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The Fall of a Dynasty

  • The Fall of a Dynasty from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo.

    It took Solomon seven years to complete the first temple. When the work was done, all of Israel was invited to Jerusalem, and they had a long feast that lasted for twenty-two days. Solomon prayed a beautiful prayer of dedication. When he was done, the fire of the Lord came down from heaven and consumed the sacrifices on the altar. His Shekinah glory filled the temple so that the priests could not even enter. There were musicians playing worship music, and priests constantly offering sacrifices at the new altar. It was a gigantic celebration. When it was over, the Lord appeared to Solomon at night:

    (2 Chronicles 7:12–14 NKJV)  Then the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said to him: “I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice. When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

     The Lord made this promise to His People, who are called by His name. If you consider yourself one of His people, then these promises affect you (2 Chronicles 6:32–33). As with many of the Lord's promises, they are conditional and contain a big "if."

    He promised that if we: Humble ourselves, pray and seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways. He would: Hear our prayers, forgive our sins, and heal our land.

    This was the second time the Lord had appeared to King Solomon. The first appearance was when Solomon had asked for wisdom in 1 Kings 3:5. It was a rare and incredible visitation, and came at a dangerous point in Solomon's life. He had completed twenty years of massive building projects, including the temple and his new palace. Solomon was rich and comfortable with outstanding accomplishments. He was the King.

    The Lord gave the King some advice and promised Solomon that if he walked before Him as David his father had, He would bless his reign and his descendants' reigns. The dynasty of David would endure forever.

    Solomon's father was King David, and he was certainly not a perfect man. David had secretly gotten Solomon's mother, Bathsheba, pregnant, and then had her husband Uriah killed. David failed many times, but he always repented, threw himself on the Lord's mercy, and tried to be a better man.

    God was not expecting perfect obedience from Solomon. He was just asking for his heart to never turn away from Him. David made many mistakes, but he did love the Lord with all his heart. Love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8). The Lord gave Solomon a solemn warning:

    (2 Chronicles 7:19–21 NASB)  “But if you turn away and forsake My statutes and My commandments which I have set before you, and go and serve other gods and worship them, then I will uproot you from My land which I have given you, and this house which I have consecrated for My name I will cast out of My sight and I will make it a proverb and a byword among all peoples. “As for this house, which was exalted, everyone who passes by it will be astonished and say, ‘Why has the LORD done thus to this land and to this house?’

    Sadly that is what happened. Solomon's heart turned away from following the Lord. He began to chase after the pagan gods of his many exotic wives. He had 700 of them and 300 concubines. Solomon became a world champion womanizer who was always seeking to improve and diversify his harem:

    (1 Kings 11:1–4 NASB)  Now King Solomon loved many foreign women along with the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women, from the nations concerning which the LORD had said to the sons of Israel, “You shall not associate with them, nor shall they associate with you, for they will surely turn your heart away after their gods.” Solomon held fast to these in love. He had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines, and his wives turned his heart away. For when Solomon was old, his wives turned his heart away after other gods; and his heart was not wholly devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father had been.

    As a result, Solomon's son Rehoboam lost the kingdom. The nation of Israel became divided and warred against each other. Then when they grew weak, they were invaded by the surrounding countries and taken over. The people living there were taken into exile. The beautiful temple, palaces, and cities, which Solomon had built, were all looted and destroyed. Everything he had worked so hard for was gone. All of the Lord's promises to Solomon came true. Both the positive and the negative were fulfilled to the letter.

    The choices which King Solomon made affected his life, his descendants, and his country. It was not just his sin that caused Israel's nation to be destroyed; it was that of all the people combined. The problem was the people followed him, and he led them into darkness.

    Our leaders directly affect the behavior of our countries and what happens to them. When we have God-fearing leaders, it creates a God-fearing nation that is showered in blessings. When we have wicked leaders, then wickedness abounds and becomes normal.

    Today there is widespread pestilence, wickedness, wildfires, storms, and riots in the streets. We are divided and nearing a precipice. We desperately need the Lord to heal our land. We need God-fearing leaders who will rise up and unite us.

