Babylonian Captivity
Bible Study Lessons

Introduction

"If we don't learn from the mistakes of
the past we are bound to repeat them."

George Santayana

The nation of Israel was founded on spiritual principals. However, as the years progressed, the northern ten tribes began drifting from their spiritual roots. They continued observing the religious feasts and entered a religious building like clock-work each Sabbath. However, the daily lives of God's people resembled that of the pagans. God was relegated to the back-burner and man-made idols became the focal point in their places of worship. They became materialistic. They drifted so far from the Lord that they actually sacrificed their children. God sent prophets to call them to repentance, but they turned a deaf ear. Because of God's people refusing to alter course, they reaped from their negative sowing, and in 722 BC they were defeated by the Assyrians. Those who were not killed in battle were taken captive to Assyria where they became assimulated into the Assyrian way oi life. No longer did they experience the freedom and prestige they once enjoyed. The northern kingdom never returned to their homeland, which is why they are referred to as the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel. Judgment upon Israel was a result of the conduct of God's people.

Approximately one hundred years later the southern tribe of Israel (Judah and Benjamin) were on the same destructive path. Because of their refusing to repent they ended up in bondage in Babylon. They failed to learn from the mistakes made by their northern brethren. Because of the conduct of God's people Israel once again reaped from their negative sowing.  

The United States was also founded on Christian principals, but God's people have relegated Him to the back-burner. There are many places of worship in each U.S. community, but with few exceptions, they have evolved into nothing more than religious clubs. Despite their church involvement the majority of God's people function similar to the world, where such bondage as worry, anger, and depression is a way of life—addictions.  Pornography has become an epidemic in Christian circles. Abortions are viewed by many of God's people as being acceptable. Instead of fundamental pastors strengthening their flocks with solid Bible teaching the preaching of the gospel is too often the focus.

Unless 2 Chronicles 7:14 becomes a heart reality with God's people American will forsake the freedom and prestige it enjoyed in the past.

"If My people who are called by My name
will humble themselves, and pray and
seek My face, then I will hear from
heaven, and will forgive their sin and
heal their land."

2 Chronicles 7:14



Babylonian Captivity

Bible Study Lesson 1

We will begin the series on the Babylonian Captivity Bible study by examining key verses recorded in the book of Jeremiah. In this study we will discover:

  • The unique way the book of Jeremiah was recorded.
  • The first recorded attempt to destroy the Word of God
  • How the Lord revealed to Jeremiah that judgment upon Israel was approaching from the north.
  • What God meant when He said His people should set a standard toward Zion (4:6).
  • How the pastors told their flocks what they wanted to hear rather than challenging them with Bible truths.
  • Why the Lord eventually advised Jeremiah to stop praying for Israel to repent.
  • How the law of the harvest became a reality in the lives of the Israelites—reaping the results of their carnal sowing.
  • Why God instructed Jeremiah to travel 400 miles in order to place an article of clothing in a hole.
  • Why Israel would remain in bondage in Babylon for precisely 70 years.
  • How the U.S. is doomed to experience some form of bondage unless God's people become Zion focused.

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Babylonian Captivity

Bible Study Lesson 2

"If My people who are called by My name
will humble themselves, and pray and
seek My face, then I will hear from
heaven, and will forgive their sin and
heal their land."

2 Chronicles 7:14

In the first Babylonian Captivity Bible study we read about God sending a warning to God's people in every nation. The warning was  to become Zion focused in order to avoid bringing judgment upon themselves. God said, "My people have forgotten Me days without number" (Jeremiah 2:32). The southern kingdom failed to learn from the mistakes previously made by their northern brethren, and as a result, they found themselves living in bondage in Babylon. No longer did they experience the freedom and prestige they once enjoyed. The souther kingdom of Israel failed to learn from the mistakes made by the northern kingdom. 

If God's people in America fails to learn from the mistakes of the past we will remain on the same destructive path—a loss of freedom and stature

God promised Jeremiah that when the 70 year captivity expired He would bring Israel back home to Judea (Jeremiah 42:12). God never made this promise when the northern kingdom went into bondage and they never returned to their homeland. The tribe of Judah was one of two tribes in the southern kingdom of Israel. Judah was the Royal Line. The line the Savior would stem from. Had the tribe of Judah remained in Babylon, like their northern brethren, they would have intermarried, and the Royal Line would no longer have retained its purity. It was for this reason that it was imperative that the tribe of Judah return home.

In this study we will turn to the book of Ezra in order to see God's promise being fulfilled in the following ways:

  • What motivated the king of Babylon to issue a decree which said Israel could return to Jerusalem and restore the temple.
  • Why a remnant of approximately 50,000 Jews (2 percent) made the effort to return to their homeland.
  • What was at the top of their DO LIST once the remnant returned to Jerusalem.
  • How opposition usually surfaces whenever the Lord's work is being accomplished.
  • Why the Passover Feast and the Feast of Unleavened Bread was reinstated.
  • Why the priests and Levites viewed themselves as being ritually clean (Ezra 6:20 NKJV).
  • God's formula for believers experiencing peace and joy in the midst of life's storms.

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Babylonian Captivity

Bible Study Lesson 3

In the last Babylonian Captivity Bible study we saw king Cyrus authorizing the Jews to return home to Jerusalem to restore the temple. This lesson focuses on God commissioning Ezra to lead the second exodus from Babylon to Jerusalem in order to expose God's people to solid Bible teaching. In this study we will examine the following details of Ezra's ministry:

  • How Ezra was spiritually equipped to have an effective teaching ministry in Jerusalem.
  • Why Ezra referred to God's people as holy seed.
  • Why Ezra was astonished and grieved when he arrived in Jerusalem.
  • What Ezra meant when he referred to G's people as being pegs in a holy place.
  • We will see what will be shaken out of heaven prior to Revelation chapter five becoming a reality (Hebrews 12:26).
  • We will also see God's formula for experiencing the quality of life Adam and Eve enjoyed in the Garden prior to the Fall.

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Babylonian Captivity

Bible Study Lesson 4

"All these things happened to them as examples,
and they were written for our admonition..."

1 Corinthians 10:11)

The purpose of this Babylonian Captivity Bible study lessons is for Christians to learn from the positives and negatives made by Old Testament believers. In this series we discovered God's formula for experiencing freedom and peace in the midst of our Red Sea circumstances:

  1. being altar focused—experiencing the full gospel - Acts 2:36 
  2. exposure to Bible teaching that provides strength - Psalm 19:28
  3. building a spiritual protective wall around our life

This final Babylonian Captivity Bible lesson is about Nehemiah leaving Babylon and going to Jerusalem to restore the wall. In this study we will examine the following construction points to see how believers can erect a protective wall around their lives:

  • What had to be done before they could actually begin restoring the wall.
  • What Nehemiah meant when he said Israel's critics had no heritage or memorial in Jerusalem. 
  • How my Three Step Program became a reality in the lives of the remnant who returned to Jerusalem.
  • Why the Feast of Tabernacles was reinstated.
  • Israels response to the taught Word.

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