Sept 12, 2015
I asked my friend Levi to explain the prophetic significance of Isa 38. He answered below:
“King Hezekiah of Judah had a bad case of religious pride, and, thus, the Lord’s prophet sent him a message of impending doom. Hezekiah, meaning “strength of YHVH,” was brought down from his mountain and made to cry-out in weakness- that God would remove His death sentence decree. As it is written in the Scriptures- “Or let him take hold of My strength, that he may make peace with Me, and he shall make peace with Me” (Isa. 27:5)- the king knew that where his own strength had failed, God’s could deliver.
In the story of King Hezekiah we have an example of all who will be saved and presented before the Sabbath throne of the Lord. Being the 12th king of the nation of Judah, he also served as a sign of when the boundaries of the nations are reached, as according to the number of the children of Jacob, which is a 12,000-year boundary of time that I cannot here go into great detail. Beyond six days of God’s restorative work in Genesis, six millennial days must pass before the elect are presented at the Great Sabbath. Yet the story gets even more interesting we can Hezekiah as an example for those who seek life beyond death through the cross of Christ:
“Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, ‘Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, “I have heard they prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal: and on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house [Temple] of the LORD.”’” (2 Kin. 20:5) KJV; quo. & intrpl. mine
What the above passage means prophetically is that those who have earnestly sought salvation will be healed, and on the third millennial day from the cross, we will live in His sight (see Hos. 6:1-2). In this small foreshadowing of Hezekiah, we also perceive a gathering unto the Temple of the Lord; the Lord delivering Jerusalem from the Antichrist during the Apocalypse; and that the reason for Jerusalem’s salvation is the “beloved” King Messiah, as was promised to King David.
“And I [YHVH] will add unto thy [Hezekiah’s] days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city [Jerusalem] out of the hand of the king of Assyria [Antichrist]; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake.” (2 Kin. 20:6)KJV; quo. & intrpl. mine
At this point we might expect the customary instant and miraculous healing of God for the Judean king, who represents all who are made “kings and high priests” unto the Lord. However, as we continue reading we learn that such was not the case. God was not yet finished with His parable for parallels of things to come. As we continue to learn from the story, keep in mind that the fig tree often symbolizes Israel in Scripture, and the peace thereof. And when Israel begins to take in the Sun of Righteousness, with healing in His wings (as written in Mal. 4), the Beast will be punished as the elect are saved (cf. Matt. 24:32-33; Rev. 6:13). In other words, when Jews begin to accept the Messiah as a nation, and have their religious pride healed by God, all should prepare for the midnight doorway into the Great Sabbath millennium.
And Isaiah said, “Take a lump of figs.” And they took and laid it on the boil [unrighteous swelling of pride], and he recovered [was restored]. (2 Kin. 20:7) KJV; quo. & intrpl. mine
The next prophetic sign of the Day of the Lord, via Hezekiah’s healing, is that the day will be peculiar in its timing, as when Yeshua figuratively made the sun sit still as they battled for the Promised Land; this Day that is known only to the Lord is also prophesied in Zechariah 14:1-7 (also see Matt. 24:36).
And Hezekiah said unto Isaiah, “What shall be the sign that the LORD will heal me, and that I shall go up into the house [Temple] of the LORD the third day?” And Isaiah said, “This sign shalt thou have of the LORD, that the LORD will do the thing that he hath spoken: shall the shadow go forward ten degrees, or go back ten degrees?” And Hezekiah answered, “It is a light thing for the shadow to go down ten degrees: nay, but let the shadow return backward ten degrees.” And Isaiah the prophet cried unto the LORD: and he brought the shadow ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down in the dial of Ahaz [he “who takes”]. (2 Kin. 20:8-11) KJV; quo. & intrpl. mine
What does this mean? The sign that we will be healed and gathered unto the Temple of the Lord on the third millennial day involves the light of the Sun of Righteousness. God is able to turn back time and restore all things, if we only ask for more enlightenment. The march of darkness and the shadow of death can be reversed, and “he who takes” of our time must give life back, if we look back to the tenth millennial day in the Moedim Paradigm. Moreover, what is our sign that God will heal us? He came to die in our place on the 10th millennial day to Israel (6,000 + 4,000), and from the cross to the grave, He arose from death on the third day to ascent to the Temple of God.
And the LORD said unto Moses, “Lo, I come unto thee in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with thee, and believe thee for ever.” And Moses told the words of the people unto the LORD. And the LORD said unto Moses, “Go to the people, and sanctify them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes, and be ready against the third day: for the third day the LORD will come down in the sight of all the people unto mount Sinai.” (Ex. 19:9-11) KJV; quo. & intrpl. mine
So as we now see, several signs of the times have been written in the short story of King Hezekiah’s healing, and they correlate with other parallels that will be fulfilled at the coming of Messiah. At that time the Body of Christ will be made whole and perfected, with a deeper cleansing from within than that which was written in the shadows of old.
And he [Yeshua] said unto them, “Go ye, and tell that fox [Roman Ruler], ‘Behold, I cast out devils, and do cure today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.’” (Luke 13:32) KJV; quo. & intrpl. mine.”