Worldwide News: “PART THREE: Who Are YOU Hanging Out With?”

The Bible says, “And Elisha the prophet called one of the children of the prophets, and said unto him, Gird up thy loins, and take this box of oil in thine hand, and go to Ramoth-Gilead: And when thou comest thither look out there Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat [this is another man with the same name as king Jehoshaphat of Judah] the son of Nimshi, and go in, and make him arise up from among his brethren, and carry him to an inner chamber: Then take the box of oil and pour it on his head, and say, Thus saith the Lord, I have anointed thee king over Israel. Then open the door, and flee, and tarry not.

So the young man, even the young man the prophet, went to Ramoth-Gilead. And when he came, behold, the captains of the host were sitting; and he said, I have an errand to thee, O captain. And Jehu said, Unto which of all us? And he said, To thee, O captain. And he arose, and went into the house; and he poured the oil on his head, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I have anointed thee king over the people of the Lord, even over Israel.

And thou shalt smite the house of Ahab thy master, that I may avenge the blood of my servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of the Lord, at the hand of Jezebel. For the whole house of Ahab shall perish: and I will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel: And I will make the house of Ahab like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah: And the dogs shall eat Jezebel in the portion of Jezreel, and there shall be none to bury her. And he open the door and fled.” (II Kings 9:1-10)

This may get a little tricky for some of you, but bear with me. We shall look at Jehu’s commission as it was dictateded by the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY. While GOD’s vengenace is delayed, it is forth coming and its coming for everyone operating outside of GOD’s will! So, let’s go into “PART III: Who Are YOU Hanging Out With?”

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

king Jehu of Israel: “Commissioned by GOD”

As you just read above, Prophet Elisha was given an order by the LIVING GOD to have Jehu anointed king of Israel and to carry out annihilation on the House of Ahab (one of the most wicked kings of Israel) and to destroy all Baal prophets and worshippers, “And thou shalt smite the house of Ahab thy master, that I may avenge the blood of my servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of the Lord, at the hand of Jezebel. For the whole house of Ahab shall perish.” 

Jehu was a captain in king Ahab’s army and he never expected to be anointed as king of Israel. One night, Jehu was sitting with his men (probably eating, drinking, and telling chokes) when a young prophet comes with an important message for him. The news was like winning the lotto because it was totally unexpected. After the young prophet delivered the message, he flew out the door into the darkness for his life. Jehu told his men the news and immediately the men rejoiced throwing their coats down for Jehu to walk upon as “…they blew trumpets and announced Jehu is king over Israel…”   (II Kings 9:13)

Jehu’s Inspiration:  Where did Jehu get his inspiration and strength? The answer is the in the ANOINTING!  The LORD GOD told the prophets to take a box of anointing oil and pour it upon Jehu’s head! There is power in the anointing, especially when the HOLY GHOST is present! Immediately, the army stood with Jehu because the Lord was truly there! In fact, there was no conspiracy against Jehu and no one mocked that he was unofficially crowned king while king Joram was still alive! They could have said, “Are you crazy, the king is not dead!” 

Once the ALMIGHTY GOD places HIS blessing upon you, that is all you need. It does not matter what people say or what they think…it does not matter who yo daddy/yo mama is…it does not matter how rich or poor you are…it does not matter if people like you or not…it does not matter your skin color… because “…greater is HE that is in you than he that its in the World.” ( I John 1:4)

king Joram [a.k.a. Jehoram] of Israel:

“Jehu’s first Victim”   Joram (the son of king Ahab of Israel and queen Jezebel) was laid-up from the wounds inflicted by king Hazel of Syria. (II Kings 9:15) As usual, there was a watchman told king Joram, “I see a company and the driving is like the driving of of Jehu the son of Nimshi: for he driveth furiously…” (II Kings 9:17, 20) When Joram saw Jehu he asked, “Is it peace, Jehu?” and Jehu answered, “What peace, so long as the whoredoms of thy mother Jezebel and her witchcrafts are so many?”   (II Kings 9:22)

Well, you can guess what happened next, “…Joram turned his hands and fled and said to king Ahaziah [of Judah], There is treachery, O Ahaziah.” (II Kings 9:22)   In full strength, “…king Jehu drew his bow and smote Joram [a.k.a. Jehoram] between his arms and the arrow went out at his heart and he sunk down in his chariot…Then said Jehu to Bidkar his captain, Take up [the body] and cast him in the portion of the field of Naboth the Jezreelite…” ( Kings 9:24-15)

In the Second Book of Kings, we see that the blood of Naboth, the deaths of many prophets, and servants of GOD are vindicated. Like his daddy and mama, king Joram was grossly wicked and in need of correction and elimination. Omri’s and Ahab’s entire dynasties were corrupt, pagans, false worshippers (against the Living GOD) as they did as they pleased.

Earlier in the day, king Joram thought he had many years left to live. After all, he was resting from battle wounds given by the king of Syria. But now, GOD’s justice caught up with king Joram as he was frighten-to-death by Jehu who drove his chariot like it was on fire! For this reason, Joram asked Jehu, “Is it peace?” Next, we see king Joram hollering the words “…treachery….” How ironic, king Joram’s entire kingdom (as inherited from his father and mother) was built upon false worship, conspiracies, murders, and treacheries.

king Ahaziah of Judah: “Hanging out with the Wrong People” You see, hanging out with the wrong people can get you in trouble. Ahaziah (king of Judah) got in his chariot and rode with Joram (king of Israel) to meet up with Jehu. Unlike his grandfather (king Jehoshaphat of Judah, who was righteous), Ahaziah did not obey the LORD’s commandments and he did not ask advice from the true prophet of GOD. In fact, he didn’t have sense to size-up the situation and run fast as a jack rabbit away from Jehu (who was driving his chariot like a wild man on a mission). 

