2 Chronicles 18
Jehoshaphat king of Judah who was a righteous and godly king, who’s only big mistake was entering into two separate agreements with the wicked kings of Israel during his reign.
2 Chronicles 18:1 Now Jehoshaphat [king of Judah] had riches and honour in abundance, and joined affinity with Ahab [king of Israel].
Ahab held a feast for Jehoshaphat in Samaria and enticed him to join him in a war.
18:2 And after certain years he went down to Ahab to Samaria. And Ahab killed sheep and oxen for him in abundance, and for the people that he had with him, and persuaded him to go up with him to [war against] Ramothgilead.
Jehoshaphat agrees and then desires to inquire of God if they should fight this war.
18:3 And Ahab king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat king of Judah, Wilt thou go with me to Ramothgilead? And he answered him, I am as thou art, and my people as thy people; and we will be with thee in the war.
18:4 And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Enquire, I pray thee, at the word of the LORD to day.
Then Ahab king of Israel inquires of the prophets of his idols and they say go up to the battle.
18:5 Therefore the king of Israel gathered together of prophets four hundred men, and said unto them, Shall we go to Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And they said, Go up; for God will deliver it into the king’s hand.
But Jehoshaphat calls for a true prophet of God.
18:6 But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD besides, that we might enquire of him?
18:7 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, by whom we may enquire of the LORD: but I hate him; for he never prophesied good unto me, but always evil: the same is Micaiah the son of Imla. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so.
18:8 And the king of Israel called for one of his officers, and said, Fetch quickly Micaiah the son of Imla.
18:9 And the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah sat either of them on his throne, clothed in their robes, and they sat in a void place at the entering in of the gate of Samaria; and all the prophets prophesied before them.
The false prophet Zedekiah and all the false prophets prophesy victory against Syria.
18:10 And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah had made him horns of iron, and said, Thus saith the LORD, With these thou shalt push Syria until they be consumed. 18:11 And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, Go up to Ramothgilead, and prosper: for the LORD shall deliver it into the hand of the king.
The king’s messenger tells Micaiah to join with the false prophets and agree with them for his own physical good.
18:12 And the messenger that went to call Micaiah spake to him, saying, Behold, the words of the prophets declare good to the king with one assent; let thy word therefore, I pray thee, be like one of their’s, and speak thou good.
Micaiah declares that he will speak only the Word of God; just as God’s two end time prophets will do!
18:13 And Micaiah said, As the LORD liveth, even what my God saith, that will I speak.
Micaiah then tells the kings to go up to battle as he had been told by the king’s messenger [because Jehoshaphat king of Judah would be spared] and immediately the king knew that Miciaih was speaking of Jehoshaphat and not Ahab.
18:14 And when he was come to the king, the king said unto him, Micaiah, shall we go to Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And he said, Go ye up, and prosper, and they shall be delivered into your hand.
18:15 And the king said to him, How many times shall I adjure thee that thou say nothing but the truth to me in the name of the LORD?
Then Micaiah foretells that Ahab king of Israel would die in the battle and that Israel would return home fleeing before Syria.
18:16 Then he said, I did see all Israel scattered upon the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd: and the LORD said, These have no master; let them return therefore every man to his house in peace.
18:17 And the king of Israel [Ahab] said to Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell thee that he would not prophesy good unto me, but evil?
Micaiah prophesies further, revealing that the false prophets were filled with a spirit of deception to lead Ahab to his destruction.
Even so today’s corporate church leaders have been filled with a spirit of deception, thinking that their own ways and false traditions are right; and that they should not believe the warnings from God. They will fall into great tribulation, because they have been rejected by God the Father and Jesus Christ for their pride and many sins.
18:18 Again he said, Therefore hear the word of the LORD; I saw the LORD sitting upon his throne, and all the host of heaven standing on his right hand and on his left.
18:19 And the LORD said, Who shall entice Ahab king of Israel, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one spake saying after this manner, and another saying after that manner.
18:20 Then there came out a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will entice him. And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? 18:21 And he said, I will go out, and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And the Lord said, Thou shalt entice him, and thou shalt also prevail: go out, and do even so.
18:22 Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil against thee.
Then the false prophet claimed to be true and smote the true prophet of God.
18:23 Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah came near, and smote Micaiah upon the cheek, and said, Which way went the Spirit of the LORD from me to speak unto thee? 18:24 And Micaiah said, Behold, thou shalt see on that day when thou shalt go into an inner chamber to hide thyself.
Micaiah then tells the false prophet that when he flees to hide himself he will know who has spoken the truth. So it will be that the false prophets who prophecy of a 3 1/2 year “Elijah” work after the coming peace deal and before the tribulation, will fall into the correction of great tribulation and all the brethren will then know who has spoken the truth.
Then Ahab the king of Israel places the prophet of God in prison.
