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The Book Of Jeremiah

The Bible prophets (see Prophecy) did not live easy lives. Most were persecuted, ridiculed, and nearly all were ignored - until it was too late. From Elijah in the Old Testament, to God's Two Witnesses in the New Testament, and many others before, after, and in-between, the message of God's true prophets was not, and will not be, well received by most people (if it was, there would be no need for a prophet in the first place). The prophets were often seen as "rain on our parade" sorts of people, and Jeremiah was no exception.

The Temple Jeremiah lived about a century after Isaiah. Both were sent to the southern kingdom of Judah with the capital at Jerusalem. The northern kingdom, the "Lost Ten Tribes," with their capital up in Samaria was by then long gone after being conquered by the Assyrians (2 Kings 17:22-23) (see Ancient Empires - Assyria). Isaiah's ministry saw Jerusalem's deliverance from the Assyrians (Isaiah 37:36-37), while Jeremiah's saw its destruction by the Babylonians (Jeremiah 39:1-10) (see Why Babylon? and King Nebuchadnezzar).

The Book of Jeremiah:

  • Jeremiah's calling. (chapter 1)

  • An account of Israel's unfaithfulness to The Lord and a warning of the consequences. (chapter 2-25)

  • Jeremiah's activities and ministry. (chapters 26-38)

  • The fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the original Temple by the Babylonians. (chapter 39 and 52)

  • The aftermath and prophecies about other nations. (chapter 40-51)

Fact Finder: What happened to Jeremiah after Jerusalem was conquered by the Babylonians?
Jeremiah 40:1-6, 43:4-7

Note: For a time after the fall of Jerusalem, Jeremiah was held prisoner by the Babylonians. He was later released to live where he chose. After a minor uprising by the survivors of the conquered people of Judah, they and Jeremiah fled to Egypt. Differing non-Biblical accounts of Jeremiah's life thereafter have been written. Some say that he remained in Egypt for the rest of his life. Other accounts state that he eventually travelled to Britain with the surviving royal line (the king and all of his sons were killed, but the king's daughters were unharmed) where the line of King David again took root through those princesses - and survives today in the House of Windsor (Queen Elizabeth II and her heir Prince Charles).

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