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*                      I Kings 13

I Kings 12 saw Jeroboam—whom Father said in I Kings 11 was going to be the first king over the House of Israel after He split the Nation into two separate nations—immediately turn from serving Father, to serving—and causing all Israel to serve—false gods and idols. He did this because he feared that if he allowed the People to return to Jerusalem to worship Father YHVH, that either Rehoboam would not allow them to return to Israel; or, the people themselves would desire to stay in the territories of Judah, and not want to return. Because of this fear, he became paranoid; therefore, he set-up two altars with a golden calf in each, declaring them—the golden calves—to be the “gods” which brought our forefathers up out of Egypt.

Jeroboam also allowed anybody who desired—and you could probably go to the bank with your last dollar that the nethinims were first in line—to become priests, and he himself also became one while serving his false gods. Not only did he consecrate his own priests; but, he also made up his own feast and feast days, one on the fifteenth day of the eighth month.

See, to get to the point where Israel was at, it wasn’t too far a jump from when Solomon was king and brought in his foreign wives’ false gods and idols, it was for this that Father split the Nation in two in the first place. So, since they were already accustomed to worshipping any and everything under the sun, and the sun included, Jeroboam’s setting up altars in Dan and Beth-el was not that far-fetched, almost natural, if you will.

So, anyway, we now come to I Kings 13 where we’ll read what Father thinks of all this. If you’ll recall, He had already told Jeroboam that should he obey and be a doer of Father’s Commandments, Judgments, Laws, Ordinances, and Statutes, then He—Father—would Bless him and build him asure house,” in other words, He’d ensure Jeroboam would have a long line of descendants who would sit on the throne over Israel. We know this is not going to come to pass, as, Jeroboam has already tossed that aside because of his actions. But, let’s read of it, because, this is also a Promise to us brethren, and it’s important we read the Promises that Father has given us in His Word

With that introduction being said, let's go to Father and ask Him for His Blessings on our Study of His Word: Father, we come to you right now to thank you for inviting us to Your table in order that we might be able to receive Your Spiritual Meat, and Father, we ask You, to open our ears and eyes, that we might be able to hear and see your Truths, open our hearts and minds, and prepare us to receive Your Truth. We Pray for Your understanding of Your Word, we seek Your knowledge of Your Word and most importantly Father, we Pray for and desire Your Wisdom from Your Word, in Jesus' Precious name, thank You Father, Amen.

So, without any further ado, I Kings 13.

12:20-14:20 ISRAEL. JEROBOAM I. (Introversion.)
12:25-14:18 Reign. Events.
12:25-14:18 REIGN. EVENTS. (Introversion and Alternation.)
13:1-32 Warning. Prophet from Judah.
13:1-32 WARNING.  BY MAN OF GOD. (Repeated Alternation.)
13:1 Jeroboam. Warned.
13:1 Arrival.

I Kings 13:1 And, behold, there came a man of God out of Judah by the word of the LORD unto Beth-el: and Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn incense.   ->   As Jeroboam was standing next to the altar he had built in Beth-el, ready to burn incense, one of Father's Prophets came from Jerusalem to pronounce what Father has to say to Jeroboam: trust me, it isn't going to be pretty, nor is it going to be what Jeroboam wants to hear

Why is Jeroboam acting as a priest? Because as we read in I Kings 12, Jeroboam had fires all the Levites and they went down to Jerusalem. If you’ll recall, Father had separated the duties of Judges, or kings, from the priesthood over 100 years previous, as can be read in I Samuel 8, now—at least in Israel—Jeroboam is trying to tie them back together into one office again. Jeroboam thinks he knows better than Father and is thus rejecting all He has to say. He is about to find, that he is about to be rejected by Father. Let’s see, who do you think will win this test of wills?

13:1 Jeroboam. Warned.
13:1 Arrival.

I Kings 13:2 And he cried against the altar in the word of the LORD, and said, “O altar, altar, thus saith the LORD; ‘Behold, a child shall be born unto the house of David, Josiah by name; and upon thee shall he offer the priests of the high places that burn incense upon thee, and men's bones shall be burnt upon thee.’”   ->   Once this Prophet of Father's enters the altar temple, he immediately goes over to the altar and starts to callout in a loud voice in order that all who are present can hear what Father has to say. What is it He has to say? That this abomination that Jeroboam is doing in building his own temples with altars and golden calves, his consecrating his own priests and acting as a priest himself, his creating his own feast days, and his causing all Israel to sin by worshipping everything under the sun, is going to come to a stop. That though not today; but, in the future--approximately 343 years from now--a child--Josiah by name--will be born who will completely desecrate this altar, whereby it will no longer be able to be used by the false priests to worship false gods and idols. As like always with Father's Word, this will come to pass, it won't happen for another--on Father's Schedule--360 years; but, it surely will come to pass just the same, we'll be reading of it when we come to II Kings 23.

Cyrus is the only other man--other than Father being born in the flesh--who is so prophesied by name to be born, he was prophesied of 177 years before his birth.

13:3 sign given.
13:3 Arrival.

I Kings 13:3  And he gave a sign the same day, saying, “This is the sign which the LORD hath spoken; Behold, the altar shall be rent, and the ashes that are upon it shall be poured out.”   ->   Though Father through His Prophet just told Jeroboam that Josiah will be born approximately 340 years from now and will desecrate this idolatrous stone altar by burning the bones of the idolatrous priests upon it, as an immediate sign, this altar that Jeroboam has just made is going to be torn in two, and the ashes of the sacrifices he just made will be poured out upon the ground before him, while he is there watching. Talk about Father getting your attention, if this doesn't get Jeroboam's--which it won't--then I wouldn't want to be standing anywhere near close to him, as surely the hand of Father is about to reach out and touch him.

13:4 Jeroboam. Smitten.
13:4 Arrival.

