December Ė 2000
To: Jim, Ray, Weyman, Nathan (My Son-in-Law), Bill (My Son-in-Law), Jim (My Son), this is letter #14
Brother Jim I have been studying the Genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham in Matthew 1:1-17. And the Genealogy of Jesus Christ through Mary all the way back to Adam in Luke 3:23-38. Also the Family of God (not the Body of Christ) from the first Adam to the last Adam through out the Word of God.
WHAT IS IN A NAME
What is in a name (renown)? Around this block, Fletcher Ave, in South Pasadena, I am known as Mr. Billmeyer. At work, I was known as Mr. Edward Andrew Billmeyer, but called Mr. Billmeyer. To my Christians friends I am known as Eddie Billmeyer. All the children on this block that know me, call me Mr. Billmeyer through respect from their parents. You can see by this, a kind of formal and informal calling of my name. As a child I was told to always call someone by their last name, never by their first name. Unless; I was given permission by them to do so. I was always to show proper respect at all times. Their first name was given to them by their mother and father and was considered their Christian name. Their last name is their sir (family) name to which their ancestry could be traced through the male genealogy.
However, two branches are formed, one through the male and the other through the female. Both branches will give us their family tree through marriage, which our Lord has set up from the beginning with Adam and Eve. Adam being the first of Godís human creation was the start of all of us. In Adam we all had our being, our start in this life here on earth. This is Godís way of allowing us (mankind) to trace ourselves back to Adam.
When a couple male and female does not give themselves in marriage, and have children out of wedlock. It does not change Godís order of childbirth; you are still the child (Generic), son or daughter of this male and female. And you, as a son or daughter, are recorded in our Lords (Lambs) Book of Life by the name your mother and father gave you at birth. I am still the son of John and Anna Wind even though my name was changed from Wind to Billmeyer. This is one of Satanís ways of trying to breakdown or confuse Godís order for mankind, of Godí promise to all mankind of salvation through the seed of the woman, from which our Lord Jesus Christ was to come.
Our Lord wanted a Godly seed in the Hebrew/Jewish line, that started back when God created Adam and Eve, from which godly children would come, generation after generation. Who are willing to WALK with God and were willing to let God WALK with them through this veil of tears here on earth. Hebrews 11: 1-40, please read this whole chapter!
Satan from the beginning has tried to DESTROY the good seed and has done so through out history, which God has given to mankind over and over again. Satan could not win this battle over the seed of the woman, as was recorded in Genesis 3:14&15. This is the PROMISE (1) made by God, to Satan, for all mankind through the First Women Eve:
- So the Lord God said to the serpent: because you have done this, you are cursed more than all cattle and every beast of the field; on your belly you shall go, and eat dust all the days of your life.
- "And I will put enmity (deep seated, often mutual hatred, enemy, at war) between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; HE (our Lord Jesus Christ) shall bruise (crush) your head, and YOU (Satan) shall bruise (crush) His heel."
As we go through scriptures after scriptures, you will find that the WORDS, and PROMISES that our Lord has made cannot be broken!
Forasmuch then as the CHILDREN are partakers of flesh and blood, HE also HIMSELF likewise took part of the SAME; that through death HE might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; Hebrews 2: 14.
Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to HIS purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, but is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished DEATH, and hath brought LIFE and IMMORTALITY to light through the gospel - - - -, 2 Timothy 1: 9&10.
- - - - Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? Cor.15: 54&55
And so the battle of the Ungodly seed over the godly seed begins: Cain (Ungodly seed) slew Abel (godly seed) Genesis 4:8! It would seem that Satan has won the battle over the godly seed by the killing of Cain.
Maybe now we all can understand this statement made in Genesis 4: 25 & 26.
- And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and named him Seth (appointed). "For God has appointed another seed for me instead of Abel, whom Cain killed."
- And as for Seth, to him also a son was born; and he named him Enosh (dedicated). Then men began to call on the name of the Lord.
This is the book of the genealogy of Adam. In the day that God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female, and blessed them and called them Mankind in the day they were created, Genesis 5:1 & 2.
To continue in this chapter we find the genealogy of the good seed through Adam, Seth, Enosh, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, to Noah and his three sons, Shem, Ham, And Japheth, Genesis 5:3-32. The same names recorded in 1 Chronicles 1:1-4 and Luke 3:36 Ė 38.
- During this time the ungodly seed multiply and the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that, "every intent of the thoughts of his heart," was only evil continually.
- And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.
- So the Lord said, "I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.
- "ButNoah found grace in the eyes of the Lord."
- This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generation. Noah WALKED with God. Noah had three sons; Shem, Ham, Japheth.
- The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
You can read about:
- The ungodly multiplied,
- The godly are to be saved, that is eight souls in the ark, saved by water,
- The building of the ark,
- The entering of the ark,
- The closing of the ark,
- The whole earth is flooded,
- The flood receding from the earth,
- The waiting in the ark until God spoke to Noah,
- Noah builds an alter to the Lord,
- The covenant God makes with Noah, in Genesis chapters 6 through 10.
In the book of Matthew 1:1-25, we are given the genealogy of Jesus Christ.
Which takes us back to Godís PROMISE (2) He made to King David; that from Davidís loins would come A Son (not Solomon) to sit on Davidís throne (as King) forever.
- There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse.
- And a Branch shall grow out of his roots,
- The Spirit (Holy Spirit) of the Lord shall rest upon Him.
- The Spirit (Holy Spirit) of wisdom and understanding.
- The Spirit (Holy Spirit) of counsel and might,
- The Spirit (Holy Spirit) of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. Isaiah 11:1-2.
- His delight is in the fear of the Lord,
- And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes,
- Nordecide by the hearing of His ears;
- But with righteousness He shall judge the poor,
- And decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
- He shall strike the earth with the Rod of His mouth,
- And with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.
