2 Chronicles Chapters 23 and 24

Chapter 23: Yahoiada the Priest Makes a Covenant with the Army Without Queen Athaliyah Knowing: Preparations Made For Yoash to Become King: The Levites are Commanded to Guard Certain Positions and the New King with Weapons on All Sides

1 In the seventh year Yahoiada strengthened himself and made a covenant with the captains of hundreds: Azariyah the son of Yeroham, Ishmayl the son of Yahohanan, Azariyah the son of Obed, Maaseiyah the son of Adaiyah and Ylishaphat the son of Zichri. 2 And they went throughout Yahudah and gathered the Levites from all the cities of Yahudah and the chief fathers of Ysrayl and they came to Yahrushalom. 3 Then all the assembly made a covenant with the king in the house of Yah. and he said to them, “Behold, the king’s son shall reign, as Yah has said of the sons of David. 4 This is what you shall do: One-third of you entering on the Shabbat, of the priests and the Levites shall be keeping watch over the doors. 5 One-third shall be at the king’s house and one-third at the Gate of the Foundation. All the people shall be in the courts of the house of Yah. 6 But let no one come into the house of Yah except the priests and those of the Levites who serve. They may go in, for they are qodesh but all the people shall keep the watch of Yah. 7 And the Levites shall surround the king on all sides, every man with his weapons in his hand and whoever comes into the house, let him be put to death. You are to be with the king when he comes in and when he goes out”.

The Levites and Army Do as Yahoiada the High Priest Commands: Yoash is Crowned King of Yahudah at Seven Years Old in the House of Yah as the People Stand in the Court

8 So the Levites and all Yahudah did according to all that Yahoiada the priest commanded. And each man took his men who were to be on duty on the Shabbat, with those who were going off duty on the Shabbat, for Yahoiada the priest had not dismissed the divisions. 9 And Yahoiada the priest gave to the captains of hundreds the spears and the large and small shields which had belonged to King David, that were in the temple of Yah. 10 Then he set all the people, every man with his weapon in his hand, from the right side of the temple to the left side of the temple, along by the altar and by the temple, all around the king. 11 And they brought out the king’s son, put the crown on him, gave him the Testimony and made him king. Then Yahoiada and his sons anointed him and said, “Long live the king!”

Athaliyah Goes to the Temple of Yah to See What the Celebrating is About

12 Now when Athaliyah heard the noise of the people running and praising the king, she came to the people in the temple of Yah. When she looked, there was the king standing by his pillar at the entrance and the leaders and the trumpeters were by the king. All the people of the land were rejoicing and blowing trumpets also the singers with musical instruments and those who led in praise. So, Athaliyah tore her clothes and said, “Treason, Treason”!

*You can image the look on her face!

The Death of Athaliyah

14 And Yahoiada the priest brought out the captains of hundreds who were set over the army and said to them, “Take her outside under guard and slay with the sword whoever follows her”. For the priest had said, “Do not kill her in the house of Yah”. 15 So they seized her and she went by way of the entrance of the Horse Gate into the king’s house and they killed her there.

The People Make a Covenant with Yah and Tore Down Their Altars and Images of Baal: Yahoiada Puts the Levites Back to Work: Yoash Moved to the King’s House From Yah’s House

16 Then Yahaioda made a covenant between himself, the people and the king, that they should be Yah’s people. 17 And all the people went to the temple of Baal and tore it down. They broke in pieces its altars and images and killed Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars. 18 Also Yahoiada appointed the oversight of the house of Yah to the hand of the priests, the Levites, whom David had assigned in the house of Yah, to offer the burnt offerings of Yah, as it is written in the Law of Moshe, with rejoicing and with singing, as it was established by David. 19 And he set the gatekeepers at the gates of the house of Yah, so that no one was in any way unclean should enter. 20 Then he took the captains of hundreds, the nobles, the governors of the people and all the people of the land and brought the king down from the house of Yah and they went through the Upper Gate to the king’s house and set the king on the throne of the kingdom. 21 So all the people of the land rejoiced and the city was quiet, for they had slain Athaliyah with the sword.

*That was something! Yoash was hidden in the house of Yah right under Athaliyah’s nose and she did not know it. She never bothered to go to Yah’s house to worship Him. She probably never went near Yah’s House until the day of her death.

Chapter 24: Yoash Becomes King of Yahudah at Seven Years Old and Reigns Forty Years: Yoash is Righteous in the Sight of Yah with Yahoiada’s Help

1 Yoash was seven years old when he became king and he reigned forty years in Yahrushalom. His mother’s name was Zibiyah of Beersheba. 2 Yoash did what was right in the sight of Yah all the days of Yahoiada the priest. 3 And Yahoiada took two wives for him and he had sons and daughters.

Yoash Wants the House of Yah Repaired Quickly After Athaliyah’s Sons Vandalized it For Baal But the Levites Do Not Move Quickly to Get the Money From the Yahudites and Yoash Asks Yahoiada Why

4 Now it happened after this that Yoash set his heart on repairing the house of Yah. 5 Then he gathered the priests and the Levites and said to them, “Go out to the cities of Yahudah and gather from all Ysrayl money to repair the house of your Almighty from year to year and see that you do it quickly”. However, the Levites did not do it quickly. 6 So the king called Yahoiada the chief priest and said to him, “Why have you not required the Levites to bring in from Yahudah and from Yahrushalom the collection, according to the commandment of Moshe the servant of Yah and of the assembly of Ysrayl, for the tabernacle of witness”? 7 For the sons of Athaliyah, that wicked woman, had broken into the house of Yah and had also presented all the dedicated things of the house of Yah to the Baals.

