The watchman was led to read all about the last good king of Judah, Josiah who became king at right years old and reigned for thirty one years. After he read the amazing record of Josiah, who despite his young age as king went on to become the last good king of Judah, the watchman realized in his spirit that this was the king for end days. It was end days then for a nation which self-destructed after Josiah’s reign just as the Lord had prophesied. It is also a wakeup call for churches today. This is the ‘last good king times’. Where, if any, are the last godly kings?
Prior to the finding of the book of the Law, young King Josiah could not rely on his own family to teach him about God. His father and grandfather did what was evil in God’s sight. They both worshiped idols, abandoned the Lord God, and refused to follow the Lord’s ways. It was a most dangerous life that demanded absolute godliness and trust on the goodness of God. Josiah was somehow supernaturally trained to become a king with royal ‘priesthood’. His role was to re-build a holy nation, a royal priesthood and a special people for God. During his lifetime he did succeed. in getting the nation to follow him in these godly goals.
How did God see this young king? How did this last good king see God? These are the keys to these end days victorious crossing when God sees and tests our character and time is set for drastic character transformation. Many will be offended. Many will not make it because taking offense means staying in the snare of the fowlers…(the enemy’s trap)
_________________Bible verses: (quoted in parts. Read the whole historical record of this king in 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles for more complete understanding of he matters at hand)
1 Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. 2 And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in the ways of his father David; he did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. 3 For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, he began to seek the God of his father David; and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of the high places, the wooden images, the carved images, and the molded images,… 6 And so he did in the cities of Manasseh, Ephraim, and Simeon, as far as Naphtali and all around, …throughout all the land of Israel, he returned to Jerusalem.
8 In the eighteenth year of his reign, when he had purged the land and the temple,he sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, Maaseiah the governor of the city, and Joah the son of Joahaz the recorder, to repair the house of the Lord his God.
14 Now …the priest found the Book of the Law of the Lord given by Moses… 16 So Shaphan carried the book to the king,..
19 Thus it happened, when the king heard the words of the Law, that he tore his clothes. 20 Then the king commanded Hilkiah, Ahikam .., Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah a servant of the king, saying, 21 “Go, inquire of the Lord for me, and for those who are left in Israel and Judah, concerning the words of the book that is found; for great is the wrath of the Lord that is poured out on us, because our fathers have not kept the word of the Lord, to do according to all that is written in this book.” 22 So Hilkiah and those the king had appointed went to Huldah the prophetess, …
23 Then she answered them, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel, ‘Tell the man who sent you to Me, 24 “Thus says the Lord: ‘Behold, I will bring calamity on this place and on its inhabitants,…26 But as for the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of the Lord, in this manner you shall speak to him, ‘Thus says the Lord God of Israel: “Concerning the words which you have heard— 27 because your heart was tender, and you humbled yourself before God when you heard His words against this place and against its inhabitants, and you humbled yourself before Me, and you tore your clothes and wept before Me, I also have heard you,” says the Lord. 28 “Surely I will gather you to your fathers, and you shall be gathered to your grave in peace; and your eyes shall not see all the calamity which I will bring on this place and its inhabitants.”’” So they brought back word to the king.
Josiah Restores True Worship
29 Then the king sent and gathered all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem. 30 The king went up to the house of the Lord, with all the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem—the priests and the Levites, and all the people, great and small. And he read in their hearing all the words of the Book of the Covenant which had been found in the house of the Lord. 31 Then the king stood in his place and made a covenant before the Lord, to follow the Lord, and to keep His commandments and His testimonies and His statutes with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of the covenant that were written in this book. 32 And he made all who were present in Jerusalem and Benjamin take a stand. So the inhabitants of Jerusalem did according to the covenant of God, the God of their fathers. 33 Thus Josiah removed all the abominations from all the country that belonged to the children of Israel, and made all who were present in Israel diligently serve the Lord their God. All his days they did not depart from following the Lord God of their fathers.
1 Now Josiah kept a Passover to the Lord in Jerusalem, and they slaughtered the Passover lambs on the fourteenth day of the first month. 2 And he set the priests in their duties and encouraged them for the service of the house of the Lord. 3 Then he said to the Levites who taught all Israel, who were holy to the Lord: “Put the holy ark in the house which Solomon the son of David, king of Israel, built. It shall no longer be a burden on your shoulders. Now serve the Lord your God and His people Israel…
16 So all the service of the Lord was prepared the same day, to keep the Passover …18 There had been no Passover kept in Israel like that since the days of Samuel the prophet; and none of the kings of Israel had kept such a Passover as Josiah kept, with the priests and the Levites, all Judah and Israel who were present, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 19 In the eighteenth year of the reign of Josiah this Passover was kept…
26 Now the rest of the acts of Josiah and his goodness, according to what was written in the Law of the Lord, 27 and his deeds from first to last, indeed they are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah.