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Sunday, June 29 2014
2 Kings 24: The Last Three Kings Of The Kingdom Of Judah
"For through the anger of the LORD it came to pass in Jerusalem and Judah, until He had cast them out from His presence"
Josiah was the last righteous king of Judah (see Josiah's Restoration Of The Covenant). After Josiah, the Kingdom of Judah had three more kings, all of whom did "that which was evil in the sight of the LORD" as they reigned over then-liberal Judah's self-destruction.
Jehoiakim was the first to face Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon that the LORD permitted to destroy the corrupt kingdom of Judah. Jehoiakim "became his servant three years," but rebelled, not in defense of what was right, but in an attempt to defend his corrupt regime. If he had repented and attempted to fight for what was righteous, the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) would have helped him - not further-empowered the Babylonians that He sent as the agents of His wrath.
"23:36 Jehoiakim was twenty and five years old when he began to reign; and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Zebudah, the daughter of Pedaiah of Rumah. 23:37 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his fathers had done." (2 Kings 23:36-37 KJV)
Jehoiachin was the second-last king of Judah. In his time, the siege of Jerusalem began - during which Jehoiachin attempted to buy off the Babylonians with the national treasures of Judah. Notice that he sold "the treasures of the house of the LORD," but not his golden idols. Jehoiachin was nevertheless taken away to Babylon, after which the Babylonians installed their choice for a vassal ("a person who owes allegiance and service to a feudal lord") king, Jehoiachin's uncle Mattaniah, who the Babylonians renamed as Zedekiah.
"24:8 Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months. And his mother's name was Nehushta, the daughter of Elnathan of Jerusalem. 24:9 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father had done.
Zedekiah's puppet reign lasted for eleven years before he made a limp attempt to rebel. The Kingdom of Judah had squandered itself.
"24:18 Zedekiah was twenty and one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Hamutal, the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah. 24:19 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, according to all that Jehoiakim had done. 24:20 For through the anger of the LORD it came to pass in Jerusalem and Judah, until he had cast them out from his presence, that Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon." (2 Kings 24:18-20 KJV)
Fact Finder: Where is the Kingdom of Judah today?
This Day In History, June 29
1149: During the Second Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy), the Syrian army of Nur ad-Din Zangi defeated the Crusader army of Raymond of Antioch (see also Damascus In History And Prophecy).
1194: Sverre became King of Norway.
1438: Albrecht II ("the Bear") was crowned king of Bohemia after being crowned king of Hungary and Germany earlier in the year (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1529: The Second Treaty of Barcelona, a peace settlement between Emperor Charles V and Pope Clement VII which made the Spanish Habsburgs dominant in Italy.
1613: The original Globe Theater in London burned down during the first performance of Shakespeare's Henry VIII.
1644: Charles I of England defeated a Parliamentarian army at the Battle of Cropredy Bridge.
1807: During the Russo-Turkish War, Admiral Dmitry Senyavin defeated the Ottoman fleet at the Battle of Athos (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1855: The Daily Telegraph was first published in London.
1880: France annexed Tahiti.
1925: King George V opened Canada House in Trafalgar Square in London. Canada House is the official building for Canada's High Commissioner and staff in Britain.
1937: Joseph Armand Bombardier patented the Bombardier snowmobile.
1943: Germany began to withdraw its U-Boats from the North Atlantic in anticipation of the Allied invasion of Europe.
1946: In response to murders and bombings by Jewish resistance in "Palestine" (see Where Is Palestine?), including the June 17 blowing up of 10 of the 11 bridges connecting the land of Israel to surrounding nations, the British conducted dawn raids and arrested over 2,700 Jews. The incident was later used as the pretext for the "Zionist" bombing of the King David Hotel a little over 3 weeks later. See A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate, A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace to understand why Britain was given to control much of the Middle East at that time, and how their presence there permitted the people of Judah (who once again failed to recognize their deliverer) to fulfill the prophecy about their return to the land of Israel.
1966: U.S. planes bombed Hanoi and Haiphong for the first time in the Vietnam War.
1967: Israel (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah) removed barricades to re-unify Jerusalem.
1974: Isabel Peron was sworn in as President of Argentina, taking over from her husband Juan Peron who became ill.
1995: A department store in Seoul collapsed, killing 502 people in South Korea's worst peacetime disaster.
2002: South Korean and North Korean naval forces engaged in a brief firefight. Six South Korean sailors were killed and a North Korean vessel was sunk.
2006: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that President George W. Bush's plan to try Guantanamo Bay prisoners in military tribunals (often using evidence and confessions that were obtained through torture e.g. waterboarding) violated U.S. and international law. The trials continued anyway, as they did under Barak Obama, who had pledged to close the U.S. base/prison camp in communist Cuba, but never did. The Guantanamo Bay prison also inadvertently set the standard for how U.S. prisoners of war may be treated by other nations who regard themselves above the long-established laws of war.