Jeremiah 52, All Of God’s Word Will Be Fulfilled

Jeremiah 52, All Of God’s Word Will Be Fulfilled
1. God’s Word About Leaders Will Be Fulfilled (v1-11)
2. God’s Word About Places Will Be Fulfilled (v12-16)
3. God’s Word About Religion Will Be Fulfilled (v17-23)
4. God’s Word About Time Will Be Fulfilled (v24-30)
5. God’s Word About Mercy Will Be Fulfilled (v31-34)

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Jerry Simmons shared this Verse By Verse Bible study from Jeremiah on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 using the New King James Version (NKJV).

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As we look at Jeremiah Chapter 52 this evening, I've titled the Message all of God's Word will be fulfilled.

All of God's word will be fulfilled. Jeremiah had a very unique ministry amongst the prophets in that the majority of the things that he prophesied about, he lived to see the fulfillment of them.

Many of the prophets had those kinds of prophecies, but what we see is more typical is they prophesied about things that were even yet future yet farther for them, and so they would not necessarily see the fulfillment of the majority of their prophecies, but Jeremiah.

Sees the fulfillment of them, and here in Chapter 52 we really get.

Kind of a.

Recap of many of the prophecies of Jeremiah and the reality in the understanding that he lived to see these things.

Fulfilled. Now it's not known for sure that Jeremiah wrote this final chapter. The style is a little bit different and it is very similar to 2nd Kings Chapter 25.

And there's some like direct quotes, it seems like between them, whether one's quoting from the other, the Jeremiah.

Kings or Kings is quoting from Jeremiah can't be known for sure, but it's possible that Ezra added on Chapter 25 if Ezra also wrote Second Kings 25.

Some have suggested that Baruch, the scribe of Jeremiah, is the one who added on this final chapter to record the recap of the things.

That took place.

There, at the end of Jeremiah's ministry and at the end of the nation.

Men of Judah and the city of Jerusalem.

But regardless, this is a look at the history and some of the things that took place right there at the end.

And so here in Chapter 52, we have a good summary and some important things to consider about the word of God and the fulfillment of God's word.

Commentator Philip Ryken says nearly every verse of Jeremiah 52 is a fulfilled prophecy. In fact, reading the chapter is a good way to review the entire book of Jeremiah.

The facts speak for themselves.

Jeremiah spoke the true words.

Of God. And so here chapter 52 stands as that reminder and that call to us to be refreshed and renewed in the understanding, in the reality that all of God's word will be fulfilled. And you can walk through this and see.

Prophecy after prophecy, Word of God after Word of God being fulfilled, and that's what we're going to do tonight.

Just looking at a couple highlights here.

Five Points, 5 reminders about the types of words that God has given that will be fulfilled and that we can see the example of here and also foreshadow and look ahead.

At those kinds of prophecies being fulfilled once more in the things that God says.

And so we're going to start out in verses one through 11.

Here for point number one, God word about leaders.

Will be fulfilled.

God's word about leaders will be fulfilled here in Chapter 52 we are introduced to Zedekiah, the Last King of the nation of Judah before Babylon conquered it. Really the Last King of the nation of Judah until Messiah comes right? And so here is Zedekiah.

We are introduced to him in verse one. It says Zedekiah was 21 years old when he became king and he reigned 11 years in Jerusalem.

His mother name.

Was Haematol the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah?

He also did evil in the sight.

Of the Lord.

According to all that Jehoiakim had done and inverse.

3-4 because of the anger of the Lord, this happened in Jerusalem and Judah, till he finally cast them out from his presence. Then Zedekiah rebelled against the King of Babylon.

Here in Jeremiah Chapter 52, we are reminded that the things that took place there in Jerusalem were not just bad luck, not just difficult circumstances, not just happenstance that they experienced in this life.

Verse three tells us this all happened because of the anger of the Lord there against Jerusalem and Judah and because of their persistence in rebelling against God and disregarding the word of God because leader after leader was wicked and.

Involved in sin and refused to hear the Lord.

Verse three tells us he finally the Lord directly is involved in this.

He finally cast them out from his presence.

Because here this final king.

Did evil in the sight of the Lord now Zedekiah reigned there in Jerusalem for 11 years?

During those 11 years, he had a lot of interaction with Jeremiah, a lot of opportunity to hear the word of the Lord, and a lot of opportunity to respond to God's word to him. But Zedekiah persisted like.

Those who came before him in his rebellion against God and refused to listen, refused to believe that the things that God said would come to pass would actually come to pass.

And Jeremiah gave Zedekiah some specific prophecies about himself, not just generally about the nation, not just.

You know, kind of big picture stuff about Babylon, but but Jeremiah prophesied to Zedekiah about Zedekiah.

Yeah, and we see those things fulfilled. The things that God said about Zedekiah are fulfilled as recorded here in Jeremiah Chapter 52.

But what's interesting about this, as I mentioned, this is parallel to 2nd Kings 25. It's also parallel to second chronicles chapter 36. It's also parallel to what is recorded in Jeremiah.

Chapter 39, four times. The Lord Records the events of this chapter to solidify the reality. This is the truth. This is what happened.

