Building The Holy House… Solomon pt 5

And Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants unto Solomon; for he had heard that they had anointed him king in the room of his father: for Hiram was ever a lover of David. And Solomon sent to Hiram, saying, Thou knowest how that David my father could not build an house unto the name of the Lord his God for the wars which were about him on every side, until the Lord put them under the soles of his feet. But now the Lord my God hath given me rest on every side, so that there is neither adversary nor evil occurrent. And, behold, I purpose to build an house unto the name of the Lord my God, as the Lord spake unto David my father, saying, Thy son, whom I will set upon thy throne in thy room, he shall build an house unto my name. Now therefore command thou that they hew me cedar trees out of Lebanon; and my servants shall be with thy servants: and unto thee will I give hire for thy servants according to all that thou shalt appoint: for thou knowest that there is not among us any that can skill to hew timber like unto the Sidonians.  And it came to pass, when Hiram heard the words of Solomon, that he rejoiced greatly, and said, Blessed be the Lord this day, which hath given unto David a wise son over this great people. ( I Kings 5:1-7)

Solomon commences the building of the Temple, by negotiating with Hiram, the Phoenician King of Tyre . Hiram had been an ally of King David also, and had already been contracted to prepare raw materials for the Temple of God in Jerusalem.

The Temple would not merely be an improvement upon the tabernacle of Moses, but an entirely different structure. Each portrayed different meanings for different circumstances for the people of God.

The Tabernacle was a temporary structure, built to be erected, and taken down and moved as the people of God were a pilgrim company passing through the wilderness that is this world.

The Temple spoke of permanence, for Israel had settled into the Land that the LORD promised Abraham,Isaac and Jacob, and there was now a city, Jerusalem which would be a place for the name of God . Deuteronomy foretold that such a place would be found;

But when ye go over Jordan, and dwell in the land which the Lord your God giveth you to inherit, and when he giveth you rest from all your enemies round about, so that ye dwell in safety; Then there shall be a place which the Lord your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell there; thither shall ye bring all that I command you; your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, your tithes, and the heave offering of your hand, and all your choice vows which ye vow unto the Lord:( Deuteronomy (12:10-11)

The task of building a house for the name of God would be a joint project, involving both Jew and Gentiles. The Gentiles (Hiram) would provide the Cedar wood, and much of the labor and even craftsmanship, and the Jews agreed to provide food, (Grain and Oil) For Hiram’s Kingdom.

This aspect of the Story has a typological significance, in that the Church, (The Temple of God) consists of both Jew and Gentile, “one new man, a Holy Temple unto the LORD”. The cause of God, the God of Israel was greatly expanded and excellerated by a massive infusion of Gentiles into the family of God after the resurrection of Jesus.

The Gentiles provide the manpower, and the sheer numbers, and energy to build and expand the house of God in the earth. The Jews provide the grain and the oil, that is the teaching. The Hebrew Prophets and apostles are the food of the Gentile converts to the Messiah.

We see the cooperation of Jew and Gentile in the preparation of the stones also. The Temple would consist of Timber and Stones, and much Gold, silver and bronze to overlay them.

And the king commanded, and they brought great stones, costly stones, and hewed stones, to lay the foundation of the house. 1And Solomon’s builders and Hiram’s builders did hew them, and the stonesquarers: so they prepared timber and stones to build the house.( I Kings 5:17-18)

The Stones were all prepared off site that the sound of human tools not be heard on the Temple grounds. The Stones would be perfected then brought into the Temple and assembled. We too as “living Stones” of the New Temple, the Body of Christ, are being shaped and hewn “off site” through the LORD’s providential ways and means, towards the end that we be “fit and joined ” together as the temple of the LORD.

What is a Temple?

* The Temple in 1 Kings 6 is called repetitively the “House”, a place for Jahweh to “Dwell in the midst” of the people of Israel. The largest room in the Temple is called literally, “the palace”.

The scripture specifies that “name of the LORD” shall dwell there, (Perhaps a reference to distinction within the Godhead,ie the trinity) . Jahweh told Moses He would not go with the children of Israel through Egypt but would as a concession send His name to be with them. The reference to the name is mysterious but could it possibly be a reference to a mode of Jahweh’s presence, perhaps like “the Angel of the LORD”, or the Son of God?

