God chooses men to kill wicked government leaders (a Bible study)

The paternal desire to protect and defend is a God-given desire.  Defending sometimes requires violence. Not only does God defend His people, but He also defends His concern for justice, righteousness, and His honor.

If you are not a pacifist, then you believe that engaging in some wars is the morally correct choice.  This has been the opinion of the Church for centuries. We examined the application of the Christian doctrine of the “Just War” to the situation in America today here: www.facebook.com/notes/peaceful-red-state-secession/the-right-is-recognizing-that-when-ballots-dont-count-anymore-only-bullets-are-l/465638267342496

A just war (ie, a righteous war) can involve the deaths of thousands or millions, as in our war for American Independence.  That was a war of choice.  The Americans could have chosen to remain a part of the British Empire, but the war had great benefits for religious liberty and the birth of the world’s first great democracy because it broke the back of tyranny in America. This involved shooting redcoats.  It amazes me that people who are not pacifists get squeemish about assassination. If the military had the ability to assassinate Saddam Hussein or Muammar Al-Ghadaffi instead of bombing thousands of people to death in Iraq and Libya, wouldn’t that be preferable?  Is it better to wage war with a whole nation, or just decapitate the leadership?

God forbade murder in the 10 Commandments. But other parts of God’s law instituted the death penalty (in which the government assigns to an executioner the task of killing a person).  God also commanded Israel to wage certain wars, and commanded David (before he was king) to attack certain kidnappers. Murder is unrighteous killing.  Not all killing is murder, so not all killing is wrong.

Who can God call on to enforce the death penalty on a king, if the king is worthy of the death penalty?

God repeatedly indicates that it was His will, and it was right, for people to kill certain government officials in the Old Testament.  God repeatedly explained that this was because “they made Israel to sin.”  In other words, governments are responsible for preventing the propagation of wickedness.

Jehu: A Bible study:

“And the Lord said to Jehu, ‘Because you have done well in carrying out what is right in my eyes, and have done to the house of Ahab according to all that was in my heart, your sons of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel.’” 2 Kings 10:30

According to this verse, 2 Kings 10:30, God was pleased with Jehu because Jehu assassinated Ahab’s wife Jezebel, and Ahab’s son (the king of Israel, King Joram), and had all 70 of Ahab’s male descendants killed. Ahab’s family had persecuted those who worshiped the true God and they had allowed perversions to run rampant in Israel’s culture.  Most of Ahab’s sons were probably government officials.  All were supporters of his evil regime because they benefitted financially from it and it was their only source of status.  They were also potential rivals for the throne of Israel.  They were part of the ruling class that fostered Baal worship. Following God’s instructions to kill Ahab’s house (described below), Jehu killed not only Joram the king of Israel (Ahab’s son) but also Ahaziah the king of Judah (Ahab’s grandson).

Normally, when we think of “God’s heart” we think of His love for us.  But His love for us, and His love for justice, includes His desire to protect us from evil men, even if protecting us requires that He recruit men to assassinate top government officials.

Earlier, on Mount Carmel, God proved that the true god is God, not Baal, by performing a tremendous miracle of fire.  After the miracle, Jezebel, the wife of King Ahab of Israel, issued a death threat against Elijah. Elijah became afraid of Jezebel’s threat and he felt that he was the only one left standing for righteousness in a nation that had enforced wickedness and perversion.

God’s immediate response to Elijah’s despair is found in 1 Kings 19:15-19.  God told Elijah to anoint people to be the replacement leaders of governments; leaders who would exterminate people who propagated wickedness and perversion.  God’s plan was that victory over the wickedness of these nations would not come by a spiritual display, as on Mt. Carmel, but by assassination of current governmental leaders (the kings of Syria, Israel, and Judah) so that they could be replaced by leaders who would persecute the Baal worshippers.  Baal’s temple was marked by his “pillar”, which was designed as a phallic symbol.  Worshippers kissed his “pillar,” which is a prominent aspect of the gay movement today.  God’s plan for fixing the culture is not through the Mt. Carmel miracle but through eliminating government leaders.  Is that your plan today? 

According 1 and 2 Kings and 1 and 2 Chronicles, God holds governments accountable for the spiritual state of the culture: they are judged based on whether they “made Israel to sin” or not. The evaluation of almost every king in these books includes the phrase “made Israel to sin” (eg. 1 Kings 15:30, 16:13). It is the government’s job to parent the culture and punish wrongdoers so that people will know not to do wrong, and so that they can trust that there is a God who values justice.