(1) Ahaziah made king by the people:  After the death of his father (king Jehoram, the firstborn of king Jehoshaphat) “…the inhabitants of Jerusalem made Ahaziah (the youngest son of king Jehoram, the king of Judah.”   (II Chronicles 22:1)  FYI: king Jehoram (king Ahaziah’s father) was wicked and he died about forty (40) years old from an incurable bowel disease, “…the Lord smote him [Jehoram)] in his bowels with an incurable disease. And it came to pass, that in process of time, after the end of two years, his bowels fell out by reason of his sickeness…” (II Chronicles 21:18-19) FYI: king Jehoram’s wife (Athaliah was the daughter of king Ahab and queen Jezebel) and the mother of his son, Ahaziah. So, we see that Ahaziah was a descendant of very bad seeds!

(2) king Ahaziah’s death was brought on by God:  Next, Jehu kills Ahaziah, “And the destruction of Ahaziah was of God by coming to Joram: for when he was come he went out with Jehoram [a.k.a. Joram] against Jehu the son of Nimshi, whom the Lord had anointed to cut off the house of Ahab. And he [Jehu] sought Ahaziah and they caught him, (for he was hid in Samaria) and brought him to Jehu and when they had slain him, they buried him: Because, said they, he is the son of Jehoshaphat,, who sought the Lord with all his heart. So the house of Ahaziah had no power to keep still the kingdom.” (II Chronicles 22:9)

 

(3) More deaths for the House of Ahaziah:  “And it came to pass that when Jehu was executing judgment upon the house of Ahab, and found the princes of Judah, and the sons of the brethren of Ahaziah, that ministered to Ahaziah, he slew them.” (II Chronicles 22:7-8)

DEATH TO THE ENTIRE HOUSE OF AHAB:

In I Kings 22:34-35, we saw the death of king Ahab, “And a certain man [JEHU] drew a bow at a venture and smote the king of Israel between the joints of the harness: wherefore he said unto the driver of his chariot, Turn thine hand and carry me out of the host for I am wounded. …the battle increased that day and the king was stayed up in his chariot against the Syrians, and died at even: and the blood ran out of the wound into the midst of the chariot…”

Next we shall see God’s Word against the House of Ahab. “Two Letters sent to Rulers in Samaria” Jehu wrote two letters and sent them to the rulers in Samaria.

The first letter said, “Now as soon as this letter cometh to you, seeing your master’s [Ahab’s] sons are with you and there are with you chariots, horses, a fenced city and armor, Look [pick out] even out the best of your master’s sons and set him on his father’s throne, and fight for your master’s house.” (II Kings 10:2-3)

The second letter said, “If ye be mine, and if ye will hearken unto my voice, take ye the heads of the men your master’s sons, and come to me in Jezreel by tomorrow this time. Now the king’s sons being seventy persons, were with the great men of the city which brought them up. And it came to pass, when the letter came to them, that they took the king’s sons, and slew seventy persons, and put their heads in baskets, and sent him them to Jezreel. And there came a messenger, and told him, saying They have brought the heads of the king’s sons. And he said, Lay ye them in two heaps at the entering in of the gate until the morning.” (II Kings 10:6-8)

(1) Jehu’s trickery executing GOD’s Divine Plan for the House of Ahab: Actually, Jehu “played the people” but his main intent was to obey and execute the Word of the LORD GOD! Truthfully, Jehu was GOD’s executioner! When morning came (after the heads of Ahab’s seventy sons were piled up), Jehu said to all the people, “Ye be righteous: behold, I conspired against my master [king Ahab, as Jehu was a captain in the army] and slew him: but who slew all these [Ahab’s 70 sons]? Knowing now that there shall fall unto the earth nothing of the Word of the Lord, which the Lord spake concerning the house of Ahab: for the Lord hath done that which he spake by his servant Elijah. So Jehu slew all that remained of the house of Ahab in Jezreel, and all his great men, and his kinsfolks, and his priests, until he left him none remaining.” (II Kings 10:8-11)

Unfortunately, Jehu did not have a machine gun or automatic weapons. Instead, Jehu killed perpetrators with a swift bow and arrow. Also, Jehu had his own personal driver, chariot and horses, a multitude of horse driven chariots, an army of mighty warriors, foot soldiers, and other designing techniques.

Jehu had his own unique methods of carrying out his commission from God against king Ahab’s family. In reference to king Ahab’s 70 sons, Jehu challenged the great men of the city, “Now the king’s sons being seventy persons, were with the great men of the city which brought them up. And it came to pass, when the letter came to them, that they took the king’s sons, and slew seventy persons, and put their heads in baskets, and sent him them to Jezreel.”   (II Kings 10:6-8)   However, these great men of Samaria were not commissioned by God to execute His Word (only Jehu was commissioned). For this reason, Jehu said, “…but who slew all these?…” (II Kings 10:8-11) Consequently, the men who cut off the heads of king Ahab’s 70 sons were executed by king Jehu; so they paid with their lives.

(2) God’s Word Shall Not Return Unto Him Void:

Prophet Isaiah put down on paper God’s Word concerning Himself,  “So shall My Word be that goeth forth out of My mouth: it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”   (Isaiah 55:11)   God allows the carrier of His Word  freedom of movement, various methods of deliberation, different types of transportation, and various forms of execution; but God’s Word is accomplished and it does not return unto Him void.

