Online Midweek November 18

The Babylonian Code

Remembering what the Jubilee of 1967 was doing: Undoing the Roman destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70.

The question posed in this chapter: Is it possible that what took place was also connected to an even more ancient mystery?

Going back to the fall of the Assyrian Empire:
With it’s fall two powers were left to battle for the supremacy of the world as they knew it.. Those two powers were Egypt under the rule of Pharaoh Neco (sometimes spelled Necho) and the new Babylonian Empire ruled by King Nabopolasser. Because of his ill health the Babylonian Army was commanded by his son, the crown prince.

His is a familiar name in the pages of Scripture: Nebuchadnezzar.
The armies of the 2 competing powers came together at Carchemish where the Babylonians were victorious emerging as the undisputed supreme power in the Middle East. From there the Babylonians swept south and east conquering the lands of Syria and Israel incorporating them as part of the Babylonian Empire.

In the face of the onslaught King Jehoiakim of Juda surrendered and became a vassal state of the Empire. The Scriptures record what this cost: treasures from the Temple and captives from the leading families of Judea who, with the treasures, were transported back to Babylon.

Shortly after this Nebuchadnezzar received word that his father had died.

Rushing back to Babylon to secure the throne, he left his army to transport the captives and the treasure, a job they handled seemingly without difficulty. Many scholars regard this as the beginning of “the times of the Gentiles”. It would also mark the beginning of the end. Years later the Judean King Zedekiah would rebel against Nebuchadnezzar’s rule and the Babylonians would return in force. This time they burned the Temple and razed the city of Jerusalem to the ground. They also took thousands of people into captivity and brought the Jewish kingdom to it’s end. These two events: First, the subjugation of Jerusalem and the accompanying loss of sovereignty and then the second event: the destruction of the Jewish nation would open and close a period marking the nation’s final days.

Looking at the time between the subjugation of the nation and the destruction of Jerusalem we find a period of 19 years. II Kings 25 tells us:

8 Now on the seventh day of the fifth month, which was the nineteenth year of King Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard, a servant of the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem. 

9 He burned the house of the Lord, the king’s house, and all the houses of Jerusalem; even every great house he burned with fire. 

10 So all the army of the Chaldeans who were with the captain of the guard broke down the walls around Jerusalem. 

11 Then the rest of the people who were left in the city and the deserters who had deserted to the king of Babylon and the rest of the people, Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away into exile. 

12 But the captain of the guard left some of the poorest of the land to be vinedressers and plowmen.

Keep in mind, this was not only the 19th year of Nebuchadnezzar’s reign, but he left Jerusalem initially to go home to claim the crown upon the death of his father. This puts the date between the 2 events at 19 years.

Looking at the time between the restoration of the nation of Israel and the regaining of Jerusalem: 1948 – 1967 gives us 19 years.

Remembering the Jubilean concept of reversal:

The ancient 19 year cycle began with Gentile soldiers entering Jerusalem

The modern 19 year cycle ends with Gentile soldiers leaving Jerusalem.

The ancient 19 year cycle ended with the destruction of the Jewish nation

The modern 19 year cycle begins with the restoration of the Jewish nation as God’s eternal promises and principles continue to work.