The Days of Hezekiah
Hezekiah was the only person in the Bible who knew the year of his death, after being granted an added fifteen years to live!
He was only 39 years old when the Prophet Isaiah came to him saying: 'You’re going to die'!
(Maybe he already knew about this, because it proved to be a boil, and a plaster of figs was used in the healing.)
Hezekiah had been a great and Godly king, so he prayed, and Isaiah returned to tell him the Lord had heard his prayer and would give him 15 more years.. So, when he was 54, his time was up and his 12 yr. old son, Manasseh began to rule.
The story is told in three books: in Isaiah chapters 36-39, and in 2Kings18-20 and 2Chron29-32. Plus a mention in Prov25:1.
'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 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 forth 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'. 2Kings20
Presumably, Hezekiah went outside and watched the shadow of the sundial backup, thereby assuring him of the Word of God and Isaiah, but his little baby boy Manasseh wasn’t born for another 3 years. Without the miracle of the added years, this link in David’s Dynasty would have been broken.
Today we don’t need Isaiah to tell us we’re going to die -- we know that. Things seem to be coming to a boil, as we look at the shadow of the changing times and see the wickedness all around.
We’ve nearly forgotten the hysteria of Y2K, and the relief in some quarters when it was ‘all over’. Or have we been in a countdown all along? Are we in the Hezekiah Days, and nearing The Lord's Third Day? Hosea4:6, 6:2
And all the people went "to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them". Neh8:12
"The foolishness of God is wiser than men; the weakness of God is stronger than men". 1Cor1:25
Dux allows: "It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out the matter". Pr25:2