I Kings 13:4 And it came to pass, when king Jeroboam heard the saying of the man of God, which had cried against the altar in Beth-el, that he put forth his hand from the altar, saying, “Lay hold on him.” And his hand, which he put forth against him, dried up, so that he could not pull it in again to him.   ->   This Prophet of Father just told Jeroboam that Father was not pleased with his idolatry, and that in the future Father would raise a king who would desecrate this altar of Jeroboam's, and in order to know that this would indeed come to pass, Jeroboam and those with him would be witnessing an immediate sign; namely that He--Father--was going to tear Jeroboam's altar in two in order to try and get his attention. What does Jeroboam do? He decides he's going to play ma bell and "reach out and touch someone" this Prophet of YHVH. Stand back my friends because Jeroboam is about to find out what Father does to those who forsake Him and try to do so violently to one of His Prophets.

As Jeroboam reaches out his hand to touch the Prophet of YHVH; behold, his hand immediately dries up, and his arm is paralyzed so that he cannot even withdraw it to his own body. You talk about a sign, whew. Jeroboam is one of eleven kings or rulers who tried to assault one of Father's Prophets and there was an immediate judgment received, see also: Exodus 10:28; Numbers 24:11; here in I Kings 13:4; 22:27; II Kings 5:12; II Chronicles 16:10; 24:21; 26:19; Jeremiah 26:21; 32:3 and Matthew 14:3.

13:5 Sign fulfilled.
13:5 Arrival.

I Kings 13:5 The altar also was rent, and the ashes poured out from the altar, according to the sign which the man of God had given by the word of the LORD.   ->   No sooner than spoken and prophesied of, then the deed comes to pass. Though Father's Word doesn't state what actually transpired, we can imagine that something much like an earthquake happened, causing the altar to break in two, or something very similar. What we do know is what is stated, i.e.: "that the ashes poured out from the altar," in other words, the ashes of the sacrifices which Jeroboam had just sacrificed were basically spit back at him. Did this get Jeroboam's attention? You bet it did, but only temporarily, let's read what he does next:

13:6 Jeroboam. Healed.
13:6 Arrival.

I Kings 13:6 And the king answered and said unto the man of God, “Intreat now the face of the LORD thy God, and pray for me, that my hand may be restored me again.” And the man of God besought the LORD, and the king's hand was restored him again, and became as it was before.   ->   Jeroboam instantly knew and understood that this Prophet was indeed a man of YHVH, and that he has a Divine foreknowledge of what is to come to pass; therefore, now fearing for his life, he asks him to pray to Father that He would save his life alive, and also restore his hand and arm back to their original state. The Prophet does as Jeroboam asks and prays to Father, in order that He grants him his request. Father does indeed grant this request in order that Jeroboam knows who is in charge.

Thy God=Notice though, Jeroboam still as yet doesn't claim Father as "his" God. Of course, this could be that he dare not yet say "my," or "our" God.

13:7-10 Obedience.
13:7 Return.

I Kings 13:7 And the king said unto the man of God, “Come home with me, and refresh thyself, and I will give thee a reward.”   ->   So, after having his hand restored to its natural condition, Jeroboam relieved knowing that he isn’t going to be returning Home to Father at this time, now changes his tune towards Father's Prophet and invites Him to come home and share in a meal with him, this isn't to say that he changed his tune towards Father--as surely he did not; but, remained wicked all the rest of his life--but, for the time being, Jeroboam is going to try and reward this prophet for bringing back the health to his arm and hand: in other words, he is going to attempt to pay him off for his praying for him. What Jeroboam is doing is, trying to save face with all those who watched the entire event take place, he's wanting to prove that YHVH is still on his side.

Something to pay attention to here brethren: Father is in control of all things, He very easily could have slain Jeroboam and took him Home now in order to get the attention of the other people in the land of Israel; however, as we read in I Kings 14 and II Chronicles 13, we see that Father allowed Jeroboam to reign as king for 22 years. Father allowed Jeroboam to reign all that time for His purpose, just as He is allowing our current usurper-in-charge to remain in charge to fulfill His purpose.

13:8 Return.

I Kings 13:8 And the man of God said unto the king, “If thou wilt give me half thine house, I will not go in with thee, neither will I eat bread nor drink water in this place:   ->   Father’s Prophet declines Jeroboam’s invite to come home with him. Why? We’ll find out in the next verse that Father had already lain on his heart to not go home to Jeroboam’s house. Besides, like Father’s Elect know their reward is in Heaven with Father, and not from some man, or a man-made item, this Prophet too knows Whom his reward is from.

We see in this though, that he was quite familiar with the Law, for here he is almost word-for-word, quoting Balaam from Numbers 22: Numbers 22:18 And Balaam answered and said unto the servants of Balak, If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of the LORD my God, to do less or more..  Why is this Prophet so strong in his rejection of Jeroboam? Because he is actually rejecting Jeroboam’s worship of his false gods and idols, he knows darn well what Jeroboam has been up to and he will not put his stamp of approval on it. He knows what it will cost him if he does. From our vantage point 2,500+ years in the future to this time, we too know—as we have read—what Paul taught us in I Corinthians 5:11, that we are to have no part with them that "are fornicators, or covetous, or an idolaters, or a railers (those who are abusive or into mischief), or a drunkards, or extortioners (those who take things by force).".

13:9 Return.

I Kings 13:9 For so was it charged me by the word of the LORD, saying, ‘Eat no bread, nor drink water, nor turn again by the same way that thou camest.’”   ->   The Prophet continues by telling Jeroboam that Father gave him His instructions before He even tasked him, that when he was finished with father’s message to Jeroboam, that he was afterward not to stop to eat bread nor drink water; but, immediately upon leaving Beth-el he was to change his route, and go to his home in Jerusalem a different way by which he came, in order that, anybody who saw him come to Beth-el, wouldn’t know which way, or where he was headed when he left.