Prophet Elijah’s direct prediction of gloom to king Ahab came true, “Word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite , saying, Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, which is in Samaria: behold, he is in the vineyard of Naboth, whither he is gone down to possess it…Behold I will bring evil upon thee and will take away thy posterity, and will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall and him that is shut up and left in Israel…The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel…”  (I Kings 21:17-23) At the time Elijah visited Samaria, king Ahab was walking around (with his big greedy feet) in Naboth’s vineyard and Elijah dropped the bomb on him!

king Jehu’ reminded the people about God’s Word, “Knowing now that there shall fall unto the earth nothing of the Word of the Lord, which the Lord spake concerning the house of Ahab…” (II Kings 10:8-11)

COMMENTS FOR US TOAY:   When the LORD GOD gets tired of folk operating in their own power and might, HE will do something about it! You may be looking at the leaders in the World and how some are using their powers launching missiles into the air and down into the Earth (causing man-made earthquakes).

The World leaders have gone mad and the LORD will deal with each of them in HIS own time! Some of these monsters are shooting down commercial airplanes….some are killing people (innocent civilians – babies, young children, teenagers, young/old women, young/old men, animals, plants, vegetation, blowing up cities, towns, and countries, etc.) with chemical weapons…other world leaders are dragging folks off to jail, yanking them from their jobs and families, hog-tying them, stripping them naked, beating them with clubs, and casting them into prisons without legal representation and trial before honest judges. In some countries, there is no freedom of speech. If a person says, “I don’t like what the government is doing,” he or she will disappear forever without a trace.  How can dictators take it upon their shoulders to be play GOD? There is only One God, One True Ruler, and One Judge, THE ALMIGHTY GOD!

No matter how we try to escape the Word of God, we shall never be rid of THE ALMIGHTY GOD!  Again, I ask,  “PART III:  Who Are YOU Hanging Out With?” 

Have a Blessed Day!

 

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Worldwide News: “PART TWO: Who are YOU Hanging Out With?”

The Bible says, “And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-Gilead? And One said on this manner, and another said on that manner. And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the Lord, and said, I will persuade him. And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he [the spirit] said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And HE [ the LORD] said Thou shalt persuade him and prevail also: go forth and do so.”   (I Kings 22:20)

All power and authority belongs to the ALMIGHTY TRIUNE GOD. Also, all spirits  (including good and lying spirits) are subject to the ALMIGHTY TRIUNE GOD!  Many times, horrible things happen which are unexplainable but this does not mean there is no God!

Now we are going to check out some scenes how the LORD GOD allowed certain calamities to fall upon certain individuals in spite of  their obedience and/or disobedience. Let’s move on to king Ahab, queen Jezebel, Prophet Micaiah, and king Jehoshaphat, “PART II: Who are YOU Hanging Out With?”

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

king Ahab of Israel and queen Jezebel: 

You already know things about two scandalous individuals king Ahab and his queen Jezebel (a.k.a., Mr./Mrs. Ben Slick) were full of deceit, hypocrisy, wickedness, and everything in-between. Ahab, being weak, stupid, and gullible king (especially since his daddy, the notorious and infamous, king Omri of Samaria, was a wicked man who walked in all the ways of king Jeroboam of Israel) . Ahab allowed Jezebel to bring false worship into Israel and this made the LORD ALMIGHTY very angry.

queen Jezebel:  “A Rogue and Pagan Queen”

Fact is, Jezebel ran all over Ahab and she wore the pants in that family. So it’s safe to say, a pagan was the head of the Kingdom of Israel. Remember, Jezebel plotted to get Naboth the Jezreelite’s little field which stood next to Ahab’s castle. She wrote letters in Ahab’s name, stole Ahab’s seal to stamp the letters, and them to the elders and nobles to set up a fake-feast to honor Naboth.  As Naboth (innocently sat at the head of the table) false witnesses slapped a blasphemy charge against him.

Yep, yep, yep, Jezebel was a real slick pickle! Even worse, Jezebel  asked  king Ahab, “Don’t you govern Israel? Arise and eat bread, and let thine heart be merry: I will give thee the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.” (I Kings 21:7)  She fulfilled her plot against Naboth!  

What do yawl think about Jezebel? She had no remorse for her sinful deeds. The Word says, “And it came to pass when Jezebel heard that Naboth was stoned and was dead, that Jezebel said to Ahab, Arise, take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, which he refused to give thee for money: for Naboth is not alive, but dead.” (I Kings 21:15) Maybe, we should ask WENDY (the talk hostess on television)!

Let’s say, Jezebel was a rogue queen and her name is mentioned in GOD’s warning to the Church of Thyatira (Revelation 2:20-22), “Notwithstanding, I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. I gave her space to repent of her fornication and she repented not. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.”   You see, GOD referred to Jezebel as  “…that woman…” 

What happened to Jezebel? Hold on to your hats! Well, the so-called prophetess Jezebel missed this one prophecy by Elijah the Tishbite, ” And of Jezebel also spake the LORD, saying, The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel. ” (I Kings 21:23)

This prophecy was fulfilled in II Kings 9:30-37, God sent Jehu into Jezreel, “He lifted up his face to the window [Jezebel was looking out of the window and all decked-up] and Jehu said, Who is on my side? Who? And two to three eunuchs looked out to him and Jehu said, “Throw her down. So they threw her down: and some of her blood was sprinkled on the wall, and on the horses: and he [Jehu] trode her under foot.

And when he was come in, he did eat and drink, and said, Go, see now this cursed woman, and bury her: for she is a king’s daughter. And they went to bury her: but they found no more of her than the skull, and the feet and the palms of her hands. Wherefore they came again, and told him.

And he [Jehu] said, This is the word of the Lord, which He spake by His servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, In the portion of Jezreel; shall dogs eat the flesh of Jezebel. And the carcase of Jezebel shall be as dung upon the face of the field in the portion of Jezreel; so that they shall not say, This is Jezebel.” 

king Ahab of Israel: “Hatred for Prophet Micaiah”

(A) It’s time to take a look at king Ahab’s true nature regarding Prophet  Micaiah  who was the son of Imlah.  King Ahab hated Micaiah as he always told the truth. Micaiah was in custody and an officer brought him to the two kings (Ahab and Jehoshaphat)  who were sitting on their separate thrones.

