Where Are the Mighty Men of the King and the Seed of the King













Today’s selected reading continues in the Old Testament prophetic book of Ezekiel, and more specifically, is found in the seventeenth chapter. This particular passage of Scripture presents us with the prophet Ezekiel being instructed to put forth a riddle before and unto the house of Israel—both a riddle, as well as a parable. The riddle begins with a great eagle with great wings, long winged and full of feathers coming unto Lebanon and taking the highest branch of the cedar. This eagle cropped off the top of the cedar’s young twigs and carried it into a land of traffic. The angel took of the seed of the land and planted it in a fruitful field, and placed it great great waters where it was set as a willow tree. This seed grew and became a spreading vine of low stature, whose branches turned toward him, and the roots were under it. This seed became a vine and brought forth branches, and shot forth sprigs. The riddle and parable continues with another great eagle with great wings and many features—an eagle before whose vine bent her roots toward him, and shot forth her branches toward him that it might water it. This fine was planted in a good soil by great waters that it might bring forth branches, and that it might bear fruit, that it might be a goodly vine. The Lord of hosts then asks the prophet concerning this latter vine, saying, “Shall it prosper? Shall he not pull up the roots thereof, and cut off the fruit thereof, that it wither?” The Lord then goes on to declare that this vine shall wither in all the leaves of her spring, even without great power or many people to pluck it up by the roots thereof. The Lord asks of this vine whether or not it shall prosper, and then declares asks whether or not it would wither when the wind touched it. The Lord finished the parable and riddle by declaring that this vine would wither in the furrows where it grew. Within the first ten verses of this chapter we discover the riddle and the parable—a riddle and parable which have a very specific meaning which must be considered and understood. It isn’t until you come to the eleventh verse of this chapter that you discover the meaning and interpretation of the riddle which was told unto Ezekiel.  
 When you begin reading the eleventh verse, you will find the word of the Lord coming unto Ezekiel, saying, “Say now to this rebellious house, Know ye not what these things mean?” The Lord of hosts was calling and asking for the prophet concerning his understanding of what these things meant. Moreover, the Lord was calling the prophet Ezekiel to inquire and ask of the house of Israel if they did in fact understand what these things meant. The Lord went on to declare that the king of Babylon had come to Jerusalem, and had taken the king thereof—the king as well as the princes—and brought them all to Babylon. The king of Babylon took of the king’s seed, and made a covenant with him, and took an oath of him. Moreover, the king of Babylon took the mighty of the land in order that the kingdom might be based, that it might not lift itself up, but that by keeping of his covenant it might stand. It is important to recognize and understand the specific targets of the king of Babylon’s purpose for coming to Jerusalem. If you read this passage of Scripture, you will discover how the king of Babylon didn’t merely take the king of Judah, but he also took his seed, the princes, and the mighty of the land. In doing so, the king of Babylon was seeking to accomplish something very specific within the land and kingdom of Judah. In the fourteenth verse of this chapter we read how the purpose for the actions of the king of Babylon was to cause the kingdom to be base in order that it might not lift itself up. Please don’t miss or lose sight of this, for this is not and was not the first time this reality was manifested within the history of the children of Israel. The entire reason and purpose for the invasion of Judah and Jerusalem was to successfully cripple the kingdom of Judah and its capital city, in order that it might be prevented from having any dominion, any authority, any power within the earth. The entire reason and purpose for the king of Babylon invading the land of Judah as well as the city of Jerusalem was to so weaken it that it wouldn’t be able to rise once more within the earth. The king of Babylon entered into the land of Judah and the city of Jerusalem in order to so thoroughly and completely weaken it that it would essentially be a non-entity and non-factor within the earth. The king of Babylon had absolutely no interest in Jerusalem and Judah having any authority, any dominion, any power within the earth. In order to accomplish this purpose, the king took that which was strong, that which was powerful, that which was mighty, that which was great from Jerusalem and Judah, and displaced them within the kingdom of Babylon.

