by Betty Rhodes
In 724 BCE,
Shalmaneser V, King of Assyria, besieged Samaria
for three years. King Hoshea of Israel attempted to revolt against paying
Assyrian's annual tribute money - a treaty with the Pharaoh of Egypt [see Sargon's
admission below], did not help his cause [see 2 Kings 18:2]; and Samaria,
Jeroboam's capital, fell in 722 BCE,
with Sargon II seizing total power in 721 BCE.
The Assyrians implemented their infamous policy of mixing conquered peoples to
keep them from organizing a revolt. Israelite captives were mixed with Persians [and others],
and strangers from Arab lands were resettled in Samaria. The resulting mixed, quasi-Israelite populations,
became the "Samaritans." (Read about the 'fall' in 2 Kings 17.) Does this ring any
alarm bells should be ringing loudly and clearly, for we see this very same
tactic occurring in nearly ALL Israelite nations today!! We are intentionally being
mixed with all sorts of peoples and foreigners - including Arabs; in order to keep us from
protesting a planned take-over. Remember, patterns repeat; but what take-over –
perhaps a one-world government??
Not all Israelites from the Northern
Kingdom were deported. Archaeologists have uncovered annals
of the Assyrian Sargon II, in which he reports that he carried away only 27,290
people, and 50 chariots.
Sargon's Admission: "I [Sargon II] besieged and occupied
the town of Samaria, and took 27,280 of its inhabitants
captive. I took from them 50 chariots, but left
them the rest of their belongings. I placed my Lieutenants over them; I renewed
the obligation imposed upon them by one of the Kings who preceded
The 'Kings' who preceded Sargon - could he be speaking of the
treaty with the Pharaoh of Egypt??
INSCRIPTION IN THE PALACE OF KHORSABAD - Translated by: DR. JULIUS
OPPERT - Palace of Sargon II, who claimed to be one of the
Great Sumerian Gods.
Population estimates of the Northern
Kingdom at that time, range from 400,000 to 500,000 - so
less than 1/20th were deported; mostly the leadership individuals from the capital of Samaria.
The rest of the Northern Kingdom may have
been taken by Assyria as slaves - or
perhaps they became mixed with the foreign occupiers who were brought in
to Samaria. The
reason this seems plausible is that in Sargon's admission above, he states that
he only took 50 chariots and left them the rest of their belongings in Samaria.