Friday, January 29, 2021

 Word from the Lord January 27, 2021

1.27.21

 

Those who cower back in the church will be ashamed. Those who are not bringing the church back to repentance, back to its roots, its foundations will be shaken….

God wants to be glorified above man above the office of President. He desires to do a work in this nation and the heart of the country, every artery is being not only cleared out, Flushed out, but there will be many BYPASSES

The Lord is Bypassing the corrupt lawmakers of this country. The Lord is bypassing any authority they think they have. The Lord is Bypassing the diseased part of the church and creating new arteries to accomplish His Will and new valves to move the matters forward

 

Just as there were the men of 1776, the brave men who stepped forth from the crowd to bring about change, to usher in these inalienable rights, to usher in true freedom and independence, so the Lord shall bring forth from the quagmire in D.C. From the career corrupt identical politicians the lord shall bring to the forefront brave men with the boldness and the convictions of 1776. And these men are marked for such a time , congressman, senators, governors, women shall be brought forth to join alongside this fight. And they shall take a bold stance, a stance not for the faint of heart, a stance for truth, not counting the cost because the Lord has searched their hearts and they have been chosen for such a time to boldly stare evil in the face and call it for what it is. Who will call out the deceptions. Who under threat of persecution will speak forth with more boldness and conviction. Whose cries will get louder, voices crying out in the wilderness as they all endure their own wilderness as they are processed in the refiners fire because the Lord is with them in that fire, and because of that fire they shall not bow the knee to baal, to Asherah, to any principality attempting to keep a grasp on the regions of this nation, for they have appointed fools to do their bidding says the Lord. The more the enemy in a panic attempts to strip them (those fighting for truth), the greater cause for suspicion shall fall upon their camps as these mighty servants stay the course. This is a God ordained mission. This is the Brave coming together to help stop the super spread of communism and of an infectious evil to help keep this nation the land of the free and the home of the brave. This saying shall be echoed in this hour.

A tale of two powells, one shall be publicly exposed as incredibly corrupt and compromised

Reports of shofar blasts in the heavenlies, in the skies, across this land shall be reported more and more as they are an announcement(s) from the Lord.  In some areas the wicked shall be shaken to such a degree they shall cower, visibly shaken says the Lord. The circumstances shall draw closer as contractions, where they look completely inept, incapable, scattered in their thinking and actions, hamsters on a wheel, running in circles. I the Lord shall make them chase their tales since they have chosen like a dog to return to their own vomit

The louder the truth, the more torturous, nails on a chalkboard to the corrupt

As part of the church chooses to cower in darkness and ignorance, double mindedness and spiritual erraticness has plagued them. There is a significant [part of the church that is being shaken awake, who cannot operate in the address of oblivion anymore. They shall cry for holiness, repentance, renewing their covenants with God and standing in a boldness and power that shall make the corrupt visibly uneasy, including the corrupt in the church. The Korah’s who are attempting to cause large deviations from the word in their foolishness thinking they have a better way than Moses, that those standing bold in their faith have no ability to lead, causing themselves to become an opponent of the will of God and shall find themselves at enmity with Me, the Lord their God. They shall attempt to lead astray back to the comforts of Egypt for it is not the Spirit of the Lord leading them. For this you shall see what they have built, their churches gut wide open and what has been festering underneath I the Lord will make the matter plain, and from this the public cries of holiness and sanctification shall become even louder. For I the Lord your God have the measuring rod in my hand and I am dropping upon both leadership of this nation and the church. Events shall unfold simultaneously for some have been holding hands in the dark. And now I the Lord shall bring it into the light including the funneling of funds. Churches shall even be exposed for funneling money to terrorist groups and so have funded their sprees of destruction and terror. That shall be another wakeup call says the Lord. For the jakes have entered into illegal territory taking what was given to them and using it to fund an alternate doctrine with those who make new age and ancestral spirits their dogma. Spiritual harlotry says the Lord! And now the people shall come out of the fog and the haze that corrupt leaders have ushered into the church. The winds of change are blowing in says the Lord and blowing it off the people, and they shall see these leaders with clear vision for what and who they truly are says the Lord. Too much hand holding not enough hand raising says the lord of Hosts. This is a year of massive and deep change says the Lord as I allow events to take place to shift the mindset of the people to submit and align with the Word of God and My plans says the Lord. Habakkuk 1:5 Look among the nations and watch, Be utterly astounded! For I will work a work in your days which you would not believe, though it were told to you…Thus says the lord of Hosts, the King of Glory, the Lion of Judah, the Righteous Judge in the name of Yeshua, Jesus amen and amen….


