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Tuesday, August 19 2014
2 Chronicles 21: Why Did Elijah Write A Letter To Jehoram?
"And there came a writing to him from Elijah the prophet"
The establishment of a human Israelite monarchy was demanded by the people because the sons of the righteous prophet and judge Samuel were corrupt liberals who would have surely misled the nation to its destruction (see Our King May Judge Us). The Israelite kings themselves, in the united kingdom (see How Many Kings Reigned In The United Kingdom?), as well as the kingdoms of Israel and Judah after the division (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel and Judah), also frequently experienced a profound difference in character between father and son - sometimes good followed by evil, sometimes evil followed by good.
Jehoshaphat had been a righteous king of Judah (see Jehoshaphat's Castles, The Two Kinds Of Patriotism, Jehoshaphat's Judges and Jordan's West Bank Invasion) who was succeeded by his firstborn son Jehoram.
"21:1 Now Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David. And Jehoram his son reigned in his stead. 21:2 And he had brethren the sons of Jehoshaphat, Azariah, and Jehiel, and Zechariah, and Azariah, and Michael, and Shephatiah: all these were the sons of Jehoshaphat king of Israel. 21:3 And their father gave them great gifts of silver, and of gold, and of precious things, with fenced cities in Judah: but the kingdom gave he to Jehoram; because he was the firstborn." (2 Chronicles 21:1-3 KJV)
Jehoram was an degenerate and evil man who sought to corrupt Judah in the same way that Ahab and Jezebel had corrupted Israel (see The Dogs of Ahab and Jezebel and The End Of The Line For Ahab And Jezebel).
"21:4 Now when Jehoram was risen up to the kingdom of his father, he strengthened himself, and slew all his brethren with the sword, and divers also of the princes of Israel. 21:5 Jehoram was thirty and two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem. 21:6 And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, like as did the house of Ahab: for he had the daughter of Ahab to wife: and he wrought that which was evil in the eyes of the LORD. 21:7 Howbeit the LORD would not destroy the house of David, because of the covenant that he had made with David, and as he promised to give a light to him and to his sons for ever.
The prophet Elijah had frequently confronted Ahab and Jezebel in person (see Elijah's Defeat Of The Prophets Of Baal). Elijah was unable to do so with Jehoram because Elijah had been taken away to "heaven" (see the Fact Finder question below to understand where Elijah actually went), so Elijah wrote a letter to the king.
"21:12 And there came a writing to him from Elijah the prophet, saying,
Jehoram's troubles, that he created for himself, then began. The wrath culminated in Jehoram's death, in exactly the manner that 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 to Jehoram in the letter written by Elijah.
"21:16 Moreover the LORD stirred up against Jehoram the spirit of the Philistines, and of the Arabians, that were near the Ethiopians: 21:17 And they came up into Judah, and brake into it, and carried away all the substance that was found in the king's house, and his sons also, and his wives; so that there was never a son left him, save Jehoahaz, the youngest of his sons.
Fact Finder: Elijah ascended into heaven on a "chariot of fire" during the reign of Jehoshaphat (i.e. Jehoshaphat was still king after Elisha had succeeded Elijah - 2 Kings 3:11). How then could King Jehoram, who succeeded his father Jehoshaphat as king, have received a letter from Elijah after Elijah was taken away into "heaven"? Where did Elijah really go?
This Day In History, August 19
14: Octavian, later known as Augustus, the first Roman Emperor and adopted son of Julius Caesar, died (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars). Augustus was the Emperor at the time of the Messiah's birth ("2:1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed" Luke 2:1 KJV). Augustus was succeeded by Tiberius, who was the Caesar at the time of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ (see also Whatever Happened To Those Romans?).
1099: The Church of Rome's armies of the First Crusade defeated the Saracens (a European term for Muslims) at the Battle of Ascalon, one month after they had captured Jerusalem (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad; also A Biography Of Abraham: Abrahamic Religions and The Prophet Daniel: Kings Of The North and South).
1477: Maximilian I, son of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick III, married Mary of Burgundy and acquired the Burgundian possessions in the Netherlands and France (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1504: The Battle of Knockdoe in Ireland; the Hiberno-Norman de Burghs (Burkes) against the Anglo-Norman Fitzgeralds.
1561: Mary Queen of Scots arrived in Scotland to assume the throne after spending 13 years in France.
1587 Sigismund III, son of John of Sweden, was elected King of Poland.
1612: Three women from the Lancashire village of Samlesbury, known as the "Samlesbury witches," were put on trial for witchcraft. It became one of the most famous witch trials in English history (see also What Is Sorcery?).
1666: During the Second Anglo-Dutch War, Rear Admiral Robert Holmes led a raid on the Dutch island of Terschelling, destroying 150 merchant ships. The foray later became known as "Holmes's Bonfire."
1692: During the Salem, Massachusetts witch trials, a woman and four men, including a clergyman, were executed after being convicted of witchcraft (see also What Is Sorcery?).
1768: The Saint Isaac's Cathedral was founded in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
1861: The first ascent of Weisshorn, one of the highest summits in the Alps.
1880: French acrobat Blondin walked a tightrope across Niagara Falls with his manager on his back.
1919: Afghanistan was granted full independence from the United Kingdom.
1934: Adolf Hitler became "der Fuehrer" of Germany after nearly 90% of voters gave him their support (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1942: The Dieppe Raid. During the Second World War, 4,963 Canadian and 1,075 British commandos, 50 U.S. Army Rangers, and 20 inter-Allied commandos launched a coastal attack on the heavily fortified German-held Dieppe. Of the 6,108 troops involved, only about 2,500 returned. The rest were killed or captured. Although the mission was a disaster, the lessons learned from it contributed to the success of the D-Day Normandy invasion that followed 2 years later.
1953: During the "Cold War" between Western fascism and Eastern communism, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and Britain's MI6 ("Military Intelligence, Section 6") helped to overthrow the Soviet-allied government of Mohammed Mossadegh in Iran and installed the dictator Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
1953: Israel's parliament conferred Israeli citizenship posthumously on all Jews killed by the Nazis during the years of the Holocaust (1933-45) in Europe.
1954: The U.S. Congress approved a bill outlawing the Communist Party.
1960: U.S. U-2 (a high-altitude spy plane) pilot Francis Gary Powers, who had been shot down by the Russians, was sentenced by a Moscow court to 10 years for espionage. He was later set free in exchange for a Russian spy who had been captured in New York.
1989: Polish President Wojciech Jaruzelski nominated Solidarity activist Tadeusz Mazowiecki to be the first non-communist Prime Minister of Poland in 42 years.
1991: The government of Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev was temporarily overthrown by a military coup.
2003: A Hamas terrorist suicide attack on a bus in Jerusalem killed 23 Israelis, 7 of them children.
2009: Terrorist bombings in Baghdad, Iraq, killed 101 people and injured 565 others (see also The LORD's Seed Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq).