Is there not here a prophet of the LORD …?
~ 1 Kings 22:7
In the Old Testament, there were three times good King Jehoshaphat listened to military advice from the prophets on whether or not to go to war with his surrounding enemies, and three times he wasn’t satisfied with the words he was hearing as being authentically from the Lord (I Kings 22:7; 2 Kings 3:11; 2 Chronicles 18:6). Therefore, what made King Jehoshaphat “good” was that he had the fortitude and spiritual discernment to reject the words of the false prophets and ask for a real prophet so as to follow the will of God and not lead himself and his people into catastrophe.
King Jehoshaphat asked: “Is there not here a prophet of the LORD?” Unlike today’s cowardly politicians, this leader not only had a zeal for the truth, but the courage to follow the truth regardless of whom he offended.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. These passages below regarding battle advice and military tactics thousands of years ago are no different than today’s American presidents and their legions of advisers; do they provide truth (from God) or do they simply give our leaders what they want to hear – the consequences and the Constitution be damned?!
President Obama has many advisers who offer their “professional advice” on whether to do this, that or the other; however, when you are a reactionary Democratic socialist and all of your advisers are reflexive Democratic socialists, then what type of domestic, international, economic, or constitutional advice do you think President Obama will receive (or allow) before his ears? That’s right – only Marxist socialism and liberal fascism. That’s why America is in such appalling circumstances.
As in modern times, with Obama going to war over Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and now, ironically, Syria, so in ancient times King Jehoshaphat had a big dilemma with his sworn enemy to Israel’s north – Syria. Here is the passage from 1 Kings 22:1-8:
“And they continued three years without war between Syria and Israel. And it came to pass in the third year, that Jehoshaphat the king of Judah came down to the king of Israel. …
“And he said unto Jehoshaphat, Wilt thou go with me to battle to Ramothgilead? And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, I am as thou art, my people as thy people, my horses as thy horses.
“And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Enquire, I pray thee, at the word of the Lord today.
“Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about four hundred men, and said unto them, Shall I go against Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And they said, Go up; for the Lord shall deliver it into the hand of the king. And Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the Lord besides, that we might enquire of him? And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may enquire of the Lord: but I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so.”
During this period of history (931-587 B.C.), Israel was a divided nation. King Jehoshaphat ruled the Southern Kingdom (Judah) and King Ahab and his wicked wife Jezebel ruled the Northern Kingdom (Israel). King Ahab, being closer to Syria, was understandably desperate to secure allies with other kings to help him fight this superpower of ancient time. King Jehoshaphat, being related to Ahab by Jewish blood, entered an alliance without first seeing what God thought of such an alliance.
Perhaps King Jehoshaphat sensed that he had gotten into an unholy alliance with King Ahab: During their war preparations, Jezebel’s 400 handpicked prophets put on an ostentatious pro-war display, but King Jehoshaphat wasn’t convinced. He was a true Jew and knew instinctively that these prophets of Jezebel were all false prophets, and therefore asked King Ahab the Socratic question: “Is there not here a prophet of the Lord besides, that we might enquire of him?”
Compare King Jehoshaphat’s judicious inquiry to most of today’s establishment political class in both the Democratic Socialist Party and the Republican Socialist Party. It’s Marxism, progressivism, liberalism and communism in every policy they pass or existing policies they zealously defend. America, our first president, George Washington, said, “It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.” Our second president, John Adams, said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
The answer from this wicked King Ahab – no doubt influenced by his legendary evil queen, Jezebel – was a classic utterance: “And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may enquire of the Lord: but I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil.”
British statesman and conservative founding father Edmund Burke said it best: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Prophet Micaiah was a real man and a courageous and true prophet of God who suffered a tortuous existence in prison for speaking the truth to King Ahab.
Would to God that the Republicans grow a spine, return to real conservative constitutional principles and distinguish themselves from the Democratic Socialist Party. Reagan alone did it in 1980 and won 44 states, and in 1984 Reagan once again stood firm on conservative Christian principles and won 49 states. The Reagan Revolution was launched over 30 years ago. Why can’t these RINOs understand that you can’t compromise with forces of evil who want to make all Americans slaves to a Marxist welfare state?
Because like King Ahab and Queen Jezebel, they love money, power and position more than they love God, truth and America.