Tuesday, January 26, 2021

READ THE BIBLE with Amanda Grace--The Tale of Two Kings: Adonijah and Solomon

1 Kings 1

King David is old and advanced in years. This military-style life and the many trials he has faced seemed to of worn him down. They search for and find Abishag the Shunammite to come and care for King David and help keep him warm. Now for the middle east, this is not a far-off practice even to this day. As they are also looking for the King or leader to be cherished, and the young energy from such a woman around him might give new life to a very tired frame.

This is not the first time a Shunammite woman had been called upon to help care for God’s anointed:

2 kings 4 This Shunammite woman got permission from her husband, for they were wealthy, to set up a guest room for Elisha, acknowledging Elisha as a true prophet and holy man of God. Elisha often passed that way in his travels, and he stayed in the guest room. So when Elisha came through that area he stayed with them and she helped care for him.

So King David is frail, he is weak, he is not in the prime of his military career here, so therefore he Is VULNERABLE.

Adonijah the son of Haggith, David’s 4th son, sees this weakness and opportunity and decides to stage a political coup and exalt himself as King

1 Kings 1:5-6 Then Adonijah the [c]son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, “I will [d]be king”; and he prepared for himself chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him. (And his father had not [e]rebuked him at any time by saying, “Why have you done so?” He was also very good-looking. His mother had borne him after Absalom.)

It looks like here that Adonijah potentially reminds David of Absalom and is having Absalom remorse, and is not keeping his son in check. He is now the oldest alive since the death of Absalom. And because he is now the oldest, he is determined to get his way by any means necessary and grab that power for himself, even though he has been found not worthy by God to do so.

Adonijah was the favorite of his father, who, though seeing him assume equipment becoming only the heir-presumptive to the throne ( 2 Samuel 15:1 ), said nothing; and his silence was considered by many, as well as by Adonijah, to be equivalent to an expression of consent. The sinking health of the king prompted him to take a decisive step in the furtherance of his politically ambitious designs. Basically, at times silence is agreement as these are one of those times because the King did not stop Adonijah he sees this as a green light. This is someone who likes to test the limits, who is an opportunist, who will easily manipulate people and trick them into aiding and abedding his ambitions for the throne

Adonijah is aware that Joab holds a grudge against the King that stems I believe from Absalom. When Joab showed his loyalty by defending the king and striking down Absalom, David did not commend Joab or his men at all but rather completely fell apart over Absalom's death, you know the son who wanted to kill him and take his kingdom. This left a bitter taste in Joab’s mouth and Adonijah being an opportunist SEES THIS.

So Adonijah enlists the help of Joab, captain of the army that is SUPPOSED TO BE LOYAL TO THE KING, to help him secure power. The problem is the Lord has not favored Adonijah, He has favored the 10th son of King David, Solomon, whose mother is Bathsheeba. 

Remember that whole PR nightmare with David Uriah and Bathsheba, well the son that was born within the confines of their marriage was Solomon. He was chosen by the Lord to succeed David.

Adonijah also recruits Abiathar the priest.

Abiathar the priest background Abiathar was the only one of the priests to escape from Saul (reigned c. 1020–1000 BCE)'s massacre in Nob, when his father and the priests of Nob were slain on the command of Saul. He fled to David (reigned c. 1003–970 BCE) at Keilah, taking with him the ephod and other priestly regalia (1 Samuel 22:20 f., 23:6, 9). Rabbinical literature that linked the later extermination of the male descendants of David with the priests of Nob, also link the survival of David's descendant Joash with that of Abiathar (Sanh. 95b).[2]

Abiathar joined David, who was then in the cave of Adullam (1 Samuel 22:20–2323:6). He remained with David, and became priest of the party of which he was the leader (1 Samuel 30:7). He was of great service to David, especially at the time of the rebellion of Absalom (2 Samuel 15:24, 29, 35, 20:25).0

Now after all this abiathar flips on a dime and sides with Adonijah. By suspicion is that he did not want to be a co high priest with Zadok but wanted to be King of the mountain himself, wanting all the power and influence and not sharing with one who could actually keep him in check.

