Not Everybody Comes Under The Delusion…

Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: ( 2 Thessalonians 2:9-13)

What a strange time we live in. God has chosen us to live in the day of the Lie, the delusion which He promised to send as a judgment on those who do not love the truth.

I speculated yesterday about the rapid and widespread acceptance of what once would have been unthinkable, nauseous, and even insane, and which is now seen as “wholesome”, “Family friendly”, and “loving”, ie th sexual anarchy of Gay, Lesbian and transgender madness sweeping the world now. Could this be a portent of the “Strong Delusion” Paul and Isaiah warned us about?

I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not. (Isaiah 66:4)

Thus saith the LORD.

I didn’t even mention another prime, puzzling example of this strange acceptance of the unacceptable and even disgusting. I speak of “Good Morning America”, and the hosts, Football Star Michael Strahan, and Sara Haines, celebrating “the Amazing Desmond” the drag kid!

How cruel and crazy to celebrate the perverse sexualization of a ten year old boy! This comes from an article called “Good Morning America Promotes Child Drag Queen”

Desmond identifies as a same-sex attracted “androgynous drag kid” who developed an affection for women’s clothing at age six. When his parents showed concern, a “therapist” told them to let Desmond simply “explore” himself. According to LifeSiteNews, he became a celebrity in the LGBT community after appearing in a music video by RuPaul and Jinkx in 2014.

In his appearance on “Good Morning America” earlier this month, Desmond, known onstage as “Desmond is Amazing,” got the royalty treatment by co-hosts Michael Strahan and Sara Haines, who celebrated him as a brave pioneer.

Desmond, wearing a blonde wig and makeup with a feminine white coat, strutted out onto the stage to cheering applause before segueing into a brief discussion on his love for trains and root beer. Later, several “iconic drag queens” were invited out to meet Desmond: Hedda Lettuce, Shannel, and Alyssa Edwards; all of whom praised the boy as “courageous,” “inspirational,” and “the future of drag.”

We are back in the cruel days of the Roman and Greek Empire, where pederasty was routine, and children were used as chattel by powerful, perverted and sadistic people. Satan seems to have cut the last moorings of the old Judea Christian world, which protected children, the poor and helpless and which tried to put the genie of sexual anarchy into the bottle of marriage between a man and a woman. It wasn’t a perfect world, but far better than the cold, evil , sadistic age which is descending upon us.

There is certainly no love or respect for poor Desmond and all of those like him. They are too young to even have to deal with the depraved issues thrust upon them. Are we an unredeemable civilization? IS there any time left? Endgames Deceptions

But Paul makes it clear that not everybody comes under the delusion.

The delusion comes as a judgment upon those “who receive not the love of the truth, and who have pleasure in unrighteousness”.

There are others, (unfortunately an ever shrinking number) who do not accept it, and will not go along with this new, sexually anarchic world. Not everybody will come under the delusion, and not everybody will eventually take the Mark of the Beast, which is the final and irreversible expression of the current apostasy.

Tremendous pressures are coming to bear on everybody to go along with what is abominable and unnatural. Not necessarily to do those things, it would be enough to force us all into the acceptance of those very things which our God has pointedly rejected as abomination.

In the name of Social Justice, or of Civil Rights for all, or in the name of compassion for the “bullied” or minorities, a good many of our former institutions which should have been a bulwark against this onslaught on our society, have caved to the demand to accept the unacceptable. The Supreme court betrayed the nation by decreeing out of thin air a new definition of marriage, instantly changing the moral landscape and making those who once were part of a vast consensus into beleaguered outliers. Satan is subtle.

The LORD taught me a very sobering lesson one day about five years ago, which I would like to pass on to you by way of warning.

A friend who was an evangelist brought a woman to our Palm Sunday service. The music was charged with the glory of God, the worship, prayers, everything just full of the Spirit. The sermon was about the last week of Jesus’ life, and very powerfully pointed towards the cross.

When the service was over this woman visiting was crying, almost shaking under conviction. My friend asked her if she now knew that God brought her to this place, “Yes” she answered. Did she believe the message she had heard about Jesus? “Yes” she most definitely did. Did she want to pray with us to accept Jesus as Her LORD and Saviour and be saved? “I would love to…but I cannot do it”, was her reply.

