The Kings of IeShRaEL

DownFall of the House of Iahudah


Second Chronicles Chapter Twenty-Four 17-25

Now after the death of Iahuiada came the princes of Iahudah, and worshipped the king. Then the king hearkened unto them. And they left the house of IaHUeH the Elohim of their fathers, and served Asherim, standing pillars, and "mighty ones": and wrath came upon Iahudah and Ierushalem for this their trespass.
Yet He sent prophets to them, to bring them again unto IaHUeH; and they testified against them: but they would not give ear.
And the Spirit of Elohim came upon Zechariah the son of Iahuiada the priest, which stood above the people, and said unto them, Thus saith Elohim, Why transgress ye the commandments of IaHUeH, that ye cannot prosper? because ye have forsaken IaHUeH,
He hath also forsaken you.
And they conspired against him, and stoned him with stones at the commandment of the king in the court of the house of IaHUeH.
Thus Iahuash the king remembered not the kindness which Iahuiada his father had done to him, but slew his son. And as he died, he said, IaHUeH look upon it, and require it.

And it came to pass at the end of the year, that the host of Syria came up against him: and they came to Iahudah and Ierushalem, and destroyed all the princes of the people from among the people, and sent all the spoil of them unto the king of Damascus.
For the army of the Syrians came with a small company of men, and IaHUeH delivered a very great host into their hand, because they had forsaken IaHUeH Elohim of their fathers. So they executed judgment against Iahuash.
And when they were departed from him, (for they left him in great diseases,) his own servants conspired against him for the blood of the sons of Iahuiada the priest, and slew him on his bed, and he died: and they buried him in the city of Dauid, but they buried him not in the sepulchres of the kings.

Second Kings Chapter Twelve 17-20 Then Hazael king of Syria went up, and fought against Gath, and took it: and Hazael set his face to go up to Ierushalem.
And Iahuash king of Iahudah took all the qodesh things that Iahushaphat, and Iahuram, and Ahaziah, his fathers, kings of Iahudah, had dedicated, and his own qodesh things, and all the gold that was found in the treasures of the house of IaHUeH, and in the king's house, and sent it to Hazael king of Syria: and he went away from Ierushalem.
And the rest of the acts of Iahuash, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Iahudah?
And his servants arose, and made a conspiracy, and slew Iahuash in the house of Millo, which goeth down to Silla.

Second Chronicles Chapter Twenty-Eight 1-25 Achaz was twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Ierushalem: but he did not that which was right in the sight of IaHUeH, like Dauid his father:
For he walked in the ways of the kings of Ieshrael, and made also molten images for Baalim.
Moreover he burnt incense in the valley of the son of Hinnom, and burnt his children in the fire, after the abominations of the heathen whom IaHUeH had cast out before the children of Ieshrael.
He sacrificed also and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree.
Wherefore IaHUeH his Elohim delivered him into the hand of the king of Syria; and they smote him, and carried away a great multitude of them captives, and brought them to Damascus. And he was also delivered into the hand of the king of Ieshrael, who smote him with a great slaughter.
For Pekah the son of Remaliah slew in Iahudah an hundred and twenty thousand in one day, which were all valiant men; because they had forsaken IaHUeH Elohim of their fathers.
And Zichri, a mighty man of Ephraim, slew Maaseiah the king's son, and Azrikam the governor of the house, and Elkanah that was next to the king.
And the children of Ieshrael carried away captive of their brethren two hundred thousand, women, sons, and daughters, and took also away much spoil from them, and brought the spoil to Shomeron.

But a prophet of IaHUeH was there, whose name was Oded: and he went out before the host that came to Shomeron, and said unto them, Behold, because IaHUeH Elohim of your fathers was wroth with Iahudah, He hath delivered them into your hand, and ye have slain them in a rage that reacheth up unto heaven.
And now ye purpose to keep under the children of Iahudah and Ierushalem for bondmen and bondwomen unto you: but are there not with you, even with you, sins against IaHUeH your Elohim?
Now hear me therefore, and deliver the captives again, which ye have taken captive of your brethren: for the fierce wrath of IaHUeH is upon you.

