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Judgment on Kings in Old Testament
Jeroboam's Hand Withers. Background and Fulfillment.
1 Kings 13:1-5 And, behold, there came a man of God out of Judah by the word of the Lord unto Bethel: and Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn incense.  And he cried against the altar in the word of the Lord, and said, O altar, altar, thus saith the Lord; Behold, a child shall be born unto the house of David, Josiah by name; and upon thee shall he offer the priests of the high places that burn incense upon thee, and men's bones shall be burnt upon thee.  And he gave a sign the same day, saying, This is the sign which the Lord hath spoken; Behold, the altar shall be rent, and the ashes that are upon it shall be poured out.  And it came to pass, when king Jeroboam heard the saying of the man of God, which had cried against the altar in Bethel, that he put forth his hand from the altar, saying, Lay hold on him. And his hand, which he put forth against him, dried up, so that he could not pull it in again to him.  The altar also was rent, and the ashes poured out from the altar, according to the sign which the man of God had given by the word of the Lord. [KJV] . . . Who this man of God out of Judah was, cannot be certain, but it is certain that he came by divine authority. Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn incense at one of the annual festivals. The king himself was acting as the priest (a no-no). The prophet foretold its utter destruction [13:3].
Jeroboam was furious at the prophet’s words. He stretched out his hand and ordered his attendants to seize the prophet . . . BUT . . . at that exact moment the king's arm became stiff and motionless, and the altar split in two. The fire and ashes fell on the floor. THEN . . . 300 years later, this prophecy was fulfilled to the letter when Josiah killed the pagan priests at their own altars. See: 2 Kings 23:1-20. What God states . . . always comes true, ALWAYS! God CANNOT lie!
Ahab. Background. 1 Kings 21:1-29 Jezebel had Naboth killed because he would not give up his vineyard to Ahab.
1 Kings 21:15-16 And it came to pass, when Jezebel heard that Naboth was stoned, and was dead, that Jezebel said to Ahab, Arise, take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, which he refused to give thee for money: for Naboth is not alive, but dead.  And it came to pass, when Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, that Ahab rose up to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, to take possession of it. [KJV]
Warning. 1 Kings 21:17-19 And the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,  Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, which is in Samaria: behold, he is in the vineyard of Naboth, whither he is gone down to possess it.  And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the Lord, Hast thou killed, and also taken possession? And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the Lord, In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick thy blood, even thine. [KJV]
Fulfillment. 1 Kings 22:34-38 And a certain man drew a bow at a venture, and smote the king of Israel between the joints of the harness: wherefore he said unto the driver of his chariot, Turn thine hand, and carry me out of the host; for I am wounded.  And the battle increased that day: and the king was stayed up in his chariot against the Syrians, and died at even: and the blood ran out of the wound into the midst of the chariot.  And there went a proclamation throughout the host about the going down of the sun, saying, Every man to his city, and every man to his own country.  So the king died, and was brought to Samaria; and they buried the king in Samaria.  And one washed the chariot in the pool of Samaria; and the dogs licked up his blood; and they washed his armour; according unto the word of the Lord which he spake. [KJV] . . . Just as Elijah said it would happen.
Jezebel. Background. Jezebel is ranked as the most evil woman in the Bible. The Bible uses her name as an example of people who completely reject God (Rev. 2:20-21). Many pagan women married into Israel and did not acknowledge the God their husbands worshiped, but no one was as determined as Jezebel to make all Israel worship her gods. Jezebel held great power over her husband, Ahab, and also 850 assorted pagan priests. She always got what she wanted. She believed that Ahab had the right to possess anything he wanted. When Naboth refused to sell Ahab his vineyard, Jezebel had Naboth killed and took his land. Before she died, she lost her husband in combat and her son at the hand of Jehu, who took the throne by force.
Warning. 1 Kings 21:23 And of Jezebel also spake the Lord, saying, The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel. [KJV] . . . Elijah’s words from God.
2 Kings 9:10 And the dogs shall eat Jezebel in the portion of Jezreel, and there shall be none to bury her. And he opened the door, and fled. [KJV] . . . Elisha’s words from God.
Fulfillment. 2 Kings 9:30-37 And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she painted her face, and tired her head, and looked out at a window.  And as Jehu entered in at the gate, she said, Had Zimri peace, who slew his master?  And he lifted up his face to the window, and said, Who is on my side? who? And there looked out to him two or three eunuchs.  And he said, Throw her down. So they threw her down: and some of her blood was sprinkled on the wall, and on the horses: and he trode her under foot.  And when he was come in, he did eat and drink, and said, Go, see now this cursed woman, and bury her: for she is a king's daughter.  And they went to bury her: but they found no more of her than the skull, and the feet, and the palms of her hands.  Wherefore they came again, and told him. And he said, This is the word of the Lord, which he spake by his servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, In the portion of Jezreel shall dogs eat the flesh of Jezebel:  And the carcase of Jezebel shall be as dung upon the face of the field in the portion of Jezreel; so that they shall not say, This is Jezebel. [KJV] . . . Instead of being afraid of Divine vengeance, Jezebel mocked fear. There is no surer sign of ruin, than a proud heart under God’s righteous judgment. Jezebel’s conduct seduced others to commit wickedness, and draw them away from truth and righteousness. In the end, her attendants delivered her up to death. The end of all pride and cruelty lies in the Hands of the Lord of righteousness.
Nebuchadnezzar. Background. Daniel 4:10-16 tell us of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. It’s about a tree that grew . . . tall to Heaven, wide enough for the Earth to see. The tree represents Nebuchadnezzar and his kingdom of Babylon. The “watcher” and “holy one” is probably an angel. The Book of Daniel makes it very clear that God has created intelligences who manage His universe and this world in which we live. Many people think they can live in secret, that they are NOT under the Eye of God. They are WRONG! We really have no privacy from GOD! Psalm 139:7–12 tells us that we cannot get away from God, no matter where we go. The tree was chopped down, but its stump remained. The heart of the ruler (the “tree”) was changed into that of an animal.
Warning. Daniel 4:27-30 Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee, and break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by shewing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquility.  All this came upon the king Nebuchadnezzar.  At the end of twelve months he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon.  The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty? [KJV] . . . Extreme egotism and pride was an obsession with Nebuchadnezzar. Pride is one of the things God hates, and it is something that pictures mankind so clearly. Nebuchadnezzar did NOT heed Daniel’s warning. God’s grace endured a year before His judgment fell. How patient God is! But His graciousness and longsuffering are not understood by the wicked (Ecc. 8:11). Nebuchadnezzar looked around his great kingdom, the kingdom which God had already told him that He had given to him (Dan.2:37). Despite all this, Nebuchadnezzar says, “Is not this great Babylon, that I have built?” I. . . I . . . I, me . . . me. . . me! Most of the world thinks only of SELF . . . no one else. Add pride to self, and you have disaster in God’s eyes! His righteous judgment is sure to fall!
Fulfillment. Daniel 4:31-33 While the word was in the king's mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee.  And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.  The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles' feathers, and his nails like birds' claws. [KJV] . . . The insane in that day were driven out rather than being placed in an institution for treatment. Under ordinary circumstances Nebuchadnezzar would never have been able to return to the throne; yet God promised that he would do so after he had learned his lesson. After 7 years Nebuchadnezzar returned to his throne.
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