Despite Josiah’s reforms “his (Lord) anger was kindled against Judah” – the 3rd Head of the 7 Headed Diverse Beast
After Manasseh and Amon the Jewish nation never recovered to any extent. The next King Josiah made valiant attempts and reform. After Josiah it was all downhill with Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin and finally Zedekiah. For Israel, the Suffering Servant, and Man of Sorrows the calamity was worse than hell.
We are looking at the aspects of the Diverse beast of Daniel – the seven heads of Judah. Daniel recorded the decline of his nation following the appointment of beastly kings and then the two despicable kingdoms’ governance thereof.
But let’s first look at Josiah’s major reforms and then read what the Lord said immediately about Judah going forward from Josiah:
1. Josiah burnt all the vessels that were made for Baal … burning them without Jerusalem. These vessels burnt “incense … to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven” – 2 Kings 23:5
2. Josiah “brought out the grove from the house of the Lord … and burned … and cast the powder thereof upon the graves of the children” – 23:6
3. Josiah “brake down the houses of the sodomites” – 23:7
4. Josiah “defiled the high places where the priests had burned incense … and break down the high places of the gates” – 23:8
5. Nevertheless some of Josiah’s reforms were ignored “the priests of the high places came not up to the altar … but did eat of unleavened bread” – 23:9
6. Josiah “took away the horses that the kings of Judah had given to the sun” – 23:11
7. Josiah beat down the altars “on top of the upper chamber of Ahaz” and the altars of “Manasseh” and cast the dust on them – 23:12
8. Josiah defiled the high places in Jerusalem “on the right hand of the mount of corruption” that Solomon had built for Ashtoreth, the abomination of Zidonians … and abomination of Moabites and Ammon did Josiah defile.
9. Josiah brake in pieces the images and groves and filled them with the bones of men – 23:14
10. He brake down the high place which Jeroboam who made Israel sin – 23:15
11. He slew “all the priests of the high places … and burned men’s bones” – 23:20
12. “Moreover the workers of familiar spirits, and the wizards, and the images, and the idols, and all the abominations that were spied in the land of Judah and Jerusalem” did he put away.
Although these were substantial the reforms did not take hold and so we have the clearest of all statements that the Diverse Beast would come under great wrath:
“Nonetheless, the Lord turned not from the fierceness of his great wrath, wherewith his anger was kindled against Judah, because of all the provocation that Manasseh had provoked him withal” – 2 Kings 23:26.
The diverse beast had to be defeated “I will remove Judah out of my sight, as I have removed Israel, and will cast off this city Jerusalem” – 23:26.
Josiah was slain soon afterwards in battle in the days of Pharoahnechoh from Egypt.
Christianty has built an altar of deceptiveness out of Isaiah 53:5 saying it was their westernised Christ “he was wounded for our transgression”. However the transgression has been the failure of our priests and ministers to revere the Ancient scribes telling – the plight of their Jewish people in pre-exilic times.
Daniel clearly understood the “little horn” to be Judah – seven heads before the nation was carried into Babylonian captivity (constriction of mind and body). Daniel’s era suffered at the hands of the many Jews who betrayed their nation in support of Alexander and Greek culture; and then the brute force inflicted by Antiochus Epiphanes. But after death and mourning there is always a period of resurrection, hope of a more equanimous future. The world was expanding from local, to state, to national and then global. The constructive component would confront destruction in the ever progression to a higher level where in Hebrew terminology the terrestrial would imitate the celestial generation and positivity.
Midrash enables us to celebrate our passover by our understanding of the suffering and falsehoods and gross misrepresentations.