And it all played out exactly the way that God said it would Babylon, the instrument of the Lord.

Name and brought judgment against the nation.

Brought judgment against the man Zedekiah for his rebellion against the Lord, and the whole nation paid the price for it.

In verse four, it tells us about the attack of Babylon and Babylon tactic was to use the siege against Jerusalem verse 4.

Now it came to pass in the.

9th year of.

His reign in the 10th month, on the 10th day of the month that Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon and all his army came against Jerusalem and encamped.

Against it.

And they built a siege wall against it all around.

So the city was.

Besieged until the 11th year of King Zedekiah.

By the 4th month on the 9th day of the month.

The famine had become so severe in the city that there was no food for the people of the land.

This was the common tactic of the day.

To defeat a city, you starve them out, and so they would camp around and let nobody in, let nobody out and the people inside would.

Have less and less resources, get weaker and weaker, get more and more discouraged, till finally they would surrender.

Or when the walls would finally be breached, that there would not be much fight left, because the people were too hungry and weak and tired.

And so this siege came against Jerusalem for two years.

For two years Babylon kept against Jerusalem.

For two years.

Jeremiah spoke the word of the Lord and called the people to repentance for two years.

The false prophet said no, Babylon is not going to be victorious.

They're going to be overthrown.

We're going to survive this.

Hold on to your rebellion against God for two years.

God called them to repentance, and they chose to believe the false prophets instead.

Well, finally, when the wall is broken through in verse seven and eight, it tells us that the king makes a run for it.

The city wall was broken through and all the men of war fled and went out of the city at night by way of the gate between the two walls, which was by the Kings Garden, even though the Chaldeans were near the city all around.

Went by way of the plane, but the army of the.

Chaldeans pursued the.

King and they overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho.

All his army was scattered from him.

So zedekiah.

Still rebelling, still running, still resisting when the walls are breached, he says.

Alright, we got to run for it now, and so he's doing his best to make it us.

See, he's got his sons with him, he's got some of the other leaders with him, some of the soldiers with him, and they're running for it, even though it is a desperate attempt to get away and it doesn't seem likely, it tells us there the Chaldeans are all around the city and they don't get away.

They are caught up with.

The Chaldeans grabbed them verse 9.

So they took the king and brought him up to the King of Babylon at Rible.

This is all the way N above Damascus in Syria, so they take him all the way up.

That's a couple 100 miles to the land of Homuth, and he pronounced judgment on him.

And then verse 10.

Then the King of Babylon killed the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, and he killed all the Princess of Judah in Rible.

He also put out the eyes of Zedekiah.

And the King of Babylon bound him in bronze fetters, took him to Babylon, and put him in prison till the day of his death.

And so Zedekiah finally.

Comes face to face with.

King Nebuchadnezzar.

And what's interesting about this is.

Jeremiah told him.

About this specific event that would happen.

In his life.

And if you want to keep your thumb there in Jeremiah 52, jump back a few chapters to Jeremiah Chapter 32.

And I'll have you do this a couple times tonight, so keep your thumb there in 52 a lot, or find a.

Bookmark or something to throw there, or bookmark it?

Open a different app.

Keep Jeremiah 52 and one app open different up and turn to Jeremiah 32, Jeremiah chapter 32. Check it out a couple of verses here starting in verse 3.

For Zedekiah, King of Judah, had shut him up.

Talking about Jeremiah, saying, why do you prophesy and say?

Thus says the Lord, behold, I will give this city into the hand of the King of Babylon, and.

He shall take it.

And Zedekiah the king of Judah shall not escape from the hand of the Chaldeans, but shall surely be delivered into the hand of the King of Babylon, and shall speak with him face to face and see him.

Eye to eye.

Verse five.

Then he shall lead Zedekiah to Babylon, and there he shall be until I visit him, says the Lord.

Though you fight with the Chaldeans, you shall not succeed.

Here chapter 32 tells us about the occasion where Zedekiah binds Jeremiah in prison for this prophecy.

The prophecy that Babylon would take the city.

Now, as we read through Jeremiah Chapter 52, what do we find? Do we find that Babylon?

Took the city.

Yes, we find exactly Babylon took the city, but Jeremiah also prophesied that Zedekiah would see the King of Babylon, speak to him face to face, and see him I.

Now, even though Babylon was the world empire of the day, and even if Babylon came and attacked the city, that wouldn't necessarily mean that the king would see King Nebuchadnezzar face to face and speak to him.

I die right that the king would very likely die in the battle or in the siege.

There could be any number of events that would happen.

This wasn't like a guaranteed thing.

But here the Lord makes it a guaranteed thing, speaking through Jeremiah well in advance of this attack of Babylon, says Zedekiah.

You're going to survive the siege, you're going to survive the battle, and you're going to end up standing right in front of King Nebuchadnezzar.

You're going to be face to face.

You're going to look in his eye and he's going to look in your eye.

Jeremiah told him specifically and directly what his fate would be.

And then he tells him he will lead Zedekiah to Babylon.

And so he tells them all of this well in advance, back in Chapter 32 of Jeremiah, before Babylon comes, before Babylon has laid siege to the city.

And what do we?

Find in chapter 52.

