|* II Kings 20
This Chapter is a continuation of the reign of Yekh-iz-zee-yah'-hoo (Hezekiah) the twelfth king of the House of Judah. We began reading and learning of him two Chapters ago, in II Kings 18:1, and here is what we have read and learned to this point in Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo's reign: he began his reign in the year 617 B.C.; he was 25 years old when he took over the throne; and he reigned over the Nation for 29 years, until the year 588 B.C.; during his third year San-khay-reeb' (Sennacherib) the king of Ash-shoor' (Assyria) invaded the ten Northern Tribes which made up the House of Israel, and three years later in the year 611 B.C. the Nation of the House of Israel ceased to exist when he took the People into captivity and carried them back to Ash-shoor'; San-khay-reeb' next set his sights on the People and lands of the Nation consisting of the House of Judah and during the fourteenth year of Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo's reign, Sennacherib made his first expedition aganist Judah. We know that, again, I'll let San-khay-reeb's own inscriptions detail for us what he captured: "forty-six of his fenced cities, and the strongholds, and the smaller cities which were round about them which were without number, by the battering of rams, and the attack of engines and by the assaults of foot soldiers, and I besieged, I captured, 200,100 people, small and great, male and female, horses, and mules, and asses, and camels, and men, and sheep innumerable from their midst I brought out, and, I reckoned [them] as spoil. [Yekh-iz-ze-yaw'-hoo] himself like a caged bird within Jerusalem, his royal city, I shut in...," he then departed from Jerusalem in order to continue on his quest to capture and take control of as many countries in the area as he could in order to expand his kingdom. During San-khay-reeb's absence Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo and Yesh-aw-yaw'-hoo (Isaiah) Prayed to Father to not allow San=khay-reeb' to overtake His city Jerusalem, and when San-khay-reeb' did return to Jerusalem in order to complete his sacking of the city, Father answered Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo's Prayer by sending His Destroying Angel Who claimed the lives of 185,000 of San-khay-reeb's soldiers during the night previous to their beginning the conquest of the city. San-khay-reeb' then returned home to his own Capital city of Ninevah where two of his sons murdered him and then fled to Ar-aw-rat' (Armenia).
This then brings us current, and 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 partake of and receive Your Spiritual Meat, and Father, as we prepare to dine on the sustenance which sustains our inner man, we ask that You Oh LORD open our ears and eyes, that we might be able to hear and see your Truths, open our hearts and minds and prepare us in order that we may receive Your Truth. We Pray for Your Understanding of Your Word, we seek Your Knowledge in Your Word and most importantly Father, we Pray for and desire Your Wisdom from Your Word, in Jesus' Precious name we Pray, thank You Father, Amen."
18:1-24:20 JUDAH. (Division. )
20:1-19 PERSONAL. SICKNESS. (Division.)
20:1-11 Hezekiah’s miraculous healing.
20:1-11 HEZEKIAH’S HEALING. (Alternation.)
20:1 Isaiah’s warning.
II Kings 20:1 In those days was Hezekiah (strengthened of JAH; or, the might of YHVH) (Yekh-iz-kee-yaw'-hoo) sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah (YAH has saved) (Yesh-ah-yaw'-hoo) the son of Amoz (Strong) (Aw-mohts’) came to him, and said unto him, “Thus saith the LORD, ‘Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.’ ” —> As I stated in our introduction to this Chapter, we are in Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo's fourteenth year of his reign, and we know this because, we know that he reigned for a total of 29 years; and, Father has just sent His Prophet Yesh-aw-yaw'-hoo (Isaiah) to tell Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo to set his house in order as; Father is about to call him Home. We also know that after Yesh-aw-yaw'-hoo tells Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo this, he'll Pray to Father asking for Him to allow him to live a little longer, which Father will grant. In fact He'll grant Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo another fifteen years of being in the flesh, thus bringing his total years of reign to twenty-nine.
In those days was Yekh-iz-zee-yaw’-hoo sick unto death=What Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo's sickness is, Father's Word doesn't ever say; however, we will find that Yesh-aw-yaw'-hoo will make a medicament to place on a area of Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo body in order to heal him. Biblical scholar Flavius Josephus states in his writings that, Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo “fell into a severe distemper, insomuch that the physicians despaired of him, and expected no good issue of his sickness, as neither did his friends: and besides the distemper itself, there was a very melancholy circumstance that disordered the king, which was the consideration that he was childless, and was going to die, and leave his house and his government without a successor of his own body.” So, Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo's dispairing wasn't so much for his own condition as it was that he didn't have an heir, and as such, he would be leaving the kingdom with an unknown; or, rather, a non-king David descended ruler.
Set thine house in order=Father is telling Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo to tend to and closeout all his current ongoing affairs; meaning, that he needs to appoint who will rule after he is gone, tidy up unfinished business with any country his is currently doing business with, and things of that nature. Remember brethren, Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo was one of Israel's most righteous kings, having even more trust in Father than even king David, he also did many good works in that he opened up Father's Temple which had been closed since the time of his father king Aw-khawz' (Ahaz) had closed it in order to stop the People from worshiping Father, he held a Passover which was bigger and more righteous to this point in time than any Passover recorded in all Father's Word, and he is probably thinking to himself, "I know and follow Father's Law, and Father YHVH'S Law says that, if I do things His way, then He'll add years to my life;" why then, would Father call me, who is only 40 years of age, decide to now call me Home to Him, especially considering that I have no heir, and Father Promised that David would always have one to rule over these, Father's People?
Thou shalt die, and not live=Father states this in a manner which cannot be mistaken; emphasizing both the positive and negative, and Dr. Bullinger calls it a pleonasm, in other words, a redundancy.
Hezekiah=First from the Strong’s Concordance, we find that it is Hebrew word number: H2396, - חזקיּה, חזקיּהוּ, יחזקיּה, or יחזקיּהוּ, - chizqı̂yâh, chizqı̂yâhu, yechizqı̂yâh, or yechizqı̂yâhû, pronounced - khiz-kee-yaw', khiz-kee-yaw'-hoo, yekh-iz-kee-yaw', yekh-iz-kee-yaw'-hoo, and means: From H2388 and H3050; strengthened of Jah; Chizkijah, a king of Judah, also the name of two other Israelites: - Hezekiah, Hizkiah, Hizkijah. Compare H3169., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary: “Twelfth king of Judah, son of the apostate Ahaz and Abi or Abijah, ascended the throne at the age of 25. Hezekiah was one of the three most perfect kings of Judah II Kings 18:5; Sirach 49:4. His first act was to purge and repair and reopen with splendid sacrifices and perfect ceremonial the temple. He also destroyed a brazen serpent, said to have been the one used by Moses in the miraculous healing of the Israelites Numbers 21:9, which had become an object of adoration. When the kingdom of Israel had fallen, Hezekiah invited the scattered inhabitants to a peculiar passover, which was continued for the unprecedented period of fourteen days II Chronicles 29:30,31. At the head of a repentant and united people, Hezekiah ventured to assume the aggressive against the Philistines and in a series of victories not only rewon the cities which his father had lost II Chronicles 28:18, but even dispossessed them of their own cities except Gaza II Kings 18:8, and Gath. He refused to acknowledge the supremacy of Assyria II Kings 18:7. Instant war was imminent and Hezekiah used every available means to strengthen himself II Kings 20:20. It was probably at this dangerous crisis in his kingdom that we find him sick and sending for Isaiah, who prophesies death as the result II Kings 20:1. Hezekiah's prayer for longer life is heard. The prophet had hardly left the palace when he was ordered to return and promise the king immediate recovery and fifteen years more of life II Kings 20:4. An embassy coming from Babylon ostensibly to compliment Hezekiah on his convalescence, but really to form an alliance between the two powers, is favorably received by the king, who shows them the treasures which he had accumulated. For this Isaiah foretells the punishment that shall befall his house II Kings 20:17. The two invasions of Sennacherib occupy the greater part of the scripture records concerning the reign of Hezekiah. The first of these took place in the third year of Sennacherib, and occupies only three verses II Kings 18:13-16. Respecting the commencement of the second invasion we have full details in II Kings 18:7 seq.; II Chronicles 32:9 seq.; Isaiah 36:1 ... Sennacherib sent against Jerusalem an army under two officers and his cupbearer, the orator Rabshakeh, with a blasphemous and insulting summons to surrender; but Isaiah assures the king he need not fear, promising to disperse the enemy II Kings 19:6,7. Accordingly that night "the angel of the Lord went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred fourscore and five thousand." Hezekiah only lived to enjoy for about one year more his well-earned peace and glory. He slept with his fathers after a reign of twenty-nine years, in the 56th year of his age.”.
Isaiah=First from the Strong’s Concordance, we find it is Hebrew word number: H3470, - ישׁעיה, or ישׁעיהוּ, - Yesha‛yâh, or Yesha‛yâhû, pronounced - Yesh-ah-yaw', or Yesh-ah-yaw'-hoo, and means: From H3467 and H3050; Jah has saved; Jeshajah, the name of seven Israelites: - Isaiah, Jesaiah, Jeshaiah., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary: “The prophet, son of Amoz. The Hebrew name signifies Salvation of Jahu (a shortened form of Jehovah), He prophesied concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah Isaiah 1:1. He was married and had two sons. Rabbinical tradition says that Isaiah, when 90 years old, was sawn asunder in the trunk of a carob tree by order of Manasseh, to which it is supposed that reference is made in Hebrews 11:37.”.
Amoz=First from the Strong’s Concordance, we find it is Hebrew word number: H531, - אמוץ, - 'Amôts, pronounced - Aw-mohts', and means: From H553; strong; Amots, an Israelite: - Amoz., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary: “Father of the prophet Isaiah, and, according to rabbinical tradition, brother of Amaziah king of Judah II Kings 19:2,20; 20:1; II Chronicles 26:22; Isaiah 1:1.”.
20:2 Hezekiah’s prayer.
II Kings 20:2 Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, saying, —> Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo's trust in Father is again emphasized here in that; upon hearing the news that he is being called Home, he immediately turns to Father and speaks with Him via Prayer, and the next verse chronicles exactly what he asks of Father.
We can contrast Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo's correct actions of Praying to Father here in this Verse—which is also chronicled in II Chronicles 32:24 and Isaiah 38:2—with his own incorrect actions in verse v20:13 and Isaiah 39:2; where, as we'll read, he'll receive a letter from the king of Babylon, and in reply to the king, he'll open up for the king's ambassadors, all his treasuries and storehouses. We read in II Chronicles 32:31 that: II Chronicles 32:31 Howbeit in the business of the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, who sent unto him to enquire of the wonder that was done in the land, God left him, to try him, that He might know all that was in his heart. —> So, we see that since Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo didn't seek Father in this decision, Father left him to his own devices in order to see exactly where Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo's heart was. Sadly, it wasn't truly with Father as; after Father had Promised him a longer life in the flesh, his heart became lifted up, and he thought of himself, and not Father.
20:3 Hezekiah’s prayer.
II Kings 20:3 “I beseech thee, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before Thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in Thy sight.” And Hezekiah wept sore. —> After learning from Yesh-aw-yaw'-hoo of his coming demise; Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo whirled around and went in to Father’s Temple, once there, he loudly and openly weep to Father, proclaiming to Him to search His heart as; He would find that he had been a good king, for he had put the things of Father foremost in the kingdom. He loved Father, and tried his best to always walk in His Commandments, Judgments, Laws, Ordinances and Statutes which had been laid down by Father through His servant Moses. Today, far too many preachers say that our Faith is all we need; however, it is our works which makes a great difference when we are Praying to Father whether for our life, or for a favor. No, our works do not buy us our Salvation; but, our works are the fruit of our Salvation. If you are trying to follow Father’s ways which He set forth in His Word; then, you are fulfilling your part of the conditions required for Him to answer your prayers.
Brethren, do you remember back in Deuteronomy 27 and 28, when Father set forth conditions dealing with all parts of your life, then whether you get the blessings or the cursings from Him, depended on whether you keep those conditions or not? Every now and again, it’s good to go back and review them, and to also review your own life to see why the blessings or curses have entered into your life. Remember, when you keep those Commandments, Judgments, Laws, Ordinances and Statutes then you can do what Hezekiah has done here and, "Beseech the, Lord", asking Father for the promises which He has made in His Word. You can do it in truth and with a perfect heart, for you have tried to please Him in all that you have done.
Father rewards those who deserve a reward. Yekh-iz-zee-yaw’-hoo was not like the other kings who had ruled before him for; he was a righteous man, and like his great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather Asa before him, he tore down all the idols in Judah and cleaned up the temple and made it right before Father.
20:4-7 Isaiah’s promise.
II Kings 20:4 And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the LORD came to him, saying, —> After hearing Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo's bitter weeping, Father responded pretty quickly as; Yeesh-aw-yaw'-hoo hadn't even reached the middle of the courtyard when Father laid it on his heart what he was to tell Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo.
Came=The word “came” used here in this verse, is the same as the word “was” used in Genesis 1:2, it is in the Strong's Concordance, Hebrew word number: H1961, - היה, - hâyâh, pronounced - haw-yaw', and means: A primitive root (compare H1933); to exist, that is, be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary): - beacon, X altogether, be (-come, accomplished, committed, like), break, cause, come (to pass), continue, do, faint, fall, + follow, happen, X have, last, pertain, quit (one-) self, require, X use., and it is the first and only occurrance of this transpiring in the case of Father's Prophet Isaiah.