  • God’s Temple was a building designed to represent the garden of Eden. The interior walls were paneled with Cedar Wood, and carved with the likeness of fruits, vegetables, and flowers set an Edenic theme to the building. So too did the curtains which marked off the Holy Place and the inner Sanctuary, for they were embroidered with Cherubim, the same creatures who were set to guard the way to the tree of life.
  • The Holy Place was illuminated by a candelabra “tree”, and the floor plan of outer court, Holy place and Holy of Holies mimicked the pattern n Genesis two of the earth, Eden and in the center, the garden.
  • The two massive pillars which were set at the entrance, “Joachin ” and “Boaz” reminds us also of guarding Cherubim, and their chapiters (covers) were decorated with carved Pomegranates and Lilies.
  • Since Eden was a “well watered garden” the Temple was also designed to feature water pieces.
  • The massive Bronze basin , which rested on the backs of twelve bronze cattle is one example of this. The twelve cattle represent the twelve tribes of Israel, upon whose Priestly back sit the Gentile nations. The cattle are divided into four groups of three and face the four cardinal directions, to signify the global, priestly ministry of Israel, called to pray for and minister to the nations of the world.
  • As one entered into Temple from the East, you would have to pass through two lines of “chariots”, which were in fact open tanks of fresh water. These would depict passing through the Red Sea, to enter into the House of Worship, or they could also be giving the illusion to water flowing out of the Temple of the LORD.
  • A Temple is a body… Peter Leithart points out that the Holy Spirit describes the Temple as having a face, ribs, and shoulders, (I Kings 6:3,6:5, 7:39). These ae the Hebrew Words used to describe the different functions but the English translation obscures them. God “built” a bride for Adam out of a “side”(rib), (same word as in I Kings 6. Cain “built” a city in rebellion,(same word, and Solomon “built” the House of the LORD for him to dwell there.
  • In the New Testament, the Temple is the Church, which is the “well watered garden”, the “House of God, the pillar and support of the Truth”, and “the body of the Messiah”, the “dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

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The Throne of Wisdom…Solomon pt 4

So king Solomon was king over all Israel. And these were the princes which he had; Azariah the son of Zadok the priest, Elihoreph and Ahiah, the sons of Shisha, scribes; Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud, the recorder. And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the host: and Zadok and Abiathar were the priests: And Azariah the son of Nathan was over the officers: and Zabud the son of Nathan was principal officer, and the king’s friend:  And Ahishar was over the household: and Adoniram the son of Abda was over the tribute. ( I Kings 4:1-6)

Solomon’s inner circle consisted of Priests and Scribes. In other words, he sought the counsel of the Word of God and of prayer. The next level of officers in Solomon’s cabinet consisted of twelve regional representatives. Twelve is the number of Divine Government, as in twelve tribes of Israel and the twelve apostles of Jesus.

Judah and Israel were many, as the sand which is by the sea in multitude, eating and drinking, and making merry. ( I Kings 4:20)

The promise to Abraham was being realized in Solomon’s day, but under Solomon they had multiplied in population, prosperity and influence. The expression “eating, drinking and making merry” comes from the Covenant in Deuteronomy , wherein God commanded the people to tithe so that they could celebrate the feast of tabernacles, and “eat, drink and rejoice”.

The very picture of the “good life” according to God himself was being realized for it was of Solomon’s reign that we hear the repeated statement, “Every man under his Vine and under his fig tree”.

And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, every man under his vine and under his fig tree, from Dan even to Beersheba, all the days of Solomon. (I Kings 4:25)

Solomon’s Kingdom was represented as a type of perpetual feast of tabernacles, so prosperous and blessed was it. His territory stretched from the “river”(Euphrates) to the “land of the Philistine”, (the Mediterranean coast). Never had Israel ever so fully realize the full promise of the Land.

As an expression of the greatness of his reign, we are taken into Solomon’s daily dining hall. There He received hundreds and thousands of delegations from all over the world, who were drawn to the presence of the Kingdom of God on earth and the mighty King who represented the Wisdom and glory of that Kingdom.

And Solomon reigned over all kingdoms from the river unto the land of the Philistines, and unto the border of Egypt: they brought presents, and served Solomon all the days of his life. And Solomon’s provision for one day was thirty measures of fine flour, and threescore measures of meal, Ten fat oxen, and twenty oxen out of the pastures, and an hundred sheep, beside harts, and roebucks, and fallowdeer, and fatted fowl. (1 Kings 4:21-23)

This was but a foretaste of the Millennium to come, in the time of the restoration of Israel to her place as a Priestly nation again,

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)

Thus the gift of Wisdom given by God to Solomon was no zero sum matter, for it benefitted everyone in the nation, and even became a blessing to those across the world who began to make their way to Jerusalem, to behold the King, His Wisdom, and the glory, honor and blessing that this Wisdom granted from God afforded freely to all who would receive it.

