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2 Chronicles 1

Solomon was coronated king and went up to the tabernacle, offering a thousand burnt offering on the brazen altar.

2 Chronicles 1:1 And Solomon the son of David was strengthened in his kingdom, and the LORD his God was with him, and magnified him exceedingly. 1:2 Then Solomon spake unto all Israel, to the captains of thousands and of hundreds, and to the judges, and to every governor in all Israel, the chief of the fathers.

1:3 So Solomon, and all the congregation with him, went to the high place that was at Gibeon; for there was the tabernacle of the congregation of God, which Moses the servant of the LORD had made in the wilderness. 1:4 But the ark of God had David brought up from Kirjathjearim to the place which David had prepared for it: for he had pitched a tent for it at Jerusalem.

1:5 Moreover the brasen altar, that Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, had made, he put before the tabernacle of the LORD: and Solomon and the congregation sought unto it. 1:6 And Solomon went up thither to the brasen altar before the LORD, which was at the tabernacle of the congregation, and offered a thousand burnt offerings upon it.

God appears to Solomon in a night dream

1:7 In that night did God appear unto Solomon, and said unto him, Ask what I shall give thee.

Solomon’s response

1:8 And Solomon said unto God, Thou hast shewed great mercy unto David my father, and hast made me to reign in his stead. 1:9 Now, O LORD God, let thy promise unto David my father be established: for thou hast made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude. 1:10 Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great?

The one who became Jesus Christ responds to Solomon

1:11 And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have made thee king: 1:12 Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like.

Solomon returns to reign over the people

1:13 Then Solomon came from his journey to the high place that was at Gibeon to Jerusalem, from before the tabernacle of the congregation, and reigned over Israel.

Solomon made a great army and made much wealth selling Egyptian chariots and horses to the Hittites and Syrians.  The Canaanite people of the Hittites were still a strong force in the region, they were later to migrate the region of Troy and finally after their king Paris was defeated at Troy they migrated again and ended up in France; named France because the Romans called them Franks. 

1:14 And Solomon gathered chariots and horsemen: and he had a thousand and four hundred chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen, which he placed in the chariot cities, and with the king at Jerusalem.

1:15 And the king made silver and gold at Jerusalem as plenteous as stones, and cedar trees made he as the sycomore trees that are in the vale for abundance.

1:16 And Solomon had horses brought out of Egypt, and linen yarn: the king’s merchants received the linen yarn at a price. 1:17 And they fetched up, and brought forth out of Egypt a chariot for six hundred shekels of silver, and an horse for an hundred and fifty: and so brought they out horses for all the kings of the Hittites, and for the kings of Syria, by their means.

 

2 Chronicles 2

Chapters 2-4 contain details of the temple construction

2 Chronicles 2:1 And Solomon determined to build an house for the name of the LORD, and an house for his kingdom.

2:2 And Solomon told out threescore and ten thousand [70,000] men to bear burdens, and fourscore thousand to hew [80,000 stone cutters] in the mountain, and three thousand and six hundred to oversee them.

2:3 And Solomon sent to Huram the king of Tyre, saying,

Solomon’s letter to Huram [Hiram]

As thou didst deal with David my father (2 Sam 5), and didst send him cedars to build him an house to dwell therein, even so deal with me. 2:4 Behold, I build an house to the name of the LORD my God, to dedicate it to him, and to burn before him sweet incense, and for the continual shewbread, and for the burnt offerings morning and evening, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the solemn feasts of the LORD our God. This is an ordinance for ever to Israel.

2:5 And the house which I build is great: for great is our God above all gods. 2:6 But who is able to build him an house, seeing the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain him? who am I then, that I should build him an house, save only to burn sacrifice before him? 2:7 Send me now therefore a man cunning to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, and in iron, and in purple, and crimson, and blue, and that can skill to grave with the cunning men that are with me in Judah and in Jerusalem, whom David my father did provide.

2:8 Send me also cedar trees, fir trees, and algum trees, out of Lebanon: for I know that thy servants can skill to cut timber in Lebanon; and, behold, my servants shall be with thy servants, 2:9 Even to prepare me timber in abundance: for the house which I am about to build shall be wonderful great.

2:10 And, behold, I will give to thy servants, the hewers that cut timber, twenty thousand measures of beaten wheat, and twenty thousand measures of barley, and twenty thousand baths of wine, and twenty thousand baths of oil.

Huram [Hiram] replies to Solomon

2:11 Then Huram the king of Tyre answered in writing (Parallel 1 Kings 5), which he sent to Solomon, Because the LORD hath loved his people, he hath made thee king over them.

2:12 Huram said moreover, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, that made heaven and earth, who hath given to David the king a wise son, endued with prudence and understanding, that might build an house for the LORD, and an house for his kingdom.

2:13 And now I have sent a cunning man, endued with understanding, of Huram my father’s, 2:14 The son of a woman of the daughters of Dan, and his father was a man of Tyre, skilful to work in gold, and in silver, in brass, in iron, in stone, and in timber, in purple, in blue, and in fine linen, and in crimson; also to grave any manner of graving, and to find out every device which shall be put to him, with thy cunning men, and with the cunning men of my lord David thy father.

Solomon had offered payment to Huram for his help

2:15 Now therefore the wheat, and the barley, the oil, and the wine, which my lord hath spoken of, let him send unto his servants: 2:16 And we will cut wood out of Lebanon, as much as thou shalt need: and we will bring it to thee in floats by sea to Joppa; and thou shalt carry it up to Jerusalem.

Solomon numbered the other people in the land given to Israel which were still left of the Canaanites and other foreign peoples.

2:17 And Solomon numbered all the strangers that were in the land of Israel, after the numbering wherewith David his father had numbered them; and they were found an hundred and fifty thousand and three thousand and six hundred. 2:18 And he set threescore and ten thousand of them to be bearers of burdens, and fourscore thousand to be hewers in the mountain, and three thousand and six hundred overseers to set the people a work.

 

2 Chronicles 3

2 Chronicles 3:1 Then Solomon began to build the house of the LORD at Jerusalem in mount Moriah, where the Lord appeared unto David his father, in the place that David had prepared in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite. 3:2 And he began to build in the second day of the second month, in the fourth year of his reign.

The plan of the building.

As Moses was very careful to build the tabernacle according ot the plan from God; so Solomon was very careful to build the Temple according to the plan that Christ gave to David.  Even so we are to build up ourselves into spiritual temples of God according to the instructions that God has given us in the whole Word of God!

3:3 Now these are the things wherein Solomon was instructed for the building of the house of God. The length by cubits after the first measure was threescore cubits, and the breadth twenty cubits. 3:4 And the porch that was in the front of the house, the length of it was according to the breadth of the house, twenty cubits, and the height was an hundred and twenty: and he overlaid it within with pure gold.

3:5 And the greater house he cieled with fir tree, which he overlaid with fine gold, and set thereon palm trees and chains. 3:6 And he garnished the house with precious stones for beauty: and the gold was gold of Parvaim. 3:7 He overlaid also the house, the beams, the posts, and the walls thereof, and the doors thereof, with gold; and graved cherubims on the walls.

3:8 And he made the most holy house, the length whereof was according to the breadth of the house, twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof twenty cubits: and he overlaid it with fine gold, amounting to six hundred talents. 3:9 And the weight of the nails was fifty shekels of gold. And he overlaid the upper chambers with gold.

3:10 And in the most holy house he made two cherubims of image work, and overlaid them with gold. 3:11 And the wings of the cherubims were twenty cubits long: [7.5 feet for each wing]  five cubits or one wing of the one cherub was five cubits, reaching to the wall of the house: and the other wing was likewise five cubits, reaching to the wing of the other cherub. 3:12 And one wing of the other cherub was five cubits, reaching to the wall of the house: and the other wing was five cubits also, joining to the wing of the other cherub. 3:13 The wings of these cherubims spread themselves forth twenty cubits: and they stood on their feet, and their faces were inward [facing the one on the throne].

3:14 And he made the vail of blue, and purple, and crimson, and fine linen, and wrought cherubims thereon.

3:15 Also he made before the house two pillars of thirty and five cubits high, and the chapiter that was on the top of each of them was five cubits.

3:16 And he made chains, as in the oracle, and put them on the heads of the pillars; and made an hundred pomegranates, and put them on the chains.

3:17 And he reared up the pillars before the temple, one on the right hand, and the other on the left; and called the name of that on the right hand Jachin, and the name of that on the left Boaz.

 

2 Chronicles 4

Brazensea 1

2 Chronicles 4:1 Moreover he made an altar of brass [for the Burnt Offering], twenty cubits the length thereof, and twenty cubits the breadth thereof, and ten cubits the height thereof.

4:2 Also he made a molten sea [basin for water] of ten cubits from brim to brim, round in compass, and five cubits the height thereof; and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about. 4:3 And under it was the similitude of oxen, which did compass it round about: ten in a cubit, compassing the sea round about. Two rows of oxen were cast, when it was cast. 4:4 It stood upon twelve oxen, three looking toward the north, and three looking toward the west, and three looking toward the south, and three looking toward the east: and the sea was set above upon them, and all their hinder parts were inward.