Bread\water=He also specifically states that Father directed him to not eat bread nor drink water offered by Jeroboam. Jesus taught us in the Gospels several things concerning “bread, and the water:” we read in Matthew 6, when His disciples asked Him how we are to Pray, He replied in verse v6:11: Matthew 6:11: Give us this day our daily bread.. He also taught us in John 6: John 6:32 Then Jesus said unto them, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but My Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. [6:33] For the bread of God is He which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world." [6:34] Then said they unto Him, "Lord, evermore give us this bread."  [6:35] And Jesus said unto them, "I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.". Concerning the water, Jesus taught us when He addressed the woman at the well in John 4: John4:7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, "Give me to drink.", skip down to verse v4:9 with me: [4:9] Then saith the woman of Samaria unto Him, "How is it that Thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? (for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.)" [4:10] Jesus answered and said unto her, "If thou knewest the gift of God, and Who it is that saith to thee, Give Me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of Him, and He would have given thee living water." [4:11] The woman saith unto Him, "Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?", to verse 4:13: [4:13] Jesus answered and said unto her, "Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: [4:14] But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life."   ->   He is the Living Water, and from that living water of His Word, we know what the future brings, and where we will be. We know the Love of our Father, His rewards and gifts to us, are forever. The water of salvation is a gift from God.

13:10 Return.

I Kings 13:10 So he went another way, and returned not by the way that he came to Beth-el.   ->   Being obedient to Father, as he was departing to returned to his own home in Jerusalem, he did indeed go by a different direction so that, should anybody have been paying attention to him, they wouldn’t have been able to give sure knowledge of where his destination was. This is all well and good; however, as we’re about to read, he’ll forever be remembered as “the disobedient prophet.” Why? Let’s continue reading:

13:11-14 Old prophet.
13:11 Return.

I Kings 13:11 Now there dwelt an old prophet in Beth-el; and his sons came and told him all the works that the man of God had done that day in Beth-el: the words which he had spoken unto the king, them they told also to their father.   ->  This "old prophet is not a true prophet as, a true Prophet of YHVH would not still be living in Beth-el, we know this by reading II Chronicles 11: II Chronicles 11:14 For the Levites left their suburbs and their possession, and came to Judah and Jerusalem: for Jeroboam and his sons had cast them off from executing the priest's office unto the LORD:   ->   We had already read where Jeroboam had fired all the Levitical Priests and they fled to Jerusalem, and though Father can and will used whoever He wants, most likely a Prophet of His would be of the Tribe of Levi. [11:16]  And after them out of all the tribes of Israel such as set their hearts to seek the LORD God of Israel came to Jerusalem, to sacrifice unto the LORD God of their fathers.   ->   Anybody and everybody who desired to still serve and worship Father came to Jerusalem; therefore, thisold prophetobviously is not seeking Father, neither is he nor his sons True Prophets of Father’s, otherwise they wouldn’t be in Beth-el. His actions in the next few verses will confirm this.

Anyway, this “old prophet’s” sons were all there listening to what the Prophet of Father was telling Jeroboam, and they didn’t care for what they heard; so, carried that news back to their father and reported to him everything the Prophet had told Jeroboam.

And his sons=The Septuagint reads, “whose sons…”.

Though this "old" prophet is identified as such--meaning, "old"--here in this Chapter, you should immediately recognize him as a "Type" for who he represents. He represents the true false prophet who will be cast into the Lake of Fire on the very day of Jesus' return. The false prophet is the role of anti-christ: the pretend to be jesus, and upon the True Saviour's return, the false will be cast into the Lake and is consumed for ever; meaning, satan will never again be able to play that role. As we continue reading this chapter we'll see this one play his role superbly as he plays the great deceiver, the liar and we know our adversary satan is the true great deceiver. It's interesting also to note that, by the close of this chapter, this false prophet when he understands--by Father speaking a True Prophesy concerning the True Prophet of Father YHVH-- what his deception has caused--i. e. the death of a True Prophet of Father YHVH--he'll have his sons bury the disobedient prophet's body in his own grave, and then tell his sons that when he too dies, to lay his bones in the same grave beside the bones of the disobedient prophet. What we see in this, is that he understands that the disobedient prophet's prophesy is going to come to pass exactly as he spoke it, and therefore, he doesn't want his bones desecrated. This rejection by this false prophet not wanting his bones burned upon the altar that Jeroboam built is very symbolic of what happens with the true false prophet at the end of Revelation 19, in other words, what we see in this, is basically an attempt on satan's part to reject Father's casting him into the Lake of Fire.

13:12 Return.

I Kings 13:12 And their father said unto them, “What way went he?” For his sons had seen what way the man of God went, which came from Judah.   ->   Though the True Prophet was obedient and started his return to Jerusalem by a different course than that by which he arrived, this “old, or should I say ‘false’ prophet’s” sons saw which way he departed Beth-el and reported that news also to their father. Obviously this old prophet,” is one who is not of Father, has evil intents on his mind, let’s see what he is up to:

13:13 Return.

I Kings 13:13 And he said unto his sons, “Saddle me the ass.” So they saddled him the ass: and he rode thereon,   ->   As soon as his sons are finished giving him all the news they had, the false prophet tells them to saddle the ass for him in order that he ride out to and try and catch up with the True Prophet.

Had this false prophet been a True Prophet, he would already know what Father’s Prophet told Jeroboam and there would have been no need to ride out and talk with him; though, it should have been obvious, even to the most casual observer, what was about to happen.

13:14 Return.

I Kings 13:14 And went after the man of God, and found him sitting under an oak: and he said unto him, “Art thou the man of God that camest from Judah?” And he said, “I am.”   ->   Notice the false prophet asks the True Prophet if it was he who just came from advising Jeroboam; had he been a True Prophet, there would have been no need in asking as, he would have truly known he was speaking.

