Sunday, May 25 2014
1 Kings 12: When Will The United Kingdom Be Restored?
"I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all"
There is coming a time, after the return of Jesus Christ (see The Old Testament Prophecies Of Christ's Return and What Happens After The Messiah Returns?; also The Coming World Dictator), when the physical nation of Israel will be re-united ("I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land") under the rule of resurrected King David ("And David my servant shall be king over them").
"37:16 Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions:
37:17 And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand.
37:18 And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not shew us what thou meanest by these?
37:19 Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand.
37:20 And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their eyes.
37:21 And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land:
37:22 And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all:
37:23 Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God.
37:24 And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them.
37:25 And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children's children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever." (Ezekiel 37:16-25 KJV)
As a country (rather than just a family grown into a multitude; see The First Census Of Israel and I Will There Make Of Thee A Great Nation), the people of Israel were a united kingdom for a relatively short time - during the reign of King David after the civil war (see How Long Was Jerusalem The Capital Of Israel?), through the entire reign of King Solomon (see Solomon's Regime) and the beginning of the reign of Solomon's foolish and arrogant son King Rehoboam. The LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) declared the division as a punishment for Solomon's idolatry (see What Caused Solomon's Idolatry?).
"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.
11:7 Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon.
11:8 And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods.
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 11:5-13 KJV)
So it was then, exactly as the LORD declared, that the united kingdom of Israel was divided into "Israel" (the tribes of Reuben, Simeon, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph/Ephraim and Joseph/Manasseh) and "Judah" (the tribes of Judah, Benjamin and Levi; see Israel In History and Prophecy: Kingdom Of Judah) in the time of Solomon's son. The result was the Kingdom of Israel north of Jerusalem and east of the Jordan River (see The Israel Of East Jordan) and the Kingdom of Judah south from Jerusalem. Present-day "Israel" is in reality a restoration of that ancient Kingdom of Judah only (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah).
"12:1 And Rehoboam went to Shechem: for all Israel were come to Shechem to make him king.
12:2 And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was yet in Egypt, heard of it, (for he was fled from the presence of king Solomon, and Jeroboam dwelt in Egypt;)
12:3 That they sent and called him. And Jeroboam and all the congregation of Israel came, and spake unto Rehoboam, saying,
12:4 Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore make thou the grievous service of thy father, and his heavy yoke which he put upon us, lighter, and we will serve thee.
12:5 And he said unto them, Depart yet for three days, then come again to me. And the people departed.
12:6 And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men, that stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, and said, How do ye advise that I may answer this people?
12:7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever.
12:8 But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him:
12:9 And he said unto them, What counsel give ye that we may answer this people, who have spoken to me, saying, Make the yoke which thy father did put upon us lighter?
12:10 And the young men that were grown up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou speak unto this people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it lighter unto us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my father's loins.
12:11 And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.
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.
12:16 So when all Israel saw that the king hearkened not unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David? neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: to your tents, O Israel: now see to thine own house, David. So Israel departed unto their tents.
12:17 But as for the children of Israel which dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.
12:18 Then king Rehoboam sent Adoram, who was over the tribute; and all Israel stoned him with stones, that he died. Therefore king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem.
12:19 So Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.
12:20 And it came to pass, when all Israel heard that Jeroboam was come again, that they sent and called him unto the congregation, and made him king over all Israel: there was none that followed the house of David, but the tribe of Judah only.
12:21 And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he assembled all the house of Judah, with the tribe of Benjamin, an hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men, which were warriors, to fight against the house of Israel, to bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam the son of Solomon.
12:22 But the word of God came unto Shemaiah the man of God, saying,
12:23 Speak unto Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and unto all the house of Judah and Benjamin, and to the remnant of the people, saying,
12:24 Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren the children of Israel: return every man to his house; for this thing is from me. They hearkened therefore to the word of the LORD, and returned to depart, according to the word of the LORD." (1 Kings 12:1-24 KJV)
As very-often happens in revolutions, the revolutionaries hypocritically become the very same sort of people that they supposedly rebelled against (anti-government "liberals" almost always become rigid "conservatives" from the moment that they win a revolution). The independent kingdom of Israel was no different under their "founding father" Kng Jeroboam (the word "king" means the head of a kin, a father - the actual meaning of "patriotism" means faithful to the father, the king). It was for their Solomon-like idolatry that the LORD later had the northern kingdom of Israel taken away (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Lost Ten Tribes).
