In 2 Kings 22-23 we find the story of Josiah, King of Judah.
Josiah was only eight years old when he started to reign as king, but unlike his evil father Manasseh (and many kings before him), “he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord” (2 Kings 22:2).
It may have taken Josiah eighteen years to discover the truth about Judah’s wayward past, but he was quick to act.
Josiah’s transformation of Israel was profound.
In less than a year, he destroyed every altar and artifact of worship erected to any false god, from the time of Solomon to his father. He even reestablished Passover.
“Before him there was no king like him, who 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, nor did any like him arise after him” (2 Kings 23:25 ESV).
Today, Israel needs the same type of spiritual awakening.
According to Breaking Israel News, there appears to be a stirring. People are asking about the timing of the coming Messiah.
According to the article, Rabbi Tovia Singer warns against trying to pinpoint a time, however, saying, “Isaiah says, ‘What will trigger, what will spark the coming of Moshiach? The repentance of the Jewish people.’ That the people of Israel return to the God of Israel. So if you say there’s a specific time, that means it has nothing to do with the repentance of the Jewish people.”
Beyond mere repentance, they need the veil removed that has prevented them from seeing the truth about Messiah.
“But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains intact, because only through Christ is it taken away. Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed” (2 Corinthians 3:14-16 ESV).
Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth echoes the prophet Isaiah concerning Israel in the last days.
“O LORD, why do you make us wander from your ways and harden our heart, so that we fear you not? Return for the sake of your servants, the tribes of your heritage” (Isaiah 63:17 ESV).
Despite the temporary hardening, Isaiah does paint a vivid picture of a truly repentant Israel in the last days.
“From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him. You meet him who joyfully works righteousness, those who remember you in your ways. Behold, you were angry, and we sinned; in our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved? We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. There is no one who calls upon your name, who rouses himself to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have made us melt in the hand of our iniquities” (Isaiah 64:4-7 ESV).
It is not too late for Israel. Jeremiah 31:31-34 speaks of the New Covenant.
Although the passage below specifically applied to the Babylonian captivity, neither God’s character nor His love for Israel has changed.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” Jeremiah 29:11 ESV).
It is time for faithful followers of Jesus Christ to join their hearts together, interceding for the Lord to remove the veil and pour out His Spirit on His chosen people, Israel!
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