"End of Ahab's House
This Bible Study is written by Roger Christopherson, and it's transcription is provided with written permission by http://www.theseason.org
This is a chronological order of events which will help us understand about how things are going to be in the end times. The events surrounding the prophets Elijah, Elisha and Jehu are types of what shall take place in our generation, and we had better pay strict attention, because it is prophetic. However, before we continue in this tenth chapter, lets go to the book of Hosea, which was written about the "house of Israel" [not the Jews] in the last days, for we will see how king Jehu affects the writings of this minor prophet.
Hosea 1:4 "And the Lord said unto him, "Call his name Jezreel; for yet a little while, and I will avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu, and will cause to cease the kingdom of the house of Israel."
Remember that there were two houses or nations of the children of Israel, the house of Israel, and the house of Judah. The book of Hosea is directed to the ten tribes that went to make up the house of Israel, and this is directed to their offspring which live now in the final generation.
Hosea 1:5 "And it shall come to pass at that day, that I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel."
So again as we saw in chapter nine, the bow took down the king of Israel, Joram, and his grandmother Jezebel. However, Hosea is also written to the time of the end, so what happened in the Valley of Jezreel, is a type of "ensample" of what shall come to pass in that last generation. God's Word came to pass exactly as it was written, and that is why it bring so much comfort. Because we can rely on God's Word. Hosea goes on to explain the plan that God has given, even to the last day of this earth age, and it will come to pass exactly as it is written. The point here for us living today, is to learn to study that plan and rely of the truths of His Word, and we will never be deceived.
II Kings 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."
These "rulers" at Samaria, were the elders of the capital city. Once Jehu had killed the king, the father of these children, he wrote letters to each of these elders that were in charge of keeping the children of the king, to the fact that their inheritance was ended. There can be no mistake of the intent of this letter, for if even one son had escaped Jehu's purged, that son would have the right of inheritance to inherit the throne of his father. God told Jehu through the prophet of God that it was not to be. Remember what that prophecy was given to Elisha in II Kings 9:1, and sent to Jehu by the young prophet to Ramoth-gilead. Jehu was at war at the time, and this command from God ordered an immediate response. God's command to Jehu is given in II Kings 9:6-11, but we will look were at verse seven and eight.
II Kings 9:7 "And thou [Jehu] shalt smite the house of Ahab thy master, that I may avenge the blood of My servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of the Lord, at the hand of Jezebel."
II Kings 9:8 "For the whole house of Ahab shall perish: and I will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel:"
"...Him that pisseth against the wall" are all the male children of Ahab's descendants; all of them. To be specific, those that are shut up, and left in Israel, are those children that are shut up and in the care of their nanny or who ever the keeper. I"m sure that Jehu left no doubt in his letter what the command of God was, for all of Israel had witnessed what happened to the Baal priest, the idols of Baal, and all those that continued to worship Baal as was written in the ninth chapter. Jehu killed them all.
II Kings 9:9 "And I will make the house of Ahab like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah:"
The house of Jeroboam was killed off to the last man, and the kingdom was given over to another dynasty. Baasha's son was also killed and another Dynasty started. Each time one dynasty ends, another starts, and Ahab's dynasty is coming to a close. These seventy are not only sons, or grandsons, but those related in such a way that they could claim an inheritance to the throne of Ahab's dynasty, if allowed to live.
II Kings 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;"
Jehu is telling the elders that they have the makings of an army battalion, and if they desire to protect Ahab's children there would be nothing stopping you, but I and my army are coming.
II Kings 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 their master's house."
This is the ultimatum that Jehu is make to the elders of Samaria, for he was warning them to get ready. Jehu is bringing that army that he led against the Syrians, and he is coming after those that would defend Ahab house, or family members. Jehu let it be known that he was coming after all the male offspring that were or could be in line to the throne, all of them. In a sense Jehu is trying out and testing the elders there in Samaria, to see just how devoted they were to the ways of Ahab and Jezebel. Those kids and offspring were whoremongers, idol worshippers, and many were deeply involved with the sex orgies of the grove worship. That idolatry was going to end, right along with all those people that would defend any part of it. Jehu was going to eliminate them right along with the male offspring of Ahab. There would be no fence straddlers, like we see today in American churches, you will make a stand that may even claim your life.
