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An overview of the history of the Bible can be found in the index, “From Ruin to Glory:”

 

In the headlines this morning, I read, “Nancy Pelosi pushes back on archbishop who denies her communion.” Some may ask, “How can that be?” The answer, this is what happens when a person thinks their God. 

 

A little humor:

When Joe Biden and company write their monthly report to the American people concerning economy, they begin every report with “Welcome all!”

Joe Biden was overheard saying to one of his aids, “Having a Donald Trump lunch pail is worse than not having a Putin thermos bottle.”

Nancy Pelosi was asked, “what are you going to do to stop these food and gasoline hikes?” The only thing that came from her lips was a strange buzzing sound.

 

Chapters 1 through 11 can be found in the article “From Ruin to glory.”

Chapter 12:

Revolt of Ten tribes:

Soon after, the great and powerful empire David had built, and in which Solomon ruled; in the year 796 B.C., the ten Northern tribes revolted against the South, the nation dividing into two very unequal parts. Jeroboam like the prophet Ahijah had predicted, inherited the ten Northern tribes, and Rehoboam the two Southern tribes.

When Solomon was constructing the fortifications of Milo, he discovered the strength and activity of a young Jeroboam. He was said to be a mighty man of valor, and soon raised to the rank of superintendent over the taxes and labors exacted from the tribe of Ephraim.

Jeroboam most likely noticed the growing discontent coming from the tribe of Ephraim, as well as the alienation of the prophetic order from the house of Solomon. One day while leaving Jerusalem, the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite found him walking on the road. The prophet was wearing a new garment; and while alone with Jeroboam, he took his new garment, then tore it into twelve pieces:” saying to Jeroboam,

1 Kings 11:31-32, “Take you ten pieces for thus said the LORD, the God of Israel, behold, I will tear the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon, and will give ten tribes to you: but he (Solomon) shall have one tribe (Judah) for my servant David’s sake, and for Jerusalem’s sake, the city which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel:”    

As the years passed, Solomon would attempt to kill Jeroboam who fled to Egypt, remaining there until after Solomon’s death. Hearing of the king’s death, he requested permission from the Egyptian king to return to Israel.

While in Egypt he had married Ano, the elder sister of the Egyptian queen, Tahpenes. A year elapsed and a son, Abijah was born. Eventually Jeroboam would leave Egypt and return to Israel. At this time, there had not been any act of insurrection concerning the ten tribes.

Soon after Jeroboam’s infant son fell sick, he would send his wife in disguise to inquire of the prophet Ahijah. She brought gifts with her thinking to please the prophet. But he knew the woman was coming; so, he sent his boy out to meet her. The prophet warned her of the uselessness of her gifts. There was a doom on the house of Jeroboam, a doom that could not be prevented. The child died, an event which appears to have been a turning point in the king’s career.

Ahijah tells her what the LORD had revealed to him,

1 Kings 14:10, “I will bring evil upon the house of Jeroboam, and will cut off from Jeroboam, — and will take away the remnant of the house of Jeroboam, as a man takes away dung, till it is all gone.”  

The kings of both kingdoms Judea and Israel often disregarded the fundamental laws of the commonwealth with idolatry and rebellion against their God. They carry their disorder so far, and treated their subjects in such a poor manner, they had been described by Isaiah and Ezekiel as, “images of wicked shepherds.”

A succession of prophets reminded both kings and their subjects of their duties to Jehovah and threatened them with punishment because of disobedience. The more their corruption of idolatry rose, the more decisive and striking were the declarations and signs made to show the Israelites that the LORD of the universe was their Lord and King, and that all idols were as nothing when opposed to him.

Finally, after all milder punishments had proved fruitless, their continued rebellion would be followed by the destruction of the kingdom, and the coming captivity of the people. Each and every event had been predicted by Moses, Ahiah, Hosea, Amos, and others. 

The history of the Jews represents a contest between Jehovah who should have been acknowledged as their God, and the idolatrous Israelites; and everything ordered to preserve the authority of God in their minds. After all milder punishments prove ineffectual, these rebellions were followed by the destruction of Israel, both Northern and Southern kingdoms, and the captivity of the people.