At first, Micaiah prophesied the same as Ahab’s four hundred (400) prophets who said, “Go up for the Lord shall deliver it into the hand of the king.” (I Kings 22:6) However, the messenger who fetched Micaiah demanded him to prophesy as the 400 false prophets did to king Ahab! Although Micaiah did as requested, king Ahab did not accept his prophecy, “How many times shall I adjure thee that thou tell me nothing but that which is true in the name of the Lord?” (I Kings 22:16)

Again, the king asked, “Shall we go against Ramoth-Gilead to battle or shall we forbear? And Micaiah said, Go and prosper for the Lord shall deliver it into the hand of the king.” (I Kings 22:15)  Now, Micaiah tells the truth (see below  two paragraphs).

As punishment to Micaiah (for telling the truth), king Ahab commanded, “Take Micaiah and carry him back unto Amon the governor of the city and to Joash the king’s son: 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 come in peace. And Micaiah said, If thou return at all in peace, the Lord hath not spoken by me. and the said, Harken, O people, every one of you.” (I Kings 22:25-28)

“Prophet Micaiah:”  “MICAIAH SAW INTO HEAVEN/HEARD GOD’S DIALOGUE WITH THE SPIRITS AND THE LYING SPIRIT” 

Prophet Micaiah said, “Hear thou therefore the Word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing by Him on His right hand and on His left. And the Lord said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-Gilead? And one said on this manner and another said on that manner. And there came forth a spirit and stood before the Lord, and said, I will persuade him. And the Lord said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so. No therefore, behold, the Lord hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the Lord hath spoken evil concerning thee.” (I Kings 22:19-23)

We all know that king Ahab did not really want to hear the truth.  Instead, he was making himself look good in the presence of king Jehoshaphat. Remember, king Ahab told king Jehoshaphat, “Did I not tell thee that he [Micaiah] would prophesy no good concerning me, but evil?” (I Kings 22:18)

king Ahab of Israel:  “Plot against king Jehoshaphat”

(B) Now let’s get to the juice on king Ahab’s plot against king Jehoshaphat of Judah! For three years, Syria was at peace with Israel. Just like today (2017), Syria sieged Ramoth-Gilead which belonged to Israel. It seems they say peace but they really mean we want your p-i-e-c-e of the pie.

So, Ahab (Mr. Slick) said to king Jehoshaphat, “Know ye that Ramoth in Gilead is ours, and we be still, and take it not out of the hand of the king of Syria? Wilt thou go with me to battle to Ramoth-Gilead? And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, I am thy people and my horses as thy horses.” (I Kings 22:3-4)

Mr. Slick plotted long before king Jehoshaphat arrived in Israel because Ahab had a devious mind.  When these two kings got ready for battle, king Ahab told Jehoshaphat, “I will disguise myself and enter into the battle; but put thou on thy robes. And the king of Israel disguised himself and went into the battle.” (I Kings 22:30-31)

However, a “certain Syrian” caught up with king Ahab and drew a bow which “…smote the king of Israel between the joints of the harness: wherefore king Ahab said unto the driver of his chariot, Turn thine hand and carry me out of the host for I am wounded.” (I Kings 22:34-35)  What happened next?  The battle continued but “…king Ahab died at even and his blood ran out of the wound into the midst of the chariot…” as prophesied. (I Kings 22:35: 20:42; 22:17, 28). 

“king Jehoshaphat:”  “PLAYED THE FOOL AND WAS TRICKED INTO BATTLE”

Prior to the battle with the Syrians, king Jehoshaphat truly befriended king Ahab. Also, they had a political alliance. And so, king Jehoshaphat obligated himself and his people to go into battle with the king of Israel. But, king Jehoshaphat had second thoughts and took one step backwards to ask, “Is there not here a prophet of the Lord besides, that we might enquire of him?” (I Kings 22:7) Because of king Jehoshaphat’s request, a prophet of the Lord was sent for and king Ahab gathered 400 hundred of his false prophets (out-numbering Micaiah). However, little is much when GOD is up in it!

During the battle, the king of Syria told his people, “Fight neither with small nor great, save only with the king of Israel.” (I Kings 22:31) Thus, the Syrians spotted king Jehoshaphat (dressed in his royal robes and riding in his chariot) and they thought him to be the king of Israel! This was king Ahab’s intention, plot, and human sacrifice against king Jehoshaphat – to be mistaken as the king of Israel, killed in the battle, and the Syrians would go back to their country! But as the Syrians pulled up along side king Jehoshaphat’s chariot, he cried out in great terror and the Syrian captains “…perceived that it was not the king of Israel, that they turned back from pursuing him [Jehoshaphat].” (I Kings 22:32-33)

Truly, king Jehoshaphat was an innocent bystander as this was not his kingdom…it was not his court…it was not his war…and he should have known better than to visit a king cobra and a queen viper! More importantly, king Jehoshaphat had no business being in Israel and he should have prayed to GOD for guidance. Instead, king Jehoshaphat nearly got himself killed in the battle, except for crying out loud! Certainly, king Jehoshaphat must have realized that “he played the fool”  as he was the only king dressed up in royal attire and Ahab specified that he wear his garments.

Didn’t it occur to Jehoshaphat to ask GOD for wisdom? If somebody ask you to take up arms against others, you’d better be sure about your next actions and deeds!  King Jehoshaphat had riches and honor in abundance but he was hanging out with the wrong people. (II Chronicles 18:1)  Believers cannot run with people of the World!  What has light to do with darkness?  NOTHING!