God never curses the offspring for something that their father's have done, but when the offspring continue in the wickedness of their forefathers, than that curse goes right on to them. Time and time again we have read that a new king took the throne and continued in the wickedness of his father, only became worse than his father. These are Jezebel's worthless offspring, and Jehu's warning is to those following her ways and anyone that defends those ways will be killed right along with those sons. Their mothers had taught them well and they were only fit for one thing and that was destruction, as God ordered.
II Kings 10:4 "But they [the elders] were exceedingly afraid, and said, "Behold, two kings stood not before him: how then shall we stand?"
This is the elders of the people that were afraid, for they had gotten the report as to what happened to Joram, Jezebel and all the followers of Baal, and they knew that Jehu was not making idle words and threats. Remember that Jehu had killed both Joram the king of Israel, and Ahaziah the king of Judah, and those kings could not stand before Jehu. Of course they understood that no matter what kind of defense they put up, they could not stand. In only a matter of years prior this, this city of Samaria had gone through a siege by Syria whereby the women were boiling and eating their own children, and they did not want to go through that again. We know that all of Jehu's success was because God's hand was upon him, and it was in the will of God that all this would happen.
Friend, this is an example of how the land will be cleansed again at the second advent, and this is a type of how it shall take place. The Mystery Babylon world system of the last days and all that is part of Babylon will be stripped from the land and destroyed. Peter addressed this latter time in II Peter 3:
II Peter 3:10 "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up."
The "day of the Lord" is the day that Jesus Christ returns to this earth at the seventh trumpet, and on that day the "elements" or "evil rudiments" of this earth age will be completely removed from the earth. Jehu tried to clean up Israel however as a man he left much idolatry to continue in Israel. When Jesus returns, all forms of idolatry will be completely eliminated. Though Christ's return "will come as a thief in the night", to those Christians that have studied, there will be no surprise for God has warned us in detail of the events of the last days, and the order that each of them shall happen. The order of these events are the trumpets of the book of Revelation.
II Peter 3:11 "Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and Godliness,"
Peter is saying that this warning should be a wake up call to us living in this last generation, for when we see those events happening, we should be careful for the types of conversation that comes out of our mouth.
II Peter 3:12 "Looking for the hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements [evil rudiments] shall melt with fervent heat?"
When you are right with God and settled in your mind and heart of the promises that God has given to His bride, those of the elect, we should be looking gloriously for that coming day of Jesus Christ's return. However, remember that there is a false christ that is coming first before the True Christ, so we should not be so anxious that we would be deceived by Satan's lying tongue and supernatural wonders.
II Peter 3:13 "Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness."
That is the eternal hope of our Salvation that we have in Jesus Christ, His promise of the new heavens and new earth where only righteousness will dwell. Jehu was cleansing the land of Baal worship and the groves, the religious system of the kings of the earth on that day, only he did not destroy the two calves of Jeroboam. It will all be cleansed when Jesus Christ returns.
II Kings 10:5 "And he that was over the house, and he that was over the city, the elders also, and the bringers up of the children, sent to Jehu, saying, "We are thy servants, and will do all that thou shalt bid us; we will not make any king: do thou that which is good in thine eyes."
To the last man in Samaria, the elders were completely given over to Jehu. Jehu hoped that this would be their response, for they knew that Jehu had a full understanding of any defense that they could make against him. These elders were more than willing to give up the lives of the king's children left in their care and save keeping.
Upon Satan's arrival on earth to take up the role of the Antichrist, Mark 13:12 tells us; "Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death." Those events that we see happening from the Old Testament are examples of what shall take place again in the end times. The events of Jehu's time were physical and people's flesh bodies were destroyed. In our generation the destruction is of the spiritual bodies that shall be tuned over to Satan, and he will try to destroy their souls. These are type that we are studying here in the events of the Old Testament.
