The Original Game of Thrones: Competing Thrones & The Mighty Ones Have Fallen

Today’s selected reading begins the Old Testament book of First Kings, which in all reality is a book that describes the kings that would begin to reign upon the throne in the midst of the people of Israel. More specifically, today’s passage is found in the first three chapters of this Old Testament book. If you turn and direct your attention back to the Old Testament book of Second Samuel you will find the narrative that describes the return and bringing back of David the king of Israel after he, his servants, his household and a great host fled the city of Jerusalem after his son Absalom mounted a conspiracy against him. As you read the words which are written and found in this Old Testament book you will find it recorded how upon the death of Absalom there was a strong cry in the midst of the land to bring back David the king of Israel—not only because Absalom was now dead, but because it was king David who went out before them against their enemies in battle, and because David was that one who was anointed as king over the nation of Israel by Samuel the prophet of the Lord. I can’t help but read the narrative that is written concerning David the king of Israel in this Old Testament book and see a strong and powerful connection between the king brought forth into the city of the Great King in order that he might once more reign upon the throne in Israel. There was a period of time during the reign of David that the king was forced to flee from the throne, flee from the palace in which he dwelt, as well as to flee from the place of the Ark of the Covenant. There was a period of time when David the king of Israel was forced out of the city of the Great King, and would have been forced out of the nation were it not for the death of Absalom the king’s son. If you read the narrative of the book of Second Samuel you will find that there was a conspiracy and rebellion to drive out and remove the true king of Israel from the midst of the city and away from the throne in order that another might exalt and elevate himself upon the throne in Israel. When you read the words which are written and found within the book of Second Samuel you will find that there were essentially three distinct and three different types of individuals and peoples which are represented within the narrative therein. Initially there is that people which rise up against the throne and against the true king in order that they might drive him out and set up a new king in his place. There is a people that rise up against the king with full might, with full strength, with full confidence and full assurance that they are able to successfully drive out the king from the city of the Great King, in order that they might establish and set up a new king—a king of their own making and of their own choosing. Within the narrative of Absalom son of David king of Israel we encounter a prophetic picture of that people which would dare raise up and lift their hand against the true King who sits upon the throne in order that they might establish a new king—a pseudo and false king. Consider if you will the words which are written and found within the book of Second Samuel within the fifteenth chapter of the book:

“And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him. And Baalim rose up early, and stood beside the way of the gate: and it was so, that when any man that had a controversy came to the king for judgment, then Absalom called unto him, and said, Of what city array thou? And he said, Thy servant is one of the tribes of Israel. And Absalom said unto him, See, thy matters are good and right; but there is no man deputed of the king to hear thee. Absalom said moreover, Oh that I were made judge in the land, that every man which hath any suit or cause might come unto me, and I would do him justice! And it was so, that when many man came nigh to him to do him obeisance, he put forth his hand, and took him, and kissed him. And on this manner did Absalom to all Israel that came to the king for judgment: so Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel. And it came to pass after forty years, the Absalom said unto the king, I pray thee, let me go and pay my woe, which I have vowed unto the LORD, in Hebron. For thy servant vowed a vow while I abode at Geshur in Syria, saying, If the LORD shall bring me again indeed to Jerusalem, then I will serve the LORD. And the king said unto him, GO in peace. So he arise, and went to Hebron. But Absalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, As soon as ye hear the sound of the trumpet, then ye shall say, Absalom reigneth in Hebron. And with Absalom went two hundred men out of Jerusalem, that were called; and they went in their simplicity, and they knew not any thing. And Absalom sent for Ahithopehl the Gilonite, David’s counseller, from his city, even from Giloh, while he offered sacrifices. And the conspiracy was strong; for the people increased continually with Absalom. And there came a messenger to David, saying, The hearts of the men of Israel are after Absalom. And David said unto all his servants that were with him at Jerusalem, Arise, and let us flee; for we shall not else escape from Absalom: make speed to depart, lest he overtake us suddenly, and bring evil upon us, and smite the city with the edge of the sword. And the king’s servants said unto the king, Behold, thy servants are ready to do whatsoever my lord the king shall appoint. And the king went forth, and all his household after him. And the king left ten women which were concubines, to keep the house. And the king went forth, and all the people after him, and tarried in a place was far off. And all his servants passed on beside him; and all the Cherethites, and all the Pelthites, and all the Gittites, sis hundred men which came after him from Gath, passed on before the king” (2 Samuel 15:1-18).