“Why Not?” My friend asked her. “Because though I know this to be true, and I can feel God in this place, and though I myself do not practice homosexuality, I have a lot of gay friends, and I feel it would be slap in their face if I became a born again Christian”, she replied, in a totally convincing way. She believed this.

I believe the Holy Spirit spoke to me in my mind, that morning, saying, “You don’t have to be a homosexual to go to hell for homosexuality, all have to do is remain in total and unquestioning support of it…”. Not everybody in Sodom or Gommorah were practicing homosexuals, but they all seemed to be in support of it.

Too many people have caved in to the propaganda, and too many preachers refuse to take God’s side in the controversy of our day ( which is totally spiritual, a spiritual warfare if I ever saw one).

The only ones who will not come under the delusion are the ones who still “cry and sigh” over the abominations being committed now, and who just cannot come to peace with them.

And the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: (Ezekiel 9:4-5)

There are still many who just will not go along with it, their loyalty is to God and to the Word of God, they cannot change with the times that much. The pressure is going to increase, upon that shrinking remnant, a persecution is coming, which will imply psychological warfare, guilt and shame basing techniques, phony preachers will come out and implore the holdouts to succumb to the acceptance of what God calls evil, and abominable.

Slogans like “Love the Sinner but hate the sin” are almost deceptive at this point, because in God’s economy it isn’t that easy to separate the sin from the sinner, when the sin is celebrated in “Pride Marches” in the most degrading fashion, and using children as props for their debauchery.

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Is the Delusion Already Upon Us?…

And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. ( 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12)

I am beginning to think that the long dreaded, God- sent delusion has already descended upon our generation.

We are being judged by God, judicial blindness has come upon our generation, night has fallen and we have been deceived.

Why do I think so?

Just one example; “Transgender Story Hour”, is now widely considered a wholesome, family friendly event. The very idea that parents would allow transvestites, and other forms of sexual deviants to come into the children’s portion of the all American small town library to read story books to little children is insane.

A mere ten years ago the idea would have been scoffed at, as unworkable, even dangerous, and despicable, there is no way anyone in charge of a public library would ever allow it.

I don’t think this sea change in attitude can be explained without considering that something supernatural has happened to us.

A very short time ago, it was considered common knowledge here in (common sense) America, that transvestites and or transgenders were mentally unstable, and obviously unsuitable as any kind of influence on young children. Those suffering from “gender dysphoria” were to be pitied, helped, and not persecuted but certainly not held up as role models for children!

It was very recently widely known that those who are confused about their sexuality suffer drastically higher suicide rates than the rest of the population. Even Johns Hopkins University, one of the early pioneers of Transgender studies and of Sexual re-assignment surgery now insists that Transgenderism itself is a mental illness, https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/michael-w-chapman/johns-hopkins-psychiatrist-transgender-mental-disorder-sex-change and dangerous to those encouraged in it.

Even those who didn’t believe the Bible or were not religious knew that one doesn’t expose little children to sexual deviants.

As I typed I realized how many will smirk at the old fashioned term “sexual deviants”, because they have been conditioned to smirk and mock any such notion, in the same fashion as my generation had a real hoot when watching “Reefer Madness”, which was a film made in the 1930’s to warn people about the dangers of Marijauna use.

The younger generations are being increasingly conditioned, and do not even realize it. They have a pavlovian reaction to any talk in terms of the old absolutes. To them the past was so hateful, narrow, bigoted, etc. compared to now. We now are so much better in the modern day!

They can not perceive that in the not too distant past, children were protected for the most part , from being turned into political tools, and from exposure to sexual and even pornographic propaganda, children were allowed a childhood, they weren’t bombarded with ugly doubts about sexuality, environmental catastrophe, and the evils of capitalism.

These modern generations have little or no idea that they are being seduced and pimped by the left , all in the name of the glorious and godless “new day” dawning. Most of them cannot know the simple joys we all once took for granted as children.

Little children were not deliberately confused and addled, being forced to wonder what their own sexuality is, nor would they have been willingly exposed to such freak shows as we see in schools, libraries and some apostate churches across the nation, Bearded and coiffed men, wearing over the top Mae West style dresses, flamboyantly flaunting their perversion as they literally groom three and four year olds in from of their parents!

I do believe that one of the causes of the alarming rate of suicide among young people is because of the deliberate sexual confusion being propagated by our godless elite on the most vulnerable among us.