II Kings 10:6 "Then he wrote a letter the second time to them, saying, "If ye be mine, and if ye will hearken unto my voice, take ye the heads of the men your master's sons, and come to me to Jezreel by to morrow this time." Now the king's sons, being seventy persons, were with the great men of the city, which brought them up."
This second letter stipulated that if you accept me as king, and worship as I do, then you will listen to these orders and carry them out in detail. All Jehu wanted was the heads only of the men and boys that were from Ahab's dynasty, and bring them to me here in Jezreel by tomorrow at this time.
II Kings 10:7 "And it came to pass, when the letter came to them, that they took the king's sons, and slew seventy persons, and put their heads in baskets, and sent them to Jezreel."
So if this is a type of example of what shall happen at the time of the end, lets take a closer look at the people of the world today. Most people, even those calling themselves Christians have very little knowledge of God's Word, nor do they care for the things of God. However, they seek only to get through this flesh life as easy as they can. Many that say they are Christians don't even believe that there is a God, and you can imagine what they will go through to save their own skin and flesh body.
These people of Samaria did not follow Jehu because they loved God, but their physical life depended on what they said and did. Many of these people were still Baal worshippers, even though they were to lazy to go to the Baal temple, so by chance they escaped Jehu's army and their swords. Friend, this is a type of what we are seeing today and will see in the near future. This is a type of how the "sword of the Lord" will cleanse the earth of the people and those wicked things of Babel of our day, and it is going to happen. The point here is that we come to know those that we are hanging around, and the degree of honesty that is within their hearts and minds.
These elders at Samaria sounded like they would be very committed to Jehu, for they never gave a second thought about killing those seventy children and cutting off their heads. What were their thoughts as they stuffed those seventy heads into the baskets, and put them on the mule carts? Those elders knew that they were saving their own heads and that is the only thing that mattered to them. This was the reason that Jesus warned us in Matthew 5, if you meet one of these men in the byway in the end times, just say, "yea yea, or nay nay," and pass on. Be a little cunning.
II Kings 10:8 "And there came a messenger, and told him, saying, "They have brought the heads of the king's sons." And he said, "Lay ye them in two heaps at the entering in of the gate until the morning."
Jehu told the messenger to tell these elders to stack the heads into two piles, one on each side of the gate entering into the city. This is a deep lesson that is practiced in many nations around the world. We saw it happen in German during the war, in Cambodia, China, nations in Africa, and so on. Where there is a stacking of bodies and heads cut off, it becomes very effective in controlling the rest of the population. In war time entire families have been killed and stacked because one member of that family had sheltered an enemy soldier. This is the law under certain systems under wartime conditions. American's are very protective, for in our land we seem to like to protect our enemies, and turn the other way when sin and deceit takes place.
We will be living in that time when the Babylon of the end times, as recorded in the book of Revelation, will be cleansed from this earth.
II Kings 10:9 "And it came to pass in the morning, that he went out, and stood, and said to all the people, "Ye be righteous: behold, I conspired against my master, and slew him: but who slew all these?"
It is a terrible time for humor, but as the elders stood before Jehu and looked upon these two mounds of heads of the king's children, Jehu is reminding them that just as he slew the enemies of God, you also took a part and had a hand in severing the heads from the king children. Jehu is giving the elders an object lesson, to show that they participated in the bring down of Ahab and Jezebel's dynasty.
II Kings 10:10 "Know now that there shall fall unto the earth nothing of the word of the Lord, which the Lord spake concerning the house of Ahab; for the Lord hath done that which He spake by His servant Elijah."
The whole house of Ahab's dynasty in Israel is dead, and anyone in the end generation that chooses to go against those things that God has warned us against, has chosen his own path. God has given us warnings as to what shall happen in the end times, and the events that would take place. He has warned that there is a false christ coming, and that each of us living in the end generation would see Satan in his role of Antichrist before the coming of Jesus' second advent. God spoke it though his prophets and apostles, he spoke it and it shall be as written. The point here is that when these things we know are suppose to happen, don't become a bleeding heart for the devil. The devil and his ways are just no good.
