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When the kingdom of Judah became irreparably corrupt, the LORD (i.e. Christ - see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM' and 'The God Of The Old Testament') purified the land of them, while at the same time maintaining the future existence of the "chosen people" in Jerusalem. How? The LORD permitted the Babylonians (see Ancient Empires - Babylon) to conquer and take into exile the people of Judah for seventy years. Those that would return would not be those that left, but rather their children who had never been "home" before.
"25:8 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Because ye have not heard my words, 25:9 Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, saith the LORD, and Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon [see Nebuchadnezzar's Dream Of Christ's Return and Nebuchadnezzar The Believer], my servant, and will bring them against this land, and against the inhabitants thereof, and against all these nations round about, and will utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, and an hissing, and perpetual desolations. 25:10 Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones, and the light of the candle. 25:11 And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years. 25:12 And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, saith the LORD, for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans, and will make it perpetual desolations." (Jeremiah 25:8-12 KJV)
"For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Houses and fields and vineyards shall be possessed again in this land"
Even though the return in seventy years would also be beyond his own natural lifetime, righteous Jeremiah (who was not taken into captivity by the Babylonians - see the Fact Finder question below) was given to purchase a family field as a sure sign that the LORD's prophecy would be fulfilled. The deed was put "in an earthen vessel, that they may continue many days" for other members of his family, not yet born, to claim.
"32:6 And Jeremiah said, The word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 32:7 Behold, Hanameel the son of Shallum thine uncle shall come unto thee, saying, Buy thee my field that is in Anathoth: for the right of redemption is thine to buy it.
"32:36 And now therefore thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning this city, whereof ye say, It shall be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence; 32:37 Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place [see The Gathering of Israel and Judah], and I will cause them to dwell safely: 32:38 And they shall be my people, and I will be their God: 32:39 And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them: 32:40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me. 32:41 Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly with my whole heart and with my whole soul.
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