There is a superb lesson for Father's children in what is about to take place here: It is easy for us 2,500+ years in the future to this time to see the short comings of each of these prophets, in both the True Prophet of YHVH, and the false prophet who is not of Father. To this point, the True Prophet has obeyed Father and His Word right down to the letter; however, now here comes this false prophet thinking he is about to change plans for this True man, he first is going to ask this True Prophet a few questions. If you’ll recall, his sons told him everything that the True Prophet told Jeroboam. Brethren do you recall what he Prophesied to Jeroboam? Something about the altar breaking and pouring out the ashes of the sacrifices, something about Josiah coming 350+ years in the future and desecrating this very altar. This false prophet wants to know more about all this. Maybe, just maybe he thinks he is going to show the True Prophet a new, or different “truth;” Yeah, right, if you believe that, I have some land for sale in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea that you just might be interested in purchasing.

13:15-19 Disobedience.
13:15 Return.

I Kings 13:15 Then he said unto him, “Come home with me, and eat bread.”   ->   What had Father commanded His True Prophet? He already told Jeroboam: I Kings 13:9 For so was it charged me by the word of the LORD, saying, Eat no bread, nor drink water, nor turn again by the same way that thou camest.   ->   If he’s smart, he’ll repeat this to the false prophet, again; if, the false prophet had been a True Prophet, he would have already known this, and wouldn’t be asking the True Prophet to come home with him.

13:16 Return.

I Kings 13:16 And he said, “I may not return with thee, nor go in with thee: neither will I eat bread nor drink water with thee in this place:   ->   Again, to this point the True Prophet is being obedient to Father and is listening only to Him. Sadly, that is about to change; as, he’s about to become known as the name he’ll forever be remembered as: “the disobedient prophet.” How and why? Because, he is about to listen to, and fall for the lies that come out of this false prophets mouth. This false prophet is a tool of satan’s, one of his children: the nethinims, we know this because he is every bit as cunning and crafty as his father, and as his father beguiled Eve in the garden with his enticing words, so too will this nethinim, false, or old prophet deceive the True Prophet with his lies.

13:17 Return.

I Kings 13:17 For it was said to me by the word of the LORD, Thou shalt eat no bread nor drink water there, nor turn again to go by the way that thou camest.”   ->   Said=Notice the change from verse v13:9 where he states he was “charged” with immediately departing after delivering Father’s message, now he proclaims it was “said” to him to immediately leave, he is weakening in his position.

There=Notice also, when Father gave His commandment to His True Prophet, He told him he was not allowed to eat an bread or drink any water in Beth-el, not just at Jeroboam’s. This was directed by Father in order that he might not eat anything which had been offered to idols there in Beth-el.

The superb lesson I mentioned in my companion notes in verse v13:14 above, it that, this “disobedient prophet” is about to deviate from his original tasking and now listen to a “man” instead of Father. Had Father changed His Prophet’s Tasking, He would have told him Himself—as He most likely did originally;—not by nowsupposedlysending an angel to another prophet to come to him with the news. Our lesson in this is that weas Father’s Electneed to listen to Father and not man, stay focused on Father and don’t allow anyone, or anything to get you side-tracked.

13:18 Return.

I Kings 13:18 He said unto him, “I am a prophet also as thou art (a lie); and an angel spake unto me by the word of the LORD (another lie), saying, ‘Bring him back with thee into thine house, that he may eat bread and drink water.’” But he lied unto him.   ->   I am a prophetbut he lied=Again, Paul taught us concerning this in Galatians 1: Galatians 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. [1:9] As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.   ->   Brethren, this is what we must be very careful of, those who claim to be prophets of Father’s and claim that He has revealed something to them for us; yet, the things that they say, go completely against the "Word of God." Many people today claim to be teachers of Father's Word, and have even taken on great titles of honor i.e.: “pastors, preachers and, reverends” yet the words which come out of their mouths, absolutely go contrary to Father's Word.

You may think you’re grounded in God's Word—as this True Prophet did;—however, put yourself in the shoes of the True Prophet from Jerusalem. How can you tell when those who come to you are truly of Father? Check out what any man tells you with Father and His Word. This True Prophet was far from home, maybe a day’s journey by his mule, he accomplished his mission, he’s probably a little hungry and thirsty, and on his way home. It would’ve been great to sit and talk with another prophet of God and maybe eat and drink at his table; however, bear in mind that this old, false prophet—this nethinim, satan’s child—lied when he stated that Father sent an angle to him in order to get this him to return to his home with him to eat and drink and come and have fellowship.

Brethren, Father never changes His prophecy, and if someone comes to you to tell you that some portion of His Word has been altered, or  changed, you better have checked the manuscripts and found what is truth; if that person lied to you as this false prophet has just done to Father’s true Prophet; then, you mark that man well as a liar. When Father gives a command, or makes a prophecy through one of His prophets, you can expect that prophecy to come to pass exactly as He stated it would. Father doesn’t send out mixed words or signals, that’s Babylon: confusion and our Father is not of confusion: I Corinthians 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints..

13:19 Return.

I Kings 13:19 So he went back with him, and did eat bread in his house, and drank water.   ->   Disobeying Father in favor of the words of a man, this disobedient prophet returns to Beth-el with the false prophet, and did indeed eat his food and drank his water. Brethren, as I said, this former True prophet had already had a visit from Father, and Father lain on his heart to go to Beth-el and pronounce His Prophesy concerning Jeroboam and his altar. If Father would have indeed changed His plan, He would have re-appeared, or again lain on his heart, and not sent somebody different to tell one of His Prophets of a change.

13:20-31 Old prophet.
13:20 Return.

I Kings 13:20  And it came to pass, as they sat at the table, that the word of the LORD came unto the prophet that brought him back:   ->   Though this old prophet was a false prophet, and knew that everything he had told Father’s True Prophet  was a lie, as they were sitting at the man’s table eating his food, Father revealed something to the false prophet, Father can still use him and He is about to.

13:21 Return.