Then certain of the heads of the children of Ephraim, Azariahu the son of Iahuchanan, Berekiahu the son of Meshillemoth, and Iechizqiahu the son of Shallum, and Amasa the son of Chadlai, stood up against them that came from the war,
And said unto them, Ye shall not bring in the captives hither: for whereas we have offended against IaHUeH already, ye intend to add more to our sins and to our trespass: for our trespass is great, and there is fierce wrath against Ieshrael.
So the armed men left the captives and the spoil before the princes and all the congregation.
And the men which were expressed by name rose up, and took the captives, and with the spoil clothed all that were naked among them, and arrayed them, and shod them, and gave them to eat and to drink, and anointed them, and carried all the feeble of them upon asses, and brought them to Iericho, the city of palm trees, to their brethren: then they returned to Shomeron.

At that time did king Achaz send unto the kings of Assyria to help him.
For again the Edomites had come and smitten Iahudah, and carried away captives.
The Philistines also had invaded the cities of the low country, and of the south of Iahudah, and had taken Beth-she'mesh, and Aialon, and Gederoth, and Shoko with the villages thereof, and Timnah with the villages thereof, Gimzo also and the villages thereof: and they dwelt there.
For IaHUeH brought Iahudah low because of Achaz king of Ieshrael; for he made Iahudah naked, and transgressed sore against IaHUeH.
And Tilgath-pilneser king of Assyria came unto him, and distressed him, but strengthened him not.
For Achaz took away a portion out of the house of IaHUeH, and out of the house of the king, and of the princes, and gave it unto the king of Assyria: but he helped him not.

And in the time of his distress did he trespass yet more against IaHUeH: this is that king Achaz.
For he made offerings unto the "mighty ones" of Damascus, which smote him: and he said, Because the "mighty ones" of the kings of Syria help them, therefore will I make offerings to them, that they may help me. But they were the ruin of him, and of all Ieshrael.
And Achaz gathered together the vessels of the house of Elohim, and cut in pieces the vessels of the house of Elohim, and shut up the doors of the house of IaHUeH, and he made him altars in every corner of Ierushalem.
And in every several city of Iahudah he made high places to burn incense unto other "mighty ones", and provoked to anger IaHUeH Elohim of his fathers.

Iosheiahu

Second Kings Chapter Twenty-Three 1-30 And the king sent, and they gathered unto him all the elders of Iahudah and of Ierushalem.
And the king went up into the house of IaHUeH, and all the men of Iahudah and all the inhabitants of Ierushalem with him, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the people, both small and great: and he read in their ears all the words of the book of the covenant which was found in the house of IaHUeH.
And the king stood by a pillar, and made a covenant before IaHUeH, to walk after IaHUeH, and to keep His commandments and His testimonies and His statutes with all their heart and all their soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people stood to the covenant.

And the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, and the priests of the second order, and the keepers of the door, to bring forth out of the temple of IaHUeH all the vessels that were made for Baal, and for the Asherah and for all the host of heaven: and he burned them without Ierushalem in the fields of Kidron, and carried the ashes of them unto Bethel.
And he put down the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of Iahudah had ordained to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Iahudah, and in the places round about Ierushalem; them also that burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven.
And he brought out the Asherah from the house of IaHUeH, without Ierushalem, unto the brook Kidron, and burned it at the brook Kidron, and stamped it small to powder, and cast the powder thereof upon the graves of the children of the people.
And he brake down the houses of the (male) devotees (by prostitution) to licentious idolatry, that were by the house of IaHUeH, where the women wove hangings for the Asherah.
And he brought all the priests out of the cities of Iahudah, and defiled the high places where the priests had burned incense, from Geba to Beersheba, and brake down the high places of the gates that were in the entering in of the gate of IaHUShUA' the governor of the city, which were on a man's left hand at the gate of the city.
Nevertheless the priests of the high places came not up to the altar of IaHUeH in Ierushalem, but they did eat of the unleavened bread among their brethren.
And he defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of the children of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter to pass through the fire to Molech.
And he took away the horses that the kings of Iahudah had given to the sun, at the entering in of the house of IaHUeH, by the chamber of Nathan-melek the chamberlain, which was in the suburbs, and burned the chariots of the sun with fire.
And the altars that were on the top of the upper chamber of Achaz, which the kings of Iahudah had made, and the altars which Menashsheh had made in the two courts of the house of IaHUeH, did the king beat down, and brake them down from thence, and cast the dust of them into the brook Kidron.
And the high places that were before Ierushalem, which were on the right hand of the mount of corruption, which Shelomoh the king of Ieshrael had builded for Ashtoreth the abomination of the Zidonians, and for Chemosh the abomination of the Moabites, and for Milcom the abomination of the children of Ammon, did the king defile.
And he brake in pieces the images, and cut down the Asherim, and filled their places with the bones of men.
Moreover the altar that was at Bethel, and the high place which Iarob'am the son of Nebat, who made Ieshrael to sin, had made, both that altar and the high place he brake down, and burned the high place, and stamped it small to powder, and burned the Asherah.