- Righteousnessshall be the belt of His loins,
- And faithfulness the belt of His waist. Isaiah 11: 3-5.
Brother Jim, brother Ray, brother Weyman who is this Rod from the stem of Jesse? Who will not judge by sight or by hearing?
But by righteousness and equity He will decide! By His mouth and His breath, shall He slay the wicked. I like this: "Righteousness the belt of His loins (you will see it in His WALK), faithfulness the belt of His waist (you will see it in the strength of His CHARACTER)."
PROMISE (3) to Abraham from which all generations of the earth would be blessed.
- Now the Lord had said to Abram (whoís name will be changed to Abraham):
- Get out of your country,
- From your kindred and your fatherís house,
- To a land I will show you. Genesis 12: 1.
- I will make you a great nation;
- Iwill bless you and make your name great;
- And you shall be a blessing. Genesis 12: 2.
- I will bless those who bless you;
- And I will curse him who curses you;
- And in you ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH SHALL BE BLESSED. Genesis 12: 3.
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him:
- Iam Almighty God; WALK before me blameless. Genesis 17: 1.
"And I will make My covenant,
- BetweenMe and you,
- And I will multiply you exceeding." Genesis 17: 2.
Then Abram fell on his face,
- And God talked with him saying:
- "As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you,
- And you shall be a father of many nations." Genesis 17: 3 & 4.
"No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham;
- ForI have made you a father of many nations." Genesis 17: 5.
- I will make you exceedingly fruitful;
- And I will make nations of you,
- And Kings shall come from you. Genesis 17: 6.
- And I will establish My covenant between Me and you,
- And your descendants after you in their generations,
- For an everlasting covenant,
- To be God to you and your descendants after you. Genesis 17: 7.
In 1 Kings 2:1-4 we find Kind Davidís charge to his son Solomon:
Then the days of David drew near that he should die, and he charged Solomon his son saying
- "I go the way of all the earth; be strong therefore, and prove yourself a man."
- "And KEEP the charge of the Lord your God:"
- "To WALK in HIS ways,"
- "To KEEP HIS statutes,"
- "HIS commandmentsí"
- "HIS judgments,"
- "And HIS testimonies, AS IT IS WRITTEN in the Law of Moses,"
- "That you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn;"
- "That the LORD may fulfill His word which He spoke concerning me,"
- "If your sons take heed to their way,"
- "To WALK before ME IN TRUTH with all their heart and with all their soul,"
- "He said, "You shall not LACK A MAN on the throne of Israel."
Brother Jim, Ray, Weyman please notice the two words here WALK and TRUTH, isnít this what our Lord wants from all His children, to WALK in His WORD, to BELIEVE the TRUTH of His WORD? All on an individual bases, that each one by himself or herself, to walk in the truth of Godís Word.
- He has shown you O man, what is good; "and what does the Lord require of you." But to do justly, to love mercy, and to Walk Humbly with your God? Micah 6:7.
Each believer must be strong in what they believe our Lord would want in and from their lives. To be faithful to this charge that our Lord has committed to each of them: To walk in His ways; to keep His statutes; His commandments (WORDS); His judgments and above all His testimonies.
I am now going to take you through a long list of names. I want you to see for yourself this long list of descendants, generation after generation from our past. How our Lord protected His promise to Kind David and father Abraham, Matthew 1: 1-17.
The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ (King, Messiah), - - - the son of David, - - - the son of Abraham:
- Abraham (the father of a multitude) begot (was the father of) Isaac, Isaac (laughter) begot Jacob, and Jacob (sup planter) begot Judah and his brothers,
- Judah (let Him be praised) begot Perez and Perez and Zerah (twin sons) by Tamar, Perez (a breach) begot Hezron, and Hezon (enclosure) begot Ram,
- Ram ((high exalted) begot Amminadab, Amminadab (my kinsman is noble) begot Nahshon, and Nahshon (?) begot Salmon.
- Salmon (?) begot Boaz by Rahab, Boaz (strength) begot Obed by Ruth, Obed (servant) begot Jesse, and Jesse (God exists) begot David the King.
- David (well beloved) the king begot Solomon by her who had been the wife of Uriah (God is light).
Fourteen generations of fathers and sons through which our Lord has kept His promise to King David and father Abraham. And He continues Matthew 1: 7-11, all the kings of Judah through which He has kept His promise.
The father Jacob; foresees this and tell of this to his son Judah
In Genesis chapter 49, Jacob called his sons and said; "Gather together, that I may tell you what shall befall you in the last days: Gather together and hear, you sons of Jacob, and listen to Israel your father. (I wish to tell you what he said of his son Judah, so slip down to verse eight.)
- Judah, you are he whom yours brothers shall praise;
- Your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies;
- Your fatherís children shall bow down before you;
- Judah is a lionís whelp (a young offspring);
From the prey, my son, you have gone up.
He bows down, he lies down as a lion;
And as a lion, who shall rouse him?
- "The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor a lawgiver from between his feet;
Until Shiloh comes;
And to Him shall be the obedience of the people." Genesis 49:8-10.
KINGS OF JUDAH
- David begot Solomon, Solomon* (peace) begot Rehoboam, Rehoboam* (the people are enlarged) begot Abijah, and Abijah* (God is Father) begot Asa.
- Asa* (God the physician) begot Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat* (God has judged) begot Joram, and Joram* (God is exalted) begot Uzziah.
- Uzziah* (my strength is God) begot Jotham, Jotham* (God is perfect) begot Ahaz, and Ahaz* (he has grasped) begot Hezekiah.
- Hezekiah* (God strengthens) begot Manasseh, Manasseh* (making to forget) begot Amon, and Amon* (master workman) begot Josiah.
- Josiah* (God heals) begot Jeconiah and his brothers about the time they were carried away to Babylon.
