can't help but wonder what would happen to our Christian churches and
their idolatrous practices today, if we could some how go back in time about 2500 years
to the reign of King Josiah, in the land of Judah.
Don't miss 2 Kings 23:6-20 & 2 Chronicles 34:2-7 below.
Kings 22:1 Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign,
and he reigned thirty and one years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name
was Jedidah, the daughter of Adaiah of Boscath.
2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in all the way of David his father, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left.
And it came to pass in the eighteenth year of king Josiah, that
the king sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, the son of Meshullam, the
scribe, to the house of the LORD, saying,
Go up to Hilkiah the high priest, that he may sum the silver
which is brought into the house of the LORD, which the keepers of the
door have gathered of the people:
And let them deliver it into the hand of the doers of the work,
that have the oversight of the house of the LORD: and let them give it
to the doers of the work which is in the house of the LORD, to repair
the breaches of the house,
6 Unto carpenters, and builders, and masons, and to buy timber and hewn stone to repair the house.
Howbeit there was no reckoning made with them of the money that
was delivered into their hand, because they dealt faithfully.
8 And Hilkiah the high priest said unto Shaphan the scribe, I have found the book of the law in the house of the LORD. And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it.
And Shaphan the scribe came to the king, and brought the king
word again, and said, Thy servants have gathered the money that was
found in the house, and have delivered it into the hand of them that do
the work, that have the oversight of the house of the LORD.
And Shaphan the scribe shewed the king, saying, Hilkiah the
priest hath delivered me a book. And Shaphan read it before the king.
11 And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the book of the law, that he rent his clothes.
12 And the king commanded Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Achbor the son of Michaiah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asahiah a servant of the king's, saying,
13 Go ye,
enquire of the LORD for me, and for the people, and for all Judah,
concerning the words of this book that is found: for great is the wrath
of the LORD that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not
hearkened unto the words of this book, to do according unto all that
which is written concerning us.
So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan, and
Asahiah, went unto Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son
of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe; (now she dwelt in
Jerusalem in the college;) and they communed with her.
15 And she said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Tell the man that sent you to me,
Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil upon this place,
and upon the inhabitants thereof, even all the words of the book which
the king of Judah hath read:
Because they have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other
gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the works of their
hands; therefore my wrath shall be kindled against this place, and
shall not be quenched.
But to the king of Judah which sent you to enquire of the LORD,
thus shall ye say to him, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, As
touching the words which thou hast heard;
Because thine heart was tender, and thou hast humbled thyself
before the LORD, when thou heardest what I spake against this place,
and against the inhabitants thereof, that they should become a
desolation and a curse, and hast rent thy clothes, and wept before me;
I also have heard thee, saith the LORD.
Behold therefore, I will gather thee unto thy fathers, and thou
shalt be gathered into thy grave in peace; and thine eyes shall not see
all the evil which I will bring upon this place. And they brought the
king word again.
2 Kings 23:1 And the king sent, and they gathered unto him all the elders of Judah and of Jerusalem.
And the king went up into the house of the LORD, and all the men
of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem with him, and the
priests, and the prophets, and all the people, both small and great:
and he read in their ears all the words of the book of the covenant
which was found in the house of the LORD.
the king stood by a pillar, and made a covenant before the LORD, to
walk after the LORD, and to keep his commandments and his testimonies
and his statutes with all their heart and all their soul, to perform
the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people stood to the covenant.
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
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.
Does your church or do you celebrate our Lord's crucifixion and resurrection by rolling fertility eggs on the front lawn?
And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that were by the
house of the LORD, where the women wove hangings for the grove.
Does your church or you accept alternative life styles?
he brought all the priests out of the cities of Judah, and defiled the
high places where the priests had burned incense, from Geba to
Beersheba, and brake down the high places of the gates that were in the
entering in of the gate of Joshua the governor of the city, which were
on a man's left hand at the gate of the city.
Is your high place (church) defiled as was theirs?
Nevertheless the priests of the high places came not up to the
altar of the LORD in Jerusalem, but they did eat of the unleavened
bread among their brethren.
And he defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of the children of
Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter to pass through
the fire to Molech.
Does your church teach your children they will go to a burning hell if they don't do as they/you say?
And he took away the horses that the kings of Judah had given to
the sun, at the entering in of the house of the LORD, by the chamber of
Nathanmelech the chamberlain, which was in the suburbs, and burned the
chariots of the sun with fire.
And the altars that were on the top of the upper chamber of Ahaz,
which the kings of Judah had made, and the altars which Manasseh had
made in the two courts of the house of the LORD, did the king beat
down, and brake them down from thence, and cast the dust of them into
the brook Kidron.