And as Iosheiahu turned himself, he spied the sepulchres that were there in the mount, and sent, and took the bones out of the sepulchres, and burned them upon the altar, and polluted it, according to the word of IaHUeH which the man of Elohim proclaimed, who proclaimed these words.
Then he said, What title is that that I see? And the men of the city told him, It is the sepulchre of the man of Elohim, which came from Iahudah, and proclaimed these things that thou hast done against the altar of Bethel.
And he said, Let him alone; let no man move his bones. So they let his bones alone, with the bones of the prophet that came out of Shomeron.

And all the houses also of the high places that were in the cities of Shomeron, which the kings of Ieshrael had made to provoke IaHUeH to anger, Iosheiahu took away, and did to them according to all the acts that he had done in Bethel.
And he slew all the priests of the high places that were there upon the altars, and burned men's bones upon them, and returned to Ierushalem.

And the king commanded all the people, saying, Keep the passover unto IaHUeH your Elohim, as it is written in the book of this covenant.
Surely there was not holden such a passover from the days of the judges that judged Ieshrael, nor in all the days of the kings of Ieshrael, nor of the kings of Iahudah;
But in the eighteenth year of king Iosheiahu, wherein this passover was holden to IaHUeH in Ierushalem.
Moreover the workers with familiar spirits, and the wizards, and the images, and the "mighty ones", and all the abominations that were spied in the land of Iahudah and in Ierushalem, did Iosheiahu put away, that he might perform the words of the law which were written in the book that Hilkiah the priest found in the house of IaHUeH.

And like unto him was there no king before him, that turned to IaHUeH with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Mosheh; neither after him arose there any like him.
Notwithstanding IaHUeH turned not from the fierceness of His great wrath, wherewith His anger was kindled against Iahudah, because of all the provocations that Menashsheh had provoked Him withal.
And IaHUeH said, I will remove Iahudah also out of My sight, as I have removed Ieshrael, and will cast off this city Ierushalem which I have chosen, and the house of which I said, My Name shall be there.
Now the rest of the acts of Iosheiahu, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Iahudah?

In his days Pharaoh-nechoh king of Egypt went up against the king of Assyria to the river Euphrates: and king Iosheiahu went against him; and he slew him at Megiddo, when he had seen him.
And his servants carried him in a chariot dead from Megiddo, and brought him to Ierushalem, and buried him in his own sepulchre. And the people of the land took Iahuachaz the son of Iosheiahu, and anointed him, and made him king in his father's stead.

Second Chronicles Chapter Thirty-Five 20-24 After all this, when Iosheiahu had prepared the temple, Necho king of Egypt came up to fight against Carchemish by Euphrates: and Iosheiahu went out against him.
But he sent ambassadors to him, saying, What have I to do with thee, thou king of Iahudah? I come not against thee this day, but against the house wherewith I have war: for Elohim commanded me to make haste: forbear thee from meddling with Elohim, who is with me, that He destroy thee not.
Nevertheless Iosheiahu would not turn his face from him, but disguised himself, that he might fight with him, and hearkened not unto the words of Necho from the mouth of Elohim, and came to fight in the valley of Megiddo.
And the archers shot at king Iosheiahu; and the king said to his servants, Have me away; for I am sore wounded.
His servants therefore took him out of that chariot, and put him in the second chariot that he had; and they brought him to Ierushalem, and he died, and was buried in one of the sepulchres of his fathers. And all Iahudah and Ierushalem mourned for Iosheiahu.