And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore. And Solomon’s wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt. For he was wiser than all men; than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, and Chalcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol: and his fame was in all nations round about. And he spake three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and five. And he spake of trees, from the cedar tree that is in Lebanon even unto the hyssop that springeth out of the wall: he spake also of beasts, and of fowl, and of creeping things, and of fishes. And there came of all people to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all kings of the earth, which had heard of his wisdom. ( I Kings 4: 29-34)

This was not an “accumulated Wisdom, as in the pagan wisdom of the Egyptian or the Babylonians or Greeks. God granted this Wisdom, it came as a gift of the grace of God. But it exceeded all of the Wisdom of the pagans.

All Civilizations have their ‘Wisdom” traditions and accumulated knowledge and application. After all, man is made in the Image of God, therefore fallen men have wisdom. But the fall has corrupted Man’s Wisdom, thus Pagan Wisdom is darkened and corrupted, centered in the SELF, or in Humanism, and influenced and teaching of the Serpent.

Solomon is like a new Adam who has been granted the original Wisdom again, thus Edenic language is used to describe it, He speaks of Trees, and of Creatures, particularly the Cedar (The Temple ) and Hyssop ( The Blood of sacrifice). People came to hear his lectures, they flowed in from the heathen nations.

Finally in a large way the promise given to Abraham that one of his seed would bless every family n earth, seemed to be being fulfilled. The Kingdom of God was being established and Pagans were coming back to the only true God.

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The Reign Of Wisdom…Solomon pt 3

And Solomon made affinity with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and took Pharaoh’s daughter, and brought her into the city of David, until he had made an end of building his own house, and the house of the Lord, and the wall of Jerusalem round about. Only the people sacrificed in high places, because there was no house built unto the name of the Lord, until those days. And Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places. ( I Kings 3:1-3)

The Holy Spirit begins the account of Solomon’s reign by matter of factly noting Solomon’s marriage to the daughter of Pharaoh. This is an ominous beginning, for God had warned Israel in advance, not to marry foreign women lest they turn their hearts away from God himself. In this case , Solomon did what was customary for worldly Kings to do, He married the daughter of another King to ratify a treaty.

But He violated the Word of God.

For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God: Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice; And thou take of their daughters unto thy sons, and their daughters go a whoring after their gods, and make thy sons go a whoring after their gods. (Exodus 34:14-16)

The point is also made that at this time there was no central place of worship, as if to underscore Solomon’s great task, to construct the house of God. We are also assured that Solomon loved the LORD.

Solomon begins his reign in worship. This section (4-15) is bracketed between two distinct scenes and places of worship; Gibeah and Jerusalem. Gibeah is where whoever was left of the tabernacle of Moses remained, after it had been stripped of the Ark of the Covenant by Hopni and Phineas in the days of Samuel.

Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings there, to commence his reign.

That night He had the dream, in which the LORD offered to give him freely whatever he wanted . Solomon acknowledged that He was “in over his head” pertaining to the ability to rule and reign and that he requested Wisdom, literally a “listening heart” and for understanding.

And now, O Lord my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?  And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. ( I Kings 3:8-10)

The LORD fully granted the request, and gave even more because the request pleased Him. Not only would he be given Wisdom, Solomon would also be granted wealth and honor. Solomon would also have long life on the condition that He walk in God’s ways.

Solomon then went to Jerusalem, the place where God would “put His name forever”, and the future site of the Holy Temple of the LORD. He offered there , “…burnt offerings, and offered peace offerings, and made a feast to all his servants.” .

Immediately we are brought into the court of Solomon where the newly granted gift of Wisdom would be demonstrated;

Then came there two women, that were harlots, unto the king, and stood before him. And the one woman said, O my lord, I and this woman dwell in one house; and I was delivered of a child with her in the house. And it came to pass the third day after that I was delivered, that this woman was delivered also: and we were together; there was no stranger with us in the house, save we two in the house. And this woman’s child died in the night; because she overlaid it. And she arose at midnight, and took my son from beside me, while thine handmaid slept, and laid it in her bosom, and laid her dead child in my bosom. ( I Kings 3: 16-20)

What a dilemma! Two Harlots, two children, one living and one dead. How do we determine which one is the real mother? Notice that neither woman is named, nor is either child. Nor is the Judge, he is only referred to as “the King”.

One mother is careless with her own baby, she ends up smothering it in her sleep. How does a mother smother a baby, even in sleep? Was she in a drunken stupor? Did she take a narcotic? Where is the mothering instinct which wold even transcend tiredness? There were no blood tests or DNA tests in those days to determine maternity.

Solomon calls for a Sword, and offers to cut the baby in half, in a ridiculous kind of compromise. Who would agree to that? What a travesty to think anyone would see that as an acceptable deal!

But one woman thinks it alright, she actually agrees and says “…let it be thine and mine, let neither of us have a child…”. What kind of mind thinks that way?