In verse 10.

Says the King of Babylon killed the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes and he killed all the Princess of Judah in Riblah.

He also put out the eyes of Zedekiah, the King of Babylon, and bound him.

Did Zedekiah see the king face to face for a little bit?

Yes, until his eyes were put out.

Did he speak to him face to face?

Was Zedekiah led to Babylon as Jeremiah?

32 five says.

Verse 11 tells us here in Chapter 52, the King of Babylon bound him in bronze, fetters took him to Babylon, put him in prison until the day of his death. Yes, yes, yes, everything that Jeremiah said.

Came to pass in the life.

Of zedekiah.

In Jeremiah Chapter 38 verse 17 and 18 we see another example. Jeremiah 3817 can turn there.

Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah.

Thus says the Lord, the God of hosts, the God of Israel.

If you surely surrender to the King of Babylon, princes, then your soul shall live, the city shall not be burned with fire, and you and your house shall live.

But if you do not surrender to the King of Babylon's Princess, then this city shall be given into the hands of the Chaldeans, they shall burn it with fire, and you shall not escape from their hand.

What did Zedekiah do? He tried to escape in Chapter 52, right?

And did he make it? No, he did not escape from their hand exactly the way that God said it would happen there in Jeremiah Chapter 38.

We can look at many more examples here in the Book of Jeremiah.

Jeremiah speaking to Zedekiah, about himself, about his rule, his reign, and what would happen to him.

But there is one other prophecy to consider in all of this, and it's not from Jeremiah.

It's from Ezekiel and Ezekiel, chapter 12.

Verse 13.

God, speaking through the prophet Ezekiel, says I also will spread my net over him talking about Zedekiah.

He shall be caught in my snare.

I will bring him to Babylon, to the land of the Chaldeans.

Yet he shall not see it, though he shall die there now Ezekiel is.

Prophesying not in Jerusalem, but actually in Dablon, but there the Lord speaks through Ezekiel about Zedekiah back in Jerusalem.

And says he's going to be brought to Babylon.

He will die in Babylon, and yet this interesting thing he will not see Babylon.

And Jewish historians.

Talk about Zedekiah scoffing at this prophecy.

It doesn't make sense.

How could you go to Babylon and not see Babylon?

You know what a silly prophecy.

Easy to ignore that one.

Until you get to Jeremiah Chapter 52 and it tells us in verse 11 he.

Also put out the eyes of Zedekiah.

So he sees the King of Babylon face to face, and he goes to Babylon.

But he doesn't see Babylon because after he sees the King of Babylon face to face, the King of Babylon gouges out his eyes.

So he gets to Babylon, but he never sees it.

He sees King Nebuchadnezzar, but he never sees the city.

He never sees the land of Babylon.

All of this to say God's word about leaders will be fulfilled.

The Lord has a lot to say about leaders in his word, and I'm not gonna walk through a bunch of them.

But we can understand that the things that God says about good leaders and masters, you can think about anybody with authority.

And so we often look at masters as employers and scriptures and and the Lord has things to say about them.

The Lord has things to say about those who are wicked and cruel masters and those who are in authority but abuse their power.

Or the Lord also has a lot to say about a future leader, the Messiah.

And before him the Antichrist that will come.

The point.

Here is that all of those things that God says about leaders will be fulfilled.

And leaders no matter how big or small, no matter how strong or powerful.

Will often try to thwart the plan of God and escape the things that God has said, just like Zedekiah did.

And they sneak through the walls and try to get away with things.

But we need to be reminded.

This evening, God word about leaders will be fulfilled, just as it was fulfilled in Zedekiah life.

It will be fulfilled for every leader, for everyone in authority, because everyone who has authority is appointed by God and accountable to God.

While moving on to verses 12 through 16, point #2 godsword about places.

Will be fulfilled.

So when you think about leaders, the Lord has a lot to say about them, and everything he says about them is true and will be fulfilled.

And the same is true about places.

Let's check out verses 12 through 16.

It says now in the 5th month on the 10th day of the month, which was the 19th year of King Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard who served the.

King of Babylon.

Came to Jerusalem.

He burned the House of the Lord and the King's House.

And all the houses of Jerusalem, that is, the houses of the great he burned with fire.

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

Then Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, carried away captive some of the poor people, the rest of the people who remained in the city, the defectors who had deserted to the King of Babylon, and the rest of the Craftsman.

But Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, left some of the poor of the land as vine dressers and farmers.

Here, as we look at these verses, we see the place where God has chosen to put his name, the place Jerusalem, which has such significance.

To the history of God's work with his people and the promises that surround Jerusalem are many and significant. It has been a significant place from the very beginning.

When Abraham was called to sacrifice his son in Genesis Chapter 22, it was up on Mount Moriah, which is there located in the walls of Jerusalem.

King David, of course, sought out this place that God spoke about all throughout the law and the Book of Deuteronomy.

You'll you'll see the Lord make reference to that place where I've chosen to put.

My name and when you get into the promised land, find that place that I've chosen.

To put my name.

And King David found that place.

It was Jerusalem.

He took the city of Jerusalem.

Made it the capital.

So much significance there in the City of Jerusalem even.