4:5 And the thickness of it was an handbreadth, and the brim of it like the work of the brim of a cup, with flowers of lilies; and it received and held three thousand baths.

4:6 He made also ten lavers [small basins for water], and put five on the right hand, and five on the left, to wash in them: such things as they offered for the burnt offering they washed in them; but the sea was for the priests to wash in.

4:7 And he made ten candlesticks [lampstands] of gold according to their form, and set them in the temple, five on the right hand, and five on the left.

4:8 He made also ten tables, and placed them in the temple, five on the right side, and five on the left. And he made an hundred basons of gold.

4:9 Furthermore he made the court of the priests, and the great court, and doors for the court, and overlaid the doors of them with brass.

4:10 And he set the sea [large basin of water resting on crouching oxen] on the right side of the east end, over against the south.

4:11 And Huram made the pots, and the shovels, and the basons. And Huram finished the work that he was to make for king Solomon for the house of God; 4:12 To wit, the two pillars, and the pommels, and the chapiters which were on the top of the two pillars, and the two wreaths to cover the two pommels of the chapiters which were on the top of the pillars; 4:13 And four hundred pomegranates on the two wreaths; two rows of pomegranates on each wreath, to cover the two pommels of the chapiters which were upon the pillars.

4:14 He made also bases, and lavers made he upon the bases; 4:15 One sea, and twelve oxen under it. 4:16 The pots also, and the shovels, and the fleshhooks, and all their instruments, did Huram his [Huram was as a father to Solomon after the death of David] father make to king Solomon for the house of the LORD of bright brass.

4:17 In the plain of Jordan did the king cast them, in the clay ground between Succoth and Zeredathah.

4:18 Thus Solomon made all these vessels in great abundance: for the weight of the brass could not be found out. 4:19 And Solomon made all the vessels that were for the house of God, the golden altar also, and the tables whereon the shewbread was set; 4:20 Moreover the candlesticks [oil burning lampstands] with their lamps, that they should burn after the manner before the oracle, of pure gold; 4:21 And the flowers [the lampstands were to have almond flowers and fruit on them], and the lamps, and the tongs, made he of gold, and that perfect gold; 4:22 And the snuffers, and the basons, and the spoons, and the censers, of pure gold: and the entry of the house, the inner doors thereof for the most holy place, and the doors of the house of the temple, were of gold.

 

2 Chronicles 5

Moving the Ark from David’s tent for it in Jerusalem to the permanent Temple

2 Chronicles 5:1 Thus all the work that Solomon made for the house of the LORD was finished: and Solomon brought in all the things that David his father had dedicated; and the silver, and the gold, and all the instruments, put he among the treasures of the house of God.

5:2 Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the chief of the fathers of the children of Israel, unto Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the city of David, which is Zion.

The people were assembled at the Feast of Tabernacles to move the Ark to  the temple and to dedicate the Temple. 

5:3 Wherefore all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto the king in the feast which was in the seventh month. 5:4 And all the elders of Israel came; and the Levites took up the ark.

Then the priests and Levites brought up all the utensils from the tabernacle at Gibeon and the Ark from its tent in Jerusalem to the permanent Temple on the Holy Mount.

5:5 And they brought up the ark, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and all the holy vessels that were in the tabernacle, these did the priests and the Levites bring up.

These things were brought into the Temple with much sacrifice, pomp and circumstance to glorify God the King of Israel.

5:6 Also king Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel that were assembled unto him before the ark, sacrificed sheep and oxen, which could not be told nor numbered for multitude.

The Ark was placed in the Most Holy Place and the curtain [heavy drapery] closed.

5:7 And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the LORD unto his place, to the oracle of the house, into the most holy place, even under the wings of the cherubims: 5:8 For the cherubims spread forth their wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubims covered the ark and the staves thereof above.

The carrying poles were withdrawn from the Ark and placed within the Most Holy Place so they could not be seen outside the curtain for they were a part of the throne of God.

5:9 And they drew out the staves of the ark, that the ends of the staves were seen from the ark before the oracle; but they were not seen without. And there it is unto this day.

All that remained inside the box of the Ark were the two tables of stone from Sinai.  It is not clear whether Aaron’s rod that budded and the pot of manna are simply not mentioned or if they had been lost by this time, perhaps during the period that the Philistines had the Ark and opened it. 

5:10 There was nothing in the ark save the two tables which Moses put therein at Horeb, when the LORD made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of Egypt.

Then the curtain was closed on the “Most Holy Place” and all the priests came out of the court of the priests or the Holy Place, blasting trumpets, playing music  and the Levitical singers praising God to dedicate the temple!

5:11 And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place: (for all the priests that were present were sanctified, and did not then wait by course:

The awesome occasion!

5:12 Also the Levites which were the singers, all of them of Asaph, of Heman, of Jeduthun, with their sons and their brethren, being arrayed in white linen, having cymbals and psalteries and harps, stood at the east end of the altar, and with them an hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets:)

5:13 It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD; 5:14 So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God.

 

2 Chronicles 6

Another version of the dedication of the temple by Solomon is found in 1 Kings 8 where Solomon’s prayer to God before his instructions to the people is recorded.    1 Kings 8

2 Chronicles 6:1 Then said Solomon, The LORD hath said that he would dwell in the thick darkness. 6:2 But I have built an house of habitation for thee, and a place for thy dwelling for ever. 6:3 And the king turned his face, and blessed the whole congregation of Israel: and all the congregation of Israel stood.

This sermon of the wise Solomon to physical Israel is absolutely applicable to spiritual Israel.  We are to look to the Eternal  at all times and keep his Word in all things.

6:4 And he said,

Blessed by the LORD God who has called a people out of the slavery of spiritual Egypt to be his spiritual Temple; and has shown mercy on his called out!  The Eternal has called us at this time to be has particular people that we might be his spiritual Temple set as a light of godly example on a hill, as the physical Temple was set upon a hill that all would see it!

Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, who hath with his hands fulfilled that which he spake with his mouth to my father David, saying, 6:5 Since the day that I brought forth my people out of the land of Egypt I chose no city among all the tribes of Israel to build an house in, that my name might be there; neither chose I any man to be a ruler over my people Israel: 6:6 But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel.

As Solomon built the physical Temple; Jesus Christ the Master Builder is building us into a spiritual Temple, if we will only allow him to live his life in us through the indwelling of his Spirit and if we live our lives as He lived and lives his life; passionately living by every Word of God.

6:7 Now it was in the heart of David my father to build an house for the name of the LORD God of Israel. 6:8 But the LORD said to David my father, Forasmuch as it was in thine heart to build an house for my name, thou didst well in that it was in thine heart: 6:9 Notwithstanding thou shalt not build the house; but thy son which shall come forth out of thy loins, he shall build the house for my name.

As God performed his promise through Solomon; He will perform his promise through Christ and will complete his spiritual Temple, as he completed his physical Temple!

6:10 The LORD therefore hath performed his word that he hath spoken: for I am risen up in the room of David my father, and am set on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised, and have built the house for the name of the LORD God of Israel.

The Ark of God represents the throne and presence of God the Father, and the very nature of the Father will be placed in us; through the Holy Spirit; IF we zealously root out error and replace all sin and error with the truth of God, learning and living by every Word of God!

6:11 And in it have I put the ark, wherein is the covenant of the LORD, that he made with the children of Israel.

6:12 And he stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands: 6:13 For Solomon had made a brasen scaffold of five cubits long, and five cubits broad, and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the court: and upon it he stood, and kneeled down upon his knees before all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven.

Solomon prays before all the people

6:14 And said, O LORD God of Israel, there is no God like thee in the heaven, nor in the earth; which keepest covenant, and shewest mercy unto thy servants, that walk before thee with all their hearts: 6:15 Thou which hast kept with thy servant David my father that which thou hast promised him; and spakest with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this day.

6:16 Now therefore, O LORD God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that which thou hast promised him, saying, There shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit upon the throne of Israel; yet so that thy children take heed to their way to walk in my law, as thou hast walked before me.

6:17 Now then, O LORD God of Israel, let thy word be verified, which thou hast spoken unto thy servant David.

Solomon acknowledges the greatness of God

6:18 But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built! 6:19 Have respect therefore to the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken unto the cry and the prayer which thy servant prayeth before thee:

6:20 That thine eyes may be open upon this house day and night, upon the place whereof thou hast said that thou wouldest put thy name there; to hearken unto the prayer which thy servant prayeth toward this place.

While Solomon was speaking of the physical temple, this is an allegory that we are always to look to the whole Word of God and to be passionately burning in zeal to follow the Eternal [regardless of what any man or organization says]!

6:21 Hearken therefore unto the supplications of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, which they shall make toward this place: hear thou from thy dwelling place, even from heaven; and when thou hearest, forgive.

Solomon asks for God’s righteous judgment and mercy from heaven.  Today we have forgotten discernment between good and evil; and we call evil good and good evil in the church of God groups.

6:22 If a man sin against his neighbour, and an oath be laid upon him to make him swear, and the oath come before thine altar in this house; 6:23 Then hear thou from heaven, and do, and judge thy servants, by requiting the wicked, by recompensing his way upon his own head; and by justifying the righteous, by giving him according to his righteousness.