When the Most High determines that a people just will not repent, in the face of so much blessing, warning, knowledge and grace… He often judges us by simply turning us over to our own depravity.

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Romans 1:28)

How else to explain Midwestern people, accepting as “wholesome” Transvestites and other deviants being given access to our children, dressed in gaudy drag, in honor of the month now set aside nationally as a time for flaunting “Homosexual Pride”. Rebrobate is the right word for it.

Jesus is coming soon, and so is a terrible Judgment from God upon this earth.

The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves. Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.  Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him. As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths. The Lord standeth up to plead, and standeth to judge the people. ( Isaiah 3:9-13)

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The Power of Admission and Forgiveness…

Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord.Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.  My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.  Let Israel hope in the Lord: for with the Lord there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption. And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities. (Psalm 130)

And when he was in affliction, he besought the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers,And prayed unto him: and he was intreated of him, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord he was God. ( 2 Chronicles 33:12-13)

Mannaseh was a monster. He was a tyrant who became King of Judah after his Father Hezekiah reigned. He persecuted and killed true prophets,( he may have sawed Isaiah in half, in a log), filled Jerusalem and the temple with idols, and led Judah into such a complete apostasy that she never recovered until after the Babylonian captivity.

But he was hauled away into captivity, literally led about by a nose ring. In his misery and humiliation, He turned to God, and asked God to forgive him of his sins.

God heard him, and had pity on him , answering him and restoring him back to Jerusalem.

I love the simplicity of this! God forgives. God forgives those who humble themselves. God forgives those who humble themselves, and ask for forgiveness… it is just that simple.

What a gift to all of us, the image of that extremely wicked King crying out to God, confessing his sins, and imploring God for mercy.

What a gift to the Kingdom of Judah, when they heard about this restoration. Our God forgives sin, He is slow to anger and abounds in mercy. Mannasseh simply asked for forgiveness and received it on the day he asked it. s

I know how that many of my astute readers are already thinking, saying “Yes but the sins had consequences which he and Judah had to live with….”. I agree, we all need to know that even forgiven sins have consequences, and the acceptance of those disciplines is one of the marks of true repentance.

But put aside the consideration of those consequences for a moment, and marvel with me at the majesty and mystery of total and complete forgiveness of even the vilest of sins, by a perfectly Holy God.

All of the world as it currently is , is a consequence of sin, and the outworking of it. But Let us Praise God that He is merciful and faithful and Righteous to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. I will deal with the consequences of my sin and other’s sin, yet rejoice in the fact that God HAS FORGIVEN ME, FREELY. He has redeemed us from having to pay the infinite consequence, to die in our sins and to go to the pit forever!

Hallelujah! If God can forgive Mannaseh, Saul of Tarsus, a thief on the cross, and so many others, ( in the simplicity of confession, ie a humble acknowledgment), we rejoice, that likewise He will forgive us, and renew the fellowship.

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.  When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.  For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah. I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah. (Psalm 32:1-5)

In the simplicity of a humble confession, ” …You forgave the iniquity of my sin”. Think about that.

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Definite God Given Gifts… but no Fruit ?

What are we to make of someone who had been and even currently is mightily used by the LORD to bring blessing to God’s people, but whose personal life is an ungodly, unseemly mess of broken relationships, strife and enmity? Is it even possible?

It is a tragic scenario, but is certainly a possibility according to scripture.

Sampson, for example was mightily used of the LORD for years, delivering Israel from the Philistine menace, but in the end He was almost killed visiting a prostitute and eventually tricked into breaking faith with the God of his vows, and blinded and humiliated by the enemy.

There had been a thousand miniature compromises leading up to the ultimate sell-out and breach of faith with the God who had empowered him, time and again. He had lacked self control, particularly with women, but when he was aroused out of his slumber, the power was always there, to allow him to super-naturally execute the deliverance of Israel.

Thus Sampson had failed to heed the warnings, or had read into them the wrong lessons. For a long time he had the gift, but had been drifting from the source of his power, his dedication to God. But the gift still functioned.

Moses is another example of this phenomenon. He had been used mightily, like no one ever before or since, to lead God’s people to the promised land. The LORD had given him amazing gifts, and affirmed him with mighty works of power before the people.

But when he ran out of patience with the ever murmuring people, in yet another instance of them running out of water, growing restive and even menacing He and Aaron, God gave Moses clear instruction to assemble the people and to speak to the Rock, that He might give them water.

And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also. And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.  This is the water of Meribah; because the children of Israel strove with the Lord, and he was sanctified in them.( Numbers 20:11-13)

Had Moses done the right thing? Humanly speaking he must have, because “the Gift” of Miracles still functioned to the benefit of God’s people! But we all know that though God’s gift operated that day, and God’s people were saved, again, Moses failed to sanctify God that day and it cost him personally.

Moses’ temper cost him, but God still use him for his own people. God is good, and does that. The gifts of God are without repentance.

There are teachers, preachers and discernment ministries who hav been powerfully given insights and boldness and have edified and even delivered God’s remnant from false teaching, false revival and a false spirit, by their exposition of the WORD.

But if these gifted ones, become harsh, and embittered, and throw out temperance, meekness and Love, can they still be used in spite of themselves?

I have no doubt they can, because the LORD will bless his people, even by imperfect and defective vessels. It is they themselves who will ultimately suffer, personally, as well as those who surround them and who work with them trying to clean up after them, and to maintain a sense of loyalty to them for the sake of what was, or for the gift’s sake.

In the worst case scenario, these formerly powerful ministers can become “the OX that Gores“, Lying about and attacking those who they perceive as rivals, rending innocent people, accusing them falsely and orchestrating witch hunts based upon loose association, or even going so far as bearing false witness and lying about former friends in ministry.

I get why there will alway be a faithful remnant, loyal to these once mightily used ministries, even long after they go the way of Saul, throwing Javelins and jealously attacking so called rivals. Appreciation is an admirable human trait.

Long after Saul had backslidden and tried numerous times to kill David, and even gone to inquire of a a witch, the men of Jabesh Gilead still loved him fiercely, because when he began, he saved them from the Amalekites who had besieged the town. That love was admirable and understandable. They took their own lives in their hands to rescue Saul’s corpse off of the city walls where the Philistines had hung him (to humiliate the memory of Saul).

And when the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead heard of that which the Philistines had done to Saul;All the valiant men aro se, and went all night, and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Bethshan, and came to Jabesh, and burnt them there.  And they took their bones, and buried them under a tree at Jabesh, and fasted seven days.( I Samuel 31:11-13)

I understand this and it always touches something in me to read of this. In happier times he was valiant and useful and gifted of the LORD and they could never forget that… .

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The Sin Of False Witness…

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. Exodus 20:16

And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. Rev 12:10

As food and water are to physical health, So Truth is to the Soul and the Spirit. We all need the Truth to live.

Obviously we need the truth about God, we cannot live without the knowledge of God, for that is the very definition of Eternal Life,

And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. (John 17:3)

Notice that Jesus spoke of the knowledge of “The only True God...”. emphasizing that precision and accuracy of that knowledge is essential. Eternal life is specific knowledge, of the one true God, who has fully revealed himself in sending His Son Jesus the Messiah.

Man was made to know God, thus one could say, man was created to receive Truth into his soul. Each one of us only have so much time to open our hearts and receive the truth, is it is very important that what we let into our souls really is true.

The fall of man came about because Satan bore false witness against God, and our first parents were willing receive it. He called God’s goodness into question, implying that God was holding back things which would have enriched and fulfilled the first couple. When they entertained such a notion, they broke away from God, and took the whole race with them into estrangement and separation. Such is the power of false witness.

Adam and Eve needed the truth, but were misled, choosing to believe the Serpent rather than the Word of God.

People are never more like Satan, then when they promote false witness against their neighbor. False witness is literally the Devil’s work, for He is the “accuser of the brethren”.

There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers. ( Proverbs 6:16-19)

Because of false witness, nations are ruined, wars are started, families are destroyed, people are alienated and estranged, in short Satan’s Kingdom is established. The Kings of the earth, and the ruling elite routinely employ false witness to “divide and conquer” those whom they rule over. Truly the scripture correctly asserts, that “The Whole World lies in the power of the wicked One”.

It is bad enough when sinners bear false witness against each other, but the spectacle of Christians doing so is heartbreaking.

I have seen false witness employed to split churches, separate chief friends, destroy ministries, defame godly and well intentioned people, and to ruin the spiritual lives of those who indulge in or are affected by it.

