II Kings 24

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We also see global peace plans calling for unity with other religions, etc. to bring in a false peace. Such a range of philosophies in the Church, focused on the temporal, will become so widely propagated that it will only be mainly individuals whose focus is on their personal walk with the Lord and longing for His coming, while the popular programs in church life, even among Evangelicals, are dominated by everything from self-help groups to psychologized doctrine and motivational speaking instead of scriptural exposition. True believers walking earnestly with Jesus will become more isolated. It is Enoch alone who is specified to have walked with God consistently and continually. It is those who walk with God specifically and continually in the Last Days who are not swayed by worldly trends within the Church and within society who will walk as Enoch did and who will be removed as he was removed…

The inexplicable hatred of Israel and the Jews singling out Israel for human rights abuses, who in fact by far has the best human rights record of any country in the Middle East, protecting its Arab Christians, women, minorities and even homosexuals from the atrocities to which they are subjected by Sharia in the surrounding Islamic countries, is astounding. The United Nations in its resolutions pour more condemnation on Israel than all of the rest of the world put together, including the genocide in Darfur, Rwanda, the Tiananmen massacres in China, to say nothing of the barbaric abuses of human rights in Saudi Arabia and Iran. The willingness of so-called Christians to turn their back on the plight of Christians persecuted in the Muslim countries in order to hold up Israel as a villain is one of the most vile displays of Christian hypocrisy church history has ever witnessed…

There are two kinds of people Scripture labels as the covenant people of God: one is Israel and the Jews, and the other are regenerate Christians. The former are the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob anthropologically, and the latter are the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob theologically. As was foretold in Genesis 3, Satan has attempted to destroy both since the beginning. Satan will desperately attempt to wipe out the faithful Christians, but will fail due to the Harpazo. He will then turn his genocidal attempts against Israel and the Jews…

Reconstructionism, Dominion Theology and the over-realized eschatology of Kingdom Now Triumphalism are to be rejected as fundamental deceptions. It is for good reason that such people are deceived into rejecting the doctrine of the Harpazo and are bamboozled into radical forms of Preterism, denying future meaning of Revelation and deceived into subscribing to the erroneous notion that a triumphant Church is going to conquer the world for Christ before He comes. Satan knows that this can never happen. The Lord is not coming for a triumphant Church that has conquered the world, but He is coming with a triumphant Church that has been raptured in order to conquer the world and save the surviving remnant of Israel and the human race and establish the Messianic Millennial Kingdom. – Jacob Prasch, Harpazo: The Intra-Seal Rapture of the Church

So, it looks like we’re about to wrap up Second Kings… I’m thinking I’m probably going to continue into the next Book—First Chronicles—next… This, of course, means a re-hashing of the Hebrew Kings… Perhaps not what a lot of people are interested in reading about… But, look at it this way, I could be going into Paul’s Epistles of First Corinthians instead of First Chronicles… LOL… I’ve been reading through the Corinthians—and I can really understand why no one wants to do anything more than pull out an acceptable verse or passage here and there when it comes to Corinthians…  I really can!  Not that it’s a good thing, of course… LOL… Thanks for reading!

In his days, Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon came up, and Jehoiakim became his servant for three years. Then he turned and rebelled against him.  And the LORD sent against him bands of the Chaldeans and bands of the Syrians and bands of the Moabites and bands of the Ammonites, and sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of the LORD that he spoke by his servants the prophets (II Kings 24:1-2 ESV).

The historian Josephus called Jehoiakim, “an unjust man and an evildoer, neither pious in his relations towards God, nor equitable in his dealings with his fellowmen.”

Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he became king, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Nehushta the daughter of Elnathan of Jerusalem.  And he did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father had done (II Kings 24:8-9 ESV).

The Prophet Jeremiah called Jehoiachin “a despised broken idol” and “a vessel wherein is no pleasure” (Jer 22:28).

At that time the servants of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up to Jerusalem, and the city was besieged. And Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to the city while his servants were besieging it, and Jehoiachin the king of Judah gave himself up to the king of Babylon, himself and his mother and his servants and his officials and his palace officials.  The king of Babylon took him prisoner in the eighth year of his reign and carried off all the treasures of the king’s house, and cut in pieces all the vessels of gold in the temple of the LORD, which Solomon king of Israel had made, as the LORD had foretold (II Kings 24:10-13 ESV).

During the reign of Jehoiachin, Jerusalem was besieged by the Babylonians. Nebuchadnezzar made his appearance in person before the walls, which brought about the surrender of Jerusalem.  In carrying off the treasures of the king’s house and cutting in pieces all the vessel of gold in the Temple, the Babylonians fulfilled the Prophecy by Isaiah to Hezekiah (20:17-18).

He carried away all Jerusalem and all the officials and all the mighty men of valor, 10,000 captives, and all the craftsmen and smiths. None  remained, except the poorest people of the land.  And he carried away Jehoiachin to Babylon… And the king of Babylon made Mattaniah, Jehoiachin’s uncle, king in his place, and changed his name to Zedekiah (II Kings 24:14,17 ESV).

In this first deportation were carried away Mordecai, Ezekiel, Daniel and Nehemiah. And, thus, the nation of Judah was left with no guiding force.

Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.  And he did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, according to all that Jehoiakim had done.  For because of the anger of the LORD it came to the point in Jerusalem and Judah that he cast them out from his presence.  And Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon (II Kings 24:18-20 ESV).

Among other things, Zedekiah fell into the age-old error of “putting trust in Egypt,” which was an act of rebellion against God, and against the Babylonian Empire.

So, in conclusion today, the Prophet Jeremiah, of course, lived and prophesied through the time of the Babylonian captivity. And Jehovah God gave the exiled Jewish people the promise of a New Covenant to come.  Though they had broken the conditional Mosaic Covenant, because of the Mercy and Grace of Jehovah God, there was hope for their future—and through that hope, all the Nations of the world would be blessed.

Thus says the LORD, who gives the sun for light by day and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar—the LORD of hosts is His Name: “If this fixed order departs from before me, declares the LORD, then shall the offspring of Israel cease from being a nation before me forever.”

Thus says the LORD: “If the heavens above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth below can be explored, then I will cast off all the offspring of Israel for all that they have done, declares the LORD.”

Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when the city shall be rebuilt for the LORD from the Tower of Hananel to the Corner Gate. And the measuring line shall go out father; straight to the hill Gareb, and shall then turn to Goah. The whole valley of the dead bodies and the ashes, and all the fields as far as the brook Kidron, to the corner of the Horse Gate toward the east, shall be sacred to the LORD.  It shall not be plucked up or overthrown anymore forever” (Jeremiah 31:36-40 ESV).

LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty; neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me. Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother, my soul is even as a weaned child. Let Israel hope in the LORD from henceforth and forever (Psalm 131:1-3 KJV).