Sibling Rivalries; A House Divided

Will be reunited


A while back the spirit of the Lord gave me a beautiful word image of the bride of Christ. I was impressed by the Holy Spirit that I was to be shown what this bride meant to Him. Who was she? Some say she’s the Christian church of today, however she was much more than just that.

Then why did I ask the Lord who she was when I already assumed she was the church. But who was the church? The New Testament was very clear on who it was, as well the Old Testament. However, who were the saints of old and the saints of the new and how do they fit into God’s House.

I didn’t start finding out who Christ was referring to until I did the two olive trees, the two churches and the two testaments study, What was he was referring to in revelations?

When I dug a little deeper into the study of what this passage was saying, this also lead me to another similar passage in the Old Testament. I found that the two olive trees, candles sticks and the two anointed ones were two sons standing before throne of God.

Who were these two sons?

Recently I posted another study of the Prodigal Son, “the Prodigal of the Prodigal” I posted this on my blog.

While putting the study together, I noticed a pattern, the two sons, and a Father. One strayed while the other remained faithful. A father’s love had great hope for them both. However the Father set his priority of the remainder of his promises of his inheritance to the older who stayed with him, but his love for the younger deepened upon his son’s return, promises were also given. The two sons are two different messiah events for two different houses.

Those who place their trust and faith in Jesus the Christ as Lord is the younger, and those who place their trust and faith in the Lord of Heaven and Earth, in the Old Testament is the older. He is one Lord. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. Same Lord.

One Messiah comes for both houses at different times. Today we are seeing turn of events gearing up to His later arrival.

So here the journey begins.

Now ask yourself, is Jesus Christ going to throw out the old wine from the old wine skins, to be replaced with the New Testament wine in new wine skins? He is not going to throw out the old for the new. He has one wine cellar for both, my own impression. The new wine has yet to be aged and mature properly. No I’m not putting new wine in old wine skins and pass it off as old. Nor am I putting old wine into new skins and pass it off as new.

Partaking of the Old for the New

And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.

And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;

For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.

Matthew 26:26-29

When Jesus and his Disciples drank from the one cup during the Passover, did he did say the cup was the blood of the New Testament, or was he saying this is my testament to all to be carried out upon my death, he was observing from the old law set by Moses in observance of the Passover, the vine of the old is saying this was the blood of his new convanant, and he will not drink it new with until we’re all present with him in his fathers kingdom. This is a promise he made to his disciples when they are present with him in his kingdom, the new vine. We are to partake in remembrance of Him, is as a testament to his sacrifice.


I’m going to start the study by giving a brief review of the Two Olive Trees, the Two Candle Sticks(two churches), & the Two Witnesses (2 testaments).

And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

Revelations 11:3

In a earlier study I went over what this passage and context was actually referring to. Not Fire Breathing, holding back the clouds and turning rivers into blood prophets.

In verse 7 the word used for witnesses in verse 3 is translated as testaments. Not referring to an individual but a message or a testament.

When we read the verses that follow, keep in mind that the passages are not talking about the three & half day death and resurrection to two individuals, this has to do with the assault on God’s saints for three and a half thousand years. One day is as a thousand years. This understanding is broken down in a previous study, “The two olive trees, two churches & two testaments”. This is presented to us as the beginning of troubles for the saints of old and leading up to the new. Three and a half thousand years ago from the reacquiring of Jerusalem by the Judaean saints that are present there today. From that point we find the beginning of the oppression of the saints by foreign nations(Goya’s), it was then the new pharaoh started the trend of enslaving the Israelites for forced labor, up until Moses, Also at that time the old Babylonian empire was changing hands from the Ur Empire to the Kush empire which will become the first Beast Empire of Daniel and Revelation.

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This narrative sounds so much better that the two fire breathing prophets. If you want to understand more about my take on this passage go to: The Two Candlesticks & the Two Olive Trees

A similar image is also given in Zachariah 4:1-14

Understand that the two anointed ones actually translates as: bēn which is defined as the two sons.

