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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.
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.
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.
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.
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"?
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.