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Sunday, January 27 2013
2 Kings: The Rise And Fall Of Israel and Judah
The LORD (see The Kingdom Of The LORD God) rendered the United Kingdom of Israel into "Israel" and "Judah" (see 1 Kings: From Empire To Divided Kingdom) because it had descended into abominable corruption and depravity by the liberal mis-leadership (see Forward, Not Froward) of formerly-wise King Solomon.
"11:1 But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites; 11:2 Of the nations concerning which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love. 11:3 And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart. 11:4 For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father. 11:5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. 11:6 And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as did David his father.
The Book of 1 Kings documents the division of Israel into "Israel" and "Judah." The Book of 2 Kings chronicles the subsequent history of the two profligate kingdoms into self-destruction, for the same reason that they were divided - gross immorality and idolatry. The first to fall was the northern kingdom of Israel, who were conquered and taken away by the Assyrians by 721 BC, thereby making them the "lost ten tribes."
"17:7 For so it was, that the children of Israel had sinned against the LORD their God, which had brought them up out of the land of Egypt, from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and had feared other gods, 17:8 And walked in the statutes of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out from before the children of Israel, and of the kings of Israel, which they had made. 17:9 And the children of Israel did secretly those things that were not right against the LORD their God, and they built them high places in all their cities, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city. 17:10 And they set them up images and groves in every high hill, and under every green tree: 17:11 And there they burnt incense in all the high places, as did the heathen whom the LORD carried away before them; and wrought wicked things to provoke the LORD to anger: 17:12 For they served idols, whereof the LORD had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing. 17:13 Yet the LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep my commandments and my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets.
By 586 BC, Judah had become as corrupt as Israel had done. The LORD then not only permitted the Babylonians to attack and conquer Israel, but He actually made it happen. The Kingdom of Judah fell, Jerusalem was destroyed, and the Temple that Solomon built was demolished. As happened to Israel over a century earlier, rebellious Judah was sent back to the place to where repentant Abraham began. For the sake of the coming Messiah however, the Kingdom of Judah, unlike "the lost ten tribes" of the Kingdom of Israel, were permitted to return, seventy years later (see A History Of Jerusalem: Ezra And Nehemiah).
"36:15 And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place: 36:16 But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy. 36:17 Therefore he brought upon them the king of the Chaldees, who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion upon young man or maiden, old man, or him that stooped for age: he gave them all into his hand. 36:18 And all the vessels of the house of God [see also The Temple Vessel Prophecies Today], great and small, and the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king, and of his princes; all these he brought to Babylon. 36:19 And they burnt the house of God, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem, and burnt all the palaces thereof with fire, and destroyed all the goodly vessels thereof.
The Chapters Of The Book Of 2 Kings
Fact Finder: The events of the Book of Jonah occurred during the time of the divided kingdom and the rise of Assyria against them. Was Jonah successful in his ministry to Assyria? Why?
This Day In History, January 27
98: Trajan became the Emperor of the Roman Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars) after the death of Nerva.
447: Constantinople was severely damaged by an earthquake. The city was named after the Roman Emperor Constantine, who was the inventor of his Church of Rome and its "Sun Day" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and Why Observe The True Sabbath?).
1186: German emperor Heinrich ("Henry") VI, king of Germany, Burgundy and Italy, married Constance of Sicily.
1343: Pope Clement VI's bull Unigenitus (see Papal Bull) proclaimed the doctrine of Indulgences. The sale of Indulgences was a major part of Martin Luther's "protest" (although Luther remained a "good Catholic" for almost all of Rome's other antichrist doctrines - hence the reason that the Church of Rome is rightfully called the mother of harlots in Revelation 17:5).
1731: Bartolomeo Cristofori died. The Italian harpsichord maker is credited with the invention of the piano. The major difference between the two instruments is that harpsichord strings are mechanically plucked, with very little variation in sound for each note possible, whereas piano strings are struck by hammers that do permit variation in volume and duration of each note.
1736: Stanislas II, Poland's last king, abdicated. Poland was dismembered by Germany and Russia.
1822: Greece proclaimed independence from Turkey's Ottoman Empire.
1851: Naturalist John Audubon died at age 66. He published his collection of paintings of all known species of birds in North America.
1858: Following the advice of her military advisors, Queen Victoria chose Ottawa as the capital of Canada over Quebec City, Montreal, Kingston and Toronto. Formerly called Bytown (named after Colonel John By, of the Royal Engineers, who oversaw the building of the canal through the town that was built there in 1825), Ottawa was chosen because its more-distant location from the U.S. border made it more defensible - lessons learned from the repelled U.S. invasions of southern Ontario during the War of 1812 (1812-14).
1901: Giuseppe Verdi, a major Italian opera composer of the 19th century, died (his name in English is Joseph Green).
1916: The Spartacus League, forerunner of the German Communist Party, was formed in Berlin.
1945: The Russian army liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. 1,500,000 people, of whom 1,000,000 were Jews, were murdered by the Nazis at the "industrial death camp."
1967: Astronauts Virgil "Gus" Grissom, 41; Edward White, 37; and Roger Chaffee, 32, were killed in a fire aboard Apollo 1 during a practice launch at Cape Canaveral.
1969: As part of widespread Arab persecution of Jews living in Arab countries after the Arab defeat in the 1967 war, 9 Jews were among 14 prisoners hanged as "spies" in Baghdad's Liberation Square; a crowd estimated at 200,000 marched past the dangling bodies as a loudspeaker blared commentary on "Jewish treason."
1973: A cease-fire accord was signed by the U.S., South Vietnam, North Vietnam and the Vietcong to end the Vietnam War (which was actually a civil war between the Vietnamese people whose single country had been partitioned in 1954, by the French at the end of the First Indochina War, into North and South Vietnam). North Vietnam then over-ran the South and declared victory.
1980: The Israel-Egypt border was opened for the first time since the 1948 war that resulted in the creation of the modern state of "Israel" (it's actually the modern state of Judah; see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah).
1990: The Polish communist party was dissolved.
1996: Germany began to observe the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
2006: Western Union discontinued its telegram service.