If we are persecuted or if we suffer for our God; then we must run to our Deliverer in sincere repentance asking him to teach us what we should learn from the occasion and asking for his tender mercies; instead of trying to ease ourselves by compromising with the Word of God.

6:24 And if thy people Israel be put to the worse before the enemy, because they have sinned against thee; and shall return and confess thy name, and pray and make supplication before thee in this house; 6:25 Then hear thou from the heavens, and forgive the sin of thy people Israel, and bring them again unto the land which thou gavest to them and to their fathers.

Today the rain of the Holy Spirit of God has failed on the Ekklesia, because of our great pride in our sins, and our rejection of the Word of God to do as we like; quenching God’s Holy Spirit so that sin is abundant among us.  Let us sincerely repent quickly that we may be forgiven and turned to the Mighty God above all  gods, and that he might be merciful and pour out his Spirit upon us like rain.

6:26 When the heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against thee; yet if they pray toward this place, and confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou dost afflict them; 6:27 Then hear thou from heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of thy people Israel, when thou hast taught them the good way, wherein they should walk; and send rain upon thy land, which thou hast given unto thy people for an inheritance.

May God fill and satisfy his people with the meat of the whole Word of God. Yet today  the table of the LORD has been heavy laden with the meat of the whole Word of God, and the leaders and brethren of the called out have rejected the meat of truth and knowledge for their own ways and idols of men; 

As we have rejected spiritual food; so God will remove from us physical food, that we may learn to hunger and thirst after every Word of God!  This judgment is from Jesus Christ (Rev 3:16) and is now almost at hand.

6:28 If there be dearth in the land, if there be pestilence, if there be blasting, or mildew, locusts, or caterpillers; if their enemies besiege them in the cities of their land; whatsoever sore or whatsoever sickness there be: 6:29 Then what prayer or what supplication soever shall be made of any man, or of all thy people Israel, when every one shall know his own sore and his own grief, and shall spread forth his hands in this house: 6:30 Then hear thou from heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and render unto every man according unto all his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou only knowest the hearts of the children of men:) 6:31 That they may fear thee, to walk in thy ways, so long as they live in the land which thou gavest unto our fathers.

Salvation is to be extended to the Gentiles!

6:32 Moreover concerning the stranger, which is not of thy people Israel, but is come from a far country for thy great name’s sake, and thy mighty hand, and thy stretched out arm; if they come and pray in this house; 6:33 Then hear thou from the heavens, even from thy dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger calleth to thee for; that all people of the earth may know thy name, and fear thee, as doth thy people Israel, and may know that this house which I have built is called by thy name.

When we war against the sin that entices or persecutes us; let us RUN to our Mighty One for deliverance!  Let us NEVER separate ourselves from our Deliverer by compromising with his Word, to try and deliver ourselves by our own ways and strength.  As soon as we make even the smallest compromise with the Word of God, we have separated ourselves from God and failed to overcome all sin.

6:34 If thy people go out to war against their enemies by the way that thou shalt send them, and they pray unto thee toward this city which thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built for thy name; 6:35 Then hear thou from the heavens their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause.

If we find ourselves in tribulation for our sins, let us quickly and sincerely repent; and the Eternal will hear us and forgive us in his tender mercies.

6:36 If they sin against thee, (for there is no man which sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them over before their enemies, and they carry them away captives unto a land far off or near; 6:37 Yet if they bethink themselves in the land whither they are carried captive, and turn and pray unto thee in the land of their captivity, saying, We have sinned, we have done amiss, and have dealt wickedly;

6:38 If they return to thee with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity, whither they have carried them captives, and pray toward their land, which thou gavest unto their fathers, and toward the city which thou hast chosen, and toward the house which I have built for thy name: 6:39 Then hear thou from the heavens, even from thy dwelling place, their prayer and their supplications, and maintain their cause, and forgive thy people which have sinned against thee.

6:40 Now, my God, let, I beseech thee, thine eyes be open, and let thine ears be attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.

6:41 Now therefore arise, O LORD God, into thy resting place, thou, and the ark of thy strength: let thy priests, O LORD God, be clothed with salvation, and let thy saints rejoice in goodness [the good and truth of the whole Word of God].

6:42 O LORD God, turn not away the face of thine anointed: remember the mercies of [given to David and also give to us]  David thy servant.

 

2 Chronicles 7

2 Chronicles 7:1 Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire  [The Shekhinah, the Holy Spirit] came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the LORD filled the house. 7:2 And the priests could not enter into the house of the LORD, because the glory [extreme brightness and light as of many suns] of the LORD had filled the LORD’s house.

The holy fire [Shekinah] coming down to fill the physical temple was the presence of God through his Holy Spirit.  This same fire fell upon the called out on Pentecost in 31 AD to publically manifest the presence of the Holy Spirit of God coming to dwell in the spiritually called out. 

In scripture the Holy Spirit is represented by fire, wind, water and pure olive oil.

7:3 And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the LORD upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.

Solomon’s sacrifices

7:4 Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices before the LORD. 7:5 And king Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty and two thousand oxen, and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep: so the king and all the people dedicated the house of God.

The trumpets were sounded and the music played and the Levites sang as the sacrifices were offered.  Will the marriage of the Lamb in heaven be filled with such celebration?

7:6 And the priests waited on their offices: the Levites also with instruments of musick of the LORD, which David the king had made to praise the LORD, because his mercy endureth for ever, when David praised [praised God by the ministry of music] by their ministry; and the priests sounded trumpets before them, and all Israel stood.

An extra brazen altar was dedicated to help hold all the many sacrifices.

7:7 Moreover Solomon hallowed the middle of the court that was before the house of the LORD: for there he offered burnt offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings, because the brasen altar which Solomon had made was not able to receive the burnt offerings, and the meat [grain] offerings, and the fat.

The dedication of the Temple continued for seven days and the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days and then the Feast of the Eighth Day, the nation gathered together in Jerusalem.

7:8 Also at the same time Solomon kept the feast seven days, and all Israel with him, a very great congregation, from the entering in of Hamath [Euphrates] unto the river of Egypt. 7:9 And in the eighth day they made a solemn assembly: for they kept the dedication of the altar seven days, and the feast seven days.

7:10 And on the three and twentieth day of the seventh month he sent the people away into their tents, glad and merry in heart for the goodness that the LORD had shewed unto David, and to Solomon, and to Israel his people.

7:11 Thus Solomon finished the house of the LORD, and the king’s house: and all that came into Solomon’s heart to make in the house of the LORD, and in his own house, he prosperously effected.

Then teh one who became Jesus Christ appeared to Solomon and answered his prayer

7:12 And the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice.

7:13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;

Jesus Christ gave his promise to Solomon and to physical Israel; that if they turn to him and sincerely seek him in true wholehearted repentance:  He WILL forgive them!

The very same promise is true for spiritual Israel today! 

If we find ourselves in severe correction for our sins; if we will  humble themselves, and pray, and seek God with all our hearts, and turn from our wicked ways; then God will hear from heaven, and will forgive our sins.  Behold our LORD stands at our door knocking for entry, if we will only turn to him (Rev 3 Laodicea).

7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

God will hear the prayer of those who have been called out to him; if they sincerely repent and turn to him with a whole heart.

7:15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.

Brethren, We have been called and sanctified to become the temple of God and his Spirit; let us remove all uncleanness and sin so that the Spirit of God can dwell within us.

1 Corinthians 3:16  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God [with sin or any willful compromise with the whole word and nature of God], him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

2 Chronicles 7:16 For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.

Our eternal life and our priesthood and thrones will be established only by our zeal to learn and to live by every Word of God.

7:17 And as for thee, if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, and do according to all that I have commanded thee, and shalt observe my statutes and my judgments; 7:18 Then will I stablish the throne of thy kingdom, according as I have covenanted with David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man to be ruler in Israel.

Even though we may be called out of slavery to sin as Israel was called out of Egypt; if we insist on doing evil and cleaving to false teachings and error and exalting our idols of men:  we SHALL BE CORRECTED.

7:19 But if ye turn away, and forsake my statutes and my commandments, which I have set before you, and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them; 7:20 Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them; and this house, which I have sanctified for my name, will I cast out of my sight, and will make it to be a proverb and a byword among all nations.

Many in the church of God groups have been spiritually called out to Christ, and we do give lip-service to God, but have turned aside to follow our idols of men, equating following them with following the Word of God, and we act contrary to the whole Word of God.  

Without any doubt, all of the corporate groups of the Ekklesia, will be cast into the fire of affliction that we may learn to fear the Eternal and not men.

7:21 And this house, which is high, shall be an astonishment to every one that passeth by it; so that he shall say, Why hath the LORD done thus unto this land, and unto this house? 7:22 And it shall be answered, Because they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold on other gods, and worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath he brought all this evil upon them.

Our LORD calls out to us seeking an answer: 

Luke 6:46  And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

47 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: 48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.

49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.

