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An overview of the history of the Bible can be found in the index, “From Ruin to Glory:”
Benjamin Disraeli wrote, “I am a Conservative to preserve all that is good in our constitution, a Radical to remove all that is bad. I seek to preserve property and to respect order, and I equally decry the appeal to the passions of the many or the prejudices of the few.”
If the American people want another million illegals coming over our borders, if you want $10.00 a gallon gas and if you want $1000,00 dollar a month grocery bills, vote Democrat this November. Because of my age I can no longer work, and because of that, Joe Biden has made me and millions of others like myself prisoners in our own homes. Why? because of the shameful and outrages inflation this man and his party has burdened the nation with. Even going out for breakfast at MacDonalds is no longer possible.
Chapters 1 through 13 can be found in the article “From Ruin to glory.”
Jeremiah, prophet of Judah: 627 to 586 B.C.
It was in the thirteenth year of king Josiah, 628 B.C., as Jeremiah speaks of himself as, “a child.” As a youth, he would have been trained in the traditional precepts and ordinances of the law, and as a young lad, he would hear among the priests of his native town Anathoth which lay some three miles from Jerusalem. He will have heard of the idolatries and cruelties of king Manasseh and his son Amon.
Had Jeremiah been left to himself he may have taken part among the reforming priests of Josiah’s reign, but did not. Thus, he remained free from their strict observances and hypocrisy. But, “the word of God came to him” and by this word, the secrets of his future life were revealed to him.
It was as difficult for him as it had been for Isaiah, to find among the people and leaders who worshipped in the temple, one just and truthful man.
The principle subject matter of the prophecies of Jeremiah concerned the idolatrous apostasy, wickedness and outrageousness of the people of Judah, and the severe judgments the LORD had prepared to inflict on them; but, never without a distant prospect of their future restoration and deliverance.
He foretold the fate of Zedekiah; of the Babylonish captivity, the precise time of its duration and Jews return from captivity. He goes on to describe the destruction of Babylon, and downfall of many other nations.
He foreshowed the miraculous conception of the Lord Jesus, the virtue of his atonement, the spiritual character of his covenant, and the inward effectiveness of his law. Jeremiah’s reputation spread among the nations, and his prophecies celebrated by many.
He would survive to see the sad accomplishment of his darkest predictions, witnessing all the horrors of the famine and victories of the enemy. Also, he was a witness of Jerusalem’s destruction; the sacred vessels including the Ark of the Covenant and golden Cherubim carried off, as well as Solomon’s temple with all its courts levelled and burnt to the ground.
The darkness and doubt that hung over the prophet’s last days can be left to the imaginations of the historians. Jeremiah didn’t need a death by violence to make him a true martyr. There fell on him far more suffering than any prophet before him, but never did he back away from the work Jehovah had laid out for him.
God curses the Jews:
Before the Jews captivity in Babylon began, the first curse was directed at the Jews by Jehovah. He spoke to the nation of Israel through Moses:
Leviticus 26:33, “I (the LORD) will bring the land into desolation: —I will scatter you among the heathen (Persians and Babylonians), —- and your land (Israel) shall be desolate, and your cities waste. Then shall the land enjoy her sabbaths, as long as it lies desolate, and you be in your enemies’ land; even then shall the land rest, and enjoy her sabbaths. As long as it lies desolate it shall rest; because it did not rest in your sabbaths, when you dwelt upon it.”
He then speaks of the prophet Jeremiah concerning the curse:
2 Chronicles 36:21-22-23, “To fulfill the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her sabbaths: for as long as she lay desolate, she kept sabbaths, to fulfill threescore and ten years.” Meaning seventy Years.
Daniel and others were taken captive by Nebuchadnezzar to the city of Babylon in 606 B.C. This marked the beginning of the seventy years of captivity for the Jews. Their release came in the year 536 B.C., seventy years having passed, when some 44,000 Jews returned to Israel under Zerubbabel.
Zedekiah, king of Judah: 599 to 546 B.C.
Zedekiah defeated: Jerusalem overrun: The temple destroyed in 586 B.C. King of Judah; he came to the throne in 599 B.C. The Jews who remained in Judah continued to cherish their dream of independence from the Chaldeans. Those who had been taken captive to foreign lands were looking forward to a speedy return to their own land. But these expectations were discouraged by both prophets, Jeremiah and Ezekiel. But the people would not heed their words, nor their prophecies believed.
In the ninth year of Zedekiah’s reign, the king with his evil counsellors openly renounced his allegiance with Nebuchadnezzar. His renunciation was accompanied with an alliance with Pharaoh Hophra of Egypt, also known as Apries. Hophra in the early years of his reign besieged and took Gaza, and Sidon, then engage and vanquish the king of Tyre.
When Nebuchadnezzar heard of Zedekiah’s revolt, he no longer attempted to maintain the separate existence of Judah, but was now determined to incorporate it absolutely as a province with his empire. He would march into Judea and lay siege to Jerusalem.
Jeremiah attempted to counsel Zedekiah, in order to save the city and temple by submitting to the Chaldeans, and abandoning the Egyptian alliance; but the king’s counsellors trusted the Egyptians to march to their relief if attacked by Nebuchadnezzar.
The Egyptians did march to assist the Hebrews; but when Nebuchadnezzar began his siege on Jerusalem and advanced to meet the Egyptians, they retreated before him back into Egypt.
