August 1, 2016
This re-post I thought was appropriate as the media attack Trump from all sides, while NEVER saying anything negative about Mrs. Clinton. Considering the fact that this essay from May 2016 compares her to one of the most wicked people mentioned in Scripture… that should tell you something.
Jehu, Jezebel, Donald Trump, and Hillary Clinton
Jehu is another fascinating person mentioned in Scripture whom Satan tries to get us to overlook. He is one of a long line of kings of the Northern Kingdom of Israel, the people of the Ten Tribes of Israel that separated from the Southern Tribes of Judah and Benjamin during the days of Solomon’s son, Rehoboam. When the 10 Tribes split, their first king, Jeroboam I, wanted to prevent his people – usually referred to in the Bible as Israel (as opposed to the Southern Kingdom called Judah), or Ephraim, or Joseph, or, sometimes, Jacob – from going down to Jerusalem every year for the required feasts, or going to the Temple, the only sanctioned place for sacrifices in the nation. He set up worship centers with two golden calves – one in the far north of Israel, in Dan, and one in the far south, in Bethel. The Northern Kingdom, also referred to as their capital, Samaria, had a string of kings who, we are told, supported this false system, and continued to lead the people of Israel away from Yahweh, the God who had made a covenant with Abraham, Moses, Aaron, and David. While some kings of the Southern Kingdom were considered “good” or righteous (like Jehoshaphat, Hezekiah, and Josiah), NONE of the kings of the Northern Kingdom were considered good. Yahweh tried to warn them, sending to them the prophets Elijah, Elisha, Hosea, and Amos, but they wouldn’t, ultimately, listen to them. Isaiah was from Judah, but he had a lot to say to “Israel,” finally pronouncing Yahweh’s judgment on them – Assyria’s conquest of them in 722 BC, leading to them being scattered all over the earth.
Unlike Judah, which returned to the land after the Babylonian Exile, that followed the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BC, the Children of Joseph have never (yet) returned as a people (until recent times). Ezekiel predicted in Chapter 37 of his book, that the “Two Sticks” of “Israel” and “Judah” would become one again someday:
15 The word of the Lord came to me: 16 “Son of man, take a stick and write on it, ‘For Judah, and the people of Israel associated with him’; then take another stick and write on it, ‘For Joseph (the stick of Ephraim) and all the house of Israel associated with him.’ 17 And join them one to another into one stick, that they may become one in your hand. 18 And when your people say to you, ‘Will you not tell us what you mean by these?’ 19 say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am about to take the stick of Joseph (that is in the hand of Ephraim) and the tribes of Israel associated with him. And I will join with it the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, that they may be one in my hand. 20 When the sticks on which you write are in your hand before their eyes, 21 then say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from all around, and bring them to their own land. 22 And I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. And one king shall be king over them all, and they shall be no longer two nations, and no longer divided into two kingdoms. 23 They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols and their detestable things, or with any of their transgressions. But I will save them from all the backslidings in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them; and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.
24 “My servant David shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd. They shall walk in my rules and be careful to obey my statutes. 25 They shall dwell in the land that I gave to my servant Jacob, where your fathers lived. They and their children and their children’s children shall dwell there forever, and David my servant shall be their prince forever. 26 I will make a covenant of peace with them. It shall be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will set them in their land[g] and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in their midst forevermore. 27 My dwelling place shall be with them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 28 Then the nations will know that I am the Lord who sanctifies Israel, when my sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.”
This is still future, as of May of 2016 – but there are many who are returning to Israel who are not, technically, Jews (descendants of the tribe of Judah), but are descendants of the 10 “Lost” Tribes (The world may have lost track of them, but Yahweh never did!)
Jehu was a king of Israel, then, but he was actually very important in their history. Remember when Elijah had that contest with the prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel? And Yahweh sent down fire on His sacrifice, causing the people of Israel to chant, “The Lord, He is God”? And then, they killed the 400 prophets of Baal, causing Queen Jezebel, the nasty wife of the most evil king of Israel, to threaten to kill Elijah. So, Elijah took off from her, going all the way to Mt. Sinai, where Yahweh had given the Law to Moses. As part of the prophecy that the Lord gives to Elijah to comfort his spirit (the “still small voice” incident), there’s this:
15 And the Lord said to him, “Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus. And when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael to be king over Syria. 16 And Jehu the son of Nimshi you shall anoint to be king over Israel, and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah you shall anoint to be prophet in your place. 17 And the one who escapes from the sword of Hazael shall Jehu put to death, and the one who escapes from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha put to death.” (1 Kings 19: 15 – 17)
When Elijah returns to the land of Ephraim, he “passes his cloak” of prophetic authority to his successor, Elisha. After Elijah is taken up in a flaming chariot, Elisha begins to fulfill these prophecies. Ahab is killed in battle, so his son Jehoram becomes king. While the new king is away, fighting the Syrians, Elisha secretly anoints Jehu as Yahweh’s choice for king (he has one of his young assistants do it, so that Jehoram doesn’t get wind of the plot to overthrow him).
