For the first time in U.S. history, Chinese Communist troops conducted exercises on U.S. soil. The administration says this was an important opportunity for America and China to get to know each other better and build trust. But is inviting your enemies into your house really such a good idea?
U.S. policy makers see these military exercises as a way to foster trust between nations. They see them as a critical first step in reducing the chances of international accidents and eventually turning these nations from enemies to allies. But inviting enemies into your house in an attempt to make them friends, or even just to learn more about their capabilities, is a dangerous game. Just ask King Hezekiah.
Hezekiah was considered one of Judah’s greatest kings. Under his rule, God blessed the nation. The population of Jerusalem quintupled under Hezekiah’s reign. It was a time of expansion of power. Archaeologists note dramatic population growth, major building and construction projects, and large increases in literacy and written works.
Yet despite all of the advances, the king also set in progress a series of events that would lead to the nation’s destruction.
During Hezekiah’s reign, the Assyrian empire was sweeping south toward Judah. The Assyrians, known for their exceptional brutality, had already destroyed the northern kingdom of Israel, carrying them away into captivity.
The book of Isaiah describes the Assyrian rival, the king of Babylon, sending emissaries with presents to King Hezekiah. “And Hezekiah was glad of them, and shewed them the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah shewed them not” (Isaiah 39:1-2; emphasis added).
Look how it turned out. As Gerald Flurry wrote in his booklet Isaiah’s End-Time Vision,
Isaiah did not trust the king of Babylon. He recognized that Hezekiah was getting too close to Babylon. … Isaiah showed that this relationship would prove to be fatal, not only for Hezekiah’s descendants, but for the nation of Judah as well. “Then said Isaiah to Hezekiah … Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store until this day, shall be carried to Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the Lord. And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon” (Isaiah 39:5-7).
This action by Hezekiah—inviting a foreign nation pretending to be a friend into his house—was the beginning of the undoing of his family and of the nation of Judah. Not long after, the king of Babylon—Hezekiah’s supposed ally—destroyed God’s temple and carried the nation of Judah away captive.
Full article: A Lesson for President Obama From an Ancient King (The Trumpet)