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Pictured in a Parable

From the Introduction to Ten Parts in the King

The Death of Absalom (Gustave Doré)

There is an account in the scriptures that presents a prophetic picture of this process. It concerns the aftermath of the civil war in Israel that erupted when Absalom usurped the throne from his father David (2 Samuel 15-18). When David’s loyal forces had defeated the rebels in battle on the eastern side of the Jordan River, the king prepared to return across the river to regain his throne in Jerusalem. This is where we find a peculiar turn of events:

Then King David sent to Zadok and Abiathar the priests, saying, “Speak to the elders of Judah, saying, ‘Why are you the last to bring the king back to his house, since the word of all Israel has come to the king, even to his house? You are my brothers; you are my bone and my flesh. Why then should you be the last to bring back the king?’ Say to Amasa, ‘Are you not my bone and my flesh? May God do so to me, and more also, if you will not be commander of the army before me continually in place of Joab.’” Thus he turned the hearts of all the men of Judah as one man, so that they sent word to the king, saying, “Return, you and all your servants.” The king then returned and came as far as the Jordan. And Judah came to Gilgal in order to go to meet the king, to bring the king across the Jordan. (2 Samuel 19:11-15)

Why would Judah not reclaim their king? Perhaps because the rebellion against him originated from within Judah; when Absalom claimed the throne, he did so from Hebron, the city of Judah where David first reigned over his own tribe and House (2 Samuel 5:4-5, 15:7-12). Doubtless there was a large degree of shame involved, particularly on the part of Amasa, the Judean commander of Absalom’s army. Nevertheless, the king would not return until his own kin acknowledged him and welcomed him back – something which another son of David said many centuries later: Please click here to continue reading

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Soon to be released, Ten Parts in the King

Roughly three and a half years ago, Al McCarn and I met over the internet.  Not long after our friendship began, we shared a telephone call wherein an idea was born.  I remember walking along our driveway, phone to my ear, as the sun began to set and we began to discuss the need for a book articulating and defending from Scripture the message of ‘The Prophesied Reconciliation of God’s Two Witnesses.’

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The idea didn’t have the title so well articulated, however, it became an occasional subject of collaborative work over the following several years.  Then, about six months ago, we sensed the time had come and by the first week of May, we got together to rough out the idea and an outline.  Over that weekend we went much farther than we dreamed with two chapters committed to electronic paper and a clear sense of the Spirit in our sails.

In less than eight weeks, despite of some dry writing spells, the Father led us forward to complete a manuscript that is being finalized for publication.  The timing and the subject matter could not be more clearly proper.  The Father is doing something amazing in our day and we believe Ten Parts in the King reveals the heart of His purpose and plan as revealed in Scripture.  Please click here to continue reading