In the future, we all need to be more prayerful.  Put the LORD GOD first in our lives and keep away from toxic people. You may think family and friends got your back, but (BOO) I’m here to tell you that everyone will not have your best interest in their hearts. Self-preservation comes first! However, there are certain people who will give up their lives for others.

We already that JESUS CHRIST did give up His life for the entire World. Are you in a good Bible based church? Do you surround yourself with good Christians? Do you hang with pagans and unbelievers? Are you listening to lying spirits? Are you leading others astray?  Hopefully, this Blog will inspire you to re-think about “WHO are YOU Hanging Out With?” 

Have a Blessed Day!

 

 

 

 

 

Worldwide News: “PART ONE: Who Are YOU Hanging Out With?”

The Bible says, “And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram and said unto him,  I am the Almighty God;  walk before Me, and be thou perfect.  And I will make My covenant between Me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.  And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him saying…My covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.  Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many  nations have I made thee.”  (Genesis 17:1-3)

I want you to understand GOD does not tempt individuals as they bow and bend to their own desires and lusts of the flesh. When they sin and the sin is full grown, the result is death (physical and/or spiritual)! A person can still be alive walking around, eating, drinking, driving a car, going to work, teaching in the schools, sitting in a government office, the owner of a fabulous restaurant, the inventor of great airplanes, the CEO of a company, the king/queen of a nation, the greatest athlete, a nice person and be spiritually dead as a door knob!

We will look at a few people (Hagar, Ishmael, and Isaac) in “PART I: Who Are YOU Hanging Out With?”  There are many others in the Bible who hung out with the blessed and the worst conniving folks!   We will check out king Ahab of Israel and his queen Jezebel, and king Jehoshaphat of Judah in  “PART II: Who Are YOU Hanging Out With?”   Finally, we will look into the lives of king Jehu of Israel and king Ahaziah of Judah in “PART III: Who Are YOU Hanging Out With?”  Now, let’s dig into this hot subject, “PART I: Who Are YOU Hanging Out With?” 

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

Hagar:   “Blessed as the Lord Heard Her Affliction” Abraham’s wife (Sarah) had an Egyptian maid named Hagar (given to Sarah by the Pharaoh during their stay in Egypt). Unfortunately, Sarah up in age was barren; so she gave her handmaid (Hagar) to Abraham and the concubine conceived! Hagar didn’t ask for this assignment but (as a slave) she was obedient to Mistress Sarah!

Things didn’t go well between the two women as Hagar despised her Mistress and the Mistress dealt harshly with Hagar. For this reason, Hagar ran away to the wilderness. GOD is no fool and HE did not leave Hagar standing outside in the cold! GOD showed mercy to Abraham’s concubine and her unborn child. Because of Hagar’s obedience the Angel of the Lord, Hagar was blessed with good news and given a prophecy.

GOD made a “Hagaric Covenant”  with Hagar (not with her son, Ishmael), “…thou art with a child and shall bear a son and shall call his name Ishmael: because the Lord hath heard thy affliction. And he [Ishmael] will be a wild man: his hand will be against every man and every man’s hand against him, and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.” (Genesis 16:11-14)]

Ishmael:   “Blessed Wild Man with a  Multitude of  Wild Descendants”

Although the Promised Seed was not placed upon Ishmael, GOD still blessed him as Hagar’s seed. “And the Angel of the Lord said unto her [Hagar], I will multiply thy seed exceedingly that it shall not be numbered for multitude.” (Genesis 16:10)

The Old Testament names the Twelve Princes of Ishmael, “Now these are the generations of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah’s handmaid, bare unto Abraham: Nebajoth, Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam, Mishma, Dumah, Massa, Hadar, Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah. These are the sons of Ishmael, and these are their names, by their towns, and by their castles; twelve princes according to their nations. And these are the years of the life of Ishmael, an hundred and thirty and seven years (137): and he gave up the ghost and died; and was gathered unto his people. And they dwelt from Havilah unto Shur, that is before Egypt, as thou goest toward Assyria: and he died in the presence of all his brethren.” (Genesis 25:12-18)

As a “wild man” and as prophesied, Ishmael could only breed wild descendants. Due to his nature, the young Ishmael (age 13) was caught mocking Isaac (then a little boy being weaned from Mother’s milk) and for this reason, Sarah said, “Cast out this bond woman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac.” (Genesis 21:9-10) We all know apple trees bring forth apples and grape vines bring forth grapes; and so wild things bring forth wild things.

However, God still blessed the wild man, Ishmael (his name means God’s hears) and miraculously saved him, “And God heard the voice of the lad [Ishmael]; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar?  Fear not: for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is. Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation. And God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink.”  (Genesis 21: 17-20)

Eventually, Hagar (being an Egyptian) selected the best bride for Ishmael, an Egyptian woman. Maybe, it is safe to say Ishmael was more connected to the Egyptians (including their customs and ways) more than to his natural father, Abraham. Also, Ishmael, his wife, mother, and his tribes lived in the desert in Paran between Canaan and the mountains of Sinai.

Was God still with Ishmael? Affirmative! Blessed at an early age, “God was with the lad and he grew and dwelt in the wilderness and became an archer.” (Genesis 21:20) If Ishmael was a skillful archer, he was a skillful hunter! There you have it, a blessed, wild, skilled man at the head of a wild nation! It’s safe to say Ishmael (the “wild man) begat “wild people” called Ishmaelites who occupied the Arabian Peninsula (Egypt to the Euphrates) and they are the progenitors of the Arabs.