To this day.

And yet, through the prophet Jeremiah, we see some serious prophecies about this place.

Because of the state of rebellion that the people were in, jump back to Jeremiah Chapter 21.

For a minute.

Jeremiah, Chapter 21, verse eight says now you shall say to this people, thus says the Lord, behold, I set before you the way of life and the way of death. He who remains in the city shall die by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence.

But he who goes out and defects to the Chaldeans who besieged you, he shall live, and his life shall be as a prize to him.

For I have set my face against this city for adversity and not for good, says the Lord.

It shall be given into the hand of the King of Babylon, and he shall burn it with fire.

God says I've set my face against Jerusalem.

And the King of Babylon is going to come.

Against Jerusalem.

And he's going to burn it with fire. What do we find in Jeremiah Chapter 52, we find that Babylon comes.

Conquers Jerusalem.

It's given into the hands of Babylon, and then the King of Babylon Burns.

The city with fire.

What Jeremiah said in Chapter 21 is fulfilled in Chapter 52 exactly.

A few years back we had this saying, this concept as a nation.

There are some things that are too big to fail.

And the way that you would hear God talk about Jerusalem previously, you might think that God looked at it as too big to fail, too important to fail.

In fact, the people of Jerusalem thought Jerusalem is too important to God.

We have the temple here.

It's too big to fail, God not going to let this happen, and so they disregarded.

The words of Jeremiah and the other prophets that had come before him.

Thinking those prophecies will not be fulfilled, only the good ones will be fulfilled that we like to hold onto previously.

But we don't have to repent and respond to the Lord now to continue the the benefits and blessings of those previous promise, promises and prophecies.

But what they found is that God's word.

About places will be fulfilled.

When he says of Jerusalem it shall be burned with fire, then we find that later on it is burned with fire in Jeremiah Chapter 37.

Verses 6 through 8.

Tells us then the word of the Lord came to the prophet Jeremiah saying thus says the Lord the God of Israel.

Thus you shall say to the king of Judah, who sent you to me to inquire of me. Behold, Pharaoh's army, which has come up to help you, will return to Egypt to their own land, and the Chaldeans shall come back and fight against this.

City and take it and burn it with fire.

We talked about this a couple weeks back in earlier parts of Jeremiah where there was the siege that was going on by Babylon against Jerusalem.

And the false prophets were saying it's not going to work, it's not going to happen, they're going to turn away.

And then Babylon had to go and deal with the threat of Egypt, who came up.

And so the false prophet said, see, we told you so.

Babylon is going to be defeated by Egypt and they're going to be knocked out.

But here in Chapter 37, the Lord says that's not what's going to happen. They're going to come back from Egypt.

They're going to come back, they're going to take the city and guess what?

They're going to burn it with fire.

What do we find in Jeremiah Chapter 52? What does Babylon do to the city when they conquer it? They burn it with fire, and that's different because Babylon.

Has conquered Jerusalem twice.

Before this, they never burned it with fire before.

But the Lord said they would burn it with fire in Chapter 21 of Jeremiah when Babylon came this third time.

In Chapter 37, the Lord said they're gonna burn the city with fire, and then in Chapter 52 we find they burned the city with fire. Jeremiah, chapter 38.

Verse 17.

Then Jeremiah said to static I.

It thus says the Lord, the God of hosts, the God of Israel, if you surely surrendered.

To the King of Babylon, Princis.

Then your soul shall live, and the city shall not be burned with fire.

And you and your house shall live, but if you do not surrender to the King of Babylon.

Francis, then this city.

Shall be given into the hand of the Chaldeans.

They shall burn it with fire, and you shall not escape from their hand.

The Lord lead before Zedekiah choice if you surrender.

Then the city will not be burned with fire.

Did Zedekiah surrender? We go to 52. We see Zedekiah did not surrender.

And so.

God says if you do not surrender it is going to be burned with fire.

So we find Zedekiah did not surrender.

Did we find that the City of Jerusalem is burned with fire in chapter?

52 yes.

If he had surrendered, would he have been saved from the fire on the city? Yes, because God's word about places will be fulfilled.

No matter what they thought about it and how they negotiated out of it or or talked themselves out of it in their head didn't really matter because God's word in the end was fulfilled exactly the way.

That God said they broke down the walls of Jerusalem all round.

They burned the city, and now the city is going to be laid waste and lie in rubble.

Until Ezra comes back.

To rebuild the temple, the walls will stay down. This rubble that is created here in Chapter 52 stays that way until the book of Nehemiah.

When Nehemiah is troubled at the news of the Walls still being in this condition, even though the people had been back in the land for some time, and he goes back and rebuilds the walls of Jerusalem, it's.

About 100 years later, that's going to take place and so now.

The city is burned and destroyed exactly the way that God said, because God's word about places will be fulfilled.

Moving on to verses 17 through 23 we get point #3 and that is that God's word about religion will be fulfilled. Verse 17.

The bronze pillars that were in the House of the Lord, and the carts and the bronzi that were in the House of the Lord.

The Chaldeans broken pieces and carried all their bronze to Babylon.