The real mother was willing to sacrifice her right to the baby as long as the bay was allowed to live. The choice became obvious…Give the child to the true mother.

When Solomon teaches us about the subject of Wisdom in the Proverbs, it is interesting to note that he uses the metaphor of two women. We must choose between one of two ladies, One being virtuous and tending towards life, and the other who has an outward attraction but whose ways are death.

Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman . That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words. ( Proverbs 7:4-5)

Wisdom is like a woman because she enhances life and will make you fruitful. Sh is beautiful and sets her table, but it takes discernment to recognize her. Life is in her and with her. But she must be pursued, and wooed, one must value and prize her, she can be elusive and must be sought. She has a message, “Forsake the foolish and live…”.

But there is a counterfeit Wisdom, rather easily gained. She talks a good talk but she is but folly. She chooses the way of immediate gratification, and thus always smothers the baby. Her ways are death, and those seduced by her die. She has a message also, “Stolen waters are sweet and bread eaten in secret is pleasant….”.

To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words; Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God. For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.  None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life. (Proverbs 2:16-19)

How does one tell one harlot from another? (For we are all harlots, some of us are redeemed harlots and the others are not). The foolish harlot is all about a “zero sum game”, she wants equality of outcome for she is envious, she would rather cut the baby in half, than just accept the consequences of her own folly.

Solomon knew that the true mother would cry out for the life of the child, regardless of her own personal situation. She is for life, the child must live! Israel became astonished at the Wisdom God had given her King!

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David’s Charge To Solomon… Solomon pt 2

Now the days of David drew nigh that he should die; and he charged Solomon his son, saying, I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man; And keep the charge of the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself:  That the Lord may continue his word which he spake concerning me, saying, If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel. ( I Kings : 1-4)

We are taken now into the bedchamber of the dying King David, where so much critical action had taken place in bringing Solomon to the throne over the false King, Adonijah.

David’s charge to his son is very similar to Moses’ charge to Joshua. Solomon was to be strong, and to have courage to carry out the God given task. Perhaps most critically, Solomon’s execution of his office was to revolve around his actual adherence to the Torah of God.

In this part of the charge David employs seven words to describe the various facets of the Torah. David called it “the charge of the LORD”, also Solomon was to walk in” His Ways”, to “keep his statutes”,and “commandments”,”Judgments” “Testimonies” and the”Law”. Solomon would succeed according to the extent to which He would allow himself to be saturated with the Word of God.

What does a reign of Righteousness look like? It involves the combination of Justice and Mercy. As Paul would tell us later, God ordains rulers to simply avenge the evildoers, and reward (reinforce) those who do good. (Romans13).

In his last charge to his son Solomon, David reminds him of certain evildoers who were in the Kingdom and who had proven to be evil when David was King. Evildoers cannot always be punished immediately, for various reasons, but the Righteous King must make war on all that is evil.

Moreover thou knowest also what Joab the son of Zeruiah did to me, and what he did to the two captains of the hosts of Israel, unto Abner the son of Ner, and unto Amasa the son of Jether, whom he slew, and shed the blood of war in peace, and put the blood of war upon his girdle that was about his loins, and in his shoes that were on his feet. Do therefore according to thy wisdom, and let not his hoar head go down to the grave in peace ( I Kings 2:5-6)

We must keep in mind that this exhortation by David is not for the sake of personal revenge, as if a Mafia chief was dying and passing on an enemies list. David was acting in his capacity as the Anointed of God, and as a prophet, and urging his Son to reign in Righteousness for the glory of God. Evil must be purged.

Joab was an evil man. True humanly speaking he was loyal to his uncle, King David. He happened to be loyal to the right person, but his loyalty was tainted by a self serving, “ends justify the means” quality, which allowed him to commit cold-blooded murder more than once for the cause.

Shimei also was an evil man. David was tolerant of his abuse, in the days when David fled from Absalom his own Son, because David realized that he, David, was being punished for his own sin and that Shimei may have been fulfilling the prophecy of Nathan by showering abuse upon David when he was down. David lacked the moral authority to do what needed to be done.

But Shimei had dared to abuse and blasphemy the Anointed of the LORD, the “son of God” , pelting him with rocks and heaping blasphemies upon him. This was the act of an evil man, and that man remained in the Kingdom. Solomon was to deal with Him.

Now therefore hold him not guiltless: for thou art a wise man, and knowest what thou oughtest to do unto him; but his hoar head bring thou down to the grave with blood.( I Kings 2:9)1

Barzillai was good, and had done good. Thus the Righteous King of necessity had to acknowledge and reward that as well. Solomon was to do good to Barzillai’s family.

Solomon’s faced his first challenge to the Righteous ordering of the Kingdom arose shortly after the death of David. It involved David’s older Son Adonijah.