By Genesis 37:25, the Ishmaelites were fine merchant men and we find Jacob’s twelve sons (the progenitors of the Children of Israel full of hate and jealously) casting Joseph (their brother) into an empty pit. Hoping not to spill his blood, they first got thought of selling Joseph to a company of Ishmeelites from Gilead who were traveling with their camels bearing spices, balm, myrrh as they headed to Egypt.  This reveals evidence the Ishmaelites were still prevalent and prospering.  By Genesis 37:28, Jacob’s sons sold Joseph to Midianite merchants for twenty pieces of silver and the merchants took Joseph to the slave market.

Today, the descendants of Ishmael live in the Arabian Peninsula (Saudi Arabia and Yemen) and they are called Arabs. Their religion is predominantly Islamic, polytheistic (but definately not Judaism) as the roots of the Islamic religion is traced back to Ishmael, his first born Nebajoth, and prophet Mohammed.

Isaac:   “The Promised Seed and Blessed”

Isaac’s birth was more miraculous than Ishmael’s birth as his Mother (Sarah) was well beyond the age of childbearing. Unlike Ishmael’s birth, Hagar was a much younger woman.

The Lord and two angels visited Abraham and the Lord prophesied within the year that Sarah would give birth. The Bible says, “The Lord visited Sarah as He had spoken. For Sarah conceived and bare Abraham a son in his old age [100 yrs old], at the set time of which God had spoken to him. And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac. And Sarah said, God hath made me laugh [Isaac means laughter], so that all that hear will laugh with me. And the child grew, and was weaned: and Abraham made a great feast the same day that Isaac was weaned.” (Genesis 1-8) Next, you all know that Sarah caused Hagar and Ishmael to be cast out of Abraham’s camp because Ishmael mocked Isaac.

For sure, Isaac and Ishmael (two step brothers) did not fight and they came together as one to bury their father, “Then Abraham gave up the ghost and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years (175 years)…And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, which is before Mamre.”   (Genesis 25:8-9) .

Unlike, the peace between the two brothers (Isaac and Ishmael) in the Old Testament, there is great strife between Abraham’s descendants in our modern days. The problem is who gets this and who gets and Abraham was first my daddy and yo Momma kicked us out!  Ain’t that something?  Like many Biblical scenarios, the Middle Ease is full of wars, killings, murders, destruction, and utter devastation. In fact, many countries dislike the Nation of Israel because they are God’s chosen people and these hateful nations are envious and jealous of Israel’s favor with God.

“The Abrahamic Covent extended to Isaac”

You see, the Abraham Covenant exist today because it is everlasting, “I will make thee exceeding fruitful and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. And I will establish my covenant between Me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan for an everlasting possession: and I will be their God…”   (Genesis 17)

Take heed:  All nations who bless Israel will be blessed and all those who curse Israel will be cursed by God Himself.  “PART I: Who Are YOU Hanging Out With?”    To recapitulate, Hagar did alright…Ishmael did alright…Ishmael’s descendants are still running wild…Isaac did just fine!  Are you serving the TRUE LIVING GOD,  the  powers that be, or straddling the political fence? If you ain’t under the TRUE LIVING GOD, you will be standing before the White Throne of Judgment, sentenced to a second death, and cast into the burning lake of fire and sulfur with the dEVIL, his fallen angels, the false prophet, and all the other sinners!

Have a Blessed Day!

 

Worldwide News: “Are YOU in the LIONS’ DEN?”

The Bible says, “All the presidents of the kingdom [Babylon], the governors, and the princes, the counselors, and the captains have consulted together to establish a royal statute and to make a firm decree that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions.” (Daniel 6:7)  We live in a time of conspiracies and plots in high places and the Word of God calls it,  “…spiritual wickedness in high places!”   It really seems we are reliving ancient days of old because the heads of nations (presidents, kings and queens), states, elected officials, parliament, governors, military personnel, counselors, etc., are carrying on as self-appointed demi-gods and dictators! It is time for all of us to face facts. Please read on.  My question,  “Are You in the LIONS’ DEN?”

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

Poor Daniel (forever cut off from marrying and having children) was the sole object of the leaders of one hundred and twenty (120) provinces. Considering Daniel’s modest attire, appearance, and diet (probably weighing about 120 pounds), these fools were jealous of him. Why? Daniel had favor with king Darius, “It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an 120 princes which should be over the whole kingdom and over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first: that the princes might give account unto them, and the king should have no damage. Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.” (Daniel 6:1-3)

The selection process was purely based on the godly and holy spirit housed in Daniel’s body “…because an excellent spirit was in him…”  Not only did Daniel watch his calories and diet, he prayed three times a day…he consulted GOD concerning his life and the welfare of the kingdom…he fasted…he obeyed GOD’s laws and commandments…he did not seek to destroy his enemies…and he lived right! Yet, Daniel’s reward for righteous living was not anything you’d like to hear about because “….whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save the king, he shall be cast into the den of lions.”  If possible, Daniel’s enemies would have put him in an electric chair!

As you all know, Daniel was cast into the lions’ den for a whole night!  While Daniel’s opponents feasted, celebrated , and gave each other high-fives, king Darius fasted all night, refused to sleep, and sent away his dancing girls and musicians.  In fact the bar and the kitchen were closed until further notice!

Early in the morning, the king ran to the den of lions saying, “O Daniel, servant of the Living GOD, is Thy GOD, whom thou servest continually able to deliver thee from the lions? Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever. My God hath sent His angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before Him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.”  (Daniel 6:19-23)

MY LORD! Just like in Daniel’s day, today, people don’t want prayer in the schools, they don’t want workers to talk about the goodness of the Lord on the job, they dislike it when folks send out emails to have prayer in the conference room, they don’t want Christians to celebrate the birth of Christ, some banks and financial institutions no longer allow Christmas decorations and trees to be on display (but they come to work on Halloween dressed up as witches, Chucky Cheese, vampires, the walking dead and they put Halloween candies out on display for customers to eat. More so, we call right wrong and wrong right!

