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  • 1. The reign of Athaliah
    Laindon Bible Class – 20th July 2011
  • 2. The plan of our study
    Who was Athaliah?
    The events of this period of Israel’s history
    Thoughts on some spiritual patterns and foreshadowing of what was to come
    Some lessons for us
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  • 3. Who was Athaliah? (1)
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    A mother who murdered her own grandchildren .
    “…when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the seed royal of the house of Judah.”
    2 Chronicles 22:10
    Queen circa 841-835BC
  • 4. Who was Athaliah? (2)
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    Omri
    King of Israel
    Ethbaal
    King of Zidon
    Jehoshaphat
    King of Judah
    The axis of
    evil
    Other
    wives
    Jezebel
    Ahab
    Other
    wives
    Ahaziah
    Joram
    (Jehoram)
    Jehoram
    Athaliah
    Ahaziah
    Jehosheba
    (Jehoshebeath)
    Jehoiada
    Joash
    (Jehoash)
  • 5. The events of this period (1)
    The opening scene: Jehoshaphat is King of Judah and Ahab King of Israel
    Jehoshaphat establishes the Law of Yahweh in Judah
    Ahab marries Jezebel, daughter of Ethbaal and establishes Baal worship
    Jehoshaphat enters into an alliance with Ahab
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  • 6. The events of this period (2)
    The alliance is cemented by Jehoshaphat’s son Jehoram marrying Jezebel’s daughter Athaliah (note 1 Kings 21:25)
    When Jehoshaphat appoints Jehoram as co-regent, he slays all his brothers and many of the princes (see 2 Chronicles 21:4,6 & also 24:7)
    After 2 years of a terrible disease, Jehoram dies (see 2 Chronicles 21:19)
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  • 7. The events of this period (3)
    Ahaziah, Jehoram’s youngest and only remaining son takes the throne (age 22)
    Ahaziah reigns for just one year (slain in battle see 2 Chronicles 22:7)
    Athaliah sees her opportunity to complete the corruption of Judah and kills all the seed royal (bar one) and takes the throne to herself (see 22:10)
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  • 8. The events of this period (4)
    Jehosheba (Ahaziah’s sister), wife of Jehoiada (High(?) Priest), hides Jehoash (see 2 Chronicles 22:11)
    Jehoash is raised in secret, whilst Athaliah’s evil & idolatrous reign continues
    The corruption of Judah is apparently complete
    Jehoiada secretly gathers and arms the faithful princes
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  • 9. The events of this period (5)
    Jehoiada enters into a hidden covenant with the princes showing them the son and heir Jehoash
    Jehoash is crowned in the temple (see 2 Chronicles 23:11)
    Athaliah hearing the tumult came to the temple and shouted treason
    Jehoiada commands that she be taken from the temple and slain (see 23:14-15)
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  • 10. Spiritual patterns (1)…
    The Kingdom of God was established by David and his son Solomon, a man of war and a prince of peace, respectively
    The Kingdom of God was destroyed at this time by Jezebel and her daughter Athaliah, destroying the priesthood and the royal line respectively (cf Revelation 2:20)
    Patterns that point to the time of the end
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  • 11. Spiritual patterns (2)…
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    The hidden children of the covenant
    The return of the promised seed
    The idolatrous woman
    The age of apostasy
    Corrupt Christianity
    The Lord Jesus Christ
    The Catholic church
    The faithful saints
    The Kingdom of God re-established
  • 12. Lessons for us…
    The dangers of association with the world
    “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers”
    The need to maintain the purity of the Truth against corrupting influences
    “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.”
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