II Kings 20:5 “Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of My people, ‘Thus saith the LORD, the God of David (loving; or, well-beloved) (Daw-veed’) thy father, ‘I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD. —> The LORD, the God of David thy father=Father uses two of His Divine Titles in succession here, first He uses His Title of YHVH — Covenant Maker and Keeper, and then He also uses His Title of ELOHIM — Creator of All Things. His use of both Titles assures Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo that He will be faithful to Keep the Promises made to him, and also to David before him, which He made back in II Samuel 7:8-16 and reads: II Samuel 7:8 Now therefore so shalt thou say unto My servant David, 'Thus saith the LORD of hosts, 'I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My People, over Israel: —> LORD of hosts=This is YHVH Sabaioth, one of Father's Titles and it means that He is LORD of all the Universe, not just the LORD of heaven, nor just the LORD of earth; but, The LORD of all the Universe. I took=It was Father Who had Samuel go and chose David from his brothers, and from being a sheep boy, in order to anoint him as the next king of Israel. As we see in this, it is Father Who choses each of us to fulfill His roles, much the way Father told Jeremiah in Jeremiah 1:5 that it was He Who chose him before He formed him in his mother's belly, and, while he was growing in his mother's womb, Father anointed him to be a prophet for Father. II Samuel 7:9 And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name, like unto the name of the great men that are in the earth. —> Cut off all thine enemies=David got the credit for his slaying of tens of thousands of Philistines, even Goliath; however, it was Father Who deserved the credit because as He states here, it was He Who gave David his victories over each and every one of his enemies. Remember what Father told David in the last chapter? When you hear Me move My army by the shaking of the trees overhead, then is the time for you charge forth. Father set the enemy running and David did the mopping up. If you stop and look back in your own life, you too will see how Father was there all along moving in your life also, and that is what He is telling David here, to stop and look back at the things which I have done for you already, and this should give you confidence in His faithfulness to you now. David himself knows that on the day he took on the giant Goliath, his courage came from Father and he had put his trust in Him, and, even declared so on that day as we read in: I Samuel 17:46 This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. —> At the end of David's declaration to the giant that he will have the victory over him, we find the reason - so all the earth will know that Israel serves YHVH, and He protects us. Father made David and Israel the most powerful Nation on the face of the earth. Israel, with David and then his son Solomon as king, either geographically owned or controlled and had influence over a large part of the world, or at least what we know as the "middle East" today. II Samuel 7:10 Moreover I will appoint a place for My People Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime, —> This declaration is actually a covenant by Father, and He would have upheld His end of the covenant, had Israel remained true and faithful and served Him only. But, man is man, and man falls short, and the nation of Israel just like their first man king Saul, turned from serving YHVH only, and served the gods of the nations all around them, and because of it, Father plucked them up, first the House of Israel - the ten northern tribes, by the Assyrians, and then the House of Judah - the tribes of Judah, Benjamin and a sprinkling of Manasseh and Levites, by the Babylonians. The Assyrians held the House of Israel captive until Father had the Assyrians scatter them to the four corners of the earth, the Babylonians held the House of Judah captive only for seventy years, and then Father raised up Darius who allowed them to return to Jerusalem in order to rebuild it. Even in our current Generation 1948-present, in 1948 Father gave the nation of Israel, through the UN, her own land which she still resides in today, and when her enemies which surrounded her and were encompassing her to retake her lands, Father gave her a grand victory over all her enemies, in 6 days she totally defeated each one who was coming against her. But, just like in the past, as time wore on, she turned and served other gods and now she again is faced with an enemy who is closing in on her. This is no different than we here in the USA - part of the scattered tribes of Israel, we too Father planted and made the greatest Nation on all the earth, and we were great until we too turned—once again—from serving Father only, in order to serve other false gods, and now we too have fallen. Today, 2016, our enemy isn't from without this country; but, from within — our usurper-in-charge president and our congress and senate. This is also prophesy as; it not only applied to this Age; but, it looks forward to the Millennium age, that time when Jesus Christ, Emmanuel is here on earth dwelling with us. This takes place after the Second Advent. Look around you today, for there is plenty of wickedness in the world today. If there is any wickedness around you, Christ has not yet returned. The key to understanding what is being said here, is in the "key of David," it is that Christ, Emmanuel - God with us, shall come through David's loins. Father took David from the tending sheep in the sheepcote, and made him king. Then through that removing of those kingly garments, and putting on the robe of humility, David demonstrated the work of our Lord and Saviour - Jesus Christ. What else does the "Key of David" provide us with? As can be read in both Revelation 2:8-11 and 3:7-13 while discussing the only two churches—Philadelphia and Smyrna—that He—Jesus—found no fault with, He tells us what is was that they taught as to why He found no fault in them. It wasn't because of their name, nor, because of their location; but, because of the doctrine which they held fast to, and in that doctrine, was, that they were teaching: Revelation 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of satan., and Revelation 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. —> Who are these who make this claim that they are "Jews" - really, if what they spoke were true, they would be identified as Israelites; and, not Jews; but, you have to understand Father's Word, as He is referencing what they called themselves in the New Testament and in reality they mixed in—and Jesus knows this—during Joshua's day as can be read in Joshua 9, Ezra 8:15 and Nehemiah 7: Ezra 8:15 And I gathered them together to the river that runneth to Ahava; and we abode in tents three days: and I viewed the people, and the priests, and found there none of the sons of Levi. —> As Ezra and the people who were with him who were returning to Jerusalem after being in Babylonian captivity for the past seventy years, were gathered at the River Ahava, Ezra looked out over all those who were with him, and saw those who "claimed to be of the sons of Levi - in other words, those who claimed to be the priests; but, he quickly realized that though they claimed they were the priests, none of them were Levites, they were all the nethinims, who had taken over the priesthood because the Levites had become lazy. It was these same nethinims—actually their offspring—who were in charge of the church during Jesus' days, that was why He contended with them, and they had it set in their heart to—and did—kill Him. It was these nethinims that He warned John and us of in Revelation 2:9 and 3:9. It's funny in a non-humorous way because, most Christians don't even recognize that those who Jesus was contending with — the priesthood, claimed they were "the Jews," when, in reality it wasn't the "Jews" who were supposed to be in charge of the priesthood, it was the Levites who were the only ones who were supposed to be the priests of YHVH. But, again, if Christians truly took the time to Study Father's Word, they just might learn something. II Samuel 7:11 And as since the time that I commanded judges to be over My People Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all thine enemies. Also the LORD telleth thee that He will make thee an house. —> The LORD telleth thee that He will make thee an house=Here is the promise and the covenant of the future for those who do righteous. In verse v7:14 below I'll bring in from I Chronicles 17:14 Father's declaration which ties it all together. Focus on the spiritual side of this verse, for, this house is made up of believers. So, the house that father was speaking of here, is the house spoken of by Jesus in John 2: John 2:19 Jesus answered and said unto them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." —> It is the body of Christ, through David: That is "The key of David." Father has a plan, and when we try to stay with His plan, we are being pleasing to Him. II Samuel 7:12 And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. —> Again, this is a promise by Father is two-fold, as, it is in reference to Solomon who will next rule the kingdom of Israel, and also of Nathan from whose seed will come Father in the flesh. II Samuel 7:13 He shall build an house for My name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever. —> He shall build an house for My name=It was Solomon who was the royal seedline and built the Temple in Jerusalem for all to come and worship Father in. This seedline is still active today in Great Brittan, for, as can be read in the Book of Jeremiah, when Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had taken the House of Judah captive, there was a remnant left in Judah who came to Jeremiah the Prophet seeking to know what Father wanted them to do: stay there and serve the king of Babylon; or, flee to Egypt. Two things to remember: (1) Father already told them to go into captivity and it would be well with them; and (2) Many hundreds of years previous, Father had told Moses and then many others to never again go back into Egypt, so, this question by these captains is for naught, well, let’s just read it: Jeremiah 42:1 Then all the captains of the forces, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and Jezaniah the son of Hoshaiah, and all the people from the least even unto the greatest, came near, [42:2] And said unto Jeremiah the prophet, “Let, we beseech thee, our supplication be accepted before thee, and pray for us unto the LORD thy God, even for all this remnant; (for we are left but a few of many, as thine eyes do behold us:) [42:3] That the LORD thy God may shew us the way wherein we may walk, and the thing that we may do.” —> All these that are left in Judah, all they had to do was stay there, raise their families, crops and what-have-you and everything would have been fine. The problem was that they wanted to continue serving the false gods they were serving, which is why Father sent Nebuchadnezzar in the first place. So, what did these do when Jeremiah told them that Father said to not go into Egypt? Jeremiah 43:1 And it came to pass, that when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking unto all the people all the words of the LORD their God, for which the LORD their God had sent him to them, even all these words, [43:2] Then spake Azariah the son of Hoshaiah, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the proud men, saying unto Jeremiah, “Thou speakest falsely: the LORD our God hath not sent thee to say, ‘Go not into Egypt to sojourn there:’ [43:3] But Baruch the son of Neriah setteth thee on against us, for to deliver us into the hand of the Chaldeans, that they might put us to death, and carry us away captives into Babylon.” —> They didn’t believe Father Who spoke through Jeremiah warning them not to go into Egypt. What happened next? [43:4] So Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces, and all the people, obeyed not the voice of the LORD, to dwell in the land of Judah. [43:5] But Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces, took all the remnant of Judah, that were returned from all nations, whither they had been driven, to dwell in the land of Judah; [43:6] Even men, and women, and children, and the king's daughters, and every person that Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had left with Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Jeremiah the prophet, and Baruch the son of Neriah. [43:7] So they came into the land of Egypt: for they obeyed not the voice of the LORD: thus came they even to Tahpanhes. —> So they took all their people, including Jeremiah and the king’s daughters (3) (Scota; or, Teia Tephi, and her two unnamed sisters who remained in Egypt and died there when Nebuchadnezzar came and besieged it) and disobeying Father, left Judah for Egypt. What happened then? Jeremiah 44:26 Therefore hear ye the word of the LORD, all Judah that dwell in the land of Egypt; Behold, I have sworn by my great name, saith the LORD, that My name shall no more be named in the mouth of any man of Judah in all the land of Egypt, saying, ‘The Lord GOD liveth.’ [44:27] Behold, I will watch over them for evil, and not for good: and all the men of Judah that are in the land of Egypt shall be consumed by the sword and by the famine, until there be an end of them. [44:28] Yet a small number that escape the sword shall return out of the land of Egypt into the land of Judah, and all the remnant of Judah, that are gone into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, shall know whose words shall stand, mine, or theirs. —> Jeremiah and the daughters of Zedekiah the last king of the House of Judah, went down to Egypt with the rest, then as we read, they (Jeremiah and Scota) were part of that small number who returned to Judah. The Biblical story ends here; however, the historical story then picks up, and we find that Jeremiah then took that lone daughter Scota (Tea Tephi) to Ireland. Did you know that there is a royal family that is here on earth today that can trace its lineage all the way to back to David? I am referring of course to lineage of the kings and queens that rule over England today. This information is common, and the lineage of England goes back through king James who reined in Scotland, and back through the Irish king line. It was from when Jeremiah that brought Scota from Jerusalem through Egypt, back to Judah and then on to Ireland, where she married king Eremhon-Heremon, and the lineage of David now continues to the royal line of today. Father gave this prophecy to Ezekiel in Ezekiel 21:26-27, and Jeremiah was the prophet that Father used to do the overturning of the kingdoms. Ezekiel 21:26 Thus saith the Lord God; "Remove the diadem, and take off the crown: this shall not be the same: exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high. —> Father was saying to remove the crown and robes from off Zedekiah because Zedekiah had exalted himself and now Father was going to bring him back down of his “high horse” and humble him. [21:27] I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until He come Whose right it is; and I will give it Him." —> …Overturn, overturn, overturn it=Three times for strong emphasis. Father was so fed up with Zedekiah and Israel’s transgression of worshiping false gods and idols and locking up His prophet (Jeremiah) which He had sent to warn Zedekiah about the coming of Nebuchadnezzar and his army to take Israel into captivity, that He had had enough and was going to use Zedekiah as the last king of the House of Judah. Zedekiah was indeed the last king of Judah, there has not since he sat on the throne, been another; but, that doesn’t mean the line ended there, because, this also concerns the history dealing with "Jacob’s Stone or the Stone of Scone" which was carried by Jeremiah, along with Scota to Ireland. That stone was the stone Jacob had laid his head upon and became known as "Jacob's pillar," and Father said that pillar was the gateway between heaven and earth as is recorded in Genesis 28: Genesis 28:11 And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep. —> Jacob was returning from his uncle Laban’s along with his wives and sons—the twelve patriarchs—and he had sent them on ahead of himself to greet his brother Esau. Jacob in the meantime stopped for the night and gathered some stones to use as a pillow for his head. One of these stones Jacob took with him, and has been carried through the wilderness by the Israelites, and held through many centuries. It is the stone that all the kings of Israelites were crowned on, and today it goes by several different names: Jacob’s Pillar, the Stone of Scone, the Stone of Destiny, or the Coronation Stone. It sat for many years in Westminster Abby in England; but, has since (Nov 1996) been returned to Scotland and sits in Edinburgh Castle. Both Scots and the Kings and Queens of England have been crowned upon this stone. It is the stone that Queen Elizabeth II was crowned upon, and should there be another linkage in the royalty line, he or she will also be crowned upon "Jacob's pillar." [28:12] And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven, and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. —> The ability to see this ascending and descending was conditional on the repentance of the nation, yet this time will still be seen. What it is saying is that Christ is the link between heaven and earth. It is by and through Christ that the angels descend and ascend. Christ is the link between God and man, for Christ is the tabernacle for man, to allow God to commune with man. Jesus also referred to this ladder in the Gospel of John: John 1:51 And He saith unto him, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the son of man." It is the windows of heaven that open, and the angels that come and go from God's throne are to the service of Jesus Christ. [28:13] And behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, "I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; [28:14] And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy see shall all the families of the earth be blessed. [28:15] And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.” —> That pillow stone became the pillar that was the gateway to heaven in Jacob's vision, and, in that vision Father revealed to Jacob that through his seed all the blessings of Abraham's Covenant would be passed. This stone or "pillar" was then—as I said a minute ago—carried by Jacob wherever he went in order to mark that promise which Father had given to him, and it is this same stone which has been passed from Jerusalem to Ireland, to Scotland and on to England, and now back to Scotland where every king and queen that has been crowned over that stone. David