Yoash Commands a Chest To Be Set At The Gate of Yah’s House For the People to Freely Contribute Money

8 Then at the king’s command, they made a chest and set it outside at the gate of the house of Yah. 9 And they made a proclamation throughout Yahudah and Yahrushalom to bring to Yah the collection that Moshe the servant of Yah had imposed on Ysrayl in the wilderness. 10 Then all the leaders and all the people rejoiced, brought their contributions and put them into the chest until all had given. 11 So it was, at that time, when the chest was brought to the king’s officials by the hand of the Levites and when they saw that there was much money, that the king’s scribe and the high priest’s officer came and emptied the chest and took it and returned it to its place. Thus, they did day by day and gathered money in abundance. 12 The king and Yahoiada gave it to those who did the work of the service of the house of Yah and they hired masons and carpenters to repair the house of Yah and also those who worked in iron and bronze to restore the house of Yah. 13 So the workmen labored and the work was completed by them. They restored the house of Yah to its original condition and reinforced it. 14 When they had finished, they brought the rest of the money before the king and Yahoiada. They made from it articles for the house of Yah, articles for serving and offering, spoons and vessels of gold and silver. And they offered burnt offerings in the house of Yah continually all the days of Yahoiada.

Yahoiada Died at One Hundred and Thirty Years Old and Is Buried Among the Kings of Yahudah For His Good Service to Yah

15 But Yahoiada grew old and was full of days and he died. He was one hundred and thirty years old when he died. 16 And they buried him in the City of David among the kings, because he had done good in Ysrayl, both toward Yah and his house.

*A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things…Mattithyah 12:35.

After Yahoiada Died Yoash Abandons Yah  by Listening to the Leaders: Yah Sends Prophets to Yoash But He Will Not Listen: Yoash Has Yahoiada’s Son Zechariyah a Priest-Prophet Murdered Because He Does Not Want to Hear Yah’s Words: Zechariyah Asks Yah to Repay His Death

17 Now after the death of Yahoiada, the leaders of Yahudah came and bowed down to the king. And the king listened to them. 18 Therefore, they left the house of Yah Almighty of their fathers and served wooden images and idols and wrath came upon Yahudah and Yahrushalom because of their trespass. 19 Yet, He (Yah) sent prophets to them, to bring them back to the Yah and they testified against them but they would not listen. 20 Then the Spirit of Yah came upon Zechariyah, the son of Yahoiada the priest, who stood above the people and said to them, “Thus says Yah: ‘Why do you transgress the commandments of Yah, so that you cannot prosper? Because you have forsaken Yah, He also has forsaken you’.” 21 So they conspired against him and at the command of the king, they stoned him with stones in the court of the house of Yah. 22 Thus, Yoash the king did not remember the kindness which Yahoiada his father had done to him but killed his son. And as he died, he said, “Yah look on it and repay”!

Yah Stirs Up the Assyrians Against Yoash: Yoash is Repaid For Murdering Zechariyah: Yoash is Not Buried with the Kings of Yahudah

23 So it happened, in the spring of the year that the army of Syria came up against him and they came to Yahudah and Yahrushalom and destroyed all the leaders of the people from among the people and sent all their spoil to the king of Damascus. 24 For the army of the Syrians came with a small company of men but Yah delivered a very great army into their hand because they had forsaken Yah Almighty of their fathers. So they executed judgment against Yoash. 25 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 Yahoiada the priest and killed him on his bed. So he died. And they buried him in the City of David but they did not bury him in the tombs of the kings.

The Servants Who Killed Yoash On His Bed

26 These are the ones who conspired against him: Zabad (or Yozachar, compare 2 Kings 12:21) the son of Shimeath the Ammonitess and Yahozabad the son of Shimrith (or Shomer, compare 2 Kings 12:21) the Moabitess. 27 Now concerning his sons and the many oracles about him and the repairing of the house of Yah, indeed they are written in the annals of the book of the kings. Then Amaziyah his son reigned in his place.

 

 

 

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2 Chronicles Chapters 21 and 22

Chapter 21: Yahoshaphat Leaves All His Sons Gifts but Gives the Kingdom to Yahoram His Firstborn

1 And Yahoshaphat rested with his fathers and was buried with his fathers in the City of David. Then Yahoram, his son reigned in his place. 2 He had brothers, the sons of Yahoshaphat: Azariyah, Yahiyah, Zechariyah, Azaryah, Michayah and Shephatiyah. All these were the sons of Yahoshaphat king of Ysrayl (Yahudah). 3 Their father gave them great gifts of silver and gold and precious things, with fortified cities in Yahudah but he gave the kingdom to Yahoram because he was the firstborn.

Yahoram Reigns in Yahudah and is Evil in the Sight of Yah Killing His Brothers and Others and Behaving as Ahab: Yah Let Yahoram Keep His Throne For David’s Sake

4 Now when Yahoram was established over the kingdom of his father, he strengthened himself and killed all his brothers with the sword and also others of the princes of Ysrayl. 5 Yahoram was thirty-two old when he became king and he reigned eight years in Yahrushalom. 6 And he walked in the way of the kings of Ysrayl, 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 Yah. 7 Yet Yah would not destroy the house of David because of the covenant that He had made with David and since He had promised to give a lamp to him and to his sons forever.

