Michael Colunga (3 Aug 2011)
"An explanation of 2 Kings 22:20"

Hello, John and Doves,
I owe you an explanation of why I think 2 Kings 22:20 is so important to us, as we approach the middle of the 70th week of Daniel.
We are nearly 3 years into the 70th week, and we have seen many good and wonderful, spirit-filled Christians [really, full-blown disciples of Yeshua] pass on to glory.
We read about the short-term prophecy concerning the death of good king Josiah here:
    " '...So I have indeed heard you, says the LORD.  So I will not send the promised disaster until after you have died and been buried in peace.  You will not see the disaster....' "
                                        2 Kings 19-20  NLT [New Living Translation]
Compare that passage to this one in Isaiah:
    "Good people pass away; the godly often die before their time, but no one seems to care or wonder why.  No one seems to understand that God is protecting them from the evil to come.  For those who follow godly paths will rest in peace when they die."  Isaiah 57:1-2  NLT
Now, let us consider how this all relates to us who remain until the coming of the LORD for His Bride.  There are five passages to view in particular.
First, let's look at the book of Acts:
    "As they strained to see him rising into heaven,
        two white-robed men suddenly stood among them.
'Men of Galilee,' they said, 'why are you standing
    there staring into heaven?
Jesus has been taken from you into heaven,
    but someday he will return in the same way you saw him go!' "  Acts 1:10-11  NLT
This is Jesus' Second Coming, when He will descend to the Mount of Olives, and thereby cause it to be split by an east-west valley, pointing to the Gate Beautiful.  This is due on 15 Tishrei 5776, which, if certain calendars are correct, should be on September 23, 2015.  Take heart!
Secondly, let's look at 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.
    "And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers
who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope.  For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died.
    "We tell you this directly from the Lord:  We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died.  For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God.  First, the Christians who have died will rise from their graves.  Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.  Then we will be with the Lord forever.  So encourage each other with these words."
                                                                                1 Thessalonians 4:13-18  NLT
This passage speaks of the rapture of the saints prior to the midpoint of the 70th week, that is before the middle of April 2012.
    To be sure, many saints have been martyred recently, but we will not all die:
    "What I am saying, dear brothers and sisters, is that our physical bodies cannot inherit the kingdom of God.  These dying bodies cannot inherit what will last forever.
    "But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret.  We will not all die, but we will be all transformed!  It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown.  For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever.  And we who are living will also be transformed.  For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies."
                                                                                1 Corinthians 15:50-53  NLT
Last of all, let's look at why we should take YHWH at His Word, concerning the promises we have just read.
There are two passages, the fourth and fifth of what we'll view, that are paramount in believing that the LORD both intends and is able to keep His Word to us.
    "The LORD's promises are pure,
            like silver refined in a furnace, purified seven times over.
    "Therefore, LORD, we know you will protect the oppressed,
        preserving them forever from this lying generation,
    even though the wicked strut about,
            and evil is praised throughout the land."  Psalm 12:6-8  NLT
The following verses are an anchor for our faith:
    "The rain and snow come down from the heavens
            and stay on the ground to water the earth.
    "They cause the grain to grow,
            producing seed for the farmer
            and bread for the hungry.
    "It is the same with my word.
            I send it out, and it always produces fruit.
    "It will accomplish all I want it to.
            and it will prosper everywhere I send it."  Isaiah 55:10-11  NLT       
This is the Word of the LORD.  Thanks be to God.
Baruch HaShem Adonai,
Mike C.