Our people are worth saving, and that is why we must plant the seeds to wake them up of the dangers that are before us. This is why we must have discipline in our lives, and bring dignity from the Word of God. We should try to save those that will listen, and those that refuse to listen to God's Word have made their choice up. Only God can make that seed of truth grow in their minds, for you can't.
II Kings 10:11 "So Jehu slew all that remained of the house of Ahab in Jezreel, and all his great men, and his kinsfolks, and his priests, until he left him none remaining."
Don't let your heart start bleeding over these priests, for they were the priests of Baal and the groves. These priests were the ones that taught others to do their wickedness. Jehu slew the king's "kinsfolk's", because under the law, they had the right to kill the ones that killed their kin. They had the right to claim that which belong to their kin. That is biblical, in fact it is the duty of the next of kin to slay the murderer of one of the family.
Today we are living under a different civil law, yet in the way we are going today, there are many that are reverting back to God's law. Unfortunately it happens that way and many innocent bystanders are killed right along with the guilty, and it becomes labeled terrorism. However there is another cleansing coming upon the entire earth.
II Kings 10:12 "And he arose and departed, and came to Samaria, And as he was at the shearing house in the way,"
Samaria is the capital city of Israel.
II Kings 10:13 "Jehu met with the brethren of Ahaziah king of Judah, and said, "Who are ye?" And they answered, "We are the brethren of Ahaziah; and we go down to salute the children of the king and the children of the queen."
Remember how the watchmen recognized Jehu by the hast that Jehu's army moved? Jehu kept his men under strict discipline, and there was order in the ranks. All this purging that was taking place in Israel had not reached Jerusalem, and the men of the house of Judah did not know that their king Ahaziah was dead. Here came this group of people from Judah, and they expected to be received kindly by Joram, for their king Ahaziah was thought to be entertained by him. There was some time that had passed, and the word still had not reached these people.
This mule train that came to Samaria was made up of the rest of the family of the king of Judah, and they were coming to be entertained and pay respect to the children of Ahab and Jezebel. Remember that all members of these two families are related, the daughter of Jezebel and the the sons of Jehoshaphat intermarried and these men were the offspring and related through those marriages, they were coming to greet one another. Ahab had seed both in the house of Judah and in the house of Israel. God ordered all the house of Ahab to be killed, and God is delivering the rest of the house of Ahab into Jehu's hands, and to the shearing house for slaughter. Once these men of Judah proudly explained their relationship to Ahab, it didn't take Jehu long to figure out that his job of cleansing was not over yet.
II Kings 10:14 "And he said, "Take them alive." And they took them alive, and slew them at the pit of the shearing house, even two and forty men; neither left he any of them."
The shearing house is where the sheep were washed before they were sheered. It was a place of cleansing. This then was the place of blood cleansing of Ahab's family from the land of Israel. The number "forty two" is a satanic number in biblical numerics, for Satan was given "forty two moons" or "months" during his time here on earth at the time of the end. During that time spiritual darkness would fill the entire earth, and the light or truth would only exist in the minds of the elect, those sealed with the truth of God in their minds. These forty two Baal worshippers that are coming from Judah are men of the night, men of Satan and his religious forms.
Remember when Elisha had just received the mantle of God, then after he crossed back over the river, there were forty two children that came out to mock him. Elisha had a bear come out of the woods and kill them all. So it should stand out that there was something wrong with these men from Judah. When you multiply Satan's number (6) by YHVH's number (7) and you get forty two (42). Anytime you start mixing the things of Satan and his fake religion, with the things of God and the truth from God's Word, the outcome becomes a mess in the sight of God. God doesn't like it, and you are not pleasing Him. Those mixtures are called traditions, and God will not tolerate anyone messing around with His ways.