1 Kings 1:8  But Zadok the priest, Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, Nathan the prophet, Shimei, Rei, and the mighty men who belonged to David were not with Adonijah.

Now who are these individuals:

Benaiah--Distinguished for his bravery ( 1 Samuel 23:20 ), he had been appointed captain of the king's bodyguard ( 2 Samuel 8:18 , 20:23 , 1 Chronicles 18:17 ), and was regarded by Joab as a rival.
Nathan the prophet--He was held in high estimation by David, and stood on the most intimate relations with the royal family ( 2 Samuel 12:25 ).
Shimei--probably the person of this name who was afterwards enrolled among Solomon's great officers ( 1 Kings 4:18 ).
Rei--supposed to be the same as Ira ( 2 Samuel 20:26 ). A priest of King David
and the mighty men--the select band of worthies.

So we see there is a staff infection within David’s government, and they are split and divided on who to serve. Now it appears one reason for this was the enemy was attempting to prevent the building of the Lord’s temple, as well as to disrupt the seed that Jesus was prophesied to be born through. However whatever the reason well David’s indiscretions over the years has opened the door to this… 

And Adonijah sacrificed sheep and oxen and fattened cattle by the stone of [f]Zoheleth, which is by En Rogel;[g] he also invited all his brothers, the king’s sons, and all the men of Judah, the king’s servants. 10 But he did not invite Nathan the prophet, Benaiah, the mighty men, or Solomon his brother.

STRANGE FIRE the audacity to put a sacrifice to the Lord as the unanointed King in the middle of staging a political coup. He is doing something quite blasphemous. 

1 Samuel 2:12-17 

12 Now the sons of Eli were corrupt;[e] they did not know the Lord13 And the priests’ custom with the people was that when any man offered a sacrifice, the priest’s servant would come with a three-pronged fleshhook in his hand while the meat was boiling. 14 Then he would thrust it into the pan, or kettle, or caldron, or pot; and the priest would take for himself all that the fleshhook brought up. So they did in Shiloh to all the Israelites who came there. 15 Also, before they burned the fat, the priest’s servant would come and say to the man who sacrificed, “Give meat for roasting to the priest, for he will not take boiled meat from you, but raw.”

16 And if the man said to him, “They should really burn the fat first; then you may take as much as your heart desires,” he would then answer him, “No, but you must give it now; and if not, I will take it by force.”

17 Therefore the sin of the young men was very great before the Lord, for men abhorred[f] the offering of the Lord.

So men got turned off to the offering of the Lord because of how they went about doing it, and here the people see Adonijah in many ways doing the same thing.

Now, who sees this going on BUT Nathan the prophet. Now Nathan seems to enter at VERY pivotal times when the Kingdom is at stake, there is a serious road being ventured down that shouldn’t be that affects the whole kingdom.

So enter again Nathan the Prophet. However this time he is attempting to help Bathsheba and Solomon of all people, after marching into King David and letting him have it because the Lord exposed David’s secret affair with Bathsheba and the killing of Uriah to Nathan. And as a good servant of the Lord does, when the Lord tells them to now get involved, they do.

11 So Nathan spoke to Bathsheba the mother of Solomon, saying, “Have you not heard that Adonijah the son of Haggith has become king, and David our lord does not know it? 12 Come, please, let me now give you advice, that you may save your own life and the life of your son Solomon13 Go immediately to King David and say to him, ‘Did you not, my lord, O king, swear to your maidservant, saying, “Assuredly your son Solomon shall reign after me, and he shall sit on my throne”? Why then has Adonijah become king?’ 14 Then, while you are still talking there with the king, I also will come in after you and confirm your words.”

