Jehoahaz – The Fourth Head of Seven of Daniel’s Diverse Beast – Recollection and Reflective


Jehoahaz was raised to the throne by the people after Josiah’s death, whilst Pharoah-necho proceeded in his expedition against Carchemish. Having taken the city he summoned Jehoahaz to Riblah and kept him prisoner until his return to Egypt.

Entering Jerusalem as a conqueror, he placed on the throne Eliakim (the brother of Jehoahaz) to whom he gave the name Jehoiakim and imposed a tribute of 100 talents of silver and a talent of gold. Jehoahaz was brought to Egypt by Pharoah-necho where he died shortly afterwards.

His brief reign was characterized by oppression. Jeremiah writing of this stated – “Weep ye not for the dead, neither bemoan him; but weep sore for him that goeth away; for he shall return no more, nor see his native country.”

The overthrow of Jerusalem was predicted by Jeremiah.




{{Kings of Judah}}

Although he was two years younger than his brother, [[Jehoiakim|Eliakim]], he was elected to succeed his father on the throne at the age of twenty-three, under the name Jehoahaz. This fact attests the popularity of the young man, and probably also his political affiliations or policy, as being in line with those of his father.<ref name=je/> He reigned for only three months,<ref name=kautzsch/> before being deposed by the Egyptian [[Pharaoh]] [[Necho II]] and taken into Egyptian captivity.<ref>{{bibleverse|2|Kings|23:31-34|NIV}}</ref>

He disregarded the reforms of his father Josiah. ({{bibleverse|2|Kings|23:32|NIV}}; {{bibleverse||Jeremiah|22:15-16|NIV}})

Both [[William F. Albright]] and [[Edwin R. Thiele|E. R. Thiele]] dated his reign to 609 BC,<ref>Edwin Thiele, ”[[The Mysterious Numbers of the Hebrew Kings]]”, (1st ed.; New York: Macmillan, 1951; 2d ed.; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1965; 3rd ed.; Grand Rapids: Zondervan/Kregel, 1983). {{ISBN|0-8254-3825-X}}, 9780825438257, 217.</ref> making his birth in 633/632 BC.


Note: William F. Albright’s dating Jehoahaz’s reign as 609 BC aligns with the length of reigns in the books of Kings and Chronicles. However as we proceed backwards Albright’s dating is not as stated in the books of Kings and Chronicles.

Albright therefore failed to perceive Daniel’s 490 years broken into three periods – 49 years, 434 years and 7 years. He fails to perceive Gabriel’s message. This is a subject that will be necessary to cover later to show why Christianity does not comprehend the midrash theology/philosophy and intent of the Ancient scribes.

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