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Kings: The Decline And Fall Of Israel And Judah (20 of 54)
Through the Bible Survey
September 23, 1990
II KINGS THE DECLINE AND FALL OF ISRAEL AND JUDAH
AUTHORSHIP: Though not named in the text, the author of II Kings is probably a prophet. Jewish tradition assigns the authorship of II Kings to Jeremiah.
THEME: The Books of Kings record the history of the Kingdom of Israel with attention given especially to an account of the Davidic monarchy. Though there is not a complete detailed history of all the kings of Judah and Israel, there is a careful evaluation of the reign of each king showing how God's blessing is upon those who obey the divine commandments and how his judgment is upon those who are disobedient. We also see how God preserved His promise to David in the midst of the decline and fall of Israel and Judah. We see the judgment of God upon Israel for in 753BC the Assyrians carried away the northern ten tribes into captivity. The warning of the prophets had gone unheeded in the long suspended sentence of divine judgment and was at last executed. "In the last days of Judah" were characterized by international intrigues.
The weeping and warning of Jeremiah was ignored. In their desperation the kings of Judah looked for alliances which might save them from destruction but Assyria was no more and Egypt was powerless to help. The Babylonians came to full power and in 650 BC the first Babylonian invasion took place followed by another in 597BC.
In 586BC, Nebuchadnezzar came back to Jerusalem for the second time, burned the temple and deported much of the population of Judah to Babylon, thus bringing an end to the monarchy.
PROPHETICAL SIGNIFICANCE: The captivity of Judah marks the beginning of the times of the Gentiles from that day to 1947 Jerusalem was almost entirely under Gentile control. How significant it is that in our day the prophecies made during the time of Israel's captivity regarding the restoration of Jeru ...
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