It is within this particular narrative where we find Absalom the son of David raising and lifting himself up against the true king of Israel, against the throne upon which the true king sat, and even against the authority and government which the living God had given unto him. What’s more, is that ultimately that which Solomon had done was lift up his hand against the LORD’s anointed, and against the anointing that was upon him as Samuel the prophet had anointed him as a teenager to rule as king over the nation of Israel. Through Absalom we see a tremendous picture of that one, or those individuals who raise and lift up their hand against the King and against His throne in order that they might drive Him out from among them in their midst. I cannot help but read the narrative of Absalom and see within it a powerful and tremendous picture of those who raise and lift themselves up against the true King of kings in order that they might drive Him out of their midst, and somehow remove Him from His place of authority and government. I have previously written how I believe that there was and there has been an Absalom generation that has risen up within this nation—a generation which began to systematically remove and force the King of kings from His place of government, His place of authority and His place of dominion among and over us. It was around the middle of the last century where this nation began to raise and lift up their hand against the true King of kings within this nation in order that they might drive Him out and completely and utterly remove Him from the psyche and makeup of his nation. In all reality, I would dare say that a little more than a half century again men and women began driving out the true King of kings which established His government and authority over this nation in order that they might form and fashion a nation after their own imagination and after their own image and desire. Although they would and could never force the King from the throne upon which He sits in the heavens, they could force Him from His place of authority, from His place of government, and from His place of dominion within the land. Leaders within our own government, as well as countless thousands—if not millions—of men and women rallied themselves together in a furious attempt to force the true King of kings out of this nation, out of our government, out of our schools, out of our government, and out of our makeup and psyche as a nation. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of this absolutely tremendous and incredible reality, for what we see within the narrative and life of Absalom is a truly powerful picture of a people which would dare lift and raise their hand up against the King of kings, against His authority, against His dominion, and against His rule and reign over them as the King who sits upon the throne and governs from heaven.

Before I transition to a second group of individuals and people which are represented in David’s flight from the city of Jerusalem and from the throne upon which he sat, I am convinced that it is necessary to call and draw your attention to the words which are written and found within the second chapter of the book of the Psalms—words which the apostle Peter in the New Testament book of Acts ascribed and attributed to David as having written. If and as you read the words which are written and found within this particular chapter in the Old Testament book of the Psalms you will find a tremendous and powerful picture of kings, of rulers, of princes, of leaders, of heathen, of nations, and the like which not only rage, but also raise and lift up their hand against the LORD and against His anointed. I can’t help but consider the words which are written and found within the second chapter of the book of the Psalms, for they not only help present a tremendous picture concerning the actions which Absalom the son of David engaged in within his lifetime, but also what the nations of the earth, what kings, what rulers, what princes, what prime ministers, what presidents, what leaders and the like have done in times past and are continuing to do within and upon the earth. We would be incredibly naïve to think and consider—even for a moment—that the kings of the earth, the nations of the earth, and the heathen are not still raging against the LORD and against His anointed. Even in this generation there are kings, there are rulers, there are princes, there are presidents, prime ministers, heathen and nations alike which have raised up their hand and their fist against the LORD and against His anointed in order that they might deliver themselves out from under His rule, His reign, His government and His authority. There have been countless nations together with their leaders who have lifted up their hand and their heel against the King and against His authority, His government, His dominion, and His rule and reign within and upon the earth. We dare not read the words which describe the narrative of Absalom son of David and not also consider the words which are found within the second chapter of the book of the Psalms, for what we see and find in a single man within the narrative and life of Absalom we find in entire people groups, we find among the heathen, we find among the nations, we find among kings, we find among rulers those who would not only lift and raise their hand against the LORD and against His anointed, but would also seek to drive Him out from the place of authority and government. Consider if you will the words which are written and found within the second chapter of the Old Testament book of Psalms, which the apostle Peter ascribed and attributed to David the king of Israel:

“Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against His anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in His sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; This day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him” (Psalm 2:1-12).

Within the words which are found and written within this particular Psalm we find a truly powerful picture of what kings, what rulers, what the heathen, and what the people have done, and are continuing to do within and upon the earth. What we find and what we see in the narrative and life of Absalom the son of David is a truly prophetic picture of a people that would dare lift and raise their hand against the LORD and against His anointed in order that they might not only drive out the King from His place of government authority, but in order that they might set up and establish their own king, their own government, their own pseudo and false government in the earth. There was one true king who was to sit upon the throne in Israel and govern the nation and people of Israel, and yet Absalom the king’s own son dared raise his hand against that throne in order that he might thrust the one who sat upon that throne and ruled and reigned from it. Through the narrative of Absalom we find and see a people that would dare drive out the true King, and to deliver themselves out from His authority, His government and dominion—authority, dominion and government which the prophet Isaiah prophesied and revealed in the prophetic book which bears his name:

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it, with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this” (Isaiah 9:6-7).

