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Sunday, June 15 2014
2 Kings 10: The End Of The Line For Ahab And Jezebel
"And when he came to Samaria, he slew all that remained unto Ahab in Samaria, till he had destroyed him, according to the saying of the LORD, which he spake to Elijah"
The reign of Ahab and Jezebel of the northern Kingdom of Israel was one of the most corrupt and wicked in the history of Israel (see Kings of Israel and Judah). Their final atrocity was the killing of a righteous man because they coveted (covet, murder and theft together) his vineyard (see Naboth's Vineyard). For that premeditated murder, the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) sentenced Ahab and Jezebel to a similar death (see The Dogs of Ahab and Jezebel and Jehu and Jezebel) and declared the end of the royal line of Ahab (Israel had nine dynasties, while Judah had only one; see Israelite Dynasties).
With Ahab and Jezebel dead, there remained the elimination of their royal line from the politics of Israel (see the Fact Finder question below). That task was assigned to Jehu - the LORD's chosen successor of Ahab.
"10:1 And Ahab had seventy sons in Samaria. And Jehu wrote letters, and sent to Samaria, unto the rulers of Jezreel, to the elders, and to them that brought up Ahab's children, saying, 10:2 Now as soon as this letter cometh to you, seeing your master's sons are with you, and there are with you chariots and horses, a fenced city also, and armour; 10:3 Look even out the best and meetest of your master's sons, and set him on his father's throne, and fight for your master's house.
"10:18 And Jehu gathered all the people together, and said unto them, Ahab served Baal a little; but Jehu shall serve him much. 10:19 Now therefore call unto me all the prophets of Baal, all his servants, and all his priests; let none be wanting: for I have a great sacrifice to do to Baal; whosoever shall be wanting, he shall not live. But Jehu did it in subtilty, to the intent that he might destroy the worshippers of Baal.
So it was then that the LORD established Jehu as a king of Israel, "Because thou hast done well in executing that which is right in mine eyes, and hast done unto the house of Ahab according to all that was in mine heart, thy children of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel."
"10:30 And the LORD said unto Jehu, Because thou hast done well in executing that which is right in mine eyes, and hast done unto the house of Ahab according to all that was in mine heart, thy children of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel. 10:31 But Jehu took no heed to walk in the law of the LORD God of Israel with all his heart: for he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam, which made Israel to sin.
This Day In History, June 15
763 BC: The Assyrians (see Jonah: Three Days And Three Nights and Israel In History and Prophecy: The Lost Ten Tribes) recorded a solar eclipse that was later used to determine the dates of other events in the history of ancient Mesopotamia i.e. Iraq (see also The LORD's Seed Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq).
923: King Robert I of France was killed at the Battle of Soissons.
1184: King Magnus V of Norway was killed at the Battle of Fimreite.
1215: King John sealed the Magna Carta, the "Great Charter" of English liberties, at Runnymede, near Windsor. The Magna Carta was a key building block of constitutional law in the English-speaking world that many countries, even centuries later (including the U.S.), used as the basis of their Constitution.
1381: The Peasants Revolt ended in Britain with its leader Wat Tyler being beheaded in London.
1389: The Ottoman Empire defeated the Serbs and Bosnians at the Battle of Kosovo (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1467: Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy, died; he founded the Burgundian state that rivalled France in the 15th century.
1520: Pope Leo X excommunicated Martin Luther for refusing the Pope as his leader. Luther nevertheless maintained almost all of the Church of Rome's antichrist doctrines, as do the "Protestant" churches of today (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and Antichristians).
1567: Mary, Queen of Scots, was captured at the battle of Carberry Hill, near Edinburgh.
1744: British Admiral George Anson returned to England after circumnavigating the globe in an expedition that lasted nearly four years.
1846: The Oregon Boundary Treaty was signed by Queen Victoria and U.S. President James Polk. The treaty set the boundary between British North America and the breakaway colonies at the 49th parallel from the crest of the Rockies to the middle of the channel between Vancouver Island and the mainland.
1888: Crown Prince Wilhelm became Kaiser Wilhelm II, the last Emperor of the German Empire (see The Holy Roman Empire).
1898: A tidal wave killed 22,000 people in Japan.
1992: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it is "permissible" for the US to "forcibly extradite" anyone from other countries without any regard for the sovereignty of those countries - while at the same time proclaiming it illegal for any other country to do the very same thing to anyone in the U.S.
1994: Israel and The Vatican established full diplomatic ties.
2002: An asteroid missed the Earth by only 121,000 kilometers, about 1/3 the distance between the Earth and the Moon.