They also took away the pots, the shovels, the trimmers, the Bulls, the spoons and all the bronze utensils with which the priests ministered, the basins the fire pans, the bulls, the pots, the lamp stands, the spoons and the cups, whatever was solid gold and whatever was solid silver.

The captain of the guard took away the two pillars.

One, see the 12 bronze.

Poles which were under it, and the carts which King Solomon had made for the House of the Lord.

The bronze of all these articles was beyond measure.

As they break down the walls of Jerusalem and set it on fire, they also break down the temple.

And the temple was one of the strong reasons why the people were certain that Jerusalem would not be conquered.

We have the temple and although they refused to listen to God's prophets and refused to obey God's word, they were very religious and.

Held onto this significant temple that had been built by Solomon and they believed because.

Of this religious article and their religious practices, not only did they have the temple, but they went to temple and they worshipped at the temple.

They were very religious, although their hearts were far from God.

And God told them over and over again that that doesn't cut it.

Their religion would not save them.

Their religion would not redeem them or prevent the catastrophe in the tragedy that was coming.

And that, yes indeed, God would destroy that great religious artifact, the temple that was in their midst.

In Jeremiah Chapter 27, we have an encounter with Jeremiah and the religious leaders.

And there is this idea.

That they would be delivered because of the temple, in fact, that the rest of the artifacts that had already been taken from the temple in the previous times that Babylon had conquered.

The false prophets are saying those are coming back.

But Jeremiah chapter 27 verse 19 tells us this for thus says the Lord of hosts.

Concerning the pillars, concerning the sea, concerning the carts, concerning the remainder of the vessels that remained in the city, so notice like the specific things being called out, the pillars, the see the carts and all the rest of the vessels now when you go back to chapter 52.

You see the bronze pillars, the bronze see the vessels.

There all of these.

Same elements that Jeremiah mentions back in Chapter 27 are mentioned also in Chapter 52.

Jeremiah 2720 all of these things which Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, did not take when he carried away captive Jeconiah, the son of Jehoiakim, King of Judah, from Jerusalem to Babylon.

On all the nobles of Judah and Jerusalem talking about the second time Babylon conquered Jerusalem, the king of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar took some articles.

But left the pillars, the see the carts and all of these vessels.

Verse 21 of Jeremiah 27. Yes, the Lord of hosts.

Or thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, concerning the vessels that remain in the House of the Lord, and in the House of the King of Judah and of Jerusalem, they shall be carried to Babylon.

And there they shall be until the day that I visit them, says the Lord.

Then I will bring them up and restore them to this place.

So in Chapter 27, the Lord speaks through Jeremiah and says here's what's going to happen to the vessels.

Of the temple, the pillars, the sea, the carts.

They're going to be carried to Babylon and what do we find in Chapter 52 when it talks about the pillars and the sea and the carts and all the vessels?

When we find in Chapter 52 of Jeremiah that all of these items are carried to Babylon, does that match what it says here in 27? Let me just double check again. They shall be carried.

The Babylon.

And then it tells us they took.

Away the pots.

The shovels, the trimmers, the bowls of spoons in chapter 52.

The two pillars, the seed, the 12 bronze.

And they carried all their bronze.

To Babylon.

So they would said they were going to carry all these things to Babylon in Chapter 27. And then in Chapter 52 we find that Babylon carried all these things to Babylon. What a strange coincidence.

God's word about religion.

Will be fulfilled.

In Chapter 28 we see the response of one of the false prophets, Hananiah.

And Hananiah has quite a different message. In verse three of Jeremiah 28, he says within two full years I will bring back to this place all the vessels of the Lord's House that King Nebuchadnezzar took away.

From this place and carried to Babylon.

So there the context is right after Chapter 27, Babylon has conquered Jerusalem twice. At that point carried away some of the articles of the Temple to Babylon.

Jeremiah is saying the rest are going to be carried to Babylon shortly, but the false Prophet says no, the rest aren't going to be carried there.

Those that are already in Babylon are going.

To be brought back.

And Babylon is going to be destroyed, and we will be victorious, and we don't have to repent or.

Turn from our wicked ways at all.

So his prophecy was within two full years, all the vessels that were already in Babylon would be back in Jerusalem.

But then we looked at Chapter 52 and I'm struggling to find that spot in here where it says all the vessels from Babylon came back. No, it only went the other way.

The things that were remaining, but word of the Lord through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled.

Exactly the way that God said.

Now, Vacume Jeremiah chapter 52 verses 21 through 23 reminds us of the details of these articles of the temple verse 21.

Now concerning the pillars.

The height of one pillar was 18 cubits.

A measuring line of 12 cubits could measure its circumference and its thickness was four fingers.

It was hollow, the capital of.

Bronze was on it and the.

Height of wind capital was 5Q.

With a network of pomegranates all around the capital of bronze. The second pillar with pomegranates was the same. There were 96 pomegranates on the sides. All the pomegranates all around on the network were 100.

Taking note of these two pillars and they were impressive to behold.

Huge fashioned out of bronze.

Incredible weight could not be counted or measured how much these pillars weighed.

These are the pillars that Solomon had made back in First Kings Chapter 7.

They were huge.

They were impressive they'd been there for.

