- THE CAPTIVITY FORETOLD IN PROPHECY:
- AT THE TIME OF HEZEKIAH:
When a delegation came from the king of Babylon with a present for Hezekiah, in his
eagerness to make a worldly alliance, Hezekiah showed them all the treasures of his house.
The prophet Isaiah rebuked him and prophesied: “Behold, the days come, that all that is in
thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store unto this day, shall be carried
into Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the Lord. And of thy sons that shall issue from
thee, which thou shall beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace
of the king of Babylon” (II Kings 20:17-18).
This prophecy took over one hundred years before it occurred. This shows how judgment
for our sins may fall upon our children.
- THE PROPHET ISAIAH: (Isaiah 11:11; 39:6-7).
This prophecy of Isaiah is recorded and repeated in his prophecy. See also Isaiah 6:11-12.
- THE PROPHET MICAH:
“And thou shalt go even to Babylon; there shalt thou be delivered” (Micah 4:10).
Here Micah definitely stated that the place of captivity would be Babylon.
- THE PROPHET JEREMIAH:
“And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall
serve the king of Babylon seventy years. And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are
accomplished, that I will punish the king of Babylon” (Jeremiah 25:11-12).
Here Jeremiah states the length of time that the Jews will be in captivity.
- THE JUDGMENT OF GOD:
“And the Lord gave Jehoiakim, king of Judah into his hand, with part of the vessels of the
house of God” (Daniel 1:2).
We should take note of the expression “and the Lord gave.” This was an act of judgment upon
the part of God. God’s judgment came upon Judah not only because of Hezekiah’s sin but also
because of the much idolatry that was brought in by the many wicked kings who ruled similar