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The Seventy Years Exile
The northern kingdom of "Israel" (see The Northern Kingdom) had already been in exile for over a century (see The Galilee Captivity) when the southern kingdom of Judah (see The Southern Kingdom) had degenerated into the same sorry state that caused Israel's downfall. Judah, like Israel, had become so corrupt that the LORD would no longer tolerate them. But unlike Israel, for the sake of the coming Savior, the people of Judah, as a nation, would be allowed to return - after 70 years when the generation that had been corrupt had all died off. Ironically, most of those who went "home" had never been there before.
"And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished"
The fall and return of the people of Judah was prophesied, and fulfilled, according to the Word of God. They ignored His warnings to repent, but they could not ignore His wrath.
"25:1 The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah [see Kings of Israel and Judah and Israelite Dynasties], that was the first year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; 25:2 The which Jeremiah the prophet spake unto all the people of Judah, and to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, 25:3 From the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, even unto this day, that is the three and twentieth year, the word of the LORD hath come unto me, and I have spoken unto you, rising early and speaking; but ye have not hearkened.