 

2 Chronicles 8

Solomon expands his kingdom

2 Chronicles 8:1 And it came to pass at the end of twenty years, wherein Solomon had built the house of the LORD, and his own house, 8:2 That the cities which Huram had restored to Solomon, Solomon built them, and caused the children of Israel to dwell there. 8:3 And Solomon went to Hamathzobah, and prevailed against it. 8:4 And he built Tadmor in the wilderness, and all the store cities, which he built in Hamath.

Solomon built great treasure [storehouse] cities and granaries for all his wealth;  and built up a great military power.

8:5 Also he built Bethhoron the upper, and Bethhoron the nether, fenced cities, with walls, gates, and bars; 8:6 And Baalath, and all the store cities that Solomon had, and all the chariot cities, and the cities of the horsemen, and all that Solomon desired to build in Jerusalem, and in Lebanon, and throughout all the land of his dominion.

Solomon put the surviving Canaanites to tribute

8:7 As for all the people that were left of the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which were not of Israel, 8:8 But of their children, who were left after them in the land, whom the children of Israel consumed not, them did Solomon make to pay tribute until this day [the day this was written].

Of Israel Solomon made men of war, a mighty and powerful military nation; as spiritual Israel is to be a mighty and powerful people to MAKE WAR AGAINST SIN; under the leadership of our Mighty King!

8:9 But of the children of Israel did Solomon make no servants for his work; but they were men of war, and chief of his captains, and captains of his chariots and horsemen. 8:10 And these were the chief of king Solomon’s officers, even two hundred and fifty, that bare rule over the people.

The Egyptian princess that Solomon had married in alliance with Egypt was rejected from the Temple Mount where the Temple and also Solomon’s palace was; and given her own house outside of the Holy Mount.

8:11 And Solomon brought up the daughter of Pharaoh out of the city of David unto the house that he had built for her: for he said, My wife shall not dwell in the house of David king of Israel, because the places are holy, whereunto the ark of the LORD hath come.

Solomon kept the commandments of God concerning the appointed offerings.  Which means that he kept Sabbaths, New Moon’s and Feasts.  Here we seen again the commandment of God to Moses and the people to keep the new moon’s. 

8:12 Then Solomon offered burnt offerings unto the LORD on the altar of the LORD, which he had built before the porch, 8:13 Even after a certain rate every day, offering according to the commandment of Moses, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the solemn feasts, three times in the year, even in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles.

Solomon also confirmed the appointments of the courses of the priests made by David.

8:14 And he appointed, according to the order of David his father, the courses of the priests to their service, and the Levites to their charges, to praise and minister before the priests, as the duty of every day required: the porters also by their courses at every gate: for so had David the man of God commanded. 8:15 And they departed not from the commandment of the king unto the priests and Levites concerning any matter, or concerning the treasures.

8:16 Now all the work of Solomon was prepared [continued] unto the day of the foundation of the house of the LORD, and until it was finished. So the house of the LORD was perfected.

8:17 Then went Solomon to Eziongeber, and to Eloth [Eilat] , at the sea side in the land of Edom. 8:18 And Huram sent him by the hands of his servants ships, and servants that had knowledge of the sea; and they went with the servants of Solomon to Ophir, [most likely India]  and took thence four hundred and fifty talents of gold, and brought them to king Solomon.

 

2 Chronicles 9

See 1 Kings 10   1 Kings 9-10

2 Chronicles 9:1 And when the queen of Sheba [probably a place in India]  heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to prove Solomon with hard questions at Jerusalem, with a very great company, and camels that bare spices, and gold in abundance, and precious stones: and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart.

9:2 And Solomon told [answered] her all her questions: and there was nothing hid from Solomon which he told her not.

9:3 And when the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon, and the house that he had built, 9:4 And the meat [food of his banquets] of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel; his cupbearers also, and their apparel; and his ascent by which he went up into the house of the LORD; there was no more spirit in her.

9:5 And she said to the king, It was a true report which I heard in mine own land of thine acts, and of thy wisdom: 9:6 Howbeit I believed not their words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the one half of the greatness of thy wisdom was not told me: for thou exceedest the fame that I heard. 9:7 Happy are thy men, and happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and hear thy wisdom.

Then this Queen of distant cities praised God for the wisdom and righteousness of Solomon and Israel under his leadership at that time.  This same thing shall happen in the millennium when the Gentiles shall flow to Jerusalem like a great river from all nations to see and hear the wisdom of Messiah the KIng of kings and High Priest of the New Covenant.

9:8 Blessed be the LORD thy God, which delighted in thee to set thee on his throne, to be king for the LORD thy God: because thy God loved Israel, to establish them for ever, therefore made he thee king over them, to do judgment and justice.

9:9 And she gave the king an hundred and twenty talents of gold, and of spices great abundance, and precious stones: neither was there any such spice as the queen of Sheba gave king Solomon.

The ships of Solomon and Huram [Hiram] of Lebanon brought spices and gold from the land of Sheba [Ophir, a place in India] in addition to what the Queen had brought.  This implies that the visit of the Queen opened up a trading relationship with Solomon and Israel.

9:10 And the servants also of Huram, and the servants of Solomon, which brought gold from Ophir, brought algum trees and precious stones. 9:11 And the king made of the algum [spice] trees terraces to the house of the LORD, and to the king’s palace, and harps and psalteries for singers: and there were none such seen before in the land of Judah.

9:12 And king Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all her desire, whatsoever she asked, beside that which she had brought unto the king. So she turned, and went away to her own land, she and her servants.

9:13 Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred and threescore and six talents of gold [39,960 pounds]; 9:14 Beside that which chapmen [Old English: merchants / traders] and merchants brought. And all the kings of Arabia and governors of the country brought gold and silver to Solomon.

Solomon made decorative shields to hang on the walls.

9:15 And king Solomon made two hundred targets of beaten gold: six hundred shekels of beaten gold went to one target. 9:16 And three hundred shields made he of beaten gold: three hundred shekels of gold went to one shield. And the king put them in the house of the forest of Lebanon [Not a house in Lebanon, but Solomon’s palace made of cedar from the forest of Lebanon].

Solomon’s awesome throne

9:17 Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with pure gold. 9:18 And there were six steps to the throne, with a footstool of gold, which were fastened to the throne, and stays on each side of the sitting place, and two lions standing by the stays: 9:19 And twelve lions stood there on the one side and on the other upon the six steps. There was not the like made in any kingdom.

9:20 And all the drinking vessels of king Solomon were of gold, and all the vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold: none were of silver; it [silver] was not any thing accounted of in the days of Solomon.

Once every tree years the ships of Solomon and Huram sailed out to trade with the nations; the trading expedition taking several years.

9:21 For the king’s ships went to Tarshish with the servants of Huram: every three years once came the ships of Tarshish bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks.

The greatness of Solomon was but a mere shadow of the greatness of Christ the Messiah, King of kings over the whole earth in the millennial Kingdom of God.  Then all the earth shall seek out the wisdom of God and come up to the Holy Hill of the Temple in Jerusalem to worship God the Father in sincerity and truth! 

9:22 And king Solomon passed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom. 9:23 And all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom, that God had put in his heart.

9:24 And they brought every man his present, vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and raiment, harness, and spices, horses, and mules, a rate year by year. 9:25 And Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen; whom he bestowed in the chariot cities, and with the king at Jerusalem.

In the millennial kingdom, David shall rule over all the land that Solomon ruled from the Euphrates to the borders of Egypt and the Philistines in Gaza;  While Messiah the King rules over David and over the whole earth!

9:26 And he reigned over all the kings from the river [Euphrates] even unto the land of the Philistines, and to the border of Egypt.

9:27 And the king made silver in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar trees made he as the sycomore trees that are in the low plains in abundance.

In those days horses represented a strong military power, and in the millennium the power of Messiah as King over all the earth shall be unmatched and much greater than all the power of all the earth put together!

9:28 And they brought unto Solomon horses out of Egypt, and out of all lands.

9:29 Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, first and last, are they not written in the book of Nathan the prophet, and in the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite, and in the visions of Iddo the seer against Jeroboam the son of Nebat? 9:30 And Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel forty years.

9:31 And Solomon slept with his fathers, and he was buried in the city of David his father: and Rehoboam his son reigned in his stead.

 

2 Chronicles 10

The dividing of Israel by God

What foolishness it is to say that God does not divide!  Yes, God is not divided against himself, but he most certainly does divide the faithful from the faithless. 

Matthew 25:31  When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

Rehoboam becomes king of Judah and Benjamin but Israel is ripped away by God.

Companion account in  1 Kings 12

2 Chronicles 10:1 And Rehoboam went to Shechem: for to Shechem were all Israel come to make him king.

God had told Solomon that Jeroboam would take the tribes of Israel from Judah and Solomon had sought to kill Jeroboam; forcing Jeroboam to flee for sanctuary in  Egypt.

10:2 And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was in Egypt, whither he fled from the presence of Solomon the king, heard it, that Jeroboam returned out of Egypt.

Israel chooses Jeroboam and sent him to plead with Rehoboam.

10:3 And they sent and called him. So Jeroboam and all Israel came and spake to Rehoboam, saying, 10:4 Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore ease thou somewhat the grievous servitude of thy father, and his heavy yoke that he put upon us, and we will serve thee. 10:5 And he said unto them, Come again unto me after three days. And the people departed.