Doing rough math in my head like 400 years.

And the people thought for sure.

This place that we worship in this religion that we hold onto these artifacts that go along with that.

For sure God is not going to let that be broken or compromised or taken away.

But God said no, that's exactly what I'm going to do.

And his word about religion was fulfilled.

And so the great Temple of Solomon is now completely ruined, just a pile of rubble until later on.

The Lord's going to send a.

Group back.

We'll read about it when we get to.

The Book of Ezra to rebuild the temple. It'll be much smaller, much diminished compared to Solomon's Temple.

But the Lord will restore and renew once again and it's going to be fulfilled exactly the way that God said back in Chapter 27 of Jeremiah, he said.

All of these things that are carried away are going to stay there in Babylon until they're released to go back, which we find happen when Cyrus gives the Jews permission to go back to rebuild the temple because the Lord.

Called him by name.

Because God's word about religion will be fulfilled.

And so when we see in Philippians Chapter 2 that every knee will bow at the name of Jesus and every tongue will confess that he is Lord, we can know that that is going to be fulfilled.

We can rest assured in John 14-6 when Jesus says I am the way, the truth in their life and no one comes to the father except through me, we can rest assured what what the Lord says about religion.

Will be fulfilled, then, is the truth and is the reality that we must abide by.

That's true about leaders.

It's true about places.

It's true about religion.

What God says about those things is the truth, and it will be fulfilled exactly the way that God says.

Moving on to verses 24 through 30, we get point #4, and that is that God's word about time will be fulfilled.

God's word about time will be fulfilled looking at verses 24 through 30, it says.

The captain of the guard took Soriah, the chief priest, Zephaniah, the second priest and the three doorkeepers.

He also took out of the city an officer who had charge of the men of war, seven men of the King's close associates who were found in the city, the principal scribe of the army who mustered the people of the land, and 60 men of the people of the land who were found in the midst of the city.

And Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, took these and brought them to the King of Babylon at Rible.

Then the King of Babylon struck them, put them to death at Ribley in.

The land of hamath.

Thus Judah was carried away captive from its own land.

These are the people whom Nebuchadnezzar carried away captive in the 7th year, 3023 Jews. In the 18th year of Nebuchadnezzar he carried away captive from Jerusalem 820 or 32 persons, and the 23rd year of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar and the captain of the Guard carried away captive of the Jews 745.

Persons. All the persons were 4600.

Here in this portion, we see additional leaders of Jerusalem.

They are also taken.

To meet with Nebuchadnezzar up there in Riblah. And they are also dealt with very harshly according to all of the things that God said about the leaders of Israel and the leaders of Judah and their rebellion against the Lord. But jumping into verse 27, it says thus Judah was carried away captive from its own land.

And here we see the people now taken out of the land.

The nation as a whole is emptied out.

Now it will go.

On to tell us there is just a few.

Poor people that are left in the land to tend the land and to continue to pay taxes to the King of Babylon.

They won't last long. We saw that with get Elia and his murder and then they're flee to Egypt. And so the people are emptied out of the land, carried away captive. Exactly what God said would happen. Jump back to Jeremiah, chapter 25.

In Jeremiah Chapter 25 we have the prophecy of Jeremiah which outlines for us the 70 years of captivity in the land of Babylon.

And this is.

Part of the fulfillment of that prophecy that the people will be carried away captive to Babylon.

The entire land will be carried away captive to Babylon.

Now this is unique because Babylon again had conquered Jerusalem twice before, but Jeremiah Chapter 25 wasn't fulfilled.

But now, on this third time, exactly what God said would happen is what happened, and the people are emptied out of the land and taken to Babylon. Jeremiah, Chapter 25, verse eight. Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts.

Because you have not heard my words.

Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, says the Lord, and Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon, my servant, and will bring them against this land, against its inhabitants, and against these nations all around.

And and will utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, a hissing, and perpetual desolations.

Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth, the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstone, and the light of the lamp.

And this whole land?

Shall be a desolation and an astonishment.

And these nations shall serve the King of Babylon 70 years.

There in Chapter 25, the Lord says I'm going to empty out the land. There's not going to be any.

Grooms or brides, no voice of mirth, no sound of the millstone, no work is going to be happening, no light of the lamp.

There's not going to be any lamps.

They're in the land that like it's going to be completely emptied out.

God says I've given this whole area, Judah, Israel, the surrounding nations to the hand of the King of Babylon for 70 years.

Now Daniel reads the Book of Jeremiah.

He learns about the 70 years.

He does the math.

He realizes the 70 years are about up, and he begins to pray, recognizing that the Lord is about to do something and the people are going to be released to go back to the land.

The word of the Lord is fulfilled.

The way that the Lord said.

But it wasn't the first time that Jerusalem was conquered.

Here's a quick look at these various times in 605 BC.

Jerusalem is conquered and people are taken captive, probably including Daniel at that point of the royal family, and so he's taken captive to Babylon during that time as a very young boy.

The outline here in chapter 52 verses 28 through 30 talks about the three different captivities and the people that are taken in those times. So Daniel was one of them, probably in 605 BC, then in 597 BC.

Babylon comes back, conquers the city again, takes more people captive.