What is false witness?

It can be the telling of outright lies, mistruths spoken about a person’s character, or it can occur more subtly, such as telling a truth, but keeping pertinent parts out of it, to make someone look bad, or to diminish a person to those who hear it. Sometimes it is not what someone says, but what they don’t say or what they withhold, or emphasize or de-emphasize that paints a false picture about a person.

False witness kills. It is a form of murder, not physical murder, but it is the Spirit of murder, because it alienates, and can destroy a person’s name and reputation. This is why those who indulge in it, are actually guilty of murder.

A man who bears false witness against his neighbor is like a war club, or a sword, or a sharp arrow. ( Proverbs 25:18)

Give me not up to the will of my adversaries; for false witnesses have risen against me, and they breathe out violence. (Psalm 27:12)

There are many people who suffer greatly because mistruths and outright lies have been told about them, and there is little they can do to set the record straight.

Another form of suffering comes by believing such lies and being separated from possible friends and allies because of the Power of false witness.

Love is only possible in Truth. We need each other, and we need the truth about each other. To be denied the benefit of the doubt due to someone else’s talebearing. or to lose the trust of those who we once fellowshipped with, is by definition the destruction of God’s work.

Truth and Love are inseparable. We are told to “Speak the Truth in Love…” . The Church is the “Pillar and ground of the Truth”, and the demonstration of God’s Love in this world. “No man hath seen God at any time but if we Love one another God dwells in us…”

Spiritually speaking there is no real truth without Love.

Many of God’s servants have rightly seen that false prophets and false teachers had become a destructive bane on the church, and were raised up to expose them, and to defend the Faith once delivered for the Saints. They are used, to expose flaws and misrepresentations in the teachings of false prophets and teachers, and thus become extremely critical, for a good, righteous cause.

But in those cases, the temptation is to become angry, and to forget Love in the cause of Truth. This is what happened to the Ephesian church Jesus wrote to in the Revelation,

I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. (Revelation 2:2-4)

“Discernment Ministry” often legitimately requires debate, argument, the marshaling of facts, rebuttal and open reproof. When those who are used in this ministry “lose their first love” they become cranky, abusive, they often rejoice at the discovery of evil in an “opponent”, and delight to expose them, rather than mourn. At times they can easily slide further, not being accurate in their accusations, or shading things to put allegedly false ministers in a worse light, and not being careful to be precise in quotations of those they seek to “expose”. This is no longer discernment, it has become “false Witness”.

Apologetics is one thing, but false witness is something else entirely. It is not hard in the fight to drift from one to the other. Sometimes apologetics can actually serve as a cover for malice, anger, frustration, and even jealousy. These are the works of the flesh, there is nothing of the Holy Spirit about them.

At the end of that spectrum is the angry, bitter spectacle of ministers actually seeking to ruin one another, damaging the names and reputations of those they consider as rivals. A local pastor once confided in one of my elders, that he “prayed regularly that (our) so called Church would shut down and that I would have to leave the ministry…”. Someone had borne false witness about us to him. He never talked to us, He just ran with it.

We could not get further away from the ideal of the Christian ministry than by practicing false witness, the very work of the Devil himself.

Let us remember that one of the names of Jesus, our LORD and Messiah, is “the Faithful Witness”, He is the true witness of and to God the Father, and He bears true witness about all men, thus his witness leads to Life, peace and true communion.

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Solomon; A Type of Christ …Solomon pt 10

The Bible is a record of real people, living out real history, and fulfilling the purposes of God, knowingly and unknowingly. All of the Prophets of the Bible in some way are tops of the Messiah to come. Moses, Joseph, David, Jeremiah, all lived out certain aspects of the suffering and triumph of Jesus Christ. Pharaoh tried to kill Moses as a child, just as Herod tried to kill the baby Jesus, Joseph was sold for silver by his brother Judah, just as Jesus was sold by Judas… I could go on and on.

There are some also who are types of the Anti Christ to come, for example Judas and AntiChrist are both called “Son of Perdition”. Ahithophel, David’s counselor went out and hanged himself after betraying David. these typologies make for fascinating and rewarding Bible Studies. They truly happened, yet they foreshadowed what was coming in the future.

Solomon is unique in this sense, He serves as a type of Christ, and at the same time, He also is a type of AntiChrist.