And so, only has the royal family remained unchanged, according to the promise given to David. But the kings who followed would be the most idolatrous and rebellious of kings. But they would be succeeded by those of a much purer mind; putting a stop to all idol worship and re-establishing theocracy in the hearts of the people. And with the help of the prophets, the priests, Levites, and accompanying services of the temple, restored the knowledge and worship of the one true God.

Judah though much smaller than Israel continued her existence one hundred and thirty-four years longer; but would eventually suffer the same fate, thus fulfilling the predictions of Moses and other prophets.

Rehoboam, son of Solomon crowned king of Juah:

It could be perceived throughout Scripture that the twelve tribes were beginning to unravel.  When Rehoboam became king in 975 B.C., he was counseled by wise counselors of his father, whose advice he rejected. The people had demanded a remission of the severe burdens imposed by Solomon.

Rehoboam would consider the matter, promising the people an answer in three days. During this time, he consulted first his father’s counsellors, and then with the young men, those who had, “grown up with him, and which stood before him.”

He would reject the advice of the elders, returning his reply to the people with the frantic bravado of his overzealous friends. And so, arose among the people the formidable song of insurrection, a song heard once before when the tribes quarreled after David’s return from the war with his son Absalom.   

Rehoboam would assemble an army of 180,000 men from the two faithful Southern tribes in hope of reconquering Israel. But this was forbidden by Shemaiah the prophet. Throughout the king’s reign peaceful relations between Israel and Judah were never restored.

Pure worship of God was maintained in Judah, but at the same time, unchecked was the worship of Ashtoreth. It was allowed to exist side by side with the true religion. Images were set up, and the worst immoralities tolerated, as pagan abominations took hold in Jerusalem.

Egypt would eventually invade, taking the city of Jerusalem. With a bribe, Rehoboam had to purchase a shameful and dishonorable peace, the king delivering up the treasures of the temple which Solomon had adorned it with. The treasures given to the Egyptians were the golden shields, three hundred of the smaller ones, and two hundred of the larger.

After a reign of seventeen years, Jeroboam died at the age of forty-one, in the year, 958 B.C., having ascended in 975 B.C. Jeroboam had gathered to himself, eighteen wives, sixty concubines, twenty-eight sons, and sixty daughters.

Abijah crowned king of Judah:

King Abijah, otherwise called Abijam, ruled over Judah, having succeeded his father Rehoboam. Jeroboam, king over the ten northern tribes attempted to take advantage of the young king, so he gathered together an army of eight hundred thousand men. When Abijah heard of this formidable army he was not discouraged, gather half that number and took the field against his opponent. Jeroboam’s army could not withstand the force which the LORD gave to the arm of Abijah forces. The mass of Jeroboam’s army was broken and fled, and is said not fewer than five hundred thousand were slain, a slaughter Josephus wrote, “had never occurred in any other war, whether it had been the Greeks or the barbarians.”

It is certain that after this defeat, the kingdom of Israel was considerably weakened, while that of Judah made constant progress in power and importance. Because of this great victory, Abijah retook and annexed some border towns and districts, some of which had originally belonged to Judah and Benjamin. We are told Abijah “walked in all the sins of his father,” and that, “his heart was not perfect with Jehovah his God.” Abijah died in 970 B.C. after a reign of three years, leaving behind, twenty-two sons and sixteen daughters, whom he had by fourteen wives.

 

Asa crowned king of Judah:

Asa, king of Judah, son of Abijah succeeded his father when still a youth. Asa for his virtues, his fidelity to the principles of the theocracy, and the prosperity and victory with which he was favored, takes a high place in the rank of kings of Judah. It is said, “his heart was perfect with Jehovah, as did his father David.”

After ten years of prosperity and peace, his next challenge came from “Zerah the Cushite,” who came with a million-man army and three hundred chariots. Asa met this emergency in the true spirit of the theocracy. Understanding the inadequacy of his forces, he nevertheless went forward to give them battle, trusting in Jehovah, who had so often given victory over superior forces. His reliance upon God gave to him a great victory over the Cushites.

