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Last November, I was in prayer concerning the election outcome when King Josiah came to mind.
Josiah ruled in a time of impending judgment. The former king, Manasseh, had defied God's law, and so God promised to turn Judah over to its enemies as the penalty for his evil ways. (See 2 Kings 21:10-15.)
But Josiah discovered God's law, repented and aggressively destroyed the prior king's evil works. As a result, God withheld judgment for a time.
Like Josiah, former President Donald J. Trump came in a time of impending judgment. Like Josiah, Trump succeeded a ruler who defied God's laws. And like Josiah, Trump came to know God during his term and implemented laws according to His laws, reversing his predecessor's works.
Why is this comparison meaningful? Jewish prophecy is not a Western model of prediction and outcome but rather one of patterns and paradigms. A biblical event can set a prophetic pattern or paradigm that may be repeated throughout history.
So if Trump's term echoed Josiah's reign, what could that tell us about his downfall, the destiny of his successors and the judgment to come?
A Similar Stage Was Set for Josiah and Trump
Josiah reigned after King Manasseh and his son Amon, whose brief rule was an extension of the practices of Manasseh. Manasseh embraced the culture and traditions of the peoples outside of Israel and worshipped their gods. Among his abominations, he rebuilt the altars to foreign gods and the houses of male cult prostitutes and made his sons pass through the fires of Molech. Manasseh even placed a foreign idol in the temple. (See 2 Kings 21:2-7.)
During his term, President Obama championed these same causes in a modern-day form: homosexual rights, transgenderism and abortion. Though he claimed to be a Christian, his statements reflected a pluralist view, equating the Judeo-Christian God to Islam's god. And his actions appeared to favor Islamic claims to Jerusalem over Israel, as demonstrated by abstaining from a UNESCO vote that ignored the Jewish roots of the Temple Mount.
These policies stood against God's Law, and it seemed that the country was running toward judgment. Only a radical change agent modeled after Josiah could forestall judgment.
A Radical Successor Comes
Josiah was like a bulldozer to the works of Manasseh. Josiah didn't just reverse his practices; he boldly destroyed them. He burned the altars in the high places, smashed memorial stones to dust and slaughtered the priests of the high places. In his zeal, he removed the foreign influence on Judah and reversed the past kings' works.
As Josiah was a bulldozer to Manasseh's legacy, Trump was to Obama's. Like King Josiah, Trump disregarded foreign influence and the globalist approach of his predecessor.
On this issue of abortion, he permitted states to defund Planned Parenthood, prohibited abortion funding overseas and appointed pro-life federal judges to life term seats. On transgenderism, Trump reversed policies to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms/locker rooms of their choice and barred transgender people from the military.
Finally, just as Josiah restored the temple in Jerusalem, Trump proclaimed Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the Jews.
I expected that with such a pro-God agenda, God would bless Trump to serve a second term. But his potential eight-year service was cut in half, just as Josiah's reign was cut short.
So, could Josiah's end offer some clues to Trump's loss?
Kevin Connelly is the author of West Clouds Rising, a blog which posts signs of the end of this age and explanations of biblical prophecy.
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