It is absolutely necessary and imperative that we recognize and understand this truly astonishing reality, for within the life and narrative of Absalom the son of David we find one who not only dared exalt and elevate himself against David, against the king, against the kingdom, and against the throne, but we also find one who would dare lift and raise his hand against the LORD, against His authority, against His government, against His strength, against His power, and against that which He has ordained, planned and purposed. Within the narrative and life of Absalom we find a powerful prophetic picture of those who would dare imagine a vain thing against the LORD and against His anointed, and those who would dare raise their hand against that One of whose government and peace there shall be no end—against that one who would sit upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom in order that He might order it, and to establish it, with judgment, and with justice for ever. With all that being said, it’s worth noting and pointing out that while in Absalom we see a truly prophetic picture of those who would dare lift up their hand that they might drive and force out the true King from His place of government, His place of authority, His place of dominion—not only within a nation, but also within a church, and the like—we find in the person of Shimei one who would watch as the King is being forced from that place of authority, that place of government, that place of dominion within a nation, within a church, and the like, and curse the King as He departs. As you continue to read and study the narrative and life of David during this particular time you will find a man by the name of Shimei who would dare lift up and raise his voice against the King as he fled. What’s more, is that within the life and person of Shimei—not only will you find one who would dare lift up his voice to curse the king, but you will also find one who would cast stones upon the king, upon his servants, and upon his household. If Absalom is a picture of those who would dare raise and lift themselves against the King of kings, then Shimei is a powerful prophetic of those who not only cursed and the curse the King as He is drive and forced out of that place of authority, dominion and government, but also those who would dare cast stones at the servants of the King and against those of His household. Through the life and person of Shimei we find and see a truly astonishing and remarkable picture of those who would dare lift and raise up their voice against the King to curse Him—and not only raise up their voice against the King and curse Him as he departs, but those who would also dare cast stones against His servants and against His household. Consider if you will the narrative and account of Shimei—this son of Belial—who dared lift and raise his voice in cursing against the king, and cast stones at the king, against his servants and against his household:

“And when king David came to Bahurim, behold, thence came out a man of the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera: he came forth, and cursed still as he came. And he cast stones at David, and at all the servants of king David: and all the people and al the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left. And thus said Shimei when he cursed, Come out, come out, thou bloody man, and thou man of Belial: the LORD hath returned upon thee all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose stead thou hast reigned; and the LORD hath delivered the kingdom into the hand of Absalom thy son: and, behold, thou art taken in thy mischief, because thou art a bloody man. Then said Abishai the son of Zeruiah unto the king, Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over, I pray thee, and take off his head. And the king said, What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruaih? So let him curse, because the LORD hath said unto him, Curse David. Who shall then say, Wherefore hast thou done so? And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son, which came forth of my bowels, seeketh my life: how much more now may this Benjamite do it? Let him alone, and let him curse; for the LORD hath hidden him. It may be that the LORD will look on mine affliction, and that the LORD will requite me good for his cursing this day. And as David and his men went by the way, Shimei went along on the hill’s side over against him, and cursed as he went, and threw stones at him, and cast dust. And the king, and all the people that were with him, came weary, and refreshed themselves there” (2 Samuel 16:5-14).

If Absalom represents a people who would dare lift up and raise their hand against the LORD and against His anointed to somehow deliver themselves out from the rule, the reign, the government and the authority of the true King, then Shimei represents a people that watch as the King departs, and watch as the King is forced to leave the place of authority, dominion and government, and curse Him as He departs and is forced to leave. I still find it absolutely amazing that David deliberately and intentionally chose not to remain in the city of Jerusalem, and he deliberately and into ally chose not to defend the throne, and to engage his son Absalom in conflict and battle. David was indeed a man of warfare, and David was indeed a man who was surrounded by men who would have fought side by side him in battle, and I would dare say that David could have very easily overthrown this conspiracy and rebellion. What’s quite interesting is that instead of engaging Absalom in conflict, in battle, and in a struggle for power, he chose to depart of his own volition and of his own accord. David would choose to flee the city of Jerusalem, and would choose to depart from the city of the Great King instead of remaining in the midst of the city and sitting upon the throne. We dare not and must not miss this, for within the narrative and life of Absalom we find one who would thrust the king from his place of authority, dominion and government, while in the narrative of Shimei we find one who would lift and raise up his voice in cursing against the king. What’s more, is that not only would Shimei lift and raise up his voice against the king to curse him as he went, but so also would he cast stones against the king, against the servants of the king, and against the king’s household. It is within the narrative and life of Shimei that we encounter and come face to face with the reality of those who watch the King as He departs, and watch as the King departs from that place of authority, government and dominion within a nation—and not only curse the King as He goes, but also cast stones at His servants and at His household. It’s imperative that we recognize and understand this, for within the life of Shimei we find and see a picture of those who lift up their voices against the King in cursing, and those who would dare cast stones against the servants of the great King, and against the household of the great King. Through Shimei we find and see a truly remarkable and powerful picture of those who would lift up their voice against the King to heap curses and insults upon and against Him as He goes, but those who would also cast stones at and against His servants and His household—stones of judgment, stones of condemnation, stones of wrath, stones of accusation, the like. Through the narrative of Shimei we find and see a clear and present picture of those who not only curse the King, but also those who cast stones at His servants and against His household. CURSING THE KING AND CASTING STONES! It is within the life of Shimei that we encounter a truly powerful picture of those who would dare curse the King with their voices—and not only curse the King with their voices, but also cast their stones against His servants and against His household.