It's possible, likely that Ezekiel was included in that second group, and so he's taken to Babylon at that time, and then begins his prophet prophetic ministry there in Babylon.

And we'll get to that in just in a couple weeks as we keep going through the Bible.

In three years.

Well then, finally the third time, 586 BC.

Zedekiah is defeated.

The city is conquered.

And they are led into captivity for 70.

Years now the 70 years thing is interesting.

A quick look at some timeline information for you so you can kind of think about and consider the 70 years of captivity.

There is 70 years of captivity when you count from.

The first time that Jerusalem conquered or that Babylon conquered Jerusalem in 605 BC to the return of Jerusalem in 536.

When Cyrus says, OK guys, you can go home, then that fulfills that 70 years of captivity, starting from the first time that Jerusalem was conquered, but then also the last time.

So most conquered in 586. There's a 70 year period, which is that 70 years that the Jewish people were without the temple because they go back in 536 to start rebuilding the temple. But things are delayed, take some time the foundation.

And is lead or finished in 520 BC, but the temple itself is not finished for 20 years from when they return.

And so 516 BC is when the temple is finished and that completes another 70 year set. And so you can kind of, you know, look at those and understand there's 270 year periods.

There's significance to both of them.

There's prophecies about both of them.

And again, what we see is the things that the Lord says about time.

Are fulfilled.

Now, in regards to time and the things that we are looking forward to as far as prophecy being fulfilled, most of the things are not directed at a certain time.

In fact, it's told us that no one knows the day or the hour as we look to the return of Jesus Christ, but once certain events.

Then there's some very specific prophecies about time, that the clock will begin on those things and you'll get to see those things fulfilled and played out, hopefully from a different vantage point.

Kind of more downward looking down on the situation rather than.

Living in the midst of it, but but the?

Point to make is God said this 70 years would happen.

God said these activities would take place.

The people would be in the land of Babylon.

They would be brought back after 70 years.

And and you see time and time again the word.

Of God is fulfilled.

No matter what subject he's talking about.

And and that's an important thing to grasp hold of and to understand whatever God is talking about, whether it's leaders or places or time or religion, whatever God talks about.

He speaks the truth about and his word will stand.

He will be proven right, and his word will be fulfilled.

Well, we finish up the chapter verses 31 through 34 with point #5, and a really interesting passage to consider point #5 is that God's word about mercy will be fulfilled.

Verse 31 says now it came to pass in the 37th year of the captivity captivity of Jehoiakim, King of Judah.

In the 12th month.

On the 25th day of the.

That evil merodach the king of Babylon in the first year of.

His reign lifted up.

The head of Jehoiakim, King of Judah.

And brought him out of prison, and he spoke kindly to him, and gave him a more prominent seat than those of the kings who are with him in Babylon.

So Jehoiachin changed from his prison garments, and he ate bread regularly before the king all the days.

Of his life.

And As for his provisions, there was a regular ration given him by the King of Babylon, a portion for each day until the day of his death.

All the days.

Of his life.

We get this interesting passage here at the end, and again this is also found in Second Kings Chapter 25.

Many years after Babylon is conquered.

We're talking another 20 years or so after this is probably taking place around 561 BC, 25 years after Jerusalem has fallen to Babylon for the third time this event occurs.

Jehoiachin, who had been a King of Jerusalem.

Who was the King of Jerusalem?

The second time that Babylon came against Jerusalem and conquered it, Joy Chin was taken captive.

Babylon put in prison.

Nebuchadnezzar is off the scene, and this guy evil Merodach.

By the way, evil in the name evil Merodach is not like our word evil.

That's just a way to transliterate the name.

It was just part of his name, which doesn't make sense to us, but it made sense in Hebrew or whatever language they spoke.

But evil Merodach this guy, he's now king.

And he probably was evil, but that's not why evil is in his name.

But he for some reason shows kindness to jehoiachin.

Joy Chain is also known as Jeconiah.

There's some significant prophecies about Jeconiah and his descendants and significance in even the lineages of the Lord.

That genealogy's that you find about the Lord and the fulfillment of those things. I'm.

Not going to get into that.

But what's interesting here is that this guy, Joey and Jack Anaya gets this.

Chance to be brought out of prison after being imprisoned in Babylon 4.

35 years, let's say.

35 years in prison, suddenly new king on the throne seems very random that he would just single out Joy Chin and bring him up.

There was many other kings that were in Babylon as well and imprisoned, and they were not treated the way that Joy Chin was.

In fact, Joy Chen is in the presence of other kings of Babylon.

But is raised above them according to Second Kings chapter 25.

And so there's this weird favor that's shown to him by this King of Babylon that we know very little about.

Now a quick side note here in Jeremiah Chapter 28 that false prophet Hananiah said that Jeconiah would be brought back to Jerusalem along with all those temple goods that we were talking about earlier.

But we can see.

That word was not fulfilled, right?

He's in prison for another 30 years and then, finally, he's.

Let out, but he's still a prisoner.

Understand that he's still a captive in Babylon, but he's just not in the cell he's allowed to be in the.

King's presence.

And we don't know exactly what happened here, but if I were to speculate.

I would suggest that.

