The Fall Of Jezebel, Rise of Athaliah
It seems that everywhere we turn there is talk of Jezebel. Now, more than ever that ‘spirit’ continues to rear its ugly head. That spirit has brought an all out assault on the people of God through media, education, and especially government. Much has been written about Jezebel and Ahab controlling our government in America. Never before has the assault been so great. But what happens once Jezebel’s spirit is defeated, and the glory of God fills our nation again in all of the aforementioned arenas?
After Jezebel was thrown down by her eunuchs, another evil queen arose, but this time it was in Judah and sought not only to destroy the prophets but the line of King David and Jesus as well. Who is Athaliah and why is there not much said or written about her? Why is Jezebel so popular?
Most don’t speak of her because she was so evil and she is not as famous as her parents because of the deeds of Jezebel influenced the Northern, and later the Southern kingdom for many centuries. Jezebel brought in Baal worship as the national worship and caused the prophets of god to hide in caves, It wasn’t until Elijah had a show down with Baal at Carmel that things began to shift. Elijah was sent to bring repentance from Baal worship and to turn the people back to God again.
Athaliah was the daughter of Ahab and Jezebel. 2 Chronicles 21:6 says, ‘and he (Jehoram, son of Jehoshaphat) walked in the ways of the kings of Israel just as the house of Ahab did (for Ahab’s daughter was his wife) and he did evil in the sight of the Lord.” Why would king Jehoshaphat, the man who sent out the praisers ahead of the army, allow his son to marry the daughter of wicked Ahab and Jezebel? It’s simply politics. That’s how politics works, They sought to form an alliance, an evil one albeit, so that they would be stronger against common enemies like Syria or Edom for example.
2 Chronicles 20:35 tells us that “and after this Jehoshaphat king of Judah allied himself with Ahaziah king of Israel. He acted wickedly in so doing.” (NASB)
Prophets prophesied to Jehoshaphat that because of his evil alliance the ships he hope to gain would be destroyed and thus they were. God was not pleased that the House of David had not joined the house of Ahab. WE hear sermons preached about the death of Ahab and Jezebel, and then in spiritual warfare circles we hear leaders describe how to defeat these two spirits. But, we never hear about the revenge of Jezebel through her daughter.
You see even though Jezebel silenced the prophets and the enemy does hate the prophetic word. But, ultimately the enemy has one main objective and that is to prevent the son of God, Jesus, from first being born, and secondly from coming back and setting up His kingdom here on earth.
2 Kings 11 and 2 Chronicles 23 outlines the events of wicked Queen Athaliah. After her son, Ahaziah died she killed all of her grandchildren and made herself queen. Only one survived. Hidden by Jehoshaba and the priest Jehoida, Joash became king at the age of seven after his grandmother was killed by the priests. The ‘spirit of Athaliah’ wants to kill the children. Not just any children but those that would rise up and prevent her from being queen. Further she wants no competition she wants to stop worship of Jesus.
Perhaps we have already seen this Spirit at work in our nation as we see a generation being destroyed by false teaching and evil. An agenda that seeks to pervert a generation is upon us and the fruit of years of filth from the education system and colleges as well as false doctrine rising in the church have led the so-called millennial generation down a path of destruction.
Recognizing the tactics and ways of the enemy comes with being grounded in God’s word and through prayer and worship. So many times we win a battle and retreat to do our own thing again forgetting that often the enemy comes back with a vengeance. Thus is the case with Athaliah. She was probably more wicked than her grandparents in that she sought to destroy her own grandchildren just to keep the throne that was never intended for her. A gain that is so like the enemy. He took that which was not his and will continue if we allow him to.
It was the priests that killed Athaliah and this was done at the gates. Only the priests of God, through our Lord Jesus can take out this spirit. All true believers are priests of God. Yet, only those who are living clean, pure and holy lives will be able to stand and take down this spirit with the direction of the Holy Spirit. Recognizing the enemy and his tactics is important. We know we already have victory through the shed blood of Jesus and his atonement at Calvary, yet we often don’t understand our authority.
It is important to know what is going on in a battle and what weapons to use. Paul talks abouts weapons of spiritual warfare in Ephesians and elsewhere. We need to wear our armor and use our shield of faith and the Word of God. We need to know the Word so we can properly wield the Sword of the Spirit as it is our only offensive weapon. Whether it is Jezebel or her daughter the Word of God in our mouth is always a sure weapon.
As New Covenant priests we need to know our authority and whose authority we carry. Let us not get too caught up in the battles, for the ‘Battle’ is really the Lord’s but nevertheless use God’s Word properly whatever battle we are facing. Pray for every believer to take his or her place as priests/mediators before God for our nation and the nations.