The two olive trees pouring its oil into the 7 bowl lamp stand represents the two anointed testaments, old & new, and the two houses. Messiah Ben Joseph & Messiah Ben David, not Judah.



Humble Beginnings

The Lord’s Conditional and Unconditional Promises to Abraham

A Conditional Promise

And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Unto thy seed will I give — this land: and there built he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.

Genesis 12:2, 3 & 7

The Lord continues His promises to Abraham for keeping his covenant with the Him.

As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.

Neither shall — thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.

And I will make — thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.

Genesis 17:4-6

Becomes the Unconditional Promises

And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done — this thing, and hast not withheld — thy son, — thine only son:

That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply — thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess — the gate of his enemies;

And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.

Genesis 22:16-18

I do find that in verse 6 of this chapter that Abraham straps the wood for the offering to his son Issac back, this is not the only time that the wood for the offering was placed on the back of that which is to be sacrificed. God spared Isaac but didn’t spare his only begotten Son. I love parallel patterns in God’s word. The new patterns itself from the old. The old overshadows the new.

So here we see a conditional promise to Abram in chapter 12 & 17, then we see Abraham meeting the conditions in chapter 22.

Promises made to Abraham carries over to Issac & Jacob as birthright promises

The Lord confirms his promises he made to Abraham carries over to Isaac; Genesis 26:3-5, 24. Handed down to Jacob genesis 27:28&29, Genesis 28:14&15.

Jacob gets a name change, a new blessing & a limp from the Lord

In Genesis 32:24-32;

After Jacob had his family and possessions moved across the river, he was alone with a man that wasn’t a known part of the group, he had a wild notion to wrestle the man, and wouldn’t let go from night to daybreak, this man with no name touched Jacob’s thigh and withered the joint and the marrow of the bone and persistent Jacob still wouldn’t let go. So this Man gave Jacob the new name, Israel and a blessing that he will be as a prince that has power with God. Get this, Jacob prevailed in the wrestling match because the man gave up and gave a blessing to Jacob, the power of a prince or a son in the kingdom of God. A Sceptre promise.

My only wrestling match with the Creator was begging and telling Him off because I didn’t get my own way. I didn’t prevail, much.


The Promises to Blessings of God isn’t always a easy road

Great strength & Wealth from suffering.

And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict — them four hundred years;

And also — that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.

Genesis 15:13&14

The enslavement if the Israelites in egypt was of the promise and blessing the Lord made to Abraham that did come to fruition until around 400 years after srael(Jacob) and Joseph, during the captivity the Israelites grew in great numbers in their 400 years stay, and during their exodus they will have brought much of egypts wealth with them.

Enduring suffering for a appointed time leads to the to the blessings God promised. The why of suffering isnt for us to know, we need to understand that he is with you in it. Its not an easy road to take. Partaking of the promises and blessings of God isnt an easy road to go down. We will be tested.

There are conditional and unconditional promises. We obtain the unconditional status when we meet the condition. Once we are obedient to the condition, they become unconditional and un-repenting. God will not turn his back no matter what.

Do we have to go through hardship so that others can live in the blessings of God. Are we willing to pay the price for others.

And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

Genesis 15:6

In spite of appearing that Abraham had everything going against him; age, heirless, a wife way past child bearing years & time. The Lord made a covenant and a promise to him, and he did not doubt God and this was counted to him as righteousness even though Abraham didn’t live to see the promise fulfilled.

When God makes a promise He makes a way, as long as we stay true to the path.


God’s promises to Abraham, Isaac & Jacob, split between two houses

When we start thinking about the two specific promises God made to Abraham, Isaac & Jacob; scepter promise and the birthright promises, we also have to keep in mind that when Jesus came to us the first time, was to re-establish the birth rite of the house of Israel or the lost sheep of Israel, His second arrival establishes the scepter promise and the lawgiver promise to the House of Judah. Then there will be a uniting of both houses into one house.

I’m going to try to make this clear as I can with scripture references.

First of all, we need to ask, how did the unconditional promises handed down line of Abraham split in two parts?

