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The 1st Temple Destruction & Exile

Time-That-Was of the 1st Temple Destruction & Exile

   Judea did not repent, so even though the Assyrian invasion had not able to take over Jerusalem, within time, Babylon did. Babylon had replaced the Assyrians as the world empire.

 

ISAIAH had prophesied that this would happen almost 100 years before it did. He said, however, that in time,  the nation would be brought back to it’s own land. He named BY NAME the man that God would use to do that - a man called “CYRUS”! Such a man would allow the captives to return and rebuild their walls and their temple (Isaiah 44:28-45:1 NIV).

 

JEREMIAH was God's prophet to warn the king of Judah that he was not to resist the Babylonian takeover, that it was of God, and that it was for their own good.

***"...the king of Babylon's [Nebuchadnezzar's] army besieged Jerusalem: and

Jeremiah the prophet was shut up in…the king of Judah’s [Zedekiah’s] house…

saying, 'thou prophesy, and say, Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall take it...(Jeremiah 32:2-3 KJV)'".*** Jeremiah's predictions came true, and the people of Judea [Judah, Jerusalem, Benjamin] were taken into custody and exiled to Babylon. Jeremiah also gave hope by saying that their exile would be only for SEVENTY YEARS!

 

***"By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion. How shall we sing the LORD's song in a strange land? If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief  joy (Psalm 137:1-6 KJV)."***

 

DANIEL, taken to Babylon with the exiles, prayed and trusted God, so God gave him favor with each of four kings, so that he was always put in an honorable position. Many miracles happened through those years, as God took care of His people so far away from their home.

   Daniel was not only able to interpret a dream of the first king, he could tell him exactly what it was he had dreamed. His friends were put into a fiery furnace and were not burned. The only thing that burned were the ropes they were tied with.

   The second king saw a hand writing on the wall; Daniel was able to tell him what it meant, and Daniel’s words came true that same night.

   Daniel was cast into a lion’s den by the third king, but an angel shut the mouths of the lions, and Daniel walked out unharmed.

   Daniel had read the prophecies from Isaiah about the man named CYRUS who would be stirred up to free the Jews and the writings from Jeremiah and understood that this exile would end in exactly SEVENTY YEARS (Daniel 9:2), so he was not surprised when the seventy years were nearly up [Jeremiah's prophecy], that the fourth king to come to power was named Cyrus [Isaiah’s prophecy]! Cyrus made a decree that the Jews were to be allowed to leave and rebuild the walls and the Temple of their Holy City, Jerusalem.

 

Very Word***Daniel saw two prophecies come to pass; fulfillment of Bible prophecy has proven and continues to prove that the Bible we have is the Very Word of God!***

 

 

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