We are reminded of the serpent in Genesis when we see Adonijah approach Solomon’s mother, with a very bold request, fraught with political implications.

Then sat Solomon upon the throne of David his father; and his kingdom was established greatly.  And Adonijah the son of Haggith came to Bathsheba the mother of Solomon. And she said, Comest thou peaceably? And he said, Peaceably.( I Kings 2:12-13)

What Adonijah requested was for the hand of Abishag, the beautiful young maiden who had been summonsed to keep David warm in his bed, as a cure for his circulation problems. There was no sexual intimacy, but because she had shared a bed with King David, she would technically qualify as a concubine.

In the succession of Kings, the wives and concubines of the previous King became the responsibility of the new King. For Adonijah to take Abishag would be in effect saying He was qualified to be King and was now taking his rights to the concubines!

Bathsheba didn’t understand this but Solomon immediately saw the implications of all of this.

 And king Solomon answered and said unto his mother, And why dost thou ask Abishag the Shunammite for Adonijah? ask for him the kingdom also; for he is mine elder brother; even for him, and for Abiathar the priest, and for Joab the son of Zeruiah. Then king Solomon sware by the Lord, saying, God do so to me, and more also, if Adonijah have not spoken this word against his own life. 1 Kings 2: 22-23)

Adonijah, had been given mercy by the King previously, when he clung to the horns of the altar after trying to assume to role of King in the fake coronation. But he had abused that mercy and continued to try to take the throne, which constituted treason. Solomon had him executed immediately.

Abiathar the Priest, who had attended the coronation of Adonijah, should have known better. He went along with the politically powerful and lent his support to the coronation of a King , which he knew David hadn’t selected, in effect he rejected the counsel of God in support of a usurper.

Solomon would not execute a Priest who had carried the Holy Ark on his shoulders in times past, but he sent him into exile to Anathoth, (ironically a Levitical town which would give us Jeremiah). He would not be allowed to be a Priest and was exiled in disgrace. This fulfilled the prophecy against the house of Eli from the days of Samuel, which said Eli’s house would no longer be priests but would be reduced to poverty.

It was now time to deal with Joab. Joab was shrewd enough to realize that his time had come so he fled to the “horns of the Altar” .

And Benaiah came to the tabernacle of the Lord, and said unto him, Thus saith the king, Come forth. And he said, Nay; but I will die here. And Benaiah brought the king word again, saying, Thus said Joab, and thus he answered me. And the king said unto him, Do as he hath said, and fall upon him, and bury him; that thou mayest take away the innocent blood, which Joab shed, from me, and from the house of my father.3And the Lord shall return his blood upon his own head, who fell upon two men more righteous and better than he, and slew them with the sword, my father David not knowing thereof, to wit, Abner the son of Ner, captain of the host of Israel, and Amasa the son of Jether, captain of the host of Judah.  Their blood shall therefore return upon the head of Joab, and upon the head of his seed for ever: but upon David, and upon his seed, and upon his house, and upon his throne, shall there be peace for ever from the Lord. ( I Kings 2:30-33)

Notice that the reasoning behind the execution of Joab was that He had committed murder and also it was to remove bloodguilt from David’s house. Joab had acted independently but allegedly on behalf of David, and such blood guilt needed to be removed. The Altar could offer no protection to this pre-meditated murderer, as Exodus 21 reveals,

 But if a man come presumptuously upon his neighbour, to slay him with guile; thou shalt take him from mine altar, that he may die. (Exodus 21).

Shimei the blasphemer was shown conditional mercy. He was put under oath that he would remain under house arrest as a condition of mercy. Shimei was allowed to build a house and to remain in Jerusalem. He was not to cross the brook Kidron. But after a season, Shimei’s servant ran away and he dared saddle an Ass and went after him. He was arrested and brought before the King.

And the king sent and called for Shimei, and said unto him, Did I not make thee to swear by the Lord, and protested unto thee, saying, Know for a certain, on the day thou goest out, and walkest abroad any whither, that thou shalt surely die? and thou saidst unto me, The word that I have heard is good. Why then hast thou not kept the oath of the Lord, and the commandment that I have charged thee with? 4The king said moreover to Shimei, Thou knowest all the wickedness which thine heart is privy to, that thou didst to David my father: therefore the Lord shall return thy wickedness upon thine own head;4And king Solomon shall be blessed, and the throne of David shall be established before the Lord for ever. So the king commanded Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; which went out, and fell upon him, that he died. And the kingdom was established in the hand of Solomon.( 1 Kings 2:42-46)

In spite of mercy, Shimei proved as profane and unrepentant as He always had been, mercy did him no good, and there was (and is) no such thing as unconditional mercy and grace. Shimei too was executed.