If and as you come to the nineteenth chapter of this Old Testament book you will find the conspiracy which Absalom mounted against David, against the throne upon which David sat, against the authority and government of the LORD which was established in the hand of David being decimated and destroyed, as Absalom would be killed by Joab and those who were with him. Moreover, you will find that after and upon the death of Absalom there was a cry issued within the land to bring back the king—to bring forth the king from his fleeing, from his exile, and from his captivity if you will—in order that he might be restored to his rightful place upon the throne in the midst of the city of the great King. If you begin reading with and from the ninth verse of the nineteenth chapter of the Old Testament book of Second Samuel you will find this collective cry to bring back and restore the king of Israel back from his place of fleeing, and back from his place of departure that he might once more return to the throne, and return to the place of government. It’s worth noting that when you read the words which are found concerning this collective cry to bring back the king, you will also find one who would resist the return of the king, and one who would dare attempt to prevent the king from being brought back and from being restored to his place of government and authority within the nation. While Absalom represents those who would raise and lift up their hand against the LORD and against His anointed in order that they might force the King to depart from among them, and while Shimei represents those who would lift and raise up their voice against the King as He departs, and to cast stones at His servants and His household, you will find in Sheba a picture of those who would lift and raise themselves up to resist the return of the king—resist the return of the king to his rightful place of dominion, authority and government. Within the nineteenth chapter of this Old Testament book of Second Samuel you will find the collective cry to bring back the king and to restore him to the throne upon which he sat, while in the twentieth chapter you will find the narrative of Sheba who sought to resist the return of the king and prevent him from being restored to the place of government and authority in the midst of the land. I am convinced that in order for us to understand the narrative that is found in the opening chapters of the book of First Kings, it is necessary for us to consider the events which took place around the flight of the king, for it is through our understanding of these events that we can and will understand the events which took place just before the death of David king of Israel. Consider if you will the words which are found in the nineteenth chapter of the book of Second Samuel which describe the return of the King, as well as the events found in the twentieth chapter which describe an attempt to resist and revolt against the return of the king:

“And all the people were at strive throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, The king saved us out of the hand of our enemies, and he delivered us out of the hand of the Philistines; and now he is fled out of the land for Absalom. And Absalom, whom we anointed over us, is dead in battle. Now therefore why speak ye not a word of bringing the king back? And king David sent to Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, saying, Speak unto the elders of Judah, saying, Why are ye the last to bring the king back to his house? Seeing the speech of all Israel is come to the king, even to his house. Ye are my brethren, ye are my bones and my flesh: wherefore then are ye the last to bring back the king? And say ye to Amasa, Art thou not of my bone, and of my flesh? God do so to me, and more also, if thou be not captain of the host before me continually in the room of Joann. And he bowed the heart of all the men of Judah, even as the heart of one man; so that they sent this word unto the king, Return thou, and all thy servants. So the king returned, and came to Jordan. And Judah came to Gilgal, to go to meet the king, to conduct the king over Jordan” (2 Samuel 19:9-15).

“And, behold, all the men of Israel came to the king, and said unto the king, Why have our brethren the men of Judah stolen thee away, and have brought the king, and his household, and all David’s men with him, over Jordan? And all the men of Judah answered the men of Israel, Because the king is near of kin to us: wherefore then be ye angry for this matter? Have we eaten at all of the king’s cost? Or hath he given us any gift? And the men of Israel answered the men of Judah, and said, We have ten parts in the king, and we have also more right in David than ye: why then did ye despise us, that our advice should be first had in bringing back our king? And the words of the men of Judah were fiercer than the words of the men of Israel” (2 Samuel 19:41-43).

