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Elijah's Letter

A Prophecy That Reaches Out From Eternity


Now perhaps, before the Lord had taken Elijah on to glory, He told the prophet a little bit more detail, when it came to Jehoram taking over the throne of Israel. It would also seem, like the Lord had also told Elijah, that he wouldn't be alive, when all of this would happen, so this is why we find a letter that had been penned by the prophet, before the Lord had taken him.

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In the last article, we'd learned that even though Jehoram could not see it, but his actions, when it came to marry Athaliah, would prove to be very costly for the Southern kingdom of Judah. For you see, by Jehoram marry Athaliah, he'd opened a door that would lead him, and his kingdom on a dangerous path. For this would be a path that would eventually take them away, from the very God that had so faithfully kept them, from succumbing to a dark fate that so few, from within a fallen world were able to overcome. As a matter of fact, being under the covenant protection of the Most High, was the only way, one could escape such an unfortunate outcome.

Make no mistake, the Southern kingdom of Judah, had enjoyed such a privilege. But now we find their king, risking it all, for a love that should had never happened.

But thankfully for the house of David, the Lord wasn't going to let Jehoram, or anybody else, jeopardize the promise that He had made to David:

"Jehoram, the son of King Jehoshaphat of Judah, began to rule over Judah in the fifth year of King Joram’s reign in Israel.

Joram (Jehoram) was the son of Ahab. Jehoram was thirty–two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years. But Jehoram followed the example of the kings of Israel and was found to be as wicked as King Ahab, for he had married one of Ahab’s daughters. So Jehoram did what was evil in the Lord's sight. But the Lord was not willing to destroy Judah, for He had made a covenant with David, and promised that his descendants would continue to rule forever." -- 2 Kings 8:16-19

Nevertheless, since Jehoram was so willing to go against everything that his family had stood for, all in the hopes of pleasing his wife. Unfortunately for the the Southern kingdom of Judah they would have to endure the fallout behind their king's actions. This would begin by the kingdom losing their alliance with the Edomites. For we find that Edom had revolted, in order for them to be free from Jehoram's control.

The next thing that happened from within that fallout, dealt with the royal city of Libnah revolting against them as well. Now remember... not only was Libnah a very important city from within the Southern Kingdom of Judah, but it was also known as being a Levitical (priestly) city. And with Jehoram behaving the way that he was, it's no wonder why they were so willing to revolt. For you see, they weren't willing to go against the Most High, regardless of what their king was doing.   






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Did God Tell Elijah About Jehoram?





Nonetheless, as we move forward, we find that the prophet Elijah, as I like to call it "reaches out from eternity, in order to deliver a message by letter, to Jehoram." Okay... reaching out from eternity? Give me a few paragraphs, and I'll try to explain.

First off, when Jehoshaphat had taken over the throne, Elijah was the master prophet at the time. Now we can only assume, his son Jehoram, was already born, which basically means, he was probably Jehoshaphat's oldest. I mean after all, he was 32 years of age when he had finally inherited the throne. Now it's also very probable, God had revealed to Elijah, the type of king that Jehoram would turn out to be. Now it's possible the Lord did this, while He was encouraging the prophet, by presenting Elijah with a "three phase judgment plan" that He was laying out for Israel at the time. Here's what God had said to Elijah when it came to that plan:

"Go back the way you came, and go to the desert Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. Also anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet. Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death any who escape the sword of Jehu." -- 1 Kings 19:15-17






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Elijah Reaches Out From Eternity : With A Letter?





So again, it's very probable that before the Lord had taken Elijah on to glory, He'd told the prophet a little bit more detail, when it came to Jehoram taking over the throne of Judah. It would also seem, the Lord had told Elijah that he wouldn't be alive, when all of this happened, so this is why we find a letter that had been penned by the prophet, before the Lord had taken him. Nevertheless, here's what Elijah had to say from within the letter:

"This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: 'You have not walked in the ways of your father Jehoshaphat, or of Asa, king of Judah. But you have walked in the ways of the kings of Israel; and you have led Judah, and the people of Jerusalem, to prostitute themselves, just as the house of Ahab did. You have also murdered your own brothers; as well as  members of your father's house... men who were better than you. So now the Lord is about to strike your people, your sons, your wives and everything that is yours, with a heavy blow. You yourself, will be very ill, with a lingering disease of the bowels. This will continue to happen, until the disease causes your bowels to come out." -- 2 Chronicles 21:12-15

   





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The Fulfillment of Elijah's Prophecy Letter





So here we find, as we move forward a little bit more, God creating some intense tension between the Southern kingdom of Judah, the Philistines, along with the Arabs that dwelled near the Cushites (Possibly Ethiopia). Nonetheless, the Philistines and the Arabs attacked the Southern kingdom of Judah. And in the process, they'd carried off all the goods that were in Jehoram's palace. For the Sacred Record reveals that they had stripped Jehoram of all his comforts. And not only this, the invaders would go a step further, for we also find that they also took his wives, and killed all, but one of his sons, while they were invading the kingdom. The one son that they left Jehoram, was Ahaziah, his youngest.

But know that the Most High wasn't done... for we also find, the Lord had afflicted Jehoram with an incurable disease that had severely affected his bowels. And because of this, over the course of time, we learned that the disease had eaten slowly away at his bowels; so much so, they eventually fell out of his body, therefore killing Jehoram, after he had suffered for a great while in pain. And to show just how despised the people were, when it came to Jehoram... there were no regrets when it came to his death. And on top of this, no honor was given to him either. And even though his body was buried from within the city of David, he would be kept out of the legendary Tombs of the Kings. Nonetheless, Jehoram reigned, for eight years.







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In The Next Upcoming Article :



So we've just learned that the prophecy that Elijah had written, when it came the demise of the Judean king Jehoram, would finally be fulfilled. And because of this, in the next article, the Sacred Record reveals who takes over as the new king of Judah. I wonder... will this king make the crucial mistake of following his father's footsteps, when it comes to rebelling against the Lord? And what about Jehoram, the one who ruled the Northern kingdom of Israel, will he be next? Will he be... the next king to fall?  



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