1. The next bright waters that you observed was David and Solomon.
2. The building of earthly Zion, and the sanctuary; the judgment upon the sinful peoples in that time; and the many gifts given in the building of the Temple.
3. Peace and serenity existed then.
4. Wisdom was preached in the assemblies, and their was understanding growing amidst the congregations.
5. The holy days were celebrated with goodness and joy.
6. The rule of those leaders was done without guile, and precepts of the Mighty One was accomplished with truth.
7. Because of those things, the land was glorified above all other lands, and the city Zion ruled many.
8. These are the bright waters that you observed.
1. The next black waters was the perversion of Jeroboam to make two calves of gold.
2. The kings that followed committed many sins.
3. The curse of Jezebel, the worship of idols was practiced then.
4. Drought, famines, came, and resulted in the cannibalism of women upon their own children.
5. Slavery came upon nine and a half of the tribes because of those sins.
6. Salmanasar, king of Assyria, came and took them into captivity.
7. The Gentiles were impious and wicked, and never wrought righteousness.
8. These are those black waters you then observed.
David was "a man after God's own heart" and this dedication and love caused David to work through his sins to finally prepare the materials for the building of the Temple. The people followed this leader, and David led his people to much godliness. Solomon, his son, also ended up wise and righteous.
When the church comes to true revival, we will likewise find:
a. The church will grow (vs. 2)
b. Sin will be called "sin" (vs. 2)
c. Giving to God will increase (vs. 2)
d. Peace and serenity will abound (vs. 3)
e. Wisdom will be preached (vs 4)
f. Understanding will grow amidst the congregation (vs. 4)
g. Worship days will be enjoyed, not endured (vs. 5)
h. Church leaders will not be sinners themselves (vs. 6)
i. Hypocrisy will vanish (vs. 6)
j. The nation will prosper, because the church is in revival (vs. 7)
When sin rebounds and revival fades, the doctrines that once were adhered to in revival are perverted, leaders commit sins, people worship other things rather than God, drought, famine, and abuse (even murder) of the born and unborn occurs.
Bondage to the sins chosen over God makes the people to be slaves of their own passions.
These sins were prevalent in the days of Jeroboam and Jezebel in the northern 9 and a half tribes. God hates these sins, and they led to the slavery of those tribes to Assyria.
1. The next bright waters were the upright Hezekiah, and the goodness that he showed.
2. For when Sennacherib and many peoples chose to conquer the remaining tribes.
3. Hezekiah heard of the plans to destroy the two and a half tribes, and to destroy Zion, he prayed to the Mighty One, and said:
4. Behold, Sennacherib is prepared to destroy us, and boast that he could destroy Zion.
5. The Mighty One heard Hezekiah for his intercession was wise, and Hezekiah was righteous.
6. The Mighty One then commanded Ramiel (the angel that now speaks with you, Baruch.)
7. I was sent forth to destroy the enemy, the number of those destroyed was 185,000.
8. At that time, I caused their bodies to burn from within, but allowed their clothes and weapons to remain unharmed that the greatness of God could be observed, and testified of throughout the ages.
9. Zion was saved, Jerusalem was delivered, and the people were still free.
10. Those in the holy land rejoiced in the Mighty One, and His great works.
11. These are those bright waters.
"Hezekiah" means "Jehovah has strengthened". Many Jews consider the three best kings of Israel to have been:
Many regard Hezekiah to have been a disciple of Isaiah. Isaiah actually was permitted by Hezekiah to sit upon the large throne area of the king as he prophesied. Isaiah was heeded and heard by Hezekiah, perhaps more than any other king heeded a prophet.
Sennacherib sent a message to Hezekiah concerning his impending invasion of Israel, and his intentions to utterly destroy the nation and enslave its inhabitants. Hezekiah laid the letter before the Lord and interceded for his people and city. Sennacherib's army did not shoot an arrow toward the city and its people, for an angel, Ramiel (we learn here) smote the army of Sennacherib's army as they slept, and 185,000 were killed.
Notice what the Bible says of this event:
Isaiah 37:35-38 NKJV
'For I will defend this city, to save it For My own sake and for My servant David's sake.' " Then the angel of the LORD went out, and killed in the camp of the Assyrians one hundred and eighty-five thousand; and when people arose early in the morning, there were the corpses; all dead. So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and went away, returned home, and remained at Nineveh. Now it came to pass, as he was worshiping in the house of Nisroch his god, that his sons Adrammelech and Sharezer struck him down with the sword; and they escaped into the land of Ararat. Then Esarhaddon his son reigned in his place.'
II Kings 19:34-37 NKJV
'For I will defend this city, to save it For My own sake and for My servant David's sake.' " And it came to pass on a certain night that the angel of the LORD went out, and killed in the camp of the Assyrians one hundred and eighty-five thousand; and when people arose early in the morning, there were the corpses; all dead. So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and went away, returned home, and remained at Nineveh. Now it came to pass, as he was worshiping in the temple of Nisroch his god, that his sons Adrammelech and Sharezer struck him down with the sword; and they escaped into the land of Ararat. Then Esarhaddon his son reigned in his place.
Many think that Psalms 126 was written by Hezekiah, and it does fit this situation well.
Psalms 126 NKJV
When the LORD brought back the captivity of Zion, We were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, And our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, "The LORD has done great things for them." The LORD has done great things for us, And we are glad. Bring back our captivity, O LORD, As the streams in the South. Those who sow in tears Shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, Bearing seed for sowing, Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, Bringing his sheaves with him.
Sennacherib's name means "the moon god Sin has increased the brothers", but this evil ruler, the son of Sargon, was killed by his two sons due to the disgrace of the judgment.