“And there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name was Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite: and he blew a. Trumpet, and said, We have no part in David, neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to his tents, O Israel. So every man of Israel went up from after David, and followed Sheba the son of Bichri: but the men of Judah clave unto their king, from Jordan even to Jerusalem. And David came to his house at Jerusalem; and the king took the ten women his concubines, whom he had left to keep the house, and put them in war, and fed them, but went not in unto them. So they were shut up unto the day of their death, living in widowhood. Then said the king to Amasa, Assemble me the men of Judah within three days, and be thou here present. So Amasa went to assemble the men of Judah: but he tarried longer than the set time which he had appointed him. And David said to Abishai, Now shall Sheba the son of Bichri do us more harm than did Absalom: take thou thy lord’s servants, and pursue after him, lest he get him fenced cities, and escape us. And there went out after him Joan’s men, and the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, and all the mighty men: and they went out of Jerusalem, to pursue after Sheba the son of Bichri” (2 Samuel 20:1-7).

I am convinced it is absolutely necessary for us to understand the events surrounding the flight of the king, as well as the events which surround the return of the king, for it is when and as we understand these events that we can and will have a foundation to understand the words which are written and recorded within the opening chapters of the book of First Kings. Towards the middle of the book of Second Samuel we find the flight of the king as he was forced to flee from the face and threat of his son Solomon, however, even though we read and find the account of the flight of the king from the threat, the rebellion, the revolt, the conspiracy of his son Absalom, we also find the return of the king as the men of Israel and of Judah sought to bring the king back and restore him to his place of authority, dominion and government in the midst of the land, and upon the throne in Jerusalem. It’s necessary for us to consider and understand this truly remarkable and astonishing reality, for it can and will help us understand the events which take place in the opening chapters of the book of First Kings. It is when and as you come to the opening chapters of the book of First Kings that you will find in the latter and final days of David king of Israel a different conspiracy that would surround the throne upon which he sat in the midst of the city of Jerusalem. In the final days of the life of David the king of Israel we find a conspiracy surrounding the throne upon which David sat, for there would be another son of David who would attempt to elevate and exalt himself upon the throne upon which is father sat. Pause for a moment and consider the fact that within the life of David there would be two distinct and two different attempts made to elevate and exalt themselves upon the throne of David in order that men might sit in the place of authority, government and dominion. Within the life of David there would be a conspiracy of his son Absalom to elevate and exalt himself as king in the land—a conspiracy which would eventually and ultimately be put down, and would result in the death of Absalom. With that being said, there would be a second conspiracy surrounding the throne as another one of David’s sons would attempt to elevate and exalt himself upon the throne on which David his father sat. What’s interesting and worth noting about this second and latter conspiracy surrounding the throne is that it wasn’t merely upon and against David the king of Israel, but it would also be against that one who had been chosen to sit upon the throne in the stead of David king of Israel. The conspiracy which Adonijah sought to mount against the throne upon which David his father sat was not only a conspiracy against the authority, the dominion and government that was given unto his father, but also against the word and command which his father had given concerning the throne—namely, that Solomon his son who was born unto him by Bathsheba. In fact, if you begin reading with and from the fifth verse of the first and opening chapter of the book of First Kings you will find the following words which were written concerning Adonijah son of David which so happened to be the brother of Absalom. (GOLIATH HAD A BROTHER; ABSALOM HAD A BROTHER). Consider if you will the following words which were written concerning Adonijah and his attempt to exalt himself upon the throne of David in the city of the great King:

“Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, I will be king: and he prepared him chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him. And his father had not displeased him at any time in saying, Why hast thou done so? And he also was a very goodly man; and his mother bare him after Absalom. And he conferred with Joab the son of Zeruaih, and with Abiathar the priest: and they following Adonijah helped him. But Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and Nathan the prophet, and Shimei, and Rei, and the mighty men which belonged to David were not with Adonimah. And Adonijah slew sheep and oxen and fat cattle by the stone of Zoheleth, which is by En-roger, and called all his brethren the king’s sons, and all the men of Judah the king’s servants: but Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah, and the mighty men, and Solomon his brother, he called not” (1 Kings 1:5-10).

