After the 10 Tribes broke away from the Covenant, the kingdom of Israel became weakened by civil war and discord. Now, instead of being a united front against foreign invaders, the kingdom of Israel was divided against itself, and formed two separate kingdoms. Each of the two kingdoms made alliances with other foreign powers in order to check and balance the power of their rival.
The Assyrians were a brutal people who made an unholy alliance with the kingdom of Judah. The Assyrians first took the 10 northern tribes into captivity, and spread them out throughout their vast empire. The 10 tribes became lost and never returned to their land and customs.
The Kingdom of Judah agreed to pay tribute to the Assyrians, who in turn, left the kingdom of Judah is relative peace. However, it wasn’t long before the Assyrians did turn their attention on the Kingdom of Judah and besieged Jerusalem.
King Hezekiah went before the Ark of the Covenant and prayed to God for deliverance from the Assyrians. That night, an angel of God went out into the Assyrian camp and killed 185,000 Assyrian soldiers. The next day, the Assyrians retreated and never again threatened the Kingdom of Judah.
After the Protestant Rebellion that started with Luther in 1520, Europe was weakened considerably by a series of religious wars fought between Protestants and Catholics. The Christians were now a divided people, with two separate political and religious systems, and each made alliances with foreign powers to check and balance the power of their rivals. Catholic France made an unholy alliance with the Ottoman Turks
The Ottoman Turks were very brutal to the Christians they conquered, which was why the alliance between France and the Turks was so horrible. The forcibly relocated their captives, and spread them out across their vast empire. Most of these Christians lost their religion and their identity.
Catholic Vienna and Hapsburg Austria became a tributary nation, under the Ottoman Turks, whose boundaries were only miles away. However, it wasn’t too long until the Ottoman Turks turned their attention to Austria and besieged Vienna in 1683.
The city of Vienna was besieged by the Ottoman Turks for two months, and the people of Vienna were praying for deliverance. In September of 1683, reinforcements arrived from Poland, led by King John III Sobieski. Before the battle, he prayed and dedicated his troops to Our Lady of Częstochowa. His Hussar elite cavalry, who wore wings on their backs, along with his other troops, crushed the Ottomans and ended the threat. The Ottoman Turks ceased to be a menace to the Christian world.