Elijah, in his fear and weakness, refused to do these things that God asked him to do, and he soon died.  Presumably his death was punishment for refusing to participate in the revolutions that God desired. But Elijah’s successor Elisha took up his mantle.

Through Elisha, God told Jehu “I anoint you king over the people of the Lord, over Israel. 7 And you shall strike down the house of Ahab your master, so that I may avenge on Jezebel the blood of my servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of the Lord. 8 For the whole house of Ahab shall perish, and I will cut off from Ahab every male, bond or free, in Israel. 9 And I will make the house of Ahab like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat [who were all assassinated], and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah [who were also all assassinated]” 2 Kings 9.

God chose Jehu to be the assassin of Jehu’s king, King Joram of Israel. Jehu did bring a company of soldiers with him, but he ensured that word of his rebellion would not reach the king before he did (1 Kings 9:15).  In modern times, God often chooses lone wolves, because  governments monitor communications.  Please don’t advocate violence in communications with us. We don’t want your comments to make you a felon, and electronic communications (even Facebook comments) can be used in court against you. We don’t advocate violence. We just make observations and predictions of what the right wing will do, just like the Left makes predictions of what the right wing will do.

When Jehu appears to King Joram, and Joram asks, “Is it peace?”  Jehu says, “What peace can there be, so long as the whorings and the sorceries of your mother Jezebel are so many?”[1] (P.R. House wrote that: The reference to “adulteries” repeats “the standard biblical metaphor for abandoning Yahweh to take up the ways of foreign gods (e.g., Exod 34:16; Lev 17:7; Deut 31:16; Judg 2:7).” Baalism’s sexual content makes this metaphor an apt one. Montgomery and Gehman note, “By witchcrafts are meant the false cults, whose potency was ascribed to evil arts.[2])

The decapitation of the governments of Israel and Judah by Jehu lead to the permanent end of Baal worship in Israel immediately, and in Judah 7 years later.  By taking out the king of Judah, space was made for the rise of a better king. Only seven years later, Joash comes to the throne and returns Judah to right standing with God, as explained in 2Kings 17-2Kings 12:16 : And Jehoiada kmade a covenant between the Lord and the king and people, that they should be the Lord’s people, and also lbetween the king and the people. 18 Then all the people of the land went to mthe house of Baal and tore it down; nhis altars and his images they broke in pieces, and they killed Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars. (cf. 2 Chron 23:16-24:14.)

Most Christians believe that some things will happen, and can be prophesied, that are not God’s perfect will and heart, but rather the result of human sin.  Causing God’s prophecy to be fulfilled is not necessarily a righteous act. We should cause God’s perfect will to take place using a method, a manner, and a motivation that is in accordance with His perfect will and heart.  The prophets make clear that God punished Israel by allowing Israel to be conquered by foreign armies. Yet the prophets also make clear that those foreign armies sinned in attacking Israel and would be punished for it.  We read of several times in scripture where kings are told in a prophecy that God will cause someone to end a king’s life, yet it is unclear in some cases whether their killers were acting righteously or not.  This is why 2 Kings 10:30 (explained above) is so important for understanding that sometimes God is pleased with people who kill government officials.  He even told Jehu to do it in 2 Kings 9:7 (above). 

These prophecies were usually given in public, and became like a curse on the king, since believers among the public subsequently knew that that king would not last and was disfavored by God.

God’s justification for having Ahab’s house killed:

Ahab “made Israel to sin” 1 Kgs 21:20–24: “He answered, ‘I have found you, because dyou have sold yourself to do what is evil in the sight of the Lord. 21 Behold, I will bring disaster upon you. I will utterly burn you up, and ewill cut off from Ahab every male, bond or free, in Israel. 22 And I will make your house like fthe house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like gthe house of Baasha the son of Ahijah, for the anger to which you have provoked me, and because you hhave made Israel to sin. 23 And of Jezebel the Lord also said, i‘The dogs shall eat Jezebel within jthe walls of Jezreel.’ 24 kAnyone belonging to Ahab who dies in the city the dogs shall eat, and anyone of his who dies in the open country the birds of the heavens shall eat.’ 25 (lThere was none who sold himself to do what was evil in the sight of the Lord like Ahab, whom Jezebel his wife incited. 26 He acted very abominably in going after midols, as nthe Amorites had done, whom the Lord cast out before the people of Israel.)”