We need to understand the story behind Joseph that which foreshadows Christ’s first Advent. I may cover a little of this in the study, however you can go online and search it out yourself. It’s wonderful to read how the life of Joseph parallels with the life of Jesus Christ’s time with us.

I’m not going to get too much into the life of Joseph, only what lead him to his captivity and the family reunion towards the end of Jacobs life.

A promise of a son to Jacob and Rachel

The first Miracle promise to Jacob and Rachael. Rachael was barren.

There has been debate that Joseph was conceived when Jacob was 91 years of age or 74 years of age, however Rachael was 10 year younger than Jacob. So both well beyond their child baring years. Genesis 30:22-24; God remembers Rachel and opens her womb and she bares to Jacob a son and calls him Joseph.

Genesis 35:16-19. Later after Joseph was born she bares Benjamin and she dies from child birth complications. Jacob buries her in Bethlehem.

In Genesis 35:22-26; breaks down who’s who in regards to Jacobs sons and Reuben being Jacob’s firstborn through Leah. Notice that the scriptures doesn’t really start referring to Jacob as Israel until Joseph is born.

Reuben lay’s in his fathers bed with one of Jacob’s concubines and defiles the bed of Israel(Jacob), Jacob knew about it.

In Genesis 37 the Lord starts stirring up Joseph’s gifts at 17 years and he has a dream, and the dream didn’t go over two well with his father and other siblings.

In the following passages, as with all siblings, they become quarrelsome and jealous. There is always a fathers favorite and the favorite always knows it. Joseph and Benjamin were the only sons of Rachel, his most love wife of all. And the sons from his other wife Leah and his other two concubines knew it as well.

Now we all know the story of Joseph being sold into slavery by his brothers to the Midianites, he ends up being sold to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh’s, and captain of the guard in Egypt, and eventually becomes the second most important official next to Pharaoh in Egypt.

Now let’s read of Judah’s fiasco in obtaining an heir in Genesis 38.


Judah and his Daughter in-law Tamar gets busy

And so the story goes like this: Don’t laugh.

Judah gives Tamar for his Son Er for a wife, the Lord slays Er for his wickedness before he has an heir, So through a levirate arrangement, Judah forces his second son Onan to impregnate her for an heir for his firstborn Er. So Onan went into to her, instead of impregnating her he spills his seed on the floor, so the Lord slays him as well(the Lord slayed Onan for not doing his duty to Tamar and not for spilling is seed on the ground, we need to get this in the correct perspective and context). Now since the Lord slayed his two first sons, Judah refuses the levirate right with his other Son Shelah and who was too young at the time.

So then Tamar remains a widow in Judah’s house up until Shelah was grown, then she cooks up a scheme.

She hears that Judah is going to Timnath to shear sheep with a friend, she does a change of clothes and puts on a face covering and goes on her way. Judah sees her on the way, thinking she was a harlot. She asks Judah for payment and he promises her a kid from his flock, she wanted collateral until he gives her what is due, she asks for his signet, bracelets and staff, Judah promises and goes into her.

She parts by leaving her vail and changes into her widow garments. Judah sends the kid goat with his friend for payment, she wasn’t present.

Eventually it comes to Judah after three months, that Tamar played the harlot and conceived. Judah was not pleased and sends for her to be burnt.

When she arrived she sent for her father in-law and presented the signet, the bracelets and staff and said that these belonged to the father of the child. Judah got burnt instead.

Judah was humbled, and he said to Tamar, you were more righteous than I, for not giving you to his remaining son. Judah knew her no more.

It’s twins!

Tamar conceives twins by Judah, when it comes for her to give birth, one child sticks his hand out, the midwife ties a red string to its hand, then the child pulls his hand back in and the other child breaks forth first calls him Pharez, then the child with the red string tied around his hand is called Zarah.

The infant with the scarlet thread made his appearance by sticking his hand out and saying hello, I will see you soon. He was the first that became last. The occurrence is prophetic for a time yet to come. God had a hidden card up His sleeve.

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Joseph’s masquerade was over, he comes clean with his brethren

Then we get to the part where Joseph reveals himself to his brethren, and states to them basically, that what they meant for his evil, the Lord turned around for their good..

