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Zachariah Of Israel
Zachariah (as rendered in the King James Version; most other translations use "Zechariah" - but not to be confused with The Prophet Zechariah or the more than two dozen other men of Bible History with that name), from the Hebrew name pronounced zeck-awr-yaw-hoo, meaning the LORD has remembered (see also YHVH, Adonai, Jehovah, LORD) was the 14th king of the northern Kingdom of Israel (see the Fact Finder question below for the complete series of studies for the kingdoms of Israel and Judah), the son of Jeroboam II, and the last king of the dynasty (i.e. a royal line) of Jehu (i.e. Jehu Of Israel, Jehoahaz Of Israel, Joash Of Israel, Jeroboam II Of Israel, Zachariah/Zechariah; see Israelite Dynasties).
"14:28 Now the rest of the acts of Jeroboam, and all that he did, and his might, how he warred, and how he recovered Damascus, and Hamath, which belonged to Judah, for Israel, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?
"Thy sons shall sit on the throne of Israel unto the fourth generation. And so it came to pass"
As was frequently done, a reign of a king of Israel or Judah was recorded in time reference to a king in the other kingdom. Zachariah of Israel began to reign in "the thirty and eighth year of Azariah king of Judah." Zachariah reigned only six months.
"15:8 In the thirty and eighth year of Azariah king of Judah [see Uzziah / Azariah Of Judah] did Zachariah the son of Jeroboam reign over Israel in Samaria six months." (2 Kings 15:8 KJV)
Azariah did not reign long, but it was clear what kind of a king he was: "he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, as his fathers had done."
"15:9 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD [i.e. of Jesus Christ; see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM'], as his fathers had done: he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat [i.e. the northern kingdom's first king; see Jeroboam Of Israel], who made Israel to sin." (2 Kings 15:9 KJV)
Zachariah was assassinated by Shallum - who then "reigned in his stead."
"15:10 And Shallum the son of Jabesh conspired against him, and smote him before the people [see also Royal Democracy], and slew him, and reigned in his stead.
The "end of the line" was a fulfillment of a prophecy by the LORD to Jehu, that "Thy sons shall sit on the throne of Israel unto the fourth generation."
"15:12 This was the word of the LORD which he spake unto Jehu, saying, Thy sons shall sit on the throne of Israel unto the fourth generation. And so it came to pass." (2 Kings 15:12 KJV)
The land of Israel, in the time of Moses and Joshua, was on both sides of The Jordan River (see the map). It was during the dynasty of Jehu that the tribal lands east of the Jordan, of "the Gadites, and the Reubenites, and the Manassites," were lost.
"10:29 Howbeit from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin, Jehu departed not from after them, to wit, the golden calves that were in Bethel, and that were in Dan [see The Return Of The Golden Calves].
Fact Finder: How did the Israelite monarchy originate? Why did it divide after Solomon? Whose Throne is it?