Solomon* loved the Lord, WALKING in the statutes of his father David, except that he sacrificed and burned incense at the high places (this was not good), 1 Kings 3:3. The period that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel was forty years. 1 Kings 11:42.
Solomon prayed for Israel:
- Lord God of Israel, there is no God in heaven above or on earth below like You, who keep Your covenant and mercy with Your servants who WALK before You with all their HEART.
- Youhave kept what You promised, Your servant David my father; You have both spoken with Your mouth and fulfilled it with Your hand, as it is this day.
Therefore, Lord God of Israel, now keep what You promised Your servant David my father, saying, You shall not fail to have a man sit before Me on the throne of Israel, only if yours sons take heed to their way, that they Walk before Me as you have Walked before Me. 1 Kings 8:23 Ė 25. - - -
- And may these words of mine, with which I have made supplication before the Lord, be near the Lord our God day and night, that He may maintain the cause of His servant and the cause of His people Israel, as each day may require,
- ThatALL the people of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no other.
"Let your heart therefore be loyal to the Lord our God, to Walk in His statutes and keep His commandments, as at this day." 1 Kings 8:59 Ė 61.
I will not go into all of King Solomonís faults, but he did CAUSED his servants to rebel against him (and they were not wrong in their rebellion against the king) that CAUSED God to rebuke and chastise him. You can read this for yourself in 1 Kings 11: 1-43.
There are some verses I would like you to see and understand: "Now it happened at the time, when Jeroboam (may the people increase) went out of Jerusalem, that the prophet Ahijah (brother of God) the Shilonite met him on the way; and he had clothed himself with a new garment, and the two were alone in the field.
Then Ahijah took hold of the new garment that was on him, and tore it into twelve pieces. And he said Jeroboam, "Take for yourself ten pieces, for thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Behold I will tear the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon and will give ten tribes to you (but he shall have one tribe for the sake of my servant David, and for the sake of Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel),
Because they have forsaken Me,
- And worshiped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Milcom the god of the people of Ammon,
- And have not Walked in My ways to do what is right in My eyes
- And to keep My statutes and My judgments, as did his father David.
But I will take the kingdom out of his sonís hand and give it to youóten tribes. And to his sons I will give one tribe, "that My servant David may always have a "LAMP" before Me in Jerusalem, the city I have chosen for Myself, to put My name there." This is what the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite said to Jeroboam on the way out of Jerusalem. 1 Kings 11: 29 Ė 36."
- You will find this repeated in 1 Kings 15: 4, "Nevertheless for Davidís sake the Lord his God gave him a "LAMP" in Jerusalem, by setting up his son after him and by establishing Jerusalem:"
- Again repeated in 2 Kings 8:19, "Yet the Lord would not destroy Judah, for the sake of His servant David, as He promised him to give a "LAMP" to him and his sons forever."
- Again repeated in 2 Chronicles 21:7, "Yet the Lord would not destroy the house of David, because of the covenant that He made with David, and since He had promised to give a "LAMP" to him and to his sonís forever."
- In Psalm 132: 17 & 18 we read, "There I will make the horn of David grow; I will prepare a "LAMP" for My Anointed." "His enemies I will clothe with shame. But upon Himself His crown shall flourish."
Yes brother Jim there were good kings and bad kings that reigned (ruled) over Judah, but that did not hinder our Lord from keeping (He set the LAMP and kept it burning) His promise to King David, father Abraham, and all the families of the earth. "Praise the Lord!" "IT IS WRITTEN IN HIS WORD." "And you can believe it!" For each of the kings that reigned over Judah, "Please read for yourselves;" in the first book of Chronicles and in detail of their reign in the second book of Chronicles.
Letís review the reign (RULE) of Judahís Kings (Matthew 1:7-11)
- Rehoboam*: He did evil, because he did not prepare his heart to seek the Lord. Rehoboam was forty-one years old when he became king and He reigned for seventeen years. 2 Chronicles 12: 14. Now it came to pass, when Rehoboam had established the kingdom and had strengthened himself, that he forsook the law of the Lord, and all Israel along with him. 2 Chronicles 12:1.
Now Judah did evil in the sight of the Lord, and they provoked Him to jealousy with their sins which they committed, more then all that their fathers had done. For they built for themselves high places, sacred pillars, and wooden images on every high hill and under every green tree. And there were also perverted persons in the land. They did according to all the abominations of the nations which the Lord had cast out before the children of Israel. 1 Kings 14: 21-24.
- Abijah*: (Abijam) He Walked in all the sins of his father, which he had done before him; his heart was not loyal to the Lord his God, as was the heart of his father David. We are not told how old Abijah was when he became king. He reigned three years. 1 Kings 15: 3. 2 Chronicles 13: 1.
There was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all the days of his life. Now the rest of the acts of Abijam, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? And there was war between Abijam and Jeroboam. 1 Kings 15:6&7.
Nevertheless for Davidís sake the Lord his God gave him a lamp in Jerusalem, by setting up his son after him and by establishing Jerusalem - - - - 1 Kings 15:4.
There was also a war between Abijam king of Judah and Jeroboam king of Israel. .
3. Asa*: He did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord (as did his father David). We are not told how old he was when he became king. He reigned for forty-one years. 2 Chronicles chapters14, 15, & 16. 1 Kings 15: 9-23.
- He did what was good and right in the eyes of God.
- He removed the alters of the foreign gods and the high places.
- He broke down the sacred pillars.
- He cut down the wooden images.
- He commanded Judah to seek the Lord God of their fathers.
- To observe the law and the commandment.
- He removed the high places and the incense altars from all the cities of Judah.
- The kingdom was quite under Him.
- He built fortified cities in Judah, for the land was at rest.
- He had no war in those years, because the Lord had given him rest. 2 Chronicles 14: 2 Ė 6.
- He banished the perverted persons from the land.
- Removedall the idols that his father had made.
- He removed Maachah his grandmother from being queen mother, because she had made an obscene image of Asherah.
