The nation of Israel would become divided into two kingdoms

Bible passage: 1 Kings 11:29-33
Prophet: Ahijah
Written: More than 2,500 years ago

After the 12 Tribes of Israel took control of the land of Canaan, about 3,400 years ago, the Israelites were governed by judges instead of kings. The reign of the judges lasted until about 3,000 years ago when a man named Saul became the first king of Israel. He was succeeded by King David, who in turn was succeeded by King Solomon. These kings ruled over a united kingdom that included all 12 Tribes of Israel.

In 1 Kings 11:29-33, however, a prophet named Ahijah prophesied that the united kingdom of Israel would break into two. Ahijah lived about 2,900 years ago, when Solomon, the son of David, ruled over the land of Israel.

Solomon, during his reign, had turned away from God, as did many other people. Ahijah prophesied that because of this unfaithfulness, the united kingdom would break up.

After Solomon died, his son, Rehoboam, became king, and the northern part of the land of Israel broke away and formed a new kingdom. That kingdom retained the name of Israel and consisted of 10 of the 12 Tribes of Israel. Jeroboam served as their king.

The southern part of the land of Israel, which included the city of Jerusalem and the Temple, became known as the kingdom of Judah. This kingdom was dominated by Israelites from the tribe of Judah, although there also were Israelites from other tribes living there.

Later in Ahijah's ministry as a prophet, in 1 Kings 14:1-18, he foresees the end of Jeroboam's bloodline and the eventual demise of the northern kingdom of Israel.

- Research and commentary is based on the book 100 Prophecies. © Ray Konig and AboutBibleProphecy.com.

Here is 1 Kings 11:29-33 (NIV):

29 About that time Jeroboam was going out of Jerusalem, and Ahijah the prophet of Shiloh met him on the way, wearing a new cloak. The two of them were alone out in the country, 30 and Ahijah took hold of the new cloak he was wearing and tore it into twelve pieces. 31 Then he said to Jeroboam, "Take ten pieces for yourself, for this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: 'See, I am going to tear the kingdom out of Solomon's hand and give you ten tribes. 32 But for the sake of my servant David and the city of Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, he will have one tribe. 33 I will do this because they have[a] forsaken me and worshiped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Molek the god of the Ammonites, and have not walked in obedience to me, nor done what is right in my eyes, nor kept my decrees and laws as David, Solomon’s father, did.

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