Edom (Idumea) and Libnah Revolt Against King Yahoram Because Yahoram Forsook Yah

8 In his days, Edom revolted against Yahudah’s authority and made a king over themselves. 9 So Yahoram went out with his officers and all his chariots with him. And he rose by night and attacked the Edomites who had surrounded him and the captains of the chariots. 10 Thus, Edom has been in revolt against Yahudah’s authority to this day. At that time, Libnah revoted against his rule because he had forsaken Yah of his fathers. 11 Moreover, he made high places in the mountains of Yahudah and caused the inhabitants of Yahrushalom to commit harlotry and led Yahudah astray.

Yliyah the Prophet Writes a Letter to King Yahoram: Yah Promises to strike Yahoram and His Family with Affliction

12 And a letter came to him from Yliyah the prophet saying: “Thus says Yah Almighty of your father David: Because you have not walked in the ways of Yahoshaphat your father or in the ways of Asayah king of Yahudah–13 But have walked in the way of the kings of Ysrayl and have made Yahudah and the inhabitants of Yahrushalom to play the harlot like the harlotry of the house of Ahab and also have killed your brothers, those of your father’s household, who were better than yourself–14 Behold, Yah will strike your people with a serious affliction. Your children, your wives and all your possessions–15 And you will become very sick with a disease of your intestines, until your intestines come out by reason of the sickness, day by day.

Yah Stirs Up the Philistines and the Arabians Against Yahoram: The Philistines Take All Yahoram’s Wives and Sons Except His Youngest Son Ahaziyah

16 Moreover, Yah stirred up against Yahoram the spirit of the Philistines and the Arabians who were near the Ethiopians. 17 And they came up into Yahudah and invaded it and carried away all the possessions that were found in the king’s house and also his sons and his wives, so that there was not a son left to him except Yahoahaz (elsewhere Ahaziyah, compare 2 Chronicles 22:1), the youngest of his sons.

Yah Afflicted Yahoram with a Painful Intestinal Disease Daily for Two Years: Yahoram Dies in Severe Pain After Eight Years of Rule: No One Mourns For Yahoram

18 After all this Yah struck him in his intestines with an incurable disease. 19 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 for his fathers. 20 He was thirty-two years old when he became king. He reigned in Yahrushalom eight years and, to no one’s sorrow, departed. However, they buried him in the City of David but not in the tombs of the kings.

Chapter 22: Ahaziyah (Yahoahaz) Reigns One Year in Yahudah and Walks Wickedly Like the House of Ahab and Takes Evil Advice From Athaliyah His Mother

1 Then the inhabitants of Yahrushalom made Ahaziyah his youngest son king in his place, for the raiders who came with the Arabians into the camp had killed all the older sons. So Ahaziyah the son of Yahoram, king of Yahudah, reigned. 2 Ahaziyah was forty-two (or twenty-two, compare 2 Kings 8:26) years old when he became king and he reigned one year in Yahrushalom. His mother’s name was Athaliyah the granddaughter of Omri. 3 He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab, for his mother advised him to do wickedly. 4 Therefore, he did evil in the sight of Yah, like the house of Ahab. For they were his counselors after the death of his father, to his destruction. 5 He also followed their advice and went with Yahoram (also spelled Yoram, compare verses 5,7 and 2 Kings 8:28 and elsewhere) the son of Ahab king of Ysrayl to war against Hazael king of Syria at Ramoth Gilead and the Syrians wounded Yoram. 6 Then he returned to Yezreyl to recover from the wounds which he had received at Ramah, when he fought against Hazael king of Syria. And Azariyah the son of Yahoram, king of Yahudah, went down to see Yoram the son of Ahab in Yezreyl, because he was sick.

Yah Sends Yahyl to Execute Judgement on  Ahaziyah and His Brothers: Briefly (On Earth) No One is Sitting on the Throne of Yahudah

7 His going to Yoram was Yah’s occasion for Ahaziyah’s downfall. For when he arrived, he went out with Yahoram against Yahyl the son of Nimshi, whom Yah had anointed to cut off the house of Ahab. 8 And it happened, when Yahyl was executing judgment on the house of Arab and found the princes of Yahudah and the sons of Ahaziyah’s brothers who served Ahaziyah, that he killed them. 9 Then he searched for Ahaziyah and they caught him (he was hiding in Shamariyah) and brought him to Yahyl. When they had killed him, they buried him, “because” they said, “He is the son of Yahoshaphat, who sought Yah with all his heart”. So the house of Ahaziyah had no one to assume power over the kingdom.

Athaliyah the Daughter of Ahab Wife of Yahoram Mother of Ahaziyah Murders to Reign Over Yahudah: Ahaziyah’s Sister Hides Her Nephew Yoash Ahaziyah’s Son From Athaliyah: Yoash Hidden in the House of Yah by Yahosheba and Her Husband Yahoiada the Priest For Six Years

10 Now when Athaliyah the mother of Ahaziyah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the royal heirs of the house of Yahudah. 11 But Yahosheba, the daughter of the king took Yoash the son of Azariyah and stole him away from among the king’s sons who were being murdered and put him and his nurse in a bedroom. So Yahosheba, the daughter of King Yahoram, the wife of Yahoiada the priest (for she was the sister of Ahaziyah), hid him from Athaliyah so that she did not kill him. 12 And he was hidden with them in the house of Yah for six years, while Athaliyah reigned over the land.