- He cut down the obscene image of Asherah and burned it by the brook Kidron. 1 Kings 15: 9-13.
4. Jehoshaphat*: He Walked in the way of his father Asa, and did not turn aside from it, doing what was right in the sight of the Lord. He was thirty-five years old when he became king. He reigned twenty- five years. 2 Chronicles 20: 31&32.
When Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned safely (from battle) to his house in Jerusalem; Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat: "Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord? Therefore the wrath of the Lord is upon you." "Nevertheless good things are found in you, in that you have removed the wooden images from the land, and have prepared your heart to seek God." 2 Chronicles 19: 1 Ė 3. (A bad king turned to seek the wisdom of God for his life.)
5. Joram* (Jehoram): He Walked in the way of the kings of Israel, just as the house of Ahab had done, for he had the daughter of Ahab as a wife; and he did evil in the sight of the Lord.
When Jehoram was established over the kingdom of his father, he strengthened himself and killed all his brothers with the sword, and also all other of the princes of Israel. He was thirty-two years old when he became king. He reigned eight years. 2 Chronicles 21: 4 & 6.
The Lord struck him in his intestines with an incurable disease. Then it happened in the course of time, after the end of two years, that his intestines came out because of his sickness: so he died in severe pain. And his people made no burning for him, like the burning of his fathers. And, to no oneís sorrow, departed. However they buried him in the city of David, but not in the tombs of the Kings. 2 Chronicles 21:18-20.
"Yet the Lord would not destroy the house of David, because of the covenant that He had made David, and since He promised to give a lamp to him and to his sons forever." 2 Chronicles 21: 7. And repeated in 2 Kings 8: 19.
6. Ahaziah: He Walked in the ways of the house of Ahab, for his mother counseled him to do wickedly. He did evil in the sight of the Lord, like the house of Ahab; for they were his counselors after the death of his father, to his destruction. He was forty-two years old when he became king. He reigned one year. 2 Chronicles 22: 3 & 4.
7. Athaliah: Now when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the royal heirs of the house of Judah.
But Jehoshabeath, the daughter of the king, took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him away from among the kings sons who were being murdered, and put him and his nurse in a bedroom.
So Jehoshabeath, the daughter of King Jehoram, the wife of Jehoiada the priest (for she was the sister of Ahaziah), hid him from Athaliah so that she would not kill him. And he was hidden with them in the house of God for six years, while Athaliah reigned over the land. 2 Chronicles 22: 10 Ė 12.
8. Joash (Jehoash): He did What Was Right in the sight of the Lord all the days of Jehoiada the priest. He was seven years old when he became king. He reigned forty years. 2 Kings 11: 21, 2 Kings 12: 1 & 2, and 2 Chronicles 24: 2.
After the death of Jehoiada the priest, the leaders of Judah came and bowed down to the king. And the king listened to them. Therefore they left the house of the Lord God of their fathers, and served wooden images and idols; and wrath come upon Judah and Jerusalem because of their trespass. (these leaders made a good king go bad)
"Yet HE sent prophets to them, to bring them back to the Lord; and they (the prophets) testified against them, but they would not listen."
The Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, who stood above the people, and said to them: "Thus says God: Why do you transgress the commandments of the Lord, so that you cannot prosper? Because you have forsaken the Lord, He also has forsaken you." So they conspired against him, and at the commandment of the king they stoned him with stones in the court of the house of the Lord.
So it happened in the spring of the year that the army of Syria came up against him; and they came to Judah and Jerusalem, and destroyed all the leaders of the people from among the people, and sent their spoil to the king of Damascus.
For the army of the Syrians came with a small company of men; but the Lord delivered a very great army into their hand, because they had forsaken the Lord God of their fathers. So they executed judgment against Joash.
And when they had withdrawn from him (for they left him severely wounded), his own servants conspired against him because of the blood of the son of Jehoiada the priest, and they killed him on his bed. So he died. And they bury him in the city of David, but they did not bury in the tombs of the kings.
Thus Joash the king did not remember the kindness which Jehoiada his father had done to him, but killed his son; and as he died, he said; "The Lord look on it, and repay!"
These are the ones who conspired against him: Zabad the son of Shimeath the Ammonitess, and Jehozabad the son of Shimrith the Moabitess.
9. Amaziah: He did What Was Right in the sight of the Lord, But Not With A Loyal Heart. He was twenty-five years when he became king. He reigned twenty-nine years. 2 Kings 14: 2, and 2 Chronicles 25: 2.
Now it was so, when the kingdom was established for him, that he executed his servants who had murdered his father the king. However he did not execute their children, but did as it is written in the Law in the Book of Moses, where the Lord commanded, saying: "The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, nor shall the children be put to death for the fathers; but each person shall die for his own sins."
10. Uzziah* (Azariah): He did What Was Right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father Amaziah had done. He was sixteen years old when he became King. He reigned fifty-two years. 2 Kings 15: 2. And 2 Chronicles 26: 4.
Except that he had not removed the high places; the people still sacrificed and burned incense on the high places. Then the Lord struck the king, so that he was a leper until the day of his death; so he dwelt in an isolated house. So Azariah rested with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers in the city of David. 2 Kings 15:4-7.
11. Jotham*: He did What Was Right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father Uzziah had done: (although he did not enter the temple of the Lord). But still the people acted corruptly. 2 Chronicles 27: 2. Jotham became mighty, because he prepared his ways before the Lord his God. 2 Chronicles 27: 6. He was twenty-five years old when he became king. He reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem 2 Kings 15:33.
However the high places were not removed; the people still sacrificed and burned incense on the high places. He built the Upper Gate of the house of the Lord. 2 Kings 15:35. So Jotham rested with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers in the city of David his father. 2 Kings 15:38.