These forty two men from Judah were proud to say that Jezebel was their grandmother, and they were proud that they were of Baal. They thought that these heathen forms of religion were still part of life here in Israel, yet when they opened their mouths, they convicted and condemned themselves. Did you get the lesson here? By your own mouth you will convict yourself. These men were proud that they had just build their altars to Baal up there on the mount of Olives and that they served Baal, and they let it be known to the wrong man, Jehu. There is a complete purging going on and it will be complete.
II Kings 10:15 "And when he was departed thence, he lighted on Jehonadab the son of Rechab coming to meet him: and he saluted him, and said to him, "Is thine heart right, as my heart is with thy heart?" And Jehonadab answered, "It is." "If it be, give me thine hand." And he gave him his hand; and he took him up to him into the chariot."
After Jehu had purged the entire house of Ahab, and cleaned out all the priests and worshippers of Baal at Jezreel, here comes this son of Rechab, another Kenite, another Zidonian and shook Jehu's hand, and Jehu took him up in his chariot. Jehu welcomed this Kenite warmly. So who is Rechab? I Chronicles 2:55 tells us exactly who these people are; "And the families of the scribes which dwelt at Jabez [Jerusalem]; the Tirathites, the Shimealthites, and Suchathites. These are the Kenites that came of Hemath, the father of the house of Rechab."
When Jehu welcomed Jehonadab and took him to himself, he was bringing another Kenite back into this fold. Solomon's marriage brought them into Israel, and Ahab married Jezebel, one of them. The name "Jehonadab" means "the largest god". The very name itself is sacrilegious. Jehu as going to let Jehonadab climb right up in his chariot and play a little church. This is a lesson to the last generation, and we had better know who your friends are, as well as our Father's Word. The Kenites were hired on in the early times to keep the books of Judah, and Israel, and they stayed on until they completely took over the priesthood. These Kenites are with us today and they like to do the interpreting of our bible for us. They like to tell us what is right and of God, and what is not. However their traditions are not of God any more than Jehonadab was, or any of those Kenite scribes. So what is going through the mind of Jehu as he is accepting Jehonadab?
Jonadab is nothing but a Kenite, the offspring of Cain, the offspring of the devil himself from the Garden of Eden. Jehu didn't even know it, and even many scholars today will tell you that these Kenites are of the tribe of Judah, in their ignorance. The word "Kenite" means "son of Cain", look up # 7014 [for Cain himself] and 7017 in the Strong's Hebrew Dictionary and you have the identity of the Kenites. Cain was the first child, and he went to the east to the land of Nod to take his wive. Their children are called oriental, and not of the any part of Abraham, Isaac or Jacob [Israel]. Kenite means that and nothing else.
Outwardly the Kenites will present themselves as your friend and one trying to help you, just like old Jehonadab was doing to Jehu. Jehonadab tried to present himself as one that believed as Jehu did, and sneek right in the ground floor of Jehu's new kingdom. However, my friend, you can never know what is in the mind of the Kenite as he is putting on this front to be something that he is not. That is how the sons of Satan work, it is how Cain worked, and it is how Satan works. However when a Kenite is converted to Jesus Christ, then he or she no longer is a Kenite, but Christian, and God gives that soul eternal life and a new spirit just as He gives all Christians. They then are no longer the black tares of the field, but the golden pure grains ready for God's kingdom.
II Kings 10:16 "And he said, "Come with me, and see my zeal for the Lord." So they made him ride in his chariot."
Jehonadab sounded so religious in his speech with Jehu that Jehu took him with him all the way to the palace. The Kenites like to use their flowering words and slick phrases to win you over, and they will try to clear up any confusion that you may have through their own definitions and instructions. I hope that you can tell the difference of their words, from the truths that are written in the Word of God.
II Kings 10:17 "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."
Jehu was carrying out the will of God in all that he had done, up to this point. Jehu went bad the moment that he took the Kenite into his wagon, and started to listen to his words. Jehu followed all the instructions that the Lord gave him through the mouth of Elijah and that young prophet, until Jehonadab put his foot onto the chariot, and opened his mouth.
II Kings 10:18 "And Jehu gathered all the People together, and said unto them, "Ahab served Baal a little, but Jehu shall serve him much."