For example, as a type of Christ, Solomon was the Son of David, and was used to build the temple of God. His reign comes after David ( major type of Christ), had subdued all of his enemies and won the peace. This typifies the Millennial reign of Jesus when there shall be peace on earth, and unprecedented prosperity.

The reign of Solomon began with a judgment of all of those who committed crimes in David’s Kingdom, and thought they got away with them. We read in 1 Kings 1 and 2 that Solomon began his reign by rooting out the sinners and bringing them to justice, even plucking some from the altar of God, which they vainly clung too.

Jesus said that when he comes again to commence his thousand year reign He too will deal with all transgressors,

When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats ( Matthew 25:31-32)

Solomon’s Wisdom became a well known fact throughout the world, so much so that people flocked po Jerusalem from the ends of the earth, to hear him and see the civilization built upon that Wisdom.

Isaiah saw that in the days of Messiah, the Millennial reign of Jesus, that the same thing would happen on a larger scale,

In the last days, the mountain of the LORD’s temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways , so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples .( Isaiah 2:1-5)

When Solomon was King the gentiles brought their best things as gifts to Jerusalem, He was as a magnet to the gentiles, who came to hear of his Wisdom and to behold the glory of his Kingdom; but this shall be dwarfed by the streams coming to Jerusalem in Israel’s bright future under Messiah Jesus.

Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side.Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall shew forth the praises of the Lord. ( Isaiah 60:1-6)

Jesus himself taught that Solomon was a type of Jesus, when he preached that the Queen of Sheba would condemn his generation because she knew to come to Solomon and learn of him. Now, that a “greater than Solomon “was in their midst and many ignored him.

The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.( Luke 11:31)

This greater Solomon is currently building his temple, which is the body of Messiah, living stones, adorned with the gold of faith, and purchased with the blood of the lamb.

Solomon once prayed at the dedication of the temple, “Will the Most High dwell on earth? The heavens and the Heavens of Heavens cannot contain you!”

The Greater than Solomon prayed to God also,

“I in thee and thou in me… no one knows the Father but the Son, and no one knows the Son but the Father and whoever the Father reveals to Him…”

Much has been made of Solomon’s table, which daily fed thousands and received state visits from the Kings and mighty who streamed in to fellowship with Solomon and to partake of his Wisdom.

But Jesus set a table, two thousand years ago, and ordained a simple feast of bread and wine, which has sustained millions around the globe, from every walk of Life, and status. Hour by hour and day by day there is not a moment which goes by, that someone isn’t handing someone a piece of bread and saying “This is my body, broken for you…”.

Truly Solomon foreshadows Jesus the Messiah.

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The Decline And Schism … Solomon pt 9

 But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites: Of the nations concerning which the Lord said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love. And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart. For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father. (1 Kings 11 :1-4)

Through the account of all of the glory, prosperity, blessing, favor and honor of the reign of Solomon, runs a continuous thread of of a coming destruction. Solomon had steadily sown the seeds of his own destruction , in spite of the Wisdom God had granted him.

Deuteronomy, which is the national covenant of God with Israel, has a section in chapter 17 called “the Law of Kings” which gave explicit warning to all of Israel’s Kings to make sure to not transgress in three areas; the accumulation of Gold, Horses and Wives, (particularly foreign wives). Solomon ignored all three of these warnings.

In more than one place in Deuteronomy, Kings and subjects are warned that intermarriage with foreign wive would “turn their hearts away” from God himself.

The language in 1 Kings 11 echoes other parts of Deuteronomy, for example, we are told Solomon “Clave” to his wives…but in Deuteronomy 10 we are told to “Cleave” to God.“Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave, and swear by his name” (Deuteronomy 10:20).

Solomon’s heart most definitely turned unto these new objects of his affection and away from his God. When Solomon loved God he built for Him, but now he accomodated the ‘gods’ of his wives, building temples and shrines to them, even in the Holy City.

 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. And Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and went not fully after the Lord, as did David his father. Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon.  And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods. And the Lord was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the Lord God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice,( I Kings 11:5-9)

It is unthinkable, but true that Solomon, the Son of David actually “went after” Ashtoreth, Malcom,Chemosh, Molech as he had once gone after the God of Israel!