12. Ahaz*: He Walked in the ways of the Kings of Israel, and made molded images for the Baals. 2 Chronicles 28: 2. Now in the time of his distress King Ahaz became increasingly unfaithful to the Lord. This is that King Ahaz. 2 Chronicles 28: 22. He was twenty years old when he became king. He reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem; and he did not do what was right in the sight of the Lord his God, as his father David had done. 2 Kings 16: 2.
He made his son pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the nations whom the Lord had cast out from before the children of Israel. And he sacrificed and burned incense on the high places and under every green tree. 2 Kings 16:4. Read about the political situation under king Ahaz for yourself. 2 Kings 16: 5-18. So Ahaz rested with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David. 2 Kings 16:20.
13. Hezekiah*: He did What Was Right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father David had done. 2 Chronicles 29: 2. He was twenty-five years old when he became king. He reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem 2 Kings 18:2.
- He trusted in the Lord of Israel, so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any who were before him.
- He held fast to the Lord; he did not depart from following after him, but kept His commandments, which the Lord had commanded Moses.
- TheLord was with him; he prospered wherever he went. 2 Kings 18:5-7.
In the first year of his reign, in the first month, he opened the doors of the house of the Lord and repaired them.
Then he brought in the priests and the Levites, and gathered them in the east gate. And said to them: "Hear me, Levites! Now sanctify yourselves, sanctify the house of the Lord God of your fathers, and carry out the rubbish from the holy place.
"For our fathers have trespassed and done evil in the eyes of the Lord God; they have forsaken Him, have turned their faces away from the habitation of the Lord, and turned their backs on Him."
"They have also shut up the doors of the vestibule, put out the lamps, and have not burned incense or offered burnt offerings in the holy place to the God of Israel."
"Therefore the wrath of the Lord fell upon Judah and Jerusalem, and He has given them up to trouble, to astonishment, and to jeering, as you see with your own eyes."
"For indeed because of this our fathers have fallen by the sword; and our sons, our daughters, and our wives are in captivity."
"Now it is in my heart to make a covenant with the Lord God of Israel, that His fierce wrath may turn away from us."
"My sons, do not be negligent now, for the Lord has chosen you to stand before Him, to serve Him, and that you should minister to Him and burn incense."
Read about the miraculous recovery of Hezekiah when he was sick and near death. 2 Kings 20:1-11.
Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart, he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the Lord did not come upon them in the days of Hezekiah. 2 Chronicles 32:26.
Read about the wealth of Hezekiah in 2 Chronicles 32:27-30.
However, regarding the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, whom they sent to him to inquire about the wonder that was done in the land; God withdrew from him, in order to test him, that He might know all that was in his heart. 2 Chronicles 32:31.
14. Manasseh*: He did Evil in the sight of the Lord, according to the abominations of the nations whom the Lord had cast out before the children of Israel. 2 Chronicles 33: 2. He was twelve years old when he became king. He reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. 2 Kings 21: 1.
- He rebuilt the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed.
- He raised up alters for Baal
- He made a wooden image, as Ahab king of Israel had done.
- He worshiped all the host of heaven and served them.
- He built alters in the house of the Lord, of which the Lord had said, in Jerusalem I will put My name.
- He built alters for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the Lord.
- He made his son pass through the fire, practiced soothsaying, used witchcraft, and consulted spiritists and mediums.
- He did much evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke Him to anger. 2 Kings 21:3-6.
15. Amon*: He did Evil in the sight of the Lord, as his father Manasseh had done - - - - He did not humble himself before the Lord, as his father had humbled himself; but Amon trespassed more and more. 2 Chronicles 33: 22 & 23. He was twenty-two years old when he became king. He reigned two years in Jerusalem. 2 Kings 21: 19.
16. Josiah*: He did What Was Right in the sight of the Lord, and Walked in the ways of his father David; he did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. 2 Chronicles 34: 2. He was eight years old when he became king. He reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. 2 Kings 22:1.
- Now it happened, when the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, that he tore his clothes.
- Then the king commanded Hilkiah (God is my portion) the priest, Ahikam (My brother has risen) the son of Shaphan (prudent, shy), Achbor (mouse) the son of Michaiah (Who is like God), Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah (God has made) a servant of the king, saying:
- "Go inquire of the Lord for me, for the people and for all of Judah, concerning the words of this book that has been found; for great is the wrath of the Lord that is around against us, because our fathers have not obeyed the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us.
- So Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam, Achbor, Shaphan, and Asaiah went to Huldah (weasel, mole) the prophetess, the wife of Shallum (recompense) the son of Tikvah (hope), the son of Harhas (splendor), keeper of the wardrobe. (She dwelt in Jerusalem in the Second Quarter.) And they spoke with her.
- Then she said to them, "Thus says the Lord God of Israel: Tell the man who sent you to me; "Thus says the Lord: Behold I will bring calamity on this place and on its inhabitants Ė all the words of the book which the king of Judah has read Ė because they have forsaken Me and burned incense to other gods, that they might provoke Me to anger with all the works of their hands. Therefore My wrath shall be aroused against this place and shall not be quenched."
- But to the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of the Lord, in this manner you shall speak to him; "Thus says the Lord God of Israel: Concerning the words which you have heard Ė "because your heart was tender, and you humbled yourself before the Lord when you heard what I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants, that they would become a desolation and a curse, and you tore your clothes and wept before Me, I also have heard you, says the Lord."
- Surely, therefore, I will gather you to your fathers, and you shall be gathered to your grave in peace; and your eyes shall not see all the calamity, which I shall bring on this place. So they brought the word to the king. 2 Kings 11-20.
17. Jehoahaz*: - - - - He did Evil in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his fathers had done. 2 Kings 23: 32. 2 Chronicles 36: 2. He was twenty-three when he became king. He reigned three months in Jerusalem. 2 Kings 23: 31. Pharaoh Necho put him in prison at Riblah in the land of Hamath, that he might not reign in Jerusalem - - -2 Kings 23:33.
