This is a study of the dates mentioned in the Bible and whether they have any prophetic significance for today.

 

 

King Hezekiah did Good, Brought Revival

2 Chronicles 30

1 And Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah, and wrote letters also to Ephraim and Manasseh, that they should come to the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, to keep the passover unto the LORD God of Israel.

2 For the king had taken counsel, and his princes, and all the congregation in Jerusalem, to keep the passover in the second month.

3 For they could not keep it at that time, because the priests had not sanctified themselves sufficiently, neither had the people gathered themselves together to Jerusalem.

4 And the thing pleased the king and all the congregation. (Today we would say "The President and all Congress.)

5 So they established a decree to make proclamation throughout all Israel, from Beersheba even to Dan, that they should come to keep the passover unto the LORD God of Israel at Jerusalem: for they had not done it of a long time in such sort as it was written.

6 So the posts went with the letters from the king and his princes throughout all Israel and Judah, and according to the commandment of the king, saying,

The King's Message

Ye children of Israel, turn again unto the LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, and he will return to the remnant of you, that are escaped out of the hand of the kings of Assyria.

7 And be not ye like your fathers, and like your brethren, which trespassed against the LORD God of their fathers, who therefore gave them up to desolation, as ye see.

8 Now be ye not stiffnecked, as your fathers were, but yield yourselves unto the LORD, and enter into his sanctuary, which he hath sanctified for ever: and serve the LORD your God, that the fierceness of his wrath may turn away from you.

9 For if ye turn again unto the LORD, your brethren and your children shall find compassion before them that lead them captive, so that they shall come again into this land: for the LORD your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn away his face from you, if ye return unto him.

10 So the posts passed from city to city through the country of Ephraim and Manasseh even unto Zebulun: but they laughed them to scorn, and mocked them.

11 Nevertheless divers of Asher and Manasseh and of Zebulun humbled themselves, and came to Jerusalem.

12 Also in Judah the hand of God was to give them one heart to do the commandment of the king and of the princes, by the word of the LORD.

13 And there assembled at Jerusalem much people to keep the feast of unleavened bread in the second month, a very great congregation.

14 And they arose and took away the altars that were in Jerusalem, and all the altars for incense took they away, and cast them into the brook Kidron.

15 Then they killed the passover on the fourteenth day of the second month: and the priests and the Levites were ashamed, and sanctified themselves, and brought in the burnt offerings into the house of the LORD.

16 And they stood in their place after their manner, according to the law of Moses the man of God: the priests sprinkled the blood, which they received of the hand of the Levites.

17 For there were many in the congregation that were not sanctified: therefore the Levites had the charge of the killing of the passovers for every one that was not clean, to sanctify them unto the LORD.

18 For a multitude of the people, even many of Ephraim, and Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun, had not cleansed themselves, yet did they eat the passover otherwise than it was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, The good LORD pardon every one

19 That prepareth his heart to seek God, the LORD God of his fathers, though he be not cleansed according to the purification of the sanctuary.

20 And the LORD hearkened to Hezekiah, and healed the people.

21 And the children of Israel that were present at Jerusalem kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with great gladness: and the Levites and the priests praised the LORD day by day, singing with loud instruments unto the LORD.

Psalm 81

1   Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob.
2   Take a psalm, and bring hither the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the psaltery.
3   Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.
4   For this was a statute for Israel, and a law of the God of Jacob.
5   This he ordained in Joseph for a testimony, when he went out through the land of Egypt: where I heard a language that I understood not.
6   I removed his shoulder from the burden: his hands were delivered from the pots.
7   Thou calledst in trouble, and I delivered thee; I answered thee in the secret place of thunder: I proved thee at the waters of Meribah. Selah.
8   Hear, O my people, and I will testify unto thee: O Israel, if thou wilt hearken unto me;
9   There shall no strange god be in thee; neither shalt thou worship any strange god.
10   I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.
11   But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me.
12   So I gave them up unto their own hearts' lust: and they walked in their own counsels.
13   Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways!
14   I should soon have subdued their enemies, and turned my hand against their adversaries.
15   The haters of the LORD should have submitted themselves unto him: but their time should have endured for ever.
16   He should have fed them also with the finest of the wheat: and with honey out of the rock should I have satisfied thee.

22 And Hezekiah spake comfortably unto all the Levites (Public School teachers) that taught the good knowledge of the LORD: and they did eat throughout the feast seven days, offering peace offerings, and making confession to the LORD God of their fathers.

23 And the whole assembly took counsel to keep other seven days: and they kept other seven days with gladness.

24 For Hezekiah king of Judah did give to the congregation a thousand bullocks and seven thousand sheep; and the princes gave to the congregation a thousand bullocks and ten thousand sheep: and a great number of priests sanctified themselves.

25 And all the congregation of Judah, with the priests and the Levites, and all the congregation that came out of Israel, and the strangers that came out of the land of Israel, and that dwelt in Judah, rejoiced.

26 So there was great joy in Jerusalem: for since the time of Solomon the son of David king of Israel there was not the like in Jerusalem.

27 Then the priests the Levites arose and blessed the people: and their voice was heard, and their prayer came up to his holy dwelling place, even unto heaven.

Where did this reformation come from, the Church or from the State?

King Hezekiah's Religious Reforms

2 Chronicles 31

1 Now when all this was finished, all Israel that were present went out to the cities of Judah, and brake the images in pieces, and cut down the groves, and threw down the high places and the altars out of all Judah and Benjamin, in Ephraim also and Manasseh, until they had utterly destroyed them all. Then all the children of Israel returned, every man to his possession, into their own cities.

 

2 Kings 18

1 Now it came to pass in the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, that Hezekiah the son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign.
2 Twenty and five years old was he when he began to reign; and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Abi, the daughter of Zachariah.
3 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that David his father did.
4 He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan.

And cut down the groves.

A grove is a wooded area. A grove used for religious purposes is therefore a Holy Wood. Might our modern day 'grove' be Hollywood? (Holy Wood) Where do we get our moral values in modern day America? The Pulpit or the TV and movies? Does holiness come from Hollywood?

And brake the images

If some political leader  were to close an adult video store take a pile of pornographic video tapes and smash them, could it be said, "He removed the high places, and brake the images"?

There are some Hollywood movies that suggest that they wicked will be destroyed when their power over us is broken. And that power is the TV.

They Live, Running Man and the TV series "V" are examples. In these movies the wicked fall from power when their control of the TV (images) is destroyed.  If you have not seen They Live you might wish to visit a video store and rent it.

For more information on obtaining the related Bible Studies
listed below about religious reform click here.

8005 - God Will Deliver America From The Clergy

8206 - Do The Clergy Really Want Jesus To Return?

8408 - Malachi, Prophet To End-Time Priests (1 & 2)

8409 - Malachi, Prophet To End-Time Priests (3 & 4)

8410 - Malachi, Prophet To End-Time Priests (5 & 6)

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King Josiah Keeps the Passover

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