I Kings 13:21 And he cried unto the man of God that came from Judah, saying, “Thus saith the LORD, ‘Forasmuch as thou hast disobeyed the mouth of the LORD, and hast not kept the commandment which the LORD thy God commanded thee,   ->   Who do you think was more shocked at the words coming out of the false prophet's mouth, the false or the disobedient prophet? In either case, Father is about to deliver a strong message to His Prophet who has become disobedient to Him, think of Aaron's sons Nadab and Abihu.

Disobeyed=Check this out in the Strong's Concordance, it is Hebrew word number H4784 - מרה, - mârâh, pronounced - maw-raw', and means: A primitive root; to be (causatively make) bitter (or unpleasant); (figuratively) to rebel (or resist; causatively to provoke): - bitter, change, be disobedient, disobey, grievously, provocation, provoke (-ing), (be) rebel (against, -lious).. This is the very same expression used by Father of Moses and Aaron while they were at Meribah in Numbers 20:24 and 27:14, Father had told Moses--when the people were bellyaching about wanting to return to Egypt in order to have better food to eat, and good water to drink--to speak to the Rock and water will issue forth, Moses instead spoke to the people and struck the rock. This goes to show us that safety is only found in the path of obedience, we can compare this with verse v13:26 below

Father, speaking through this false prophet to His Prophet continues:

13:22 Return.

I Kings 13:22 But camest back, and hast eaten bread and drunk water in the place, of the which the LORD did say to thee, ‘Eat no bread, and drink no water;’ thy carcase shall not come unto the sepulchre of thy fathers.’”   ->   Father is reminding His Disobedient Prophet whom He had told him to come here to Beth-el, deliver His message, and then immediately turn and leave, and not just leave; but, leave by a different path than the one he arrived by. The entire land of the ten northern tribes now called the “House of Israel,” had become an abominable place before Father because of their serving and worshipping false gods and idols, and here sits His Disobedient Prophet whom He didn't want in this place, in complete defiance to Him.

Brethren, for those of Father’s Elect, it is no use or excuse to claim that somebody tricked you and lied to you, and caused you to fall into your sin of doing the exact opposite of what Father commanded you. Father expects you to use common sense and His Word, and to obey Him completely, thoroughly and wholly. To those whom Father gives much, He expects much from. He expects the wisdom of His Word to give the stability that comes from that wisdom. He does not want a double minded person. When God gives an order, He expects the person to whom He gave it to carry it out, He expects you to discipline yourself in your obedience to His Word.

For being disobedient, Father here is prophesying--to His Prophet through this false prophet--that His Prophet whom He sent is going to meet an untimely death and to be brought Home to Him; and, his dead body will not be buried in the ground.

13:23 Return.

I Kings 13:23 And it came to pass, after he had eaten bread, and after he had drunk, that he saddled for him the ass, to wit (that is to say), for the prophet whom he had brought back.   ->   How he could have eaten any food after hearing of Father's True Prophesy for him--coming out of the mouth of the lying, false prophet--is beyond me, I think I'd have lost my appetite and just left, in Prayer that Father change His mind for my now, at least trying to be obedient. But, no, he stayed and ate the false prophet's food, and drank his drink, and then climbed upon the saddled ass and left.

For the lying prophet's part; after he had fed the disobedient prophet and gave him drink, he then had one of his asses saddled for the disobedient prophet to ride on during his return to Jerusalem. Though he knows the Prophet will not make it home, as Father spoke through his mouth Prophesying what was to befall His Prophet for being disobedient.

Now, with that being said brethren. Let's look at what is about to transpire with this disobedient prophet. Father just told him that He is bringing him Home to Him. This is the same as what He did with Nadab and Abihu. They erred by getting drunk on the night before they were to perform their Priestly Duties of taking their censer and putting fire in it and then the incense in it, and then offered "strange fire" before Father. Meaning: they in their drunkenness allowed the fire on Father's Altar to go out, and then instead of putting fire from their censers on the fire to re-ignite it, they got buffalo chips (dung) from another fire that was still burning to put on Father's Altar. That was their sin, not in drinking, nor in getting drunk; but, in getting drunk the night before they were to perform their Priestly Duty and then putting strange fire upon Father's Alter. What did Father do as punishment? He called them Home to Him in order to look them in the eye and tell them of the great sin. See, that is what happens when we die, we return Home to Father, in the case of Nadab and Abihu--and probably this one True Prophet of Father's too--they went directly before His Throne to answer for their err. Did He Judge them to the Lake of Fire? No, The Great White Throne Judgment doesn't happen until after Jesus' 1,000 year Millennium (see Revelation 20); so then, that means they have a chance to repent of their sins from the time they went Home until the end of the Millennium.

13:24 Return.

I Kings 13:24 And when he was gone, a lion met him by the way, and slew him: and his carcase was cast in the way, and the ass stood by it, the lion also stood by the carcase.   ->   Once the saddled ass was ready, the disobedient prophet climbed onto the animal to begin his journey home. Now, what was going through the man’s mind is anyone’s guess; but, he heard Father speak through the lying prophet and knew what lay in store for him.

Sure enough, as he travelled home, he was met in the way by a lion that slay him and tossed his dead carcass aside, and never once touched the mule. This is not normal brethren as, a loin usually only kills what it intends to eat; also, for it to have not touched the mule is out of the ordinary as well. This then shows us that this was of Father, and that Father was controlling the lion at this point.

Lion=I Guess weren't too rare in Palestine, as we first read of lions being there when we read of Samson encountering one and rending it as one would rend a kid of the goats, and leaving the carcass lay as he travelled to Timnath, and then on his return, there was a swarm of bees and honey in the carcass which out of the lion and ate and gave to his parents to eat as well, which can be read of in Judges 14:5; see also: I Samuel 17:34; and I Kings 20:36, for other instances of lions in Palestine.

13:25 Return.

