The Ivory House by Bill Somers
Now the rest of the acts of Ahab, and all that he did, and the ivory house which he made, and all the cities that he built, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel? (1 Ki 22:39 KJV)
This is an attempt to relate a very unusual word from the Lord. I will include the reasoning behind it and the dramatic way in which He confirmed it at the conclusion.
It is my common habit to listen to the bible on cassette tape when I am driving. Often the Lord will quicken a passage or impart understanding to me as I do. One day about a year ago my listening took me to the book of Amos, chapter 3. Here is the passage of interest.
Hear ye, and testify in the house of Jacob, saith the Lord GOD, the God of hosts, That in the day that I shall visit the transgressions of Israel upon him I will also visit the altars of Bethel: and the horns of the altar shall be cut off, and fall to the ground. And I will smite the winter house with the summer house; and the houses of ivory shall perish, and the great houses shall have an end, saith the LORD. (Amos 3:13-15 KJV)
Now I remembered the passage quoted above from 1 Kings 22, and so I knew that the mention of Ivory Houses in Amos was a reference to King Ahab. Now what the Lord spoke to me that was so unusual here were these three words: THE WHITE HOUSE.
As I listened on the following verses at the end of chapter four aroused my interest.
Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel. For, lo, he thatformeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name. (Amos 4:12-13 KJV)
Here what the Lord showed me was a reference to His second coming. Verse 13 can be broken down into 6 clauses.
3. and declareth unto man what is his thought, ...
4. that maketh the morning darkness,
5. and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, ...
6. the LORD, The God of Hosts is his name.
Clauses 1,2,3 and 6 are essentially God revealing something about himself. In other words, The Revelation of Jesus Christ. Clauses 4 and 5 refer specifically to the time called the great and terrible day of the Lord. The day in which he will come again in glory and return to this world in his physical form. This also is the Revelation of Jesus Christ for in that day every eye shall see him as it says in Revelation 1:7.
Clause 4, "that maketh the morning darkness, " speaks of turning day into night. as it says in Joel 2:31 "The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come."
Clause 5, "and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, " speaks of the Lords judgment on the heavenly powers, wicked rulers in high places mentioned in Ephesians 6. In Isaiah 34:4-5 we read: "And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree. For my sword shall be bathed in heaven: behold, " And in Micah 1:3 it says "For, behold, the LORD cometh forth out of his place, and will come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth." These are the high places referred to in Amos 4:13.
So clause 4 and 5 refer to the time of the Lords physical return, what we usually call the Second Coming of Christ.
The day the Lord physically reveals himself is also the day he reveals himself to Israel. So He says in Amos 4:12, "...prepare to meet thy God, Oh Israel." Revelation 1:7 says, "Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him "
And in Zechariah we read:
"And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. (Zec 12:9-10)
Now that I've said all that, let me confess that I didn't realize at that time what the Lord was trying to tell me. In fact, I shared these two revelations at a home group meeting as mere curiosities, not relating them to any larger understanding of God's purposes.
Shortly afterward, the Lord chided me for not realizing that this particular revelation was a confirmation of some earlier insights he had given me. This reinforces the idea that every revelation the Lord grants is only the foundation for the next one.
Now in order to tie all this together, we need to start and the end and back track to get to our conclusion. It all starts with something having to do with King Jehoshaphat.
King Jehoshaphat is first mentioned in 1st Kings 15. His story continues through until 2nd Kings 8. The story is repeated in 2nd Chronicles chapters 17-20. However the story in Chronicles includes a great battle against Moab, Ammon and their allies that is not covered in Kings. There is also a mention of Jehoshaphat in the book of Joel.
Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD. Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about. Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. The sun and the moon shall be darkened, ". (Joel 3:11-15)
Now this again is a reference to the Second Coming, Here are a few cross references that make it clear.
Zep 3:8 Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.
Zec 14:2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
Zec 14:3 Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.
Re 16:14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
Re 16:16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
Now all these scriptures in Joel, Zephaniah, Zechariah, Revelation (and many other places) speak of the great battle of Armageddon. This is because Revelation 16:16 identifies the site as Armageddon. It is sometimes called the vale or valley of Megiddo in the old testment.
