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5. Egypt Comes to the Aid of Judah
There was a Rumor of Approaching Egyptian Forces
2 Kings 24:7 - "And the king of Egypt came not again any more out of his land: for the king of Babylon had taken from the river of Egypt unto the river Euphrates all that pertained to the king of Egypt."
The Egyptians suddenly came to the aid of Jerusalem. When the Egyptian army appeared in the land of Judah it not only drew the Babylonians away for a period of time, but it brought hope to the struggling city. Their food supply was exhausted, but the people held on in anticipation, hoping the Egyptians might bring them relief from the siege. Egypt was unable to bring deliverance to Jerusalem.
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Fall of Jerusalem
1- Babylon Approaching
2- Capture of Judean Cities
3- The Siege of Jerusalem
4- Edomites Raid Judah
5- Rumor of Egyptian Forces
6- Jerusalem is Captured
7- King Zedekiah Tries to Flee
8- Jews Deported to Babylon
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"And I will wipe Jerusalem as one wipes a dish, wiping it
and turning it upside down" (2 Kings 21:13)
The Destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BC.
Revival came during the reign of Hezekiah but it was immediately swept aside by his son Manasseh, who was Judah's most wicked and longest ruling king. The nation never fully recovered from the effects of this evil king. Manasseh's son Amon continued in his father's depravity, but he soon was murdered. His successor Josiah (about 640-609 B.C.) restored traditional covenant religion, which was based on the Book of the Law newly discovered in a Temple storeroom (2 Chr. 34:14). Many did not follow Josiah's example, however, and the prophet Zephaniah foretold disaster for the nation. By 610 B.C. the Assyrian Empire had collapsed under Babylonian attacks, and Babylon prepared to march against Egypt, which had been helping the Assyrians. Against Jeremiah's advice, Josiah intervened and was killed at Megiddo.
After Josiah there was no hope for Judah, the last 3 kings were all evil. The Babylonians swept down upon Jerusalem in 597 B.C. and captured it. A second attack led to Jerusalem's second defeat in 586 B.C. Captives from both campaigns were taken to Babylonia to mark the captivity of the Southern Kingdom.
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