And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold — into Egypt.

Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold — me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.

Genesis 45:4&5

We need to understand that it was Joseph that designed and had build the silos that the grain was stored and he designed and had build the first pyramid, by all other pyramids were designed after. The first was done by free labor, all others was done by slave labor after Joseph and the pharaoh that favored Joseph had died. Then 400 years later Moses comes on the scene. The Israelites free labors stops.


When it comes to delving out the blessings, what goes around eventually comes around. Who were the good little boys this holiday season?

During the final days of Israel(Jacob), about 147 years, Jacob make his son Joseph swear to bury him with his fathers.

Jacob’s next actions will have set the course of house of Joseph and Judah for centuries to come.

Who get What? And those who don’t get it

In Genesis 48 Jacob delves out the blessings that God promised him in the place called Luz in the land of Canaan.

Joseph was present with his father along with his two sons and Joseph’s brethren.

Birthright to The House of Joseph

And Jacob said unto Joseph, God Almighty appeared unto me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed — me,

And said unto me, Behold, I will make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, and I will make of thee a multitude of people; and will give — this land to thy seed after thee for an everlasting possession.

Genesis 48:3&4

In Genesis chapter 35, after Jacob wrestled with God, he settled in Luz or Bethel where where the Lord blessed him with above blessing, after which cleaning out the gods and cleaning up their attire and burying it under an oak tree in Shechem.

Israel(Jacob) claims Joseph’s two sons as his own just as Rueben and Simeon are his. He adopts them as his very own.

And now thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which were born unto thee in the land of Egypt before I came unto thee into Egypt, — are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine.

Genesis 48:5

Israel(Jacob) makes clear that all that is multiplied in Joseph family after Ephraim and Manasseh is Joseph’s. Verse 6; Any of His children following the two will be listed under their two brothers inheritance.

Joseph’s two sons takes part in the first fruits of Israel’s blessings

Reuben and Simeon gets replaced. More later.

In verses 8 through 12 leads up to Joseph bringing his two sons next to Jacob’s(Israel) bed.

Joseph knowing his fathers poor eye sight, and how the firstborn is placed at the right, he placed Manasseh at Israel’s right hand and Ephraim at Israel’s left hand. In knowing the tradition of fathers birthright blessing is passing down from the right hand. Verse 11-13.

And he blessed — Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed — me all my life long unto this day,

The Angel which redeemed — me from all evil, bless — the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.

Genesis 48:15&16

Israel(Jacob) passes on his name to both Manasseh and Ephraim, along with the birthright promises of becoming a multitude of peoples and Nations to take possession of the land that was promised and handed down to him from his fathers to Joseph’s two sons.

So Joseph’s two sons get the birthright promise with Ephraim getting the greater of the promise. The name of Israel rests on them both.

A Father knows best

In Verses 17-22; Joseph corrects his father because of his fathers poor eyesight, that he blessed the youngest as the eldest, and the youngest as the eldest.

The Crossover Blessing

And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him: and he held up his father’s hand, to remove — it from Ephraim’s head unto Manasseh’s head.

And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head.

And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.

And he blessed them that day, saying, In thee shall Israel bless, saying, God make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh: and he set — Ephraim before Manasseh.

And Israel said unto Joseph, Behold, I die: but God shall be with you, and bring you again unto the land of your fathers.

Moreover I have given to thee one portion above thy brethren, which I took out of the hand of the Amorite with my sword and with my bow.

Genesis 48:17-22

Does this sound familiar? It’s not carved in stone anywhere that the birthright always goes to the eldest, such as Esau and Jacob. The Lord has the right to mix it up if He has a divine purpose in mind.

Jacob’s blessing or curse between his sons

In the part of this study where Jacob wrestles with God, because Jacob was victorious, by God giving in, he received a Prince of promise, a kingly unconditional promise being given to Jacob(Israel), the power of a Royal Prince in God’s kingdom.

Now this promise was not handed down to the House of Joseph, because it wasn’t part of the birthright promise in my personal view. It came to Jacob at a later time for not giving up as a separate promise.

