Sep. 9. Jerusalem Falls; Citizens Taken Captive

II Kin. 25:4-21; II Chron. 36:17-21; Jer. 39:1-10; 52:7-30

It happened! AND great was their fall!

Zedekiah and his army had been confined inside the city for about two years with Nebuchadnezzar’s army encamped around on the outside. In time, desperate men do desperate things. As Ezekiel had prophesied, Zedekiah and his men broke through the two walls surrounding the city and fled by night. The Babylonian army captured the king in the plains of Jericho and his army deserted him. However, the king’s sons and princes were also captured and killed in his view. Following that, Zedekiah’s eyes were put out also according to Ezekiel’s prophecy. He was bound with a bronze chain, carried into Babylon and put into prison for the remainder of his life.

The completion of Jerusalem’s destruction was carried out by Nebuzaradan, the captain of Nebuchadnezzar’s guard. He and his men finished breaking down the city’s walls, burned the temple of God, the king’s palace and the other chief houses in the city. All of the items used in the priests’ duties of offering sacrifices to God were carried to Babylon. The elaborate bronze pillars of the temple were broken into pieces, and along with the other pieces of bronze, gold and silver were taken to Babylon.

Of the survivors found were the chief priest and other high government officials. They were taken to the king of Babylon and promptly put to death. The most able bodied men were taken as captives and exiled in Babylon. Some of the poor of the land were left as vinedressers and farmers to serve Nebuchadnezzar in that capacity. The prophecies of Jeremiah, Ezekiel and other prophets of God were being fulfilled. A total of four thousand six hundred people were exiled to Babylon. That may not include women and children.