GOD turned Daniel’s captivity because Daniel was not a law breaker and he was innocent from all accusations. Daniel’s only guilt was praying to the ALMIGHTY GOD!  Like Daniel, all of GOD’s children should be doing the same. Never mind about being politically correct or pleasing other folks, because we’re not to be afraid of those who can kill the body! Instead, we are to fear GOD as HE has power over the spirit, soul, and body. 

Let’s assume we all have issues and have fallen short of the Glory of GOD. Maybe we told a little white lie or something else but we have sinned against GOD (and some of us keep on sinning). The Word tells us the LORD GOD is merciful, compassionate, loving, and forgiving. On this side of Heaven (while the blood is running warm in our veins), we need to humble ourselves, repent, make an-about-face, and serve the LORD GOD.

If your head is in the lion’s mouth or you are surrounded by lions and lionesses, you need to fly into the arms of the ALMIGHTY GOD. There is no other ground of safety except the Solid Rock and that Rock is JESUS! Perhaps, you’ve escaped one lion but there is another one (maybe two or three) down the road. The dEVIL is waiting to catch your guards down and he ain’t no fool because he is the prince of the air…the father of lies…a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour…and he is planning on your early demise.  Again, I ask the question,  “Are You in the LIONS’ DEN?”

Have a Blessed Day!

 

 

Worldwide News: “Even Righteous People Suffer!”

The Bible says, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.”  (Psalm 34:19)  You all have heard the same Bible stories over and over but they were written for a REASON!  Just think! If we didn’t have GOD’s Laws and Commandments, where would the World be? In spite of GOD’s Word, people refuse to obey HIM. Instead they receive and honor the father of all lies, the dEVIL!  Look at the rulers and powers to be in the Earth as they are nothing like JESUS CHRIST!  Read on, “Even Righteous People Suffer!” 

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

The Old Testament states,  “There was a man in the land of UZ (not OZ) whose name was Job and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. ”   (Job 1:1)

Job worshipped the LORD GOD. While his children were asleep in their beds, Job rose up early in the mornings to offer burnt offerings for his trifling kids. Why?  The Word says, “…when the days of their feasting were gone about, Job send and sanctified them…”   (Job 1:5)  Although Job’s seven sons and three daughters were adults (not little children or teens), they all were lazy, no-good, pathetic, and self-centered individuals.  Job still loved them as you can see because he covered them in sincere prayer. Mostly likely, Job sent the servants to fetch them and he told them, “…yawl been playing around, feasting, and having a good time…it’s time for me to lay hands on you and pray for you…please set (sanctify) yourselves and put away your drinking to pray to the LORD…”

According to Biblical recorded history, Job never cursed his children, wife, or GOD! In our society, no one would blame Job for cursing out his children or  bosom wife who also rebuked her husband saying, “Dost thou still retain thine integrity? Curse God and die!” (Job 2:9) Instead of telling his wife, “take a flying leap,” Job said, “Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. ..shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.”  (Job 2:10)

In my opinion, Job did not deserve to have these shiftless individuals in his family. The bottom line is not hard to realize, Job’s story is a model for all Christians to follow – this means for you and I.  There is no real guarantee everything will be perfect in your life or the lives of your children and family.  One minute all is well and the next, some one has an accident or disaster strikes.  After all that fervent praying,  Job still lost everything!  Make no mistake, this is not an insurance policy to STOP praying and believing GOD for the miraculous to take place! Don’t let the dEVIL fool you or discourage you!

You see, the LORD GOD remembered Job,  “And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends:  also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.”   (Job 42:10)   If you are at this point in your life, keep on praying and keep on believing. No matter how hard it gets and folks fight like cats and dogs in your home!  Get yourself into a quiet room and pray.  Go into the broom closet to pray but PRAY! If the LORD turned Job’s captivity around, HE will turn yours!

After the children grow up, the parent may become a caregiver for a second time. You birth them (change diapers, teach them to talk, teach them to walk, send them to kindergarten, elementary, junior high, high school, and college), but they just may move back home to live with you!  Generally, adult kids should look after the aging parent; instead the aging parent may become a nurse maid for the adult kid.

Life is not fair and we all know it! Don’t get this scenario confused with unfortunate mishaps in the lives of people as some folks move back home for legitimate reasons. Please note that every case is different!  There are many kinfolk who return to their roots and move in with relatives. However, they replace the  lack-of-financial  payment for room and board with their labor, help, and physical support around the house. When asked to do chores, they make themselves available without grunting. If this describes you, do not concern yourself with criticism.

Some of these people were wronged by society as employers do not follow the rules of GOD! For this reason, many folks are unemployed and/or blocked by prejudice people in management.  Directly or indirectly, you may be a victim.  You know there are dishonest company owners, managers, supervisors, and co-workers who dig graves for others on the job. They operate out of jealously, envy, and strife as well as make up lies about others at work!  I got news for these folks as their  payday is coming!

Maybe, you know people with adult children living Scott free and they care diddly-dang-dong nothing about their parents.  They are shiftless as Job’s first set of kids!  Lets call their names, June-boy and Lulu Belle! June-boy won’t even take out the garbage, make subtle repairs around the house, or water the grass. Even worse, June-boy lets his old gray-hair Daddy push the lawn mower on hot days without offering assistance! Lulu Belle is too cute to work as she spends more time putting on false eyelashes and make-up, and calling her friends! She won’t wash dishes, sweep/mop the floors, iron, put groceries away, clean up the bathrooms, make the beds, or hang up her own clothes!