I Kings 13:25 And, behold, men passed by, and saw the carcase cast in the way, and the lion standing by the carcase: and they came and told it in the city where the old prophet dwelt.   ->   Shortly after Father’s Prophesy was fulfilled and the lion slew the disobedient prophet, some men happened to be passing by and saw this unusual spectacle of a lion standing by a slain corpse and a living ass. Again, what they saw was a lion just standing there over its kill; but, not about to eat what it had just killed, very unusual indeed, so much so, that they continued on their journey to Beth-el and upon arriving, they told everybody they saw of this unusual sight. Word of this unusual scene spread quickly, and it wasn’t long before it got back to the lying prophet. He knew immediately that the Prophesy which came out of his own mouth had just come to pass, and. I’m sure that upon realizing the prophesy coming to pass as prophesied, instantly made him realize that the true Prophet’s Prophesy concerning the future event of Josiah burning the bones of the false prophets upon Jeroboam’s altar, would come to pass exactly as prophesied too. This is obvious by what he does next:

13:26 Return.

I Kings 13:26 And when the prophet that brought him back from the way heard thereof, he said, “It is the man of God, who was disobedient unto the word of the LORD: therefore the LORD hath delivered him unto the lion, which hath torn him, and slain him, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake unto him.”   ->   Disobedient unto the Word of the LORD=The lying prophet knew that a man of God should never have listened to his lies, or the lies by any other man; but, totally rely upon the Word of Father. He also knew that it was wrong for him to have listened to the alleged word of an angel instead of the Word of God. Also forefront in his mind was the fact that he knew that it was his very own lies which caused the death of this disobedient prophet. The lesson in this for all Christians—and especially Father’s Elect—is that we are to be so knowledgeable in Father's Word as to His plan; that, we do not get sucked into the lies of the world, especially the flood of lies which shall come out of satan’s mouth during the end days. There are as many lies as there are people who know not the truth of Father's Word. They put out their own false doctrines, ideas and traditions, which go completely against Father'
s Word. It doesn't matter how believable those lies are, if they are not completely true, in the end, they are still lies. If it is contrary to Father's Word, then it’s a lie, and listening to lies can lead to our spiritual death as surely this disobedient prophet's listening to the lying prophet’s lies caused his physical death. Likewise also, listening to the lies coming out of  the mouths of some of the “preachers” today can also cause our spiritual death.

13:27 Return.

I Kings 13:27 And he spake to his sons, saying, “Saddle me the ass.” And they saddled him.   ->   Hearing the disobedient prophet was dead and lying in the street, the old prophet tells his sons to saddle his ass in order that he go and collect the lifeless body. He knows there is no sense letting it lay there; besides, it was he who caused this man’s death, so, he might as well go and bring him back to Beth-el in order to give him a decent burial.

There is no mention of whether the man had any family, so, I’m guessing he did not; however, before bringing his body back to Beth-el, the lying prophet should have at least gone on to Jerusalem and checked.

13:28 Return.

I Kings 13:28 And he went and found his carcase cast in the way, and the ass and the lion standing by the carcase: the lion had not eaten the carcase, nor torn the ass.   ->   Upon arriving at the location where the lion slew the man—and notice brethren, the lying prophet had no problem know the location as, the lion was still standing there over the dead carcass and also the live ass was still standing there as well—the lying prophet goes and retrieves the dead carcass. The lion doesn’t guard or protect its kill; but, allows the lying prophet to indeed take the dead body. There is a lesson in this for us also brethren, Father causing the lion to just stand there over but not eat its kill, nor bother the lying prophet as he collects the dead body, is a message to all those who saw that the lion accomplished an act of Father YHVH, on a divine mission. Everybody knows that a lion rips and tares and shreds, and leaves no prey in one piece, it also does not kill and sit there in the middle of the road for all to walk by stare. Father wanted everybody to know that it was He that brought it to pass.

13:29 Return.

I Kings 13:29 And the prophet took up the carcase of the man of God, and laid it upon the ass, and brought it back: and the old prophet came to the city, to mourn and to bury him.   ->   The lying prophet—again, undisturbed by the lion—takes up the limp corpse and places it on the ass he had given him, and returns to Beth-el. In this, we see another of Father’s Prophesy concerning this disobedient prophet coming to pass as, Father had said that because he had been disobedient, he would not be buried in the sepulchre of his fathers.

13:30 Return.

I Kings 13:30 And he laid his carcase in his own grave; and they mourned over him, saying, “Alas, my brother!”   ->   Once home, they open the false prophet’s sepulchre and lay the disobedient prophet’s body in it, and then utter a common Hebraism over the man; that is to say, "Alas my brother, or oh, or o woe my brother."

13:31 Return.

I Kings 13:31 And it came to pass, after he had buried him, that he spake to his sons, saying, “When I am dead, then bury me in the sepulchre wherein the man of God is buried; lay my bones beside his bones:   ->   After burying the disobedient prophet, the lying prophet then gives his sons instructions concerning what they were to do with his body when he too returns Home to Father. His telling them to lay his bones in with and beside those of the disobedient prophet, is in an effort to prevent them from being desecrated on Jeroboam's altar along with the bones of all the other false prophets as prophesied in verse v13:2 above. We can read further of this in II Kings 23:16-18
II Kings 23:16 And as Josiah turned himself, he spied the sepulchres that were there in the mount, and sent, and took the bones out of the sepulchres, and burned them upon the altar, and polluted it, according to the word of the LORD which the man of God proclaimed, who proclaimed these words. [23:17] Then he said, “What title is that that I see?” And the men of the city told him, “It is the sepulchre of the man of God, which came from Judah, and proclaimed these things that thou hast done against the altar of Bethel.” [23:18] And he said, “Let him alone; let no man move his bones.” So they let his bones alone, with the bones of the prophet that came out of Samaria.   ->   This was the true ulterior motive for the lying prophet going and retrieving the dead body of the disobedient prophet, in order that he be able to be buried with him and thus prevent his bones from being desecrated with all the other false\lying prophets.

13:32 Return.

