The book of second Kings continues the history of the two separate kingdoms of Yahudah and Ysrayl, the tragic history of two nations on a collision course with captivity. The author systematically traces the reigning monarchs of Ysrayl and Yahudah, first by carrying one nation’s history forward, then retracing the same period for the other nation. The book of 2 Kings has two main parts. The first part (1-17) is the history of the two kingdoms until 722 B.C., when the northern kingdom was conquered by the Assyrians. Samaria, the capital city of Ysrayl was destroyed and the people of that kingdom were taken as prisoners to Assyria. Only Yahudah, the southern kingdom was left. Nineteen consecutive evil kings rule in Ysrayl, leading to the captivity by Assyria.
The second part of the book (18-25) is the history of Yahudah until 586 B.C., when it was conquered by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. The picture is somewhat brighter in Yahudah where righteous kings occasionally emerge to reform the evils of their predecessors. In the end however, sin outweighs righteousness and Yahudah is marched off to Babylon. Yahrushalom, the capital city, was completely destroyed and many of the people of Yahudah and Yahrushalom were led away as prisoners to Babylon. King Nebuchadnezzar then made Gedaliyah ruler of those left in Yahudah. The book concludes with some hope for Yahudah’s future: King Yahoiachin is released from prison in Babylon and is invited to eat with the Babylonian king every day.
According to the book of 2 Kings, Ysrayl and Yahudah were destroyed because the people refused to be faithful to Yah. He had sent prophets over and over to warn the people and their kings to stop worshiping the gods and to turn back to Him. Finally the people were punished. The two kingdoms were destroyed and the people were forced to live in foreign nations far from their own land. The fall of Yahurshalom is one of the most important events in Ysrayl’s history. The book itself explains why this disaster took place:
Because of the anger of Yah this happened in Ysrayl and Yahudah, that He finally cast them out from His presence (2 Kings 24:20).
Chapter 1: King Ahaziyah Falls and Injures Himself and Inquires of a God and Not Yah: Yah Judges Ahaziyah: Yah Sends Yliyah to the Messengers to Condemn Ahaziyah
1 Moab rebelled against Ysrayl after the death of Ahab. 2 Now Ahaziyah fell through the lattice of his upper room in Samaria and was injured. So he sent messengers and said to them, “Go, inquire of Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron, whether I shall recover from this injury”. 3 But the angel of Yah said to Yliyah the Tishbite, “Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria and say to them, ‘Is it because there is no Power in Ysrayl, that you are going to inquire of Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron’? 5 Now therefore, thus says Yah: ‘You shall not come down from the bed to which you have gone up but you shall surely die’.” So Yliyah departed.
*See the Pseudepigrapha Volume 2, the Ascension of Isaiah chapter 2:14 Yliyah prophesied that he would die in bed from sickness. Also see 2 Chronicles 22:6.
The Messengers Deliver Yah’s Message to King Ahaziyah: Ahaziyah Recognizes the Description of Yliyah
5 And when the messengers returned to him, he said to them, “Why have you come back”? 6 So they said to him, “A man came up to meet us and said to us, ‘Go, return to the king who sent you and say to him, thus says Yah: ‘Is it because there is no Power in Ysrayl that you are sending to inquire of Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron? Therefore, you shall not come down from the bed to which you have gone up but you shall surely die’.” 7 Then he said to them, “What king of man was it who came up to meet you and told you these words”? 8 So they answered him, “A hairy man wearing a leather belt around his waist”. And he said, “It is Yliyah the Tishbite”.
Ahaziyah Sends For Yliyah: Fire Consumes the Fifty Men
9 Then the king sent to him a captain of fifty with his fifty men. So he went up to him and there he was, sitting on the top of a hill. And he spoke to him: “Man of Yah, the king has said, ‘Come down’!” 10 So Yliyah answered and said to the captain of fifty, “If I am a man of Yah, then let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men”. And fire came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty.
The Captain of the Fifties Begs Yliyah Not To Ask the Fire to Consume Them: An Angel Tells Yliyah Not To Be Afraid and to Go Meet Ahaziyah
13 Again, he sent a third captain of fifty with his fifty men. and the third captain of fifty went up and came and fell on his knees before Yliyah and pleaded with him and said to him: “Man of Yah, please let my life and the life of these fifty servants of yours be precious in your sight. 14 Look, fire has come down from heaven and burned up the first two captains of fifties with their fifties. But let my life now be precious in your sight”. 15 And the angel of Yah said to Yliyah, “Go down with him. Do not be afraid of him”. So he arose and went down with him to the king. 16 Then he said to him, ‘Thus says Yah: Because yo have sent messengers to inquire of Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron, is it because there is no Power in Ysrayl to inquire of His word? Therefore, you shall not come down from bed to which you have gone up but you shall surely die’.”
The Word of Yah Comes to Pass: Ahaziyah is Buried with His Fathers: Yahoram His Brother and Ahab’s Son Becomes King of Ysrayl
17 So Ahaziyah died according to the word of Yah which Yliyah had spoken. Because he had no son, Yahoram (his brother, the son of Ahab king of Ysrayl) became king in his place, in the second year of Yahoram the son of Yahoshaphat, king of Yahudah. 18 Now, the rest of the acts of Ahaziyah which he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Ysrayl?
