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-Baasha: the third king of the now separate kingdom of Israel; Son of a man named Ahijah of the house of Issachar, not Ahijah the Shilonite who was a prophet during the years of Jeroboam I and Rehoboam, king of Judah. Ahijah the prophet predicted the Lord's message that the house of Jeroboam I would be completely destroyed and this was fulfilled by Baasha:.1Kings 14:10,11.

Before becoming king, Baasha was commander of the armies of Nadab, king of Israel, the son of Jeroboam I

He killed Nadab treacherously at the siege of Gibbethon and usurped the kingdom, B.C.E. 953:.1Kings 15:27.

Baasha reigned 24 years from the beautiful capital city of Tirzah

Baasha and Asa king of Judah fought constantly:.1Kings 15:16.

What goes around, comes around. As Baasha conspired against king Nadab, son of Jeroboam I, so Zimri conspired against Baasha's son, Elah and slew all Baasha's house.

So, this shows that God can work out circumstances.whereby one who is evil, as Baasha was, will however, unknowingly be carring out God's will.

The chief act of this cruel king during his reign was he built Ramah, for stopping anyone going out or coming to see Asa, king of Judah:.1Kings 15:17.

Baasha remembered what happened during the days of Jeroboam I when many left his realm to go to Judah after He and his sons had cast them off from executing the priest's office unto the Lord. Following them out of all the tribes resident in Israel were also those whose hearts it was to seek the Lord God:.1Kings 12:27; 2Chronicles 11:13-17.

Israel's king Baasha was naturally anxious to stop any continuous drain of the best out of his northern kingdom again and into the southern kingdom of Judah, so he reared Ramah, which commanded the road leading to Jerusalem into a fortress for the purpose. 

Judah's king was equally anxious to remove this obstacle put to the influx from Israel of those God fearing men, who would so materially strengthen his kingdom. They were leaving Israel and heading south to the kingdom of Judah because Israel was becoming more corrupt day by day:.2Chronicles 11:17 "So they strengthened the kingdom of Judah and made Rehoboam the son of Solomon strong, three years. For three years they walked in the way of David and Solomon."

Baasha's evil time had now come to a close:.1Kings 16:1-6 "Then the word of the LORD came to Jehu the son of Hanani against Baasha, saying, Forasmuch as I exalted thee out of the dust and made thee prince over my people Israel and thou hast walked in the way of Jeroboam I and hast made my people Israel to sin, to provoke me to anger with their sins; Behold, I will take away the posterity of Baasha and the posterity of his house and will make thy house like the house of Jeroboam I the son of Nebat. Him that dieth of Baasha in the city shall the dogs eat and him that dieth of his in the fields shall the fowls of the air eat. Now the rest of the acts of Baasha and what he did and his might, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel? So Baasha slept with his fathers and was buried in Tirzah and Elah his son reigned in his stead."
 


-Barak:.The son of Abinoam in the tribe of Naphtali. God summoned him, by means of Deborah the prophetess, to release Israel from the yoke of Jabin king of Canaan. Having first secured the attendance of the prophetess, he gathered 10,000 men and stationed them on Mount Tabor, perhaps to avoid the enemies 900 chariots of iron:.Judges 4:3. God fought for Israel in the battle, which ensued and the song of Deborah and Barak chronicles their victory:.Judges 5:1-31. The name of Barak is enrolled among those illustrious for faith:.Hebrews 11:32

-Belshazzar:.Fausset's Dictionary:."the name contracted from Belsharezar, which is from 'Bel', the Babylonian idol and 'shar', a king; 'za'r is a common Babylonian termination, as in Nebuchadnez-zar."

Belshazzar was, on the surface, a grandson of Nebuchadnezzar-II:.Daniel 5:1-19. However, Belshazzar's actual father was Nabonidus, who was a governor under Nebuchadnezzar-II. After Nebuchadnezzar-II died in B.C.E. 562, Nabonidus became king, reigning 556-539 and then his son Belshazzar reigned. 

Because of seeming.contradictions, ancient historians avoided mention of his name.(and that's about as much as you can count on a lot of the history you've heard in your life). Babylonian cuneiform inscriptions however, gave the name 'Belsaruzar' as that of the last king of Babylon, the son of Nabonidus. A later inscription suggested that Belshazzar was associated with his father on the throne.

With Belshazzar's reign in B.C.E. 550-539, coregent with his father and him being the last of the Babylonian kings, the Babylonian era ended when Cyrus, king of Persia.diverted the Euphrates into a channel and guided by Gobryas and Gadatas, deserters, marched by the dry channel into Babylon, while the citizens were frolicking at an annual feast to their idols:.Jeremah chapter 50.

The story of the mysterious finger writing on the wall out of nowhere and the end of Babylon with the slaying of Belshazzar is in.Daniel 5th chapter.