    Let us humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, and turn from our own wicked ways. Pray for the Lord to give us the right leaders and to bring healing to our land.

    You can pray this with me if you like:

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray for mercy over our nation and ask that You raise up righteous leadership in all areas of our government. Only You know a politician's heart, so please purge and expose all corruption and wickedness in our government offices immediately. Show us clearly who to elect, remove our blindness, and turn our nation to You. May Your will be done on the Earth, in our nation, and in our government, just as it is in heaven. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!


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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jacksonedited: Sep 20

Amen to that Rev. Dion!  May the Lord Jesus Christ guide and protect us and open our hearts to be more kind, compassionate and understanding with one another! Our world has changed in such a negative way and we must continue to pray and have faith and know that God Our Father Heaven is ALWAYS in control! NEVER will he leave  or forsake us; we must believe that no matter what happens, in the end, God's decision is for the greater good!  God ALWAYS knows what's best for his children, even if we don't understand and agree, it is best to leave it in His hands! In Jesus most precious name I pray, Amen!! Allelulia!! Amen!!

Sep 20
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen 

Sep 21
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father please show us what we need to know so we can help heal our land.

Sep 21
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen,Jesus please bless our nation and our leaders.

Sep 21
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. I pray for us all. We need Your healing Lord. Come into our lives with Your Grace and Mercy. Amen

Sep 21
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray for mercy over our nation and ask that You raise up righteous leadership in all areas of our government. Only You know a politician's heart, so please purge and expose all corruption and wickedness in our government offices immediately. Show us clearly who to elect, remove our blindness, and turn our nation to You. May Your will be done on the Earth, in our nation, and in our government, just as it is in heaven. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.

In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.

Sep 21
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone Have A Bless Day 

Sep 21
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In the Lord Yeshua's name I pray, Amen. We only have one true leader, our King Yeshua. HE is King of kings and Lord of lords!!! We all need to follow Him and keep life in perspective as it is temporary and these political games of the elite are used to mislead the public into a frenzy of distraction. It's been proven time and again that both party's are on the same team and that all the presidents are distant relatives of the same royal families of England and Europe. It's been that way from the begining of this nation people and all the so - called founding fathers won was the ability to self govern BUT, still beholden to England financially. Our income tax until the time of president Rosevelt was paid as a war debt to the banking cabal in London. Then Rosevelt took us off the gold standard for our currency and gave all the gold to the banking cabal in Londonto pay off the debt. We have been living by currency based on future repayment of debt which is meaningless, a fantasy based on what if and us as a tradeable commodity. Yes people, your birth cirtificate is a tradable stock certificate on the stock exchange and you are only worth what you can put out in a life time. That is in the world's eyes of course. But we mean so much more to God and HE is the only one who can deliver us from this world system and our financial slavery to it. Like Pastor dion said, lets pray for God to forgive us and to establish leaders who will submit themselves to God's direction and leadership and buck this world system, not cave into it and be bought by it.

Sep 21
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Robert Hayes
Robert Hayes

Excellent! Sent out on Facebook 

Sep 21
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

I pray for godly leaders in our government and nation. Father heal our land and people. Amen.

Sep 21
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord for the good advise!

Sep 21
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

Sep 21
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father give us the strength and wisdom to know more about the future of this country of ours,we are in dire trouble as we see how our country is going to destroy itself by hate, divisions and by not focusing in Your message. Lead us Father, we need Your help and advice to return to You, we trust in You. In the Holy name of Your Son Jesus Christ we pray, Amen. 

Thank you Pastor for this great message reminder for times as this, God bless you and Sylvia. 

Sep 21
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

Sep 21
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Sep 21
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Thank you for this awesome word today! We are in deperate need of God's healing on our country and especially in government.

Sep 22
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen and Amen !!! Lord, dear Heavenly Father, please heal our families and our nation, and, please Lord God Almighty, create in us a humble heart and a contrite spirit, and please hear us as we call out to You and only You, in the holy name of Jesus, Amen !!! 

Sep 24