THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING
Several years ago, a movie was made with the same title concerning two British ex soldiers that travelled from India during the years of the “RAJ” into a fictional primitive Muslim country North of Afghanistan called ‘Kaffiristan’ to become plundering Dictators. The story ended with one man assassinated by pagan priests and the other one maimed for life by crucifixion. It was a good movie and an object lesson about the results of greed in venal men.
The Bible gives many examples of this story played out in the lives of overly ambitious, dictatorial and ruthless men. History bears out Yahweh’s judgment on these self-centred, prideful and greedy fools.
First Samuel 8
When Sh’mu’el grew old, he appointed his sons as judges over Isra’el. His firstborn was named Yo’el, while his second son was named Aviyah; they were judges in Be’er-Sheva. However, his sons did not follow his way of life; they turned off it to pursue riches, so that they would take bribes to distort justice. All the leaders of Isra’el gathered themselves together, approached Sh’mu’el in Ramah and said to him, “Look, you have grown old, and your sons are not following your ways. Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.” Sh’mu’el was not pleased to hear them say, “Give us a king to judge us”; so he prayed to Yahweh. Yahweh said to Sh’mu’el, “Listen to the people, to everything they say to you; for it is not you they are rejecting; they are rejecting me; they don’t want me to be king over them. They are doing to you exactly what they have been doing to me, from the day I brought them out of Egypt until today, by abandoning me and serving other gods. So do what they say, but give them a sober warning, telling them what kinds of rulings their king will make.”
Sh’mu’el reported everything Yahweh had said to the people asking him for a king. He said, “Here is the kind of rulings your king will make: he will draft your sons and assign them to take care of his chariots, be his horsemen and be bodyguards running ahead of his chariots. He will appoint them to serve him as officers in charge of a thousand or of fifty, plowing his fields, gathering his harvest, and making his weapons and the equipment for his chariots. He will take your daughters and have them be perfume-makers, cooks and bakers. He will expropriate your fields, vineyards and olive groves — the very best of them! — and hand them over to his servants. He will take the ten-percent tax of your crops and vineyards and give it to his officers and servants. He will take your male and female servants, your best young men and your donkeys, and make them work for him. He will take the ten-percent tax of your flocks, and you will become his servants. When that happens, you will cry out on account of your king, whom you yourselves chose. But when that happens, Yahweh will not answer you!”
However, the people refused to listen to what Sh’mu’el told them, and they said, “No! We want a king over us, so that we can be like all the nations, with our king to judge us, lead us and fight our battles.” Sh’mu’el heard everything the people said and repeated them for Yahweh to hear. Yahweh said to Sh’mu’el, “Do what they ask, and set up a king for them.” So Sh’mu’el told the men of Isra’el, “Each of you, return to his city.”
This passage of Scripture has been repeated numerous times in history by failing nations in the last stages of their existence with tragic results for all.
And yet, nations never learn anything from history. The same scenario keeps repeating itself and will continue to do so until the ‘Acharit Hayamim’ (End of Days) is completed and Yeshua returns to rule with a rod of iron over rebellious mankind. The list of petty Dictators over nations, kingdoms and short-lived empires is long, tedious and seemingly without end, but it will end soon. Yahweh Tsava’ot has finally had enough and His judgment is at hand. The former American Republic has ended under the hand of a Muslim ‘president’ Dictator, Barack Hussein Obama. This monstrous, part Arab heathen has been placed in office by Yahweh as the Islamic rod of dissolution to assure the demise of sinful America.
“When you have entered the land Yahweh your God is giving you, have taken possession of it and are living there, you may say, ‘I want to have a king over me, like all the other nations around me.’ In that event, you must appoint as king the one whom Yahweh your God will choose. He must be one of your kinsmen, this king you appoint over you — you are forbidden to appoint a foreigner over you who is not your kinsman. However, he is not to acquire many horses for himself or have the people return to Egypt to obtain more horses, inasmuch as Yahweh told you never to go back that way again. Likewise, he is not to acquire many wives for himself, so that his heart will not turn away; and he is not to acquire excessive quantities of silver and gold.
“When he has come to occupy the throne of his kingdom, he is to write a copy of this Torah for himself in a scroll, from the one the cohanim and L’vi’im use. It is to remain with him, and he is to read in it every day, as long as he lives; so that he will learn to fear Yahweh his God and keep all the words of this Torah and these laws and obey them; so that he will not think he is better than his kinsmen; and so that he will not turn aside either to the right or to the left from the mitzvah. In this way he will prolong his own reign and that of his children in Isra’el.
Yahweh’s Eternal Torah Laws and the application of those Mitzvah Laws are eternal, immutable and constant throughout history. Yeshua obeyed, taught and promoted those eternal Torah commands of His Father and is our example to follow. The ways, actions, commands and laws of fallible men lead only to chaos, confusion, wars and death for all.
We citizens of America are a part of and descendants of the ‘lost’ 10 tribes of Israel, both within and outside of the present Church system in this failed nation. As such, the Torah rulings of Yahweh apply to us no less than they applied to our fathers, Israel. This statement begs the question, ‘can we few voices at this present time, as children of Yahweh God, through repentance and prayer, save America?’ I do not think so! However, we may save ourselves from being judged. The sins of our fathers and fellow travelers are too grave to be forgiven. SIN rules this former Republic and its leaders follow Satan and Sodom without reservation. It is too late for mercy from our creator and Scripture must be fulfilled on His timeline. This assessment is my opinion only and is not locked in concrete. However, repentance by a few will seemingly, not counteract the prevalent and manifold sins of the great majority of my fellow citizens, their fathers and the present Islamic leaders of this land.
There is no hope for the former American Empire! There is hope, however, for the creators ‘little flock’ living in this modern Sodom. As was righteous LOT delivered from ancient Sodom by Yahweh at the time of ancient judgment; so may we be delivered from modern Sodom and its pagan king at Yahweh’s time of present judgment.
Walking on the road to Emmaus,
Rav James Talbott,
Yeshua HaTikvah Yisrael Ministry