was also given this vision through Nathan the Prophet, that this promise was to pass through his seed, and we know that the spiritual seed is in Christ. It is in Christ that all the world that comes to the saving knowledge of Christ will be blessed. It is also through the nations of the old house of Israel would be blessed. Those ten tribes were scattered by the Assyrians seven centuries before Christ and have become the Christian nations of today. It is through these nations of the seed of Jacob that the entire world is blessed. It was not until King James IV of Scotland who became King James I of England; that the Bible was allowed to be read in each home. King James I decreed that a copy of the Bible would be in every home. The king decreed that the Word be read and understood by all his subjects, and from that decree gave us the bible that we have today. There was a very important letter that the king wrote to his subjects in the front of the King James Bible 1611 version; that tells us how and why the Bible was to be given to each person of his subjects. This decree was given so that you do not have to go through any man to go to God, and you now have the right to understand what God the Almighty Father wants you to know and do. Today we have numbered Concordances, numbered to Greek and Hebrew dictionaries to give us the accurate information as to what is in God's letters to you, in and from the manuscripts and that is why we must all learn to use those tools of understanding. Our Father is the God of the living, and not the dead. He is the Creator of all souls, and the living souls are those souls that are in Christ, and did things Father's way, yes, even in the Old Testament. It will be through Jacob’s family that Jesus will be born, and it is through Jesus that we receive every one of our blessings. It is through Jesus that the souls of all mankind can receive eternal life of the soul. Christ is the only ladder by which all mankind can ascend to the throne of God, and His name is the authority for our approaching that throne in repentance. This verse is also in reference to Jacob's sons become many nations scattered around the world, in geographic locations that would be a wealth to their peoples. This promise is to Jacob and all the generations that followed him, right up to our present generation. It is not just for the tiny land of Palestine, or Israel of today, but to all the migrations of the offshoot generations that sprang forth from Jacob. God's promises was for those ten tribes that came through the Caucasus Mountains in the seventh century B. C. and migrated westward to settle throughout Europe, and moved on to the Americas. They became known as "Caucasians" as a race of white people by tradition; however, this term is in reference to the event of migration of the "House of Israel;" the so called "lost house of Israel. This promise that Father is giving to Jacob also includes the "House of Judah", which includes the tribes of Judah and Benjamin, and part of the tribe of Levi, which was scattered throughout all the other tribes. So, here we see Father presenting himself to simple Jacob, sleeping on his rock pile, and revealing to him what he will be in the distant future. Why would He choose Jacob for this blessing? Because he obeyed his mother and father, and did not marry from the daughters of the Hittites, but most of all, he obeyed "El Shaddai", the Living God. It was Nathan whose line was established for Immanuel to become flesh, and this was fulfilled when Father's Holy Spirit came upon Mary and Father became flesh. It is this line, the line of Saviour, Messiah which will be established forever - LORD of lords and KING of kings - Kingdom without end. II Samuel 7:14 I will be his Father, and he shall be My son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men: —> He shall be My son=We read of Paul quoting this verse in Hebrews 1: Hebrews 1:5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, “Thou art My Son, this day have I begotten thee?” And again, “I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to Me a Son?” —> This of course is quoted from the second Psalms: Psalms 2:7 I will declare the decree: The LORD hath said unto Me, "Thou art My Son; This day have I begotten Thee. —> The King from the previous verse Psalms 2:6, is declaring that He is Father's Son, and He is correct as can be read in Matthew 3:16, Mark 1:10 and Luke 3:22 And the Holy Spirit descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, "Thou art MY beloved Son; in Thee I AM well pleased. —> We can read also from Paul in Acts 13:33 God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that He hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second Psalm, Thou art My Son, this day I have begotten Thee. —> Where we know He is speaking of Jesus and no other. If he commit iniquity=Of course, our Lord Jesus never committed any iniquity, so, this verse is directed at Solomon, who did commit much iniquity by his worshiping the false gods and idols of his many wives. It was because of Solomon's iniquity that Father divided the Nation of Israel into two separate Houses. Not only did our Lord Jesus not have any iniquity; but, as is declared in Isaiah 53, He took the stripes in order that we get the healing from our sins: Isaiah 53:5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with His stripes we are healed.. II Samuel 7:15 But My mercy (loving kindness) shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee. —> Father's love for His Son will never be removed from His Son, because you cannot remove the love for oneself. Sadly, too many Christians believe--because they have been taught--that Father did indeed remove HIs love from Jesus, or at least Jesus thought He did. How or why do I make this claim? Because, many Christians have been taught that as Jesus hung on that cross dying, He stated in Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34 ...“Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which is, being interpreted, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” —> What they fail to realize in their misinterpretation of Father's Word though, is, that, Jesus was teaching us while He was dying on that cross, in other words, He was quoting and reciting Psalms 22 the entire Psalm, in which David starts with the phrase "My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?". Unlike our Lord Who will never be rejected by Father, Saul, on the other hand, was rejected as the first man king of Israel by our Father because of his disobedience and rejecting of Father and His Word. On more than one occasion did Father give Samuel guidance to give to Saul in what he should do, and in just about every one of those cases, Saul, did just the opposite. Saul never sought out Father such as he sought out the witch of Endor - with his whole heart. II Samuel 7:16 And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.''" —> Established forever=This is a covenant that Father had made with David, it is a Covenant of Salt which Father gave to him concerning his Descendant - The True David - Jesus Christ. There are three separate and distinct subjects being spoken of here which are all tied together: “the house;” “the kingdom” and “the throne.” From the time that David was anointed as the second man king of Israel, all three of these things have been in existence, and, their existence will continue until this earth age is over. Why? Because God established them and He protects them. At the end of this Age, then during the Millennium and the Eternity Jesus will be the King Who rules over the House, the Kingdom and the Throne. Thine house=This is not speaking of a "building," it is in reference to the many membered body of Christ, the same one He spoke of when contending with the "Jews" in the Gospel of John saying: John 2:18 Then answered the Jews and said unto Him, “What sign shewest Thou unto us, seeing that Thou doest these things?” [2:19] Jesus answered and said unto them, “Destroy this Temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” [2:20] Then said the Jews, “Forty and six years was this Temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?” [2:21] But He spake of the Temple of His body. —> Yes His flesh body; but, He was also referring to His many membered body which is called "the church, or believers."
...The third day=This should put you in mind of Father's Prophet Jonah who was in the belly of the fish for three days, which our Lord Jesus told the pharisees, sadducees and scribes in Matthew 12:38-39; 16:1-4; and Luke 11:29-30, would be the only sign they would receive from Him; but,—even more importantly—it should also put you in remembrance that Jesus was in the tomb for three days and then raised up again.
David=First from the Strong’s Concordance, we find that it is Hebrew word number: H1732, - דּוד, or דּויד, - dâvid, or dâvı̂yd, pronounced - daw-veed', or daw-veed' and means: From the same as H1730; loving; David, the youngest son of Jesse: - David., The description of David in the Smith’s Bible Dictionary is extensive and too long to post here; so, I’ll instead just post the link to it: David.
II Kings 20:6 And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria ([in the sense of successful]) (Ash-shoor’); and I will defend this city for Mine own sake, and for My servant David's sake.’ ’ ” —> Here again we read the reason Father will do this, He will do it, all for the sake that the Messiah of the world Who would come through the seed of David. Remember, the righteous man Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo to this point in his life, still doesn’t have an heir, therefore, should he have returned Home to Father without that heir; then, Father’s Promise to David that he would always have an heir to sit upon the throne would not have come to pass, and though Yekh-iz-zee-yaw’-hoo is not in the direct lineage to Jesus, he still is in the lineage to the kings, and though he may not have understood this totally, it is still part of the reason that he asked for his own life, and for mercy; and, Father gave him his life, and much, much more, for in this statement Father is fulfilling many other prayers of Hezekiah. This then is a second witness for Jerusalem's protection that we read of in II Kings 19:33-36. Yes, Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo and Jerusalem were still besieged; but, ultimately they defended by Father, and not taken into captivity at this time.
This is why it is so important that we follow Father's plan; for, He hears each and every one of our prayers. There is nothing which Father has withheld and has not revealed to us, it is all written in His Word. When somebody says that they are a believer in Father, His Son Christ Jesus, and His Holy Spirit; but, yet, never studies Father's Word; then, we must ask, what are they truly a believer in? They have to know the Truth in Father and His Word, before they can believe in anything; otherwise, they would not be a believing Christian; but, a pretending Christian as; all they are then believing in is nothing but lies. They would be a pretending servant of our Father, and sadly, a lazy one at that. Lazy you ask? Yes, why? Because they didn’t take the time to Study His Word in order to seek the Truth within; but, rather, they listened to false the teachings and traditions of man. Do you have any idea what Father thinks of His Children who refuse to hear, seek and Study His Word; but, rather, listen to man, his traditions and false teachings? He is very plain and direct when He tells His Prophet Jeremiah in the Book named after him, let's turn there and read of it, Jeremiah 13: Jeremiah 13:1 Thus saith the LORD unto me, “Go and get thee a linen girdle, and put it upon thy loins, and put it not in water.” —> Father is speaking, and He tells His Prophet Jeremiah to go and get himself a linen girdle,—think of a belt which is used to hold up your pants as, that was the function of a girdle on a man at this time; only, a girdle tucked a man's skirt, which was what men wore, up under his loins and made him ready to run, or ready for battle and such—to wrap it around himself, and wear it all day, every day. To never take that girdle off, even when it becomes so soiled that it needs a washing, Jeremiah is not to wash it. This would also ensure that the girdle's marring was not mistaken. [13:2] So I got a girdle according to the word of the LORD, and put it on my loins. —> Jeremiah, always faithful and obedient, did as he was told and got himself a girdle, and then wrapped it around himself. He is going to leave his girdle wrapped around him until Father does indeed tell him to remove it. [13:3] And the word of the LORD came unto me the second time, saying, —> After doing so, Father again came to Jeremiah, and He is going to now tell him what he is to do next. [13:4] “Take the girdle that thou hast got, which is upon thy loins, and arise, go to Euphrates (u-fra'-tez) (perath; Euphrates, "the good and abounding river"), and hide it there in a hole of the rock.” —> Jeremiah was to go to the River Euphrates which was on the road to Babylon,—which was also in the hands of the Egyptians at this time—and once there, he could then take the girdle from off himself in order to then hide the marred and dirty girdle in the cleft of a craggy rock. Father has not yet revealed to Jeremiah the "why" he was supposed to do this; only, that he was to be obedient and do so. But, what we will find out is that this girdle was representative of our forefathers: Father’s Chosen Children, Israel — the seedline through which He will be born in the flesh as His only begotten Son, Jesus. Now, from where Father told Jeremiah to dawn this girdle, to where he has come to the River Euphrates, quite some time has passed, and as such, it is now—like I said a moment ago—quite dirty. The River Euphrates has always stood as a border between Babylon and our forefathers, it was the longest (1,780 miles) and most important stream of Western Asia, generally spoken of in the Old Testament as "the river" (Exodus 23:31; and Deuteronomy 11:24). In other words, when you crossed over the Euphrates river, you have the crossed the border and entered into Babylon,—and, unlike our politicians and the fools in this Country, the United States of America, who invite illegals into this Country—and when you do so, you will be taken captive by the king of Babylon for being in the Country illegally. With our now understanding of this, let's now look at the "rock," that Jeremiah was to hide his girdle in? We read in the "Song of Moses" of Deuteronomy 32, which the overcomers sing, which is also brought to our attention in the Book of Revelation, that, after the mark has been placed in the minds of the people, then they sing this “Song of Moses,” and in singing that song, the overcomers sing; "How should one chase a thousand, And two put ten thousand to flight, Except their Rock had sold them, And the LORD had shut them up?" "For their rock is not as our Rock, Even our enemies themselves being judges." So, when Jeremiah tries to hide his dirty girdle, or belt, which, being symbolic of our forefathers, he therefore is symbolically hiding the people in the false rock which is, false teaching. They don't do it knowingly, because they don’t know what truth is. So, let’s now look at Ephesians 6:14 for a moment in order to see what else Jeremiah's girdle symbolizes: Ephesians 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness: —> You are supposed to gird yourself with the truth. The truth is the Word of God, properly taught and properly understood. How do we do that? By Teaching and Studying Verse-by-Verse, Chapter-by-Chapter, and Book-by-Book in order that you learn Father's True Word. That brethren, is called knowledge and wisdom within yourself. However, Father is indicating here, because of the false pastors and scribes, that, over time, His Word has been made filthy and corrupt. That Word which the people have girded themselves with, is dirty and polluted. When you start dealing with the traditions of men, and you start to hide yourselves with those dirty traditions, rather then the pure Word of God, you, like His Word, will also become dirty and soiled, and the result is to try to hide in that false rock, which is satan, thinking he is the true Christ. [13:5] So I went, and hid it by Euphrates, as the LORD commanded me. —> Jeremiah again does as commanded by Father and finds a cleft in a rock to hide his girdle. He doesn't know or completely understand yet; but, in time, it will be revealed. [13:6] And it came to pass after many days, that the LORD said unto me, Arise, go to Euphrates, and take the girdle from thence, which I commanded thee to hide there. —> The phrase, "after many days," means that Jeremiah’s girdle which had been laying in that hole in the rock is now in the process of completely rotting away; as, it has been absorbing all the contaminants of the ground and weather for some time, and now Jeremiah has just been told by Father to go and dig it up. Yet again, Jeremiah does as commanded and goes and digs that filthy girdle out of the rock, and at this point, he could really see and understand what Father was trying to show him. When you take any rotten cloth, and you put any pressure on it, that rotten cloth falls apart right in your hands, it is the same with Father’s Word. The point to us is that, we never try to hide in men’s customs, doctrines or traditions; but, to always check out any teaching which goes against our Father's Word. Father is showing us here what He thinks of man's religious forms, and their traditions which lead people away from Him. Christianity is not a religion, but a reality; but, sadly, people like to play religion because it looks so nice; however, is absent of the truth, which is the Word of God. [13:7] Then I went to Euphrates, and digged, and took the girdle from the place where I had hid it: and, behold, the girdle was marred, it was profitable for nothing. —> When Jeremiah dug up his girdle, it was decayed to the point of ruination, which is exactly what happens when you allow man and his traditions to creep into your teachings. What did Jesus teach us concerning man’s traditions and doctrines, do you recall? Turn with me to Matthew 15:1-19 and then 16:2-12: Matthew 15:1 Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, —> These same scribes and pharisees will lay claim to being of the "Jews" when in fact they are not, they are those that have infiltrated the House of Israel when they deceived Joshua and the elders back in Joshua 9, and also who had taken over the scribe's duties as Father warned us in I Chronicles 2:55 which reads: I Chronicles 2:55 And the families of the scribes which dwelt at Jabez (Jerusalem); the Tirathites, the Shimeathites, and Suchathites. These are the Kenites that came of Hemath, the father of the house of Rechab.. Our Lord Jesus, being God in the flesh, knows who they are, and they give themselves away by saying and practicing what they say. What is disturbing to these scribes and Pharisees is that our Lord's disciples did not follow their "traditions of the elders," or the traditions of man. This washing ritual was not just a matter of getting your hands clean before you pick up your bread; but it was a created ritual that these scribes had made up and attached Father's name to it. The ritual was never given by Father, or any of His prophets; it came into being by these kenite infested orders of the scribes who took over the duties of the priests when they became lazy. Ezra weeded them out when they came out of their captivity in Babylon; however the priests again became lazy and here we have them back in the position where they are — claiming to be "Jews." This ritual was not a matter of using soap and water, but going through a sprinkling of water in each direction, and holding the hands in the proper position, and going through this very religious ceremony, being sure to show those around you just how religious you were — much like those in the kurch houses of today like to do — play one-upmanship. These kenites created the traditions that the church was to follow, only Christ's disciples simply did not follow the vain traditions that were not of Father. Setting aside Father's Word for following man's traditions is one of the quickest ways to go to hell. Father has given us the only way to follow; any other way, is a sure path to destruction. [15:2] "Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread." —> Remember what I wrote earlier concerning what was written in the Smith's Bible Dictionary? I'll repost it here: "the words of the scribes" were honored above the law. It was a greater crime to offend against them than against the law. The first step was taken toward annulling the commandments of God for the sake of their own traditions. Mark 7:13. The casuistry became at once subtle and prurient, evading the plainest duties, tampering with conscience. Matthew 15:1-6; 23:16-23. We can therefore understand why they were constantly denounced by our Lord along with the Pharisees.". Here the scribes are doing just what Dr. Smith had written concerning them — placing their traditions above Father's Word — and Who is that Word — Jesus — The Logos. They are asking Jesus why His disciples don't play "sprinkle, sprinkle" before they eat. Listen to Jesus' answer to them for this lesson that He is going to give these scribes and Pharisees will consist of four parts, so let's pay close attention so that we may pick up on all of them. In the first part, Jesus addresses the scribes from Jerusalem – "those that claim to be Jews but do lie and are of the synagogue of satan;" keep focused on that point. Do you need any other proof that there is a conflict between the Word of God and the traditions of the men? Many of the traditions in the kurch houses of today, are not of God, nor is their foundation in the Scripture. They originated in the kurch hierarchy by the church boards, and developed through the twisting of Father's Word just like satan likes to do, of course these are his offspring so we can see where they get it from. Be care what you follow for it is Father Who will judge you not the deacons, elders and scribes; remember also, it is Father Who can destroy your soul at the second death. [15:3] But He answered and said unto them, "Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? [15:4] For God commanded, saying, 'Honour thy father and mother:' and, 'He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.' —> Jesus immediately quotes Father's second Commandment from Exodus 20:12 and follows that up with Exodus 21:17; Leviticus 20:9; Deuteronomy 5:16, 27:16. The death that He is speaking of here is the death of the soul. In that these scribes have brought the law to Jesus' attention; He is about to turn it around on them and give these scribes a little lesson in the law. He isn't done with them yet, He continues: [15:5] But ye say, 'Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, 'It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me;' —> But ye say=Jesus is pointing out to these scribes that what the elders say, is contrary to Father’s Law. It is a gift=In the Strong's Concordance this is Greek word number G1435, - δῶρον, - dōron, pronounced - do'-ron and means: A present; specifically a sacrifice: - gift, offering.; so in other words, these scribes and elders say it is a set aside, or sacrifice for God. So, what Jesus is pointing out, is that these elders have set up tradition, whereby if the children give all their money to the elders (Father), then that releases them of the obligation of caring for their parents in their old age. Today, there were many crooked preachers, who say that for the right price, they will declare something "corban," which means "of God." They would declare the item or money a gift, and allow the giver to use it for their own personal use. [15:6] And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free.' Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. —> Jesus is nailing these scribes and telling them that if they continue to follow the traditions of these elders, they have violated the commandment of Father, by their actions. There are many today that call themselves "ministers of God — reverends" and they tell us that if you give your wealth to them, you are released from taking care of your mother and father. Jesus is calling them a liar; He is telling these scribes and the preachers of today that by their actions — they are making the commandments of God, of no effect. [15:7] Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, —> Jesus is going to give these hypocrite Kenite scribes and Pharisees another Bible lesson in the law. This one is found in Isaiah 29:13.[15:8] 'This people draweth nigh unto Me with their mouth, and honoureth Me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. [15:9] But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.'" —> The original reads: Isaiah 29:13 Wherefore the Lord said, "Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: —> Jesus is saying that these scribes speak so religiously of Father with their mouths and lips; however, their hearts and their minds are so far removed from Father and what His Word actually says, that they do not teach His Commandments, but they modify those words, and create commandments of men. Those commandments are called traditions of men. Those teachings are ways and things that are not in the Word of God, and Father is against them. They take these false commandments and turn them into doctrines. Jesus now is connecting the feedings of the multitude, to the doctrines, which is the true food for the Spirit which is the Word of God. The body of Christ is the true "Bread of Life", and aside from that there is no life of value. [15:10] And he called the multitude, and said unto them, "Hear, and understand: [15:11] Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man." —> Jesus is addressing a second group of people - the multitudes, which are all the people: all kindred's and tongues, and races – both those of the House of Judah and the gentiles. Jesus is telling these people do not only hear what I am going to say, but they should absorb it in their minds also. He is not talking about the health laws here, for they are still in effect and have not been done away with. In other words, if you eat things that are not fit for the body, and contain large amounts of poisons; then your body and your health will suffer because of it. It has nothing to do with sin and the death of your soul; however, Jesus is talking about the biggest sin that can be committed, the sin which can cause the death of your soul. It's what is in your heart and mind - the Spiritual food of the teaching of Christ, the food which gives eternal life that matters; rather then the food that you place in your mouth for nourishment of the physical body. [15:12] Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying? —> Do you think He was concerned that He offended the scribes and pharisees? No, not one iota. Jesus will naw make His third address here and it is to His own disciples. This part is addressed to you as a follower of Christ. [15:13] But He answered and said, "Every plant, which My heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. —> Remember, He is speaking directly to His disciples and no one else and He is going to reveal again to them what He had told them in Matthew 13 when He said, If you do not understand this one parable, then you will not understand any of my parables." What was that parable about? That parable was the parable of the sower. God was the one that planted the good seed. Satan the devil planted the evil seed, and Jesus warned of these offspring of the devil, the tares, or Kenites that would mix in with the tribe of Judah, and the House of Israel. Matthew 13:36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and His disciples came unto Him, saying, "Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. —> His disciples were having a hard time grasping what He had told them concerning satan's offspring with Eve, so He had to explain it more slowly to them. [13:37] He answered and said unto them, "He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; —> It was Jesus through Father that created man in the flesh; He created all the races on the sixth day, and the seedline through which He would become flesh on the eighth day. “Seed” as used here in the Strong's Concordance is Greek word number: G4690, - σπέρμα, - sperma, pronounced - sper'-mah, and means: From G4687; something sown, that is, seed (including the male “sperm”); by implication offspring; specifically a remnant (figuratively as if kept over for planting): - issue, seed.. [13:38] The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the Kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; —> He is not speaking figuratively, He is speaking plainly and truly: [13:39] The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. —> Again, the word seed as used here is the same as in verse v13:38 — sperma. When did satan — the wicked one, the devil, sow these seeds which became children? It all started in Genesis 3, in the Garden of Eden when he—satan, beguiled—wholly seduced—mind, body and spirit—Eve. Again, remember, this is Jesus — Emmanuel, God with us speaking, and He is not just telling stories or making things up as He goes. Let's listen to Him tell it to them — satan's offspring, in John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He (Cain — satan and Eve's child who slew his step brother — Adam and Eve's son: Abel) was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.. Matthew 13:40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. —> This is exactly what He is telling His disciples here in Matthew 15:13. Matthew 13:41 The Son of man shall send forth His angels, and they shall gather out of His Kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; [13:42] And shall cast them into a furnace of fire (the Lake of Fire at the Judgment and we know from Hebrews 2:14 that our Father is a consuming fire): there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. [13:43] Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. —> Do you have the ears to hear yet? Let's return now to Matthew 15: [15:14] Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch." —> These kenites were stealing from the poor and taking from the widows and orphans, and now we are to feel sorry that their feelings are hurt? What did you expect Christ was going to say to them. Yes He offend them; however, they offended Him and his disciples even more. This applies to us even today, are we keeping our attention on what Christ is saying, and can we apply those teachings in our lives? How are you judging the world of the so-called righteous? When they give their righteous sounding words out of their mouth and lips, can you tell if it is of God, or the traditions of men. This is what Jesus is trying to teach His disciples. [15:15] Then answered Peter and said unto him, "Declare unto us this parable." —> Peter is asking Jesus to explain to him the parable at the beginning of this Chapter, but Jesus will not. This is a teaching that Jesus has already explained, however Jesus will explain a little more of the parable of verse v15:11. Those parables of Chapter Matthew 13 and 14 are the ones that if you don't understand them, you will not understand any of them. This is why it is so important, that if you do not understand them; go back to Chapter 13 and review it until you get it. It is the key. Now this is the fourth part that we must pay attention to. Jesus is addressing Peter, who will establish the churches of Smyrna and Philadelphia, which continue on to this day. They are the churches that teach the true Word of God. [15:16] And Jesus said, "Are ye also yet without understanding? [15:17] Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? —> It isn't food (unless it is the unclean foods discussed in Leviticus 11) that defile us, it is the doctrine(s) and traditions of man that we absorb and hold dear to our heart and then pass on to others which defiles us. [15:18] But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. —> When a man talks, he places his own sentence on his head. A man lives his own sentence; and that that you sow, that is what you shall reap. If you sow wickedness, you shall reap wickedness, and God will see to it that it shall happen. [15:19] For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: [15:20] These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man. —> After this encounter with the scribes, Jesus then departs and goes to Tyre and Sidon, and He then continues onto Galilee where He has His disciples feed the four thousand men beside women and children the few little fishes and seven loaves of bread. Upon the completion of the feeding of the four thousand, He then climbs into a little ship and departs for the coasts of Magdala. Immediately upon His arrival in Magdala the pharisees and sadducees come to Him desiring He show them a sign from heaven. Of course our Lord does not put on side-shows, but replies: in Matthew 16: Matthew 16:2 He answered and said unto them, "When it is evening, ye say, 'It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.' —> Jesus answers these pharisees and sadducees with an old sailor's expression: "red at night, a sailors delight and red in the morning, the sailors take their warning." He is telling them that, sure, they can discern the sky, heck, even a fool can. [16:3] And in the morning, 'It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring.' O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? —> Yep, you can discern the easy things; however, of discerning the things of Father, they haven't a clue. Jesus never gave them the sign they were looking for; He only called attention to their stupidity. They had watched for many months all of the miracles He performed; yet, they still didn't believe. Jesus knew how He was getting under their skin, and was driving them nuts. Remember in Matthew 15:12 when the disciples came to Him in fear, "Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying." Jesus knew very well how much He was getting to them, if Father's Word offends someone, then they need offending. [16:4] A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas (Jonah in the Greek)." And he left them, and departed. —> All Jesus gave them was what they had the right to know; and then He out the door He went and was gone. Do you think that they were wise enough to know what He meant? No; sadly for them, they were not. When He mentioned Jonas, He was referencing Jonah 1:17 and referring to the three days that Jonah was in the belly of the great fish. Let's read it: Jonah 1:17 Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. —> Father had told Jonah to go and preach to the Ninevites, and that they should repent, or He was going to destroy their city, the Ninevites were the Assyrians. Remember that many years prior to this, there was a prophecy given and Jonah knew that Assyria was to be God's sword of judgment against Israel or more specifically — the House of Israel — the ten northern tribes consisting of Reuben; Simeon; Issachar; Zebulun; Ephraim and part of Manasseh; Dan; Naphtali; Gad; Asher; and a sprinkling of the Levitical priesthood. Jonah figured that if Nineveh perished Father would spare Israel; therefore, Jonah was pleased to offer himself in sacrifice for brother Israel. Father's plans however, were deeper then Jonah's, and when Jonah climbed onboard that ship; Father created a great fish right then and there to bring Jonah to shore — after three days, the same length of time our Lord would spend in the tomb. Jonah wasn't really a coward; but he was fearful for the ten tribes to the north and didn't want them to go into captivity to the Assyrians, so he figured if he didn't tell the Ninevites of Father wanting them to repent; then, they wouldn't be around to be the sword against his brothers. The twist that most preachers overlook of course is the fact that the Ninevites were worshipers of dagon the fish god, and when that great fish opened its mouth and Jonah walked out — the Ninevites immediately fell on their faces and worshipped and were then ready to do anything and all things which Jonah told them to do. Jonah told the Ninevites to repent, and the king decreed that everyone do so, and that is exactly what happened. Though Jonah didn't know it, what he did played right into Father's plan, and the whole city thought Jonah came from dagon, after all, to them dagon was God, and he sent them Jonah, and deposited him right on their beach. [16:5] And when his disciples were come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread. —> When Jesus' disciples came from Galilee to Magdala they had forgotten to bring some bread with them, but that is not what this lesson is about, it gets a lot deeper than it appears on the surface: there is a Spiritual Lesson to be learned here: [16:6] Then Jesus said unto them, "Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees." —> As I previously stated above, the church at the time Father walked in the flesh as His Son — Jesus, was run by the chief priests – selected by the Romans, the pharisees, the sadducees, the elders and the scribes. So this warning by our Lord to His disciples and us, to "take heed and beware of the leaven" was directed at their doctrine and traditions, or in other words: what they were teaching. You add leaven to the dough to make a larger loaf of bread; and the bread of Life is the Word of God - what Jesus was teaching, for Christ is the Bread of Life. Jesus is telling His disciples, and even the elect