levant. Interestingly, ISIS is also known as ISIL (Islamic State of the Levant). The Levant is the entire Middle East, including Israel. If you have spent any time reading alwaysproventrue.com, you know that I strongly assert that the Antichrist’s end-times empire will be a revived Islamic Ottoman Turkish Empire. This fits perfectly with what is happening today with ISIS (ISIL), and it fits perfectly with what is written in the Book of Judith. And let’s not forget the numerous references in the Bible (in books that did not end up on Luther’s editing room floor) to the Antichrist as “the Assyrian.” This eerily fits the geography of Turkey/Iraq/Syria that is in play today, and it eerily fits “the Assyrian” we read about in Judith.

Exalting Himself

And let’s look at another match between the Assyrian king in Judith, and the man the rest of the Bible tells us will be the Antichrist.

He [Assyrian General Holofernes] had been commissioned [by Assyrian King Nebuchadnezzar] to destroy all the gods of the earth, so that every nation might worship Nebuchadnezzar alone, and every people and tribe invoke him as a god. ~ Judith 3:8

 Hello. Does that ring a bell?

He [the Antichrist] will exalt and magnify himself above every god… ~ Daniel 11:36

Leadership That Inspires

As I was reading the Book of 1 Maccabees (another of the seven books Martin Luther deleted from the Bible), I was awe-struck at the bold, valiant, no-nonsense, no-hesitation leadership of Judah Maccabee and his father, Mattathias. One of these days I will get around to writing a post about that. But in the mean time, the same thing struck me about Judith! The men of Israel were terrified of the Assyrian king and his general. They were considering surrender. She would have none of it.

Then Judith said to them: “Listen to me! I will do something that will go down from generation to generation among the descendants of our race.” ~ Judith 8:32

And that’s exactly what she did. She infiltrated behind Assyrian lines, seduced General Holofernes, got him drunk, and when he passed out, she cut off his head. Wow!

Western Nations, Listen Up!

Here is a key piece of war-fighting advice from Judith to the instructors at West Point and the military academies of all Judeo-Christian nations– nations that have mighty militaries but no longer win wars because they are too “nice” to their brutal enemies. Judith took Holofernes’ head and had it mounted to the wall of her city. This gave the Assyrians a dose of their own medicine. The Assyrians were brutal, and would often mount their enemies heads on sticks to scare the hell out of remaining enemy troops. Judith probably thought, “what’s good for the Turkey goose is good for the gander.”

Putting The Fear Of God Into Them

When the Assyrians discovered Holofernes’ headless body, they were terrified and ran away in fear. As God has done so many times in the history of his chosen people, the Jews, God used fear to defeat the Assyrians in the days of Judith. As the Assyrians fled, the Jews chased them cutting them down. Early in the Bible, God told us this would be a hallmark of Israel’s wars.

No man will be able to stand against you. The LORD your God, as he promised you, will put the terror and fear of you on the whole land, wherever you go. ~ Deuteronomy 11:25

You will pursue your enemies, and they will fall by the sword before you. Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall by the sword before you. ~ Leviticus 26:7-8

This scenario has played out again and again in Israel’s history, including its modern history wherein Muslim armies that vastly outnumbered Israeli forces ran in fear in the 1948 and 1967 wars. There are even stories of Egyptian troops running out of their boots in the desert to escape the Israeli military in 1967’s Six Day War.

Forget Texas. Don’t Mess With Israel.

Judith led Israel in a hymn of victory that included these words:

Woe to the nations that rise against my people! The Lord Almighty will requite [respond to] them… ~ Judith 16:17.

This rings familiar with what Isaiah wrote:

Raise the war cry, you nations, and be shattered!… for God is with us. ~ Isaiah 8:9-10

The next words that Judith utters in this hymn are a stake through the heart of annihilationsim (the belief that death for unbelievers is simply a lights-out ending, and that there is no hell or eternal suffering).

He will send fire and worms into their flesh, and they shall burn and suffer forever. ~ Judith 16:17

These words perfectly confirm what we read in Revelation.

He will be tormented… And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name.  ~ Revelation 14:10-11

Conclusion

The historical templates God transmitted to us in the Book of Judith are replaying prophetically before our very eyes on the evening news. In our day, the Bible’s paint is bursting onto the canvas of the world stage like never before– brilliant, colorful, vivid. In my opinion, the Book of Judith passes the test.

In closing, I will be watching for the Turkish/ISIS alliance to soon come completely out of the closet. I will also watch for Turkey to invade the Levant and North Africa. I will watch for Israel to be moved upon militarily by the Turkish/ISIS alliance. At that point, I will watch (with a smile) for a female Israeli (perhaps a Mossad agent, perhaps just a patriotic Israeli citizen) to wander behind enemy lines, get the Turkish/ISIS General drunk, and then kill him as he sleeps. Will this infuriate the Turkish President to such an extent that it becomes the hooks in his jaw that bring him personally into Israel as foretold in Ezekiel 38? We shall see.

The Bible is always proven true (even the parts that Luther threw out).

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