|This is a study of the dates
mentioned in the Bible and whether they have any prophetic significance for
King Josiah Keeps the Passover
Josiah's revival and Jeremiah's feast day
2 Kings 23
1 And the king sent, and they
gathered unto him all the elders of Judah and of Jerusalem.
2 And the king went up into the house of the LORD, and all the men
of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem with him, and the
priests, and the prophets, and all the people, both small and great:
and he read in their ears all the words of the book of the covenant
which was found in the house of the LORD.
3 And the king stood by a pillar, and made a covenant before the
LORD, to walk after the LORD, and to keep his commandments and his
testimonies and his statutes with all their heart and all their soul,
to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book.
And all the people stood to the covenant. (This
is similar to Moses speech to the people just before crossing the they
crossed the Jordan.)
In verses 4-21 King Josiah brought
religious reform including verse 5 And he put down the idolatrous
priests, and verse 7 And he brake down the houses of the
sodomites, that were by the
house of the LORD,
What do you call the house next to the church? Very often it is the
parsonage. The Clergyman's home. So, apparently ordaining homosexuals
to the ministry is nothing new.
2 Kings 23
21 And the king commanded all the people, saying, Keep the passover
unto the LORD your God, as it is written in the book of this covenant.
22 Surely there was not holden such a passover from the days of the
judges that judged Israel, nor in all the days of the kings of Israel,
nor of the kings of Judah;
23 But in the eighteenth year of king Josiah, wherein this passover
was holden to the LORD in Jerusalem.
24 Moreover the workers with familiar spirits, and the wizards, and
the images, and the idols, and all the abominations that were spied in
the land of Judah and in Jerusalem, did Josiah put away, that he might
perform the words of the law which were written in the book that
Hilkiah the priest found in the house of the LORD.
25 And like unto him was there no king before him, that 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; neither after him arose
there any like him.
2 Chronicles 35
1 Moreover Josiah kept a passover unto the LORD in Jerusalem: and
they killed the passover on the fourteenth day of the first month.
2 And he set the priests in their charges, and encouraged them to the
service of the house of the LORD,
3 And said unto the Levites that taught all Israel, which were holy
unto the LORD, Put the holy ark in the house which Solomon the son of
David king of Israel did build; it shall not be a burden upon your
shoulders: serve now the LORD your God, and his people Israel,
17 And the children of Israel that were present kept the passover
at that time, and the feast of unleavened bread seven days.
18 And there was no passover like to that kept in Israel from the days
of Samuel the prophet; neither did all the kings of Israel keep such a
passover as Josiah kept, and the priests, and the Levites, and all
Judah and Israel that were present, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
19 In the eighteenth year of the reign of Josiah was this passover
Jeremiah's Feast Day Sermons
1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
2 Stand in the gate of the LORD's house, and proclaim there this word,
and say, Hear the word of the LORD, all ye of Judah, that enter in at
these gates to worship the LORD.
3 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your ways and
your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place.
4 Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the LORD, The
temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, are these.
5 For if ye throughly amend your ways and your doings; if ye throughly
execute judgment between a man and his neighbour;
6 If ye oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and
shed not innocent blood in this place, neither walk after other gods
to your hurt:
7 Then will I cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I
gave to your fathers, for ever and ever.
8 Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit.
9 Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and
burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not;
10 And come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my
name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations?
(The law is done away in Jesus.)
11 Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers
in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the LORD.
12 But go ye now unto my place which was in Shiloh, where I set my
name at the first, and see what I did to it for the wickedness of my
13 And now, because ye have done all these works, saith the LORD, and
I spake unto you, rising up early and speaking, but ye heard not; and
I called you, but ye answered not;
14 Therefore will I do unto this house, which is called by my name,
wherein ye trust, and unto the place which I gave to you and to your
fathers, as I have done to Shiloh.
15 And I will cast you out of my sight, as I have cast out all your
brethren, even the whole seed of Ephraim.
16 Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor
prayer for them, neither make intercession to me: for I will not hear
17 Seest thou not what they do in the cities of Judah and in the
streets of Jerusalem?
18 The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the
women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven,
(The queen of heaven's name is Easter.)
and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke
me to anger.
|Easter originally a Saxon word (Eostre),
denoting a goddess of the Saxons, in honor of whom sacrifices
were offered about the time of the Passover. Hence the name came
to be given to the festival of the Resurrection of Christ, which
occurred at the time of the Passover. In the early English
versions this word was frequently used as the translation of the
Greek pascha (the Passover). When the Authorized Version (1611)
was formed, the word "passover" was used in all passages in
which this word pascha occurred, except in Act 12:4. In the
Revised Version the proper word, "passover," is always used.
Source: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
19 Do they provoke me to anger? saith the LORD: do
they not provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces?
20 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, mine anger and my fury
shall be poured out upon this place, upon man, and upon beast, and
upon the trees of the field, and upon the fruit of the ground; and it
shall burn, and shall not be quenched.
the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Put your burnt offerings
unto your sacrifices, and eat flesh.
22 For I
not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought
them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or
23 But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will
be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways
that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.
24 But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the
counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went
backward, and not forward.
25 Since the day that your fathers came forth out of the land of Egypt
unto this day I have even sent unto you all my servants the prophets,
daily rising up early and sending them:
26 Yet they hearkened not unto me, nor inclined their ear, but
hardened their neck: they did worse than their fathers.
27 Therefore thou shalt speak all these words unto them; but they will
not hearken to thee: thou shalt also call unto them; but they will not
28 But thou shalt say unto them, This is a nation that obeyeth not the
voice of the LORD their God, nor receiveth correction: truth is
perished, and is cut off from their mouth.
29 Cut off thine hair, O Jerusalem, and cast it away, and take up a
lamentation on high places; for the LORD hath rejected and forsaken
the generation of his wrath.
30 For the children of Judah have done evil in my sight, saith the
LORD: they have set their abominations in the house which is called by
my name, to pollute it.
31 And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the
valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in
the fire; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my heart.
32 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that it shall no
more be called Tophet, nor the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the
valley of slaughter: for they shall bury in Tophet, till there be no
33 And the carcasses of this people shall be meat for the fowls of the
heaven, and for the beasts of the earth; and none shall fray them
34 Then will I cause to cease from the cities of Judah, and from the
streets of Jerusalem, the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness,
the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride: for the land
shall be desolate.
Jeremiah 8,9,10 11 and 12 are additional feast
Thus far revival and reformation have been works of
government. The clergy were too corrupt to maintain the true religion.
Suggested next subject:
Ezra Keeps the Passover.
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First page in this series.
Bible Holidays are statutes under the law
Thou shalt keep holy the Sabbath day.