Belshazzar was not a good king:.Jeremiah 25:12.

Daniel's name was changed to the Chaldean name of Belteshazzar by king Nebuchadnezzar-II.(Daniel 1:7).when he and three others, with their names changed to Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego also worked in king Nebuchadnezzar-II's court..Note the name being similar to Belshazzar.who was king after Nebuchadnezzar-II.

Easton's Dictionary:."Quite recently, the side of a ravine undermined by heavy rains fell at Hillah, a suburb of Babylon. A number of huge, coarse earthenware vases were laid bare. These were filled with tablets, the receipts and contracts of a firm of Babylonian bankers, which showed that Belshazzar had a household, with secretaries and stewards. One was dated in the third year of the king Marduk-sar-uzur. As Marduk-sar-uzar was another name for Baal, this Marduk-sar-uzur was found to be the Belshazzar of Scripture."

Fausset's Dictionary:."Xenophon calls the last king of Babylon "impious" and illustrates his cruelty by the fact that he killed a courtier.(an attendant at a sovereign's court).for having struck down the game in hunting before him and unmanned Gadates a courtier at a banquet, because one of the king’s courtiers praised him as handsome. His reckless infatuation is marked by his making a feast when the enemy was thundering at his gates. He set at nought eastern propriety by introducing women and even concubines at the feast. His crowning guilt, which made the cup overflow in vengeance, was his profaning the vessels of God's temple to be the instrument of revelry to himself, his princes, wives and concubines, drinking out of them in honor of his idols. Security, sensuality and profanity are the sure forerunners of the sinner's doom. The same hour that witnessed his impious insult to God, witnessed the mysterious hand of the unseen One writing his doom in full view of his fellow transgressors on the same palace wall which had been covered with cuneiform inscriptions glorifying those Babylonian kings:.Proverbs 16:18."

Book:.Easton's Dictionary:."The word 'book' has a comprehensive meaning in Scripture. In the Old Testament it is the rendering 
of the Hebrew word 'sepher', which properly means a 'writing' and then a 'volume'.(Exodus 17:14; Deuteronomy 28:58; Job 19:23).or 'roll of a book':.Jeremiah 36:2-4. Books were originally written on skins, on linen or cotton cloth and on Egyptian papyrus, whence our word 'paper'. The.leaves.of the book were generally written in columns, designated by a Hebrew word properly meaning 'doors' and 'valves' or, 'columns' as the.Revised Translation.has it:.Jeremiah 36:23. Among the Hebrews books were generally rolled up like our maps or if very long they were rolled from both ends, forming two rolls:.Luke 4:17. Thus they were arranged when the writing was on flexible materials, but if the writing was on tablets of wood or brass or lead, then the several tablets were bound together by rings through which a rod was passed."

-Branch/Vine:.Jeremiah 23:5
Disciples.(means a learner, us, if we are learning).of Christ are branches of the tree or true vine:.John 15:1-17 "I am the true vine.(the vine is connected to the source, the Great Consciousness of the universe, which is everything and intelligent. . . God!).and my Father is the husbandman.(one who cares for the vines; a farmer). Every branch in me that bears not fruit he takes away.(does not at all mean that you are gotten rid of).and every branch that bears fruit, he purges it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now you are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine, no more can you, except you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He that abides in me and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit, for without me you can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch and is withered and men gather them and cast them into the fire and they are burned. If you abide in me and my words abide in you, you shall ask what ye will and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall you be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; continue you in my love. If you keep my commandments.(not the Mosaic Law ones), you shall abide in my love, even as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you and that your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That you love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life.(one's life is his time and possessions).for his friends. You are my friends, if you do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants, for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth. But I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you and ordained you, that you should go and bring forth fruit and that your fruit should remain; that whatsoever you shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. These things I command you, that you love one another."

Talking of the coming Christ:.Isaiah 11:1-5 "And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse and a Branch shall grow out of his roots.(John 15:1,4,5).and the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord and shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears, but with righteousness shall he judge the poor and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins and faithfulness the girdle of his reins."

Easton's Bible Dictionary: Re: Jesse: means 'firm' or a 'gift', a son of Obed, the son of Boaz and Ruth:.Ruth 4:17,22; Matthew 1:5,6; Luke 3:32. He was the father of eight sons, the youngest of whom was David:.1Samuel 17:12. The phrase "stem of Jesse" is used for the family of David.(Isaiah 11:1).and "root of Jesse" for the Messiah:.Isaiah 11:10; Revelation 5:5.

Jesse was a man apparently of wealth and position at Bethlehem.(map):.1Samuel 17:17,18,20. The last reference to him is of David's procuring for him an asylum with the king of Moab:.1Samuel 22:3

-Bride of Christ:.Is us:.1Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 4:12; Romans 7:4; Revelation 21:9; 22:17; John 3:28-31.

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