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Friday, June 1, 2012

I Kings 11: 11

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.

For further study - I Kings 11:1-12

As we continue through I Kings, next is chapter 10, which is the account of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. This one note of fact, King Solomon never gave the Queen the "ark of the covenant" thus it never went to Ethiopia. The next chapter contains a prophecy for that day as well as the near future.

Our key verse, verse 11, in our devotional reading for today is the prophecy that I’m referring to that has the connection between yesterday and the future. This prophecy to Solomon thus becomes the "prototype" for a prophecy yet to be fulfilled.

The fulfillment of this prophecy is recorded in I Kings 12:16-24. The dividing of the Kingdom of Solomon - 10 tribes under Jeroboam known as "Israel" and two tribes under Rehoboam known as "Judah".

These 12 tribes would reunite almost 500 years later. This reunification of the twelve tribes of Israel would take place in the days of the reign of Cyrus of the Medo-Persian Empire, Ezra 1:1-3 and Ezra 2.

However, the ancient Jewish prophet Ezekiel reveals another division among the Jewish people will take place during the last days leading up to and during the seven year Tribulation Period.

Ezekiel 37:15-23 is prophecy that is yet to come to pass. There will be two Jewish states at that time known as "Israel" and "Judah" (see my study on Ezekiel 37 on my CD "Ezekiel, Retribution and Restoration') .

The stage is being set for this prophecy to be fulfilled with the growing division among the Jewish people of Israel over the issue of the Jewish settlements in the area of Judea and Samaria (sometimes referred to as the "West Bank").

In addition to the division in the body politic of Israel there is the continuing pressure from the United States, the European Union and the United Nations for the Israeli government to evacuate the almost 500,000 Jewish settlers in Judea and Samaria.

There is a recent poll done by Hebrew University that reveals there are thousands of these Jewish settlers that say they will “take up arms” to stop their own government from evacuating their families from the homes that they have lived in for almost four decades.

We are witnessing the formation of the two Jewish states called for in Bible Prophecy, even today. The Rapture will happen before this division of the single Jewish State of Israel today. Thus the Rapture could be let's keep looking up.

PRAYER THOT: Dear Lord, as I watch the preparations for the fulfillment of Bible Prophecy help me to allow my understanding of future events to cause me to live in light of your Word, a life expecting You to call me to be with You at any moment.