“And in this manner did Abisalom to all of Israel that came to the king for judgment;
so Abisalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.’
The sovereign providence of Almighty God had brought great distress to the house of David. His first born son, Ammon, was taken in an incestuous rage and raped his half sister Tamar. This incredulous act was avenged by Absalom, Tamar’s brother, as he slew Ammon at a family feast given by Absalom for the all sons of King David. Fearing the wrath and judgment of his father, Absalom fled Jerusalem and lived in exile as a ‘proud beholder’ (Geshur) of his actions, for three years. When he was returned to Jerusalem through the intercession of Joab, he did not come before the king even though the heart of the king was upon his son.
Abisalom was a very distinguished man. He was “much praised…for his beauty for from the sole of his feet even to the crown of his head there was no blemish in him’ (14:25). He stood as the heir apparent to the throne of David and God had prepared him to appear as the perfect son, without spot nor blemish. He dwelt in Jerusalem for another two years and to him were born three sons and a daughter whom he named Tamar after his desolate sister but his father David would not see him because of his crime. Finally he was brought before the king who, when “he came to the king, he bowed himself on his face to the ground before the king and the king kissed his Absalom’ (14:33).
Absalom then, after receiving this absolution from his father, prepared fifty men to run before him as he assumed a position that was not his to have. He usurped the authority of the king and stood between the people and the king. Five is the number of the recompense and so when the people saw the fifty men running before Absalom, it was assumed that he had paid his debt and was acting on the sanction of the king. Absalom had no such authority but he set himself up as the judge of the people. The people loved him for this deception because he appealed to the eyes and ears of man and gave them the desires of their hearts.
God had established the King as the judge of the people. He had been anointed as king and the Spirit of Yehovah God was upon him. His son, Abisalom, presented a counterfeit to the people as he appeared as the ‘peace of my father’. He exalted himself to the throne of David, gave a false impression of propriety and power and interposed himself in the place of the rightful King. When any man had a controversy that should be properly disposed of by the procedure established of God, Abisalom intercepted the matter, causing the people to bow down and worship him and “he put forth his hand and took him and kissed him’ (15:5).
Absalom is another example of the land of Shinar as this false river ran concurrent with the kingship of David. He was a broad way and many people were drawn to him for redress and justice and when the time was come to pass, he revolted against his father and the throne of Israel. He was given to orchestrate a coup against David because he was old, his warring days were over and the land was at peace. Now together with ‘my foolish brother of exile’ (Ahithophel the Gilonite) a conspiracy was launched to overthrow David and seize the throne.
“And there came a messenger to David, saying, the hearts of the men of Israel are after Absalom’
The hearts of the natural man devoid of the leadership of the Holy Spirit were drawn after the false leader. They were deceived with the words of the prophet crying, “peace, peace’ where there was no peace (Jer. 6:14). Absalom was not properly outfitted for the role of king and he was not assigned the labour over the house of Israel. Yet because he was given great beauty and much praise his heart was lifted up inside him and iniquity was found in his heart, just like Lucifer (Ez. 28:17). Because of this he made ‘illegal alliances’ (conspiracy) with the lusts of the people and because he was available to the complaints of the common man and was kin to the natural/common man, the people walked with his ‘foolish brother of exile’ and they “increased continually with Absalom’ (15:12).
This is Satan as the angel of light. He presents himself with great swelling words that are soothing to the itching ears of the people which are ready to hear something new (Acts 17:21). He bypasses the established procedure which God has appointed as just and true and has set up a satellite office where things may be expedited to the satisfaction of the needs of the carnal man. He has altered the commandments to make them more palatable to the taste, slightly modified the standards to make them less stringent and relaxed the level of justice to draw out the hearts of the people after him. He has devised this elaborate scheme by the wisdom of his heart and by the power of his own will according to the ordained will and purpose of Almighty God. Herein is the Word of God confirmed, the true people of Yehovah revealed and the love and preservation of His elect according to grace manifested.
King David left the city that day and the lecherous nature of false peace of the father was revealed to all people, yet, the righteousness of God and His covenant were not diminished. Zadok (righteous) the priest and his son ‘the anger of my brother’ (Ahimaaz) along with those ‘given of the greatness of my father’ (Jonathan son of Abiathar) hastily (Hushai) remained with the friends of David in the city to report the activities of the intruders. David did not leave his city empty or alone just as Yehovah God never leaves His people alone even though they be in the most extreme of situations.