 

 

 

2 Chronicles Chapters 19 and 20

Chapter 19: Yah Sends Yahyl the Seer to Tell Yahoshaphat that He is Angry That Yahoshaphat Went to War with Wicked Ahab After Hearing His Words About Ahab But Has Mercy On Yahoshaphat Because Of All That He Did For Yah

1 Then Yahoshaphat the king of Yahudah returned safely to his house in Yahrushalom. 2 And Yahu (or Yahyl or YahYah) the son of Hananiyah the seer went out to meet him and said to King Yahoshaphat, “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate Yah? Therefore, the wrath of Yah is upon you. 3 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 Yah”.

The Reforms of Yahoshaphat: Yahoshaphat Spreads the Word of Yah to Ysrayl Who Lived in the Mountains: Yahoshaphat Places Judges in Yahudah To Carry Out the Righteous Judgment of Yah

4 So Yahoshaphat dwelt at Yahrushalom and he went out again among the people from Beersheba to the mountains of Ephraim and brought them back to Yah Almighty of their fathers. 5 Then he set judges in the land throughout all the fortified cities of Yahudah, city by city–6 And said to the judges, “Take heed to what you are doing, for you do not judge man but for Yah, who is with you in the judgement. 7 Now therefore, let the fear of Yah be upon you. Take care and do it, for there is no iniquity with Yah our Father, no partiality nor taking of bribes”.

Yahoshaphat Appoints Levites Preists and Chief Fathers as Judges in Yahrushalom For Yah

8 Moreover in Yahrushalom, for the judgment of Yah and for controversies, Yahoshaphat appointed some of the Levites and priests and some of the chief fathers of Ysrayl, when they returned to Yahrushalom (or reads for the inhabitants of Yahrushalom). 9 And he commanded them saying, “Thus, you shall act in the fear of Yah, faithfully and with a loyal heart: 10 Whatever case comes to you from your brothers who dwell in the cities, whether of bloodshed or offenses against law or commandment, against statues or ordinances, you shall warn them, lest they trespass against Yah and wrath come upon you and your brothers. Do this and you will not be guilty. 11 And take notice: Amariyah the chief priest is over you in all matters of Yah and Zebadiyah the son of Ishmayl, the ruler of the house of Yahudah, for all the king’s matters. Also the Levites will be officials before you. Behave courageously and Yah will be with the good”.

Chapter 20: The Moabites and Ammonites and Others In Great Multitude Want to Fight Yahudah: Yahoshaphat and the People Seek Yah For Help

1 It happened after this, that the people of Moab with the people of Ammon and others with them besides the Ammonites (or Meunites, compare 26:7), came to battle against Yahoshaphat. 2 Then some came and told Yahoshaphat saying, “A great multitude is coming against you from beyond the sea, from Syria (reads Edom) and they are in Hazaazon Tamar” (which is En Gedi). 3 And Yahoshaphat feared and set himself to seek Yah and proclaimed a fast throughout all Yahudah. 4 So Yahudah gathered to ask help from Yah and from all the cities of Yahudah they came to seek Yah.

Yahoshaphat and the Congregation Pray Before Yah in the Court

5 Then Yahoshaphat stood in the assembly of Yahudah and Yahrushalom, in the house of Yah, before the new court–6 And said: “O Yah Almighty of our fathers, are You not Power in heaven and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You? 7 Are You not our Father, who drove out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Ysrayl and gave it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever? 8 And they dwell in it and have built You a sanctuary in it for Your name saying: 9 ‘If disaster comes upon us–sword, judgment, pestilence or famine–we will stand before this temple and in Your presence (for Your name is in this temple) and cry out to You in our affliction and You will hear and save’. 10 And now, here are the people of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir–whom You would not let Ysrayl invade when they came out of the land of Egypt but they turned from them and did not destroy them. 11 Here they are, rewarding us by coming to throw us out of Your posession which You have given us to inherit. 12 O our Yah, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us nor do we know what to do but our eyes are upon You”.

The Spirit of Yah Falls on Yahaziyah the Levite in the Midst of the Assembly and Answers The Battle is Yah’s: See the Salvation of Yah Who is With You: The Congregation Bows Then Stands and Praises Yah

14 Then the Spirit of Yah came upon Yahaziyah the son of Zechariyah, the son of Benaiyah, the son of Yahiyl, the son of Mattaniyah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the midst of the assembly. 15 And he said, “Listen, all you of Yahudah and you inhabitants of Yahrushalom and you King Yahoshaphat! Thus says Yah to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but Yah’s. 16 Tomorrow go down against them. They will surely come up by the Ascent of Ziz and you will find them at the end of the brook before the Wilderness of Yaruyl. 17 You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand and see the salvation of Yah, who is with you, O Yahudah and Yahrushalom!’ Do not fear or be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, for Yah is with you”. 18 And Yahoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground and all Yahudah and the inhabitants of Yahrushalom bowed before Yah, worshiping Yah. 19 Then the Levites of the children of the Kohathites and the children of the Korahites stood up to praise Yah Almighty of Ysrayl with voices loud and high.

Yahoshaphat Appoints Men to Sing and Praise Yah on the Front Lines of the Army

20 So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa and as they went out, Yahoshaphat stood and said, “Believe in Yah your Almighty Power and you shall be established. Believe His prophets and you shall prosper”. 21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to Yah and who should praise the beauty of righteousness (holiness), as they went out before the army and were saying: Praise Yah for His mercy endures forever”. (Compare to Psalm 106:1).