Ahaziah “walked in the ways of the house of Ahab, for his mother was his counselor in doing wickedly. 4He did what was evil in the sight of the Lord” 2 Chron 22.

Ask yourself: is God calling you? 

The ruling class, through federal judges and others, have instituted a bloodless coup by gradually usurping the sovereignty of the people.

You might wonder why God would call someone to execute a government leader in a democracy, because democracies can easily replace one leader with a similar leader.  The full answer is here: https://redstatesecession.org/?p=97 The short answer is that secession allows the creation of a federation of states where the majority votes for righteous leaders.

Some conservatives still hope to win national elections, but many have already learned that the conservative movement does not have the resources to win national elections.  Conservatives don’t have enough voters or donors or media or educational institutions to win. And immigration is bringing in more Democrat voters.  These conservatives are realizing that there are only a few ways to prevent the Left from using government to enforce their twisted morality on the rest of us:

  1. Perpetually win national elections (impossible) plus replace the deep state plus find a new supply of socially conservative federal judges that hasn’t appeared yet.
  2. Wait for enough people on the Right to get angry enough to obliterate the other side physically or deport tens of millions of US citizens (immoral and will never happen)
  3. Wait for the paltry secession movement to multiply exponentially from its weak status quo. (could be a long wait).  A Christian defense of the propriety of secession is here: https://redstatesecession.org/?p=83
  4. Use any means necessary to provoke events to convince at least one state that red states don’t belong in the same Union as blue states.  The first state can prove to the others that US states can secede. Preferably while a Republican president is still in office restraining the military.  An essay about the means is here: https://redstatesecession.org/?p=97     

If a state is not willing to secede from the US, perhaps a red portion of a state would be willing to leave the Union, such as western Louisiana or a part of western Florida.

Jen Gennai, who reports to the CEO of Alphabet (Google), admitted on hidden cam that Google/Google News/YouTube intends to use its power to contribute toward stealing the 2020 election for Democrats.  To watch the full 25-minute proof, visit Project Veritas: www.projectveritas.com/video/insider-blows-whistle-exec-reveals-google-plan-to-prevent-trump-situation-in-2020-on-hidden-cam

The purpose of this essay was to show that a spiritual revival is not necessarily the only way that God can preserve a remnant of Americans.  I have no authority to call for violence. Only God has that authority and only He can see the outcome of such a course of action.

The question is: have we arrived at a moment in history like the time that God called Cyrus to replace the king of Babylon (by killing him)?  At that time, God showed the whole court of Babylon a hand writing on a wall “mene mene tekel upharsin” which the prophet Daniel interpreted to be a message to the king of Babylon:  This is the interpretation of the matter: Mene, God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end; 27 Tekel, you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting; 28Peres, your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes [Kurds] and Persians.”[3] Daniel 5:25-28.

As I was looking for graphics for this essay in early June I stumbled across two people who claim to have recently heard God speak to them regarding this verse. If you are a member of the Charismatic movement, you might be interested in them, although maybe you can find a prophecy for anything on the internet and I’ve never heard of these people:

https://444prophecynews.com/america-you-have-been-weighed-in-the-balances-and-found-wanting-monique-bizet/ 
https://444prophecynews.com/mene-mene-tekel-upharsin-mssophie/

Finally, Thomas Jefferson wrote: “What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon & pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. It is its natural manure.” -Thomas Jefferson

Footnote: Some commenters are confused by Hosea 1:4-5.

Some say that Hosea 1:4-5 is a condemnation of Jehu’s killing of a group of people who claimed to be Ahaziah’s relatives at a place called Beth-eked of the Shepherds (2 Kings 10:12-14), which is a couple hundred yards east of Jezreel. These commentators say that Jehu was right to obey God to kill the government officials, but went beyond the command of God to kill this other group.  I’m persuaded that these verses don’t even condemn Jehu, because of an analysis of the text in the original language. This analysis is in the New American Commentary and forms the remainder of this essay:

God explains… that he will soon punish the house of Jehu and bring Israel to an end. As the NIV (and most versions) translate it, however, there is something troubling about the statement “because I will soon punish the house of Jehu for the massacre at Jezreel.” The problem is that elsewhere in the Bible the prophetic word commends Jehu for his zeal in finishing off the dynasty of Omri and in particular for the slaughter of the priests of Baal (2 Kgs 10:30). In fact, Jehu had obeyed a word from the Lord (2 Kgs 9:7).