"12:25 Then Jeroboam built Shechem in mount Ephraim, and dwelt therein; and went out from thence, and built Penuel.
12:26 And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David:
12:27 If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah.
12:28 Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
12:29 And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan.
12:30 And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.
12:31 And he made an house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi.
12:32 And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast that is in Judah, and he offered upon the altar. So did he in Bethel, sacrificing unto the calves that he had made: and he placed in Bethel the priests of the high places which he had made.
12:33 So he offered upon the altar which he had made in Bethel the fifteenth day of the eighth month, even in the month which he had devised of his own heart; and ordained a feast unto the children of Israel: and he offered upon the altar, and burnt incense." (1 Kings 12:25-33 KJV)
Fact Finder: The Levites (see The Levite Clans), as the priesthood (see When Were The Levites Set Apart? and The Prophecy Of The Blood Upon The Anointed One), were assigned lands and towns throughout all of the other tribes of Israel (see Cities and Suburbs Of The Levite Clans). Why did the faithful Levites (see also The Levites Of Christ) leave their property in "Israel" and move to "Judah"?
See No Levites In The Lost Ten Tribes?
This Day In History, May 25
567 BC: Servius Tullius, king of Rome, celebrated his triumph for his victory over the Etruscans.
240 BC: The first recorded perihelion ("the point in the orbit of a planet or comet where it is nearest to the sun) passage of what was later named Halley's Comet (after English astronomer Edmund Halley, who, after observing it in 1682, correctly predicted its next return, based on the comet's approximate 75 year return as recorded over the centuries).
1085: Alfonso VI took Toledo, Spain, from the Muslims.
1521: Holy Roman Emperor Charles V (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) pronounced Martin Luther an outlaw and heretic for refusing to recant his teachings while at the Diet of Worms ("Diet" is a legislative assembly in some countries; "Worms" is the English rendering of "Vorms," a city in Germany). The emperor, not the pope, declared Luther a heretic because of Luther's opposition to the empire's official church of which the emperor claimed to be the head (see Emperors and Popes and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1810: The people of Buenos Aires expelled Viceroy Baltasar Hidalgo de Cisneros, beginning the Argentine War of Independence against Spain.
1819: Argentina's Constitution of 1819 was promulgated.
1895: The Republic of Formosa was established with Tang Ching-sung as its President.
1914: The British House of Commons passed Irish Home Rule.
1915: Arthur James Balfour (listen to our Sermon The Balfour Declaration) succeeded Winston Churchill as first lord of the Admiralty.
1925: Tennessee schoolteacher John Scopes was indicted for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution (listen to our Sermon Darwin's Theory of Evolution).
1946: Newly-independent Transjordan (as made possible by Britain's defeat of the centuries-old Ottoman control of the Middle East; listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) appointed Abdullah I the their king.
1950: The "Tripartite Declaration" by Britain, the USA and France. It sought to prevent further war in the region of Israel.
1953: At one of the U.S. weapons of mass destruction test sites in Nevada, the U.S. conducted the first nuclear artillery test.
1977: The Chinese government removed a ban on William Shakespeare's work.
1985: A cyclone (a "rapid inward circulation of air masses about a low-pressure center; circling counterclockwise in the northern hemisphere and clockwise in the southern" from the WordWeb Dictionary by Princeton University) and storm surge killed approximately 10,000 people in Bangladesh.
1996: Bulgaria's King Simeon II returned home after 50 years of exile; he fled in 1946 after the Soviet Red Army installed a puppet communist regime (while the Western "democracies" were installing their puppets in the countries under their control and occupation, as is continuing to this day e.g. the foreign "approved" and controlled "leaders" in Iraq and Afghanistan).
2009: North Korea reportedly tested its second nuclear bomb.