and Christians of today, to beware of the false teachings and those that that present themselves as being of Father; when in fact, what they are giving out are the traditions of men and their own opinions. They do not adhere to or follow the Word of God. The leaven Jesus is referring to is yeast, and when mother works that yeast into the dough in a short time that flat piece of dough starts to rise and pour over the pan. Then she kneads it again, and it rises until it puffs up and makes beautiful bread. The leaven penetrates the whole loaf. Likewise also; if you listen to false teachers, who take man's traditions, and the twisting of the Word of God by their denomination or church system, backed by the words of the "so-called" authorities and allow that information to penetrate your mind, then this warning by Jesus Christ is directed squarely at you. Do not let just any teaching be acceptable to you, without checking it out first in the Father's Word. The Bible is our authority and if you are a Bible teacher; then by all means: Teach the Word of God, Book-by-Book, Chapter-by-Chapter, and verse-by-verse. Jesus is saying, Do not listen to man, listen to Me. Is that complicated? No, not at all, Jesus performed two great miracles: the feeding of the five thousand and the feeding of the four thousand and the crumbs His disciples picked up afterward, in order to point out one little fact, and that one little fact is so important that it will be ruining the entire Word of Christ if it is not ardently followed. We are approaching the day where the entire loaf is leavening with false teaching, and daily more and more false teachers coming "in Christ's name;" however, they do not teach Christ's Word - but the words of man. They lie to Christian souls which are starving for the truth in the Word, when they make their statements to be of God, but having like satan, twisted truth or changed one little word - thereby making it a lie. When these preachers and "one verse Charlie's" of today say, "God spoke to me today", and then give out their own made-up "message," and take your money. If his "Word from God" cannot be backed up by the True Word of God, then they are false preachers, and they are filling your ears with lies. [16:7] And they reasoned among themselves, saying, "It is because we have taken no bread." —> Jesus' disciples still couldn't quite get their head around what He was trying to impress upon them, they still though He was talking about bread — food. [16:8] Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, "O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread? —> When Jesus perceived=He didn't hear what they were discussing, as God in the flesh, He knew what their conversation was about and He immediately addressed it. Jesus always waited until He and His disciples were alone before He taught them the deeper truths in His Word and here He is trying to open His disciples eyes to what He is trying to teach them. O ye of little faith=Wake up, and think - can't you see what I am trying to teach you? The lesson is not over, the fact is, is that this is not about that they have left the bread from the miracles behind, but Christ is trying to get them to focus in on what is His bread. His bread is what He is trying to teach them, It is His words, the Truth in His Word. [16:9] Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? —> He is going to explain to them more slowly, trying to ensure they hear with their ears this time. [16:10] Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? —> Jesus is asking the disciples, can't you keep track of the difference of what is leaven and what is my bread? Any time you have a large crowd gathered, you are going to pick up some false teachings, and wrong opinions. [16:11] How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?" —> Jesus is asking them straightly how it is that they are having such a hard time grasping the difference concerning what He teaches and what these false preachers teach? Don't you even remember what I told you while explaining to you the parable of the sower and the tares. I am not talking about bread here, get your mind on the subject, the leaven is the teachings and doctrines of the pharisees, and the sadducees. [16:12] Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. —> It's light bulb time as His disciples finally get the message — Jesus is not talking about bread; but, of the doctrine and traditions of man. The doctrine that comes forth today, which is claimed to be from God by those that have never picked up a Strong's Concordance to verify what the Hebrew, Chaldee, Aramic or Greek words mean, is utterly useless save for the Salvation message. Paul told the Hebrews and us plainly in Paul’s Epistle to the Hebrews: Hebrews 5:12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. —> The preachers today are no better than these scribes for they just do not know what the entire plan of Father is because they haven't searched the scriptures save to make it fit their meanings and doctrines. The preachers in these kurch houses need to go back and partake of the child's food instead of being in front of people trying to teach them. When one comes into their midst and gives them a morsel of truth, they just cannot handle the strong meat in the Word. [5:13] For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. —> Grow up and dig into the Word before you try and teach it to somebody else. [5:14] But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. —> Truth and non-truth. If you think it doesn't matter, you'd be wrong because Father tells us in His word in both I Peter 4 and also in the Book of Ezekiel, we’ll read it from I Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? —> Judgment begins with those that teach the Word of God, and if a pastor, preacher, minister even unwittingly teaches incorrectly or falsely, he is liable for every soul he leads astray. What happens to those who falsely teach? Father plainly explains that to us also in His Word in two different places in the Book of Ezekiel, first in Ezekiel 34:1-16 and then also in Ezekiel 44:6-14. Father has His eye on the false shepherds, and they will be the first and the most severe to be judged on judgment day, for He doesn't like it when someone misleads His flock. There is a copy of the Word of God that is clear, locked and cannot be changed, it's called the Massorah, and it is the only form of Father's Word that is precise. So when these false preachers run around and say things that do not check out with the Massorah, they lie, and are a disgrace to themselves; but, more importantly to Father. It is your duty also to combat the scribe and what they try and teach. [13:8] Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, —> Once Jeremiah picked up that filthy, marred, good for nothing girdle, Father again spoke to him, and what did He say to Jeremiah?. [13:9] Thus saith the LORD, After this manner will I mar the pride of Judah, and the great pride of Jerusalem. —> He told him that, just as the weather had desecrated and deteriorated that old girdle and made it good for nothing; He would likewise also do so to the House of Judah and Jerusalem's arrogancy and pride by removing those things which caused them to as such; namely, by either destroying or taking away their nethinim scribes, their false pastors, and any and everything else which added to their pomp. We'll see in a few verses from now that the House of Israel, i.e., the Christian nations today are also included in this. Father is telling Jeremiah to hold that old filthy girdle and ask if it will hold together any kind of value a system for; that is how Father looks at our religious forms and traditions which do not conform to His Word. What about your set of values? Are you strong in the Word of God, or are you listening to the babblings of these one verse preachers? Father is trying to express to you how He feels when He looks at some of His children; He is comparing them to this old rotted girdle. [13:10] This evil people, which refuse to hear My words, which walk in the imagination of their heart, and walk after other gods, to serve them, and to worship them, shall even be as this girdle, which is good for nothing. —> This is exactly how Father feels when we allow our spiritual leaders, our preachers and reverends, to speak their sermons and their messages rather than teach is Father's Word Book-by-Book, Chapter-by-Chapter, and Verse-by-Verse. The only way we can truly learn Father's Word and what He wants us to know is Studying His Word; not by listening to man and his denominational doctrine and\or dogmas. Father considers it akin to idolatry when we do so.[13:11] For as the girdle cleaveth to the loins of a man, so have I caused to cleave unto Me the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah, saith the LORD; that they might be unto Me for a People, and for a name, and for a praise, and for a glory: but they would not hear. —> ...That they might be unto Me for a People...=This refers all the way back to Exodus 19 where Father told Moses and our forefathers: Exodus 19:5 Now therefore, if ye will obey My voice indeed, and keep My covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto Me above all people: for all the earth is Mine: —> Father's People—and notice the upper case "P" in this—are: (1) A separated People as denoted in Exodus 33:16; (2) A People of inheritance as denoted in Deuteronomy 4:20; (3) A special People as denoted in Deuteronomy 7:6; (4) A purchased People as denoted in Exodus 15:16 and Psalms 74:2; (5) A holy People as denoted in Deuteronomy 7:6 and 14:1; (6) A redeemed People as denoted in Exodus 15:13; and (7) A sanctified People as denoted in Isaiah 63:18. [13:12] Therefore thou shalt speak unto them this word; ‘Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Every bottle shall be filled with wine:’ and they shall say unto thee, ‘Do we not certainly know that every bottle shall be filled with wine?’ —> Jeremiah is to now go out to our forefathers and speak to them this Word that Father is giving to them. Father told them to take every bottle that they have and fill them with wine; however, those old false preachers and prophets snapped right back to Jeremiah that they had their own way of doing things, in clearer speak they told him and Father also that, “we have our own customs, doctrines and traditions, and as such, we don't need to follow Father YHVH and fill the bottles with wine.” This sounds so very much like the preachers of today, and their doctrines and traditions. These wine bottles are not wine skins, but clay container bottles, made from the earth. These bottles represent the earthen clay bodies of Father's Children. ...The LORD God of Israel...=This Title of our Father occurs in the Book of Jeremiah fourteen times: 11:3; 13:12; 21:4; 23:2; 24:5; 25:15; 30:2; 32:36; 33:4; 34:2,13; 37:7; 42:9; and finally in 45:2. [13:13] Then shalt thou say unto them, ‘Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will fill all the inhabitants of this land, even the kings that sit upon David's throne, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, with drunkenness. —> This is a prophecy which is spoken of by the Apostle Paul in the New Testament, in the Epistle to the Romans: Romans 11:8 (According as it is written, “God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear”;) unto this day. —> Paul was quoting from Isaiah 29:10 which reads: Isaiah 29:10 For the LORD hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered. —> The word in the Greek for "slumber" is "G2659, - κατάνυξις, - katanuxis, pronounced - kat-an'-oox-is a prickling (sensation, as of the limbs asleep), stupor or lethargy," and Father said that He would put it upon the people today. It is type or kind of a cloak of innocency; because, Father said that there would only be seven thousand who would not bow a knee to Baal. This seven thousand is not an actual number; but, a spiritual number, referring to all of His Elect — those whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world as can be read in Revelation 17:8. There are many thousands which are included in this number, even including, the kings and queens of the ethnos, i.e., the races. This seven thousand include all those souls who love Father and follow Him. All of the others, you can watch them and fairly quickly see the stupor that they are in. They have no idea what is going on in this world around them, nor why the world is turning out the way that it is. They have devised their own ways to cure the many problems, and they all appear like they are in a state of drunkenness. That "spirit of sleep" is upon the world today. Why? Because, Father doesn't like wearing filthy rags, and that is exactly how He looks at their forms of worship. There is no reason to be ignorant and blind to the things which are happening today; for, we know that we are in this final generation, the Generation of the Fig Tree; therefore, this time should be a time of great excitement for all of Jesus’ followers. [13:14] And I will dash them one against another, even the fathers and the sons together, saith the LORD: I will not pity, nor spare, nor have mercy, but destroy them. —> Picture a bunch people all drunk trying their best to get things accomplished. Have you ever done so? If you have, then you know it's near impossible as, either you're so drunk that you cannot think straight; or, you can only stumble around bouncing off things or other people. This is what Father is showing Jeremiah here; that He will cause His Children to stagger and stumble whereby they bounce and clang off one another to the point that they darn near destroy themselves or each other. In other words, the Christians today who love to listen to their preachers preach their little salvation messages instead of Teaching Father's Word, are just like those who are drunk as; they too just stumble around with no real direction because they are believing the lies, false doctrines, customs, and traditions which have nothing to do with the True Word of Father. Father is saying and telling us that He will allow them to destroy themselves because He has told us in His Word to listen to Him; not man. [13:15] Hear ye, and give ear; be not proud: for the LORD hath spoken. —> Father is pleadng through His Prophet Jeremiah to those who refuse to listen to Him by Studying His Word; that, they should put away their pride and stubbornness of wanting to, and listening to man over Him, and pick up His Word and Study it before destruction comes upon them. [13:16] Give glory to the LORD your God, before he cause darkness, and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains, and, while ye look for light, he turn it into the shadow of death, and make it gross darkness. —> ...Darkness...dark mountains...shadow of death...gross darkness...=Who is death and has the power of darkness? None other than our adversary satan. Those people at the end of this Age of flesh man who have not Studied Father's Word and have it sealed in their minds, will worship satan when he comes pretending to be Jesus, prior to Jesus' return for His Second Advent. [13:17] But if ye will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places for your pride; and mine eye shall weep sore, and run down with tears, because the LORD’S flock is carried away captive. —> But if ye will not hear it=Hear what? If Father's Children—in Jeremiah's day, our forefather of the House of Judah; today, those who claim to be Christian, and every other human being here in the flesh regardless of race, ethnicity, and\or religion—refuse to hear the Truth in His Word by picking it up and Studying it to find the Truth in It; then, the captivity will take place, the deception, and the whole world will wonder after satan in his role of antichrist, thinking he is the True Christ. Why? Because they will think that satan is Jesus, and He has come to rapture them away. Those old drunken wine bottles will be ready to be whisked right into the arms of their lover, as they play the role of the harlot, with the false christ. Father sheds tears for His children, when they turn away from Him.
Again, the more one of Father’s children gets into His Word, the move the desire is to know, honor, serve and worship Him. It is important to take a little time each and every day to get into Father's Word. Put your faith where your mouth is, and generate some Works for Father. Hezekiah had faith and trust in the Him like no other; and, yes, he also had Works as; "he did that which was right in the eyes of Father." Father knew Hezekiah's faith, saw his works, heard his prayer, and for such, He Blessed him richly. That is the way that it should be.
Fifteen=The number fifteen in Biblical Numerics denotes the following, and is quoted from Dr. Bullinger's Book, "Number in Scripture": “Fifteen being a multiple of five, partakes of the significance of that number, also of the number three with which it is combined, 3 x 5. Five is, as we have seen, the number of grace, and three is the number of divine perfection. Fifteen, therefore, specially refers to acts wrought by the energy of Divine grace. Deity is seen in it, for the two Hebrew letters which express it are y, Yod (10), and h, Hey (5). These spell the ineffable Name of hy, Jah, who is the fountain of all grace. The number fifteen is thus made up, by addition, 10 + 5; but as the Jews would not, by the constant use of these two letters, profane the sacred name, two other letters were arbitrarily used for this number, and a different and artificial combination was thus formed—+ (Teth) = 9, and w (Vau) = 6. The number 9 + 6 would thus represent the number fifteen, but without any significance. Also, fifteen being 8 + 7 as well as 3 x 5, it may also include a reference to resurrection, as being a special mark of the energy of Divine grace issuing in glory. A few examples may suffice: The Ark was borne by the Flood fifteen cubits upwards, Genesis 7:20; Hezekiah's reprieve from death was fifteen years, II Kings 20:6; The Jews were delivered from death under Esther on the fifteenth day of the month ( Ester 9:18,21); This is specially significant, as we have seen (p. 222), that their sentence to death was connected with the number thirteen; Bethany, where Lazarus was raised, and from whence the Lord ascended, was fifteen furlongs from Jerusalem, John 11:18; Paul's ship anchored safely in fifteen fathoms on the 14th day, after thirteen days of toil and trial, Acts 27:21; On the fifteenth day of the first month was the feast of unleavened bread, Leviticus 23:6; and On the fifteenth day of the seventh month was the feast of Tabernacles (v23:34).”. Father extended Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo's life in the flesh by fifteen years: from 603-588 B.C., and as for an heir, Manasseh won't be born for another three years, until the year 600 B.C..