There was some work that God was doing. Enjoy Jens life and in his heart and 35 years in prison perhaps.

Was enough for him.

To call out to the Lord.

It doesn't have to be this way again.

We're not explicitly told this.

It's a bit of a question.

But it is a good reminder.

There's always room in the plan of God.

In the situations that we are in.

For there to be an expression of mercy from God.

At Deutsch, and even though he was a wicked king and brought up out about destruction against Jerusalem by Babylon because of his rebellion against God, his rebellion against Babylon, his refusal to listen to the word of.

God, and yet.

He has a chance, he has an opportunity.

To have mercy shown to him later on in his life.

He reminded me of some things alert shared in Deuteronomy Chapter 4.

Well, there's a lot of verses here.

Let me read through these quickly.

Deuteronomy chapter 4.

Moses, speaking to the people, says I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day.

That you will soon utterly perish from the land which you cross over the Jordan to possess, and you will not prolong your days in it, but will be utterly destroyed.

And the Lord will scatter you among the peoples, and you shall be.

Left few in number.

Among the nations where the Lord will drive you.

And there you shall serve God's the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor heat, nor smell.

But from there.

You will seek the Lord your God.

And you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.

When you are in distress and all these things come upon you in the latter days when you turn to the Lord your God and obey his voice.

For the Lord your God is a merciful God.

He will not forsake you, nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers, which he swore to them.

Before they even enter into the promised land, Moses tells them about all these things that are going to come to pass that we read about in Jeremiah Chapter 52.

Moses says.

Guys, you're heading into the promised land.

But I know.

You're not gonna get to stay in that promised land long.

Enough you will be there for a bit.

But you're not going to prolong your days in it.

You're going to be utterly destroyed and you're going to be scattered amongst the peoples of the earth.

Because of your rebellion and because of your disregard of what God has said, you are not going to last in the land.

And so when you experience that judgment and when you are scattered.

Deuteronomy 429 but from there.

You will seek the Lord your God, and you will find him if you seek him with all your heart.

And with all your soul.

He goes on to say, for the Lord, your God is a merciful God.

So I can't say for certain, but I like to think.

Joy Chen.

Sought the Lord with all his heart. They were imprisoned in Babylon for 35 years. Kind of like Jonah in the belly of the great fish.

It took him three days, but finally he sought the Lord with all his heart, and the Lord showed himself to be a merciful God.

Joy Chen, perhaps 35 years in prison.

Seeks the Lord with all his heart.

And finds God to be a merciful God as he moves the hand of the King of Babylon to release him.

From the prison cell and provide him.

A place to eat for the rest of his life, and he's taken care of in a in a different way and provided for.

In the mercy of the Lord.

It also could be that evil merodach just.

Had some random reason in his head.

There is some Jewish history.

Legend about evil Merodach being imprisoned himself by Nebuchadnezzar his father.

The situation being when King Nebuchadnezzar went crazy for a bit, we read about that in the Book of Daniel, that evil Merodach was trying to take the throne and take all the power.

And so when he was brought back to his senses, key Nebuchadnezzar, he put evil Merodach in prison, and so its potential they were cellmates, they became friends there.

And so when evil Merodach gets to power, he says.

Hey, let me get out my friend Joy Chen.

Maybe that's true, and maybe that's also because Joy Chen sought the Lord with all his heart, and the Lord showed him mercy because he is a merciful God.

God's word.

About mercy will be fulfilled in the end.

It's a mystery.

Whether or not this was directly a act of mercy.

On God from God, on Jehoiachin's behalf, because he sought the Lord, but for us.

It doesn't have to be an act of mercy, urban.

Does it have to be a mystery?

That's what I'm trying.

It was a mystery for joy and if that was really the word or not, but it doesn't have to be a.

Mystery for us?

We can for sure experience the mercy of God.

God's word about mercy.

Will be fulfilled.

He promises to forgive us, to cleanse us, to wash us, to be good and merciful towards us as we seek him.

With all of our heart, I like this quote from FB Meyer if the King of Babylon did this for a captive king, his prisoner.

Will your heavenly Father do less for you?

Bring you out of captivity.

Give you a a place at the table.

Refresh you, feed you, provide for you, and meet all of your needs.

This is great mercy from God that he promises to provide.

Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these other things will be fulfilled. All of God's word will be fulfilled, whether he talks about leaders or places or religion.

Or time, or mercy, or a multitude of other things. God's word will be fulfilled every time we can.

Count on it.

But we think.

That we have such a foundation and such stability in your word help us to believe you fully and completely and with all of our hearts.

Help us to respond as you speak, to take your words to heart and put them to action, to dig down deep and to build our lives upon the rock your word in action.

In our lives and so would help us.

To grasp hold of your truth.

And to live.

According to what you say.

Knowing that it will be fulfilled, and Lord, as we see all of your prophecies about things that are yet to come, Lord be recognized.

The time is drawing nearer for those things to be fulfilled.

And so we say, come quickly, Lord Jesus.

In the meantime, Lord, we say use us be glorified in our lives.

Bring many to know you as a result, Lord.

Of us pursuing your heart and obeying your word, we pray this in Jesus name.