Thus did Solomon faithfully execute his father’s charge…

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King Solomon; two coronations …pt 1

 Now king David was old and stricken in years; and they covered him with clothes, but he gat no heat. Wherefore his servants said unto him, Let there be sought for my lord the king a young virgin: and let her stand before the king, and let her cherish him, and let her lie in thy bosom, that my lord the king may get heat. So they sought for a fair damsel throughout all the coasts of Israel, and found Abishag a Shunammite, and brought her to the king. And the damsel was very fair, and cherished the king, and ministered to him: but the king knew her not.( I Kings 3:1-4)

The story of the rise of King Solomon commences in the Bible with a death bed scene.

David was dying. We see him old, infirm, unable to even warm himself, shivering in his bed, relying on the services of a young maiden just to keep his blood flowing.

We remember that in the first part of David’s life he was the consummate man of action; fighting lions and bears as he rescued his sheep, going up against the Giant, fighting and circumcising Philistines, leading troops into battle, fleeing Saul and leading a guerrilla band in the wilderness, and taking the throne and leading Israel into expansion through war.

But in the second part of his life, David is pictured in the Bible as the man who is acted upon, not the actor. He is passive even when his own children do horrendous things to each other, and seems powerless to stop the disintegration of Israel into Civil War, and again through the plague which came as a punishment for his sin. Again, here at the end, he lies shivering in bed, as a succession crisis brews around him..

What was the turning point?

It was his sin with BathSheba which was the turning point of David’s life. Yes He ws forgiven, but he wasn’t exempted of the consequences of his sin, among which are the loss of moral authority and the confidence which accompanies it.

Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, I will be king: and he prepared him chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him.6And his father had not displeased him at any time in saying, Why hast thou done so? and he also was a very goodly man; and his mother bare him after Absalom.7And he conferred with Joab the son of Zeruiah, and with Abiathar the priest: and they following Adonijah helped him. ( I Kings 1:5-7)

Adonijah was David’s oldest surviving son, the true brother of Absalom, and the logical choice to be the successor to David’s throne. He doesn’t wait for his (seemingly powerless and irrelevant) Father, instead we are told that he exalted himself to seize the throne.

The first step would be to acquire powerful political allies from David’s cabinet, and to hire a chariot and fifty runners to make himself appear “Kingly”. He consulted Joab, David’s nephew, and most trusted and veteran general, a ruthless realist and loyal partisan of David’s. Joab believed that the end always justifies the means.

Next Abijah acquired Abiathar, the Priest who had once fled with David when Absalom tried to kill him in the great rebellion.

The next thing to do was to put out the invitations and to begin to prepare for his own coronation. The guest list was as conspicuous for who was not invited as it was for the invited;

But Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and Nathan the prophet, and Shimei, and Rei, and the mighty men which belonged to David, were not with Adonijah.9And Adonijah slew sheep and oxen and fat cattle by the stone of Zoheleth, which is by Enrogel, and called all his brethren the king’s sons, and all the men of Judah the king’s servants: But Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah, and the mighty men, and Solomon his brother, he called not.( I Kings 1:8-10)

Among the disinvited, there was consternation, for this was a dangerous coup, and could possibly bring about another Civil War. But those loyalists to King David had access to that bedchamber, and utilized it post haste.

And Bathsheba went in unto the king into the chamber: and the king was very old; and Abishag the Shunammite ministered unto the king. And Bathsheba bowed, and did obeisance unto the king. And the king said, What wouldest thou? And she said unto him, My lord, thou swarest by the Lord thy God unto thine handmaid, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne. And now, behold, Adonijah reigneth; and now, my lord the king, thou knowest it not: And he hath slain oxen and fat cattle and sheep in abundance, and hath called all the sons of the king, and Abiathar the priest, and Joab the captain of the host: but Solomon thy servant hath he not called. And thou, my lord, O king, the eyes of all Israel are upon thee, that thou shouldest tell them who shall sit on the throne of my lord the king after him.  Otherwise it shall come to pass, when my lord the king shall sleep with his fathers, that I and my son Solomon shall be counted offenders.( I Kings 1:15-21)

Nathan the Prophet entered the King’s bed chamber also as a second witness to the goings on, asking the King if Adonijah was to be the successor and telling him of the coronation feast, who was invited and who was left out.