First lets go through the blessings or not, handed down to the brethren.

Genesis 49:1-4; Rueben’s blessing should have been: Birthright, Jacob’s might, the beginning of his strength, excellent dignity and power.

The Curse: he has been reduce to unstable as water, will not excel, because of his betraying all this by defiling Jacob’s couch with one Rueben’s aunties or Jacob’s concubines. Depending on how you want to look at it.

Genesis 49:5-8; Simeon & Levi are brothers in instruments of cruelty, which they dwell in. Let not my honor dwell with them for slaying an honorable man, and their self-will they lamed oxen. Their anger is a curse, the fierce of their wrath was cruel.

The curse: I will divide them from Jacob, and disperse them in Israel. When the Israelites took the land of Canaan and divi’d up the parcels of land, two tribes didn’t receive any parcels of land, Levi and Simeon. The Levites were priests and were scattered through out the tribes however they were condensed in the southern tribe of Judah. They were not allowed to own property as a priestly nation however their lodging and care was provided by the other tribes namely Judah. Simeon however found their place in Judah’s parcel and condensed as it’s own tribe as Simeon.

Joseph’s tribe was the house of Joseph; Ephraim and Manasseh.

I will save Judah till last.

With the other sons, Jacob’s blessings will mark their place in the Promised Land at some point in their tribes history, Promised to Jacob and his fathers. Read verses 13- 21 & and Benjamin in verse 27.

Genesis 49:22; Joseph is a fruitful vine, who’s branches will run over the wall. The rest of Jacob’s blessing to Joseph encompasses his two sons.

Genesis 49:23-24; Jacob poetically and prophetically spoken of Joseph and of his trials brought about by his brethren, and how by God’s help Joseph brought him out from the trials to his destiny.

Genesis 49:25-26; Jacobs blessings are greater than that of his fathers, and shall be placed on the head of Joseph apart from his brethren.

When we understand the story of Joseph how his troubles were brought on him by his brothers, eventually saved the house of Jacob from famine.

Judah gets the other part of the birthright blessing

The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

Genesis 49:10

Judah was in good rapport with his father Jacob. Judah was also the one who talked his other brothers out of killing Joseph, “Judah said to his brothers, ‘What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood? Come, let’s sell him to the Ishmaelite’s and not lay our hands on him; after all, he is our brother, our own flesh and blood.’ His brothers agreed.” Genesis 37:26-27.

Now here is where God’s promise handed to Jacob and given to Judah is un-repentant. It can never be undermined or taken away until Shiloh come.

Shiloh is used 32 times in the Old Testament, all but one is a place, a place of peace and tranquillity, however in this instance, which is the first instance of this word in scripture, referees to Shiloh as a person. The other references are a place named by the House of Joseph. The location was on the Mount of Ephraim, as a place of religious gathering in the northern nation of Israel before the temple site in Jerusalem. There was also a city In Samaria that was called Shiloh.

The literal meaning of Shiloh, “to the one whom it belongs”, or generally accepted as the Messiah. The line of Judah is eternal, and his scepter can not be taken away from his line as a unconditional promise made to him and his fathers, the scepter is handed down to the next ruler and lawgiver in power in his line, it’s a inheritance. Who gave us the original laws in the Old Testament? The same I AM? I see this as the original Messiah, who was with the Israelites through their whole journey. I was handed or I trusted to Jacob as a Prince and makes it’s way down to the Prince of Peace.

Lots Cast in Shiloh for their portion

In Joshua chapter 17 & 18 we find that the promise land has been taken, and the spoils of the region is being divided amounts the tribes and the houses. House of Joseph to the north & House of Judah to the south with tribe of Benjamin as the dividing line between the two houses. As for the other tribes Joshua cast lots before the Lord and borders were drawn on who get what part of the portion of land. Joshua sends out three of each tribe to survey the land and divide it into 7 parts that the other Tribes will get a portion to call home.

There was also a predetermined portion to the east of the Jordan River that was promised by Moses to Reuben and Gad.