THE FALSE KING AND THE TRUE KING! PUTTING TO DEATH THE VOICE OF CURSING! PUTTING TO DEATH THE SWORD OF BLOODSHED! PUTTING TO DEATH AN EXPIRED PRIESTHOOD! PUTTING TO DEATH THE FALSE KING! THE DEATH OF ADONIJAH! THE DEATH OF JOAB! THE DEATH OF SHIMEI! THRUSTING OUT ABIATHAR! SETTING UP THE TRUE KING AND BRINGING TO AN END A FALSE CLAIM TO THE THRONE! WHEN THE SON OF DAVID BECOMES KING! A DREAM AND VISION IN THE NIGHT! AN INVITATION TO ASK THE LORD THE DESIRE OF YOUR HEART! WHAT IS TRULY THE CONDITION OF THINE HEART? IF THE LORD APPEARED TO YOU TONIGHT AND OFFERED YOU TO ASK HIM WHAT YOU WILL—WHAT WOULD BE IN YOUR HEART TO ASK HIM? When you come to this particular portion of Scripture found within the opening chapters of the book of First Kings you will find yet another conspiracy surrounding the throne of David in the midst of the city of the Great King. I have brought you face to face with the conspiracy which Absalom son of David mounted against the throne of David earlier on during the life of David when he rebelled against the authority of David and against the government that was given unto him by the LORD. Perhaps one of the greatest truths and realities that surrounds Absalom’s attempt to mount a revolt and rebellion against the throne of David, as well as the attempt of Adonijah to elevate and exalt himself to king of Israel is that both individuals thought and perceived they could somehow take this authority and government upon themselves. Oh there is a drastic and fundamental difference between Solomon who was anointed king by the prophet Nathan versus Adonijah and Absalom who thought they could take this authority and government upon their own shoulders. What’s more, is when you consider the fact that both Adonijah and Absalom were brothers, and were both born unto David by Haggith. It’s worth noting and considering that these two brothers were biological brothers born of David by the same mother, and both sons thought they could successfully mount a rebellion against the throne of David and against the authority and government the LORD had placed upon his shoulders. Absalom mounted a conspiracy within Israel and stole the hearts of Israel away from his father David in order that he might be proclaimed king in Hebron, and now here we have Adonijah his brother who in all reality attempted to exalt himself into a place of authority and government he was never intended on entering and stepping into. In fact, if you read the words which are found in the opening chapter of the book of First Kings you will even find the author of this book writing and declaring how Adonijah dared exalt himself in the midst of the Israel.

As I sit here this morning and think about the reality of Adonijah exalting himself to be king over the nation and kingdom of Israel—perhaps knowing full well that he had not been chosen by his father David who was king of Israel—I can’t help but be reminded of someone else who exalted themselves above a different throne. I would dare say that if we are to truly understand the significance of what is written and found within this chapter and the attempt to elevate one’s throne above the throne that had been ordained and appointed by the living God. It is absolutely necessary that we recognize and understand an attempt a different being made to elevate and exalt their own throne and their own dominion and authority above the throne from which all authority, all dominion, all government, all power and all strength rests and is found. It would be very easy to read the words which are found in this passage of Scripture and to focus simply on that which is found in the natural and physical realm, however, I am convinced that in the case of Adonijah, as well as Absalom we must look beyond the natural and physical realm into the spiritual realm, and into the supernatural realm. It is when we look beyond the physical and natural realm we encounter and come face to face with the absolutely tremendous spirit that was found within their hearts, within their spirits, and within their souls. When you study Scripture you will find that there was another being who dared exalt and elevate himself, and his throne above the very throne of God. Scripture brings us face to face with another who dared exalt and elevate themselves above the living God who sat upon the throne in heaven. Scripture paints a powerful picture of another who thought they could somehow elevate themselves and their throne above the throne upon which the LORD of all creation sat upon. It is quite clear within Scripture that there was one who dared make an attempt to mount a rebellion against the throne in heaven upon which the living God is seated upon. Before I get into the reality of this one who would dare exalt and elevate their throne above that of the living God, it is first necessary to catch a glimpse upon which the throne of God is like. Consider if you will the words which are found in the Old Testament prophetic book of Ezekiel, as well as the words which are found in the Old Testament book of Psalms, and even the New Testament prophetic book of the Revelation of Jesus the Christ:

“Above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it. And I saw as the color of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins eve upward, and from the appearance of his lions even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about. As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake” (Ezekiel 1:26-28).

“The Lord reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof. Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne. A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about. His lightnings enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled. The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the LORD of the whole earth. The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory. Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods. Zion heard, and was glad; and the daughters of Judah rejoiced because of thy judgments, O Lord. For thou, Lord, art high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods. Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked. Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart. Rejoice in the LORD, the righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness” (Psalm 97:1-12).

“After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. And the he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round a bout the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowds of gold. And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts of full of eyes before and behind. And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, LORD God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to Him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, the four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O LORD, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created” (Revelation 4:1-11).

