Originally posted by CanadianDream420
1st time Israel was conquered by Babylon. They were freed again after 70 years as predicted by Jeremiah.. a Prophet.
and this whole land shall be a desolation and astonishment. and these nation shall serve the king of Babylon [B]seventy years.[/B]
Now.. Both biblical and secular history show Babylon captured Israel in the spring of 606 bc and the capitivy ended exactly 70 years later in the
spring of 536bc
Actually that is talking of the captivity of the southern kingdom of Judah. The Kingdom of Israel split after the death of Solomon, the 10 northern
tribes (the so called "lost 10 tribes" took the name of Israel, while the tribes of Judah and Benjamin in the south took the name of Judah.
Here is the story...
1 And Rehoboam went to Shechem: for all Israel were come to Shechem to make him king.
2 And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was yet in Egypt, heard of it , (for he was fled from the presence of king Solomon, and
Jeroboam dwelt in Egypt
3 That they sent and called him. And Jeroboam and all the congregation of Israel came, and spoke unto Rehoboam, saying,
4 Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore make thou the grievous service of thy father, and his heavy yoke which he put upon us, lighter,
and we will serve thee.
16 So when all Israel saw that the king hearkened not unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David? neither have we
inheritance in the son of Jesse: to your tents, O Israel: now see to thine own house, David. So Israel departed unto their tents.
17 But as for the children of Israel which dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.
20 And it came to pass, when all Israel heard that Jeroboam was come again, that they sent and called him unto the congregation, and made him king
over all Israel: there was none that followed the house of David, but the tribe of Judah only.
21 And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he assembled all the house of Judah, with the tribe of Benjamin, a hundred and fourscore thousand chosen
men, which were warriors, to fight against the house of Israel, to bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam the son of Solomon.
22 But the word of God came unto Shemaiah the man of God, saying,
23 Speak unto Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and unto all the house of Judah and Benjamin, and to the remnant of the people, saying,
24 Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren the children of Israel: return every man to his house; for this thing is
from me. They hearkened therefore to the word of the LORD, and returned to depart, according to the word of the LORD.
Israel (the 10 northern tribes) was taken into captivity by the Assyrians, not the Babylonians, well before the captivity of Judah (the jews) into
Babylon, this story can be found in 2Kings chapter 17.
If you read again the prophecy you are talking about, it even mentions the House of Israel and the house of Judah (the jews) were by this stage two
EZEKIEL 4:4 Lie thou also upon thy left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel upon it: according to the number of the days that thou
shalt lie upon it thou shalt bear their iniquity.
5 For I have laid upon thee the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days: so shalt thou bear the
iniquity of the house of Israel.
6 And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: I have
appointed thee each day for a year.
Most get confused into thinking that all the Israelites were Jews, and that the Jews are the only Israelites. So far only Judah has returned to land
of Israel, not the 10 northern tribes who actually bear the name of physical Israel. I suggest reading this free book online,it not only explains all
this, but actually identifies through scripture who the lost 10 tribes are... www.biblical-truth.com...