The wise old men gave good advice but Rehoboam chose to follow the foolish advice of the young and inexperienced men. 

Solomon wrote that in many counselors there is wisdom.  That is true if one seeks first counsel from God and if one seeks counsel from wise men: but if one seeks advice from sycophants and flatterers and spiritually ignorant men; there is only foolishness and no safety even in great numbers of advisers.

10:6 And king Rehoboam took counsel with the old men that had stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, saying, What counsel give ye me to return answer to this people? 10:7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou be kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be thy servants for ever.

10:8 But he forsook the counsel which the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young men that were brought up with him, that stood before him.

10:9 And he said unto them, What advice give ye that we may return answer to this people, which have spoken to me, saying, Ease somewhat the yoke that thy father did put upon us? 10:10 And the young men that were brought up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou answer the people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it somewhat lighter for us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my father’s loins. 10:11 For whereas my father put a heavy yoke upon you, I will put more to your yoke: my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.

Jeroboam came to Rehoboam for his answer

10:12 So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day, as the king bade, saying, Come again to me on the third day.

10:13 And the king answered them roughly; and king Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the old men, 10:14 And answered them after the advice of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add thereto: my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.

This thing was from the one who became Jesus Christ to fulfill his word and divide Israel from Judah as he had promised Solomon he would do.  Today the Ekklesia has been divided into many groups because of their great pride, idolatry and many sins.

10:15 So the king hearkened not unto the people: for the cause was of God, that the LORD might perform his word, which he spake by the hand of Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.

10:16 And when all Israel saw that the king would not hearken unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David? and we have none inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to your tents, O Israel: and now, David, see to thine own house. So all Israel went to their tents.

For David’s sake Rehoboam was given Judah, Jerusalem and Benjamin; and also many the priests and Levites who were not reckoned as a tribe but as belonging to God, remained at Jerusalem with the Temple while some remained in the Levitical cities in Israel.

10:17 But as for the children of Israel that dwelt in the cities of Judah, [mainly Benjamin and some of the priests and Levites with a few from the other tribes] Rehoboam reigned over them.

Then when Rehoboam sought to collect taxes from Israel they killed the tax collector and drove Rehoboam away.

10:18 Then king Rehoboam sent Hadoram that was over the tribute; and the children of Israel stoned him with stones, that he died. But king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem.

10:19 And Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day [the day this was written].

 

2 Chronicles 11

Rehoboam is angered by being rejected and nearly stoned by the people of Israel when he went to Israel to take taxes, and makes ready for war.

2 Chronicles 11:1 And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he gathered of the house of Judah and Benjamin an hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men, which were warriors, to fight against Israel, that he might bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam.

The God speaks to Judah through his prophet and they obeyed God, preventing war between Judah and Israel for a time.  Later Judah and Israel were to disobey God and war with each other on a regular basis.

11:2 But the word of the LORD came to Shemaiah the man of God, saying, 11:3 Speak unto Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin, saying, 11:4 Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren: return every man to his house: for this thing is done of me. And they obeyed the words of the LORD, and returned from going against Jeroboam [Israel].

Then Rehoboam filled Judah with fortresses for fear of Israel

11:5 And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and built cities for defence in Judah. 11:6 He built even Bethlehem, and Etam, and Tekoa, 11:7 And Bethzur, and Shoco, and Adullam, 11:8 And Gath, and Mareshah, and Ziph, 11:9 And Adoraim, and Lachish, and Azekah, 11:10 And Zorah, and Aijalon, and Hebron, which are in Judah and in Benjamin fenced cities. 11:11 And he fortified the strong holds, and put captains in them, and store of victual, and of oil and wine. 11:12 And in every several city he put shields and spears, and made them exceeding strong, having Judah and Benjamin on his side.

Here we get the carnal reasoning that Jeroboam felt the need to establish his own religion in Samaria. Because of the temple in Jerusalem many priests and Levites flocked out of Israel to Jerusalem and Jeroboam greatly feared that the people would follow them over to Judah. 

Jeroboam did not trust in the promise of God and tried to save his kingdom by his own ways, by turning from the very God who had given him his kingdom. How very typically carnal that God gives and then we turn aside from the very God who gave the gift to us.

It is just so very easy to fall away from the Living God to our own devises, as the church of God has done in our day.

11:13 And the priests and the Levites that were in all Israel resorted to him out of all their coasts. 11:14 For the Levites left their suburbs and their possession, and came to Judah and Jerusalem: for Jeroboam and his sons had cast them off from executing the priest’s office unto the LORD:

Jeroboam then rejected God and the priests and Levites, and appointed the basest of the people to be priests of his gods of calves.  Consider that Jeroboam would have appointed very impressive, skillful and popular men to his priesthood; but they were base in the eyes of God. 

God does not look on the outward appearance as people do, but on the inner spirit and heart of people.  Some of the most well respected by men elders and leaders, are in God’s eyes the basest and most wicked of men, because they seek to exalt themselves and come between the people and God; leading the brethren away from a zeal to live by every Word of God and into a zeal for idols of men and organizations. 

Many of the men who appear on the surface to be so impressive in the Ekklesia are just tares of the wicked one, who are quenching any zeal to live by every Word of God and leading people to think that following such men away from a zeal for God is the same as following God! 

The latter day deception in the Called Out is very great, as Jesus and the apostles repeatedly warned us to be alert for.  As Jeroboam ordained priests for his idols, so many faithless and unqualified elders have been ordained in our time because they idolize men and corporate entities instead of ordaining men for their love and zeal for God.

Indeed today’s Ekklesia would  reject ordaining  any person who is zealous for God and do not idolize the corporate leaders.

11:15 And he ordained him priests for the high places, and for the devils, and for the calves which he had made.

When Jeroboam set up his gods many of those living in Israel still went up to the Festivals at Jerusalem.

11:16 And after them out of all the tribes of Israel such as set their hearts to seek the LORD God of Israel came to Jerusalem, to sacrifice unto the LORD God of their fathers.

For three years Rehoboam was faithful to God like David and Solomon [although both David and Solomon had their bad times, they were sincerely repentant and did mighty works for God]

11:17 So they strengthened the kingdom of Judah, and made Rehoboam the son of Solomon strong, three years: for three years they walked in the way of David and Solomon.

Rehoboam’s wives and children

11:18 And Rehoboam took him Mahalath the daughter of Jerimoth the son of David to wife, and Abihail the daughter of Eliab the son of Jesse; 11:19 Which bare him children; Jeush, and Shamariah, and Zaham. 11:20 And after her he took Maachah the daughter of Absalom; which bare him Abijah, and Attai, and Ziza, and Shelomith.

11:21 And Rehoboam loved Maachah the daughter of Absalom above all his wives and his concubines: (for he took eighteen wives, and threescore [60] concubines; and begat twenty and eight sons, and threescore daughters.)

Rehoboam learned his lesson after having Jeroboam and Israel rebel and leave him. He was wise and faithful to God, but like his father loved many women. 

It is possible that Rehoboam saw much benefit in being faithful to God because if the increase of his kingdom as the faithful in Israel came over to him.  Very often we can be faithful when times are good; but for the wrong reason of self interest, instead of a true zeal for the Word of God.  Often only God who knows the heart can judge motives which is why God often tests us.

11:22 And Rehoboam made Abijah the son of Maachah the chief, to be ruler among his brethren: for he thought to make him king. 11:23 And he dealt wisely, and dispersed of all his children throughout all the countries of Judah and Benjamin, unto every fenced city: and he gave them victual in abundance. And he desired many wives.

 

2 Chronicles 12

Then when Rehoboam felt secure he apostatized and fell away from God

2 Chronicles 12:1 And it came to pass, when Rehoboam had established the kingdom, and had strengthened himself, he forsook the law of the LORD, and all [Judah as a part of the family of Israel.  The kingdom of Israel had already apostatized under Jeroboam] Israel with him.

Then God used Egypt to punish Rehoboam and Judah for their sins; even as God will correct spiritual Israel in great tribulation for their many sins today.

12:2 And it came to pass, that in the fifth year of king Rehoboam Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, because they had transgressed against the LORD, 12:3 With twelve hundred chariots, and threescore thousand horsemen: and the people were without number that came with him out of Egypt; the Lubims, the Sukkiims, and the Ethiopians.

All that Rehoboam had built came to nothing  

Just as what we build in physical terms today will come to nothing and be destroyed.  We are to be about building our spiritual house as a Temple for the Spirit of God and not to be about building physical things.

Rehoboam could not save himself by his own devices and all his mighty works were brought to nothing; Just so,  our physical buildings will not save us when we lose our zeal to learn and to live by the whole Word of God.  The more we focus on physical building projects which take funds away form the message of warning and witness, the further we are from God. 

The Ambassador Auditorium and attempts to copy it, was a monstrous idol which distracted the brethren away from seeing their true spiritual condition by equating physical property with spiritual success.  Such building projects are a are distraction away from God.

12:4 And he took the fenced cities which pertained to Judah, and came to Jerusalem.

Then God sent his prophet to correct the people.

12:5 Then came Shemaiah the prophet to Rehoboam, and to the princes of Judah, that were gathered together to Jerusalem because of Shishak, and said unto them, Thus saith the LORD, Ye have forsaken me, and therefore have I also left you in the hand of Shishak.