I Kings 13:32 For the saying which he cried by the word of the LORD against the altar in Beth-el, and against all the houses of the high places which are in the cities of Samaria (watch mountain; or, watch station), shall surely come to pass.   ->  For the saying which he cried by the word of the LORD=The lying prophet is giving, and being a second witness to, what the disobedient prophet had prophesied when he was before the altar of Jeroboam. That prophecy was that Father would bring forth a king who would sit on the throne and bring down all these idolatrous altars and high places both in Samaria, and in Judah also. It took exactly three hundred and sixty years before this prophecy would come to pass; however, as Father’s Word goes, it always comes to pass exactly as he states it and\or it is written.

Samaria=This city is situated 30 miles north of Jerusalem and about six miles to the northwest of Shechem, in a wide basin-shaped valley, six miles in diameter, encircled with high hills, almost on the edge of the great plain which borders upon the Mediterranean. In the centre of this basin, which is on a lower level than the valley of Shechem, rises a less elevated hill, with steep yet accessible sides and a long fiat top. This hill was chosen by Omri as the site of the capital of the kingdom of Israel. He "bought the hill of Samaria of Shemer for two talents of silver, and built on the hill, and called the name of the city which he built, after the name of the owner of the hill, Samaria" I Kings 16:23,24. From the that of Omri's purchase, B.C. 925, Samaria retained its dignity as the capital of the ten tribes, and the name is given to the northern kingdom as well as to the city. Ahab built a temple to Baal there I kings 16:32,33. It was twice besieged by the Syrians, in B.C. 901 I kings 20:1, and in B.C. 892 II Kings 6:24-27; II Kings 6:20, but on both occasions the siege was ineffectual. The possessor of Samaria was considered Deuteronomy facto king of Israel II Kings 15:13,14. In B.C. 721 Samaria was taken, after a siege of three years, by Shalmaneser king of Assyria II Kings 18:9,10, and the kingdom of the ten tribes was put an end to. Some years afterward the district of which Samaria was the centre was repeopled by Esarhaddon. Alexander the Great took the city, killed a large portion of the inhabitants, and suffered the remainder to set it at Shechem. He replaced them by a colony of Syro-Macedonians who occupied the city until the time of John Hyrcanus, who took it after a year's siege, and did his best to demolish it entirely. (B.C. 109.) It was rebuilt and greatly embellished by Herod the Great. He called it Sebaste=Augusta , after the name of his patron, Augustus Caesar. The wall around it was 2 1/2 miles long, and in the centre of the city was a park 900 feet square containing a magnificent temple dedicated to Caesar. In the New Testament the city itself does not appear to be mentioned; but rather a portion of the district to which, even in older times it had extended its name Matthew 10:5; John 4:4,5. At this clay the city is represented by a small village retaining few vestiges of the past except its name, Sebustiyeh , an Arabic corruption of Sebaste. Some architectural remains it has, partly of Christian construction or adaptation, as the ruined church of St. John the Baptist, partly, perhaps, traces of Idumaean magnificence, St. Jerome, whose acquaintance with Palestine imparts a sort of probability to the tradition which prevailed so strongly in later days, asserts that Sebaste, which he invariably identifies with Samaria was the place in which St. John the Baptist was imprisoned and suffered death. He also makes it the burial-place of the prophets Elisha and Obadiah..

13:33 Idolatry. Persistence.

I Kings 13:33 After this thing Jeroboam returned not from his evil way, but made again of the lowest of the People priests of the high places: whosoever would, he consecrated him, and he became one of the priests of the high places.   ->   Turned not from his way=It didn't matter to Jeroboam what Father did to try and get his attention in order to try and change him from his evil path: the prophesy of the disobedient prophet concerning Josiah being born in the future and burning the bones of all the idolatrous priests upon his altar, his withered hand and paralyzed arm when he reached out and tried to grab hold of the disobedient prophet, nor the rending of his altar right in there in front of his eyes, nobody or nothing was going to change him, or his ways.

Became one of the priests=The Septuagint, Syriac and Vulgate Codices all read "became priest." So, in other words, upon building the high places, Jeroboam then served as the priest of the groves, and high places where they worshipped all their false gods and idols.

13:34 Idolatry. Persistence.

I Kings 13:34 And this thing became sin unto the house of Jeroboam, even to cut it off, and to destroy it from off the face of the earth.  ->   This prophesy is also going to come to pass as, the Assyrians—some one hundred and ten years in the future to this time—will indeed cut off the House of Israel and take them into captivity, and then later scatter them. Father never goes back on His Word, nor does he contradict himself, if He says something will be done in a certain order, you can know for a certainty that He will not deviate, or change His mind to that prophecy. So, if some man or woman tries to tell you that Father is going to do something which is not written of in His Word, or out of the Order in which Father has said it would come to pass, mark that man well, for they are a liar. There are no short-cuts to Father's Word, His plan is final, and will come to pass exactly as it is written. Want to fully know and understand His Plan? Then don’t take any short-cuts with Father’s Word, Study it in its entirety: Book-by-Book, Chapter-by-Chapter, Verse-by-Verse, Line-by-Line, Word-by-Word.

It is the duty of every man who claims to be of God, to teach all of His Word to the people who are under him. It is because of this reason so many do not understand Father’s Word, far too many people want the “condensed version,” they want only the short-cut as, the long version—you know, actually having Father’s Word Read, Studied, and Explainedis just too much, and too boring. The Pastor’s purpose is to teach His Word, and exactly as it is written, in order that the understudy can then know exactly what is of God, and what are the doctrines, traditions, and things of man.

When the people in the kurch houses start consecrating men and\or women as the leaders and teachers in your spiritual community with the charge to teach Father's Word, and then all they do is teach man’s traditions, false doctrines, or play games with Father's Word, then these lessons apply directly to you who have done the consecrating of those kurch leaders and teachers. It is these, much like Jeroboam has done, and are they who are also made “of the lowest kind, or sort,” and are robbing both Father and you. Many of them are nothing but hirelings, spiritual harlots inside the kurch house walls. This is a serious charge indeed, and we are in that final generation.

