In a final bid for survival, Aram and Northern Israel join forces and attack Judah leaving a devastating wake of destruction and death in their wake. The wicked King Ahaz and the rest of the nation of Judah hide behind their remaining cities and their city walls. In the midst of the siege, the prophet Isaiah brings a message of hope to a desperate nation and its wicked king.
While the prophet Isaiah prophesies from the city, Micah prophecies from the country. The prophecies of Micah focus on the location of Judah and Israel, they vary dramatically from the time perspective. Speaking judgment words in his generation, Micah also speaks to the Messianic age and the end of the age. In this episode, we cover the significant prophecies of Micah.
The Book of Micah
When Uzziah was struck with leprosy, Jotham became king In Jerusalem. He proves to be a faithful and great king. Upon his death, Ahaz becomes king and proves to be one of the wickedest kings to ever rule in Israel. In this episode, we emphasize the wickedness of Ahaz and set the scene for one of the greatest prophecies of all time.
2 Chronicles 27
In preparation for a life of visions and prophecies, Isaiah has a most powerful heavenly encounter. Tune in as Isaiah encounters the Lord in a heavenly vision and we recount other prophets and their experiences in heaven and we meet the four living creatures who reside at God's throne in heaven.
At the height of Northern Israel's power, God tells the prophet Hoshea to marry a prostitute. Hoshea married Gomer, the prostitute, and went on to have at least three children. Within a short while, Gomer leaves Hoshea and returns to her prostitution and idol worship. The entire account of Hoshea parallels the sin of Gomer to Israel's unfaithfulness to God.
The Book of Hoshea
Around the year 753 BC, the city of Rome was founded and two of the greatest Messianic prophets were born. In this episode, we discuss the founding of Rome and the birth of the prophets Isaiah and Micah and their significance to the greatest story ever told.
Last episode, we dropped Jonah off on a beach on the Eastern Mediterranean being spit out by a giant fish. Dehydrated, oxygen deprived, and humbled Jonah sets off to Ninevah to preach to the violent Assyrians. Instead of a violent mob out to kill Jonah, the geopolitically troubled, plague-ridden, earthquake shaken city was more than prepared for a message from God. The response is the greatest city revival in all of Biblical History.
In the midst of the prosperity in the age of Jeroboam II, Jonah receives a word to preach to the gentile people in Ninevah. Instead of going to Ninevah, he goes in the opposite direction and runs from God. In this episode, we discuss Jonah's salvation in the Meditteranean and the sign of Jesus it represents and the Harrowing of Hell.
During the prosperity and rise of Northern Israel, a great increase comes over the Kingdom of Judah as well under the rule of King Uzziah. Uzziah is a far better king than his father, but he suffers from the same fatal flaw - pride. King Uzziah organizes his nation and army and proves to an administrative and engineering genius, but in the end, he is only remembered for his pride and an awful disease.