Suddenly like an old sleeping lion roused into fury, David swore an oath that Solomon was to be the King and began giving orders to his loyal cabinet, as He would have in the days when as King he led troops into battle;

And king David said, Call me Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada. And they came before the king. The king also said unto them, Take with you the servants of your lord, and cause Solomon my son to ride upon mine own mule, and bring him down to Gihon: And let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him there king over Israel: and blow ye with the trumpet, and say, God save king Solomon. Then ye shall come up after him, that he may come and sit upon my throne; for he shall be king in my stead: and I have appointed him to be ruler over Israel and over Judah.( I Kings 1:32-35)

Solomon was placed upon King David’s Mule and began a procession into Jerusalem, first surrounded by the loyal ones of David’s staff, Nathan, Benahiah, Zadok the Priest, David’s personal Philistine Guard, but then joined by trumpeters, pipers and throngs of the faithful accompanying him, shouting “God Save King Solomon!”.

This would be a foretaste of centuries later, when another son of David rode into Jerusalem, this time on a colt, the foal of an Ass, in fulfillment of prophecy ( Zechariah 9:9). He too would be hailed as King and cheered as he entered into the Holy City.

Peter Leitart comments in his Brazos commentary that Solomon and Jesus both entered Jerusalem, destined to have significant impact on the Temple,

Solomon enters Jerusalem to be enthroned as the temple builder, While Jesus enters Jerusalem in order to reenact the Temple’s destruction”. (Bezos Commentary 1 and 2 Kings, Peter Leithart, page 32).

Now there are two rival coronations of two Kings, and two “Sons of David” being acclaimed as King! Of course one King is true and one King is false and this choice becomes a test of loyalty to the people, just as we will all soon be confronted with another Christ, who comes in his own name.

This chapter shows us a foretaste of what is going to happen when the true King of Kings and Lord of Lords arrives to take his Kingdom. The other coronation is ruined, and fear sets in as well as desertion, for the true coronation outshines the false one;

And Adonijah and all the guests that were with him heard it as they had made an end of eating. And when Joab heard the sound of the trumpet, he said, Wherefore is this noise of the city being in an uproar? And while he yet spake, behold, Jonathan the son of Abiathar the priest came; and Adonijah said unto him, Come in; for thou art a valiant man, and bringest good tidings.And Jonathan answered and said to Adonijah, Verily our lord king David hath made Solomon king.( I Kings 1:41-43)

But the new King begins his reign showing mercy, even to his enemies and to rebels. When he hears that David , his father has asserted Solomon as King, Adonijah fled to the altar of God and clung to the horns of it, trembling for his life.

But when Solomon is told of it, in mercy he sends for his half brother, assuring him with a conditional promise, that if He acts in good faith, he will not be harmed and can live in peace in the Kingdom, but if not, he will die. Solomon’s throne will be based upon both justice and mercy.

And it was told Solomon, saying, Behold, Adonijah feareth king Solomon: for, lo, he hath caught hold on the horns of the altar, saying, Let king Solomon swear unto me today that he will not slay his servant with the sword. And Solomon said, If he will shew himself a worthy man, there shall not an hair of him fall to the earth: but if wickedness shall be found in him, he shall die. So king Solomon sent, and they brought him down from the altar. And he came and bowed himself to king Solomon: and Solomon said unto him, Go to thine house.( I Kings 1:51-53)

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The Coming Prince…Daniel 8 pt 6

And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.  And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.  And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.  And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days.  And I Daniel fainted, and was sick certain days; afterward I rose up, and did the king’s business; and I was astonished at the vision, but none understood it.(Daniel 8:23-27)

Daniel 8 is a prediction for the end of times. The Prophecy concerns the fate of Persia (Iran), and  coming developments regarding a Greco-Western power which will lead to the rise of the Anti-Christ.

There have been many tyrants and Anti-Christs through the centuries, such as Antiochus Epiphanes, the Caesars who demanded worship as Gods, the Popes of the Catholic church who persecuted Christians and took to themselves the worship and titles belonging to God alone, such as “Holy Father”. There have been many modern Anti-Christs; Hitler, Stalin and Mao, Ceucescu, Pol Pot and the Kim il Sungs of Korea.

But the final man of sin will be unique.

This King  will understand “Dark sayings”, that is He will understand the deep mysteries of the Kingdom of God, including the prophecies of God.One of the stated reasons for studying the Proverbs of Solomon  is that the disciple might understand “Dark sayings”.

Proverbs 1:6 “To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.”

Dark sayings are the Words God grants to Prophets, such as Moses, and are put to music in Psalms .

“With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold : wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?”Numbers 12:8 

“I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.”Psalm 49:4

“I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:”Psalm 78:2

The coming “King of a fierce countenance” will have this attribute, He will have the knowledge that those who seek God are given. Can you imagine the capacity for deception this will allow ? Satan himself quoted scripture to Jesus, evidently the church and Israel will be subjected to a similar test.

