Oh for Men like Josiah and Hezekiah
Psalm 33:12 “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.”
Jon Watkins Online-Ministries February 13, 2016
Editing, corrections and additions by Cynthia Pawl
From Breitbart News: In an interview with CBN, Cruz said that a president shouldn’t act as a pastor, and that if he becomes president he will, “be a president of everybody, president of every faith…”
Isn’t that what we currently have in the White House, Mr. Cruz?! He brought “hope and change”, just not what the people were “hoping” for, nor the change that they were expecting! Mr. Obama, and other past presidents, have failed the people, but more importantly, they have failed the Lord. What are YOU and your advisers offering the American people that will be any different? Is it the doctrine of the Mormon, Glenn Beck?
“I’m not running to be ‘Pastor-In-Chief.’ It is not the calling of a political leader to deliver the salvation message. That is the calling of us as believers, it’s the calling of a pastor but it’s a different role to be a political leader.”
Just exactly do you want to lead the people into? I suppose, if you are a secularist looking to line your pockets, like most political leaders, well than that philosophy applies. However, your role SHOULD be to lead the people in the ways of God, just as some of the kings of Israel did.
The writer for Breitbart notes “Cruz was quick to point out that he will not be ashamed of being a Christian.”
“I am a Christian and the Word says if you are ashamed of Jesus He will be ashamed of you. I don’t intend to have that conversation with my maker,” Cruz said.
Well at least he got that one right, the part about being ashamed of Jesus! Matthew 10:32-33 “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.”
What MR. Cruz is conveying to us is that he will work to keep the status quo. To promote the current agenda. He will leave the altars to Baal erected just as Azariah did. Cruz will not disturb the altars of Catholicism, or any other pagan altars. He will allow them to remain in place, just as all the others! They ALL will continue to require that the “sons and daughters pass through the fire”
2nd Kings 15:1-4 “In the twenty and seventh year of Jeroboam king of Israel began Azariah son of Amaziah king of Judah to reign.2 Sixteen years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned two and fifty years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Jecholiah of Jerusalem.3 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Amaziah had done; 4 Save that the high places were not removed: the people sacrificed and burnt incense still on the high places.”
“My responsibility as president is to defend the constitutional rights of every American, to keep every American safe,” he added.
Yes, Mr. Cruz. You are right there! Your responsibility to the welfare of Americans should include putting a stop ILLEGAL Immigration, by closing the boarders. Followed closely by rounding up and KICKING OUT ALL Illegals and ALL Muslim adherents! You have made it abundantly clear that you WILL NOT!
The following will give you a clear idea of what America, and the rest of the world, needs in a leader, a king if you will.
2nd Kings 22:1-2 “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.”
Eight years old?! It seems that a CHILD has more sense than some adults! The majority of the kings that ruled Israel before and after Josiah, were evil and “did evil in the sight of the LORD” Click on this link to find an excellent chart of The Kings of Israel & Judah showing which kings did “right” and which ones did “evil”. Sadly, the majority did “EVIL”
2nd Kings 22:13 “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.”
If a leader will hearken to the Word of the LORD as Josiah did, then the wrath of God upon the people will be stayed. Unfortunately, hearkening to the Word of the Lord will not be the path of Cruz or any of our current politicians. Sadly, we do not even see this from our current religious leaders. None of our leaders will do “right in the sight of the LORD”, they pander to the demands of a generation wicked in heart and the demands of their puppeteers!
Go back one chapter to 2nd Kings 22:1-7 “Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Hephzibah.2 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, after the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.3 For he built up again the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; and he reared up altars for Baal, and made a grove, as did Ahab king of Israel; and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them.4 And he built altars in the house of the LORD, of which the LORD said, In Jerusalem will I put my name.5 And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD.6 And he made his son pass through the fire, and observed times, and used enchantments, and dealt with familiar spirits and wizards: he wrought much wickedness in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger. 7 And he set a graven image of the grove that he had made in the house, of which the LORD said to David, and to Solomon his son, In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all tribes of Israel, will I put my name for ever:
This is what the leaders of the world are doing today. They are building altars to Baal and making “sons pass through the fire” with all of the wars, murder and mayhem that currently taking place!
IF, IF we had a man of God who would stand up in America and do as Josiah did, Then and only then would God move his hand, and deliver us from what is to come.
2nd Kings 22:14-20 “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,16 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:17 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.
God was about to allow Satan to have his way once again with a rebellious, evil people. I believe that is where we are right now, as a nation. Our nation has provoked God to anger, as the Word says, because of “all the works of their hands”. We have murdered over 50+ million innocent babies; we have allowed the trafficking of human beings, in the sex trades; we have accepted all manner of immorality and perversion; we a have become a nation addicted to all kinds of pharmaceuticals, both legal and illegal; we practice all kinds of pagan activities and worship pagan deities; we seek after interaction with ghosts, demons and extraterrestrials (which are really all the same thing); we are fascinated with horror, death and blood; we have become rebellious, selfish, and sadistic, committing every kind of sin and abomination, before the Lord. We love the lie and hate the truth, and we think Satan is our friend.
Here is what happened when the Word was read to Josiah and he acted on that Word.
Verses 18-20 “But to the King of Judah, which sent you to inquire of the Lord, thus shall you say to him, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, As touching the words which thou hast heard;19 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.20 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.”
If we could have a president that WOULD “act as a pastor” over the nation and cry out to God and repent for the iniquities of this nation, we would see verses 18 & 19 above come to pass. Sadly, this will NOT happen. Cruz, as he has already stated, will not do “right in the sight of the LORD”, nor will any other candidate, Republican or Democrat!
We need a Hezekiah who will do as the Word states in 2nd Kings 18:3-7 “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.5 He trusted in the LORD God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him. 6 For he clave to the LORD, and departed not from following him, but kept his commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses.7 And the LORD was with him; and he prospered whithersoever he went forth: and he rebelled against the king of Assyria, and served him not.”
When is America going to have a leader who will NOT take orders from the god of this world system and his minions? Who will remove the “high places, break the images, cut down the groves and break the idols that are erected to false gods?
Proverbs 29:2 “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”
Jerimiah 6:16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.
Continued in Part 3 Let’s take a look and see what happens when the Leader, the King, DISOBEYS the LORD!