The Bull Horns

Anne Gitto

WHITING, United States

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Bull Horns Done in Watercolor
—-Iron Horns
Iron Horns are a symbol made by false prophets & were designed to symbolize victory. They were a superstition and believed to contain magical potency. Deut. 33:17

2 Chronicles 18
This is a story about King Jehoshaphat who was an honorable & extremely wealthy king. He had allied himself with King Ahab. This act had far reaching consequences which was not simply condemning to him & his country but clarity is seen by the series of events that followed.
One of the problematic events was that Ahab wanted Jehoshaphat to join him in a battle.
Jehoshaphat first wanted to seek the counsel of the Lord God. So the King Ahab of Israel brought together his 400 hundred prophets and asked them —-should we go to war or should we refrain. The 400 men said go & god will be with you. But Jehoshaphat asked isn’t there one more man of God we could ask? This man was not sort out usually and asked because he was a man who only prophesied exactly what God told him to say.
2Ch 18:8 And the king of Israel called to a certain eunuch and said, Bring Micaiah the son of Imla quickly.
2Ch 18:9 And the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah were sitting, each on his throne, clothed with robes. And they were sitting in a grain floor at the entrance of the gate of Samaria. (traditional gates or place for rendering judgment) And all the prophets were prophesying before them.
2Ch 18:10 And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made horns of iron for himself, and said, So says Jehovah, With these you shall push Syria until they are crushed.
So the prophet made horns of iron, as he stated and they would ensure victory.
Then all the other false prophets were stating the same thing.
2Ch 18:11 And all the prophets were prophesying so, saying, Go up to Ramoth-gilead and prosper. And, Jehovah has given it into the king’s hand.
2Ch 18:12 And the messenger who had gone to call Micaiah spoke to him, saying, Behold, the words of the prophets speak with one mouth, good toward the king. And, Please let your word be like one of theirs, and you shall speak good.
2Ch 18:13 And Micaiah said, As Jehovah lives, surely that which my God says, that I shall speak.
2Ch 18:14 And he came to the king. And the king said to him, Micaiah, shall we go up to Ramoth-gilead to battle or shall I forbear? And he said, Go up and prosper, for they will be given into your hand.
Here Micaiah was being ironic.
2Ch 18:15 And the king said to him, Until how many times must I put you on oath that you speak nothing to me but the truth in the name of Jehovah?
2Ch 18:16 And he said, I have seen all Israel scattered on the mountains, as sheep with no shepherd for them; and Jehovah said, For these, no master. Let them return, each man to his own house in peace.
Micaiah predicts the king’s death if he proceeds with what his advisors are telling him.
2Ch 18:17 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, Did I not say to you that he does not prophesy good concerning me, but rather evil?
2Ch 18:18 And he said, Then hear the Word of Jehovah: I have seen Jehovah sitting on His throne, and all the host of the heavens standing on His right and His left.
2Ch 18:19 And Jehovah said, Who shall entice Ahab the king of Israel, and he shall go and fall in Ramoth-Gilead? And saying, this one said one thing, and saying, this one said one thing.
2Ch 18:20 And a spirit went out and stood before Jehovah, and said, I will entice him. And Jehovah said, With what?
2Ch 18:21 And he said, I will go out and become a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And He said, You shall entice, and also, you are able. Go out and do so.
2Ch 18:22 And now, behold, Jehovah has put a lying spirit in the mouth of these your prophets. And Jehovah has spoken evil against you.

The spirit here is the devil himself who went to God and asked if he could put lying spirits in the hearts of all the Kings advisors. Satan said ” I will entice him and succeed”. So Ahab would be led to disaster by his own manifestation of sin and punishment or led to repentance and live.
Jeremiah 14 :14 And Jehovah said to me, The prophets prophesy lies in My name. I did not send them and I have not commanded them, nor did I speak to them. They prophesy to you a false vision, and a worthless divination, and the deceit of their heart.
Jer 14:15 So Jehovah says this concerning the prophets who prophesy in My name, and I did not send them; yet they say, Sword and famine shall not be in this land: By sword and famine those prophets shall be consumed.
Jer 14:16 And the people to whom they prophesy shall be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword. And none will bury them, either them, their wives, or their sons, or their daughters. For I will pour evil on them.
Jer 14:17 And you shall speak this Word to them: Let my eyes run down with tears night and day, and do not let them cease. For the virgin daughter of my people is broken with a great break, with a very grievous blow.
Jer 14:18 If I go out into the field, then I see those pierced with the sword. And if I enter into the city, then, behold, diseases of famine! Yes, both the prophet and the priest have gone around into a land that they do not know.
Jer 14:19 Have You completely rejected Judah? Or has Your soul hated Zion? Why have You stricken us and no healing is for us? We looked for peace, but no good came; and for a healing time, but, behold, terror!
Jer 14:20 We acknowledge our wickedness, O Jehovah, the iniquity of our fathers; for we have sinned against You.
Jer 14:21 For Your name’s sake, do not spurn us; do not dishonor the throne of Your glory. Remember, and do not break Your covenant with us.
Jer 14:22 Among the vanities of the nations are there any who make rain fall? Or can the heavens give showers? Is it not You, O Jehovah our God? Then we will wait for You; for You do all these things. Jer 42:11 Do not be afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom you are afraid. Do not be afraid of his face, declares Jehovah, for I am with you to save you and to deliver you from his hand.
Jeremiah was another prophet who was not liked because he spoke the truth.

God was telling his people they had sinned . They needed to go to God listen to Him and obey Him.
Jer 42:12 And I will show mercies to you, so that he may have pity on you, and cause you to return to your own land.
Jer 42:13 But if you say, We will not live in this land or obey the voice of Jehovah your God….
but if you do not listen to God disaster would be around the corner.

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