4 So the young man, the servant of the prophet, went to Ramoth-gilead. 5 And when he came, behold, the commanders of the army were in council. And he said, “I have a word for you, O commander.” And Jehu said, “To which of us all?” And he said, “To you, O commander.” 6 So he arose and went into the house. And the young man poured the oil on his head, saying to him, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, I anoint you king over the people of the Lord, over Israel. 7 And you shall strike down the house of Ahab your master, so that I may avenge on Jezebel the blood of my servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of the Lord. 8 For the whole house of Ahab shall perish, and I will cut off from Ahab every male, bond or free, in Israel. 9 And I will make the house of Ahab like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah. 10 And the dogs shall eat Jezebel in the territory of Jezreel, and none shall bury her.” Then he opened the door and fled.
11 When Jehu came out to the servants of his master, they said to him, “Is all well? Why did this mad fellow come to you?” And he said to them, “You know the fellow and his talk.” 12 And they said, “That is not true; tell us now.” And he said, “Thus and so he spoke to me, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord, I anoint you king over Israel.’” 13 Then in haste every man of them took his garment and put it under him on the bare steps, and they blew the trumpet and proclaimed, “Jehu is king.” (2 Kings 9: 4 – 13)
Quite a scene! Notice the prophecy against Jezebel – it was about to be fulfilled. Jehu immediately assassinates King Joram (a shortened form of Jehoram), but it’s really an execution – Yahweh promised that He would end the evil line of Ahab and Jezebel. The King of Judah, Ahaziah, is also killed in the coup – Jehu orders him to be executed as well.
Then: the crowning touch to the whole affair – the death of Jezebel. After all the foul deeds she had done, she got what she deserved. Notice: even her most trusted confidants throw her “overboard” when they get the chance (NOBODY even LIKED the woman!)
30 When Jehu came to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it. And she painted her eyes and adorned her head and looked out of the window. 31 And as Jehu entered the gate, she said, “Is it peace, you Zimri, murderer of your master?” 32 And he lifted up his face to the window and said, “Who is on my side? Who?” Two or three eunuchs looked out at him. 33 He said, “Throw her down.” So they threw her down. And some of her blood spattered on the wall and on the horses, and they trampled on her. 34 Then he went in and ate and drank. And he said, “See now to this cursed woman and bury her, for she is a king’s daughter.” 35 But when they went to bury her, they found no more of her than the skull and the feet and the palms of her hands. 36 When they came back and told him, he said, “This is the word of the Lord, which he spoke by his servant Elijah the Tishbite: ‘In the territory of Jezreel the dogs shall eat the flesh of Jezebel, 37 and the corpse of Jezebel shall be as dung on the face of the field in the territory of Jezreel, so that no one can say, This is Jezebel.’”
But the Lord had more for Jehu to do than just execute the wicked queen. The next thing he did, after killing all the descendents of Ahab and Jezebel was to execute all the prophets of Baal who were left after those whom Elijah had the people kill on Mt. Carmel. Jehu deceived them into thinking he supported them. Then, he called them all together into their temple. After making sure there were no genuine prophets of Yahweh present, at a signal from Jehu, his men slaughtered the priests of Baal until there were none left. So – the Northern Kingdom of Israel was cleansed of all the practitioners of the worship of a false god that Yahweh had expressly forbidden. He destroyed their idols and turned their temple into a latrine!
Jehu was a rough guy, that’s for sure! But was he really right in what he did? There are a lot of interpretations, but this is the most reasonable and likely explanation: Yahweh did commission Jehu to wipe out the evil family line of Ahab and Jezebel, and he did right by declaring himself to be the new king because the prophet of Yahweh, Elisha, had him anointed in that secret ceremony. However, like many of people in Scripture, he went beyond what he was sent to do. Just like Gideon, who in the time of the Judges over-stepped his commission and acted foolishly (and sinfully) in several subsequent actions. Yahweh had NOT commanded Jehu to slaughter all the prophets of Baal – his deceptions to accomplish the deed were evidence that he was acting in a fleshy, sinful way. But – wasn’t Yahweh pleased with his execution of these priests of a false god? I believe the Scripture indicates that He was. But, just because the Lord approves the results doesn’t mean He sanctioned the methods.
There are many examples of this principle in Scripture: of human agents of Elohim’s will, doing it, but going against His moral laws. David, for example, was a “man after God’s own heart,” but went to sinful extremes sometimes. For example, even though he was King of Israel and was secure in that position, he arrogantly, under the inspiration of Satan, took a census of the nation, just to stroke his own ego to find out how big an army he had. That ended badly – Yahweh sent a plague as a judgment on David’s kingdom that he took credit for.