Nathan already knows if Adonijah gets to solidify this he's going to kill Bathsheba and Solomon and totally destroy God’s plan. Adonijah was not God’s plan, not by a long shot. However, men have free will and Adonijah made a conscious decision to attempt to usurp the will of God because he felt “he deserved it more and was more capable” which could not be further from the truth for the kingdom would have fallen apart. And the line of Jesus was at stake here.

This goes all the way back to Cain and able, one brother jealous of the other’s relationship with the lord and the anointing the Lord has given them

The revolt was defeated by this prophet, who, knowing the Lord's will (2 Samuel 7:12, 1 Chronicles 22:9 ), felt it was his duty in accordance with his character and office, to take the lead in seeing it executed. Nathan knew the Lord’s Will. Hitherto the succession of the Hebrew monarchy had not been settled. The Lord had reserved to Himself the right of nomination ( Deuteronomy 17:15 ) 15 you shall surely set a king over you whom the Lord your God chooses; one from among your brethren you shall set as king over you; you may not set a foreigner over you, who is not your brother. This was acted upon in the appointments both of Saul and David; and in the case of the latter, the rule was so far modified that there was a guarantee of the perpetual possession of the sovereignty ( 2 Samuel 7:12 ) 12 “When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom...This divine purpose was known throughout the kingdom, but no indication had been made as to whether the right of inheritance of the throne was to belong to the oldest son. Adonijah, in common with the people generally, expected that this natural arrangement should be followed in the Hebrew kingdom as in all others, being that he was now the oldest after the untimely death of Absalom.

 Nathan, who was very aware and took seriously the old king's solemn promise to Solomon, and, moreover, that this promise was sanctioned by the divine will of God, saw that no time was to be lost because Bathsheba and Solomons lives, were at stake. Fearing the effects of too sudden excitement in the king's frail state, he arranged that Bath-sheba should go first to inform him of what has transpired with Adonijah and that he himself should follow to confirm her statement. You see Nathan knew that David loved Bathsheba even though their relationship got off to a very rocky and dysfunctional start, David loved her and Solomon very much. This was very wise of Nathan to do. 

There is a very dramatic scene unfolding in the interior of the palace after Adonijah, with much fanfare, begins to give the illusion that he is the chosen King. Illusion being the keyword because it was all just vanity.

Vs 17-21, Bathsheba enters and bows low to David. Keep in mind Adonijah has NO CLUE what Nathan the prophet has planned with Bathsheba, it is the overthrow of an active coup. Bathsheba informs King David of what Adonijah has done, the sacrifice, Abiathar the priest, she's a woman trust me she did not forget to leave out any details!

And just as she gets done, enter the man of the hour NATHAN THE PROPHET:

VS 22-27 22 And just then, while she was still talking with the king, Nathan the prophet also came in. 23 So they told the king, saying, “Here is Nathan the prophet.” And when he came in before the king, he bowed down before the king with his face to the ground. 24 And Nathan said, “My lord, O king, have you said, ‘Adonijah shall reign after me, and he shall sit on my throne’? 25 For he has gone down today, and has sacrificed oxen and fattened cattle and sheep in abundance, and has invited all the king’s sons, and the commanders of the army, and Abiathar the priest; and look! They are eating and drinking before him; and they say, ‘Long[h] live King Adonijah!’ 26 But he has not invited me—me your servant—nor Zadok the priest, nor Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, nor your servant Solomon. 27 Has this thing been done by my lord the king, and you have not told your servant who should sit on the throne of my lord the king after him?”

Nathan at the end is playing dumb a little here and is basically saying to David “have you gone and changed this divine ordinance and not run this by your servant the prophets?!!

Now Nathan has King David’s attention. You see Nathan is very wise and knows a matter is established in the mouth of 2 or 3 witnesses, this is why he took Bathsheba with him on this mission because David trusted her.

Deuteronomy 19:15 15 “One witness shall not rise against a man concerning any iniquity or any sin that he commits; by the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established

King David then calls Bathsheba back in and says:

Vs29-30 29 And the king took an oath and said, “As the Lord lives, who has redeemed my life from every distress, 30 just as I swore to you by the Lord God of Israel, saying, ‘Assuredly Solomon your son shall be king after me, and he shall sit on my throne in my place,’ so I certainly will do this day.” 