Did you get that? Ahab and Jezebel brought Baal worship into Israel, and they forced the people of Israel to worship Baal. Jehu is now telling all the People of Israel, that even though he had just cleansed much the land of Baal worship, they were going back to Baal worship far greater than Ahab and Jezebel had forced them. Something strange is going on in the mind of Jehu. So Jehu is not going to not only become king, but he is proclaiming himself to be the head prophet of all Baal priests in Israel. Do you now see what went on in the chariot as Jehonadab and Jehu rode back to the palace in Samaria? Great promises were made by this Kenite, and a new religious system is going to take form with Jehu, led by Jehonadab's instruction, filling the church houses of the land. Is Jehu for real, or is this a trick to cause people to show their true colors?
II Kings 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 subtility, to the intent that he might destroy the worshippers of Baal."
So now we see exactly why Jehu received this Kenite Jehonadab, and allowed him to speak to him, for it was a covert action by Jehu to cause those of Baal that thought they got away the first time, to fall into a trap whereby they could not escape. The order from Jehu was that at this worship and sacrifice time at the altar of Baal, any person that trusted in the true God would not be allowed to enter into the temple of Baal. Jehu said that if the Christians or God fearing men come, I will kill them. This then is said to let everyone know that he is going to be a good Baal worshipper, so that the worshippers of Baal will have confidence in what he says, when all the time it is a plot to destroy all Baal worshippers, in not allowing one of them to escape. There on the front row would be good old Jehonadab. Jehu wanted the good people out of the temple, and all the bad ones in the temple, for he is going to kill the whole bunch.
II Kings 10:20 "And Jehu said, "Proclaim a solemn assembly for Baal." And they proclaimed it."
II Kings 10:21 "And Jehu sent through all Israel: and all the worshippers of Baal came, so that there was not a man left that came not. And they came into the house of Baal; and the house of Baal was full from one end to another."
This temple of the house of Baal was completely full, for every soul in Israel that had any feelings for Baal at all had come to this meeting.
II Kings 10:22 "And he said unto him that was over the vestry, "Bring forth vestments for all the worshippers of Baal." And he brought them forth vestments."
The "vestments" are their little robes that they wore while worshipping at the alter of Baal, and all Baal worshippers had their own robes. Jehu wanted this sacrifice worship service to look like the real thing, only what the people did not know, was that when they put on their robes, they became marked as a man or woman of Baal. Jehu wanted to make sure that there would be no mistake and some man of God was in their presence whereby he could be killed by accident. Friend, if you were of Baal, you had your robe on, and ready for the sacrifice. If you were not of Baal, you would stand in the presence of the others, naked as a jay-bird, the only one without a robe. There could be absolutely no mistake.
II Kings 10:23 "And Jehu went, and Jehonadab the son of Rechab, into the house of Baal, and said unto the worshippers of Baal, "Search, and look that there be here with you none of the servants of the Lord, but the worshippers of Baal only."
In Jehu's mind he knew that he was not to kill anyone that loved the Lord, however Jehonadab thought this was a good thing to get all the non-believers out of their worship service. After all, a man of God could mess up their worship service a great deal, bringing in the truths of God's Word and mixing it with their religious rites and forms.
Remember that this is a type of how it shall be when Satan come in his role of Antichrist. There is going to be a great party then also, and Satan is going to cause you to make a statement for yourself. There will be no mistake whether you love God or Satan, for Satan will demand that you bow down and worship him, and do the will of what he commands you to do. You will not be there by accident, for you will gladly do what you will do, because you will either have the seal of God in your forehead, or you will not.
Revelation 9:4 "And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads."
The "seal of God" is the full truth of God's Word, it is the plan of God that will keep you from being deceived. What is "in your forehead"? of course it is your mind. It is what you think which causes you to do what you do, and say what you say. If you know that the meeting is with Satan and it will cause your eternal death, why would you go to the meeting. We are in the final generation and this command by God to Satan is talking about you, and what you put into your mind.