If we are to truly understand this rebellion which was mounted against the throne in heaven upon which the eternal God sits, it is first important for us to recognize and catch a glimpse of that throne. It’s quite interesting and remarkable to think about and consider the fact that both Ezekiel and the apostle John saw a vision of the throne in heaven upon which the living God did in fact sit upon. Before Ezekiel ever spoke a single prophetic word speaking unto the captives which were in Babylon, as well as those which still remained in the land of Judah, he saw a vision of the throne which was in heaven—a throne that was so far beyond his comprehension that when he was describing it, he used the words “likeness” and “appearance” to describe what he saw. Moreover, the apostle John was in the Spirit on the LORD’s day, and heard a voice inviting him to come up, and immediately he was in the spirit and beheld a throne in heaven. The apostle John was given an incredible and tremendous vision of the throne in heaven upon which the living and eternal God sat upon, and not only saw the throne and the One who was seated upon the throne, but also the four and twenty elders which were before the throne, as well as the four beasts which were before the throne. In the book of Psalms we encounter and come face to face with the reality that righteousness and judgment are the foundation of the throne in heaven upon which the living God was seated. In order for us to truly understand the rebellion which Lucifer mounted against the throne of God which was in heaven, it is first necessary for us to truly understand and capture a vision of the throne upon which the eternal God sat, and a vision of the the One who sat upon the throne. Both Ezekiel and the apostle John saw a vision of the throne and one who were seated upon it, and what’s more, is that there was another who also saw a vision of the throne in heaven and One who was seated upon it. If you turn and direct your attention to the sixth chapter of the Old Testament prophetic book of Isaiah you will find the following words which were written concerning the throne in heaven and the vision which the prophet Isaiah saw:

“In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the LORD sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. Then said I, Woe is me! For I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: and the laid it upon my mouth, and said, LO, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. Also I heard the voice of the LORD, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. And he said, Go, and tell this people” (Isaiah 6:1-9).

The prophet Isaiah, the prophet Ezekiel, and the apostle John all saw visions of the throne in heaven upon which the eternal and living God sat, and they each encountered a truly wonderful and marvelous picture of both the throne, as well as the One who was seated upon that throne. It is important for us to recognize this, for there was an attempt that was made to usurp that throne, and to mount a rebellion against the throne in heaven. There was one who desired to exalt and elevate himself above the eternal and living God, and to set up and establish his own throne—a competing throne that would be higher and greater than the throne in heaven upon which the living God sat upon. If you turn and direct your attention to the same two Old Testament prophetic books you will find the description of the one who dared lift up his hand against the throne of God in heaven. It’s quite interesting to think about and consider the fact that in the same Old Testament prophetic books where we find a vision of the true throne in heaven upon which the living and eternal God sat, we also find a description of one who dared exalt and elevate their throne above the throne of the living God. In the fourteenth chapter of the Old Testament book of Isaiah, as well as the twenty-eighth chapter of the Old Testament book of Ezekiel you will find descriptions of the attempt Lucifer made to exalt and elevate his throne above that of the living God. What’s more, is that if you turn and direct your attention to the prophetic book of the Revelation of Jesus the Christ you will again find a vision of the throne of God in heaven, and a different throne that was set up to rival the throne upon which the living God. In fact, it might very well be said that whenever there is a true vision of the throne upon which the eternal and living God is seated, there will always be a competing throne that attempts to be elevated and exalted above that throne. I find it absolutely astonishing and remarkable to think about and consider the fact that whenever we seem to catch a glimpse of the eternal throne of God which is found in heaven, and whenever we catch a glimpse of the eternal God who is seated upon that throne, we encounter and come face to face with a competing and false throne that attempts to usurp that throne in heaven upon which the living God is seated. Pause for a moment and consider the words which are found in the Old Testament prophetic books of Isaiah and Ezekiel concerning this anointed cherub who was the morning star who dared mount a rebellion against the throne in heaven, and against the eternal God who sat upon the throne:

“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; that made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners? All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house. But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcass trodden under feet. Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thy land, and slain thy people: the seed of evildoers shall never be renowned” (Isaiah 14:12-20).

“Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, take up a. Lament ion upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in earth. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou was perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all my them that behold thee. All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more” (Ezekiel 28:11-19).