 If you pay attention to the history of the children of Israel, you will uncover certain tactics and strategies of the enemy and adversary. Within this particular passage of Scripture we uncover one of the greatest tactics and strategies of the adversary. Within this particular passage of Scripture we discover the adversary targeting that which is mighty, that which is strong, that which is great within the kingdom of Judah, and essentially and effectively separating it from the midst of it. The king of Babylon deliberately and intentionally targeted that which was strong and mighty within the land, for by doing so, the entire kingdom would be weakened. A weakened kingdom and nation would be unable to rise to any measure and level of stature and prominence within the earth, and would be forced to subject and subjugate themselves to the authority and dominion of the king of Babylon. In all reality, the king of Babylon was incredibly wise and prudent in his actions concerning Jerusalem and Judah, for he knew and understood what it would take to effectively cripple the kingdom of Judah. It wasn’t enough merely to invade the land of Judah, and to invade the city of Jerusalem, for there was so much more that needed to be done. The king of Babylon essentially wanted to ensure that the nation and kingdom of Babylon could not and would not be able to govern itself within the earth. Without a king, without princes, and without the mighty present among them in their midst, the entire kingdom would be unable to function properly. It’s worth noting that the king of Babylon didn’t merely remove the king and the seed of the king, but also removed the mighty which were present within the land. By removing the king and the king’s seed, and by removing the mighty from the land, the king of Babylon not only launched an attack against the government, the dominion and authority of the kingdom, but he also launched an attack on the ability to wage war and actively engage in battle. Dear brother, dear sister—please don’t move too quickly past this reality, for this is, will be and has always been one of the greatest tactics and strategies of the adversary within the hearts and lives of the people of God. It wasn’t by conscience the king of Babylon removed both the king, as well as the king’s seed, for if he removed the king without also removing the seed, it would only be a matter of time before another king would rise up within the kingdom and begin to govern and reign over the kingdom. Read the books of First and Second Kings, as well as the books of First and Second Chronicles, and you will quickly discover that these books are in all reality about the reign of kings—both within and over the kingdom of Israel, as well as the kingdom of Judah—and the succession of kings. These particular books perfectly reveal the succession of kings, and that when one king would die and go the way of his fathers, another king would rise in his place.

 DESTROYING THE SEED OF THE KING! Did you know that you are indeed the seed of the King? Did you know that in the earth today and in this generation the seed of the king is present within and upon the earth? Throughout history—as far back as the days of Adam and Eve—the King of kings has had His own seed within and upon the earth. When Adam was formed of the dust of the ground, he was in all reality the first manifestation and representation of the King within and upon the earth. Adam was indeed and was in fact the seed of the King upon the earth, and as His own seed, was given dominion and authority upon the earth. AUTHORITY IS GIVEN TO THE SEED! DOMINION IS GIVEN TO THE SEED! GOVERNMENT IS GIVEN TO THE SEED. Pause for a moment and consider the language that is found within the Lord’s response to Adam, Eve and the serpent after they had transgressed the command of the Lord in the garden. “And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: and I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; and it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel” (Genesis 3:14-15). Did you catch that? When speaking to the serpent, the Lord declared that He was going to put enmity between the serpent and the woman—and not only between the serpent and the woman, but also between the seed of the serpent and the seed of the woman. Please don’t miss that, for ever since the garden of Eden there has been a controversy between the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent. Ever since the garden there has been a controversy that has existed within and upon the earth between the seed of the serpent and the seed of the woman—the seed of the woman which would ultimately be manifested through the incarnation of the eternal Word of God which would take upon Himself the form of human flesh and would dwell among us. Ever since the garden of Eden the serpent has targeted and has waged war against the seed of the woman, but I would also declare that the serpent has waged war against the seed of the King within the earth. It isn’t merely the seed of the woman within and upon the earth, but the seed of the King which is present upon the earth. Adam was indeed the seed of the King, and unto that seed was given dominion and authority upon the earth. It is unto the seed that everything which belonged to the Father is given and provided and transferred. The serpent has always targeted the seed, for it is unto the seed that the authority and dominion of the Father has been passed down.

 When we read of the king of Babylon taking the king’s speed, as well as the king himself, it is not by coincidence or by accident that this took place. The king of Babylon removed the king’s seed from the kingdom of Judah and from the city of Jerusalem, for by removing the seed from the soil it was intended on growing and prospering within, the king could prevent that seed from growing. Make note of this, for the king of Babylon didn’t simply take the seed of the king with the king himself, but he also took the seed of the king, uprooted, brought it into a new land, and attempted to plant it in a completely different soil. The adversary and enemy hasn’t simply made attempt to remove the seed from the soil and the ground it was intended on growing in, but he also attempts to take that seed and plant it in soil it was never intended to grow and prosper. The king of Babylon removed the king’s seed, for if the seed of the king was permitted to remain within the kingdom, there would certainly be another from that seed that would eventually rise up as the new king of the kingdom and would begin to govern the land. The king of Babylon wanted to ensure that the kingdom of Judah was so thoroughly crippled that it could not only be governed in the here and now, but would also be prevented from being governed in the days to come. Did you know that you are the seed of the King? Did you know that as the seed of the King, authority and dominion has been bestowed upon and passed down to you? Did you know that as the seed of the king, you were created and intended on having dominion and authority upon the earth? The adversary has always targeted the seed of the king, for if the seed of the king is permitted to grow and prosper within the soil it was originally planted, the authority and dominion it was intended on having within the land would continue to remain. WHEN THE KING AND THE SEED OF THE KING ARE TARGETED! If you study the New Testament, and specifically the gospels and the book of Acts, you will quickly discover this reality. In the four gospels we find the serpent attempting to assault and target the King Himself, for the serpent sought to utterly and completely destroy the King upon the earth. The gospels are replete with example after example of the adversary targeting the King Himself, and eventually causing the King to be nailed to a cruel Roman tree atop Golgotha just outside the city. When you come to the New Testament book of Acts, you will find the serpent and adversary taking his fight to the seed of the King, for the entire book of Acts is about the rage against, and the persecution of the Church of Jesus Christ—that which is and was the body of Christ.

 When the king of Babylon removed the king, as well as the king’s seed, he was seeking to remove the ability for Jerusalem and Judah to be governed. The king of Babylon wanted to remove any and all forms of dominion, authority and government from the land, and to leave the kingdom in a weakened and vulnerable state. WHEN THE THRONE IS VACANT WITHIN THE KINGDOM! Oh, this is why I absolutely love the sixth chapter of the prophetic book of Isaiah, for although the earthly throne of David was vacant in the year the king Uzziah died, the eternal throne of heaven was still occupied by the eternal King of kings. The prophet Isaiah witnessed the tremendous reality that even though the earthly throne is vacant and empty, there is still one that is seated upon the eternal throne in heaven. When you come to this passage in Scripture—a passage that has direct connection to the events which took place during the days of Jeremiah, Daniel and Ezekiel—you will discover that the king of Babylon sought to remove the king from the throne of David within the land, for when the throne was vacant, there was no demonstration, nor was there any manifestation of government, dominion and authority upon the earth. The adversary and enemy has always sought to bring about a vacant throne, for when the throne is vacant, all dominion, all authority, all government is cut off and removed from the midst thereof. Within this chapter, we not only find the enemy and adversary seeking to cause the throne of David within the kingdom of Judah to be vacant, but the enemy and adversary also wanted to ensure that the throne would remain vacant. It wasn’t enough for the throne itself to remain vacant if there was another who could emerge within the land and eventually rule, reign and govern from the throne. The enemy and adversary wants the throne to be vacant, for the throne is of no use, no worth and no value if there is not one who sits upon the throne. It is only when there is one sitting upon the throne that true government, true authority, true dominion can be manifested within the earth. This is why the prophetic vision of Isaiah is so absolutely incredible, for there has never and will never be a moment when the eternal throne of heaven will become and/or remain vacant, which means that dominion, authority and government will always flow forth from the midst of the throne. There will never be a moment in time when authority, dominion, government and the like will not burst forth from the throne. There is absolutely nothing that can be done to destroy the dominion, the authority, the government of the eternal throne of God, for the eternal throne of God can never and will never be vacant.

 There is a tremendous prophetic reality that surrounds this passage of Scripture—especially when you consider the fact that the king of Babylon not only vacated the throne of David, but also took of the king’s seed within the kingdom, and took the mighty of the land. We cannot ignore or neglect this reality, for to do so would be to completely miss the tactic and strategy of the enemy within our lives. While it is true the adversary and enemy can never cause the throne in heaven to be vacated, He can and will target and pursue the King’s seed within the earth. The enemy and adversary—in an attempt to cause the kingdom of heaven to be weakened within the earth—will not only target the seed of the King, but he will also target the mighty of the land in order that he might completely and utterly destroy them from the earth. The king of Babylon targeted the mighty of the land, for by doing so, he effectively prevented the kingdom of Judah from being able to wage war against the kingdom of Babylon—or against any kingdom for that matter. The king of Babylon sought to remove the mighty men from the land, for by doing so, there would be none to take up the sword or shield against his kingdom within the earth. This is and has always been one of the greatest tactics and strategies of the adversary—not only within the house of the Lord, but also in the earth. The enemy has always sought to remove the mighty from the earth, for the adversary wants to ensure there are no individuals within the earth who can mount any type of assault against him or his kingdom. The more I consider this particular reality, the more I can’t help but be reminded of a passage found in the Old Testament book of Second Samuel when the author describes the mighty men of Israel who fought for and on behalf of David and the kingdom of Israel.

 “These be the names of the mighty men whom David had: The Tachmonite that sat in the seat, chief among the captains; the same was Adino the Eznite: he lift up his spear against eight hundred, whom he slew at one time. And after him was Eleazer the son of Dodo the Ahoohite, one of the three mighty men with David, when they defied the Philistines that were there gathered together to battle, and the men of Israel were gone away: he arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clave unto the sword: and the Lord wrought a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only tos Phil. And after him was Shammah the son of Agee the Haragite. And the Philistines were gathered together into a troop, .where there was a place of ground full of lentils: and the people fled from the Philistines. But he stood in the midst of the ground, and defended it, and slew the Philistines: and the Lord wrought a great victory. And three of the thirty chief went down, and came to David in the harvest time unto the cave of Adullam: and the troop of the Philistines pitched in the valley of Rephaim. And David was then in an hold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Beth-lemme. And David longed, and said, O that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Beth-lehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: nevertheless he would not drink thereof, but poured it out unto the Lord. And he said, Be it far from me, O Lord, that I should do this: is not this the blood of the men that went in jeopardy of their lives? Therefore he would not drink it. These things did these three mighty men. And Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief among three. And he lifted up his spear against three hundred, and slew them, and had the name among three. Was he not most honourable of three? Therefore he was their captain: howbeit he attained not unto the first three. And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man, of Kabzeel, who had done many acts, he slew two lionlike men of Moab: he went down also and slew a lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow: and he slew an Egyptian, a goodly man: and the Egyptian had a spear in his hand; but he went down to him with a staff, and plucked the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand, and slew him with his own spear. These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and had the name among three mighty men. He was more honourable than the thirty, but he attained not to the first three. And David set him over his guard” (2 Samuel 23:8-23).

 If you journey to the first book of the Chronicles, and specifically to the twelfth chapter, you will find another reference to those who fought for the kingdom of Judah during the days of David king of Israel. “Now these are they that came to David at Ziklag, while he yet kept himself close because of Saul the son of Kish: and they were among the mighty men, helpers of the war. They were armed with bows, and could use both the right hand and the left in hurling stones and shooting arrows out of a bow, even of Saul’s brethren of Benjamin…And Isaiah the Gibeonite, a mighty man among the thirty, and over the thirty…and of the Gadites there separated themselves unto David into the hold to the wilderness men of might, and men of war fit for the battle, that could handle shield and buckler, whose faces were like the faces of lions, and were as swift as the roes upon the mountains…these are they that went over Jordan in the first month, when it had overflown all his banks; and they put to flight all them of the valleys, both toward the east, and toward the west. And there came of the children of Benjamin and Judah to the hold unto David. And David when out to meet them, and answered and said unto them, If ye be come peaceably unto me to help me, mine heart shall be knit unto you: but if ye be come to betray me to mine enemies, seeing there is no wrong in mine hands, the God of our fathers look thereon, and rebuke it. Then the spirit came upon Amasai, who was chief of the captains, and he said, Thine are we, David, and on thy side, thou son of Jesse: Peace, peace be unto thee, and peace be to thine helpers; for thy God help etc thee. Then David received them, and made them captains of the band. And there fell some of Manasseh to David, when he came with the Philistines against Saul to battle: but they helped them not: for the lords of the Philistines upon advisement sent him away, saying, He will fall to his master Saul to the jeopardy of our heads. As he went to Ziklag, there fell to him of Manasseh, Adnah, and Jozabad, and Jdiael, and Michael, and Jozabad, and Elihu, and Zilthai, captains of the thousand that were of Manasseh. And they helped David against the band of the rovers: for they were all mighty men of velour, and were captains of the house. For at that time day by day there came to David to help him, until it was a great host, like the host of God. And these are the numbers of the bands that were ready armed for war, and came to David to Hebron, to turn the kingdom of Saul to him, according to the word of the Lord. The children of Judah that bare shield and spear were six thousand and eight hundred, ready armed to the war. Of the children of Simeon, mighty men of velour for the war, seven thousand and one hundred. Of the children of Levi four thousand and six hundred…And Zadok, a young man mighty of velour, and of his father’s house twenty and two captains. And of the children of Benjamin, the kindred of Saul, three thousand: for hitherto the greatest part of them had kept the ward of the house of Saul. And of the children of Ephraim twenty thousand eight hundred, mighty men of velour, famous throughout the house of their fathers. And of the half tribe of Manasseh eighteen thousand, which were expressed by name, to come and make David king. And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understand of the times, to know what Israel out to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment. Of Zebulun, such as went forth to battle, expert in war, with all instruments of war, fifty thousand,w which could keep rank: they were not of double heart. And of Naphtali a thousand captains, and with them with child and spear thirty and seven thousand. And of the Danita’s expert in war twenty and eight thousand and six hundred. And of Asher, such as went forth to battle, expert in war, forty thousand. And on the other side of Jordan, of the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and of the half tribe of Manasseh, with all manner of instruments of war for the battle, and hundred and twenty thousand. All these men of war, that could keep rank, came with a perfect heart to Hebron, to make David king over Israel: and all the rest also of Israel were of one heart to make David king. And there they were with David three days, eating and drinking: for their brethren had prepared for them. Moreover they that were night them, even unto Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, brought bread on asses, and on camels, and on mules, and on oxen, and meat, meal, cakes of figs, and bunches of rains, and wine, and oil, and oxen, and sheep abundantly: for there was joy in Israel” (1 Chronicles 12).

