Class Notes: 12/30/2012

Celebration of the Lord's Table; The attack on the "seed of the woman" in the Davidic Line

We have been studying Satan's attacks on the "seed of the woman" in an attempt to prevent our Lord from entering the human race so that He could fulfill the Father's plan.

In our celebration of the Lord's Table we celebrate God's strategic victory that Jesus Christ accomplished while he was on the earth in unglorified humanity.

We have seen that Satan is the pattern for arrogance and self will Isa 14:12-14; and Jesus Christ is the pattern for humility and obedience. Luke 22:42;

Our celebration of the Lord's Table is an expression of our reciprocal love for our Lord who is the strategic victor of time and eternity. We concentrate on him through the elements of the only ritual for the post-canon period of the Church Age Luke 22:19-20;

Jesus Christ was obedient to the Father's unique plan for His life by enduring the suffering and death on the cross Phil 2:8; that resulted in his humanity being exalted above every created being, such that, every created being will ultimately bow down to him. Phil 2:9-10;

He completely and perfectly fulfilled the directive will of the Father by unilaterally providing a way of salvation for all men. Rom 5:8; as the "lamb slain from the foundation of the world" Rev 13:8; KJV John 1:29;

While we were enemies of God, God demonstrated his love for us by giving his uniquely born Son "monogenes" who entered the world through the virgin birth. John 3:16

As a result, God is free to reconcile mankind from their fallen state of depravity without compromising his perfect righteousness and justice because TLJC willingly laid down his life for us as our substitute. John 15:13; 1John 3:16

This is why believing in TLJC is the only way to a relationship with God John 14:6, salvation Acts 4:12 and eternal life John 3:16;

Anyone can appropriate this Grace gift of salvation which is secured by the Power of God John 10:26-29; simply by believing in TLJC 1Cor 15:3-4 in the same way that Paul and Silas instructed the Philippian Jailer who asked, "what Must I do to be saved?"

Their response recorded In Acts 16:31

Anyone, any time, anywhere can become saved in a moment in time simply by believing in TLJC privately in their thoughts only.

TLJC left his friends, the members of The Royal Family of God, this one and only ritual in the church age The Lord's table which we are mandated to observe in remembrance of Him.

The mandate is found in 1Cor 11:24; in the second person plural present active imperative of the Greek word " poieo" that where Paul references TLJC's own instruction found in Luke 22:19-20;

An expanded translation of 1Cor 11:24 taking into consideration the tense mood and voice of "poieo" would be " Keep on doing this in remembrance of me"

Because these verbs are only imperatives regarding ritual in the New Testament the Lord's Table is one and only ritual of the Church Age and it is a test of our capacity to concentrate on our Lord Jesus Christ through the Bible Doctrine that is resident in our soul as we partake of the elements that represent his work on our behalf.

We have these instructions for partaking of the Lord's Table from the Apostle Paul starting in verse 26 of 1Cor 11.

1Cor 11:26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until He comes.
27 Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord.
28 But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
29 For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself if he does not judge the body rightly.
30 For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep.
31 But if we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged.

We understand from this that we are to evaluate ourselves in the light of the word, privately in our thinking, in the privacy of our priesthood, and when we find we are outside of the word, we apply the first problem solving device, and simply acknowledge the sin as described in 1 John 1:9;

If we acknowledge our sins he is faithful and righteous to forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Having examined ourselves, and taken appropriate action, we are then instructed to partake of the elements, the bread and the cup.

The bread which represents his body in which he bore the sins and the judgment for our sins and the sins of the whole world, past present and future.

1Cor 11:23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread;
1Cor 11:24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.

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The cup which represents his substitutionary spiritual death on the cross which purchased the freedom from spiritual death and eternal condemnation of everyone who believes in him.

1Cor 11:25 In the same way He took the cup also after supper saying This cup is the new covenant in my Blood do this as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.

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In our study of the enmity between the serpent and the woman and his seed and her seed prophesied in Gen 3:15;

Our next stop is an attack on the line of David. We have seen that with the Davidic Covenant that promised David that his Son would be the Messiah the satanic attacks became focused on David's line.

The United Kingdom of the 13 tribes had lasted for three administrations:
Saul: 1020 - 1012 b.c.
David: 1012 - 971 b.c.
Solomon: 971 - 931 b.c.

The Divided Kingdom occurred following the death of Solomon. Rehoboam, Solomon's son, became king but public demands for him to reform some of Solomon's harsh taxation policies were answered with an arrogant denial.

This fomented a revolution that Rehoboam met with an army of 180,000, with the intention of restoring order. However, Shemaiah the prophet forbid the action and the kingdom was divined in two. 2Chron 11:1-4;

This division resulted Rehobam became king of the Southern Kingdom called Judah that was made up of the three tribes of Judah, Benjamin and Levi with its capital at Jerusalem.

Jeroboam, sometimes referred to by the shortened form of Joram, an Ephraimite, became king of the Northern Kingdom called Israel which consisted of the other ten tribes Asher, Dan, Ephraim, Gad, Issachar, Manasseh, Naphtali, Reuben, Simeon, and Zebulun with its capital at Samaria. The Northern Kingdom is sometimes referred as Ephraim because Jeroboam was and Ephriamite.