Yah Ambushes the Armies of Ammon Moab and Seir with the Spirit of Confusion

22 Now when they began to sing and to praise, Yah set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, who had come against Yahudah and they were defeated. 23 For the people of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them. And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another.

Yahoshaphat and the Army Witness All the Dead Bodies Yah Killed: Yahduah Takes Three Days to Recover the Spoil

24 So when Yahudah came to a place overlooking the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude and there were their dead bodies, fallen on the earth. No one had escaped. 25 When Yahoshaphat and his people came to take away their spoil, they found among them an abundance of valuables on the dead bodies (or reads on their garments or armor) and precious ornaments which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away and they were three days gathering the spoil because there was so much.

On the Fourth Day Blessing Yah in the Valley of Baruk: Yahoshaphat and the Army Return to Yahrushalom and the House of Yah in Gladness: The Fear of Yah Falls on the Nations: Yah Gives Yahoshaphat Rest From War

26 And on the fourth day, they assembled in the Valley of Berachah, for there they blessed Yah. Therefore, the name of that place was called The Valley of Berachah (literally blessing, or Baruk) until this day. 27 Then they returned, every man of Yahudah and Yahrushalom, with Yahoshaphat in front of them, to go to Yahrushalom with joy, for Yah had made them rejoice over their enemies. 28 So they came to Yahrushalom, with stringed instruments and harps and trumpet, to the house of Yah. 29 And the fear of Yah was on all the kingdoms of those countries when they heard that Yah had fought against the enemies of Ysrayl. 30 Then the realm of Yahoshaphat was quiet, for his Almighty gave him rest all around.

The End of Yahoshaphat’s Reign: Yahoshaphat Ruled Twenty-five Years and Was Righteous in Yah’s Sight: The Works of Yahoshaphat are Written in the Book of Yahyl

31 So Yahoshaphat was king over Yahudah. He was thirty-five years old when he became king and he reigned twenty-five years in Yahrushalom. His mother’s name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi. 32 And he walked in the way of his father Asayah and did not turn aside from it, doing what was right in the sight of Yah. 33 Nevertheless, the high places were not taken away, for as yet the people had not directed their hearts to Yah of their fathers. 34 Now the rest of the acts of Yahoshaphat, first and last, indeed, they are written in the book of Yahyl (or Yahyah) the son of Hananiyah, which is mentioned in the book of the kings of Ysrayl.

Yah Sends Yliezer to Prophesy Against Yahoshaphat Joining with Wicked King Ahaziyah of Ysrayl in Sending Ships to Tarshish: Yah Destroys Yahoshaphat’s Works

35 After this, Yahoshaphat king of Yahudah allied himself with Ahaziyah king of Ysrayl, who acted very wickedly. 36 And he allied himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish and they made the ships in Ezion Geber. 37 But Yliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Yahoshaphat saying, “Because you have allied yourself with Ahaziyah, Yah has destroyed your works”. Then the ships were wrecked, so that they were not able to go to Tarshish.

*Yahoshaphat was always trying to unify with evil kings of Ysrayl (first Ahab then Ahaziyah) when Yah did not want Yahudah and Ysrayl unified at that time. We still are not unified. We will become one stick (switch) in Yah’s hands in the future.

 

 

 

 

Interesting History Facts

Where did the name Europe come from? It came from a goddess named Europa. There are several theories on where Europa came from.

1) The Greek goddess Europa was named after a Phoenician from Lo the mythical nymph that loved Zeus who transformed into a heifer.

2) The Illiad, written by Homer, claims that she is the daughter of Agenoris son the ‘sun-red’ Phoenix.

3) Europa was initially a Cretan moon goddess who was incorporated into Greek mythology as a Phoenician princess, daughter of Agenor, the Phoenician king of Tyre (ties into reason #2).

4) A long time ago, I saw a history show on PBS (that has been cancelled now) and the historian said that Europa and Isis were one in the same. The word Isis or Iset/Aset means throne. Her head-dress is a throne. She was an important representation of the pharoah’s power. The ancient historian named Herodotus says that Isis was the only goddess worshiped by all Egyptians alike. She is known as the queen of heaven (the same goddess the Hebrews were worshiping in scripture). Greek goddess’ Demeter, Astarte and Aphrodite are also identified with Isis.

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A photo of the ruins of the Isis Temple in Delos Island, Greece. So as the photo proves, they were worshiping Isis in Greece. This goddess was originally called Semiramis and also called Mary, today.

 

2 Chronicles Chapters 17 and 18

Chapter 17: Yahoshaphat Reigns in Yahudah: Yahoshaphat’s Heart is Delighted in Yah

1 Then Yahoshaphat his son reigned in his place and strengthened himself in Ysrayl. 2 And he placed troops in all the fortified cities of Yahudah and set garrisons in the land of Yahudah and in the cities of Ephraim which Asayah his father had taken. 3 Now Yah was with Yahoshaphat because he walked in the former ways of his father David. He did not seek the Baals–4 But sought the YL Shaddei (the Almighty Power) of his father and walked in His commandments and not according to the acts of Ysrayl. 5 Therefore, Yah established the kingdom in his hand and all Yahudah gave presents to Yahoshaphat and he had riches and honor in abundance. 6 And his heart took delight in the ways of Yah. Moreover, he removed the high places and wooden images from Yahudah.

