The original command to anoint Jehu as king over Israel (not Judah) was given to Elijah the prophet in 1 Kings 19:15-17 in which he is commanded to anoint Hazael as King over Syria (in place of BenHadad) and Jehu over Israel in place of Ahab's son Jehoram. And there is a promise from God that those who escape from Hazael will be slain by Jehu and those who escape Jehu will be slain by Elisha. But even though the Scripture talks about killing the King of Israel's heirs (the house of Ahab), no where does it say that anyone is to kill the King of Judah "Ahaziah", who was either Ahab's grandson, nephew or son-in-law. (2 Kings 8:18 makes his mother to be the daughter of Omri and therefore sister of Ahab and so he was Ahab's nephew, while verse 26 states that his mother was Ahab's daughter therefore he was Ahab's grandson but verse 27 refers to him as son-in-law).
The Prophets Contradict Each Other: Hosea and Elijah
As some readers are aware, On June 1, 2012 M. Wallace Johnson published his first article on the Prophets of Ancient Israel, commencing with the prophet Amos. June 11, 2012, his second article on the prophet Hosea was published. On June 13th I noticed that there had been immediate hits on that article and I wondered that it had made the Google search engines so fast. When I did a Google search I found that it was not yet listed and since I was already on the search page, I decided to check out some of the articles listed there on the topic of Hosea the Prophet and randomly selected an article entitled The Dueling Prophets.
Now I raise this matter simply because what I found on that page demonstrates clearly how those who seek to denigrate the Bible, deceive the unwary reader. On that page it states:
Now notice the little conflict here. One 'prophet' states,
"You have done well by killing the house of Ahab and shall keep the throne."
Well done! All this had been prophesied and ordered, of course, by the great prophet Elijah. Hosea, on the other hand, another prophet wrote,
"I am going to punish the dynasty of Jehu for the massacre at Jezreel and bring the kingdom of Israel to an end."
What we have here is a remarkable example of dueling prophecies. Both prophecies are supposedly 'canonical,' they are both in the Bible, they are 'the Word of God.' They are mutually exclusive.
For the unwary reader and the gullible, these statements appear to raise two contradictions which immediately 'prove' that the Bible can't be trusted. I know little about what prophet prophesied what, but when it comes to the kings of Israel and Judah, I know more than the average bear. I immediately recognized the error in the statements and straight way checked the list of the Kings of Israel.
First Apparent contradiction:
2 Kings 10:30 as quoted by the website does indeed say that God said to King Jehu that his sons would be kings over Israel to the fourth generation and Hosea 1:4 does say that God will avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu, and will cause to cease the kingdom of the house of Israel.
So the first matter is that while God did cause the Kingdom of Israel to cease, the four generations of Jehu's sons were yet allowed to rule. They were Jehoahaz, Jehoash, Jeroboam II and Zechariah who was murdered. There is no contradiction.
The Second contradiction:
This is the prime target of the website and it is this: God praised Jehu for killing off King Ahab's family line, but pronounced judgment for his having done so.
The background story starts in 2 Kings 9:1-3 which tells the story of Elisha sending a messenger to go anoint Jehu as King over the Northern Kingdom of Israel, and the messenger in verse 7 and 8 tells Jehu to kill his master King Ahab of Israel and his offspring.
The original command to anoint Jehu as king over Israel (not Judah) was given to Elijah the prophet in 1 Kings 19:15-17 in which he is commanded to anoint Hazael as King over Syria (in place of BenHadad) and Jehu over Israel in place of Ahab's son Jehoram. And there is a promise from God that those who escape from Hazael will be slain by Jehu and those who escape Jehu will be slain by Elisha.
But even though the Scripture talks about killing the King of Israel's heirs (the house of Ahab), no where does it say that anyone is to kill the King of Judah "Ahaziah", who was either Ahab's grandson, nephew or son-in-law. (2 Kings 8:18 makes his mother to be the daughter of Omri and therefore sister of Ahab and so he was Ahab's nephew, while verse 26 states that his mother was Ahab's daughter therefore he was Ahab's grandson but verse 27 refers to him as son-in-law).
Jehu may have done well to slay Ahab and his royal lineage IN ISRAEL, but the mandate from God through the prophets did not mention slaying the Royal House of Judah. (Ahaziah King of Judah went to see his relative Jehoram King of Israel and was also killed by Jehu.)
I could not immediately find any direct reference to God's anger with Jehu at slaying the princes of the Royal House of Judah, but that Jehu followed his commission and yet made God angry is not a contradiction.
The Roman Catholic Church use to ban the Bible to laymen, and sometimes it seems that it was a good idea. The layman is easily led astray by those who wish to play on his gullibility or ignorance.
The chronology of the Bible is a big enough topic to study just on its own but collating all prophecies and aligning them with the historical narratives and extra- Biblical history as well as chronologizing them is an overwhelming task. People whose task it is to inform you that the Bible is 'in error' and therefore not the word of God, are playing word games, and manipulating the concept of 'Biblical Infallibility'. That term does not in any way mean what modern day evangelicals or Bible skeptics try to make it mean. The verses quoted above in relation to King Ahaziah of Judah's position in King Ahab's extended family would be sufficient enough to argue against Biblical Infallibility.
One need not twist the Scriptures to show the gullible what errors can be found in the Bible. The need to twist out of context and deceive readers derives from the knowledge that 'simple and obvious' errors have simple and obvious answers. The deceptive purpose is to trick the reader into believing "something other than what is plainly obvious" in Scripture if one simply sits down to honestly examine it. (See: Biblical Infallibility and Bible Skepticism for both real errors and ridiculous attempts to discredit the Bible eg: One gospel says Jesus wore a Purple cloak and one says it was a scarlet cloak.)