What puzzled me is why is it called the valley of Jehoshaphat in Joel. This could be because valley of Jehoshaphat was another name for Megiddo, but I could not find any reference saying this was so. Or it could be that the battle that Jehoshaphat fought in 2nd Chronicles 20 was fought at Armageddon. But we read in 2 Chron 20:20,
And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper. (AV)
Now the wilderness of Tekoa is roughly the opposite direction from Armageddon, so that's not it.
So I was still quite puzzled about this, being unable to figure it out by myself. Then the Lord in his mercy showed me that it was a tip-off. A Clue! Joel refers to this taking place in the valley of Jehoshaphat as a clue pointing out that the Jehoshaphat battle in Chronicles is a type or picture of the Battle of Armageddon!
In the Battle of Armageddon, Israel will be attacked by a great multitude of nations and will have no other choice than to call upon the Lord to deliver her. This is the situation in 2 Chron 20.
In Zechariah 12 we read:
"And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications ..."
In the battle of 2 Chronicles 20, Judah was attacked by a great multitude and had no other choice than to call upon the Lord.
In 2 Chron 20 we read:
3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. 4 And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD.
This exactly corresponds to the spirit of grace and of supplications that Zechariah mentions. The great victory that was won came because the Lord fought for his people that day, just as it is prophesied in:
Zec 14:3 Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.
So this means that the Jehoshaphat Battle is a type or prophetic foreshadowing of Armageddon.
Now lets start to backtrack. Why was it that Jehoshaphat had no other choice than to call upon the Lord. Because he was completely without any allies. If you read back in 2 Chronicles, you will see that he had just lost his only real ally. He had gone up to battle at Ramothgilead, with King Ahab of the northern kingdom of Israel, to fight the Syrians. In this battle they were defeated and Ahab was killed. The condition of Israel at that point was foretold by a prophet who said
Then he said, I did see all Israel scattered upon the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd: and the LORD said, These have no master; let them return therefore every man to his house in peace. (2 Chron 18:16)
That is to say, Israel at that point, while not totally destroyed, was in Chaos, having no leadership nor military might. And so unable to help Judah in its crisis.
Now when it comes to the Battle of Armageddon, why will it be that Israel will have no choice than to call upon the Lord? Similarly because by that time she will have lost her only real ally, the United States. Which means that by then the Lord will have brought judgment on the US.
Now this judgment's severity may be greater or lesser depending on the prayers of his people, but it must be severe enough to prevent the US from any military activity. So at the minimum, the US must be reduced to chaos, lacking leadership and military might.
The Lord was showing me that there is an analogy between today's Israel and Jehoshaphat's Judah. That the USA corresponds to northern Israel under Ahab.
Now this latest word about the Ivory House and The White House was given as a confirmation to what He had showed me earlier. This extended the analogy implying that the Clintons are Ahab and Jezebel and that the events referred to in Amos 4 are dependent on the events referred to in Amos 3. In other words the Return of Jesus Christ to fight for Israel at the battle of Armageddon must come after His judgment on America because that judgment sets the stage for the final later one.
So he will bring judgment on the White House of Bill Clinton just as he brought judgment on the Ivory House of King Ahab. And that with the redemptive purpose of preserving his people in Jerusalem.
Now some time after this, a week perhaps, I received another confirmation. In my drive time, the Lord reminded me of all this and led me through this entire line of reasoning. I felt a sense of excitement as it all seemed to make good sense. And I felt especially blessed in that He had confirmed it with the rhema word about the White House.
Just then He prompted me to turn my car radio on to the local Christian station. As I did so, I heard the voice of J. Vernon McGee, on the Through the Bible Radio program. He was reading from Amos Chapter 3! And that was the confirmation.
After concluding the chapter, he began to discuss how Ahab's Ivory house was located on the Hill of Samaria. A dominant position from which you can see many miles in all directions. He mentioned the many ivory artifacts that have been discovered on the site as being why it was called the Ivory House. He also commented that God's judgment on that site was so great that nothing was ever built there again.
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