Revelation 9:5 "And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months; and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man."
"And to them", to Satan and all his fallen angels, as well as Satan's children the Kenites, was given the right by God to torment, or cause to fall spiritually all those without the "seal of God" in their minds. In other words, you either have the truth and understanding of God's Word and believe and follow it, or you do not. Yes, this war of the end times is a spiritual battle, and the battlefield is in your mind, fought with words, lies, concepts and the twisting of God's Word. That is the way that Satan fights his battle. When a scorpion strikes a man, that man's central nervous system is paralyzed, and that man simply cannot defend himself. All the battle that goes on between the scorpion and the man is within the mind and body of the man for the scorpion has no stomach.
We are in the time of the fifth trumpet, and shortly Satan will lose all rights to be before the throne of God as your accuser. When God throws Satan and his angels out of heaven, they will be cast upon the earth. That is right, upon the earth.
Revelation 12:9 "And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him."
John was writing this as he viewed it for the "day of the Lord", the final day of this earth age of the flesh called the time of the seventh trumpet. Satan was cast out upon the earth at the sixth trumpet, so this would be looking back from the time of this writing. Jesus is giving John a view of what is going to happen, so that you and I living in that generation would have the ability to place or seal this truth in our mind. This is so that when Satan and his fallen angels were cast to the earth with all their miracles and lying wonders, you and I would be prepared. We would not be tempted to attend that Baal worship service, that would claim the spiritual life of all those that attended.
Are you starting to see the intent of what Jehu is doing in this house of Baal, and that it is a type of what shall happen very shortly in our generation? Satan will tell the Christians to gather here for I am Jesus, Satan will do the things that Christians expect Jesus to do, and Christians will believe him, for they were taught to do so in their houses of worship. Sure those Baal worshippers knew exactly what to being and what to expect when they entered into their house of Baal, for they were taught well for their mothers, from their childhood. Satan wants only one thing from you and that is your mind and soul to worship him, and for that, he is willing to give you what every you desire.
II Kings 10:24 "And when they went in to offer sacrifices and burnt offerings, Jehu appointed fourscore men without, and said, "If any of the men whom I have brought into your hands escape, he that letteth him go, his life shall be for the life of him."
Jehu let each of the eighty guards know that he wanted each and every last Baal worshipper exterminated, killed, and if any one of you allow even one man to escape, you will pay for that negligence with your own life. It means don't mess up, for you will take the place of the one that you let get away.
II Kings 10:25 "And it came to pass, as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, that Jehu said to the guard and to the captains, "Go in, and slay them; let none come forth," And they smote them with the edge of the sword; and the guard and the captains cast them out, and went to the city of the house of Baal."
II Kings 10:26 "And they brought forth the images out of the house of Baal, and burned them."
There was a complete destruction of not only the worshippers of Baal, but their house and all the images and things that went to make up Baal worship.
II Kings 10:27 "And they brake down the image of Baal, and brake down the house of Baal, and made it a draught house unto this day."
A "draught house" is what we call an "out houses", a house of dung. They became nothing but public toilets. This shows us what God thinks of those places that you worship something other than the Word of God. God calls those houses of traditions nothing but public toilets.
II Kings 10:28 "Thus Jehu destroyed Baal out of Israel."
II Kings 10:29 "Howbeit from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin, Jehu departed not from after them, to wit, the golden calves that were in Beth-el, and that were in Dan."
Jeroboam was the first king of the house of Israel, and he built two golden calves to keep God's people from going into that other nation of Israel to worship in Jerusalem. Jehu destroyed all the idols and worshipping of Baal and the groves, yet he allow the worship of those two golden calves. Jehu followed God's instructions right to the letter of the law the instructions that came from the prophet Elisha, until it came to those two calves. That was the dividing point, for it would have brought the children of the house of Israel, worshipping back in Jerusalem. So why would Jehu stop short of completing the clean-up of Israel?