Forty years of campaigns and victories should have convinced the people that God was with David but at the commandment of God, those who had no faith in him, departed from his side and deserted their king. So it is that there are many who “receive the seed into stony places’ the same is he that hears the word and anon with joy receives it, yet he does not have the root in himself but endures for awhile and when the tribulation or persecution arises because of the Word, by and by he is offended. He also receives the seed among the thorns is he that hears the word and the care of this world and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word and he becomes unfruitful’ (Matt. 13:20).
These men of Israel had the doctrines, the covenants, the handwriting of ordinances, the prophets and the testimony but they had not the incorruptible seed born from above. Because they did not have the seed, they did not have the Spirit of God dwelling in them and therefore they could not have the fruit of the Spirit which is faith. Therefore, being devoid of faith, the natural man follows after that which satisfies and stimulates the flesh and he is tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine and every smooth talking soothsayer. The outward man desires the peace of this world and the comforts of the field yet Christ came into this world with the seven stars of God in His right hand (which are the messengers of the seven churches) and a two-edged sword proceeding from His mouth being the Word of God (Rev. 1:16). This sword was not for peace but was a sword of division (Luke 12:51). It is a sword which “quick and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing point of soul and spirit and the joints and the marrow and is a discerner of the thoughts and the intents of the heart’ (Heb. 4:12) He came forth clothed in a vesture dipped in blood and His name is called “The Word of God and the armies of heaven followed Him upon the white horse, clothed in fine linen, white and clean (which is the righteousness of the saints) and out of His mouth goes forth a sharp sword, that with it He might smite the nations and rule them with a rod of iron and He treads the wine-press of the fierceness and the wrath of Almighty God’ (Rev. 19:15).
Abisalom tried to present himself as the ‘prince of peace’ (Is. 9:6) but that name belongs to the One who is equal with God but made Himself of no reputation to be born of a woman and made under the law. He drew away the hearts, eyes and minds of the people of the earth but Joab (Father Yehovah) dispatched Abisalom and restored the throne to the Beloved.
“And Adoni-jah, the son of Haggith, exalted himself, saying, I will be king and he prepared him chariots and horsemen and fifty me to run before him’ (I Kings 1:5).
David was now very old and preparing to depart the habitation of this dwelling. His three eldest sons have been removed from their rightful place as heirs to the throne and Yehovah God had raised up Solomon to be King over Israel. David’s fourth son ‘my master is Yah’ (Adoni-jah) thought it best to seize the opportunity and proclaim himself king. He was the son of Haggith (the festival or pilgrimage) and like his brother before him, he assembled the entourage of the recompense (fifty men) to show the untrained, ignorant eyes of the people that he was best suited for the job. He was a goodly man who made an alliance with Joab, the king’s nephew, who was the son of Zeruiah, David’s sister. He, along with Abiathar the priest, were sufficiently deceived to followed after Adoni-jah and help him in his endeavour to ascend to the throne. But he was not chosen of God for this station in life.
Once again the heart of the people was drawn out after a man whom they thought was the correct one. He was a child of the king and therefore he was a rightful heir to the throne. He was of a good reputation and had surrounded himself with the right supporting staff. He walked according to the customs of man, spoke all the right words for all to hear and was manifested in the right place at the appropriate time. More importantly, he was not the son of an illicit affair which was shrouded in murder and death as Solomon was. Yet Adoni-jah had not been ‘given’ (Nathan) of God, was not ‘righteous’ (Zadok) before God and was not the ‘building of God’ (Benaiah).
These were the mighty men of peace (Solomon) but they were not invited to the festive occasion of the coronation of the new King. They rather were brought to ‘the daughter of the completed oath of God’ (Bath-Sheba) who consulted with the Beloved King concerning the Word of Yehovah God. These matters were not up to the devices and desires of man, they were ordained of old, prophesied by the Word of God and brought to pass by the good pleasure of His will. God told David through the mouth of the prophet Nathan that He would build David an house and that his seed would be raised up to be King. God would establish his kingdom and it would be eternal. This was the kingdom of peace and Solomon was to be the King in type and the Kingdom of Jesus Christ in fulfillment.
Adoni-jah desired to present himself as the servant of God and the elect of God for the throne of Israel. This is the description of the Messiah in whom the Spirit of God dwelled to bring forth judgment to the nations (Is. 42:1). He could not fail to complete all that He was given to accomplish because His name is Faithful and True. He took upon Himself the form of the servant and was made perfect in all that He endured (Heb. 5:8f).
