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Friday, May 18, 2012

I Samuel 15:35

And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death: nevertheless Samuel mourned for Saul: and the Lord repented that He had made Saul king over Israel.

For further study – I Samuel 15:1-35

At the “Jerusalem Conference”, held of course in Jerusalem, a high-ranking General in the Israeli Defense Force made the statement that the problems that Israel is having with the Palestinian people today are because King Saul was not obedient to God as recorded in I Samuel 15. We’ll look at that from the scriptures in a moment.

Before we look at that record let me give you a glimpse of what God did as revealed in I Samuel, chapters 5 to 14. We see that the Lord selected Saul as the first King of Israel, I Samuel 9, and this after Israel demanded a “King”, I Samuel 8.

The “self-will” of Saul is evident in the 13th chapter, which leads up to his decision to disobey the Prophet Samuel. Saul’s disobedience is the subject of I Samuel 15 and the result that was referred too by the IDF General in Jerusalem.

The Prophet Samuel comes to King Saul and tells him to destroy the Amalekites. The Lord, through Samuel, tells Saul to kill all of the men and women, the babies and the infants, plus all of their cattle, I Samuel 15:3.

The record shows that King Saul was not obedient to the Lord and did not only spare the life of the Amalekites, but spared the life of the King of these Amalekites, Agag. The prophet Samuel brought the message to Agag and ended up killing this murderer of the Jewish people, I Samuel 15:33

I want you to read all of I Samuel 15, not just a couple of verses. My journey through the Bible is not a “verse a day to keep the Devil away”. You and I need to spend a number of hours studying this special record of how the Lord provided an opportunity to destroy the Palestinian people of today.

Agag, the king of the Amalekites is a descendant of Esau. This is true because the man Amalek is a “grandson” of Esau, Genesis 36:12. Haman, the “bad-man” of the book of Esther, is an Agagite, Esther 3:1. This family can be traced to the Palestinians of today through the mighty king of the Jewish people at the time of Jesus, Herod the Great (see my CD, “Esau and the Palestinians”).

Even though the Prophet Obadiah foretells the total destruction of the Palestinians, Obadiah 12 to 18, the General was right, the Palestinian problems for Israel today, and the continual fighting among the Palestinians and the Israeli’s is because of the disobedience of the Jewish people.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict will continue until Jesus returns and gives the Jewish people victory over the Edomites, the Palestinians of today. All the current events for this conflict are the indicators that Bible Prophecy is moving closer and closer to fulfillment.

The very next event in Bible prophecy is the Rapture of the Church and there is not one prophecy that has to be fulfilled before the Rapture. All prophecy remaining that must be fulfilled happens after the Rapture. Be looking up, Jesus is coming and it could be today.

PRAYER THOT: Thank you Lord for the record of your plan for the end of times. As I learn of this plan, let this knowledge help me to live in anticipation of your soon return.