The Meaning Of Naboths Vineyard

This speaks of the martyrdom of the saints.

In 2 Kings 9:25-26, quoted above we find Jehu's primary stated reason for returning to Jezreel. And that is to avenge the blood of Naboth. Here Jehu refers to an incident that took place during the reign of Ahab. This is given in 1 Kings 21; the entire chapter is devoted to telling this story. So what's so important about Naboth that the bible spends an entire chapter on him?

Naboth, whose name means fruit or fruits, owned a vineyard near Ahab's palace. Ahab wants the vineyard, but only to use the land for growing something else. So Ahab offers to buy the vineyard or trade him a better one but Naboth stands up to him and refuses.

1Ki 21:3 And Naboth said to Ahab, The LORD forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee.

Jezebel then arranges for Naboth to be falsely accused of the capital crime of blasphemy against the Lord and the King. Naboth and his sons are killed and Ahab takes over the vineyard. Then the Lord sends Elijah to meet Ahab and prophesy the judgment on him that Jehu refers to above.

Now when you see or hear the word 'vineyard' in the bible, your spiritual ears should listen up because the vineyard is a type of God's people. [Isaiah 5]

Since we see that Jehu's wild ride is a picture of the Second Coming of Christ, it should be no surprise that there is an end time allegory to be found in these passages.

Let's identify some of the elements of this allegory.

The vineyard: this is a type of God's people, the planting of the Lord. It can designate Israel, the Church or both. [Israel is also a type of the Church]

The plat [plot or lot] of ground: This is the world.

Naboth and his sons: Naboth means fruit, this also means God's people, especially those who 'become the sons of God'; the end time saints.

The crime of blasphemy against God and the King: this speaks of persecution on religious and secular grounds.

Ahab: Secular Powers

Jezebel: Spiritual Powers

Ahab's intention: [He wants the land for his own use, not to produce Godly fruit.] The kingdom of the beast wants to eradicate any knowledge of the True God.

Ahab's palace: kingdom of the beast or Satan's kingdom.

Summary: Ahab, with Jezebel's help, has Naboth & Sons killed so they can take over his vineyard. Likewise, end time secular and religious forces take over the world, destroy the church and kill God's people. [martyrdom of the saints]

This is saying the same thing as Daniel says in Chapter 7:

I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; Da 7:21

And the same idea is put another way in Revelation 13

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. Re 13:7

And this is the primary stated reason for the Second Coming of the Lord, to avenge the blood of his saints.

He hath laid my vine waste, and barked my fig tree: he hath made it clean bare, and cast it away; the branches thereof are made white. Joe 1:7

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