Second Chronicles Chapter Thirty-Six 1-23 Then the people of the land took Iahuachaz the son of Iosheiahu, and made him king in his father's stead in Ierushalem.
Iahuachaz was twenty and three years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months in Ierushalem.
And the king of Egypt put him down at Ierushalem, and condemned the land in an hundred talents of silver and a talent of gold.
And the king of Egypt made Eliaqim his brother king over Iahudah and Ierushalem,
and turned his name to Iahuaqim And Necho took Iahuachaz his brother, and carried him to Egypt.
Iahuaqim was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Ierushalem: and he did that which was evil in the sight of IaHUeH his Elohim.

Against him came up Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and bound him in fetters, to carry him to Babylon.
Nebuchadnezzar also carried of the vessels of the house of IaHUeH to Babylon, and put them in his temple at Babylon.
Now the rest of the acts of Iahuaqim, and his abominations which he did, and that which was found in him, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Ieshrael and Iahudah: and Iahuiakin his son reigned in his stead.

Iahuiakin was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months and ten days in Ierushalem: and he did that which was evil in the sight of IaHUeH.
And when the year was expired, king Nebuchadnezzar sent, and brought him to Babylon, with the goodly vessels of the house of IaHUeH, and made Tsidqiahu his brother king over Iahudah and Ierushalem.
Tsidqiahu was one and twenty years old when he began to reign, and reigned eleven years in Ierushalem.
And he did that which was evil in the sight of IaHUeH his Elohim, and humbled not himself before Iermiahu the prophet speaking from the mouth of IaHUeH.
And he also rebelled against king Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him swear by Elohim: but he stiffened his neck, and hardened his heart from turning unto IaHUeH Elohim of Ieshrael.
Moreover all the chief of the priests, and the people, transgressed very much after all the abominations of the heathen; and polluted the house of IaHUeH which He had Set Apart in Ierushalem.

And IaHUeH Elohim of their fathers sent to them by His messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because He had compassion on His people, and on His dwelling place:
But they mocked the messengers of Elohim, and despised His words, and misused His prophets, until the wrath of IaHUeH arose against His people,
till there was no remedy.
Therefore He brought upon them the king of the Chaldees, who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their Set Apart place, and had no compassion upon young man or maiden, old man, or him that stooped for age: He gave them all into his hand.
And all the vessels of the house of Elohim, great and small, and the treasures of the house of IaHUeH, and the treasures of the king, and of his princes; all these he brought to Babylon.
And they burnt the house of Elohim, and brake down the wall of Ierushalem, and burnt all the palaces thereof with fire, and destroyed all the goodly vessels thereof.
And them that had escaped from the sword carried he away to Babylon; where they were servants to him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia:
To fulfil the word of IaHUeH by the mouth of Iermiahu, until the land had enjoyed her shabbats: for as long as she lay desolate she kept shabbat, to fulfil threescore and ten years.

Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of IaHUeH spoken by the mouth of Iermiahu might be accomplished, IaHUeH stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying,
Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the kingdoms of the earth hath IaHUeH Elohim of heaven given me; and He hath charged me to build Him an house in Ierushalem, which is in Iahudah. Who is there among you of all His people? IaHUeH his Elohim be with him, and let him go up.


Summary of the kings of IeShRaEL, and IaHUDaH

From the beginning of IaHUeH's Covenant with His people IeShRaEL, we were to obey Him exclusively, having no "mighty ones" before Him. IaHUeH would be our MIGHTY ONE, and we would be His people. IaHUeH was our King, the Laws of the Kingdom were the Ten Commandments. If we had been obedient we would have surely been blessed.
For some strange reason we chose to reject IaHUeH. The main transgression seems to be the breaking of the first Commandment.
Could it be that we are the first people, after over three thousand years to understand what it means to have a "mighty one" above, over, before, or against, IaHUeH?
Or to understand that,
worship = serve = obey = love = reverence = fear = bow down to.
I will provide evidence in a later chapter to prove that at least a few have understood. The understanding of this Commandment is of vital importance, it is a matter of life and death. And, Yes of course the "mighty ones" of the world, do not want the people they control, to figure it out. They would loose their power, and no longer be "mighty".
There be many types of "mighty one", and in order to fully understand what it is, we must turn to the WORD of IaHUeH, the source of all understanding.