Many parents are God-fearing, hoping, and praying to see multiple changes take place in the lives of their children and families. These parents (like Habakkuk, the minor Prophet) pray, “O LORD, How long shall I cry and Thou wilt not hear?” (Habakkuk 1:2)  For sure, they are tired and frustrated.  My advice to you is do not give up and help is on the way! Keep on pressing forward in the name of JESUS CHRIST our LORD! You must realize that you (like Job) will suffer because “Even Righteous People Suffer!”

There is a strong antidote to rid oneself of such poisons within the family structure. Reread Psalms 34:19, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.”  (Psalm 34:19)

Yep! Now you know the answer is in the second clause of Psalm 34:19, “…but the LORD delivereth him [the righteous] out of them all.”  Now you know what to do  because “Even Righteous People Suffer!”

Have a Blessed Day!

Worldwide News: “How Much Does Your SPIRIT and Soul Weigh?”

The Bible says,   “For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appeareth for a little time and then vanisheth away.”  (James 1:14)   According to Webster’s Dictionary, “vapor is a faintly visible suspension of fine particles of matter in the air as mist or fog.”  Maybe this is why people study the dying as they hope to catch a glimpse of the spirit and soul leaving the body! It is said that some people have captured pictures of the spirit/soul departing from the deceased. Some of these images may be manufactured and some may not be.    “How Much Does Your Spirit and Soul Weigh?”

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

This very moment you may be thinking,  “Say What?”  I’m here to tell you that your body weight may be 600 pounds (although at birth, you weighed 7 pounds) or you may be 250 or 185 pounds or 135 pounds (even though at birth you weighed 6-9 pounds), your spirit and soul remains the same weight as the day of your birth!

According to Apostle James (half-brother of our Lord, JESUS CHRIST), your life is a vapor. You are here today and gone tomorrow which could be 12 days (or less) to 101 years (or more). When you boil water, you can see the vapor…when you barbeque on the grill, you can see smoke…when you do a control burn outdoors, you can see smoke…when you see a high powerful jet flying in the sky, you see a trail of fuel/vapor it leaves behind….when you see a steam ship, you can see vapor. Yet, you cannot capture the smoke from the grill or the steam from the ship’s engine to put it in a jar!

Likewise, one cannot capture the spirit or soul of another and put it in a classified jar. However, one can cremate (incinerate) a corpse and place the ashes in a decorative container but the spirit and soul cannot be contained.

Unlike the body (as you know), the spirit and soul is immortal and goes back to GOD who decides if the spirit/soul will live in Heaven or HELL!  Generally, the corpse is placed in a coffin and buried about six feet under!

However, there is good news for all of us. One’s soul and spirit can be saved from the everlasting fires of hell, the second death, and the Lake of Fire. JESUS CHRIST came to save the lost!  Some of you are looking for salvation and a way out of your mess. You have been swallowed up in sin and there are people around you keeping you locked in. There are days and times you don’t want to be a part of the filth any more, but you keep giving in!

                         STOP RIGHT NOW! 

I will tell you how to come out of your sins. In order to be saved, you must look for someone with GREAT POWER to believe in and that someone is JESUS CHRIST.  HE died for your sins even though you were not on the face of the Earth. HE hung on the cross and HE did so in love. There is no body on Earth willing to die for you as JESUS. Futhermore, HE came down from Heaven and HE stepped out of time to save you!

The Bible says,  “…if you shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that GOD hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon Him.”  (Romans 10:9-12)

Please be encouraged and decide where your spirit, soul, and your resurrected body will spend eternity!   “How Much Does Your Spirit and Soul Weigh?”  Well now, you know the answer, you weigh as much as vapor!

Have a Blessed Day!

 

Worldwide News: “If you are Human, YOU WILL BE TEMPTED!”

The Bible says, “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him.”  (James 1:12)   The good news is that you are still breathing and there is hope for you! The bad news is you may not want to hear what the Bible has to say about temptation. Nonetheless, I’m gonna tell you anyway! Where ever you run or hide, the Holy Ghost will find you so give up and come out with your hands up!

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

The WORD says, “But every man [you included] is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”  (James 1:14-15)

Let me break it down for you another way! You’re sitting at Barnes and Nobles drinking a cup of coffee and you see a good-looking dude or a fine looking woman…you begin to foam at the mouth (so much so that you don’t even need cream for your coffee).

However, youse already involved with someone else (married, engaged, or sleeping with him/her). Ain’t ya!

Here is the plot:

1.   Youse feeling mighty healthy (a fine stud). Therefore, you approach Mr./Ms. Thang as youse  burning up inside and struggling to be or not to be…to pop the question or not to pop…to approach or not to approach. Unfortunately, the spirit of lust wins the fight! So, you approach Mr./Ms. Thang for a phone number, address, and date!  Now, the deal is sealed but not until the act of sin is completed!  You’ve accomplished your date and the LUST is fully conceived and the fruit of that LUST is SIN!  And, the sinning and sinning and sinning gets easier and easier until SIN brings MR. DEATH to your door! 

2.  Apostle James says, “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God for GOD cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempeth HE any man! (James 1:13)  If you have been putting the blame on the LORD GOD, I want you to stop lying on the LORD, right now! You are out there whoremonging yourself because you like what you’re doing! You are hurting yourself and innocent others! Be careful, you just might pick up a disease you cannot explain or shake!

However, there is an antidote for sin, JESUS Apostle James says,  the man or woman that endureth temptation (when he/she is tried) shall receive the Crown on Life which the LORD hath promised to them that love HIM.     If you are Human, YOU WILL BE TEMPTED,” so don’t freak out because the dEVIL tempts you just fight back with the Word of GOD!

Have a Blessed Day!