One thing that is very amazing about the Bible is that many of the prophecies contained in it have already come true. Even one of them is mentioned in 1 Kings 13, which speaks of a man named Josiah, who was to be born in Judah. It was a man of God that came to Jeroboam, a wicked king of Judah, who spoke about this man. And the time of Jeroboam was around 928-907BC, where Josiah lived around 639-609BC. So we have a three hundred year gap. And by now, I hope you would like to know why Josiah was mentioned. Well, it was because Jeroboam was an evil king who burnt incense and did sacrifices to his own gods, which God hated. He also went so far as to have his kingdom do the same. However, Josiah would soon come into the world and would change everything. Praise the Lord. And without further ado, here is what happened, 1“and, behold, there came a man of God out of Judah by the word of the Lord unto Bethel: and Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn incense. And he cried against the altar in the word of the Lord, and said, O altar, altar, thus saith the Lord; Behold, a child shall be born unto the house of David, Josiah by name; and upon thee shall he offer the priests of the high places that burn incense upon thee, and men’s bones shall be burnt upon thee. And he gave a sign the same day, saying, This is the sign which the Lord hath spoken; Behold, the altar shall be rent, and the ashes that are upon it shall be poured out.” (1 Kings 13:1-3) There is much more that he said and did, so please read the remaining of 1 Kings 13. Now, focusing on what he said, we know God’s wrath was upon Judah because of their idol worship. And this all started with Solomon. He is the reason why Israel was divided in the first place, which is very sad.
This leads us to the fulfilment of this prophecy in 2 Kings 23. It reads, 2“and the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, and the priests of the second order, and the keepers of the door, to bring forth out of the temple of the Lord all the vessels that were made for Baal, and for the grove, and for all the host of heaven: and he burned them without Jerusalem in the fields of Kidron, and carried the ashes of them unto Bethel. And he put down the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Judah, and in the places round about Jerusalem; them also that burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven. And he brought out the grove from the house of the Lord, without Jerusalem, unto the brook Kidron, and burned it at the brook Kidron, and stamped it small to powder, and cast the powder thereof upon the graves of the children of the people.” (2 Kings 23:4-6) 2“And all the houses also of the high places that were in the cities of Samaria, which the kings of Israel had made to provoke the Lord to anger, Josiah took away, and did to them according to all the acts that he had done in Bethel. And he slew all the priests of the high places that were there upon the altars, and burned men’s bones upon them, and returned to Jerusalem.” (2 Kings 23:19,20) This is amazing to see the acts of Josiah coming true before our very eyes, as continue to read God’s Word. How he did get rid of all the idolatry in the land of Judah. My friends, when God speaks, listen up! His words are true. They may not have already come to pass, but they surely will in their own due time. And if you have any idols in your life, let them go for God’s sake, starting today.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray the people will listen up to what You have spoken in scripture. Some prophecies in the Bible have not have happened yet, but could very well happen in ours. All I know, Lord, is that Your words are sharper than a two-edged sword. My heart is always convicted of truth when I read Your words. I no longer wish to live a backslidden life but to go all-in for Your kingdom. Even my strength is gained because You fill me up with the fire from heaven. It is Your presence that changes us from within and drives us to live a life that is pleasing in Your sight. Even every idol that we have kept captive in our own lives, You convict us of such things, that we may not only throw them out but burn them up also. Surely, we cannot go around living our own lives, which are fifthly in Your sight, and still believe we are going to heaven. Just as people needed to do in the times of the bible, people need to continue to do now, which is to repent of their wicked ways and follow You, Lord. Otherwise, we will be cast off forever in the lake of fire, come judgment day. So God, please convict every person that says they are a Christian, to live as a Christian also. If they say they are something, then may they also live out their faith. I care for these people. I really do, but so many of them are hard-hearted and do not wish to hear the truth of God. They are content with their current lifestyle and justify it daily. Because they are blinded, they cannot see the amount of sin and idolatry that is in their lives now. How far people have strayed in these dark times we live in. Only a few people who really love You and walk in Your ways will be saved. Thank you for saving a wretch like me and pointing me on Your righteous path. I love You, Lord. I worship You, Jesus. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
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