The Last Days of Judah

Tonight (Wednesday, 1/25, 7:00 pm), gather with your Calvary Chapel family in the Holy Grounds Cafe' or on our website (, Facebook, and Youtube (Calvary Inverness) as we continue with our three-year journey through the Bible (2 Chronicles 33-36).
In the previous chapter, King Hezekiah had set his heart on cleansing the Temple and re-consecrating the Priesthood; a revival that began in the people's hearts led to a celebration of Passover and the reconsecration of the Temple unequaled since the dedication of the Temple by King Solomon. 
In the last days of his life, he became sick. Through the prophet Isaiah, he petitioned God to heal and extend his life. God graciously heard Hezekiah’s prayer and granted his request. And King Hezekiah lived for fifteen more years. 
It was during this extension of time that Hezekiah foolishly led the new rising power in the East, the Babylonians, through all of the fortifications of the city of Jerusalem. It reminds believers of the importance of being watchful and alert for the adversary, for Satan is like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. Therefore, God sent Isaiah to rebuke him, and to his credit, he humbly acknowledged his wrongdoing.
After Hezekiah’s death, his son Manasseh became King. He was an evil tyrant who provoked wrath from the Lord God of Heaven. And for the next fifty-five years, the citizens of Judah had to live under this vicious man. 
Seventy years later, Manasseh’s grandson, Josiah, became King at the tender age of eight. When he turned sixteen, he set his heart on leading his nation in a great reformation. The ramifications of his decision led to the greatest Passover celebration since the days of Samuel the Prophet. The nation mourned and memorialized his name as one of their greatest kings when he died.
Today, God is searching for men and women who, like Hezekiah and Josiah, are willing to stand up and lead their families, friends, and community in returning to Him. It will not be easy, nor will its message be accepted by everyone, but God has promised to be with those that dare to be useful vessels in His hands.
Please pray that this three-year journey through the Word of God will be received by open hearts that long to grow in the Grace and Knowledge of Jesus. And He would do deep and abiding work in and through us for a world in desperate need of a Savior.
In His Strong Love,

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