The Spirit of Athaliah and Pride
This message is about power. It seems many love titles in this day and age. There is a feeling one gets when honored by men. A title can make one feel important or fill a void from childhood. Some people have a certain longing to be recognized, patted on the back and noticed. Yeshua/ Jesus said, “They love the place of honor at banquets and the chief seats in the synagogues, and respectful greetings in the market places, and being called Rabbi by men.” Matthew 23:6-7 NASB.
These men were hypocrites, but many of the Sadducee’s and Pharisees were very obedient and holy.
Athaliah was the daughter of wicked Ahab and his wife Jezebel.
Just when you think this potion for success couldn’t get any uglier guess who she marries? Athaliah married King Jehoram of Judah. He was the one who murdered all his brothers with a sword because they were loyal to The Lord Adonai. He is so wicked and bent on evil, so look what God does …“After all this, the LORD afflicted Jehoram with an incurable disease of the bowels. And it came to pass, that in the process of time, after the end of two years, his bowels fell out by reason of his sickness: so he died of sore diseases” 2nd Chronicles 21:18-19 KJV.
Now that I have your attention, we will look at this woman and a spirit as strong as Jezebel who loved the seat of royalty, and the title, and accolades of men.
There is a big difference in being proud of your accomplishments and being prideful. Pride is puffed up. It’s when we say, “our way is best,” or we are the only one doing it right. Pride puts others down. Pride sneaks in and it can make us think we are holier than the next person. It can creep into leadership and cause a sickness to infiltrate us. Pride says we drive better, cook better, look better, are smarter than our colleagues and have more wisdom with our spending, more discernment, talent, gifting, prophetic knowledge, and the list goes on.
Jesus/ Yeshua said go wash someone’s feet, and be a servant–to not think too highly of ourselves. He said, let another person compliment you and to not boast about your own accomplishments. I am paraphrasing here, but He also said when we tell everybody the good we have done, we have our reward.
Athaliah had a sickness, many of us do and we don’t even realize it. Giving HaShem the Glory for everything is a must.
Athaliah sat upon the throne of David and she reigned six years. How did she do it? She murdered all her grandchildren, that’s how. G-d have mercy if we elect someone as evil as this woman. G-d spelled without the “o” is just a way of saying that His Name is so Holy that if anyone were to print out this article and throw it in the trash, we would not want His name on it… His name is YHVH or Yahweh.
Now back to Athaliah.
“Now when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she rose and destroyed all the royal offspring of the house of Judah. But Jehoshabeath the king’s daughter took Joash the son of Ahaziah and stole him from among the king’s sons who were being put to death, and placed him and his nurse in the bedroom. So Jehoshabeath, the daughter of King Jehoram, the wife of Jehoiada the priest (for she was the sister of Ahaziah), hid him from ATHALIAH so that she would not put him to death. He was hidden with them in the house of God six years while Athaliah reigned over the land.” 2nd Chronicles 22:10-12 NASB.
I believe God has been hiding some men and women who are being taught the old paths. Followers of the Way and not followers of men with titles.
Did you notice Athaliah destroyed everyone who could take her place? I have seen jealousy in HaShem’s house, where many destroyed with their tongues other people’s character in order to keep the eyes of the people on them. Jealousy is in The Body of Yeshua/ Jesus and in His people when it shouldn’t be. Paul saw this nasty jealousy and said this, “Some of you are saying, “I am a follower of Paul.” Others are saying, “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Peter,” or “I follow only Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul?” 1ST Corinthians 1:12-13 NLT.
This woman Athaliah wanted all eyes upon her and she wanted the glory so badly she was willing to murder her own flesh and blood. Is your brother or sister of another title your own flesh and blood? If they are Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, and on and on, they are still divided. Divided by doctrines of men. When we get back to the Jewishness of our faith we will hopefully all get on the same page and eventually be a strong army. Bones coming together with His Ruach breath.
One of Athaliah’s grandchildren is hidden by the priest and he is raised in the house of Yahweh and trained at a very early age to obey the Father’s Commandments. Eventually, he is placed on the throne and she is murdered for her wickedness. But what type of person would go to such links to get a title? A position? She wanted the title more than her own seed! I pray mercy on what I see today happening all over this land.
“When Athaliah heard the noise made by the guards and the people, she went to the people at the temple of the Lord. She looked and there was the king, standing by the pillar, as the custom was. The officers and the trumpeters were beside the king, and all the people of the land were rejoicing and blowing trumpets. Then Athaliah tore her robes and called out, “Treason! Treason!”
Jehoiada the priest ordered the commanders of units of a hundred, who were in charge of the troops: “Bring her out between the ranks and put to the sword anyone who follows her.” For the priest had said, “She must not be put to death in the temple of the Lord.” So they seized her as she reached the place where the horses enter the palace grounds, and there she was put to death.
Jehoiada then made a covenant between the Lord and the king and people that they would be the Lord’s people. He also made a covenant between the king and the people. All the people of the land went to the temple of Baal and tore it down. They smashed the altars and idols to pieces and killed Mattan the priest of Baal in front of the altars.”2nd Kings 11:13-18 NIV. Oh, that we would tear it down and get back to His Feast.
Now I told you all that to tell you this. The spirit of Jezebel is strong but so is the spirit of Athaliah. The only way to stop this spirit was for the priest to join together and pray and teach the younger generation in fear. When there is corruption in the headship of an assembly or a government seat, it has a trickled down effect. I have watched this over and over again. Corruption in the headship means corruption in the body and in the people. They call people brave who are not heroic. They call evil good and good evil.
Athaliah kills the royal seed. This was of the lineage of the Messiah. These were kingdom inheritors and the seed that was meant to rule. That is what this spirit does and it is working in this day. It loves to slay the mighty leaders, the prophetic voices, and those who exalt Yeshua and it comes with false motives.
Idol worship and jealousy is a stench in our Father’s nostrils. Men have made it about them and yes, we have made it a show. We have removed the Jewishness of our faith and created our own religion and named it Christianity. Many times the sound from the pulpit sounds good to our ears. Mistakenly, many times people have placed their faith in a man and placed him on a pedestal.
“On the appointed day Herod, wearing his royal robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public address to the people. They shouted, “This is the voice of a god, not of a man.” immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died.” Acts 12:21-23 NIV.
May we all get back to the older path and the way of truth and obedience to His Torah.
“And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. “He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. “But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Revelation 21:5-8 NASB.
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