And the high places that were before Jerusalem, which were on the
right hand of the mount of corruption, which Solomon the king of Israel
had builded for Ashtoreth the abomination of the Zidonians, and for
Chemosh the abomination of the Moabites, and for Milcom the abomination
of the children of Ammon, did the king defile.
14 And he brake in pieces the images, and cut down the groves, and filled their places with the bones of men.
are made up of carved images of the male sex organ. Does your church or
you celebrate fertility by honoring the sex goddess Ashtoreth "Queen of Heaven"?
15 Moreover the altar that was at Bethel, and the high place which Jeroboam the son
of Nebat, who made Israel to sin, had made, both that altar and the
high place he brake down, and burned the high place, and stamped it
small to powder, and burned the grove.
Churches are referred to as high places in the Bible, you know.
And as Josiah turned himself, he spied the sepulchres that were
there in the mount, and sent, and took the bones out of the sepulchres,
and burned them upon the altar, and polluted it, according to the word
of the LORD which the man of God proclaimed, who proclaimed these words.
Then he said, What title is that that I see? And the men of the
city told him, It is the sepulchre of the man of God, which came from
Judah, and proclaimed these things that thou hast done against the
altar of Bethel.
And he said, Let him alone; let no man move his bones. So they
let his bones alone, with the bones of the prophet that came out of
19 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.
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.
21 And the king commanded all the people, saying, Keep the passover unto the LORD your God, as it is written in the book of this covenant.
The Lord Jesus became our passover. Do you honor Him as such? Or do you worship the rising sun one day after HIS SATURDAY RESURRECTION?
Surely there was not holden such a passover from the days of the
judges that judged Israel, nor in all the days of the kings of Israel,
nor of the kings of Judah;
23 But in the eighteenth year of king Josiah, wherein this passover was holden to the LORD in Jerusalem.
Moreover the workers with familiar spirits, and the wizards, and
the images, and the idols, and all the abominations that were spied in
the land of Judah and in Jerusalem, did Josiah put away, that he might
perform the words of the law which were written in the book that
Hilkiah the priest found in the house of the LORD.
like unto him was there no king before him, that turned to the LORD
with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might,
according to all the law of Moses; neither after him arose there any
Notwithstanding the LORD turned not from the fierceness of his
great wrath, wherewith his anger was kindled against Judah, because of
all the provocations that Manasseh had provoked him withal.
And the LORD said, I will remove Judah also out of my sight, as I
have removed Israel, and will cast off this city Jerusalem which I have
chosen, and the house of which I said, My name shall be there.
Now the rest of the acts of Josiah, and all that he did, are they
not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?
2 Chronicles 34:1 Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem one and thirty years.
2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the ways of David his father, and declined neither to the right hand, nor to the left.
3 For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet young, he began to seek after the God of David his father: and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem from the high places, and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images.
4 And they brake down the altars of Baalim in his presence; and the images, that were on high above them, he
cut down; and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images,
he brake in pieces, and made dust of them, and strowed it upon the
graves of them that had sacrificed unto them.
5 And he burnt the bones of the priests upon their altars, and cleansed Judah and Jerusalem.
6 And so did he in the cities of Manasseh, and Ephraim, and Simeon, even unto Naphtali, with their mattocks round about.
7 And when he had broken down
the altars and the groves, and had beaten the graven images into
powder, and cut down all the idols throughout all the land of Israel,
he returned to Jerusalem.
Here is what we are supposed to be doing!
2 Chronicles 34:33 And
Josiah took away all the abominations out of all the countries that
pertained to the children of Israel, and made all that were present in
Israel to serve, even to serve the LORD their God. And all his days
they departed not from following the LORD, the God of their fathers.
2 Chronicles 35:1 Moreover
Josiah kept a passover unto the LORD in Jerusalem: and they killed the
passover on the fourteenth day of the first month.
In the books of Kings and Chronicles many Kings are named, and whether
they were Good Kings or Bad Kings, in the Lord's sight.
The Bad King all had one thing in
(THEY BUILT HIGH PLACES, Groves, FOR WORSHIP!)
The Good Kings also had one thing in common.
(THEY TORE THE GROVES DOWN AND BURNED THEM!)
How about your church? Do you celebrate PAGAN HOLIDAYS INSTEAD OF OUR LORD'S PASSOVER?
Before you answer that remember, YOUR PASTOR WON'T BE THERE WITH YOU WHEN OUR LORD ASKS YOU THIS SAME QUESTION ON JUDGMENT DAY ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !