The fall of Jerusalem was the final act in the capture of Judah. Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, pronounced other kings to take over for Jehoiakim. After Jehoiakim’s rebellion against Nebuchadnezzar, Jehoiachin became king of Judah. Jehoiachin was 18 years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem for nearly 3 and a half months. He was taken prisoner by Babylon, and his uncle Zedekiah became king. Zedekiah was 21 years old when he was appointed vassal king by Nebuchadnezzar.
At this time, the Babylonian king took all the valuables of Jerusalem, including the special features created for the Temple by Solomon. God allowed this to happen because the people of Judah had worshipped foreign gods and innocent blood was spilled in Jerusalem which the LORD could not let go without consequence.
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