*Yahoshaphat means Yah judges.

Yahoshaphat Sends Leaders Levites and Priests to Teach the People of  Yahudah the Commandments of Yah

7 Also in the third year of his reign, he sent his leaders, Ben-Hail, Obadiyah, Zechariyah, Nethanyl, and Michaiyah to teach in the cities of Yahudah. 8 And with them he sent Levites: Shemaiyah, Nethaniyah, Zebadiyah, Ashahyl, Shemiramoth, Yahonathan, Adoniyah, Tobiyah and Tobadoniyah–the Levites and with them Ylishama and Yahoram, the priests. 9 So they taught in Yahudah and had the Book of the Law of Yah with them. They went throughout all the cities of Yahudah and taught the people.

The Fear of Yah Falls on the Nations

10 And the fear of Yah fell on all the kingdoms of the lands that were around Yahudah, so that they did not make war against Yahoshaphat. 11 Also some of the Philistines brought Yahoshaphat presents and silver as tribute and the Arabians brought him flocks, seven thousand seven hundred rams and seven thousand seven hundred male goats.

*Read Psalm 84:11-12 and Romans 8:31, If Yah is for you, who can be against you?

The Captains or Mighty Men of Yahoshaphat’s Army in Yahudah: Adnah Yahohanan and Amasiyah

12 So Yahoshaphat became increasingly powerful and he built fortresses and storage cities in Yahudah. 13 He had much property in the cities of Yahudah and the men of war, mighty men of valor were in Yahrushalom. 14 These are their numbers, according to their fathers houses. Of Yahudah, the captains of thousands: Adnah the captain and with him three hundred thousand mighty men of valor. 15 And next to him was Yahohanan the captain and with him two hundred and eigthy thousand. 16 And next to him was Amasiyah the son of Zichri, who willingly offered himself to Yah and with him two hundred thousand mighty men of valor.

The Captains or Mighty Men of Yahoshaphat’s Army in Benyamin: Yliada and Yahozabad

17 Of Benyamin: Yliada a mighty man of valor and with him two hundred thousand men armed with bow and shield. 18 And next to him was Yahozabad and with him one hundred and eighty thousand prepared for war. 19 These served the king, besides those the king put in the fortified cities throughout all Yahudah.

Chapter 18: Yahoshaphat Forms a Treaty with Ahab: The Marriage of Yahoram and Athaliyah: Ahab Asks Yahoshaphat For Help in War

1 Yahoshaphat had riches and honor in abundance and by marriage he allied himself with Ahab.(King Yahoshaphat of Yahudah formed a treaty with King Ahab of Ysrayl and part of the treaty was the marriage of Yahoshaphat’s son Yahoram and Ahab’s daughter Athaliyah. Read 2 Kings 8:16,26-27 and 2 Chronicles 22:2).

2 After some years he went down to visit Ahab in Samaria and Ahab killed sheep and oxen in abundance for him and the people who were with him and persuaded him to go up with him to Ramoth Gilead. 3 So Ahab king of Ysrayl said to Yahoshaphat king of Yahudah, “Will you go with me against Ramoth Gilead?” And he answered him, “I am as you are and my people as your people. We will be with you in the war”.

*Shamariyah or Samaria is from the Hebrew verb Shamar which means to keep guard or watch or Yah keeps guard or watch.

Yahoshaphat Inquires of Yah Through the Prophets in Yahudah Whether To Go To War

4 Also Yahoshaphat said to the king of Ysrayl, “Please inquire for the word of Yah today”. 5 Then the king of Ysrayl gathered the prophets together, four hundred men and said to them, “Shall we go to war against Ramoth Gilead or shall I refrain?” So they said, “Go up, for Yah will deliver it into the king’s hand”.

Yahoshaphat Asks Ahab If There is a Man of Yah in Ysrayl to Inquire of Yah: There is Only One Man of Yah At This Time in Ysrayl Named Micaiyah Whom Ahab Hates: False Prophets Lie and Prophesy Success

6 But Yahoshaphat said, “Is there not still a prophet of the Most High here, that we may inquire of Him”. 7 So the king of Ysrayl said to Yahoshaphat, “There is still one man by whom we may inquire of Yah but I hate him because he never prophesies good concerning me but always evil. He is Micaiyah the son of Imla”. And Yahoshaphat said, “Let not the king say such things!” 8 Then the king of Ysrayl called one of his officers and said, “Bring Micaiyah the son of Imla quickly!” 9 The king of Ysrayl and Yahoshaphat king of Yahudah, clothed in their robes, sat each on his throne and they sat at a threshing floor at the entrance of the gate of Samaria and all the prophets prophesied before them. 10 Now Zedekiyah the son of Chenaanah had made horns of iron for himself and he said, “Thus says Yah: With these you shall gore the Syrians until they are destroyed”. 11 And all the prophets prophesied so saying, “Go up to Ramoth Gilead and prosper, for Yah will deliver it into the king’s hand”.

*Remember at this time all the prophets of Yah were in hiding from Jezebel, this is why they could only find Micaiyah in Ysrayl. Yah always leaves at least one to give His words.