The leaders then repented and God delivered Jerusalem from destruction.

12:6 Whereupon the princes of Israel and the king humbled themselves; and they said, The LORD is righteous. 12:7 And when the LORD saw that they humbled themselves, the word of the LORD came to Shemaiah, saying, They have humbled themselves; therefore I will not destroy them, but I will grant them some deliverance; and my wrath shall not be poured out upon Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak.

Yet God made Judah to be under tribute to Egypt so that they would learn to serve God.

12:8 Nevertheless they shall be his servants; that they may know my service, and the service of the kingdoms of the countries.

12:9 So Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, and took away the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king’s house; he took all: he carried away also the shields of gold which Solomon had made.

12:10 Instead of which king Rehoboam made shields of brass, and committed them to the hands of the chief of the guard, that kept the entrance of the king’s house. 12:11 And when the king entered into the house of the LORD, the guard came and fetched them, and brought them again into the guard chamber.

12:12 And when he humbled himself, the wrath of the LORD turned from him, that he would not destroy him altogether: and also in Judah things went well.

12:13 So king Rehoboam strengthened himself in Jerusalem, and reigned: for Rehoboam was one and forty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which the LORD had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name there. And his mother’s name was Naamah an Ammonitess.

12:14 And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the LORD.

12:15 Now the acts of Rehoboam, first and last, are they not written in the book of Shemaiah the prophet, and of Iddo the seer concerning genealogies? And there were wars between Rehoboam and Jeroboam continually.

12:16 And Rehoboam slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David: and Abijah his son reigned in his stead.

Brethren, we cannot save ourselves from the grave, nor can we receive the reward of eternal life, even if we prosper physically in this life.  Our only hope is our zeal and passionate enthusiasm to learn and keep every Word of God; to fully internalize the very nature of God, that we might become like him; to think as God thinks and to live as God reveals in his Word.

 

2 Chronicles 13

2 Chronicles 13:1 Now in the eighteenth year of king Jeroboam [of Israel] began Abijah to reign over Judah. 13:2 He reigned three years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name also was Michaiah the daughter of Uriel of Gibeah. And there was war between Abijah and Jeroboam.

13:3 And Abijah [of Judah] set the battle in array with an army of valiant men of war, even four hundred thousand chosen men: Jeroboam also set the battle in array against him with eight hundred thousand chosen men, being mighty men of valour.

Abijah challenges Jeroboam and his idols saying that God had given all Israel to David.  This was true up to a certain point but ignored the fact that God removed Israel from Judah for the sins of Solomon.  Yet God allowed this as a correction for the idolatry of Israel and Jeroboam.

13:4 And Abijah stood up upon mount Zemaraim, which is in mount Ephraim, and said,

Hear me, thou Jeroboam, and all Israel; 13:5 Ought ye not to know that the LORD God of Israel gave the kingdom over Israel to David for ever, even to him and to his sons by a covenant of salt? 13:6 Yet Jeroboam the son of Nebat, the servant of Solomon the son of David, is risen up, and hath rebelled against his lord. 13:7 And there are gathered unto him vain men, the children of Belial, and have strengthened themselves against Rehoboam the son of Solomon, when Rehoboam was young and tenderhearted, and could not withstand them.

13:8 And now ye think to withstand the kingdom of the LORD in the hand of the sons of David; and ye be a great multitude, and there are with your golden calves, which Jeroboam made you for gods. 13:9 Have ye not cast out the priests of the LORD, the sons of Aaron, and the Levites, and have made you priests after the manner of the nations of other lands? so that whosoever cometh to consecrate himself with a young bullock and seven rams, the same may be a priest of them that are no gods.

13:10 But as for us, the LORD is our God, and we have not forsaken him; and the priests, which minister unto the LORD, are the sons of Aaron, and the Levites wait upon their business: 13:11 And they burn unto the LORD every morning and every evening burnt sacrifices and sweet incense: the shewbread also set they in order upon the pure table; and the candlestick of gold with the lamps thereof, to burn every evening: for we keep the charge of the LORD our God; but ye have forsaken him.

13:12 And, behold, God himself is with us for our captain, and his priests with sounding trumpets to cry alarm against you. O children of Israel, fight ye not against the LORD God of your fathers; for ye shall not prosper.

13:13 But Jeroboam caused an ambushment to come about behind them: so they were before Judah, and the ambushment was behind them.

Dear brethren; it is our Mighty God that delivers and saves his people! 

Only by following him and living by every Word of God will we find salvation and deliverance from sin.  If we compromise with the Word of God and fall into sin, we have turned aside from our only Deliverer and are doomed to grave correction; and are on the edge of judgment to destruction.

13:14 And when Judah looked back, behold, the battle was before and behind: and they cried unto the LORD, and the priests sounded with the trumpets. 13:15 Then the men of Judah gave a shout: and as the men of Judah shouted, it came to pass, that God smote Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah.

Look at the vast numbers of dead.  This was no simple border skirmish but massive death.  The same thing is coming upon the church of God organizations who are full of zeal for their idols and have no zeal to live by every Word of God.

13:16 And the children of Israel fled before Judah: and God delivered them into their hand. 13:17 And Abijah and his people slew them with a great slaughter: so there fell down slain of Israel five hundred thousand chosen men.

13:18 Thus the children of Israel were brought under at that time, and the children of Judah prevailed, because they relied upon the LORD God of their fathers.

13:19 And Abijah pursued after Jeroboam, and took cities from him, Bethel with the towns thereof, and Jeshanah with the towns thereof, and Ephraim with the towns thereof.

Jeroboam was greatly weakened by Judah for his wickedness; and God caused Jeroboam to die 1 Kings 14.

13:20 Neither did Jeroboam recover strength again in the days of Abijah: and the LORD struck him, and he died.

13:21 But Abijah waxed mighty, and married fourteen wives, and begat twenty and two sons, and sixteen daughters.

13:22 And the rest of the acts of Abijah, and his ways, and his sayings, are written in the story of the prophet Iddo.

 

2 Chronicles 14

Asa pleased God and had peace for ten years.

2 Chronicles 14:1 So Abijah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David: and Asa his son reigned in his stead. In his days the land was quiet ten years.

14:2 And Asa did that which was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God:

Let us do exactly as Asa did in Judah; teaching all people to follow and live by every Word of God, destroying our idolatry of men, false traditions and the sin of exalting organizations of men above the Word of God.

14:3 For he took away the altars of the strange gods, and the high places, and brake down the images, and cut down the groves: 14:4 And commanded Judah to seek the LORD God of their fathers, and to do the law and the commandment. 14:5 Also he took away out of all the cities of Judah the high places and the images: and the kingdom was quiet before him.

Today the Eternal will not give his people rest; because of their lack of zeal for God and his Word, and their apostasy from God for their own idols; and loving the pleasures of sin more that the Word of God, for they seek their own pleasures even on God’s holy Sabbath day.

14:6 And he built fenced cities in Judah: for the land had rest, and he had no war in those years; because the LORD had given him rest.

14:7 Therefore he [Asa] said unto Judah, Let us build these cities, and make about them walls, and towers, gates, and bars, while the land is yet before us; because we have sought the LORD our God, we have sought him, and he hath given us rest on every side. So they built and prospered.

If the Called Out ones would only turn to the Eternal in passionate zeal for him and his Word; surely He would forgive their sincerely repented sin and give them peace.  But because they are as adamant as stone and will not turn to God from their pride and sins; they shall see great correction in the furnace of affliction to humble them before God.

14:8 And Asa had an army of men that bare targets [shields] and spears, out of Judah three hundred thousand; and out of Benjamin, that bare shields and drew bows, two hundred and fourscore thousand: all these were mighty men of valour.

After ten years the Ethiopians came up against Judah with a million men.

14:9 And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with an host of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots; and came unto Mareshah. 14:10 Then Asa went out against him, and they set the battle in array in the valley of Zephathah at Mareshah.

Spiritually even if we are godly, there will be those who are against us and most especially that creator of evil Satan.  Yet if we turn to and completely rely upon our God and Deliverer; we shall be granted victory over sin, just as God gave Judah victory over the  Ethiopian attackers  for their faithfulness and reliance on Him.

14:11 And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let no man prevail against thee.

Let us cry out against all wickedness and rebuke sin in the name of the Eternal, and rely on Him to give us victory over all sin and all enemies of the righteousness of the whole Word of God.

14:12 So the LORD smote the Ethiopians before Asa, and before Judah; and the Ethiopians fled. 14:13 And Asa and the people that were with him pursued them unto Gerar: and the Ethiopians were overthrown, that they could not recover themselves; for they were destroyed before the LORD, and before his host; and they carried away very much spoil.

Brethren, as Mosaic Judah led by Asa  was a physical army fighting physical battles; the faithful followers of God are spiritual warriors fighting a great battle against the sin and evil that wars against us. 

Let us be just as strong as those who have gone before as in Hebrews 11 and so many others; who were willing to die to keep themselves pure from Sabbath pollution and all sin!  Let us acquit ourselves as champions for our God like Daniel and his three friends, let us be mighty to do the will of God like Joshua and Caleb!