Assyria= First from the Strong’s Concordance, we find it is Hebrew word number: H804, - אשׁוּר, or אשּׁר, - 'ashshûr, or 'ashshûr, pronounced - ash-shoor', or ash-shoor', and means: Apparently from H833 (in the sense of successful); Ashshur, the second son of Shem; also his descendants and the country occupied by them (that is, Assyria), its region and its empire: - Asshur, Assur, Assyria, Assyrians. See H838., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary: “was a great and powerful country lying on the Tigris Genesis 2:14, the capital of which was Nineveh Genesis 10:11. It derived its name apparently from Asshur, the son of Shem Genesis 10:22, who in later times was worshipped by the Assyrians as their chief god. Extent. — The boundaries of Assyria differed greatly at different periods, Probably in the earliest times it was confined to a small tract of low country lying chiefly on the left bank of the Tigris. Gradually its limits were extended, until it came to be regarded as comprising the whole region between the Armenian mountains (lat. 37 30') upon the north, and upon the south the country about Baghdad (lat. 33 30'). Eastward its boundary was the high range of Zagros, or mountains of Kurdistan; westward it was, according to the views of some, bounded by the Mesopotamian desert, while according to others it reached the Euphrates.General character of the country. — On the north and east the high mountain-chains of Armenia and Kurdistan are succeeded by low ranges of limestone hills of a somewhat arid aspect. To these ridges there succeeds at first an undulating zone of country, well watered and fairly productive, which extends in length for 250 miles, and is interrupted only by a single limestone range. Above and below this barrier is an immense level tract, now for the most part a wilderness, which bears marks of having been in early times well cultivated and thickly peopled throughout. Original peopling. — Scripture informs us that Assyria was peopled from Babylon Genesis 10:11, and both classical tradition and the monuments of the country agree in this representation. Date of the foundation of the kingdom. — As a country, Assyria was evidently known to Moses Genesis 2:14; 25:18; Numbers 24:22,24. The foundation of the Assyrian empire was probably not very greatly anterior to B.C. 1228. History. — The Mesopotamian researches have rendered it apparent that the original seat of government was not at Nineveh, but at Kileh-Sherghat, on the right bank of the Tigris. The most remarkable monarch of the earlier kings was called Tiglath-pileser. He appears to have been king towards the close of the twelfth century, and thus to have been contemporary with Samuel. Afterwards followed Pul, who invaded Israel in the reign of Menahem II Kings 15:29, and Shalmaneser who besieged Samaria three years, and destroyed the kingdom of Israel, himself or by his successor Sargon, who usurped the throne at that time. Under Sargon the empire was as great as at any former era, and Nineveh became a most beautiful city. Sargon's son Sennacherib became the most famous of the Assyrian kings. He began to reign. He invaded the kingdom of Judea in the reign of Hezekiah. He was followed by Esarhaddon, and he by a noted warrior and builder, Sardanapalus. In Scripture it is remarkable that we hear nothing of Assyria after the reign of Esarhaddon, and profane history is equally silent until the attacks began which brought about her downfall. The fall of Assyria, long previously prophesied by Isaiah Isaiah 10:5-19, was effected by the growing strength and boldness of the Medes, about 625 B.C. The prophecies of Nahum and Zephaniah Zephaniah 2:13-15 against Assyria were probably delivered shortly before the catastrophe. General character of the empire. — The Assyrian monarchs bore sway over a number of petty kings through the entire extent of their dominions. These native princes were feudatories of the great monarch, of whom they held their crown by the double tenure of homage and tribute. It is not quite certain how far Assyria required a religious conformity from the subject people. Her religion was a gross and complex polytheism, comprising the worship of thirteen principal and numerous minor divinities, at the head of all of whom stood the chief god, Asshur, who seems to be the deified patriarch of the nation Genesis 10:22. Civilization of the Assyrians. — The civilization of the Assyrians was derived originally from the Babylonians. They were a Shemitic race originally resident in Babylonia (which at that time was Cushite) and thus acquainted with the Babylonian inventions and discoveries, who ascended the valley of the Tigris and established in the tract immediately below the Armenian mountains a separate and distinct nationality. Still, as their civilization developed it became in many respects peculiar. Their art is of home growth. But they were still in the most important points barbarians. Their government was rude and inartificial, their religion coarse and sensual, and their conduct of war cruel. Modern discoveries in Assyria. — (Much interest has been excited in reference to Assyria by the discoveries lately made there, which confirm and illustrate the Bible. The most important of them is the finding of the stone tablets or books which formed the great library at Nineveh, founded by Shalmaneser, but embodying tablets written 2000 years B.C. This library was more than doubled by Sardanapalus. These tablets were broken into fragments, but many of them have been put together and deciphered by the late Mr. George Smith, of the British Museum. All these discoveries of things hidden for ages, but now come to light, confirm the Bible. — ED.)”.
II Kings 20:7 And Isaiah said, “Take a lump of figs.” And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered. —> A lump of figs=In the Strong’s Concordance, the word “lump” is Hebrew word number: H1690, - דּבלה, - debêlâh, pronounced - deb-ay-law', and means: From an unused root (akin to H2082) probably meaning to press together; a cake of pressed figs: - cake (lump) of figs.; so, what this is saying is that Yesh-aw-yaw'-hoo made a cake, plaster or poultice (a soft, moist mass of cloth, bread, meal, herbs, etc., applied hot as a medicament to the body) to put on Yekh-iz-zee-yaw’-hoo’s malady, and it would take three days for it to heal. This should not surprise us as; this is Father working as He always does, in a natural way, using the things of nature, and in this instance, healing Yekh-iz-zee-yaw’-hoo.
Boil=Now, what this boil was, and again, as I pointed out in verse v20:1 above, Father’s Word doesn’t really elaborate; but, most scholars agree that it must have been some kind of inflamation—and if you check the word “boil” in your Strong’s Concordance, you’ll find it is Hebrew word number: H7822, - שׁחין, - shechı̂yn, pronounced - shekh-een', and means: From an unused root probably meaning to burn; inflammation, that is, an ulcer: - boil, botch.—or a carbuncle, or maybe some kind of a disease of the throat.
20:8-11 Hezekiah’s sign.
II Kings 20:8 And Hezekiah said unto Isaiah, “What shall be the sign that the LORD will heal me, and that I shall go up into the house of the LORD the third day?” —> Notice that Yekh-iz-zee-yaw’-hoo has the faith that he’ll be healed; but, at the same time, he still asks Yesh-aw-yaw’-hoo to ask Father for a sign that his healing will indeed come to pass and that he can and will then three days from now be able to go into Father’s Temple and Praise and Worship Him. I will say several things concerning this asking of Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo's; first it was a little bold; or nervy of him to now be asking a sign, especially considering that when this Chapter opened, Father had sent Yesh-aw-yaw'-hoo to him in order to tell him to set his affairs in order as; he was about to return Home to Father; the other thing I'll mention is that, this of the Judge Gideon who had cast out that fleece to Father.
But, what a contrasting difference Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo makes here as compared to his own father Aw-khawz (Ahaz) who,—as we can read of in Isaiah 7—when he was about to be overrun by Rets-een’ — the king of Arawm’s (Syria) and Peh-kakh — the king of the House of Israel; and, Father through His Prophet Yesh-aw-yaw’-hoo, said to Aw-khawz that He would deliver him out of his adversary’s hands; that, all he needed do was ask a sign from Father; however, Aw-khawz refused to ask for that sign from Father as; he had already made up his mind to appeal to Tig-lath’ pil-eh’-ser (Tiglath-pileser) — king of Ash-shoor (Assyria) and had sent messengers to him pleading for his assistance, thus rejecting Father and His assistance.
II Kings 20:9 And Isaiah said, “This sign shalt thou have of the LORD, that the LORD will do the thing that he hath spoken: shall the shadow go forward ten degrees, or go back ten degrees?” —> Sign=There is a bit of a conflict with this “asking” by Yekh-iz-zee-yaw’-hoo here in II Kings as compared to both II Chronicles 32:24 and Isaiah 38:1-8 as; neither II Chronicles nor Isaiah mention anything about Yekh-iz-zee-yaw’-hoo asking,—actually, Isaiah 38 does; but, not until the end of the Chapter—both of those Books only state that Father told Yekh-iz-zee-yaw’-hoo that He would, and did, give him a sign that what He told him would come to pass.
Degrees=Or “steps,” in other words, Father asked Yekh-iz-zee-yaw’-hoo if he wanted Father to raise the sun higher in the sky or lower to setting? Yekh-iz-zee-yaw’-hoo would be able to tell first and foremost by watching it in the sky; but, also by checking it out on his father’s sun-dial. It is to these “degrees;” or, steps of the sun-dial which caused Yekh-iz-zee-yaw’-hoo to title his ten of the fifteen “Songs of the Degrees” in the Book of Psalms, Psalms 120-134 as such, four of those "Songs" were written by king David, and one was written by David's son, king Solomon. The word “degrees” is repeated here (in the History); but, only five times in Isaiah’s recording. But, one must also note the emphasis placed on the word “degrees;” by the fivefold repetition.
In short, this sign from Father would be in the changing of the natural course of the universe, for if the shadow of the sun moved ten degrees, the entire earth would have to alter its movement ten degrees; either by reversing its course, or by leaping forward. Any and everybody knows that the shadow of the sun can move forward; but, only Father could make it move backward. I know one thing, if Father promised me that I would be healed in three days, that is all that I would need; not Yekh-iz-zee-yaw’-hoo, he needed some wonder in the heavens to force Father to prove to him that He would do what He promised.
II Kings 20:10 And Hezekiah answered, “It is a light thing for the shadow to go down ten degrees: nay, but let the shadow return backward ten degrees.” —> Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo like everybody and their brother knows that, once the sun crests its noon high point, it'll continue its travel toward the west; therefore, Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo tells Yesh-aw-yaw'-hoo to tell Father that, he'd like to see it rise, in other words, change its course and go backward in an un-natural course of direction.
II Kings 20:11 And Isaiah the prophet cried unto the LORD: and he brought the shadow ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down in the dial of Ahaz (possessor) (Aw-khawz). —> Father, as He did with Gideon when he cast out that fleece to Father asking a sign, responded by giving Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo the sign he asked for, He made the sun re-rise in the sky towards the east.
Ahaz=First from the Strong’s Concordance, we find that it is Hebrew word number: H271, - אחז, - 'âchâz, pronounced - aw-khawz', and means: From H270; possessor; Achaz, the name of a Jewish king and of an Israelite: - Ahaz., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary: “Eleventh king of Judah, son of Jotham, reigned about sixteen years. At the time of his accession, Rezin king of Damascus and Pekah king of Israel had recently formed a league against Judah, and they proceeded to lay siege to Jerusalem. Upon this Isaiah hastened to give advice and encouragement to Ahaz, and the allies failed in their attack on Jerusalem Isaiah 7; 8; 9. But, the allies inflicted a most severe injury on Judah by the capture of Elath, a flourishing port on the Red Sea, while the Philistines invaded the west and south II Kings 16; II Chronicles 28. Ahaz, having forfeited God's favor by his wickedness, sought deliverance from these numerous troubles by appealing to Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria, who forced him from his most formidable enemies. But Ahaz had to purchase this help at a costly price; he became tributary to Tiglath-pileser. He was weak, a gross idolater, and sought safety in heathen ceremonies, making his son pass through the fire to Molech, consulting wizards and necromancers Isaiah 8:19, and other idolatrous practices II Kings 23:12. His only service of permanent value was the introduction of the sun-dial. He died at the age of 36, but was refused a burial with the kings his ancestors II Chronicles 28:27.”.
20:12-19 Berodach’s embassy.
20:12-19 BERODACH’S EMBASSY. (Repeated Alternation.)
20:12 Messengers from Babylon.
II Kings 20:12 At that time Berodach-baladan (worshiper of baal) (ber-o-dak' bal-ad-awn'), the son of Baladan, king of Babylon (confusion) (baw-bel’), sent letters and a present unto Hezekiah: for he had heard that Hezekiah had been sick. —> Sent letters and a present=So, no sooner had Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo recovered when, this Berodach, or Merodach, sends letters and presents to him, we read in II Chronicles 32:22-23 that it wasn't only Berodach who sent letters and presents, there were many other kings who had also done so, and it caused Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo's head to swell; because, he now had very much riches,—of which he was boasting by way of wanting everybody to know about—which replenished what San-khay-reeb' had taken from him in II Kings 18:15-16; see, that depletion of San-khay-reeb's wasn't only of his treasuries; but, those of Father's Temple as well.
As far as this Berodach and his sending letters and presents is concerned though, why would he do so, do you think it was in order to just play nice-nice, or wish him niceities for getting better? No, of course it wasn't as; these letters and presents were meant to achieve exactly what they did bring about, meaning that, through flattery, the King of Baw-bel' accomplished what San-khay-reeb' the king of terrors could not, i.e., defeat and over-throw Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo, and take Jerusalem and all the House of Judah into captivity. Brethren, these letters and presents were more potent than all San-khay-reeb's army, and if you'll recall from II Kings 8 and 9, and II Chronicles 18 when Ahab and Jezebel married off their daughter Athliah to Jehoram, and when Ahab had even made a feast for Jehoshapat in order for him to join him in war against Ramoth-gilead, that those two incidents were not nearly as effective as these letters will be.
King of Babylon=This is the first use of this title in all Father's Word. See below for the description of the Baw-bel' (Babylon).
Merodach-Baladan=First from the Strong’s Concordance , we find that it is Hebrew word number: H1255, - בּראדך בּלאדן, - berô'dak bal'ădân, pronounced - ber-o-dak' bal-ad-awn', and means: A variation of H4757; Berodak Baladan, a Babylonian king: - Berodach-baladan., we find that, in Isaiah 39 he is called Merodach-baladan, and as both the Smith’s Bible Dictionary and the Easton’s Bible Dictionary have no description for Beroddach, I think it can be safely assumed that his name indeed is Merodach-baladan; and therefore, I’ll provide the description for such: “Is mentioned as king of Babylon in the days of Hezekiah both in the Second Book of Kings, II Kings 20:12 and in Isaiah, Isaiah 39:1. In the former place he is called Berodach-baladan. The name of Merodach-baladan has been recognized in the Assyrian inscriptions. It appears there were two reigns of this king, the first from B.C. 721 to B.C. 709, when he was deposed; and the second after his recovery of the throne in B.C. 702, which lasted only half a year. There is some doubt as to the time at which he went his ambassadors to Hezekiah, for the purpose of inquiring as to the astronomical marvel of which Judea had been the scene II Chronicles 32:31, but it appears to have been B.C. 713.”.