Some tribes got their portion within the house of Judah. The Levites got their priestly role as their portion of inheritance and no land rights but priestly rights and were housed as such. They were scattered mostly throughout in the house of Judah.

And they shall divide — it into seven parts: Judah shall abide in their coast on the south, and the house of Joseph shall abide in their coasts on the north.

Joshua 18:5

The Promised Land Divided Between Two Houses

Before we get to the split Judaea into two nations, we have to know what lead up to it. This began with Solomon and his strange women. With that brought strange gods which the Al Mighty was displeased with.

Solomon finishes what he purposes in his heart

Solomon finished the House of the Lord, according to how he saw it in his heart. God chose and sanctified the House that Solomon built for the Lord to dwell. The Lord promises to bless Solomon house if he follows after his father David foot steps, if the people will follow after the Lord and His statues and commandments, he will bless them, if they don’t, all that you see will be taken away.

And the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard — thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for a house of sacrifice.

If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal — their land.

Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.

For now have I chosen and sanctified — this house, that my name may be there forever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.

2 Chronicles 7:12-16

The house of the Lord and the house of the King has a symbiotic union. One affects the other. If the house of the king fails then so the house of the Lord of the Lord will be affected also.

Solomon’s House Fails

But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites;

Of the nations concerning which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away — your heart after their gods: Solomon cleaved unto these in love.

For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.

Then did Solomon build a high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon.

1Kings 11:1&2, 5,7

Because of his actions and the lack of, the Lord fulfilled a promise to Solomon: Judgement.

And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice,

And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he kept not — that which the LORD commanded.

Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend — the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant.

1Kings 11:9-11

To make a long story short, the Lord goes on to say that for David’s and Jerusalem’s sake he will leave Jerusalem & Benjamin to his son, He will remove the rest of the kingdom from him.

The Lord prepares the to be king of the North

Solomon showed notice to his servant Jeroboam, a descendent of Ephraim, a industrious mighty man of valor, and Solomon spoke to him that he will set him to rule the northern tribe, the House of Joseph.

Jeroboam, later on, left Jerusalem, the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite caught up with Jeroboam, Jeroboam was wrapped with a new piece of clad, the prophet took the piece from him and rent the fabric into twelve pieces, giving him 10 pieces and kept 2. Then the prophet said that Lord will rent 10 kingdoms from Solomon and keep two for David’s sake. Ahijah list of whys and therefores of Solomons sins and the reason for the divided nation of Israel into the nation of Israel and Judah.

King Solomon got wind of what the prophet said and sought to kill Jeroboam, Jeroboam fled to Egypt.

The Battle of the Boams

Jeroboam got wind of the passing of King Solomon while he was in Egypt. The people of Israel sent for Jeroboam to come and talk to Rehoboam during his coronation as the new king.

Jeroboam arrived from Egypt and called the congregation of Israel together and he spoke to Rehoboam on behalf of the people of Israel, addressing concerns they have.

Basically the concern was that he would make his yoke less grievous than his father’s on the people of Israel and we will serve him. Sounds like an ultimatum to me.

Why was Solomons yoke so grievous to the people of Israel? Taxation. Someone had to pay for all the gold, renovations of Solomon’s House, Towns and Temple.

As for we Americans, does this sound familiar? Does the Boston Tea Party ring a bell? A coincidence? Maybe, but I don’t think so. Prophetically there is a association between the two houses within the house of Joseph. Coming up.

Jeroboam and the People of Israel gets an answer to their ultimatum

Old wise Council or young a wise ass council? Who will the New King listen to?

The Politically Correct Answer

And he said unto them, Depart yet for three days, then come again to me. And the people departed.

And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men, that — stood — before Solomon his father while he yet lived, and said, How do ye advise that I may answer — this people?

And they spoke unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants forever.

1 Kings 12:5-7

Rehoboam took council from the older men that stood before Solomon, the answer was no more than, be nice to them they’ll be nice to you.

The non-politically correct counsel

But he forsook — the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him:

And he said unto them, What counsel give ye that we may answer — this people, who have spoken to me, saying, Make the yoke which thy father did put upon us — lighter?

