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Background to Habakkuk – 2 Kings 21-24

2 Kings 21-24


The Timing of the Book of Habakkuk

From the Open Bible

Expanded Edition

Thomas Nelson Publishers

1985 Edition

The only explicit time reference in Habakkuk is to the Babylonian invasion as an imminent event (1:6: 2:1; 3:16).

Some scholars suggest Habakkuk was written during the reign of Manasseh (686-642 B.C.) or Amon (642-640 B.C.) because of the list of Judah’s sins in 1:2-4.  However, the descriptions of the Chaldeans indicate that Babylon had become a world power; and this was not true in the time of Manasseh, when Babylon was under the thumb of Assyria.

It is also unlikely that this prophecy took place in the time of King Josiah (640-609 B.C.), because the moral and spiritual reforms of Josiah do not fit the situation in 1:2-4.

The most likely date for the book is in the early part of Jehoiakim’s reign (609-597 B.C.).  Jehoiakim was a godless king who led the nation down the path of destruction (2 Kings 23:34-24:5; Jeremiah 22:17).

The Babylonians began to rise in power during the reign of Nabopolassar (626-605 B.C.), and in 612 B.C. they destroyed the Assyrian capital of Nineveh.

By the time of Jehoiakim, Babylon was the uncontested world power.  Nabopolassar’s successor, Nebuchadnezzar, came to power in 605 B.C. and carried out successful military expeditions in the west, advancing into Palestine and Egypt.

Nebuchadnezzar’s first invasion of Judah occurred in his first year, when he deported ten thousand of Jerusalem’s leaders to Babylon (2 Kings 24:14).  The nobles who oppressed and extorted from the poor were the first to be carried away.  Since Habakkuk prophesied prior to the Babylonian invasion, the probable date for this book is about 607 B.C.

King Josiah (640-609 B.C.) – Last good king of Judah; Jehoahaz – Son of Josiah, 609 B.C. (Deposed by Pharaoh Necho – died in Egypt); Jehoiakim (formally Eliakim) – Son of Josiah, 609-598 B.C. – Died in Jerusalem; Johoiachin (or Coniah – Jeremiah 37:1)  – Son of Jehoiakim 598 B.C. – Taken captive to Babylon; Zedekiah – Son of Jehoiakim – Taken captive to Babylon with his eyes put out.

The Inevitable Consequences of the Alien Invasion
By Bayou Renaissance Man
The idle musings of a former military man, former computer geek, medically retired pastor and now full-time writer. Contents guaranteed to offend the politically correct and anal-retentive from time to time. My approach to life is that it should be taken with a large helping of laughter, and sufficient firepower to keep it tamed!
September 25, 2023

Note from Pastor Kevin Lea: I believe this is an accurate analysis of what is happening at our border. I would like to add that the reason behind this invasive curse is sin. For the most part, Americans have turned their back against God and judgment is upon us. The globalists inspired by Satan are being used to destroy America in order to set up the global kingdom of the antichrist prophesied in Daniel and Revelation. Since the nation has no intention of repenting, there is no stopping this train. The truly born-again believer in Jesus does not have their trust in America or the Constitution. We have our trust in Jesus as our savior and thus have citizenship in heaven when this temporary life on earth is over. Those Christians who disagree and consider this view to be treasonous think they can turn it around using the barrel of a gun. Time will prove them wrong. We must preach the gospel with greater fervor than ever because the door is about to go shut.

Last week we observed that “The illegal alien invasion is destroying our country – deliberately”. If you haven’t already read that earlier article, I suggest you do so before continuing with this one.

Arthur Sido makes similar observations, in greater detail, in a recent blog post. I don’t agree with Mr. Sido on everything, particularly when it comes to issues of race versus culture (he tends to blame the former and I the latter), but in general he makes pretty good sense. That’s particularly so in his latest article titled “Brown plus Black equal Red”.

He makes the very important point that private “charitable” organizations are responsible for funding and enabling a very large part of the influx. Highlights in orange are my emphasis.

The whole world is somehow making their way to Central America and then traipsing the length of Mexico to end up on our southern border. Who is paying for their travels? Who is paying for their food and cell phones and providing all of the very new looking clothing they are wearing?

In many cases…you are. Especially if you are Catholic.

Catholic “Charities” is one of the main outfits that are helping to pay for illegals to live in the U.S. and doing so with taxpayer funds through FEMA of all places. In Government using charities to hide just how much money is going to illegal immigration you can read about the scam being perpetrated where the Feds funnel money through groups like the United Way and Catholic Charities:

If you’re a taxpayer — in New York or anywhere in the US – you’re getting scammed by groups like United Way, Catholic Charities and the Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN). You may think these are charities. Truth is, these groups are hauling in millions in taxpayer dollars — your money — under government contracts to facilitate illegal immigration.

These illegals aren’t being forced to fend for themselves….

Even before crossing the border, migrants still in Mexico are being handed debit cards loaded with $800 a month to enable them to pay for necessities. The gift cards are distributed by the non-profit Organization for Migration, thanks to money provided by the US State Department.

$800 per month times how many hundreds of thousands?

After crossing and surrendering to US Border agents, many migrants are directed to Catholic Charities, which provides them with hotel rooms, meals and clothing, and sometimes pays for their bus or plane tickets to their chosen destinations. Sister Norma Pimentel, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley explains that the mission is merely to “give a cup of water in Jesus’ name.”

Who can argue with that? Except that the money isn’t coming from the Sunday collection basket. Sister Pimentel admits her organization is reimbursed by the federal government. It’s coming from taxpayers, who have no clue they’re supporting this operation.

It is a giant scheme to facilitate and encourage illegal aliens. Where is this Federal money coming from?

Texas and Arizona are busing migrants to the nation’s capital. Meeting the buses there are staff from CARECEN, a far left group funded almost entirely by government contracts, and Catholic Charities. These groups hand out gift cards and food packages, direct migrants to shelters or hotel rooms, or help them buy tickets to other destinations. Who pays for all this? FEMA — the Federal Emergency Management Agency, a government agency that funnels money through the nonprofits.

FEMA’s Emergency Food and Services Program board includes Catholic Charities and United Way, which pass the money to local nonprofits serving illegal immigrants. FEMA has already provided $2.2 million in humanitarian funding for this purpose in the DC area.
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Many of these groups and offices are not just into helping illegals get free money but also to expedite their path to citizenship and

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