Vs 32-40 is where the Coup gets overthrown, this is where King David himself with the help of his prophets and priests puts the plan in place to overthrow Adonijah who is greatly deceiving the people, the kingdom, and attempting to usurp the will of God

32 And King David said, “Call to me Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada.” So they came before the king. 33 The king also said to them, “Take with you the servants of your lord, and have Solomon my son ride on my own mule, and take him down to Gihon.[i] 34 There let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him king over Israel; and blow the horn, and say, [j]Long live King Solomon!’ 35 Then you shall come up after him, and he shall come and sit on my throne, and he shall be king in my place. For I have appointed him to be ruler over Israel and Judah.”

36 Benaiah the son of Jehoiada answered the king and said, “Amen! May the Lord God of my lord the king say so too. 37 As the Lord has been with my lord the king, even so may He be with Solomon, and make his throne greater than the throne of my lord King David.”

38 So Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the Cherethites, and the Pelethites went down and had Solomon ride on King David’s mule, and took him to Gihon. 39 Then Zadok the priest took a horn of oil from the tabernacle and anointed Solomon. And they blew the horn, and all the people said, [k]Long live King Solomon!” 40 And all the people went up after him; and the people played the flutes and rejoiced with great joy, so that the earth seemed to split with their sound.

1 ceremony was a deception, was improper was not according to the rule of law of how the next king is anointed and validated, Adonijah. And the other was done following the laws not only the Lord had put in place but at King David’s orders.

So basically one was a smoke and mirrors, counterfeit, ungodly production, including a political coup, and the other was ordained by God, anointed by God, and had the backing of the prophets, the true prophets, the priests, and king David.

You see Adonijah knew the kingdom was at a point of weakness and vulnerability with King David so ill. Adonijah thought his father did not have the strength to oppose him. And Adonijah thought once he attempted this coup, the people would just go along with it and cave in because he had the commander of the army behind him, Joab who was bitter at David, and Abiathar the priest, KEYWORD PRIEST, BUT no prophet, no prophet such as Nathan was giving in to Adonijah because that was not the will of God, however the priest(s) did give in to the counterfeit fairly easily. Why? all in the name of prestige, position, getting a big pay off from Adonijah for their corrupted loyalty.

Through this, the lord was truly exposing who was loyal to the corrupt state, who was loyal to themselves, and who truly as loyal to God and HIS WILL. 

Vs 41-49 41 Now Adonijah and all the guests who were with him heard it as they finished eating. And when Joab heard the sound of the horn, he said, “Why is the city in such a noisy uproar?” 42 While he was still speaking, there came Jonathan, the son of Abiathar the priest. And Adonijah said to him, “Come in, for you are a prominent man, and bring good news.”

43 Then Jonathan answered and said to Adonijah, “No! Our lord King David has made Solomon king. 44 The king has sent with him Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the Cherethites, and the Pelethites; and they have made him ride on the king’s mule. 45 So Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet have anointed him king at Gihon; and they have gone up from there rejoicing, so that the city is in an uproar. This is the noise that you have heard. 46 Also Solomon sits on the throne of the kingdom. 47 And moreover the king’s servants have gone to bless our lord King David, saying, ‘May God make the name of Solomon better than your name, and may He make his throne greater than your throne.’ Then the king bowed himself on the bed. 48 Also the king said thus, ‘Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who has given one to sit on my throne this day, while my eyes see it!’ ”

49 So all the guests who were with Adonijah were afraid, and arose, and each one went his way. 

All the guests were afraid, and they scattered, the abandoned Adonijah, they were afraid because unbeknownst to them while they were partying and drinking and carrying on in their delusions, the real king was being established, the proper way, and by the time they find out it is too late. The people now scatter, Adonijah's supporters scatter because of the fear of the lord with Solomon being on the throne and David’s words fell upon them, and they all knew the jig was up. 

Vs 50-54 50 Now Adonijah was afraid of Solomon; so he arose, and went and took hold of the horns of the altar. 51 And it was told Solomon, saying, “Indeed Adonijah is afraid of King Solomon; for look, he has taken hold of the horns of the altar, saying, ‘Let King Solomon swear to me today that he will not put his servant to death with the sword.’ ”

52 Then Solomon said, “If he proves himself a worthy man, not one hair of him shall fall to the earth; but if wickedness is found in him, he shall die.” 53 So King Solomon sent them to bring him down from the altar. And he came and fell down before King Solomon; and Solomon said to him, “Go to your house.”