Both of these passages which are found within the Old Testament prophetic books of Isaiah and Ezekiel present and paint a powerful picture of this anointed cherub who was perfect in beauty until iniquity was found in their heart, and they elevated and exalted themselves in their own beauty. It’s important for us to know and understand that what we find within these two books is a picture of the fall of Satan and how before he became Satan, the devil, the adversary and the accuser of the brethren, he was an anointed cherub in the presence of the living God. Before Satan became the adversary we read about in Scripture he was an anointed cherub that was found in heaven with all the myriads upon myriads of angels which were before and around the throne of God. Eventually, however, there came a point in eternity when he exalted and elevated himself above the eternal and living God, and dared exalt his own throne above that throne upon which the living God sat upon. What we find within each of these passages is quite intriguing and astonishing when you take the time to think about them, for they bring us face to face with an attempt to elevate and exalt oneself—not only above the throne in heaven, but also above the One who is seated upon that throne. That which is written and that which is found within these passages is a truly astonishing and powerful picture of this one who dared elevate and exalt themselves above the living God, and against the throne in heaven upon which He was seated. Oh, as we read the words which are found in the book of Second Samuel, as well as the words which are found in the book of First Kings, we find two sons of David who thought they could take upon themselves the government, the authority and dominion of king of Israel, which was given unto their father David. Moreover, Absalom mounted his rebellion against the throne in Israel while his father still sat upon it, while his brother Adonijah attempted to usurp the throne which David had declared his son Solomon would sit upon. The rebellion and conspiracy which Absalom mounted against the throne was done so while his father David was still seated upon the throne, and would force David to flee from the city of the Great King for a period of time until Absalom was destroyed from the midst of the earth. Adonijah didn’t necessarily lead a conspiracy and rebellion against the throne of David in the city of the Great King, however, what he did do was elevate and exalt himself to a place he was never ordained and appointed to be. Moreover, Adonijah was not that one who was called, chosen, ordained and appointed to sit upon the throne of David in the midst of the city of the Great King, as his brother Solomon was chosen by David to rule and reign as king in His stead.

All of this takes shape in an even greater way when you consider the words which the apostle John wrote in the prophetic book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, as well as the words which the apostle Paul wrote in the second epistle which was written unto the saints in Thessalonica. If and as you read the words which the apostle John wrote in the prophetic book of the Revelation of Jesus the Christ you will find him writing of a different throne that would be set up and established within and upon the earth, and a false kingdom of the beast, which is known as the Antichrist which will be set up within and upon the earth. Moreover, you will find that this authority flowed from a different power that came not from God, for the kingdom and throne of the beast would be given unto him by the dragon himself. What’s more, is that the apostle Paul saw this same reality and warned the saints which were at Thessalonica concerning this throne which would attempt to exalt and elevate itself above the throne of God in the earth. Consider if you will the words which are found in the New Testament prophetic book of the Revelation of Jesus the Christ, as well as the words which the apostle Paul wrote in the second epistle which was written unto the saints which were at Thessalonica:

“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshiped the dragon which gave powerful unto the beats: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto a. Beast? Who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. If any man have an ear, let him hear. He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints” (Revelation 13:1-10).

“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, that ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, unto he be taken out of the way. And then shall that wicked be revealed, whom the LORD shall consume with the spirit of his mouth and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12).

While I firmly believe there is a collective cry in the earth to bring back the eternal King, and to allow the eternal King to rule and reign in the place of authority, government and dominion within our hearts and lives, as well as within and among the nations of the earth, we must recognize and understand that there is and there has been a competing throne that will attempt to exalt and elevate itself above the throne in heaven upon which the eternal God sits. There is a strong and powerful cry to bring back the King—the Son of David—the one of whom it was spoken that the increase of His government there will be no end. I firmly believe that while there is a collective cry to bring back the King and to allow the King to rule and reign from His rightful place of authority, dominion and government, there is one who can and will attempt to exalt and elevate their throne above the throne of David, and against the throne upon which the Son of David—Jesus Christ the Messiah—will sit upon. Even in the prophetic book of the Revelation of Jesus the Christ you will find that at the end of the one thousand year millennial reign of Jesus the Christ, the dragon will be released from the bottomless pit and will lead an army in battle against the throne upon which the Son of David sits. As surely as I believe there is a collective cry for the eternal King to sit in His rightful place of authority, government and dominion within the earth, within the earth, and within our hearts and lives, I am convinced that there needs to be a great warning and word of caution concerning a different throne that will be set up and established within the earth—one that will attempt to usurp the throne upon which the living and eternal God sits, and the throne of David upon which Jesus the Christ the Son of David will sit. Just as there is an eternal throne in heaven upon which the eternal and living God sits, and just as there will be a throne here upon the earth—the throne of David—upon which Jesus the Christ will sit, so also will there be a counterfeit throne that will attempt to exalt and elevate itself against the throne in heaven, as well as against the throne of David. Oh that we would recognize and understand this tremendous assault and attack against the throne in heaven upon which the eternal God is seated, as well as this attack against the throne of David upon which the eternal Messiah—Jesus the Christ, the Son of David—will sit upon and rule and govern the nations. In all reality, this is perhaps the single greatest reason why the dragon and his angels sought to destroy the child that was born of the woman who was clothed with the sun, for the child that was to be born unto her would rule and reign over the nations with a scepter of righteousness. Oh that we would encounter and come face to face with this reality, and that we would truly come face to face with the cry to in fact bring back the King, and to allow the King to rule and reign from that place of authority, dominion and government, but also that we would recognize and understand the false throne that will be set up to deceive the hearts of many from the One who sits upon the throne in heaven, and from the One who will sit upon the throne of David.

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