Why now would the dynasty be punished for the same act? Modern readers, offended by the sheer volume of blood Jehu spilled, perhaps do not find this troubling, and some scholars even suggest that Hosea’s pronouncement represents a major step forward in the evolution of Israel’s understanding of God: the religious pogrom once commended by the prophets now stands condemned. But, as Andersen and Freedman remark, such analysis “seems detached from the realities of the ninth-eighth centuries b.c.e. in the Near East.” Hosea himself described the wrath of God in the goriest of terms (e.g., 13:7–8), and he certainly does not distance himself—even a little bit—from his predecessors Elijah, Elisha, and the other prophets.

Another possibility is that Jehu was right to destroy the house of Omri but that the way he went about it was overly zealous and bloodthirsty. One might compare this to Isa 10:5–12, in which God condemns Assyria for the arrogant manner in which it went about fulfilling its God-given task of punishing the nations. But this too fails for two reasons. First, Hosea never accuses Jehu of having too much pride or of being overly zealous—he simply mentions the “bloodshed of Jezreel.” Second, again in 2 Kgs 10:30 God unconditionally approves of what Jehu did at Jezreel. This is something we never hear about the exploits of Assyria.

We must take another look at the phrase “because I will soon punish the house of Jehu for the massacre at Jezreel.” In all probability this misrepresents what the Hebrew means here. The word translated “punish” pāqad has a wide variety of meanings (“attend to,” “appoint,” “visit,” “muster,” etc.), and its specific meaning in any verse is dependent on context. In some cases, to be sure, it can be translated “punish,” as when “I will visit their iniquity upon them” means “I will punish them for their iniquity.” We should not conclude from this, however, that pāqad is the semantic equivalent to the English “punish.” In addition, this verse is unusual in that it is the only verse in the Bible with this particular construction, using pāqad with dāmîm (“bloodshed,” “massacre,” NIV) as its object. Nothing in the text requires that we understand this to mean “punish” in the sense that the house of Jehu would receive retribution for what he did to the house of Omri at Jezreel. Rather, it seems to mean “visit upon” in the sense that God would bring upon Jehu’s dynasty the same violent destruction that befell Omri’s dynasty. It should be translated, “And I will bring the bloodshed of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu.”

This is not punishment for Jehu’s zeal in the slaughter at Jezreel; rather it is punishment for not learning the lesson of Jezreel. Jehu himself had been the agent of God’s fury and personally had seen how terribly it fell upon an apostate dynasty. But he and his household went on to repeat the apostasy of the Omrides and their predecessors (2 Kgs 10:31; 13:1). God visited the bloodshed of Jezreel on the house of Jehu because, in the final analysis, his dynasty’s rule was little better than that of Jeroboam I or of Ahab and Jezebel. Jehu’s actions at Jezreel were, if anything, the main reason God did not eliminate his dynasty sooner (2 Kgs 10:30).[4] Garrett, D. A. (1997). Hosea, Joel (Vol. 19A, pp. 56–57). Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

Isaiah 10:1 Woe to those who make unjust laws,

to those who issue oppressive decrees,

Woe to those who decree iniquitous decrees,

and the writers who keep writing oppression,

Judgment on the Capitol:

Zephaniah 3 Woe to her who is rebellious and defiled,

the oppressing city!

2 She listens to no voice;

she accepts no correction.

She does not trust in the Lord;

she does not draw near to her God.

3 Her officials within her

are roaring lions;

her judges are evening wolves

that leave nothing till the morning.

Rulers and Prophets Denounced:

Micah 3 And I said:

Hear, you heads of Jacob

and rulers of the house of Israel!

Is it not for you to know justice?—

2 you who hate the good and love the evil,

Isaiah 1:24 Therefore the Lord declares,

the Lord of hosts,

the Mighty One of Israel:

“Ah, I will get relief from my enemies

and avenge myself on my foes.

25 I will turn my hand against you

and will smelt away your dross as with lye

and remove all your alloy.

26 And I will restore your judges as at the first,

and your counselors as at the beginning.

Afterward you shall be called the city of righteousness,

the faithful city.”


[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (2 Ki 9:22). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[2] House, P. R. (1995). 1, 2 Kings (Vol. 8, p. 289). Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[3] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Da 5:26–28). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[4] Garrett, D. A. (1997). Hosea, Joel (Vol. 19A, pp. 56–57). Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

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