The “horns” were horn-like projections at the four corners of the altar of burnt offering. God’s instructions for the altar’s construction specified “horns”: “Make a horn at each of the four corners, so that the horns and the altar are of one piece” (Exodus 27:2).

This altar most likely is where Abiathar, one of his partners in crime, presided as high priest. The horns or projections at the four corners of the altar, to which the sacrifices were bound, and which were tipped with the blood of the victim, were symbols of grace and salvation to the sinner. Hence the altar was regarded as a sanctuary ( Exodus 21:14 ), but not to murderers, rebels, or deliberate perpetrators. Adonijah, having acted in opposition to the will of the reigning king, was guilty of rebellion and treason, and stood self-condemned. Solomon spared his life on the express and strict conditions of his good behavior--living in strict privacy, leading a quiet, peaceable life, and meddling with the affairs of neither the court nor the kingdom. These were the terms for mercy to be afforded to Adonijah

So here is Adonijah hanging onto where the sacrifices are supposed to be throwing a fit, now petrified Solomon is going to kill him for his little stunt. Solomon instead gives mercy the first time and sends him on his way, however, Adonijah just cannot leave well enough alone… 

In 1 Kings 2 after the death of David, Adonijah comes back in all his haughtiness and arrogance, still bitter about losing the throne, and manipulatively approaches Bathsheba, King Solomons, mother to help him in this power play. He wants to marry Abishag the Shunammite who cared for David while he was dying. Now we know from Absalom you do not touch the king's concubines, that’s a power grab, a very disrespectful one.

1Kings 2:15-18 15 Then he said, “You know that the kingdom was mine, and all Israel had set their expectations on me, that I should reign. However, the kingdom has been turned over, and has become my brother’s; for it was his from the Lord16 Now I ask one petition of you; do not [c]deny me.”

And she said to him, “Say it.”

17 Then he said, “Please speak to King Solomon, for he will not refuse you, that he may give me Abishag the Shunammite as wife.”

18 So Bathsheba said, “Very well, I will speak for you to the king.”

Bathsheba approaches Solomon, who loves his mother very much. Apparently, Bathsheba doesn’t seem the harm in giving this request to Adonijah. Maybe it is because of the way Bathsheba was taken by David as a wife that she views this a bit different from her son. Well, the request doesn’t go over very well because Solomon realizes what Adonijah is attempting to do. For if the people see Adonijah married to one of David’s concubines then they may begin to demand he become king. This was the 2nd attempted coup which was way more subtly than the first.

1 Kings 2: 22-25 22 And King Solomon answered and said to his mother, “Now why do you ask Abishag the Shunammite for Adonijah? Ask for him the kingdom also—for he is my older brother—for him, and for Abiathar the priest, and for Joab the son of Zeruiah.” 23 Then King Solomon swore by the Lord, saying, “May God do so to me, and more also, if Adonijah has not spoken this word against his own life! 24 Now therefore, as the Lord lives, who has confirmed me and set me on the throne of David my father, and who has established a [e]house for me, as He promised, Adonijah shall be put to death today!”

25 So King Solomon sent by the hand of Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; and he struck him down, and he died.

This is why it is important for prophets and servants of God to surround leaders who know the will of God and are willing to fight for it. For if Nathan had not led this charge in all boldness and faith, had he just said “we will all submit to Adonijah” the will of God may have been very delayed with Solomon taking the throne. The corrupt who stage coups are troublesome to submit to because they are not honest to begin with and their motives for power do more to hurt people than help them. It tends to oppress the people and you have those like Abiathar the priest who jump onto that bandwagon in order to hold onto power themselves. Coups rarely end well especially when the enemy’s fingerprints are all over it. This is why watchman must be perceptive like Nathan, and the people of God not only seeking but willing to submit to the will of God. A house divided cannot stand, and neither will a Kingdom. This is truly why now the Lord’s intervention is needed and the same way Nathan and Bathsheba approached King David with all wisdom and humility, we need to be approaching God.