Old Testament 34

Posted: February 16, 2017 in Old Testament
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Last week we read that Israel, the city of Jerusalem and the First Temple of God was destroyed by the
Babylonians in 586 BC (before Christ).

Babylon only had control of Israel for a short time.  Cyrus the Great and the Persian Empire conquered this area
in 539 BC.

Cyrus the Great was to rebuild the temple.

Ezra 1:2  This is what Cyrus king of Persia says:  “The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of
the earth and he appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah.

2 Chronicles 36:23  This is what Cyrus king of Persia says:  “The Lord, God of heaven, has given me all the king-
dom of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah.

The Jews that were exiled under Babylon’s rule are now encouraged to return and help build the Temple.

Ezra 1:3  Anyone of his people among you-  may his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem in
Judah and build the Temple of the Lord, the God of Israel.

2 Chronicles 32:23  … Anyone of his people among you- may the Lord his God be with him, and let him go
up.

After some interference and delays, the second Temple of God was completed in 516 BC, seventy years
after the First Temple was destroyed.  This fulfilled Daniels prophecy.

Daniel 9:2  In the first year of his reign (Darius the king of Babylon), I (Daniel) understood from the scriptures,
according to the word of the Lord given to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last
seventy years.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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