II Kin. 24:1-4; II Chron. 36:6, 7
As Jehoiakim had formed an alliance with Egypt and had agreed to financial terms with Pharaoh, he had essentially placed Judah in submission to the Egyptians. However, that alliance had failed to endure against Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon and Jehoiakim became a vassal of Nebuchadnezzar. After three years, Jehoiakim rebelled against the Babylonian king—BIG MISTAKE! The Lord’s punishment that had been prophesied by various prophets for many years was beginning to take shape. Bands of Babylonians/Chaldeans, Syrians, Moabites and Ammonites raided Judah to remove them from His sight. Jehoiakim was carried off to Babylon in bronze fetters. Some of the articles from the house of God were placed in Nebuchadnezzar’s temple. However, the complete siege would take place years later.