Reigns of the Kings of Israel and Judah
Israel Reign Judah Reign
Jeroboam I 931-910 b.c. Rehoboam 931-913 b.c.
Nadab 910-909 Abijah 913-911
Baasha 909-886 Asa 911-870
Elah 886-885
Zimri 885
Omri 885-874
Ahab 874-853 Jehoshaphat 870-848
Ahaziah 853-852 Jehoram 848-841
Jehoram 852-841 Ahaziah 841
Jehu 841-814 Queen Athaliah 841-835
Joash 835-796

We must remember that the following events occur after Israel had been split into two kingdoms and at the time the king of Judah is Ahaziah and the king of Israel is Jehoram.

In an attempt to reunite the kingdoms Jehoshaphat king of Judah had arranged a marriage between his son, Jehoram, and Princess Athaliah, the daughter of Jezebel, the queen of the Northern Kingdom the wife of Ahab.

This was a classic case of man's attempts to unite the kingdoms. Jezebel was a Phoenician who king Ahab had married so that the kingdom would also have included all of Phoenicia and was not in the directive will of God and God was in opposition to it and He made war against it.

The satanic attack on the Davidic dynasty begins with Jehoram's assassination of his brothers.

2Chron 21:1; Then Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers and was buried with his fathers in the city of David, and Jehoram his son became king in his place.

v2 And he had brothers, the sons of Jehoshaphat: Azariah Jehiel, Zechariah, Azaryahu, Michael , and Shephatiah. All these were the sons of Jehoshaphat king of Israel.

2Chron 21:4; Now when Jehoram had taken over the kingdom of his father and made himself secure, he killed all his brothers with the sword, and some of the rulers of Israel also.

v5;Jehoram was thirty two years old when he became king, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem.

v6 And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, just as the house of Ahab did (for Ahab's daughter was his wife), and he did evil in the sight of the Lord.

2Chron 21:7; Yet the Lord was not willing to destroy the house of David because of the covenant which He had made with David, and since He had promised to give a lamp to him and his sons forever. (A reference to God's promise in the Davidic Covenant)

Jehoram was clearly influenced by Satan to murder his brothers. His horrible record as king of Judah made him a candidate for disaster and the sin unto death.

2Chron 21:8-11; God permits war to envelop him

Elijah the prophet was instructed by the Lord to make his fate known to him. The illness that struck Jehoram was similar to ebola and the disaster that hit his family almost wiped it out. However, one son will survive so that the Davidic line can continue.

2Chron 21:12; Then a letter came to him from Elijah the prophet saying, "Thus says the Lord God of your father David, 'Because you have not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat you father and the ways of Asa king of Judah,

v13 but have walked in the way of the kings of Israel, and have caused Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to play the harlot as the house of Ahab played the harlot, and you have also killed your brothers, your own family, who were better than you,

2Chron 21:14; behold, the Lord is going to strike your people, your sons, your wives, and all your possessions with a great calamity;

2Chron 21:15; and you will suffer severe sickness, a disease of your bowels, until your bowels, come out because of the sickness, day by day.'"

v16 Then the Lord stirred up against Jehoram the spirit of the Philistines and the Arabs who bordered the Ethiopians;

v17 and they came against Judah and invaded it, and carried away all the possessions found in the king's house together with his sons and his wives, so that no son was left to him except Jehoahaz aka Ahaziah, the youngest of his sons.

We see here that the permissive will the Lord allowed the armies of Philistines and Arabians to invade Judah. They carry away all the possessions in the king's house, his sons, his wives, leaving only his youngest son Jehoahaz, aka Ahaziah and Jehoram is about to die the sin unto death. 2Chron 21:18-20;

Jehoram's death was by means of a disease of his bowels similar to Ebola but it was far more gradual than Ebola taking two years to reach its termination with his death.

Between his indictment and death, the Lord motivated the Philistines and the Arabs to invade Judah. Just as Jehoram had murdered six of his father's sons leaving only himself and Jehu, so the Philistine-Arabian coalition army captured all of Jehoram's sons except for his youngest, Jehoahaz aka Ahaziah of Judah.

Let's refresh our minds with the individuals involved here.

Reigns of the Kings of Israel and Judah
Israel Reign Judah Reign
Jeroboam I 931-910 b.c. Rehoboam 931-913 b.c.
Nadab 910-909 Abijah 913-911
Baasha 909-886 Asa 911-870
Elah 886-885
Zimri 885
Omri 885-874
Ahab 874-853 Jehoshaphat 870-848
Ahaziah 853-852 Jehoram 848-841
Jehoram 852-841 Ahaziah 841
Jehu 841-814 Queen Athaliah 841-835
Joash 835-796

Ahab, the king of Israel, had three children by his Phoenician wife, Jezebel:
(1) Ahaziah (of Israel), (2) Jehoram ( of Israel also called Joram), and (3) a daughter, Athaliah.

At Ahab's death, his eldest son, Ahaziah (of Israel), became king of Israel. He reigned for two years but died as a result of a fall from the roof of his palace.

Since Ahaziah was childless, his brother, Jehoram (of Israel, aka Joram), became king of Israel.

Down in the Southern Kingdom, Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, had two sons:
(1) Jehoram (of Judah) and (2) Jehu.

At Jehoshaphat's death his eldest son, Jehoram, became king of Judah. Jehoram was married to Athaliah, the daughter of Ahab, former king of Israel, and the sister of Jehoram, current king of Israel. Together, Jehoram, king of Judah, and his wife, Athaliah, had a number of sons.

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