Babylon=First from the Strong’s Concordance, we find that it is Hebrew word number: H894, - בּבל, - bâbel, pronounced - baw-bel', and means: From H1101; confusion; Babel (that is, Babylon), including Babylonia and the Babylonian empire: - Babel, Babylon., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary: “ Is properly the capital city of the country which is called in Genesis Shinar, and in the later books Chaldea, or the land of the Chaldeans. The first rise of the Chaldean power was in the region close upon the Persian Gulf; thence the nation spread northward up the course of the rivers, and the seat of government moved in the same direction, being finally fixed at Babylon, perhaps not earlier than B.C, 1700. (I). Topography of Babylon—Ancient description of the city. — All the ancient writers appear to agree in the fact of a district of vast size, more or less inhabited having been enclosed within lofty walls and included under the name of Babylon. With respect to the exact extent of the circuit they differ. The estimate of Herodotus and of Pliny Isaiah 480stades (60 Roman miles, 53 of our miles) of Strabo 385, of Q. Curtius 368, of Clitarchus 365 and of Ctesias 360 stades (40 miles). (George Smith, in his "Assyrian Discoveries," differs entirely from all these estimates, making the circuit of the city but eight miles.) Perhaps Herodotus spoke of the outer wall, which could be traced in his time. Taking the lowest estimate of the extent of the circuit, we shall have for the space within the rampart an area of above 100 square miles--nearly five times the size of London! It is evident that this vast space cannot have been entirely covered with houses. The city was situated on both sides of the river Euphrates, and the two parts were connected together by a stone bridge five stades (above 1000 yards) long and 30 feet broad. At either extremity of the bridge was a royal palace, that in the eastern city being the more magnificent of the two. The two palaces were joined not only by the bridge, but by a tunnel under the river. The houses, which were frequently three or four stories high, were laid out in straight streets crossing each other at right angles. (II). Present state of the ruins. — A portion of the ruins is occupied by the modern town of Hillah . About five miles above Hillah, on the opposite or left bank of the Euphrates occurs a series of artificial mounds of enormous size. They consist chiefly of three great masses of building, — the high pile of unbaked brickwork which is known to the Arabs as Babel, 600 feet square and 140 feet high; the building denominated the Kasr or palace, nearly 2000 feet square and 70 feet high, and a lofty mound upon which stands the modern tomb of Amram-ibn-'Alb . Scattered over the country on both sides of the Euphrates are a number of remarkable mounds, usually standing single, which are plainly of the same date with the great mass of ruins upon the river bank. Of these by far the most striking is the vast ruin called the Birs-Nimrud , which many regard as the tower of Babel, situated about six miles to the southwest of Hillah. [BABEL, TOWER OF] (III). Identification of sites. — The great mound of Babel is probably the ancient temple of Beaus. The mound of the Kasr marks the site of the great palace of Nebuchadnezzar. The mound of Amram is thought to represent the "hanging gardens" of Nebuchadnezzar; but most probably it represents the ancient palace, coeval with Babylon itself, of which Nebuchadnezzar speaks in his inscriptions as adjoining his own more magnificent residence. (IV). History of Babylon. — Scripture represents the "beginning of the kingdom" as belonging to the time of Nimrod Genesis 10:6-10. The early annals of Babylon are filled by Berosus, the native historian, with three dynasties: one of 49 Chaldean kings, who reigned 458 years; another of 9 Arab kings, who reigned 245 years; and a third of 49 Assyrian monarchs, who held dominion for 526 years. The line of Babylonian kings becomes exactly known to us from B.C. 747. The "Canon of Ptolemy" gives us the succession of Babylonian monarchs from B.C. 747 to B.C. 331, when the last Persian king was dethroned by Alexander. On the fall of Nineveh, B.C. 625, Babylon became not only an independent kingdom, but an empire. The city was taken by surprise B.C. 539, as Jeremiah had prophesied Jeremiah 51:31, by Cyrus, under Darius, Daniel 5, as intimated 170 years earlier by Isaiah Isaiah 21:1-9, and, as Jeremiah had also foreshown Jeremiah 51:39, during a festival. With the conquest of Cyrus commenced the decay of Babylon, which has since been a quarry from which all the tribes in the vicinity have derived the bricks with which they have built their cities. The "great city" has thus emphatically "become heaps" Jeremiah 51:37. Ba'bel, Tower of. The "tower of Babel" is only mentioned once in Scripture Genesis 11:4,5, and then as incomplete. It was built of bricks, and the "slime" used for mortar was probably bitumen. Such authorities as we possess represent the building as destroyed soon after its erection. When the Jews, however, were carried captive into Babylonia, they thought they recognized it in the famous temple of Beaus, the modern Birs Nimrod . But the Birs-Nimrrud though it cannot be the tower of Babel itself; may well be taken to show the probable shape and character of the edifice. This building appears to have been a sort of oblique pyramid built in seven receding stages, each successive one being nearer to the southwestern end which constituted the back of the building. The first, second and third stories were each 26 feet high the remaining four being 15 feet high. On the seventh stage there was probably placed the ark or tabernacle, which seems to have been again 15 feet high, and must have nearly, if not entirely, covered the top of the seventh story The entire original height, allowing three feet for the platform, would thus have been 156 feet, or, without the plat-form, 163 feet.“.
20:13 Hezekiah. Ostentation.
II Kings 20:13 And Hezekiah hearkened unto them, and shewed them all the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah shewed them not. —> After Father had Blessed Yekh-iz-zee-yaw’-hoo with an extended life, and all the other blessings He abundantly bestowed upon him, pride entered into his heart,—this should remind you of someone else, namely, Father’s and our adversary, satan, whom Father had Blessed during the First Earth Age when we were all in still our Spiritual bodies, by elevating his status to Protector of Father’s Mercy Seat; however, pride then entered into satan’s heart and he no longer wanted to be just protector of Father’s Mercy Seat, he now wanted to sit in that Seat and be god—and when these men from Baw-bel’ came with their many gifts and flattering words, there was nothing that Yekh-iz-zee-yaw’-hoo wouldn’t do for, or show these ambassadors as; he wanted everybody to see all his riches. Not only did Yekh-iz-zee-yaw’-hoo take them to and show them his gold and silver; but, he also walked them through his spice house, in which were all the known spices of the world, and showed them all his lotions, perfumes, and oils. He had even taken them on a tour and showed them all of Judah’s armories, defensive fortifications, and positions on the wall; and, then went so far as to show these men the secret places in his own house. There wasn’t anything that Hezekiah wouldn’t do for or show these men, all because of his pride in how Father had richly Blessed him.
Remember brethren, Baw-bel’ was the enemy, and Yekh-iz-zee-yaw’-hoo had no business revealing all the defensive locations of the city to these men. Father blessed Yekh-iz-zee-yaw’-hoo well for his desire to please Father. He was a good king, and a good Spiritual leader and therefore Jerusalem and the kingdom of Judah were the better because of it. Father gave him the additional fifteen years in order for him to have an heir and successor after he returned Home to Father. However, Yekh-iz-zee-yaw’-hoo boasted and showed these men of Baw-bel’ just how Father had blessed him; but, these men of Baw-bel’ had no inkling of knowledge of Father.
So, how do you think Father felt about what Yekh-iz-zee-yaw’-hoo did here in showing off the wealth and might of Judah to this pack of heathens? I’ll tell you, He wasn’t pleased in the least bit with Yekh-iz-zee-yaw’-hoo’s boasting. See, Father wanted Yekh-iz-zee-yaw’-hoo to tell all these heathens the truth, and say that He added the fifteen years to his life; however, Yekh-iz-zee-yaw’-hoo never said one thing about Father, or that it was He; but, he in turn boasted, and elevated himself before these enemies. Yekh-iz-zee-yaw’-hoo will pay a price for this sin of pride. We can read in II Chronicles 32, why Father did this to him: II Chronicles 32:31 Howbeit in the business of the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, who sent unto him to enquire of the wonder that was done in the land, God left him, to try him, that he might know all that was in his heart. —> These ambassadors from Baw-bel’ came to bring their king’s gifts to Yekh-iz-zee-yaw’-hoo and Father allowed these ambassadors to come and do what they did, why? As we just read, in order to try Yekh-iz-zee-yaw’-hoo to see what was in his heart. Father wanted to know exactly what kind of man he was, could He really trust Yekh-iz-zee-yaw’-hoo when the trouble came? Yekh-iz-zee-yaw’-hoo really could have elevated Father and His kingdom here; but, instead he boasted of his own self-image and interests.
Brethren, don't think for a moment that Father won't try you from time to time. When He has Blessed you, and has pulled you through a problem which had been controlling things in your life, did you share the source of that gain and tell them that it was Father Who pulled you through; or, did you tell them that you just overcame the problem? Here Yekh-iz-zee-yaw’-hoo failed Father’s test of him.
And=Did you note the Polysyndeton in this verse, every "and" emphasized each item, and the completeness of his actions?
20:14 Messengers from Babylon.
II Kings 20:14 Then came Isaiah the prophet unto king Hezekiah, and said unto him, “What said these men? and from whence came they unto thee?” And Hezekiah said, “They are come from a far country, even from Babylon.” —> As soon as Mer-o-dak's ambassadors had departed, Father's Prophet Yesh-aw-yaw'-hoo comes to see Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo to inquire as to who they were, and the nature of their visit,—yeah, like Father YHVH hadn't already laid it on his heart as to who they were, and why they were there; and it was for that reason I feel that Yesh-aw-yaw'-hoo's addressing of Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo was more of a pointed barb, rather than a question—and Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo tells Yesh-zw-yaw'-hoo that they were ambassadors who had come from a far away country, a great country, and they were there in order to bring him gifts and well wishes.
Brethren, you can almost hear Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo wanting to burst with joy in his description as to who these ambassadors were, and from whence they came in his statement "even from Baw-bel."
20:15 Hezekiah. Ostentation.
II Kings 20:15 And he said, “What have they seen in thine house?” And Hezekiah answered, “All the things that are in mine house have they seen: there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shewed them.” —> Yesh-aw-yaw'-hoo next asks him what he had showed them; and, still bursting with joy and pride in himself at their amazment at all his wealth, Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo proudly proclaims that he showed them everything within the kingdom; that, there wasn't any crevis, crook, or cranny that he hadn't opened for their inspection and look-see.
20:16-18 Messenger from YHVH.
II Kings 20:16 And Isaiah said unto Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the LORD. —> Uh-ho, that's probably what was probably the first thought that went through Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo's mind once Yesh-aw-yaw'-hoo spoke the words "Hear now the word of the LORD. Me thinks that Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo now realizes that rather than open the kingdom for the ambassadors from Baw-bel', he should have been telling them how it was Father YHVH Who had restored his life and bestowed the wealth he was now enjoying.
I recommend to you brethren, if your pride ever gets inflated as much as Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo's here in these verses; you better return to these verses and re-read what Father thinks and then says to Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo through His Prophet Yesh-aw-yaw'-hoo. Pride was satan's downfall and he will get his at the end of Jesus' 1,000 year Millennium, when he gets tossed into the Lake of Fire and suffers the Second Death — the death of the soul.
II Kings 20:17 ‘Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store unto this day, shall be carried into Babylon: nothing shall be left,’ saith the LORD. —> All=Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo showed the ambassadors all, and therefore, Father was going to punish him for all. We read in the Book of Chronicles though; that, it isn't just Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo who'll be punished as; it wasn't just Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo who sinned, it was all, everybody, everybody in Jerusalem, and even all of Judah who had sinned, and therefore, Father's wrath will be poured out upon everybody.
This was a pretty astounding prophesy considering that, to this point in time Baw-bel' was of little consequence because, Baw-bel' had not yet reached it's level of power that it will come into.
II Kings 20:18 ‘And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.’ ” —> Of thy sons=At present Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo isn't married, nor does he have any children; therefore, this is in reference to a future time,—Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo didn't marry until after Father added the fifteen years to his life, and his son, the heir apparent Manasseh, won't actually be born until the third year of Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo's additional fifteen years—and is in reference to all the inhabitants of Judah.
Here, Father is telling the House of Judah that captivity to Baw-bel' is in their future, He said it and it will come to pass exactly as He said it will. Why will they go into captivity? Because of Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo's pride, because of the pride of all the inhabitants of Judah, because of their idolatry, and because of their next king, Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo's son — Manasseh, who'll be the worst king in all of Judah's history.