The Messenger of the King Tries to Convince Micaiyah to Be On One Accord with the False Prophets: Micaiyah Vows to Say Yah’s Words But Does Not Tell the King the Words of Yah at First: Ahab Knows Micaiyah Never Prophesies Anything Good Concerning Him: Micaiyah Tells Ahab the Word of Yah

12 Then the messenger who had gone to call Micaiyah spoke to him saying, “Now listen, the words of the prophets with one accord encourage the king. Therefore, please let your word be like the word of one of them and speak encouragement”. 13 And Micaiyah said, “As Yah lives, whatever my Father says, I will speak”. 14 Then he came to the king and the king said to him, “Micaiyah, shall we go to war against Ramoth Gilead or shall I refrain”? And he said, “Go and prosper and they shall be delivered into your hand”! 15 So the king said to him, “How many times shall I make you swear that you tell me nothing but the truth in the name of Yah”?16 Then he said, “I saw all Ysrayl scattered on the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd. And Yah said, ‘These have no master (leader). Let each return to his house in peace’.” 17 And the king of Ysrayl said to Yahoshaphat, “Did I not tell you he would not prophesy good concerning me but evil”?

Micaiyah Saw a Vision of Yah and His Angels on His Right and Left of His Throne: In the Vision Yah Sends a Persuading Lying Spirit in the False Prophets Mouths So Ahab Will Listen and Fall

18 Then Micaiyah said, “Therefore, hear the word of the Most High: I saw Yah sitting on His throne and all the host of heaven (malakim) standing on His right and His Left. 19 And Yah said, “Who will persuade Ahab king of Ysrayl to go up, that he may fall at Ramoth Gilead? So one spoke in this manner and another spoke in that manner. 20 Then a spirit came forward and stood before Yah and said, “I will persuade him”. The Most High said to him, “In what way?” 21 So he said, “I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets”. And Yah said, “You shall persuade him and also prevail. go out and do so”. 22 “Therefore, look! Yah has put a lying spirit in the mouth of these prophets of yours and Yah has declared disaster against you”.

*So one spirit can affect many people simultaneously, interesting, keep this in mind for spiritual warfare or this could be ha shatan standing before Yah and ha shatan sent the demons to have them lie.

Zedekiyah the False Prophet Slaps Micaiyah as Though Micaiyah is the Liar: Micaiyah Prophesies that Zedekiyah Will Hide When Ahab Falls: Ahab Puts Micaiyah in Prison with Affliction to Provoke Yah: Micaiyah Insists These Are Indeed Yah’s Words

23 Then Zedekiyah the son of Chenaanah went near and struck Micaiyah on the cheek and said, “Which way did the spirit from Yah go from me to speak to you”? 24 And Micaiyah said, “Indeed you shall see on that day when you go into an inner chamber to hide!” 25 Then the king of Ysrayl said, “Take Micaiyah and return him to Amon the governor of the city of Yoash the king’s son–26 And say, ‘Thus says the king: Put this fellow in prison and feed him with bread of affliction and water of affliction, until I return in peace’.” 27 But Micaiyah said, “If you ever return in peace, Yah has not spoken by me”. And he said, “Take heed, all you people!”

 Ahab’s Plan: He Disguises Himself  While Yahoshaphat wears His Robes Like a Decoy But Yah Puts on the King of Syria’s Heart to Only Find and Kill Ahab: Yah Hears Yahoshaphat’s Cry and  Helps Him When He is Surrounded by Syrians

28 So the king of Ysrayl and Yahoshaphat the king of Yahudah went up to Ramoth Gilead.

*Even after hearing the word of Yah concerning Ahab, Yahoshaphat still goes to war with Ahab…

29 And the king of Ysrayl said to Yahoshaphat, “I will disguise myself and go into battle but you put on your robes”. So the king of Ysrayl disguised himself and they went into battle. 30 Now the king of Syria had commanded the captains of the chariots who were with him saying, “Fight with no one small or great but only with the king of Ysrayl”. 31 So it was, when the captains of the chariots saw Yahoshaphat, that they said, “It is the king of Ysrayl”! Therefore, they surrounded him to attack but Yahoshphat cried out and Yah helped him and Yah diverted them from him. 32 For so it was, when the captains of the chariots saw that it was not the king of Ysrayl, that they turned back from pursuing him.

As Yah Said Through the Prophet Micaiyah Ahab Dies in Battle

33 Now a certain man drew a bow at random and struck the king of Ysrayl between the joints of his armor. So he said to the driver of his chariot, “Turn around and take me out of the battle, for I am wounded”. 34 The battle increased that day and the king of Ysrayl propped himself up in his chariot facing the Syrians until evening and about the time of sunset he died.

*Yah sent Yliyah and Micaiyah to condemn Ahab (and Jezebel), read 1 Kings chapters 21 and 22 and 2 Kings 9:30-37. Yah said the dogs would lick Ahab’s blood in the chariot when the clean up people turned away and Jezebel fell against the wall, a horse trampled her and the dogs ate her.

 

 

 

2 Chronicles Chapter 15 and 16

Chapter 15: The Prophet Azariyah Visits Asayah with the Word of Yah: Ysrayl Needs Yah Commandments and a Teaching Priest: Yah Will Always Be Found If You Seek Him

1 Now the Spirit of Yah came upon Azariyah the son of Obed. 2 And he went out to meet Asayah and said to him: “Hear me, Asayah and all Yahudah and Benyamin. The Most High is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you. 3 For a long time Ysrayl has been without the true Power, without a teaching priest and without law–4 But when in their trouble they turned to the Almighty Power of Ysrayl and sought Him, He was found by them. 5 And in those times there was no peace to the one who went out nor to the one who came in but great turmoil was on all the inhabitants of the lands. 6 So nation was destroyed by nation and city by city, for Yah troubled them with every adversity. 7 But you, be strong and do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded”!