14:14 And they smote all the cities round about Gerar; for the fear of the LORD came upon them: and they spoiled all the cities; for there was exceeding much spoil in them. 14:15 They smote also the tents of cattle, and carried away sheep and camels in abundance, and returned to Jerusalem.

 

2 Chronicles 15

Benjamin is now identified as being part of the kingdom of Judah

2 Chronicles 15:1 And the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded: 15:2 And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa [king of Judah] , and all Judah and Benjamin;

This absolutely profound truth is true in spiritual Israel as well; God will be with us: ONLY as long as we exalt him above all others, including our leaders, elders and corporate entities.  The minute that anyone criticizes anyone for their zeal to learn and live by every Word of God to remove all error and turn to more truth;  They have separated themselves from God the Father and from Jesus Christ! 

They have lost all authority by turning from the ONLY ultimate source of all authority: God the Father!

The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you.

Then the prophet spoke of the past and the sins that brought evil correction upon them; promising that if they would serve God, then God would care for them.

How long, Oh you church of God groups, will you separate yourselves from God and choose your own ways?  and not be zealous to learn and to keep the whole Word of God and to wholeheartedly and passionately serve our espoused Husband?  

This is a prophecy of our days as well as past history. 

15:3 Now for a long season Israel [all Israel including Judah]  hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law. 15:4 But when they in their trouble did turn unto the LORD God of Israel, and sought him, he was found of them. 15:5 And in those times there was no peace to him that went out, nor to him that came in, but great vexations were upon all the inhabitants of the countries. 15:6 And nation was destroyed of nation, and city of city: for God did vex them with all adversity.

Brethren, be strong, be strong, be strong: to put out all sin and error and to accept every truth; to serve the LORD your God!

15:7 Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.

Then Asa was courageous to destroy the remaining idols out of the land; as we should take courage to destroy our idols and destroy all sin out of our lives so that we might become pure as our Father in heaven is pure and holy!

15:8 And when Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and put away the abominable idols out of all the land of Judah and Benjamin, and out of the cities which he had taken from mount Ephraim, and renewed the altar of the LORD, that was before the porch of the LORD.

Here we again see that very many of Israel fled south to Judah and were assimilated into Judah because of their loyalty to the God of Abraham!

Brethren, it is counter productive to water down our outreach to take in strangers who have no understanding to inflate our numbers. It separates us from God and willfully  fills our company with tares.

If we would only turn to a zeal for the Word of our God; we would stand out like a blazing beacon set on a high hill! and all those that God calls would flock to the light of Jesus Christ and the whole Word of God. 

By turning away from any zeal for God we have quenched our light.

15:9 And he gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and the strangers with them out of Ephraim and Manasseh, and out of Simeon: for they fell to him out of Israel in abundance, when they saw that the LORD his God was with him.

15:10 So they gathered themselves together at Jerusalem in the third month [the Feast of Pentecost], in the fifteenth year of the reign of Asa.

15:11 And they offered unto the LORD the same time, of the spoil which they had brought, seven hundred oxen and seven thousand sheep.

Brethren, WE the later day church of God groups are in desperate need of such a revival before we are rejected into the furnace of affliction for our great pride and for all our sins!

15:12 And they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul; 15:13 That whosoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel should be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman. 15:14 And they sware unto the LORD with a loud voice, and with shouting, and with trumpets, and with cornets. 15:15 And all Judah rejoiced at the oath: for they had sworn with all their heart, and sought him with their whole desire; and he was found of them: and the LORD gave them rest round about.

Asa would not allow his own family to set up idols.  Oh that such a heart was in every called out person for zeal for the Eternal God!

15:16 And also concerning Maachah the mother of Asa the king, he removed her from being queen, because she had made an idol in a grove: and Asa cut down her idol, and stamped it, and burnt it at the brook Kidron.

15:17 But the high places were not taken away out of Israel: nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect all his days.

15:18 And he brought into the house of God the things that his father had dedicated, and that he himself had dedicated, silver, and gold, and vessels. 15:19 And there was no more war unto the five and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa.

 

2 Chronicles 16

Baasha king of Israel, tries to prevent any people from the northern tribes of Israel to go into Judah to worship God

2 Chronicles 16:1 In the six and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa Baasha king of Israel came up against Judah, and built Ramah, to the intent that he might let none go out or come in to Asa king of Judah.

Then Asa paid the Syrians to break their treaty with Israel and relieve Judah, thus relying on bought supporters and not trusting in God to deliver Judah.

16:2 Then Asa brought out silver and gold out of the treasures of the house of the LORD and of the king’s house, and sent to Benhadad king of Syria, that dwelt at Damascus, saying, 16:3 There is a league between me and thee, as there was between my father and thy father: behold, I have sent thee silver and gold; go, break thy league with Baasha king of Israel, that he may depart from me.

The Syrians then helped Judah and attacked Israel.

16:4 And Benhadad hearkened unto king Asa, and sent the captains of his armies against the cities of Israel; and they smote Ijon, and Dan, and Abelmaim, and all the store cities of Naphtali. 16:5 And it came to pass, when Baasha [Israel the ten tribes] heard it, that he left off building of Ramah, and let his work cease.

16:6 Then Asa the king took all Judah; and they carried away the stones [large building stones] of Ramah, and the timber thereof, wherewith Baasha was building; and he built therewith Geba and Mizpah.

The prophet tells Asa that he has sinned by not relying on God, and that God had been bringing Israel and Syria into his hand to be corrected, and now they have escaped. 

So it is today in spiritual Israel, that when we fail to stand on the whole Word of God and to fully rely on and trust in God, we sin. 

We do not know the reason for everything that happens or what God is doing, and we must trust and rely on God that he is working out all things for His glory and the good of his people; we must remain steadfast to God and not tyry to save ourselves by our own ways, regardless of how things seem to us.

16:7 And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said unto him, Because thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied on the LORD thy God, therefore is the host of the king of Syria escaped out of thine hand. 16:8 Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubims a huge host, with very many chariots and horsemen? yet, because thou didst rely on the LORD, he delivered them into thine hand.

16:9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.

Asa was convicted of his sin and instead of repenting  became angry at the Word of the LORD and put the prophet in prison and oppressed those faithful to God; just as those who are made angry at the warnings today would like to do.

16:10 Then Asa was wroth with the seer, and put him in a prison house; for he was in a rage with him because of this thing. And Asa oppressed some of the people the same time.

16:11 And, behold, the acts of Asa, first and last, lo, they are written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel. 16:12 And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to the physicians. 16:13 And Asa slept with his fathers, and died in the one and fortieth year of his reign.

16:14 And they buried him in his own sepulchres, which he had made for himself in the city of David, and laid him in the bed [coffin] which was filled with sweet odours and divers kinds of spices prepared by the apothecaries’ art: and they made a very great burning [mourning] for him.

 

2 Chronicles 17

Jehoshaphat was faithful to God

2 Chronicles 17:1 And Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his stead, and strengthened himself against Israel. 17:2 And he placed forces in all the fenced cities of Judah, and set garrisons in the land of Judah, and in the cities of Ephraim, which Asa his father had taken.

17:3 And the LORD was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the first ways of his father David, and sought not unto Baalim; 17:4 But sought to the Lord God of his father, and walked in his commandments, and not after the doings of Israel. 17:5 Therefore the LORD stablished the kingdom in his hand; and all Judah brought to Jehoshaphat presents; and he had riches and honour in abundance.

17:6 And his heart was lifted up in the ways of the LORD: moreover he took away the high places and groves out of Judah.

Jehoshaphat commanded the priests, Levites and officers to teach the Word of God to all Judah and Benjamin.  When will the church of God groups begin to teach a zeal to live by every Word of God instead of a zeal for their idols of men?

17:7 Also in the third year of his reign he sent to his princes, even to Benhail, and to Obadiah, and to Zechariah, and to Nethaneel, and to Michaiah, to teach in the cities of Judah. 17:8 And with them he sent Levites, even Shemaiah, and Nethaniah, and Zebadiah, and Asahel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehonathan, and Adonijah, and Tobijah, and Tobadonijah, Levites; and with them Elishama and Jehoram, priests.

Because Judah turned to the Eternal, God caused his fear to come upon all surrounding nations that they kept the peace with Judah.  Even so when spiritual Israel turns back to the Eternal in passionate zeal; they will be given eternal peace and eternal life in the resurrection to spirit after the battles of this physical  life.

17:9 And they taught in Judah, and had the book of the law of the LORD with them, and went about throughout all the cities of Judah, and taught the people. 17:10 And the fear of the LORD fell upon all the kingdoms of the lands that were round about Judah, so that they made no war against Jehoshaphat.

17:11 Also some of the Philistines brought Jehoshaphat presents, and tribute silver; and the Arabians brought him flocks, seven thousand and seven hundred rams, and seven thousand and seven hundred he goats.

17:12 And Jehoshaphat waxed great exceedingly; and he built in Judah castles [fortresses], and cities of store.

The commanders of Jehoshaphat

17:13 And he had much business in the cities of Judah: and the men of war, mighty men of valour, were in Jerusalem. 17:14 And these are the numbers of them according to the house of their fathers: Of Judah, the captains of thousands; Adnah the chief, and with him mighty men of valour three hundred thousand.