The siege continued until the eleventh year of Zedekiah, 586 B.C. It was in that year both the city and temple were destroyed. The king with his sons, officers and remnant of the army escaped from Jerusalem, but were pursued and overtaken in the plain of Jericho. From Jericho they were carried off as prisoners of Nebuchadnezzar. Nebuchadnezzar unbraided Zedekiah for his ingratitude and for his breach of faith, ordering a horrible punishment to be inflicted on him.
Zedekiah’s hopes to ever continue his reign were then cut off forever. His sons were ordered slain before his eyes; and, to exclude him from any hope of ever again reigning, his eyes were put out. This was a barbarous mode of disqualifying any man from ever taking a position of power again.
Jeremiah had warned Zedekiah of the danger of going to war with the Chaldeans; and if he did, he would be taken prisoner; that his eyes should see the king of Babylon; that he should be carried captive to Babylon and to die there, not by the sword, but in peace.
Jeremiah 32:4-5, “Zedekiah king of Judah shall not escape out of the hand of the Chaldeans, but shall surely be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon, and shall speak with him mouth to mouth, and his eyes shall behold his eyes; and he shall lead Zedekiah to Babylon, and there shall he be until I visit him, said the LORD: though you fight with the Chaldeans, you shall not succeed.”
Daniel, prophet of Judah:
Daniel is the fourth of the “great prophets” and a descendant of the kings of Judah. He stands as commentator to succeeding generations and the herald of deliverance. Part of his book is written in Chaldean, other parts in Hebrew and Aramaic.
The eye and not the ear were the organ of Daniel, who by visions and not words saw the will of God. The book of the prophet Ezekiel forms the connecting link between the characteristic types of revelation and prophecy.
Daniel seems to have been the only prophet who enjoyed a great share of worldly prosperity, amidst the corruption of the king’s court. He was taken captive to Babylon while yet in his teens, the year, 606 B.C. He would be trained for the king’s service with three others his age, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.
The four were placed in the court of the king, and after a short time, Daniel would rise to positions of great rank and power, both in Babylon and later in the courts of the Persian kings. He passed away when nearly ninety years of age, never to return to his home in Judea.
The first test of the four boys came when they resolved to abstain from the king’s food and king’s wine for fear of being defiled. Possibly, the food offered them may have been offered to the idols of the Babylonians. The four would eat only vegetables and drink water but would not partake of the king’s food. It was a test to last ten days, and at the end of the test,
Daniel 1:15, “their countenances appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king’s food.”
Daniel’s book is a mixture of history and prophecy. The events occurred in the reigns of Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar, Darius the Mede and Cyrus king of Persia. Chapter two contains Nebuchadnezzar’s prophetic dream concerning four great successive monarchies; Babylon; the Medes and Persians; the Greeks and lastly, the Romans.
Following Rome would be a series of ten lesser empires having been part of the old Roman empire. It would end with the coming of Christ to his Temple, one that shall stand atop Mt. Moriah in Jerusalem.
Nebuchadnezzar: 606 B.C.
The king’s dream was that of a man whose head was of gold, his chest and arms of silver, his belly and thighs of bronze, his legs of Iron, his feet and toes of Iron and clay. The king refused to tell the Astrologers, sorcerers and Chaldeans the dream.
But the LORD had enabled Daniel to know what the dream was, and to interpret it. After giving the king the interpretation, he was giving much favor in the king’s court.
In the last six chapters of the book, there were a series of prophesies extending from the days of Daniel to the general resurrection found in, 1 Corinthians 15:51-54, and, 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17.
The legs of iron and clay mix would be an extension of the fourth empire divided into ten lesser kingdoms; and lastly when the Lord would return to destroy every earthly kingdom and established His own upon the earth. As for the exact time of Jesus return, He said in,
Mark 13:32, “of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, neither the Son, but the Father only.”
This dream was distinctly seen by the king and interpreted by God’s prophet, Daniel. A view of tomorrow coming from the counsel of God, which had been “laid before the foundation of the world.”
By the power of God, Daniel was able to interpreted the king’s dream, for this, Daniel was “made ruler of the whole province of Babylon,” and “made chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon.”
Nebuchadnezzar ruled Babylon for 42 years, from 605 to 561 B.C. He would be succeeded by Evil-Merodach, who was slain in battle with Cyrus the Great. Belshazzar would follow him to the throne of the empire.
Final Countdown, Chapter 3: “How Does God Keep Time?” Posted Jan. 21, 2019.
Final Countdown, Chapter 4: “This Generation, Daniel 9:27” Posted Jan. 23, 2019.
Final Countdown, Chapter 5: “Confirming The Covenant of Daniel 9:27.” Posted Jan. 25th 2019.
Final Countdown, Chapter 6: “The Decree of 457 B.C.; The Jews Return.” Posted Jan. 26th 2019.
Final Countdown, Chapter 7: “Nebuchadnezzar; His Image of a man.” Posted Jan. 26th 2019.
Final Countdown, Chapter 8: Bad Boys of Greece and Rome. Posted Jan. 26th 2019.
Final Countdown, Chapter 9: When Was Jesus Crucified? Posted Jan. 26th 2019.
Final Countdown, Chapter 10: 2300 Days of Dan.8:14. Posted Jan. 26th 2019.
Final Countdown, Chapter 11: 6000 Years. Posted Jan. 6th, 2019
Final Countdown, Chapter 12, 1290 and 1335 Days of Daniel 12. Posted Jan. 26th, 2019.
Final Countdown, Chapter 16, The Last Temple Sacrifice. Jan. 26th, 2019.
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