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Monday, June 4 2012
Where Is The Messiah's Royal Line?
"5:1 Then came all the tribes of Israel to David unto Hebron, and spake, saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh. 5:2 Also in time past, when Saul was king over us, thou wast he that leddest out and broughtest in Israel: and the LORD said to thee, Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be a captain over Israel.
It would be through an Israelite line, specifically the Israelite tribe of Judah, that the Messiah would be born. That decision was made by the LORD long before King David himself was even born.
"49:8 Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father's children shall bow down before thee. 49:9 Judah is a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up? 49:10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be." (Genesis 49:8-10 KJV)
King David was succeeded by his son Solomon as king of all of Israel. Solomon is perhaps most well-known for his great wisdom, which he had in his early years. Later in his life however, Solomon became an idol-worshipping fool (see A History Of Jerusalem: The Glory Of Solomon). For that national abomination, the LORD (i.e. Jesus Christ; see Appearances Of The LORD God) declared that Israel would be divided, with ten of the tribes becoming an independent nation.
"11:9 And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice, 11:10 And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the LORD commanded. 11:11 Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant. 11:12 Notwithstanding in thy days I will not do it for David thy father's sake: but I will rend it out of the hand of thy son. 11:13 Howbeit I will not rend away all the kingdom; but will give one tribe to thy son for David my servant's sake, and for Jerusalem's sake which I have chosen." (1 Kings 11:9-13 KJV)
The division of Israel into "Israel" and "Judah" was brought about in the time of Solomon's son Rehoboam, exactly as the LORD declared ("Notwithstanding in thy days I will not do it for David thy father's sake: but I will rend it out of the hand of thy son," quoted above).
"12:12 So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day, as the king had appointed, saying, Come to me again the third day. 12:13 And the king answered the people roughly, and forsook the old men's counsel that they gave him; 12:14 And spake to them after the counsel of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, and I will add to your yoke: my father also chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions. 12:15 Wherefore the king hearkened not unto the people; for the cause was from the LORD, that he might perform his saying, which the LORD spake by Ahijah the Shilonite unto Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
The Dynasties Of Israel and Judah
A dynasty can be defined as "a sequence of leaders in the same family." The dynasty of King David ruled the united kingdom of the Israelites until they split into two kingdoms, Israel and Judah, as we read above. After the division, the single dynasty of David, the royal Messianic line, continued unbroken in Judah, where it already existed.
The northern kingdom of Israel lasted just over 200 years before they were conquered and taken away into exile by the Assyrians. They never returned, and have become known to history as the "Lost Ten Tribes of Israel." There were nine dynasties in the northern kingdom of "Israel," none of which were the Messianic line of Judah.
The southern kingdom of Judah had only one dynasty, that of David, with a total of 19 kings and the temporary usurper Athaliah from the northern kingdom.
The northern kingdom of Israel had nine dynasties, with a total of 19 kings:
1. Jeroboam, Nadab
The Kings Of Israel and Judah
Fact Finder: How will the coming Kingdom of God be, in effect, a "Kin-dom" i.e. a nation of a single family, composed of people who were formerly of all nations?
This Day In History, June 4
781 BC: The first documented solar eclipse was recorded, in China.
1584: Sir Walter Raleigh established the first English colony on Roanoke Island, old Virginia (now North Carolina; Raleigh, North Carolina is named after Sir Walter Raleigh).
1760: 22 ships carrying New England planters arrived in Nova Scotia to replace the Acadians.
1783: French brothers Etienne and Joseph Montgolfier made the first public flight of a hot-air balloon.
1792: Captain George Vancouver claimed Puget Sound for Britain.
1800: Construction of the original White House was completed (it was burned in August 1814 by British Marines during the War of 1812-14 in retaliation for the U.S. burning and looting of the Parliament Building in Toronto months before).
1831: The Belgian Congress proclaimed Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg as the first king of Belgium after the southern provinces split with the Netherlands.
1920: The Treaty of Trianon. Signed after the First World War by Hungary and the allies (excluding U.S. and U.S.S.R.), it reduced Hungary by one third, and deprived it of access to the sea; it gave Transylvania, the East Banat, and other districts to Romania; Slovakia and Ruthenia to Czechoslovakia; Croatia, Slavonia and the West Banat to Yugoslavia; the Bergenland to Austria.
1928: Zhang Zuolin, the President of the Republic of China, was assassinated by Japanese agents.
1939: The MS St. Louis, a German ocean liner with 963 Jewish refugees aboard, was denied permission to land in Florida, after being turned away from Cuba. Forced to return to Europe, more than 200 of its passengers later died in Nazi concentration camps.
1940: The British completed the evacuation of 300,000 troops from Dunkirk. Prime Minister Winston Churchill made his famous speech to the House of Commons: "we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender..."
1941: Kaiser (the German form of Caesar) Wilhelm II, ninth king of Prussia and third German emperor from 1888-1918, died in exile in the Netherlands.
1942: The 3-day Battle of Midway, the turning point in the sea war in the Pacific during the Second World War, began. The Japanese lost 4 aircraft carriers, 1 cruiser and 248 aircraft, with a total of 3,057 killed; the U.S. lost 1 aircraft carrier, 1 cruiser and 150 aircraft, with a total of 307 killed.
1989: Hundreds of pro-democracy demonstrators in Tiananmen Square were killed by the Chinese army using tanks and machine guns.
1989: A natural gas explosion near Ufa, Russia, killed 575 people when two passenger trains passing each other threw sparks onto a leaking gas pipeline.