Adoni-jah was an imposter who desired the earthly throne and the power over the people. He assembled his people and made the proclamation that he was king. He blew the trumpet and called for the feast “and behold they eat and drink before him and say, God save King Adoni-jah’ (I Kings 1:25). But the servants of the Beloved were not deceived. They came to the Beloved King and sought the direction of the oath of God. They did not hear the false trumpet or follow after the stranger because “ know not the voice of strangers’ (John 10:5). These are the righteous building of Yehovah as they are known of Yehovah (Zadok, Benaiah, Jehoiada). They have been given the promise of the Word of God, the oath of God has cut them off from the inhabitants of this world (Cherethites) and they carry with swiftness the testimony that Solomon is their King (Pelethites). He and He alone is the anointed of Yehovah. He is the voice of God that sure sound of that certain trumpet. The Spirit of the Most High is upon Him and He alone, as The Messenger of God, can preach the everlasting gospel of peace (Rev. 14:6). He has delivered His people from the bondage of corruption as He has overcome the world. He has proclaimed liberty to the captives and the acceptable year of Yehovah (Is. 61:1).
Adam has, inherent to his nature, the drive and desire to ascend to the throne and rule over all things. God set him in the garden and gave him dominion over all that He had created but when Adam became as God, to know good and evil, that authority and duty was taken from him as he was expelled from the garden. Yet man continues to try and understand and explain God in his theology and emulate Him in actions. He makes a presentation of a counterfeit representation. He claims to be of the proper lineage and prodigy; he calls himself by the appropriate names and makes elaborate demonstrations to catch the eyes and ears of man. Those indigenous to the land are quickly drawn to the glitter, the grandeurs of sight and sounds and the delusions of peace and prosperity. They embrace these marauders, thieves and wolves and are led astray in great droves. Even from time to time, a child of grace is deceived to follow after these Adamic Messiah’s but the ‘renowned’ ‘companions’ of ‘peace’ (Shimei, Rei, Solomon), when it pleases the Father to reveal Himself in them, hear His voice and follow Him. They hear the voice of the good shepherd and are known of Him and no man can pluck them out of the Father’s hand (John 10:11-30).
“For many shall come in My name, saying, I am Anointed and shall deceive many’ (Matt. 24:5).
As it was in the days of King David and the King Solomon so it shall be until the time of this habitation is over. Adam will come and claim himself anointed of God. He will boast of his family heritage, his extensive education and his carnal accomplishments and MANY shall follow after his. This is the broad way which leads unto destruction. This is the number of man and the people of this world love to have it so (Jer. 5:31). God has given the inhabitants of this earth an insatiable hunger for the fruit of the fields of the world and they desire (Saul) a leader and will submit to a king who is of the earth earthly. The doctrine appeals to the senses of man and is devoid of faith. They cry out, ‘lo here and lo there’, in attempts to find a worldly Messiah. Adam is given to believe the lie that tells him that he can approach, understand and satisfy the righteousness of the perfect Law of God. He and his children draw close unto God with their lips but their heart is far from Him and thus they ‘worship God in vain, teaching for doctrine the commandments of men, laying aside the commandments of God, they hold on to the tradition of men (as washing of pots and cups and many other such things) and have full well rejected the commandments of God that they may keep their traditions’ (Mark 7:7ff).
God created the heavens and the earth and all His works praise His name and glorify Him as the Sovereign Ruler over all. Man cannot duplicate these things nor find out the works which God has done from the beginning. Brethren taught of the Spirit, if a matter is tangible, visual to the eyes of man and pleasing to the carnal mind it cannot be of the kingdom of God for His kingdom is not of the earth. If the subject matters are lengthy and confusing they are not the simplicity of the gospel and if the speaker proclaims himself to be anything but a wretched man, then it is not the sound of the trump of God. And if there is a great following with magnificent fanfare and elaborate adornment then know full well that it is highly esteemed of man and abomination before God (Luke 16:15).
The gospel of The Anointed Salvation of Yehovah is consistent, eternal, unchangeable and simple. He came to save His people from their sin and He has finished all the work that was set before Him. He is seated at the right hand of the Father and His children are seated together with Him in peace. He rules over the inhabitants of this world and gives the kingdoms of this world to the basest of men. He is the Lord God Almighty and there is no other. The Abisaloms and Adoni-jahs of this world shall continue to be raised up by the sovereignty of God to draw off many after them and make them twice the children of Satan. The children of the King shall never be lost, forgotten or abandoned by the Beloved, who loved them and gave Himself for them.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
December 15, 2013