18. Eliakim (Jehoiakim): - - - - He did Evil in the sight of the Lord his God. 2 Chronicles 36: 5. Pharaoh Necho made Eliakim the son of Josiah king in the place of his father Josiah, and changed his name to Jehoiakim. And Pharaoh took Jehoahaz and went to Egypt, and he died there. 2 Kings 23:34.
Eliakim was twenty-five years old when he became king. He reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. 2 Kings 23: 36.
In his days Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up, and Jehoiakim became his vassel (a subordinate or dependant) for three years. Then he turned and rebelled against him.
The Lord sent against him raiding bands of Chaldeans, bands of Syrians, bands of Moabites, and bands of the people of Ammon; He sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of the Lord which He had spoken by His servants the prophets.
Surely at the commandment of the Lord this came upon Judah, to remove them from His sight because of the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he had done.
And also because of the innocent blood that he had shed; for he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, which the Lord would not pardon.
Jehoiakim rested with his fathers. Then Jehoiachin his son reigned in his place. 2 Kings 24:1-6.
19. Jehoiachin: - - - - He did Evil in the sight of the Lord. 2 Chronicles 36:9. He was eight years old when he became king. He reigned three months in Jerusalem. 2 Kings 24: 8-16.
20. Zedekiah: - - - - He did Evil in the sight of the Lord his God, and did not humble himself before Jeremiah the prophet, who spoke from the mouth of the Lord. 2 Chronicles 36: 12. He was twenty-one years old when he became king. He reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. 2 Kings 24: 18.
- The king of Babylon made Mattaniah, Jehoiachinís uncle, king in his place, and changed his name to Zeddekiah.
- He did evil in the sight of the Lord, according to all that Jehoiakim had done.
- Because of the anger of the Lord this happened in Jerusalem and Judah, that He finally cast them out of His presence. The Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon. 2 Kings 24:17-20.
A total of Eight good kings and Twelve bad kings that RULED over the Tribe of Judah.
I did not go into all the good points and the bad points of each king of Judah, but I did give you enough information on each king. That if you and others who are going to reign as kings and rule over the children of our Lord Jesus Christ, you can at lest see for yourself and compare yourself with other kings of Judah.
Here is a list of how I viewed the bad kings that were rulers over the Tribe of Judah!
- They did not prepare their hearts to seek the Lord.
- They did evil in His sight.
- They walked in the sins of their fathers.
- Their hearts were not loyal to the Lord their God.
- They became increasingly unfaithful to the Lord their God.
The good kings that were rulers over the Tribe of Judah did two things!
- They did what was good and right in the eyes of God.
- They prepared their hearts to be loyal before the Lord their God.
All the * are kings that are in the genealogy of Jesus Christ in Matthew 1:6-12.
And so we continue on in Matthew 1:12-16.
- And after they were brought to Babylon, Jeconiah (God establishes) begot Shealtiel, (I have asked God) and Shealtiel begot Zerubbabel (seed of Babel).
- Zerubbabel begot Abiud (the father is majesty), Abiud begot Eliakim (God will establish), Eliakim begot Azor (helper).
- Azor begot Zadok (righteous), Zadok begot Achim (God raises up), and Achim begot Eliud (God is mighty).
- Eliud begot Eleazar (God has helped). Eleazar begot Matthan (gift), and Matthan begot Jacob (supplanter).
- And Jacob begot Joseph (may He God add) the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ.
So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David until the captivity in Babylon are fourteen generations, and from the captivity in Babylon until the Christ are fourteen generations.
Brother Jim I will meet with you and brother Ray, Brother John, brother Delbert, and brother Ralph, I do not include brother Weyman, he never had the Christian decency to answer any of my letters. "YOU SET THE DATE." I want three marked brethren that you brethren have marked sitting in this meeting, as witnesses. I also want the whole meeting to be tape-recorded.
But the subject that I will discuss with you brethren will not be sectarianism or division, it will be "THE FALSE DOCTRINE" on "MARKING" that you have your feet cemented in and you donít want to give up.
Brother Jim, you had the chance to stop this "FALSE DOCTRINE" on "MARKING", when you first heard of it, but you went right along with it. You have had over fifteen years to prove IF this "MARKING DOCTRINE" of yours is of the Lord,
Brother Jim, you have no scripture to back up this FALSE DOCTRINE on MARKING, but you continue to hold onto it and judge your fellow believers by it. This "DOCTRINE" is not of the Lord, this "DOCTRINE" it is of man, you can not find it in total contents any place in the apostle Paulís letters to any of the churches.
Brother Jim, you can end all this with me by just showing me the scriptures from the bible where you have taken your FALSE DOCTRINES on MARKING, I believe Godís Word. You as a minister of the Lord can surely do this. As I can write a letter, you can write a study.
Brother Jim, I have written you letter after letter proving this to you from the scriptures, by showing you, the markings that the apostle Paul wanted us Christians to be aware of and you have ignored them. My ninth letter to you covered books, chapters, and verses on this subject completely. If you want to find fault in me, take the ninth letter and show where I am in error!
I do not wish to go into the marking of Christians that have taken place; this is what you as ministers of our Lord Jesus Christ are going to have to work out. In letter #12, I gave you a list of 46 questions that you need to review before the marking of any Christians!
You stated in your letter that I judged a matter without hearing it? You wrote me three letters and I judge the matter from your three letters. You are the one that caused me to go into my Bible and find out if the accusations you made against me were true.
- YOUwere the one that tore into me.
- "YOU act like YOU are El Supremo!" "The Untouchable ONE!"
- Do YOU wish me to roll over and play dead?
- I am not the one that got you into this mess.
- I am trying to show YOU what a mess YOU have gotten YOURSELF into with all these problems.
- Do YOU; think that YOU are not RESPONSIBLE to me or any other Christians for your actions?