Solomon over-stepped his authority – to an even greater extreme than his father did. Because Yahweh had blessed him with greater wealth than any man who has ever lived, he foolishly gathered a harem of 1000 women (700 wives and 300 concubines). Some of these led him to actually allow idol worship in Jerusalem to please them, including the reprehensible worship of Molech, a false god that required the sacrifice of children. Not only that, but the nation had been expressly forbidden to worship Molech in the Torah.
Nebuchadnezzar is called the “servant” of Elohim in Jeremiah, Chapter 27: “6 Now I have given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, my servant, and I have given him also the beasts of the field to serve him. 7 All the nations shall serve him and his son and his grandson, until the time of his own land comes. Then many nations and great kings shall make him their slave.” The king of Babylon was used by Yahweh to judge His People, Israel. But he went too far, as did his people – the Lord judged Nebuchadnezzar with 7 years of madness for his pride (for taking credit for all his successes and not giving the credit to Elohim). The story is recounted – in Nebuchadnezzar’s own words – in Daniel, Chapter 4. Jeremiah later declared the future judgment of Babylon – it will become a desert, inhabited only by wild animals. Which, of course, is exactly what happened.
The problems don’t end in the Tanakh; the pattern of human sinfulness continues in the Messianic Writings. The community of believers in Corinth had significant problems that Paul had to address in two letters (and those are the only ones recorded in Scripture; there probably were more letters than these). The Corinthians had the Holy Spirit within them, and they STILL had trouble because of their sinful excesses. Paul called the Galatians “bewitched” because they had so quickly turned away from the doctrines of grace that he had taught them.
Even in modern times, judgments have been declared on nations, but the judging nation is held guilty for their excesses into sin. For example: Elohim allowed the Russian Army to judge much of the city of Berlin and occupy a significant portion of Germany (known as East Germany) for 40 years. This was a severe judgment in response to the Holocaust. The German people suffered significantly during that occupation. Were the Russians right in what they did (we won’t specify here)? No. Did Elohim allow it? Yes. Did the Russians get judged themselves for what they did to the Germans? Yes – in a number of ways, including the eventual collapse of the Soviet Union. When the “40-years wandering” under occupation was over, however, the Lord allowed Germany to be free once again – with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
The most profound example of this, however, is the unjust execution of the Messiah by the Jewish rulers and the Romans (who represented the entire Gentile world). Was it supposed to happen? Yes – it was planned from the foundation of the earth. Was it allowed by Yahweh? Yes – He was always in complete control. Were those who were responsible for it, then, not guilty? No – they were guilty of killing the only God-man who ever lived; the only human being who never sinned and the only human being who did NOT deserve to die.
What? How does that work?
It’s called “the mind of God”, which we, as human beings will never be able to fathom.
But there is one good thing – a loving thing from a loving Father. The first converts to following Jesus on the Day of Pentecost were many of the same people who had been screaming for His blood at the time of Passover. Elohim graciously offered the gospel to those same people – and many of them responded with genuine faith, including “not a few” Pharisees. One Pharisee in particular was called to be the Apostle to the Gentiles – the Apostle Paul.
The true story of Jehu ends sadly. Even though he did so much, under the direct command of the Lord,
Thus Jehu wiped out Baal from Israel. 29 But Jehu did not turn aside from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which he made Israel to sin—that is, the golden calves that were in Bethel and in Dan. 30 And the Lord said to Jehu, “Because you have done well in carrying out what is right in my eyes, and have done to the house of Ahab according to all that was in my heart, your sons of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel.” 31 But Jehu was not careful to walk in the law of the Lord, the God of Israel, with all his heart. He did not turn from the sins of Jeroboam, which he made Israel to sin. (2 Kings 10: 28 – 31)
There’s also a prophecy in the Book of Hosea about the coming judgment on Jehu, in specific, and the Northern Kingdom of Israel, in general:
4 And the Lord said to him, “Call his name Jezreel, for in just a little while I will punish the house of Jehu for the blood of Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom of the house of Israel. 5 And on that day I will break the bow of Israel in the Valley of Jezreel.” (Hosea 1: 4, 5)
Jehu did the right thing – he followed the Lord’s commands to become king of Israel, execute Jezebel, and fulfill the curse on the family line of the worst of the worst, King Ahab. He did eliminate the worship of Baal (at least for a time) in the Northern Kingdom. But he didn’t do everything correctly; he was a sinner (like us all) who, in the end, failed to be completely obedient. Yahweh called him to do His will – which he did, but only partially.
Which reminds me of why I brought up Jehu and Jezebel in the first place. Yes – Jehu DOES remind me of Donald Trump and… no need to finish the analogy. Like Jehu, you wouldn’t call Donald Trump a godly man. But, he may have been called to the task of… well, not executing the queen, but beating her politically.
We can only hope.
We need to pray – keep praying for this nation. If it’s the Lord’s will, it will happen.
We’ll leave it in His hands. As Paul wrote to the Ephesians:
20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3: 20, 21)
He is able… MORE than able…