At the same time as Elisha, lived a man called Naaman. Naaman had leprosy and was the captain of the Syrian army.
Naaman’s Israelite servant said, “If Naaman would visit the prophet of God in Israel, he would be healed.”
The king sent a servant to Naaman saying, “Go, and I will write a letter to the king of Israel.”
So Naaman set off with presents of silver, gold and clothing.
The king of Israel, was furious, “Am I God that I can heal a man of leprosy.”
Naaman was given this message by Elisha’s servant, “Wash in the river Jordan seven times, and you will be healed.”
But because Elisha didn’t come out, Naaman was angry, “There are rivers elsewhere where I can wash, that are cleaner than the rivers of Israel”
His servant spoke, “If the prophet wanted you to do something big, would you have done it?”
After calming down, Naaman went to the river and washed six times, and he was still a leper.
Then he washed the seventh time and his flesh became as pure as a child’s.
Naaman raced back to the house of Elisha with an offering of thanks.
But Elisha would not accept a gift.
However, Elisha’s servant ran after Naaman saying, “My master will accept some silver and some clothes for two guests.”
So Naaman granted his request.
Then Elisha’s servant hid the silver and clothes. Elisha said to the servant;
“This is not a time to receive gifts! The leprosy that Naaman had shall be on you.” And Elishia’s servant went out a leper.
Ever since the Lord took the kingdom from Solomon,
There was the kingdom of Judah in the south, and the kingdom of Israel in the north.
790 years before Christ, war broke out between Judah and Israel.
There are many kings recorded in the Bible during this period and it was around the time of 750 to 700 BC. That Amos, Hosea, Isaiah and Micah began to prophecy.
Against Israel’s disobedience; the coming destruction of Jerusalem and the coming of the Messiah.
This takes us through to the year 643 BC, when Amon was the king over Judah. Amon was a wicked king, and had turned away from the living God, to worship idols and images.
He was King from the age of twenty two to twenty five, when he was murdered by his servants.
Amon had a young son called, Josiah.
In the year 640 BC the people made eight year old Josiah their king.
When Josiah was twenty, he began to get rid of the idols from the land.
Two years later, he decided to refurbish Solomon’s temple.
Plans were drawn, and workmen were employed.
Money was collected to pay the carpenters and stonemasons.
In the temple they found the book of the law.
“Your majesty, we have discovered a book in the temple.” Josiah asked them to read it.
Josiah responded, “This is terrible that we haven’t kept the law of the Lord, His anger against us must be great.”
A prophetess, who lived in Jerusalem said, “The Lord God of Israel says, because the king has humbled himself, I will not punish the people during his lifetime.”
King Josiah stood in the temple and read the law to all of the people of Jerusalem.
Then everyone agreed to keep the commandments of God.
Every image, idol and altar used to worship other gods, was destroyed.
King Josiah turned the hearts of the people back to the Lord.
Josiah reigned for 31 years in Jerusalem, between 640 to 609 B.C.
During this time, Zephaniah prophesied the total destruction of Jerusalem and the dispersion of it’s inhabitants.
In 628 B.C. Jeremiah began to prophecy. In Chapter 25 he prophecies very clearly, there is a 70 year captivity just about to take place.
Also Nahum in 612 prophesied.
The destruction of Nineveh.
Two years after Josiah’s reign as king, in 607 Habakkuk began to prophecy, concerning the destruction of Jerusalem.
Twenty three years after Josiah’s reign, Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon besieged Jerusalem.
On August the 14th 586 years before Christ.
The total destruction of Jerusalem and the temple began, as prophesied by the prophets.