18:25 Then the king of Israel said, Take ye Micaiah, and carry him back to Amon the governor of the city, and to Joash the king’s son; 18:26 And say, Thus saith the king, Put this fellow in the prison, and feed him with bread of affliction and with water of affliction, until I return in peace.
18:27 And Micaiah said, If thou certainly return in peace, then hath not the LORD spoken by me. And he said, Hearken, all ye people.
Then the righteous king of Judah, Jehoshaphat, is enticed by the wicked king of Israel to ignore the prophet of God and go up to war against Syria. Brethren, do not let the wicked lead you astray because your love for them is greater than your love for God and God’s Word. Do not ignore the Word of God to follow false teachers and idols of men.
18:28 So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to Ramothgilead.
Then Ahab the king of Israel feared the battle [because of Micaiah] and showed how terrible a friend he was, as he bid Jehoshaphat put on his own royal robes to attract the Syrians while Ahab disguised himself and hid in the multitude.
Today very many well intentioned brethren are blinded by loving men and organizations and friends more than they love God and God’s Word.
18:29 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, I will disguise myself, and I will go to the battle; but put thou on thy robes. So the king of Israel disguised himself; and they went to the battle.
The Syrians who were the ones being attacked, were told to watch for the king and fight to kill him.
18:30 Now the king of Syria had commanded the captains of the chariots that were with him, saying, Fight ye not with small or great, save only with the king of Israel [Ahab].
Just as Ahab king of Israel had planned; seeing the royal robes, the men of Syria thought the king of Judah was the king of Israel and went after him. In this case the king of Judah cried out to God and God helped him.
That was a physical dispensation; and in the spiritual dispensation of this latter day, there will be no help for those who love their friends and idols of men more than they love the Word of God.
The sincerely repentant will be forgiven, but the door on the physical lifeboat will have been closed and they must take the full measure of their correction.
18:31 And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that they said, It is the king of Israel. Therefore they compassed about him to fight: but Jehoshaphat cried out, and the LORD helped him; and God moved them to depart from him. 18:32 For it came to pass, that, when the captains of the chariots perceived that it was not the king of Israel, they turned back again from pursuing him.
Then by chance Ahab king of Israel was mortally wounded.
18:33 And a certain man drew a bow at a venture, and smote the king of Israel between the joints of the harness: therefore he said to his chariot man, Turn thine hand, that thou mayest carry me out of the host; for I am wounded.
18:34 And the battle increased that day: howbeit the king of Israel stayed himself up in his chariot against the Syrians until the even: and about the time of the sun going down he died.
2 Chronicles 19
Then Jehoshaphat the king of Judah having escaped from the Syrians, was confronted by Jehu the prophet of God and warned against helping the wicked.
Brethren, consider this matter very carefully: Should we help and support those who teach idolatry of men and exalt men above the Word of God, cleaving to past error and rejecting the truth of the Word of God; or should we help and support those who stand on and live by every Word of God?
2 Chronicles 19:1 And Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned to his house in peace to Jerusalem.
19:2 And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the LORD? therefore is wrath upon thee from before the LORD. 19:3 Nevertheless there are good things found in thee, in that thou hast taken away the groves out of the land, and hast prepared thine heart to seek God.
Jehoshaphat seems to have learned a valuable lesson and proceeds to lead the people back to God.
Brethren, we should learn from Jehoshaphat and David, that sometimes the righteous make mistakes, but the godly will learn from those mistakes and sincerely repent to get back up and serve God with an even greater passionate enthusiasm. Right now many of our beloved brethren are making certain mistakes having been led astray; but many of them will also sincerely repent when they learn the truth, and will then wholeheartedly turn to God
19:4 And Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusalem: and he went out again through the people from Beersheba to mount Ephraim, and brought them back unto the LORD God of their fathers.
19:5 And he set judges in the land throughout all the fenced cities of Judah, city by city, 19:6 And said to the judges, Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment. 19:7 Wherefore now let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take heed and do it: for there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts.
19:8 Moreover in Jerusalem did Jehoshaphat set of the Levites, and of the priests, and of the chief of the fathers of Israel, for the judgment of the LORD, and for controversies, when they returned to Jerusalem. 19:9 And he charged them, saying, Thus shall ye do in the fear of the LORD, faithfully, and with a perfect heart.
19:10 And what cause soever shall come to you of your brethren that dwell in your cities, between blood and blood, between law and commandment, statutes and judgments, ye shall even warn them that they trespass not against the LORD [we must not sin against the Word of God], and so wrath come upon you, and upon your brethren: this do, and ye shall not trespass.
19:11 And, behold, Amariah the chief priest is over you in all matters of the LORD; and Zebadiah the son of Ishmael, the ruler of the house of Judah, for all the king’s matters: also the Levites shall be officers before you.
Brethren, deal courageously in all matters and serve the Eternal with gladness and joy; for his ways are Holy and Good!
Never, Never, Never, compromise with the Word of God, [as the called out do today] no matter the physical cost, and you will have an eternal priesthood and kingship with Jesus Christ and God the Father!