And the young men that were grown up with him spoke unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou speak unto this people that spoke unto thee, saying, Thy father made — our yoke heavy, but make thou it lighter unto us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my father’s loins.

And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father hath chastised — you with whips, but I will chastise — you with scorpions.

1 Kings 12:8-11

To put in a nutshell, the younger was more creative in their response. Basically the council Rehoboam accepted from his buddies was to reave up the burden place on them, by showing them a personal image in their minds, his little finger is much bigger than his fathers loins. Sounds like envy to me. Had to have something to prove to the masses. And if you didn’t like the whips my father provided then how about my scorpions.

One response was politically correct and the other not so much. What response was sanctioned by the Lord through his prophet. Was God going to repent of His judgement if Rehoboam was going to pick the correct answer. Or was the non-politically correct response was to set the course of the Lords will. If it was the earlier and the people of Israel followed Rehoboam as king, then this blog wouldn’t have been written.

So do we have to be politically correct in our government decisions to please everyone or are we to please the Lord’s will even if it’s not acceptable by every one. Think about it.

The Council didn’t go over too well

After three days the people of Israel came to hear the council chosen by Rehoboam. He announced his decision and the congregation of Israel refuse to accept it by their return answer:

Wherefore the king hearkened not unto the people; for the cause was from the LORD, that he might perform — his saying, which the LORD spoke by Ahijah the Shilonite unto Jeroboam the son of Nebat.

So when all Israel saw that the king hearkened not unto them, the people answered — the king, saying, What portion have we in David? neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: to your tents, O Israel: now see to thine own house, David. So Israel departed unto their tents.

But as for the children of Israel which dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.

1 Kings 12:15-17

Rehoboam to the people of Israel, “Pay up”.

The king sent Adoram, who was charged over the tribute(taxes) and all the people of Israel stoned him. The king made hast to get Adoram and himself back to Jerusalem.

At this moment

So Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.

And it came to pass, when all Israel heard that Jeroboam was come again, that they sent and called — him unto the congregation, and made him king over all Israel: there was none that followed the house of David, but the tribe of Judah only.

1 Kings 12:19&20

At this point the house of David and the tribe of Judah was separate in the hearts of Israel, Rehoboam of the House of David was not their king but just recognize as the tribe of Judah. When God heals the separation this separation will come into play.

Jeroboam returns to the House of Joseph or now the Northern Kingdom of Israel, and is coronated as the new king of Israel.

A civil war in the brewing

Rehoboam would not have it that the House of Joseph would not bow down to him, so he gathers over a hundred thousand from all the House of Judah and the Benjamin, warriors in all, to fight against the house of Israel.

However the campaign was interrupted and diverted by a prophet named Shemaiah.

Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren the children of Israel: return every man to his house; for this thing is from me. They hearkened therefore — to the word of the LORD, and returned to depart, according to the word of the LORD.

1 Kings 1224

Keep in mind that there were some of the House of Israel that made residence in the House of Judah, they remained and Rehoboam was ruler over them. And I’m sure it was the same the other way around. Many that teach this theology will overlook this fact. Wether the remained or went to their tribes in the north is now history.


Summery:

Did the Lord throw out all the old wine in place of the new wine?

When do the conditional promises of God become unconditional and unrepentant?

When it comes an heir of birthright promises, does the promises come before the chicken or the egg?

Is making all the people happy politically correct?


The Old Testament will foreshadows the New Testament in the things to come.

This is the first installment of this study series, “House Divided will be Reunited”.

Next in Series:

A House Lost

A House Found

A House Reunited

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Published by Wyatt Alois Lessner

I’m just a nobody messenger, prophet maybe. The thoughts, meditations, words, messages and other writings are inspired by the author and the finisher of my faith. I’m here only to proclaim and not to justify to anyone whats written. All inspirations in posts are original unless mentioned or quoted in the post. All of God’s rights to it is reserved. Why Jeremiah? He is the Weeping Prophet. God will confirm His word in my heart in this manner. Every Old Covenant Prophet will have their today in the New Covenant Church. Prophets are a extension of a characteristic of their Creator.

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