Such deceivers have little knowledge of the Bible and 'grasp at straws', doing and saying anything and everything to convince their readers that the Bible is not an accurate record of God's dealings with the Ancient Israelites.
When people seek to steer us away from the Bible, we need to make sure that the claims they make and the apparent contradictions that they present, are in fact real. And when it comes to the modern day concept of Biblical Infallibility, evangelicals also need to take a good hard honest look at what contradictions do exist in the Scriptures - and - they cannot say 'oh it is just a scribal error!' An error is an error and the modern day concept of Biblical Infallibility is made void by any admission of error.
Whether a person totally believes in Biblical Infallibility or is totally opposed to it; whether one believes in the God of Ancient Israel or believes in another or no god, it is utter hypocrisy to argue against an opposing position using trickery and deceit. If YOUR POSITION requires that you trick and deceive your opponent, then I suggest that your position is too weak to be considered sustainable.
To oppose faith in God and the Bible through the use of trickery and deception is as repugnant as defending God and the Bible while refusing to examine offered evidence for fear that your faith will fail you.
If any true believer thinks that God views obstinancy, wilful blindness and ignorance, and crusading for Biblical Infallibility as prime qualities for entrance into Heaven, then I would suggest that he is walking on a path that leads not to Heaven. As for the Bible Skeptics who spend their days trying to find fault with the Bible in order to justify their rejection of God; I would merely ask 'Why bother?' You don't need to prove that God doesn't exist to justify living your life as you do.
To both parties I say: 'Be honest - both with yourself and with others!'
Mao Wenwen reminded me that when she was my student I would often refer to her as Mao Zedong. I do that sometimes – calling students by the names of famous or infamous people. Paying honor to me as her English teacher Mao Wenwen provided me the coffee free of charge (courtesy of the management). She also invited Johnny and me to come inside and take a look around, and once I did, I decided that I wanted to come back to take photos. Receiving permission from the owner, all I needed was the chance to get back.
I’m sure if you understand what Sociology is that you would find my statement rather strange for it leads to the question of what impact the King’s Calendar Research Result has on society and societal problems. But before we go look at that aspect, I want to talk about the personal aspect – MY aspect.
The demolition came as row between the church and government escalated over allegations the church refused to pay a £450 arbitrary road usage fee. Pastor Zhang Di was summoned for questioning last month and accused of assaulting police officers and attacking a village official. So when I read reports as in the link you sent and see the ACTUAL TRUTH in the middle of the article, I know that there is a lot more going on than is being reported.
Well obviously I am misrepresenting the meaning of the protester here. What they mean is that they support the right of one section of society to have and to hold their own culture and beliefs and they do this by protesting against another section of society’s right to have and to hold their own culture and beliefs.
As for a non-Muslim who posits that Islamic Terrorists do not truly practice Islam or truly believe in Allah, they are speaking either from complete ignorance, or subjective rationale relative to whatever it is that they have been told, or heard, or read. The word subjective relates a personal position relative to a particular situation. That does not of course mean that the subjective perception is ABSOLUTELY / ULTIMATELY incorrect. It may well be correct – the ultimately provable fact of the matter.
And so I began using the LIKE button. Ah such freedom! New sunrise photo – LIKE! Second day of school award for my granddaughter – LIKE! My 98 year old grandmother passed away yesterday – LIKE! But then the weirdest thing happened. Someone posted an article about two homosexuals who were given a public flogging in Indonesia. So I hit LIKE! Bloody hell! 23 threats of physical violence upon my person, and 17 announcements that I was about to be defriended. WTF?
So there you have it. The Patriarch Joseph was born in 1683BC. He was set over the Kingdom of Egypt in 1656BC. The Israelite Sojourn in Egypt commenced in 1648BC. Joseph died in 1582BC. The Hyksos were expelled in 1554BC. Moses was born in 1523BC.The Exodus commenced in 1449BC. The Israelites entered Caanan in 1412BC and 480 years later in the 4th year of Solomon the first temple commenced construction in 970 BC.
Since 2004 he has been writing academic articles, social commentaries and photographic 'Stories from China' both here at KingsCalendar, and formerly as a contributing columnist at Magic City Morning Star News (Maine USA) where from 2009 to 2015 he was Stand-in Editor. He currently has a column at iPatriot.com and teaches English to Business English and Flight Attendant College Students in Suzhou City Jiangsu Province People's Republic of China.)
BenDedek originally created the site to publicize his research results into the Chronology of Ancient Israel. Those results were published under the title: 'The King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran.' Whilst there have been many attempts to solve the chronological riddle of the Bible's synchronisms of reigns of the kings of Israel and Judah and their synchronism with other Ancient Near Eastern Nations, no other research is based on a simple mathematical formula which could, if it is incorrect, be disproved easily. To date, no one has been able to dismiss the mathematical results of this research.
Free to air Academic articles set forth Apologetics for and results of his discovery of an "artificial chronological scheme" running through the Bible, Josephus, the Damascus Documents of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Seder Olam Rabbah. Check the Chapter Precis Page to see details of each chapter and to gain access to the Four Free to Air Chapters
(The Download book does not contain a section on Seder Olam)
Definition: King's Calendar Chronological Research
The Premise: Between the 5th and 3rd centuries BCE (but continuing down to at least 104 BCE), Sectarian redactors transcribed the legitimate 'solar year' chronological records of Israel and Judah, into an artificial form, with listed years as each comprised of 12 months of 4 weeks of 7 days, or 336 days per year, thus creating a 13th artificial year where 12 solar years existed.
When the Synchronous Chronological Data provided in the Books of Kings and Chronicles for the Divided Kingdom Period are measured in years of 336 days, the synchronisms actually align. [Refer to Appendix 5. to see how it synchronises the Divided Kingdom Period]