The King of Tyre is a type of this “wise one”,

Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.(Ezekiel 28:12)

Thus shall his power be mighty, for His coming is after the working of Satan, with all lysing signs and wonders. But ultimately all of his power and wisdom is what the Most High allows him to have, and those only for a brief season, that height make war on the Saints and wear them down and overcome them.

And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.(Revelation 13:7)

And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.(Daniel 7:25)

This Prince shall be granted success over his rivals, political enemies and shall be seen as a victor in  war for a limited time.

But he will also be skilled in the art of diplomacy, and shall destroy many, “By Peace”. This isn’t really hard to imagine, because we are witnessing the destruction and forced  transformation of much of the once powerful western world, because of the new emphasis on “Peace”. Western nations tie their militaries’ hands behind their own backs in the name of Peace.

By holding back and fighting “police actions” instead of all out total war against vicious regimes such as Iran, Iraq and the Taliban, we stretch our wars out for 15 expensive, inconclusive years.Our own State department and President is already wreaking much destruction by “Peace”. It would actually be much more merciful to our enemies if we were just allowed to take the gloves off and trounce them, thoroughly , as we did the Japanese and the Germans in 1945.

We will see just what the scripture is teaching us about when it warns that the final Prince will destroy many with Peace.

We will also see how plainly this coming leader will stand up to repudiate the Prince of Princes, the real High Priest in heaven, the LORD Messiah Jeshua.

He will distinguish himself by his bold statements against the Most High, the Saints and against God himself,

And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven and it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.(Revelation 13:4-7)

This evil Prince will not be assassinated, nor will he be able to commit suicide as Antiochus IV Epiphanies was reported to have done. God himself shall deal with him.

And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.  And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.  And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.(Revelation 19:19-21)

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When The Transgressors Have Come To The Full… Daniel 8 pt 6

And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.  And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.  And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.  And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days. And I Daniel fainted, and was sick certain days; afterward I rose up, and did the king’s business; and I was astonished at the vision, but none understood it.(Daniel 8:23-27)

The vision of Daniel 8 is a vision for the very end of days, a time described as being “When the Transgressors are come to the full…”. In the near future of Daniel, the prophecy came to partial fulfillment when the apostasy of Israel was so severe, the office of the High Priest was sold, the high priest took on a Greek name, and the holy nation became hellenized, embracing greek culture, the worship of the male body, the acceptance of homosexuality, the repudiation of the law and the prophets by all but a few pious ones, and the persecution of the remnant.

It was when this transgression came to its head that the LORD allowed Antiochus Epiphanes to partially subjugate and persecute Israel, even to the point of all0wing him to desecrate the Holy Place in the Temple of God.

But those horrifying days were only a partial fulfillment, the ultimate fulfillment of these scriptures is soon to commence.

How much further can the world descend, in this the closing of the Christian era? Is there anything left to blaspheme? What comes after the widespread promotion of abortion and homosexuality? How much further can the confessing church of Jesus descend, embracing homosexuals,Muslims and even atheists as “seekers” and in some cases as ministers?

Has our own transgression yet come to the full?

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,  Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,  Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;  Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.( 2 Timothy 3:1-5)

We currently live in the days of Noah, a time of unprecedented violence, pornography, rebellion against all authority, (see Charlotte, Baltimore, Malmo, Damascus, London, etc). People rioting and assaulting random strangers actually feel justified in their violence as they protest in the streets! Muslims actually believe that they are doing God’s service when they kill innocent people in cities all over the world.

Our leaders in the West ignore maimings, rapes, knife attacks and even bombings of their own population by Muslims, as they open the gates to the Barbarian invaders and cover up any unfavorable stories which cast light on their policies. After a weekend of such Mayhem here in America, Obama only doubles down on his pledge to bring in more than a hundred thousand more of these potential terrorists!

These are the days of Lot, a time when Homosexuals are so emboldened they actually have “Gay pride days” marching down the streets of major cities across the Western world. Incredibly, many “straight people” actually bring their families and little children down to see these appalling spectacles. The “Gays” are vicious, vengeful destroying any who speak out against them.Homosexuality and other perversions are actually encoded in Western law now!

Even after the exposure that Planned parenthood was selling body parts of defenseless babies, in some cases preserving them alive as they performed hideous abortions on them, so that a heart, liver or brain could be preserved, our leaders have only doubled down making sure Planned Parenthood’s abortion mills are well funded with taxpayer money, and her critics are silenced.

Our own President’s response to the horrifying revelation, was a public “God Bless you Planned Parenthood! You are not going to be closed as long as I am around!”.

What I am saying is what Daniel was saying…The AntiChrist will be revealed in a time when the Transgressors have come to the full…when the cup of iniquity has filled, and the time has come to Judge the World for her sins.

Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.(Revelation 11 :17-18)

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