17:15 And next to him was Jehohanan the captain, and with him two hundred and fourscore thousand.

17:16 And next him was Amasiah the son of Zichri, who willingly offered himself unto the LORD; and with him two hundred thousand mighty men of valour.

17:17 And of Benjamin; Eliada a mighty man of valour, and with him armed men with bow and shield two hundred thousand.

17:18 And next him was Jehozabad, and with him an hundred and fourscore thousand ready prepared for the war.

17:19 These waited on the king, beside those whom the king put in the fenced cities throughout all Judah.

Brethren, we have been called to learn to become righteous kings and priests of the Most High God in the resurrection to spirit; IF we overcome, learning, enduring and living by every Word of God with wholehearted joy and passion as Jehoshaphat did. 

Let us serve the Mighty God of Eternity and not our idols of men and corporate social club churches; which will be crushed to dust by our Mighty One in his judgment.  Let us love the truth of God and rejoice in the end time knowledge that God has provided according to His promises!  Let us despise false teachings and turn from error; instead of being willing to do anything to cleave to past errors and false traditions.

Ecclesiastes 12:13   Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

 

2 Chronicles 18

This section is about Jehoshaphat of Judah who was a righteous and godly king, who’s only big mistake was entering into two separate agreements with the wicked kings of Israel over his reign.  

2 Chronicles 18:1 Now Jehoshaphat [king of Judah] had riches and honour in abundance, and joined affinity with Ahab [king of Israel].

Ahab held a feast for Jehoshaphat in Samaria and enticed him to join him in a war.

18:2 And after certain years he went down to Ahab to Samaria. And Ahab killed sheep and oxen for him in abundance, and for the people that he had with him, and persuaded him to go up with him to [war against] Ramothgilead.

Jehoshaphat agrees and then desires to inquire of God if they should fight this war.

18:3 And Ahab king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat king of Judah, Wilt thou go with me to Ramothgilead? And he answered him, I am as thou art, and my people as thy people; and we will be with thee in the war.

18:4 And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Enquire, I pray thee, at the word of the LORD to day.

Then Ahab king of Israel inquires of the prophets of his idols and they say go up to the battle. 

18:5 Therefore the king of Israel gathered together of prophets four hundred men, and said unto them, Shall we go to Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And they said, Go up; for God will deliver it into the king’s hand.

But Jehoshaphat calls for a true prophet of God.

18:6 But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD besides, that we might enquire of him?

Today’s corporate COG groups hate the warnings from God, because they are full of pride and love their own ways; therefore they will despise the true word of God’s two servants; therefore as organizations they lead all who idolize and follow them  into the furnace of affliction; while only a handful will obey God.  Only those scattered pillars who genuinely put God and zeal for his Word, first in their lives; will leave and by spared the affliction of strong tribulation.

So shall it be when the two servants of God come and tell the people what to do.   The prophets [leaders and elders] of today’s COG Groups will say their own words and fight against the true prophets of God.

18:7 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, by whom we may enquire of the LORD: but I hate him; for he never prophesied good unto me, but always evil: the same is Micaiah the son of Imla. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so.

18:8 And the king of Israel called for one of his officers, and said, Fetch quickly Micaiah the son of Imla.

18:9 And the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah sat either of them on his throne, clothed in their robes, and they sat in a void place at the entering in of the gate of Samaria; and all the prophets prophesied before them.

The false prophet Zedekiah and all the false prophets prophesy victory against Syria.

18:10 And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah had made him horns of iron, and said, Thus saith the LORD, With these thou shalt push Syria until they be consumed. 18:11 And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, Go up to Ramothgilead, and prosper: for the LORD shall deliver it into the hand of the king.

The king’s messenger tells Micaiah to join with the false prophets and agree with them for his own physical good.

18:12 And the messenger that went to call Micaiah spake to him, saying, Behold, the words of the prophets declare good to the king with one assent; let thy word therefore, I pray thee, be like one of their’s, and speak thou good.

Micaiah declares that he will speak only the Word of God; just as God’s two end time prophets will do! 

18:13 And Micaiah said, As the LORD liveth, even what my God saith, that will I speak.

Micaiah then tells the kings to go up to battle as he had been told by the king’s messenger [because Jehoshaphat king of Judah would be spared] and immediately the king knew that Miciaih was speaking of Jehoshaphat  and not Ahab. 

18:14 And when he was come to the king, the king said unto him, Micaiah, shall we go to Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And he said, Go ye up, and prosper, and they shall be delivered into your hand.

18:15 And the king said to him, How many times shall I adjure thee that thou say nothing but the truth to me in the name of the LORD?

Then Micaiah foretells that Ahab king of Israel shall die in the battle and Israel shall return home fleeing before Syria.

18:16 Then he said, I did see all Israel scattered upon the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd: and the LORD said, These have no master; let them return therefore every man to his house in peace.

18:17 And the king of Israel [Ahab] said to Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell thee that he would not prophesy good unto me, but evil?

Micaiah prophesies further revealing that the false prophets were filled with a spirit of deception to lead Ahab to his destruction. 

Even so today’s corporate  COG leaders have been filled with a spirit of deception that their own ways and false traditions are the right ways; and that they should not believe the warnings from God; so that they will fall into great tribulation, because they have been rejected by Jesus Christ for their pride and many sins.

18:18 Again he said, Therefore hear the word of the LORD; I saw the LORD sitting upon his throne, and all the host of heaven standing on his right hand and on his left.

18:19 And the LORD said, Who shall entice Ahab king of Israel, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one spake saying after this manner, and another saying after that manner.

18:20 Then there came out a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will entice him. And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? 18:21 And he said, I will go out, and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And the Lord said, Thou shalt entice him, and thou shalt also prevail: go out, and do even so.

18:22 Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil against thee.

Then the false prophet claimed to be true and smote the true prophet of God.

18:23 Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah came near, and smote Micaiah upon the cheek, and said, Which way went the Spirit of the LORD from me to speak unto thee? 18:24 And Micaiah said, Behold, thou shalt see on that day when thou shalt go into an inner chamber to hide thyself.

Micaiah then tells the false prophet that when he flees to hide himself he will know who has spoken the truth.  So it will be that the false prophets who prophecy of a 3 1/2 year “Elijah” work after the coming peace deal and before the tribulation, will fall into the correction of great tribulation and all the brethren will then know who has spoken the truth. 

Then Ahab the king of Israel places the prophet of God in prison.

18:25 Then the king of Israel said, Take ye Micaiah, and carry him back to Amon the governor of the city, and to Joash the king’s son; 18:26 And say, Thus saith the king, Put this fellow in the prison, and feed him with bread of affliction and with water of affliction, until I return in peace.

18:27 And Micaiah said, If thou certainly return in peace, then hath not the LORD spoken by me. And he said, Hearken, all ye people.

Then the  righteous king of Judah, Jehoshaphat, is enticed by the wicked king of Israel to ignore the prophet of God and go up to war against Syria.  Brethren, do not let the wicked lead you astray because your love for them is greater than your love for God and the Word.  Do not ignore the Word of God to follow false teachers and idols of men.

18:28 So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to Ramothgilead.

Then Ahab the king of Israel feared the battle [because of Micaiah] and showed how terrible a friend he was, as he bid Jehoshaphat put on his own royal robes to attract the Syrians while Ahab disguised himself and hid in the multitude. 

Jehoshaphat must have been blinded by the trust of friendship to have gone to war against the word of the prophet of God, and not to have seen through this. 

Today very many well intentioned brethren are blinded by loving men and organizations and friends more than they love God and God’s Word.

18:29 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, I will disguise myself, and I will go to the battle; but put thou on thy robes. So the king of Israel disguised himself; and they went to the battle.

The Syrians who were the ones being attacked, were told to watch for the king and fight to kill him.

18:30 Now the king of Syria had commanded the captains of the chariots that were with him, saying, Fight ye not with small or great, save only with the king of Israel [Ahab].

As Ahab king of Israel had planned; seeing the royal robes, the men of Syria thought the king of Judah was the king of Israel and went after him.  In this case the king of Judah cried out to God and God helped him. 

That was a physical dispensation and in the spiritual dispensation of this latter day, there will be no help for those who love their friends and idols of men more than they love the Word of God.  The sincerely repentant will be forgiven during their correction, but the door on the physical lifeboat will have been closed and they must take the full measure of their correction.

18:31 And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that they said, It is the king of Israel. Therefore they compassed about him to fight: but Jehoshaphat cried out, and the LORD helped him; and God moved them to depart from him. 18:32 For it came to pass, that, when the captains of the chariots perceived that it was not the king of Israel, they turned back again from pursuing him.

Then by chance Ahab king of Israel was mortally wounded.

18:33 And a certain man drew a bow at a venture, and smote the king of Israel between the joints of the harness: therefore he said to his chariot man, Turn thine hand, that thou mayest carry me out of the host; for I am wounded.

18:34 And the battle increased that day: howbeit the king of Israel stayed himself up in his chariot against the Syrians until the even: and about the time of the sun going down he died.

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