After the Babylonians took Jerusalem, Judah became subject to Babylon. The humility of being subject to another nation was not enough to humble Jehoiakim. Thus, the Lord sent the prophet Jeremiah to rebuke him for his sin. In this episode, we cover Jeremiah's rebuke of Jehoiakim and the nation of Judah and the burned scroll.
Upon the death of King Josiah, Jehoahaz becomes king of Judah. His reign is only three months as the Egyptians assert their dominance over Israel. With massive war tribute demanded of him and the aggressiveness of the prophet Jeremiah in his courts, the wicked Jehoiakim rules the crumbling and judged nation of Judah. In the forth year of reign, the long awaiting conflict between Egypt and Babylon cumulates in the Battle of Carchemish.
2 Kings 23:31-37
2 Chronicles 36:1-8
As the Assyrians escape westward to Carchemish, they find an unlikely ally in Egypt. When the Babylonians march west to attack the Assyrians at Carchemish, Pharaoh Necho force marches his army to the relief of the Assyrians. To get there in time, he is must march through King Josiah's territory. In this episode, we cover the battle that occurs between Pharoah Necho and King Josiah and the consequences and spiritual thoughts on the battle.
2 Chronicles 35:20-24
2 Kings 23:29-30
In this episode, we cover the eighteen-year decline and fall of the Assyrian empire. It begins with the death of Ashurbanipal. Upon his death, a civil war breaks out in Assyria which severely weakens the Assyrian empire which enables every conquered nation to rise up against Assyrian dominance.
At the gates of Ashur, an alliance of nation states led by Nabopolassar, king of Babylon, and Cyaxeres, king of Media, is formed set on the total annihilation of the civilization of Assyria. In this episode, we cover the sieges of Ashur and Ninevah and the fulfillment of prophecies and the resetting of nation states.
The Book of Nahum
Within the palace of Jerusalem, another prophet of judgment arises. The prophet Zephaniah prophesies about the absolute destruction of the world, yet he ends his prophecies with hope and God's love for his people.
The Book of Zephaniah
After King Josiah conducts his revival in Judah, geopolitical circumstances invite Josiah to expand his policies and revival into Northern Israel. Invading Northern Israel with this army, he sets his priority to the tearing down of strongholds vs. kingdom expansion. His actions at Bethel are prophetic and speak to a potential Biblical theory on the history of civilizations.
2 Kings 22:15-25
1 Kings 13:1-3
Josiah became king at the age of eight. In his sixteenth year, he began to encounter God and around his twenty-sixth year, something overtakes him. Upon the discovery of the lost scrolls of Moses, he is overcome with Godly grief, yet filled with a zeal to fulfill God's law, word for word. His actions personify the Zeal of the Lord.
2 Kings 22
2 Kings 23:1-14
Modelling conversational prayer, the Prophet Habakkuk beseeches the Lord about the wickedness of the world. The Lord's answer speaks to the end of the Assyrians and the rise of the Babylonians. Not satisfied with another world empire, Habakkuk asks for the Lord himself to judge. The Lord's response is the most powerful part of the book of Habakkuk.
The Book of Habakkuk
The calling of the prophet Jeremiah parallels the calling of the prophet Samuel, due to their age, the relational aspect and the immediacy of the prophecies. Despite this, something significant separates the calling of Jeremiah. Its the first words of his calling, 'before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.' It's these words that set apart his calling and the callings of men and women of God.