In his later years he became very irritable, committing many acts of severity and injustice. Some say it may have been cause by a disease in his feet, possibly the goat. Asa died in the year 929 B.C, in the second year of Ahab, king of Israel after a reign of forty-one years.

Ahab crowned king:

Ahab, the son of Omri, came to the throne of Israel in the year 931 B.C. Ahab throughout his reign, was entirely under the influence of his idolatrous and unprincipled wife, Jezebel, a daughter of Ethbaal, king of Tyre. Both Ahab and Jezebel united their authority to introduce the gods of other nations. The king built a temple in Samaria, erected an image, and consecrated a grove to the god Baal, the god of the Sidonians.  

Jezebel promoted the worship of her own god, maintaining a multitude of priests and prophets of Baal. Shortly after, idolatry had become the predominant religion of the land; and Jehovah, and the golden calves said to represent him, were then viewed with no more reverence than Baal and his image. It appeared the knowledge of the true God had been lost; but Elijah the prophet boldly stood up, and opposed the authority of Ahab. And so, a great and memorable struggle ensued, giving the narrative of Ahab’s reign an unusual prominence and range in the Hebrew annuals.

Elijah first appearance occurred with great abruptness, he announcing a drought and famine to come, he demanding this calamity as punishment for the idolatry the nation had fallen into. When the drought did come, the prophet withdrew himself from the presence and solicitations of the king.

Elijah withdrew to his native district beyond Jordan, hiding himself in a cave by the brook Cherith. The Arabs in the area sent him bread and meat every morning and evening; and the brook furnished him with water to drink.

Jezebel had ordered the destruction of all the prophets of God. Many perished, but a devout man in the palace of Ahab, Obadiah, managed to save a hundred by sheltering them in caverns, where he provided for them, and eventually planned and executed an escape into the kingdom of Judah. Ahab searched diligently for Elijah in order for him to offer up intercession to Jehovah God in order for the calamity to end.

But when the king found him, he accused him, saying, “Are you he that troubles Israel?” Ahab replied,

1 Kings 18:18, “I have not troubled Israel; but you, and your father’s house, in that you have forsaken the commandments of the LORD, and you have followed Baalim.”  

Elijah asked to have all Israel come to mount Carmel and four hundred of the prophets of the groves that were being provided for at Jezebel’s table. The story of the contest at Mount Carmel between the prophets of Baal and Elijah is well known, therefore not necessary to review. See 1 Kings 18:20-40. When the contest between the two was over, all four-hundred of the prophets of Baal were slain by the people.

Elijah would then go to the top of Mt. Carmel and pray seven times for rain, prayer quickly answered. “There arose a little cloud out of the sea, like a man’s hand.” “The heavens were black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain.”

The king of Syria, Ben-hadad besieged Samaria with thirty-two other kings and their forces and warred against Samaria. Now Ahab by the word of God, “I will deliver it into your hand this day; and you shall know that I am the LORD.” And so, the king went out and defeat the Syrians, slaying many.

The Syrians fled, and Ben-hadad escaped. Years after, Ben-hadad returned to fight once more against the Jews, but again was defeated. This time, Ben-hadad had been captured, but Ahab spared his life, and the cities that had been overrun by the Syrians were again restored to Israel.

But Ahab doomed had already been sealed by God, he was killed when an arrow struck him between the joints of his armor, the year, 909 B.C. After his death, Ahaziah, one of Ahab’s seventy sons took to the throne in Judea, the same year. 

2 Kings 8:27, “And he (Ahaziah) walked in the way of the house of Ahab, and did evil in the sight of the LORD,”

In the year 895 B.C., Jehu would be anointed king over Israel. He was the founder of the fifth dynasty of Israel. In his youth he had been one of the guards of Ahab. He rode on the journey from Samaria to Jezreel, and heard, and laid up in his heart, the warning of Elijah against Ahab and Jezebel, the murderers of Naboth the Jezreelite.

Jehu had been known to Elijah as a youth of promise; in the vision at Horeb he is mentioned as the future king of Israel, whom Elijah was to anoint as the minister of vengeance on Israel. 1 kings 19:16-17. This injunction, for unknown reasons, was never fulfilled by Elijah, but reserved long after for his successor, Elisha. Jehu was under Jehoram, captain of the host in the siege of Ramoth Gilead.  

When in the midst of officers of the army, a youth suddenly entered, and insisted on a private interview with Jehu. They went into a secret chamber, where the youth uncovered a vial of the sacred oil, he had bought with him. He then poured it over Jehu’s head and announced to him the message from Elisha, that he was appointed to be king of Israel and destroyer of the house of Ahab.

After revealing to those he had been with, they threw their garments under his feet, so as to form a carpet of state, placed him at the top of the stairs as on a makeshift throne, blew the royal salute on their trumpets and there, ordained him king of Israel.   

Jehu was a monster of cruelty, and delighted in shedding blood. The plans of God are at times hard to understand; at times it is necessary for him to employ wicked men to punish others who are equally wicked. When Jehu came to the throne it was in no way a part of his strategy to heal the schism between Judah and Israel.

2 Kings 10:7, “And it came to pass, — that they took the king’s (Ahab’s) sons, and slew seventy persons, and put their heads in baskets, and sent them to Jezreel.”

Jehu would kill king Ahaziah, all of the family of Ahab and the worshippers of Baal. He would then go to Jezreel the place of Jezebel. Hearing of the king’s death, Jezebel looked down from a window at Jehu; she then called down to him, “Zimri,” meaning, “you murderous traitor.”

It was then Jehu ordered several of the eunuchs who stood by Jezebel to, “Throw her down.”

“So they threw her down: and some of her blood was sprinkled on the wall, and on the horses: and he (Jehu) trampled her under foot.”

Shortly after, Verse 35, when “they went to bury her: they found no more of her than the skull, and the feet, and the palms of her hands.” And so, the LORD’S prophesy concerning her demise, had been fulfilled to the letter.    

1 Kings 1:23, “And of Jezebel also spoke the LORD, saying, the dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.”  

 

 

Final Countdown, Chapter 3: “How Does God Keep Time?” Posted Jan. 21, 2019.  

Final Countdown, Chapter 4: “This Generation, Daniel 9:27” Posted Jan. 23, 2019.  

Final Countdown, Chapter 5: “Confirming The Covenant of Daniel 9:27.”  Posted Jan. 25th 2019.  

Final Countdown, Chapter 6: “The Decree of 457 B.C.; The Jews Return.” Posted Jan. 26th 2019.

Final Countdown, Chapter 7: “Nebuchadnezzar; His Image of a man.” Posted Jan. 26th 2019. 

Final Countdown, Chapter 8: Bad Boys of Greece and Rome. Posted Jan. 26th 2019.

Final Countdown, Chapter 9: When Was Jesus Crucified? Posted Jan. 26th 2019.

Final Countdown, Chapter 10: 2300 Days of Dan.8:14. Posted Jan. 26th 2019.

Final Countdown, Chapter 11: 6000 Years.  Posted Jan. 6th, 2019

Final Countdown, Chapter 12, 1290 and 1335 Days of Daniel 12. Posted Jan. 26th, 2019.

Final Countdown, Chapter 13, Belshazzar: Posted Jan. 26th, 2019.

Final Countdown, Chapter 14, Hosea 6:2. Posted Jan.26th  2019.

Final Countdown, Chapter 15, The Missing 30 Years. Posted Jan. 26th, 2019.  

Final Countdown, Chapter 16, The Last Temple Sacrifice. Jan. 26th, 2019.

Final Countdown, Chapter 17, God’s Two Witnesses: Posted April 6, 2018.

Final Countdown, Ch. 18: I Thessalonians 4:17-19

Final Countdown, Ch. 19: Is The Word “Rapture” Biblical?

Final Countdown, Ch. 20: Drugs: A Sign of God’s Final Countdown

Final Countdown, Ch. 21: More End Time Signs

Final Countdown, Ch. 22: Who Are The Arabs of Today?

Final Countdown, Ch. 23: A Temple Without God

 

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