His heart went after what he loved, but Solomon had allowed himself to love the wrong things! He had been warned about the danger of letting his heart turn, but he ignored the warnings. The heart always pursues what it loves supremely, therefore it is very critical to only allow the heart to love what is good.Solomon loved his foreign wives.

Being who he is, the Son of David, the Messiah, the King, in a sense the “son of God” and Shepherd of Israel, there would be political consequences for his defection. When David stole bathSheba’s wife, the nation split in two as a consequence, but soon came together again. You could say, the Kingdom died, but was resurrected.

The consequences for this sin would be far more extensive and painful.

The way that the Most High chastised his idolatrous son, was to raise up three “satans”, (ie adversaries) against him, an Edomie, a Syrian, and a Jew.

And the Lord stirred up an adversary unto Solomon, Hadad the Edomite: he was of the king’s seed in Edom. ( I Kings 11:14)

And God stirred him up another adversary, Rezon the son of Eliadah, which fled from his lord Hadadezer king of Zobah:( I Kings 11:23)

And Jeroboam the son of Nebat, an Ephrathite of Zereda, Solomon’s servant, whose mother’s name was Zeruah, a widow woman, even he lifted up his hand against the king. ( I Kings 11:26)

The first two adversaries were foreigners who had grievances which went back as far as David and his conquests of Edom and of the Kingdom of Zobah. The Edomite had been sheltered by Solomon’s father-in-law, in case he would need him sometime as an ally or a proxy warrior.

Jeroboam was an Israelite, an Ephraimite , who had once distinguished himself working for Solomon. One day he was confronted by a prophet of the LORD and told that he would be given ten of the twelve tribes to govern.

And the man Jeroboam was a mighty man of valour: and Solomon seeing the young man that he was industrious, he made him ruler over all the charge of the house of Joseph. And it came to pass at that time when Jeroboam went out of Jerusalem, that the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite found him in the way; and he had clad himself with a new garment; and they two were alone in the field:

And Ahijah caught the new garment that was on him, and rent it in twelve pieces:And he said to Jeroboam, Take thee ten pieces: for thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel, Behold, I will rend the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon, and will give ten tribes to thee:(But he shall have one tribe for my servant David’s sake, and for Jerusalem’s sake, the city which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel:) Because that they have forsaken me, and have worshipped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Milcom the god of the children of Ammon, and have not walked in my ways, to do that which is right in mine eyes, and to keep my statutes and my judgments, as did David his father.

Howbeit I will not take the whole kingdom out of his hand: but I will make him prince all the days of his life for David my servant’s sake, whom I chose, because he kept my commandments and my statutes: But I will take the kingdom out of his son’s hand, and will give it unto thee, even ten tribes. And unto his son will I give one tribe, that David my servant may have a light alway before me in Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen me to put my name there. And I will take thee, and thou shalt reign according to all that thy soul desireth, and shalt be king over Israel. And it shall be, if thou wilt hearken unto all that I command thee, and wilt walk in my ways, and do that is right in my sight, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as David my servant did; that I will be with thee, and build thee a sure house, as I built for David, and will give Israel unto thee.( I Kings 11:28-38)

David was the standard that Solomon fell short of. In spite of the many sins and failures of King David, recorded openly for all to see, David was and is the standard for Kings. Solomon was no David. In all of his flaws, we never see David succumb to idolatry, He definitely reminded loyal to God. No matter how dark the sin, David always repented, truly and deeply, turning back in humility and contrition to his God.

When Solomon died, they held a coronation at Hebron for Rehoboam, the son of Solomon. Jereboam, the adversary God had raised up, attended that coronation and consulted with the new King, pledging loyalty and the loyalty of the people of Israel, as long as Rehoboam would cut come of the heavy taxes and Levees Solomon had instituted for his numerous building and infrastructure projects.

Some of the more aged counselors of Solomon testified that this was true and vlid wisdom, but Rehoboam also sough counsel from younger cunselors sought to make a name for themselves, by counseling Rehoboam to come down even tougher on the people, increase the taxes and let them know He was in control. Rehoboam agreed with the younger counselors and spoke roughly to the people.

This “tough guy” approach provoked the split, ten tribes broke away to form their own nation, and Rehoboam became King of Benjamin and Judah. The Twelve tribes were now only two, for the Kingdom was now split. The ten Northern tribes now had most of the people, the wealth, land and power. The southern Kingdom , Judah, retained Jerusalem and the Temple.

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