The reign of athaliah


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The reign of athaliah

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