The book of Hezekiah is one of the most significant books of the Old Testament. This book is often quoted in the press, cited by bloggers, and many people refer to it in daily conversation. One of the most significant passages in the book of Hezekiah is Hezekiah 3:10-16 where the author speaks about the Antichrist and the Beast. Hezekiah 3:16 reveals that the number of the Beast is 666.
Anyone who knows the Bible and reads the paragraph above will know that what is written above is a bunch of nonsense. Hezekiah does not mention the number of the Beast because there is no book of Hezekiah in the Old Testament. But it should be, and I have decided to write it.
I will write the book of Hezekiah in order to save newspaper writers and bloggers the embarrassment of mentioning that something is in the Old Testament when in reality they are referring to a passage in the New Testament. Also, people mention the Bible to justify something that sounds biblical but is not found in the Bible.
Take for example the article “666 the Mark of the Housing Bubble,” posted by Bill Bonner on December 27, 2006 in The Daily Reckoning. Bonner wrote: ‘666’ is the ‘mark of the beast’ in the Old Testament. It prefigures the coming of the Antichrist, if we remember right.
Well, he remembered right, but his citation is wrong. Anyone who knows a little bit about the New Testament will remember that the mark of the beast is found in the book of Revelation 13:18.
These days, the book of Hezekiah is needed more than ever before. I think the book of Hezekiah is also needed to save the embarrassment of people who quote from “The Good Book” when they are trying to teach moral and spiritual values. The first 9 verses of Hezekiah Chapter 3 are Hezekiah’s most famous proverbs:
Hezekiah 3:1: “Money is the root of all evil.”
Hezekiah 3:2: “God helps those who help themselves.”
Hezekiah 3:3: “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”
Hezekiah 3:4: “Spare the rod and spoil the child.”
Hezekiah 3:5: “Cleanliness is next to godliness.”
Hezekiah 3:6: “A penny saved is a penny earned.”
Hezekiah 3:7: “God works in mysterious ways His wonders to perform.”
Hezekiah 3:8: “You can be so heavenly minded that you are no earthly good.”
Hezekiah 3:9: “It is better to be silent and thought a fool than to open your mouth and prove it.”
Without the book of Hezekiah, many people will make fools of themselves when they quote the Bible as the authority to confirm what they are saying, when in reality, what they are saying are neither in the Bible nor in the Old Testament as they claim.
There is nothing better than a non-existing book to back-up a non-existing citation.
I have already saved Chapter 2 for Hezekiah’s admonition that “a woman’s hair be her covering.”
Emeritus Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary
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