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May 6 - Evening

"Now Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon. So in the ninth year of Zedekiah’s reign, on the tenth day of the tenth month, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon marched against Jerusalem with his whole army. He encamped outside the city and built siege works all around it. The city was kept under siege until the eleventh year of King Zedekiah. By the ninth day of the fourth month the famine in the city had become so severe that there was no food for the people to eat. Then the city wall was broken through, and the whole army fled at night through the gate between the two walls near the king’s garden, though the Babylonians were surrounding the city. They fled toward the Arabah, but the Babylonian army pursued the king and overtook him in the plains of Jericho. All his soldiers were separated from him and scattered, and he was captured. He was taken to the king of Babylon at Riblah, where sentence was pronounced on him.
They killed the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes.
Then they put out his eyes, bound him with bronze shackles and took him to Babylon."

- Second Kings 24:20-25:7

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589-586 BC, Zedekiah Rebels Against Nebuchadnezzar and Jerusalem is Destroyed


In 589 BC Zedekiah rebelled against Nebuchadnezzar because Egyptian Pharaoh Hophra (Apries)
(image of Hophra/Apries HERE) had promised to support the revolt with the Egyptian military (Jeremiah 44:30). Nebuchadnezzar shut down the Egyptian advance, destroyed the fortresses in the land of Judah and began a siege on Jerusalem in 588. By 586 the land of Judah was in ruins, Jerusalem had been burnt, the temple destroyed and the people were marching as captives into Babylon.

Zedekiah himself marched to Babylon, but only after Nebuchadnezzar made Zedekiah watch
his sons be killed and then have his own years gouged out of his head. (Prophesied by Ezekiel 12:13)

Nebuchadnezzar had given orders to find Jeremiah, release Jeremiah and invite Jeremiah to come
live with Nebuchadnezzar in Babylon. But, if Jeremiah wanted to stay in the land of Judah,
to give him provisions, a reward and let him live where he wanted. (Jeremiah 40:1-6)

589 BC Pharaoh Hophra promises Judah that Egypt will help Zedekiah’s revolt against Nebuchadnezzar.

Zedekiah Revolts

588 BC
  • January 15, Ezekiel sees the boiling kettle
  • January 15, Ezekiel’s wife dies.
  • January 15, Babylon marches against Judah. (2 Kings 25:1)
Ezekiel 24
Final Siege Begins
2 Kings 25:1
587 BC
  • Nebuzar-Adan begins reigning with Nebuchadnezzar.
  • Nebuzar-Adan is in charge of the Jerusalem siege.
  • January 7 – Ezekiel chapter 29, a prophecy against Egypt
  • Egypt comes to help Jerusalem but Babylonians leave Judah to fight Pharaoh Hophra.
  • Jeremiah attempts to leave Jerusalem during the break in the siege to go to the territory of Benjamin to buy some property. (Jer. 37:11-17)
  • Jeremiah is put in a vaulted dungeon cell. (Jer. 37:16-21)
  • Jeremiah is put in the courtyard by Zedekiah. (Jer. 37:21)
  • Jeremiah has a dream of Israel’s pleasant future while he is in the courtyard. (Jer. 30-31)
  • Jeremiah buys the field while he is in the courtyard. (Jer. 32)
  • Jeremiah promises there will be restoration. (Jer. 33)
  • Zedekiah sends for Jeremiah. (Jer. 21)
  • Jeremiah is thrown into the cistern. (Jer. 38)
  • Jeremiah gives Zedekiah a final warning; the slaves in Jerusalem are released but taken back. (Jer. 34)

Ezekiel 29

Jeremiah 37

Babylon Fights Egypt
Break in Siege

Jeremiah 30,31,32,33,34

Jeremiah 38

Jeremiah 21Jeremiah is in a dungeon, courtyard and a cistern
586 BC
  • Egypt has been driven back and the Babylonian siege at Jerusalem has resumed.
  • July, there is no food left inside Jerusalem.
  • July 18, Babylon breaks through the walls. The siege lasted two and a half years.
  • Ezekiel prophecies that Zedekiah will come to Babylon but he will not see Babylon. (Ezekiel 12:13)
  • Jeremiah 39 and 52
  • August 14, Nebuzar-Adan returns to burn Jerusalem.
  • Psalms 74, 79 and 94 are written.
  • Jeremiah writes the book of Lamentations.
  • Nebuzar-Adan looks for and finds Jeremiah. Jeremiah is released from his chains.
  • Jeremiah is invited to go to Babylon as a royal guest.
  • Jeremiah chooses to stay in Judah.
  • Jeremiah is given provisions and a money gift from King Nebuchadnezzar. (Jer. 40:1-6)

Jerusalem’s Walls Fall July 18
Temple is
Jerusalem Burnt August 14

Jeremiah 38-44

Jeremiah 52

Psalm 74
Psalm 79
Psalm 94


Releases and
Rewards Jeremiah

  Christian Quote from Church History

“It would be a dangerous error to imagine that the characteristics of an historical religion would be maintained if the Christ of the theologians were divorced from the
Jesus of history.”

– Herbert Butterfield







Something to Ponder??

Nehemiah’s Jerusalem enclosed about 50 acres with 1.5 miles of wall. The enclosed city included the old city of David, the Ophel and the Temple Mount.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information
Antilego (Gr) – Speak Against  (Eng) – antilego is created by combining anti, which means “against,” with the Greek word lego which means “to say.” Anti-lego then literally means
“to speak against.” Antilego can be translated “speak against,” “to contradict” and “oppose.”
Some translations use the word “gainsayers” to communicate antilego.

Tiglath-pileser of Assyria collected tribute from northern kingdom of Israel in the early stages of the Assyrian oppression during the reign of Israel king Menahem (745-737). Menahem was king of Israel according to 2 Kings 15:17-22. This is recorded in Assyrian records inscribed on slabs found at Calah. These Assyrian inscriptions say:

“I received tribute from Kushtashpi of Commagene, Rezon of Damascus, Menahem of Samaria, Hiram of Tyre, Sibittibi’li of Byblos…gold, silver, tin, iron, elephant-hides, ivory, linen garments with multicolored trimmings, blue-dyed wool, purple-dyed wool, ebony-wood, boxwood-wood, whatever was precious…”

Confession to Action   Facts and Information

I will serve the Lord today in spite of difficulties and suffering.
I know today is not the final score and results of today’s events are still unknown.
The end game is eternity.


"There are six things the Lord hates,
    seven that are detestable
to him:

  • haughty eyes
  • a lying tongue
  • hands that shed innocent blood
  • a heart that devises wicked schemes
  • feet that are quick to rush into evil
  • a false witness who pours out lies
  • a person who stirs up conflict in the community."

- Proverbs 6:16-19

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(morning only) First Kings 12 Psalm 101, 105, 132
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