In chapter three of Genesis we find the root of the matter.


Genesis Chapter Three 1-51 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which IaHUeH Elohim had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath Elohim said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, Elohim hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
[the worlds first lie!!]
For Elohim doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as "mighty ones", knowing good and evil.


OK, lets see here, if we disobey IaHUeH we can be "mighty ones".
Being a "mighty one" = self exaltation. Self exaltation is the Original Sin, it causes disobedience to IaHUeH.
In the book of IeSha-IaHU (Isaiah) we find an interesting parallel. While this "proverb" is addressed to the king of Babylon; Coincidentally it seems to also be addressed to the Adversary (Satan), referred to as the bright one (Lucifer). Very interesting…


Iesha-Iahu Chapter Fourteen 1-17

For IaHUeH will have mercy on Ia'aqob, and will yet choose Ieshrael, and set them in their own land: and the strangers shall be joined with them, and they shall cleave to the house of Ia'aqob.
And the people shall take them, and bring them to their place: and the house of Ieshrael shall possess them in the land of IaHUeH for servants and handmaids: and they shall take them captives, whose captives they were; and they shall rule over their oppressors.
And it shall come to pass in the day that IaHUeH shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve,
That thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say,
How hath the oppressor (exactor) ceased! the gold-gatherer (some manuscripts say "insolent rage") ceased!
IaHUeH hath broken the rod of the wicked, and the
sceptre of the rulers
who smote the people passionately with a continual stroke, that ruled the nations in anger, with unrestrained persecution.
The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into singing.
Yea, the fir trees rejoice at thee, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying, Since thou art laid down, no feller is come up against us.
The grave from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.
All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us?
Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the maggot is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee.
How art thou fallen from heaven (the heights), O pompous shining star (most translators say "Lucifer" which is Latin for bright one), son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!


Strongs:
1966 heylel (hay-lale');
From 1984 (in the sense of brightness); the morning-star:
KJV-- lucifer.
1984 halal (haw-lal');
a primitive root; to be clear (orig. of sound, but usually of color); to shine; hence, to make a show, to boast; and thus to be (clamorously) foolish; to rave; causatively, to celebrate; also to stultify:


For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven (the heights), I will exalt my throne above the stars of Elohim: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;
That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his
prisoners?


Whatever we esteem to be more important than obeying IaHUeH becomes our "mighty one". We might place ourselves above IaHUeH, or put some one else there, or even a group of someones (the Government). Or maybe even just things or ideas. If anything is more important to us than obeying IaHUeH, it is Sin. Straight up.
As a matter of fact the best way to serve the adversary, is to serve yourself. This is the only choice: to serve IaHUeH, or serve the adversary. Or as Bob Dylan said it "You gotta serve somebody..."

So any way at a point we decided that we wanted a human king to be our "mighty one". So under protest IaHUeH gave us one, informing us that if we would serve IaHUeH and keep His Commandments, He would still bless us and our King.
Well the first king wouldn't obey IaHUeH, so IaHUeH gave us DaUID. DaUID was the closest we could come to a Good king. For there is none Good but ONE and that is IaHUeH our Elohim.
Because that the kings we were following were mostly unrighteous, if we obeyed the king we would also be unrighteous.

In IaHUeH's Justice the punishment for sin, often takes on the form of the sin. In other words because IeShRaEL wanted to serve other "mighty ones" in transgression of IaHUeH's first Commandment, IaHUeH gave them into the hands of worldly "mighty ones": namely IeShraEL to the Assyrians, and IaHUDaH to the Babylonians.

We were however promised a Righteous King, that would be born to the house of DaUID.
In time IaHUeH sent us His only begotten Son, Who was with IaHUeH from the beginning, Who came out of IaHUeH and was born of the line of DaUID to the house of IaHUDaH. His Name is IaHUShUA' and He is IaHUeH's Anointed. We will cover this in detail in later chapters. Suffice it to say that He was Righteous, in that His will was to do the will of IaHUeH being fully obedient to IaHUeH, even to the laying down of His life. More on this later.


Prophets who Rose UP EARLY

IaHUShUA!

"To Seek out that which was Lost..."