The color was right, for it was gold, the holding up of their gold and silver over the things of God. Those golden trinket items are so valuable, sparkling there in the sunlight, and God wouldn't mind such a little thing to be part of our lives. Do you see the reasoning behind Jehu's thought? It is the same that men are thinking today, what difference is it if we allow this little thing to enter into our worship, for most of the service is as God instructed us to do? The number 42, the mixing of the things of Satan (6) with the things of God (7), and when you multiply them together you have forty two. Yes Jehu stumbled, and it came after Jehu allow the Kenite to step into his chariot.
II Kings 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."
Jehu would have one of the longest ruling families over the house of Israel. His dynasty ruled all the way to the short reign of Zachariah, in the thirty eighth year of the reign of Uzziah. During this same time, there will also be another Joash ruling over Judah, however these two kings called Joash are not the same person. It will be obvious when we get to these other two kings in our study. Even though Jehu did not destroyed the calf worship, but because he tried to please God, God counted it righteous, and blessed him. God did not blame Jehu for his handling of the Kenite Jehonadab.
God knows that we are not perfect in our weakness of the flesh, but as long as we try to please him, he counts it good. When Christ paid the price on the cross, those faults are paid in full in the eyes of God after repentance.
II Kings 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."
Remember that the reason for the two calves was that it was to much of a journey for many of the people of the house of Israel, to make that journey to Jerusalem. Though everyone was suppose to go to Jerusalem at least once each year, this allowed them to stay close to home, and attend worship services next to home. The idea of mixing heathen religions with God's worship started in Solomon's reign, when he brought all forms of worship, and placed them there on the mount, right along side of the altar of God. In time and over many years, of course, people thought that it was acceptable because it had become their traditions.
If you are biblical illiterate, you may think that what you are worshipping and the way you are doing it is acceptable to God, because mom and dad did it, those traditions may be nothing more than a golden calf in the eyes of the Lord.
II Kings 10:32 "In those days the Lord began to cut Israel short: and Hazael smote them in all the coasts of Israel;"
"To Cut Israel short" is a term that means that Hazael killed many Israelites, and took their lands for his own kingdom.
II Kings 10:33 "From Jordan eastward, all the land of Gilead, the Gadites, and the Reubenites, and the Manassites, and Aroer, which is by the river Arnon, even Gilead and Bashan."
Remember that Elijah's mantle anointed Hazael through Elisha, and God told Elijah that Hazael would be a problem to Israel. Remember that Jehu cut off the battle that he had with Syria, and marched to Jezreel, and killed Joram, and the king of Judah, as well as Jezebel. So while the purging was going on in Israel, over east of the Jordan those three tribes of Israel, the Ruebenites, the Manassites and the Gadites were suffering great losses both of their families and their lands. This would be the start of the scattering that would take place about 745 B.C, and be completed by 722 B.C, when the house of Israel would lose all their land and be scattered around the world. God ordered this fall to take place, for the correction of His children.
II Kings 10:34 "Now the rest of the acts of Jehu, and all that he did, and all his might, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the king of Israel:"
They sure are listed in the book of the Chronicles, and today we also have the Syrian Moabite writings that were written at the same time verifying that the Chronicles are true. Part of these inscriptions are given on page 22 and 23.
II Kings 10:35 "And Jehu slept with his fathers: and they buried him in Samaria. And Jehoahaz his son reigned in his stead."
Remember that God promised Jehu that there would be four generation that would follow him to the throne. Jehoahaz would be the first of the four kings of the Jehu's dynasty. The other three are Jehoash, Jeroboam II, and Zachariah, and this would be the longest dynasty of all the kings of Israel.
II Kings 10:36 "And the time that Jehu reigned over Israel in Samaria was twenty and eight years."
God pulled the kingdom of Ahab away from his dynasty, when they were all killed, and Jehu and his family then ruled for many years after. So now that Jehu is dead, there is a problem that we will go into in the next chapter, for there are children of Ahab and Jezebel still alive off in another country, down in Jerusalem. There is a problem that the king of Judah would try to straighten out here and now, only God said Jehu's dynasty would rule to the fourth generation.
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