 This particular passage in the book of First Chronicles, as well as the passage in Second Samuel help shine a tremendous deal of light on what mighty men within the land are capable or doing and accomplishing on behalf of the kingdom. If you read these two chapters, you will not only see the tremendous feats and exploits which individual men did within the kingdom of Judah, but you also notice the characteristics of the mighty men that gathered themselves unto David—those who were men of war, those who could keep rank, those who had a perfect heart, and who were of one heart to make David king of israel. While it is true that we are not seeking to make David king of Israel, we are nonetheless seeking to help make the Son of David king over all within the earth—king over our own lives, king over our families, king over our home, king on our job, and so much more. There is the tremendous responsibility to make the Son of David King over absolutely everything within the earth, and to be of one heart and one mind to do so. The king of Babylon took all the mighty men from the southern kingdom of Judah, and the reason why he would do such a thing is expressed within these two Old Testament passages. The prophetic word I believe the Lord is speaking concerns the seed of the king and the mighty men. GOING AFTER THE SEED OF THE KING AND PURSUING THE MIGHTY MEN! The enemy and adversary has sought to destroy both the seed of the King to prevent the authority, the dominion and the government of the King from being manifested within the earth, and the enemy has sought to destroy and remove the mighty men, for the enemy knows full well what mighty men can do—both by themselves as individuals, and when they gather together as one group. WHEN MIGHTY MEN JOIN TOGETHER IN BATTLE! The enemy and adversary has always and will continue to target the mighty men of God within the land, for by effectively removing the mighty men from the land, he can prevent the dominion, the authority, the government of the kingdom of heaven from being manifested within the earth. Notice that it was the mighty men of Israel that fought for and on behalf of David and the kingdom of Israel against all her enemies and adversaries rounds bout. We must become acutely and incredibly aware of this, for the enemy and adversary cannot stand the seed of the King, nor can he stand the mighty men of the King within the earth. THE SEED OF THE KING, THE MIGHTY MEN OF THE KING! You will remember how Pharaoh enslaved the children of Israel in the land of Egypt, setting cruel and oppressive task masters over them because he feared both their number, as well as what they would be capable of doing in battle and warfare. The prophetic word of the Lord today concerns the seed of the King and the mighty men of the King, and how the enemy will seek to effectively lead such captive, thus removing them from the place of inheritance. The Spirit of the Lord is actively seeking after and looking for the mighty men of the King—those whom He can strengthen and empower to establish and enhance the kingdom of God within and upon the earth.

 

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