Asayah with Courage Destroyed the Idols in Yahudah Benyamin and Ephraim: Asayah Restores the Altar of Yah: Some Israylites From Ephraim, Manasseh and Shimeon Help Asayah Because of Yah

8 And when Asayah heard these words and the prophesy of Obed (Azariyah Ben Obed/Oded) the prophet, he took courage and removed the abominable idols from all the land of Yahudah and Benyamin and from the cities which he had taken in the mountains of Ephraim and he restored the altar of Yah that was before the vestibule of Yah. 9 Then he gathered all Yahudah and Benyamin and those who dwelt with them from Ephraim, Manasseh and Shimeon, for they came over to him in great numbers from Ysrayl when they saw that Yah his Almighty was with him.

Asayah and the Assembly Seek Yah with All Their Hearts and Souls and Make a Covenant with Yah: Yah Hears the Assembly and Gives Them Rest

10 So they gathered together at Yahrushalom in the third month, in the fifteenth year of the reign of Asayah. 11 And they offered to yah at that time seven hundred bulls and seven thousand sheep from the spoil they had brought. 12 Then they entered into a covenant to seek Yah of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul–13 And whoever would not seek Yah Almighty of Ysrayl was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman. 14 Then they took an oath before Yah with a loud voice, with shouting and trumpets and ram’s horns. 15 And all Yahudah rejoiced at the oath, for they had sworn with all their heart and sought Him with all their soul and He was found by them and Yah gave them rest all around.

*Yahoshua said the greatest commandment is to love Yah with all your heart soul and mind. Mattithyah 22:36-38.

Asayah Removes His Mother Maachah From High Position Because She Worshiped the Canaanite Goddess Asherah: All the High Places Not Torn Down But Asayah was Loyal to Yah

15 Also, he remove Maachah, the mother of Asayah the king from being queen mother because she made an obscene image of Asherah (a Cannanite deity) and Asayah cut down her obscene image, then crushed and burned it by the Brook Kidron. 17 But the high places were not removed from Ysrayl. Nevertheless, the heart of Asayah was loyah all his days.

Asayah dedicates Abiyah His Father and His Own Treasures to the House of Yah: No War in Yahudah Until the Thirty-fifth Year of His Reign

18 He also brought into the house of Yah the things that his father had dedicated and that he himself had dedicated: silver and gold and utensils. 19 And there was no war until the thirty-fifth year of the reign of Asayah.

Chapter 16: King Baasha of Ysrayl Starts Building a City to Block Yahudah: King Asayah Makes a Treaty with Syria For Help without Inquiring of Yah:

1 In the thirty-sixth year of the reign of Asayah, Baasha king of Ysrayl came up against Yahudah and built Ramah, that he might let none go out or come in to Asayah king of Yahudah. 2 Then Asayah brought silver and gold from the treasuries of the house of Yah and of the king’s house and sent to Ben-Hadad king of Syria, who dwelt in Damascus saying: 3 “Let there be a treaty between you and me, as there was between my father and your father. See, I have sent you silver and gold. Come, break your treaty with Baasha king of Ysrayl, so that he will withdraw from me”. 4 So Ben-Hadad heeded King Asayah and sent the captains of his armies against the cities of Ysrayl. They attacked Iyon, dan, Abyl Maim and all the storage cities of Naphtali. 5 Now it happened, when Baasha heard it, that he stopped building Ramah and ceased his work. 6 Then King Asayah took all Yahudah and they carried away the stones and timber of Ramah, which Baasha had used for building and with them he built Geba and Mizpah.

Yah Sends Hananiyah the Seer to Condemn King Asayah

7 And at that time Hananiyah the seer came to Asayah king of Yahudah and said to him: “Because you have relied on the king of Syria and have not relied on Yah your Almighty, therefore the army of king of Syria has escaped from your hand. 8 Were the Ethiopians and the Lubim not a huge army with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet, because you relied on Yah, He delivered them into your hand. 9 For the eyes of Yah run to and from throughout the whole earth to show Himself strong on behalf of those who heart is loyal to Him. In this you have done foolishly. Therefore, from now on you shall have wars”. 10 Then Asayah was angry with the seer and put him in prison, for he enraged at him because of this. And Asayah oppressed some of the people at that time.

*Compare v.9 with Proverbs  15:3.

*Have you noticed something? Verse 10, Ysrayl tends to get mad with those Yah sends. They slap them, put them in prison, they run for their lives or stone them to death and one even sawed in half. When the Israylites are going against Yah and Yah sends word, they don’t want to hear it.

The Illness and Death of Asayah

11 Note that the acts of Asayah, first and last, are indeed written in the book of the kings of Yahudah and Ysrayl. 12 And in the thirty-ninth year of his reign, Asayah became diseased in his feet and his malady was severe. Yet, in his disease he did not seek Yah but the physicians. (Remember his covenant to seek Yah in 2 Chronicles 15:12) 13 So Asayah rested with his fathers. He died in the forty-first year of his reign. 14 They buried him in his own tomb, which he had made for himself in the City of David and they laid him in the bed which was filled with spices and various ingredients prepared in a mixture of ointments. They made a very great burning for him.

*His illness reminds me of diabetes which effects the whole body but usually strikes the feet (with the pins and needles sensation in the feet and blood clots in the legs and gangrene in the toes) first.