As a Child of our Father ELOHIM, and a Student of His Word, we are to learn the entire plan of our Father, and then to have the faith and trust in those things which He expects of us. We are to prepare ourselves for those events of our generation, for they will happen exactly as they were prophesied. An example of this is in II Thessalonians 2:2-7; which deals with our gathering back to the Lord Jesus Christ at His Second Advent. Paul writes: II Thessalonians 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering back unto Him,   ->   Paul is pleading with the Thessalonians and us, to listen to what he is saying about Jesus' return, and how we will be gathered back to Him. This gathering takes place, as we'll read about here in this letter, right here on earth. [2:2] That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter, as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.   ->   Like Jesus told His disciples in Matthew 24:4, Mark 13:5 and Luke 21:8 "be careful who you listen to and pay attention to, otherwise you could be deceived into believing false doctrines," He also said the same thing but in a different way, in Matthew 16 5-12. [2:3] Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition,   ->   Paul is telling them and us to pay attention, because many men will come with false doctrines and will deceive many so as to confuse, and lead people to the wrong Christ. But, Christ will not return until the apostasy (lack of hearing Father's Word, Amos 8:11) is in full swing and satan, as the anti-christ, (or instead of christ as this reads in the Greek) stands in Jerusalem, proclaiming that he is Christ and then he will be revealed as the false christ. We are beginning to see the falling away and the apostasy take place now, as Father's Word is being attacked on a daily basis. Christianity and the name Christ, the ONLY means by which we can be saved and have eternal life with Father, is being supplanted by many false doctrines, idols and other religions, the muslim being one of them. [2:4] Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.   ->    Does this sound like he'll be coming in and destroying the earth? No! Satan will be right there in the temple saying, I am Christ and I have returned, so you can now stop taking communion in My absence. This is the abomination of desolation that Jesus was talking about in  Matthew 24:15 and Mark 13:14, where He was quoting from Daniel 11:31 and 12:11, satan saying and portraying himself as God. If you still believe that there is a rapture of the church, you obviously cannot comprehend what you read, because verses v2:1-4 of this chapter make it very plain and clear that satan comes first. [2:5] Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?   ->   Paul is asking the Thessalonians (and us) don't you remember I already stated this? How could you have gotten it confused? I'll go over it with you again... [2:6] And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.   ->   Yes he'll be revealed in his time alright, when is that? At the sounding of the sixth trumpet which is the second woe trumpet. We can read that the fifth angel sounds, and that a star falls from heaven in Revelation 9:1, this star is satan, identified as Lucifer in Isaiah 14:12-16, and he goes to the bottomless pit where the fallen angels are kept to loose them, and as Revelation 9:2-10 tells us, to allow them to run loose on the earth, bringing in and establishing the deception of satan's lies in preparation for satan's ruling dominion. Oh, reading everything in Revelation 9:2-10 sounds so scary; but, if you are familiar with Father's Word, you'll understand that this is all spiritual, and it is nothing but lies and deceptions and as Revelation 9:4 tells us, they cannot hurt anybody that is sealed with the truth of Father's Word in their mind. Revelation 9:5 then tells us that this time can only be for five months, not seven years or ever 3 1/2 years, like most preachers say. Satan himself doesn't actually show up and take control until the sixth trumpet sounds, which is the second woe. That is when he will actually be here de facto, in charge and proclaiming himself as God. And it is in this time that he will be revealed. [2:7] For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.   ->   It is during this time that the fallen angels are at work here on earth, satan up to this point is actually still being held by Michael the arch angel. Michael releases satan at the sixth trump as can be read in Revelation 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,   ->   (notice the comma here meaning the sentence continues into the next verse) [12:8] And prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven.   ->   Our adversary satan and his angels--as we'll see--are about to be ejected from heaven. [12:9] And the great dragon was cast out that old serpent, called the devil and satan, which deceiveth the whole world:   ->   How many? The whole world, except as Revelation 9:4 tells us, those sealed with the truth of God's Word. Satan will be cast out unto the earth, and his angels will be cast out with him. Our adversary satan (as a man {but not in the flesh because he will never be born of woman} and anti-christ) and his angels now have full control over the whole earth. So, satan and his angels are here for that five (5) month period deceiving the whole world, and then he is revealed for whom he is and then Christ returns consuming his role as "instead of jesus", and turning all of us which are still alive in our flesh bodies, into our spiritual bodies. Out of the way=In the Strong’s Concordance is Greek word number G3319 - μέσος, - mesos, pronounced - mes'-os, and means: From G3326; middle (as adjective or [neuter] noun): - among, X before them, between, + forth, mid [-day, -night], midst, way.. It is the same expression used in Acts 17:33 (among), and I Corinthians 5:2 (again, among). Many rapture teachers claim this "one who letteth" is the Holy Spirit, and when He is "taken away," then the satan in his role of antichrist—pretend to be jesus—will come. By reversing the role of the characters in the verse here, and attributing that which is satan's, to the Holy Spirit, you have a whole new doctrine. That doctrine is called the "any moment doctrine" and this false doctrine is also known as the "rapture," and this is exactly what it is, a false doctrine, I devoted an entire Topical Study to this entitled: “The Rapture, one of satan’s snares.” It is Michael in heaven who is now "holding fast" on to satan—the instead of jesus, the pretend to be jesus, antichrist, or whatever other name you wish to call him—and Michael will continue to hold on to him until the appointed time spoken of in Revelation 12. That time is appointed by Father, and when that time comes, you will know it, for it is described in detail in Revelation 9:1-11. We are living in the time of the end, and the end time events are reported daily in our press. So also are many false prophecies from many so called prophets of God. This is why the warning to us is so dear that Father gave us it here in I Kings 13, for there will be many that look just like prophets of God, they will have their credentials, and say words that seem so right, yet they will be false prophets if they do not conform exactly to the Word of God.

Sept 2014

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