received the envoys and showed them all that was in his
storehouses--the silver, the gold, the spices and the fine olive
oil--his armory and everything found among his treasures. There was
nothing in his palace or in all his kingdom that Hezekiah did not show
them." 2 Kings 20:13
Okay, so you are probably thinking, "What does this passage of scripture have to do with me?"
the past week, the world has been glued to continuing news reports of
the terrorist activities in Paris, along with the "ever-so-wise"
decision (insert sarcastic tone) to extend an open invitation to
thousands of Syrian refugees within this nation.
like you, I have been watching...and listening...and praying, that
somehow God will intervene and stop this madness, but yet, whether He
chooses to step in at this time or allow sinful men (and women) to make
decisions that affect all of us, I have been clearly reminded of the
above story, that poses some eerily similar circumstances with
Hezekiah was king over Judah, and he reigned in Jerusalem for 29 years.
And, within that time period, he made less than intelligent decisions
that cost himself and the people within his kingdom, a dear price to
As we read in verse 13,
after messengers from Babylon came to Hezekiah under the guise of
bringing well wishes (because of Hezekiah's illness) from the Babylonian
King's son, King Hezekiah in return of their "kindness and generosity"
opened up the treasury of the kingdom and showed them everything the
people had in their possession - silver, gold, spices and fine oil, his
armory, etc. "There was nothing in his palace or in all his kingdom that
Hezekiah did not show them."
Do you see a pattern here?
was not a friend. They did not come on friendly terms. They came as a
Trojan horse, scoping out a land and a people that their bloodthirsty
mentality desired to overtake, and lucky for them, Hezekiah played right
into their hands.
if a flood wall had been breached, the King unknowingly let his guard
down and exposed not only himself, but his kingdom to the enemy.
soon as the men had left the palace, most assuredly grinning from ear
to ear over their fortune by way of Hezekiah's foolishness, Isaiah the
prophet declared these words to the King:
the word of the LORD: The time will surely come when everything in your
palace, and all that your fathers have stored up until this day, will
be carried of to Babylon. Nothing will be left, says the LORD, And some
of your descendants, your own flesh and blood, that will be born to you,
will be taken away, and they will become eunuchs in the palace of the
king of Babylon." vs. 16-18
happened just as Isaiah foretold. Babylon invaded Jerusalem and carried
off its plunder along with many of its inhabitants.
say all of this not to foretell of America's future, for that only
belongs in the wisdom and will of God Almighty. However, I do believe
that foolish decisions whether on a national level or a personal level,
can definitely usher in an enemy stronghold.
as Christians must stand firm in our faith. We must continuously seek
God's wisdom and discernment through prayer and Bible study, and we must
be ever vigilant, for the enemy prowls around like a roaring lion
seeking whom to devour, often doing so cleverly disguised in sheep's
As far as our
nation is concerned, the Bible is clear about end times events. Things
are playing out quickly and accurately. We, I believe, are close to the
midnight hour. Our Savior could return at any time, and that means we
must be ready.
said, keep praying. Keep standing. Keep sharing Christ with others. And
finally, don't lose faith. God will not abandon us. Even in Hezekiah's
day, God was faithful to those who kept their eyes on Him.
No matter what the future holds, we can rest assured WHO holds the future.