- YOUARE responsible to each of US as individual Christians!
- YOU do not have the God given right to feed us LIES about markings!
YOU and I have to answer to (1) our Lord Jesus Christ, (2) the Holy Spirit, and (3) The Word Of God, these are the three that are going to judge us in that final day. These three are all Christians safe guard against man-made doctrine. YOU ask me to keep the unity of the Holy Spirit in the bond of peace, when YOU are the one that has left His Word that has been given to all men.
- Youare the one that has broken this relationship of the Holy Spirit with your brothers in Christ, by not allowing them a fair hearing in your markings!
- Youbelieve, you can let this unrest go on and on (no skin off your nose) without any finalization for them in the Lord!
- Youare clean before the Lord, right? Wrong!
- Yousay: "They have to confess their sins to their Lord and to the assembly before you can receive them, "when they know that they have not sin" against the Lord or His Word!"
- Theybelieve you are the one that has wronged them, by marking them!
You say I am sowing discord, when I have been sending my letters only to those that are ministering the word of God to His Children? You believe I am deceived and in violation of Godís Word! I have not sent any of my letters to anyone meeting in the assemblies! The three other people in my letterhead are my son, my son-in-law Bill, my son-in-law Nathan. I believe they have the right to know where I stand in all this. By the way, YOU put the stop to Nathan not wanting to receive any letters. He did ask for me to stop and I have not sent him any letters. But I still put his name on my letters, because I still believe he needs to know where I stand on Markings.
Brother Jim when you talk about sectarianism and division in the body of Christ, I would like you to understand where I am coming from! You or I (No man can!) cannot divide the total body of Christ into many different parts. Satan thinks that he can, that is why we have all these denominations. In Christ Jesus there are no divisions! That is a fact!
What the apostle Paul was talking about; was the WALK of all the believers at that time in the early church, this was their testimony to the Jews and Gentiles around them. Our Lord did not allow the believers to stay in one place. We find the apostle Paul writing to them in Rome, Corinth, Galatia, Ephesus, Philippi, Colosse, Thessalonica. We find the apostle Peter writing to them in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, Bithynia. Our Lord Jesus Christ knew that all the believers were going to be scattered throughout the earth as they are today. That is why He could say: "Where two or three are gather together in MY name, I am in their midst." It is our Christian WALK today, that must not be divided; we see this truth from the scriptures.
On the subject of sectarianism let me take you to the second prodigal son found in Luke 15: 11-32. This is sectarianism of the worst kind in his Fatherís house. The father here is not just any human father; HE is our Father in Heaven.
THIS SON HAS A SECTARIAN ATTITUDE
- The older brother was very angry with his father and would not go in and celebrate the return of his brother with his father and guest.
- The father had to leave the celebration and go out and entreated him to come in.
- The answer he gave his father was; "the years I have served you."
- "I never transgressed at any time thy commandment."
- "You never gave me a kid."
- "So I might make merry with my friends."
- "But as soon as your son was come,"
- "He which hath devoured thy living with harlots,"
- "You killed for him the fatted calf."
Brother Jim now you tell me if this son does not have a sectarian attitude?
What do you think turned brother Ron Blain off to the assembly he was having fellowship with?
NOTHING BUT A SECTARIAN ASSEMBLY
From Ron Blainís letter: Situations starting arising, and we were really shocked with the way things were handled by the leadership. Here these were men we had placed our confidence in and yet they were not handling things biblically. There was definitely partiality and unfairness in their dealings. This started opening our eyes. We started to see, that to this group of Christians, sin, such as gossip, deceitfulness, hypocrisy etc. was swept under the carpet. But much was made over outward appearance, our traditions, and maintaining our unity as a group of separated Christians in a physical way.
And brother Jim, you said in your letter, that from a Baptist man, this proves from his actions that he has forgotten the sin of sectarianism? Brother Jim, please read the above paragraph again. "I would say for a brother that has forgotten all he has learned, about sectarianism, he has hit the ugliness of sectarianism right on the head!"
In my tenth letter to you I included a letter I had received years ago from Loren and Jeannette Johnson, I now wish to include another letter to you that was suppose to be an answer to their letter.
Robert A. Grove
1201 Clift Street
Fredericksberg, Va. 22401
896 No. Palm
Tulare, Calif. 93274
I received your letter addressed to "Dear Friends in Christ" dated Sept. 6, 1985. I find much basis for surprise at your conclusions following a "review" of the menís meeting in Tulare on 8/14/85. The surprise would be due to the fact that YOU WERE PRESENT AT THE MEETING and when the question was asked two or three times, does anyone have a problem with this action or does anyone see that we have any other option in light of the scriptures reviewed and the facts witnessed to, YOU WERE SILENT AS A TOMB. You voiced no objection.
As I thoughtfully consider the impact the sentiments and the conclusions you now state could have and your responsibility for the impact, the scripture that I can not put out of my mind is Mat 18:6&7. Loren I am afraid for you."But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his nick and to drowned in the depths of the sea. Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin! Such things must come, but woe to the man through whom they come!" N.I.V.
Loren, to try to reduce Godly love and mercy, which is according to Godís word, to sentiment, emotion, and tolerance, can only cause confusion in the hearts of those who are younger, spiritually or physically and are involved in the near future. If your letter has any effect it will "cause" them to sin.
My prayer to God, Loren, for you is that when the reaping comes you will be able to see the mercy of God in it. You are an older man who will be held by God responsible. "Be not deceived God is not mocked . . ., Gal. 6:7. "We must all appear before the judgment . . . .receive the things done in his body . . . . whether it be good or bad. Knowing the terror of the Lord, we persuade men;" II Cor. 5:10&11.
In Christian love & faithfulness
signed Robert A. Grove
Brother Jim, "Why didnít you get Robert to honestly answer Loren and Jeanette Johnsonís letter" do you really believe he answer any of the subjects that Loren put in his letter?
SUBJECTS COVERED IN LOREN'S LETTER
- Do we still believe in the basic principle of rightly dividing the word of truth?
- Is it safe and dependable practice to carefully examine the context of a particular verse as to the subject matter?
- Isnít it our obligation as individuals (Christians) to do so?
- Loren made this statement: "We have been taught since childhood that to accept the conclusions or edicts of another (person) without a personal studying (into the truth of Godís Word) on our own, to confirm the truth of the (their) conclusions, is less then noble."
- To check up on any man (no matter how lofty his position) is not unscriptural, it is our spiritual obligation.
- There is no limit to how far we can slip, one inch at a time, when we begin listening to men only.
- If an individual tells us that he or "A Select Group" have the authority to apply a scripture beyond the setting of the text and beyond the purpose for which it was written - - - -?
- We must address ourselves specifically to the action taken by many in supporting the "marking to be avoided" of certain families in this area.
- Such a sober action deserves a careful examination of the scriptures applied (To the markings) and a sincere belief that they are unmistakably appropriate to the action taken.
- The scriptures such as Romans 16:17, 1 Corinthians 5 and 2 Thessalonians 3, are quite explicit as to the offences in questions.
- As of the present times we are not aware that any of the offences referred to in the above verses are those (personís, scriptures?) in question for discipline.
- The fact that we must therefore question such discipline is not to say that we champion the cause of any individual in question or that necessarily endorse their actions, individually or collectively.
- It is easy to "go with the flow", but it does not make for peace within our hearts, if our conscience is pricked with the reminder that we have failed to "test everything, hold on to the good."
- Of secondary concern is the question of arbitrary selection of certain individuals upon which to render discipline.
- If discipline is withheld or administered on the basis of certain family ties, or lack of them, can it be godly?
Brother Jim, do you really believe what Loren had put in his letter will only cause younger men to be confused in heart, spiritually and physically, and cause young men in the future to sin against Almighty God?
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------HERE IS WHAT "THE WORLD AROUND US" CALLS A SECT
- The leaders compare their "LEADERSHIP" structure to a marriage.
- Those who have left the assembly have divorce themselves from the assembly.
- Those that leave have been told they actually left GOD and sinned against GOD.
- The LEADERS have usurped the LOYALTY and DEVOTION that is due to the LORD JESUS CHRIST alone.
- The LEADERSHIP have focus the LOYALTY and DEVOTION onto themselves.
- The LEADERSHIP has taken the PHYSICAL MANIFESTATION of the AUTHORITY of the LORD JESUS CHRIST.
- The LEADERSHIP has taken the family image to MIRROR the assembly RELATIONSHIP to their HEADSHIP.
- As a wife IS TO HER HUSBAND in the BOND OF MARRIAGE, so this reflects the assembly is to have to the LEADERSHIP.
- FAILURE to comply with the AUTHORITARIAN DICTATES will result in EXCOMMUNICATION.
- EXCOMMUNICATION; is always ACCOMPANIED by SHUNNING BEHAVIOR instituted by the LEADERSHIP.
- The EXCOMMUNICATION procedure operates as a CONTROL MECHANISM within the assembly.
- Those who "ROCK THE BOAT" are those who raise UNCOMFORTABLE QUESTIONS, who CHALLENGE the LEADERSHIP in any way, are PREVENTED from SHARING their LEGITIMATE CONCERNS with other members of the assembly.
- DISSENT is MUFFLED and DISINFORMATION can be SPIRITUALIZED and MANIPULATED by the LEADERSHIP.
HOW TO TELL WHEN YOUR CHURCH HAS BECOME A SECT
- A discerning Christian must also be aware of the trap of LEGALISM, LIFESTYLE RIGIDITY and the keeping of A SET OF RULES can stifle SPIRITUAL LIBERTY and encourage ABUSE.
- PREOCCUPATION with keeping "CHRISTIANS RULES" enhances GUILT FEELINGS in members and it acts as an EFFECTIVE CONTROL MECHANISM for POWER ABUSERS.
- LEGALISM is never CORRECTIVE CHURCH DISCIPLINE.
LEGALISM pulls Christians away from CHRIST towards another gospel; another gospel that says, the cross is not enough.
- Another QUALITY that can lead to ABUSIVE BEHAVIOR in a church, is the TENDENCY TOWARDS ISOLATIONISM.
- BEWARE of churches where OUTSIDE SPEAKERS are consistently DENIED access to the pulpit, and where other Christian churches are regularly DENOUNCED, BELITTLED, or RIDICULED.
- Another sign of IMPENDING TROUBLE in a church is an OBSESSION with DISCIPLINE and EXCOMMUNICATION.
- BEWARE of churches that warn of CERTAIN DOOM if you LEAVE THEIR COVERING.
- Once BANISHED from the GROUP, LITTLE or no COMPASSION is shown towards the (SUPPOSED) wayward one.
- DEFECTORS are held up to the CONGREGATION as warnings to potential "SOWERS OF DISCORD."
- A SURE SIGN that a church is headed for the FRINGE is when the LEADERSHIP ENCOURAGES the SEVERING of TIES with RELATIVES OUTSIDE the GROUP.
Then Samuel said to the people, "Do not fear: You have done all this wickedness; yet do not turn aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart." "And do not turn aside; for then you would go after empty things which cannot profit or deliver, for they are nothing." 1 Samuel 12:20 & 21
For the Lord will not forsake His people, for His great nameís sake, because it has please the Lord to make you His people. 1 Samuel 12:22
Only fear the Lord, and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you. 1 Samuel 12:24
I remain your brother In the Lord.
This letter is sent to:
Brother Jim Maurer, Brother Ray Sharpless, Brother Weyman Zelder, Brother John Morey, Brother Delbert Brittain, Brother Ralph Johnson, and Brother James Cox.
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