John of Patmos states at Rev. 13:3 – “One of the (seven) heads (of Judah) as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed.” So far this could not be said of Manasseh, Amon, Josiah, Jehoahaz nor Jehoiakim. The golden chain linking books at first sight appears broken.
One king and one only, must be mortally wounded. Otherwise, there would be an aberration and one could be left to wonder what are the seven heads. This is what happened to Christianity so they found seven hills of Rome. But, astonishingly, there is only one of the last seven last kings of Judah who was so wounded.
Wounded means “a victim” or “maimed,” and death, from thanatŏs means “made deadly silent” and “having no defense.” Now for the phrase, “and his deadly wound was healed.” Healed is from therapěnō, meaning “to wait upon menially” from Young’s lexicon. Which king of Judah, before Babylonian captivity, was deadly silent without defense, wounded?
Jehoiachin was the sixth of the seven last kings of Judah before total captivity by Babylon. “At that time Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came against Jerusalem … And he carried away all Jerusalem, and all the princes … And he carried away Jehoiachin to Babylon. And Nebuchadnezzar made Zedekiah, Jehoiachin’s uncle, king” (2 Kings 24:8–17).
This was a incontrovertible setback to Jehoiachin’s reputation. Jehoiachin’s dignity was maimed; deadly silence – he lost his kingship. There was no defense for Judah’s dethroned king. So, astonishingly, we have one king of the last seven kings that precisely fits the “wounded” model of Rev. 13:3.
Jehoiachin reigned for just 3 months and 10 days. Total captivity was pending:
1. “carried away Jehoiachin to Babylon, and the king’s mother, and the king’s wives, and his officers, and the mighty of the land” – 2 Kings 24:15
2. “And all the men of might, even seven thousand, and craftsmen and smiths a thousand, and all that were strong an apt for war” 24:16
3. “And the king of Babylon made Mattaniah his father’s brother king in his stead, and changed his name to Zedekiah” – 24:17
When Daniel look back it is easy to see the corruption that had inflicted Jewish governance of Judah.
John of Patmos added “only one of the last seven last kings of Judah who was so wounded” going further in the descriptive than Daniel. Daniel had stated the fourth beast was “diverse from all the beasts that were before it” – Saul (lion), David (bear) and Solomon the 666 leopard. Daniel went on to state “there came up another little horn, before whom three horns were plucked (Asher, Zebuluon, and Manasseh (plucked – means moved permanently to Jerusalem)”. Daniel descriptive says of the “little horn” – “and, behold, in his horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things” – Dan. 7:8.
Daniel had identified Judah as the “little horn” that arose – Judah had taken the reigns after the collapse of Israel’s 10 tribes who had succumbed to Assyria captivity.
Of even greater importance Daniel beheld the “Ancient of days”. Midrashic recall of the days of our life. Immediately Daniel, thanks to Gabriel, twittered “the judgment was set, and the books were opened” – Dan. 7:10. Daniel gained insight into the Ancient scribes layered midrash remembrance. He understood the Ceremonial types set up in Kings and Chronicles. He perceived the first Temple era and his second Temple era. Daniel with a little help then added the “Seventy weeks are determined” – Dan 9:24. And the book was closed to Paul’s epiphany and John of Patmos constructed the midrash message – a record from alpha to omega – “the Revelation of Jesus Christ” – Rev. 1:1 and “testimony of Jesus Christ” – Rev. 12:17. Christianity has never seen this capital R in “Revelation”. But the book is opening.
Now Jehoiachin was only “wounded” as Revelation states “his deadly wound was healed” Rev. 13.3. It came to pass in the seven and thirtieth year of the captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah … that Evilmeridach king of Babylon … lifted up the head of Jeroiachin king of Judah, and brought him forth out of prison. And spake kindly unto him, and set his throne above the throne of the kings that were with him in Babylon, and changed his prison garments: and he did continually eat bread before him all the days of his life (see Jer. 52:31–34).
So the deadly wound was healed as Jehoiachin was released by the king of Babylon. John of Patmos excels, challenging our imagination in his apocalyptic replication. Grasp it, and you will be in on your way to the holy land where many angels abide.
Can you see the golden chain?