Eunuchs=If they were indeed to become "eunuchs" then, there would be no more seed to pass on of the royal family through the sons of the king. Have you ever heard of Daniel and Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, they were the king's seed from the house of Judah. They were the princes who were taken away to become the eunuchs in the palace of king Nebuchadnezzar. Remember, Nebuchadnezzar had sent these kids to school, gave them the finest education of the day, and then even put them into top positions of responsibility in his kingdom. The name "Nebuchadnezzar" means, "the god of learning." Books and knowledge is what Nebuchadnezzar built his kingdom upon, and Father used Nebuchadnezzar and old Baw-bel’ to symbolically describe what the evil kingdom in the time of the end will be like. We read in Revelation 17: Revelation 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. —> It will be through this "Mystery, Babylon the Great," that the mother of harlots and abominations of the end times will come. Father’s and our adversary satan will set up his new world order religious system to replace the political system that we know today, and from that satan in his role as the pretent-to-be-christ will declare himself to be God, and all the people of the world will believe him. All that is, except Father's Elect, those who are sealed in their minds with Father’s Truth. Those things which happened in Daniel's day were types, or as Paul put it in I Corinthians 10 ensamples, of how things shall be in this final generation of flesh man. Stop and look around you, see if you notice the four hidden dynasties of Economics, Education, Politics and Religion. Besides Religion, Education is probably the most important as; it takes the children while they are still young and molds their minds into receiving the foundation of the new world order, look at it today. Gosh, they’re teaching them to reject Father and His natural things, including their own sex, at Christmas time in our schools, songs of peace by the new world order and not the birth of Jesus Christ are being sung. Peace on earth, and the unity and brotherhood of all mankind the political correct way. The purpose is to set up an educated world in order to live in satan's new world order as good citizens. We read in Daniel: Daniel 1:2 And the LORD* gave Jehoiakim (YHVH will raise; or, whom YHVH sets up) (Yeh-ho-yaw-keem') king of Judah (celebrated) (Yeh-hoo-daw') into his hand, with part of the vessels of the house of God: which he carried into the land of Shinar (country of two rivers) (pronounced: Shin-awr') to the house of his god; and he brought the vessels into the treasure house of his god. —> This was prophecy fulfilled from what Isaiah spoke here in II Kings 20:18, and it happened less than 90 plus years later. LORD*=“This is one of the 134 places wherein the Sopherim inserted, or substituted “Adonai” for YHVH. Adonai is the LORD in His relation to the earth; and as carrying out His purposes of blessing in the earth. With this limitation it is almost equivalent to YHVH. Indeed, it was from an early date so used, by associating the vowel points of the word YHVH with Adon, thus converting Adon into Adonai. A list of 134 passages where this was deliberately done is preserved and given in the Massorah (107-115) see Dr. Bullinger's Companion Bible Appendix 32.”. I have indicated these by printing the word like YHVH—LORD—but, adding an asterisk, thus: LORD*. See also Dr. Bullinger's Companion Bible Appendix 30. Jehoiakim=First from the Strong’s Concordance, we find it is Hebrew word number: H3079, - יהויקים, - Yehôyâqı̂ym, pronounced - Yeh-ho-yaw-keem', and means: From H3068 abbreviated and H6965; Jehovah will raise; Jehojakim, a Jewish king: - Jehoiakim. Compare H3113., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary: “He is called Eliakim, son of Josiah and king of Judah. After deposing Jehoahaz, Pharaoh-necho set Eliakim, his elder brother, upon the throne, and changed his name to Jehoiakim. For four years Jehoiakim was subject toi Egypt, when Nebuchadnezzar, after a short siege, entered Jerusalem, took the king prisoner, bound him in fetters to carry him to Babylon, and took also some of the precious vessels of the temple and carried them to the land of Shinar. Jehoiakim became tributary to Nebuchadnezzar after his invasion of Judah, and continued so for three years, but at the end of that time broke his oath of allegiance and rebelled against him II Kings 24:1. Nebuchadnezzar sent against him numerous bands of Chaldeans, with Syrians, Moabites and Ammonites II Kings 24:7, and who cruelly harassed the whole country. Either in an engagement with some of these forces or else by the hand of his own oppressed subjects Jehoiakim came to a violent end in the eleventh year of his reign. His body was cast out ignominiously on the ground, and then was dragged away and buried "with the burial of an ass," without pomp or lamentation, "beyond the gates of Jerusalem" Jeremiah 22:18-19; 36:30. All the accounts we have of Jehoiakim concur in ascribing to him a vicious and irreligious character II Kings 23:37; 24:9; II Chronicles 36:5.”. Shinar=First from the Strong’s Concordance, we find that it is Hebrew word number: H8152, - שׁנער, - Shin‛âr, pronounced - Shin-awr', and means: Probably of foreign derivation; Shinar, a plain in Babylon: - Shinar.; and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary: “The ancient name of the great alluvial tract through which the Tigris and Euphrates pass before reaching the sea — the tract known in later times as Chaldaea or Babylonia. It was a plain country, where brick had to be used for stone and slime for mortar Genesis 11:3. Among the cities were Babel (Babylon), Erech or Orech (Orchoe), Calneh or Calno (probably Niffer ), and Accad, the site of which is unknown. It may be suspected that Shinar was the name by which the Hebrews originally knew the lower Mesopotamian country where they so long dwelt, and which Abraham brought with him from "Ur of the Chaldees.”. [1:3] And the king spake unto Ashpenaz (horse nose) (Ash-pen-az) the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring certain of the children of Israel, and of the king's seed, and of the princes: —> These are the king's sons and members of the royal family. Ashpenaz is the "master of the eunuchs", and as such, the eunuchs are under him, and he rules over them. Ashpenaz=First from the Strong’s Concordance, we find that it is Hebrew word number: H828, - אשׁפּנז, - 'Ashpenaz, pronounced - Ash-pen-az', and means: Of foreign origin; Ashpenaz, a Babylonian eunuch: - Ashpenaz. and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary: “The master of the eunuchs of Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 1:3.”. [1:4] Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding sciences, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king's palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans. —> Are you starting to get the picture yet? The king of the House of Judah sons are being groomed to be the servants of the king of Baw-bel’, they will be eunuchs who will not produce children, in order that they won't upset the order of things in Baw-bel’. Nebuchadnezzar knows that the educated of Judah are very wise, with much understanding and knowledge, and he wants the most competent to keep controls on his kingdom. [1:5] And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king's meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king. —> The ole king of Baw-bel’ took real good care of these children of Judah: he groomed them, educated them, and offered to feed them in the ways of the kingdom so that they would be able to take their appointed places within the one world system of that day; however, we know that they did not partake of the Baw-bel’ sustenance as; those of Baw-bel’ ate not according to Father’s Health Laws as did the Children and People of Judah. Notice though, that, it would be for three years in the preparation, and then the entering into the palace of the king. Brethren, this is a type of what is happening today, it is a type of the world system which is being set up all around right now, and it is time for you to prepare yourself so that, when the king of the latter days arrives on the scene, you will not be deceived by him. [1:6] Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Meshael, and Azariah. [1:7] Unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for he gave unto Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Meshael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abed-nego. —> Ashpenaz gave Daniel and the others their names because they were eunuchs in the halls of the government of Baw-bel’. Though this was prophecy even in Daniel's day, it shall be, and is happening as prophecy before our eyes even today. The king’s children of Judah had become eunuchs in the courts of the world order of Baw-bel’ just as Father told Yekh-iz-zee-yaw’-hoo it would come to pass through the mouth of His Prophet Yesh-aw-yaw’-hoo. Those tablets which have been dug up containing of ancient writings of Baw-bel’, are now in the British museum and they support this writing of Father’s Word.
20:19 Hezekiah submission.
II Kings 20:19 Then said Hezekiah unto Isaiah, “Good is the word of the LORD which thou hast spoken.” And he said, “Is it not good, if peace and truth be in my days?” —> Peace and truth be in my days=What a sad, foolish, and selfish man! Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo understands exactly what Father YHVH, is saying through His Prophet Yesh-aw-yaw'-hoo, he understands that Judah is going to go into captivity to Baw-bel'; but, he really doesn't care as; he knows it won't happen during his lifetime, so he figures he doesn't need to change a thing.
Father's Prophet Yesh-aw-yaw'-hoo should have played maw-Bell and reached out and touched Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo, for he has just been warned by Father of Judah's future, and he has the opportunity to change Judah's destination by changing and realigning himself with the way he used to rule the Nation; but, he is too hard-headed and prideful to even consider taking those steps.
II Kings 20:20 And the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and all his might, and how he made a pool, and a conduit, and brought water into the city, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? —> Well, yes, they are recorded in The Book of Chronicles of the kings of Judah. Turn with me to II Chronicles 32 and we'll read it together: II Chronicles 32:2 And when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib was come, and that he was purposed to fight against Jerusalem, [32:3] He (Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo) took counsel with his princes and his mighty men to stop the waters of the fountains which were without the city: and they did help him. [32:4] So there was gathered much people together, who stopped all the fountains, and the brook that ran through the midst of the land, saying, “Why should the kings of Assyria come, and find much water?” —> Once San-khay-reeb’ came against Jerusalem, Yekh-iz-zee-yaw’-hoo determined that they would cut-off Ash-shoor’s (Assyria’s) water sypply, thus making things more difficult for the men of Ash-shoor to try and defeat Jerusalem, Just what did they do? They covered up; or, covered over the Fountain; or pool En-rogel (which today is known as “The Virgin’s Fount”); or, Gihon (upper pool) which was on the East side of Ophel.—this was discovered by Sir Charles Warren, an Officer in the British Royal Engineers, in 1867, it is also the same fountain of the virgin, and the pool of Siloam, spoken of in John 9:7-11—The water was then drought down to the West side of the city by Yekh-iz-zee-yaw’-hoo as can be read in II Chronicles 32:30—which we in a few moments—via a long underground channel; or, conduit, and emptied into the lower pool of Gihon on the west side; and it then also continued south to Siloam in which was a shaft running down brought the water beneath Zion. There is an inscription describing the making of this underground conduit; and, Yekh-iz-zee-yaw’-hoo also refers to it in Psalms 46. II Chronicles 32:30 This same Hezekiah also stopped the upper watercourse of Gihon, and brought it straight down to the west side of the city of David. And Hezekiah prospered in all his works..
Brethern, this last chapter dedicated to Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo, pretty much puts him in a bad light; now, don't get me wrong as; he did indeed majorly screw up here; but, let us not forget, Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo was one of Judah, and Israel's greatest kings. He had more trust and confidence in Father than even king David, and those are some mighty high praises as; if you'll recall from I Samuel 17, it was David who, when all Israel was afraid to go up against Goliath, young 16-17 year old David challenged the giant, and what did he tell Goliath when he confronted him? I Samuel 17:45 Then said David to the Philistine, “Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, Whom thou hast defied. —> Did you hear what David just said? Though this enemy giant Goliath is coming at David with all his armor and weapons, David came against the Philistine giant "in the name of the Lord of the hosts." This is the "key of David." "...But I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts,” he continues with “the God of the armies of Israel,..." In other words, you don't mock Father YHVH and get away with it. You don't curse Father YHVH or His servants and get away with it. Remember these words of David, for our Lord Jesus referenced them many years later when He would make the statement; "from the mouths of babes” comes the living truth. Let’s read it in Matthew, but first let’s set this up, Jesus had just overturned the moneychangers tables in the temple and now the chief priests and scribes are coming against Him, and then Jesus then replies: Matthew 21:16 And said unto Him, “hearest thou what these say?“ And Jesus saith unto them, “Yea; have ye never read, ’Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings Thou hast perfected praise’?” —> When we take this to the prime, that "babe" was David, the youth which made his statement before Goliath, the enemy of God. This was as true statement in David's time as it was in Jesus’ day, and as it is in our lifetime. Father's Word never changes. It is hard to see how people still hold onto fear when they are familiar with our Father's Word and His promises. Father will see you through those times of great need, when you use common sense. David told Goliath that he put all his trust in his armor and weapons; but he, David, put his trust in YHVH. [17:46] This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. —> Deliver=The word deliver in the Hebrew in the Strong’s Concordance is Hebrew word number: H5462, - סגר, - sâgar, pronounced - saw-gar', and means: A primitive root; to shut up; figuratively to surrender: - close up, deliver (up), give over (up), inclose, X pure, repair, shut (in, self, out, up, up together), stop, X straitly., in other words it means "to shut thee up." Goliath has been coming down into the valley for the past forty days harassing the Israelites, and now David is telling him that "the LORD will shut thee up, and give you into my hands." This is the prime root to the phrase, "shut up." Father is the Creator of all souls, and this is the stated purpose for David doing what he is about to do. To the people of the earth, Goliath looked to be an insurmountable enemy; however, to David this was one who blasphemed against the God and heaven, and therefore did not have the right to life. David knew that Father was on his side and that He would give the victory into his hand. Being a sheep herder, David had been trained in killing wild beasts in the field to protect his flock; so, now to David, Goliath is just another wild beast which was endangering more of Father's sheep. The staff which David took against Goliath was symbolic of the shepherd's staff used in leading the flock. Sheep are symbolic of the children of Israel and all of Father's people. Of the five smooth stones, one was all that was necessary to get the job done. This would be proof to the armies of both sides that the YHVH of Israel was greater than all the false gods the Philistines worshipped. [17:47] And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD'S, and He will give you into our hands.” —> This verse is a continuation of the last verse and David is telling Goliath, and all the world, that YHVH will give him the victory, so that the entire earth will know that He, YHVH, is the God of Israel. There is no boasting, no bragging in David's statements, just fact. Father is going to have the victory this day so that the whole world will know the He is YHVH. The battle is the LORD'S=Elect, this is important for you today, for we are quickly approaching the day when our enemy satan arrives and this war against him is also Father's; therefore, we have nothing to fear when we're delivered up to him and his councils, for it will be then that Father's Holy Spirit will speak through our mouths those words Father want all His children to hear. When the Holy Spirit speaks at that time, not even the gainsayers will be able to speak against what the Holy Spirit has to say. He will protect us and give us the victory until the seventh trump sounds; then the battle will truly be His, for then Jesus returns and this age ends.
That wasn't all the good he did brethren as; we also know it was Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo who, in the first year of his reign, in the first month, opened the doors of Father's Temple after his own father had had them sealed shut. He brought in the priests and the Levites and had them repair the doors, and then sanctified the priests; and, after that he held the grandest Passover in all recorded Israelite history, there are three whole chapters in the Book of Chronicles dedicated to how he conducted this Passover for Father. So, like I said; yes, he did majorly err here at the end of his reign by allowing his ego and pride to overtake him; but, he was still one of Judah and Israel's best kings!
Sadly, after reading of one of Israel's best kings, we now get to read of one of Judah and Israel's worst kings, Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo's son Man-ash-sheh' (Manasseh). Yekh-iz-zee-yaw'-hoo must have been planted on a hill or something; because, this apple rolled very far from the tree; we'll see that he'll be one of the most mean and vile kings, going so far as to pass his children through the fire to molech.
II Kings 20:21 And Hezekiah slept with his fathers: and Manasseh (causing to forget; or, forgetting) (men-ash-sheh') his son reigned in his stead. —> This reads more better in the Book of Chronicles, where we read: II Chronicles 32:33 And Hezekiah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the chiefest of the sepulchres of the sons of David: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem did him honour at his death. And Manasseh his son reigned in his stead. —> Well liked, highly regarded, greatly respected and honored, and now, he is Home with Father.
Manasseh=First from the Strong’s Concordance, we find that it is Hebrew word number: H4519, - מנשּׁה, - menashsheh, pronounced - men-ash-sheh', and means: From H5382; causing to forget; Menashsheh, Thirteenth king of the House of Judah: - Manasseh.; and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary: “The thirteenth king of Judah, son of Hezekiah II Kings 20:21, ascended the throne at the age of twelve, and reigned 55 years. His accession was the signal for an entire change in the religious administration of the kingdom. Idolatry was again established to such an extent that every faith was tolerated but the old faith of Israel. The Babylonian alliance which the king formed against Assyria resulted in his being made prisoner and carried off to Babylon in the twenty-second year of his reign, according to a Jewish tradition. There his eyes were opened and he repented, and his prayer was heard and the Lord delivered him II Chronicles 33:12-13, and he returned after some uncertain interval of time to Jerusalem. The altar of the Lord was again restored, and peace offerings and thank offerings were sacrificed to Jehovah II Chronicles 38:15-16. But beyond this the reformation did not go. On his death, he was buried as Ahaz had been, not with the burial of a king, in the sepulchres of the house of David, but in the garden of Uzza II Kings 21:26, and long afterward, in suite of his repentance, the Jews held his name in abhorrence.”.
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