Deal courageously, and the LORD shall be with the good.
2 Chronicles 20
When the enemy came up against Judah and Jehoshaphat was afraid, he did not compromise with the Word and ways of God to try and alleviate his situation like many do today. He did not say that God’s way is too hard and God understands and will forgive us if we turn aside to try and save ourselves by our own ways.
NO! Jehoshaphat ran to the Eternal God to deliver him!
This is a lesson for us today; that we should cleave with all our might to the Eternal God and trust in his deliverance, instead of compromising with our zeal to live by every Word of God to try and do what we decide for ourselves is right.
2 Chronicles 20:1 It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle. 20:2 Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the [dead] sea on this side Syria; and, behold, they be in Hazazontamar, which is Engedi.
20:3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. 20:4 And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD.
20:5 And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court,
Jehoshaphat prayed before the nation of Judah
20:6 And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee? 20:7 Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever? 20:8 And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying, 20:9 If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.
20:10 And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and destroyed them not; 20:11 Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit. 20:12 O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.
20:13 And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.
Then God responded by his prophet with these awesome words of encouragement.
These words are recorded for us, to teach us that if we rely on our Mighty One in our battle against sin, he will also deliver us from our battle against all sin and God will raise us up victorious on that day!
20:14 Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the LORD in the midst of the congregation; 20:15 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat,
Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.
20:16 To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel.
We need not try to fight the battle against sin by ourselves, for if we trust in him and follow our Great God with all our hearts; HE will go before us and lift us up! Even if we suffer in this life in order to learn those things that are needful to prepare us for the future; The Mighty Deliverer of spiritual Israel will raise us up on that day!
20:17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.
20:18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the LORD, worshipping the LORD. 20:19 And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with a loud voice on high.
They did not just ask for help: They OBEYED the voice and Word of the Eternal! Let us do likewise and not only read and hear the Word of God, but also obey and live by every Word of God the Father and our Living Sacrifice who overcame all sin!
20:20 And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.
Jehoshaphat went out to see the victory in full faith with singing and rejoicing BEFORE the battle.
20:21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever.
20:22 And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD [God went out to fight against the enemy] set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir [Edom], which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.
God set the Ammonites against the Edomites and they destroyed each other, so that Judah was left alone in the land!
How wise and mighty is our God who also goes before spiritual Israel to provide victory against all sin; if we would only follow him in faith like Jehoshaphat.
20:23 For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir [Edom], utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another.
Judah saw the enemy totally destroyed as God delivered them
20:24 And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped.
On the day of our change we shall also be made kings and priests of the Most High forever; if we will only be faithful and live by EVERY Word of God (Mat 4:4).
If we trust and follow the whole Word of God to learn it and to faithfully keep it in this life and the next, we shall be delivered by our Victorious Master into eternal life.
20:25 And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the spoil of them, they found among them in abundance both riches with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they were three days in gathering of the spoil, it was so much.
20:26 And on the fourth day they assembled themselves in the valley of Berachah [the valley of Bracha where Israel crossed the Jordan to enter the promised land]; for there they blessed the LORD: therefore the name of the same place was called, The valley of Berachah, unto this day [the day this was written].
Judah returned to Jerusalem rejoicing before the LORD.
20:27 Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat in the forefront of them, to go again to Jerusalem with joy; for the LORD had made them to rejoice over their enemies. 20:28 And they came to Jerusalem with psalteries and harps and trumpets unto the house of the LORD.
The fame of the Eternal God of Judah was spread throughout the area; and God gave Judah peace in their land.
After the change and resurrection to spirit by the Eternal, the fame of God will resound around the world, and all nations will submit to the Word of God; so that a millennial Sabbath of peace will fill the whole earth!
20:29 And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries, when they had heard that the LORD fought against the enemies of Israel.
20:30 So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet: for his God gave him rest round about. 20:31 And Jehoshaphat reigned over Judah: he was thirty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi.
20:32 And he walked in the way of Asa his father, and departed not from it, doing that which was right in the sight of the LORD.
20:33 Howbeit the high places were not taken away: for as yet the people had not prepared their hearts unto the God of their fathers.
20:34 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of Jehu the son of Hanani, who is mentioned in the book of the kings of Israel.
Then a second time Jehoshaphat foolishly makes a league with a wicked king, and God destroyed all the plans of that agreement.
20:35 And after this did Jehoshaphat king of Judah join himself with Ahaziah king of Israel, who did very wickedly: 20:36 And he joined himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish: and they made the ships in Eziongaber. 20:37 Then Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, Because thou hast joined thyself with Ahaziah, the LORD hath broken thy works. And the ships were broken, that they were not able to go to Tarshish.
Brethren, the good kings of ancient times were not to join with wicked kings; and today the spiritually called out are NOT to join ourselves with the wicked in spiritual matters but are to cast willful sinners out of their assemblies.
1 Corinthians 5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
Titus 3:10 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;