Chapter 2: Before Yliyah Sees a Vision of Heaven via Whirlwind Yliyah and Ylishua Go to Gilgal: Ylishua Will Not Let Yliyah Go to Bethyl Alone: The Young Prophets Knew that Yliyah Would See a Vision of Yah:
1 And it came to pass, when Yah was about to take up Yliyah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Yliyah went with Ylishua from Gilgal. 2 Then Yliyah said to Ylishua, “Stay here, please for Yah has sent me on to Bethyl”. But Ylishua said, “As Yah lives and as your soul lives, I will not leave you”! So they went down to Bethyl. 3 Now the sons of the prophets who were at Bethyl came out to Ylishua and said to him, “Ylishua and said to him, “Do you know that Yah will take away your master from over you today”? And he said, “Yes, I know. Keep silent”!
Ylishua Will Not Let Yliyah Go to Yericho Alone: The Young Prophets Know that Yliyah Will Be Taken Up: Yah Sends Yliyah to the Yordan River: Yliyah Divides the Yordan River with His Robe
4 Then Yliyah said to him, “Ylishua, stay here please for Yah has sent me on to Yericho”. But he said, “As Yah lives and as your soul lives, I will not leave you”! So they came to Yericho. 5 Now the sons of the prophets who were at Yericho came to Ylishua and said to him, “Do you know that Yah will take away your master from over you today”? So he answered , “Yes , I know, keep silent”! 6 Then Yliyah said to him, “Stay here, please for Yah has sent me on to the Yordan”. But he said, “As Yah lives and as your soul lives, I will not leave you”! So the two of them went on. 7 And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went and stood facing them at a distance, while the two of them stood by the Yordan. 8 Now Yliyah took his mantle (cloak,robe), rolled it up and struck the water and it was divided this way and that, so that the two of them crossed over on dry ground.
Ylishua Asks For a Double Portion of a Spirit Like Yliyah’s
9 And so it was, when they had crossed over, that Yliyah said to Ylishua, “Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you”? Ylishua said, “Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me”. 10 So he said, “You have asked a hard thing. Nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you but if not, it shall not be so”. 11 Then it happened, as they continued on and talked, that suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire and separated the two of them and Yliyah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
*This is not high heaven that Yliyah is taken in to and Yliyah is not dead. Yah took Yliyah up to show him a vision just like we just read that Micaiyah had a vision of Yah’s throne room with malakim on His right and left. See 2 Chronicles 21:12, Yliyah later writes a letter. Yahoshua had a vision of Yliyah and Moshe in the kingdom in Mattithyah 17:3.
Ylishua Sees Yliyah Go Up and Receives a Double Portion of Yliyah’s Spirit or Ways: Ylishua Divides the Yordan River with Yliyah’s Robe
12 And Ylishua saw it and he cried out, “My Abba, my Abba, the chariot of Ysrayl and its horsemen!” So he saw him no more. And he took hold of his own clothes and tore them into two pieces. 13 He also took up the robe of Yliyah that had fallen from him and went back and stood by the bank of the Yordan. 14 Then he took the mantle of Yliyah that had fallen from him and struck the water and said, “Where is Yah Almighty of Yliyah? And when he also had struck the water, it was divided this way and that and Ylishua crossed over.
*Yahoshua crossed the Yordan in Matthew 19:1, Mark 10:1, Matthew 4:25 and Mark 3:7-8.
*Yliyah means Yah is my Power in Hebrew.
*Ylishua means The Power is my salvation in Hebrew.
*In Malachiyah 4:5-6, Yah says before the Day of Yah, He will send Yliyah meaning He is sending the prophet like Yliyah, Yahoshua. Yahoshua was like Moshe and Yliyah. Yahoshua is going to bring the fire down like Yliyah. Yliyah brought fire down twice, once at Mount Carmyl and again when Ahaziyah sent 50 men after him. The bible describes Yah’s words as a sword or fire in Yeremiyah 5:14, Psalm 18:8, Revelation 1:16, Revelation 2:16 and Revelation 19:15. The two witnesses will have fire in their mouths according to Revelation 11:3-6. In Matthew 16:13-14 and Luke 9:7-8, the people wondered what prophet Yahoshua was comparable to including Yliyah. They also thought Yahcanan the Immerser was Yliyah, John 1:19-28. 2 Kepha 3:12 says this fire will come down in the future.
The Sons of the Prophets Know the Spirit of Yliyah is Upon Ylishua and Bow Before Him: The Young Prophets Search For Yliyah in the Mountains and Valleys Three Days
15 Now when the sons of the prophets who were from Yericho saw him, they said, “The spirit of Yliyah rests on Ylishua”. And they came to meet him and bowed to the ground before him. 16 Then they said to him, “Look now, there are fifty strong men with your servants. Please let them go and search for your master, lest perhaps the Spirit of Yah has taken him up and cast him upon some mountain or into some valley” And he said, “You shall not send anyone”. 17 But when they urged him till he was ashamed, he said, “Send them”! Therefore, they sent fifty men and they searched for three days but did not find him. 18 And when they came back to him, for had stayed in Yericho, he said to them, “Did I not say to you, ‘Do not go’?”
Ylishua Heals the Barren Land and Water with Salt
19 Then the men of the city said to Ylishua, “Please notice, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my master sees but the water is bad and the ground is barren”. 20 And he said, “Bring me a new bowl and put salt in it”. So they brought it to him. 21 Then he went out to the source of the water and cast in the salt there and said, “Thus says Yah: ‘I have healed this water from it there shall be no more death or barrenness’.”22 So the water remains healed to this day according to the word of Ylishua which he spoke.
Ylishua Pronounces a Curse on “No-Manners” Children that Call Him Bald-Headed
23 Then he went up from there to Bethyl and as he was going up the road, some youths came from the city and mocked him and said to him, “Go up, you bald-headed! Go up, you bald-headed”! 24 So he turned around and looked at them and pronounced a curse on them in the name of Yah. And two female bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the youths. 25 Then he went from there to Mount Carmyl and from there he returned to Samaria.