Saturday, November 11, 2017

Ussher: Kings 3 (Fall of Israel to Fall of Judah, 721-588 BC)

     Notes on James Ussher, The Annals of the World (1658):
     721 BC: The Assyrian army under their king Shalmaneser captured Samaria and destroyed the northern Kingdom of Israel (P633).
     710 BC: Yahweh destroyed the Assyrian army under Sennacherib as it prepared to besiege Jerusalem (Isa. 31:8-9, 37:36-38, 38:1-22; 2 Kgs. 19:35-37; 2 Chr. 32:21) (P668).
     698 BC: Hezekiah died (2 Chr. 32:33) and his son Manasseh ruled for 55 years (2 Kgs. 21:1). He was as wicked as his father was good—devoting himself more thoroughly to the Olympian gods than even the nations whom the Israelites had dispossessed (2 Kgs. 21:2, 11; 2 Chr. 33:2, 9). He also killed many innocent people (2 Kgs. 21:16, 24:4) including the prophet Isaiah (see Heb. 11:37) (P682).
     677 BC: Manasseh was dragged into exile to Babylon by the Assyrians (2 Chr. 33:11) (P697) where he repented and was returned by Yahweh to Jerusalem (2 Chr. 33:12-13) (P699).
     656 BC: The general Holophernes was beheaded by Judith (Judith 13:8-11) (P711).
     643 BC: Manasseh returned from exile (P716). Manasseh died and his son Amon ruled for 2 years (2 Kgs. 21:19-22; 2 Chr. 33:21-23) (P717).
     641 BC: Amon is murdered by his servants. His son Josiah, aged 8, rules for 31 years (2 Kgs. 22:1, 2 Chr. 34:1) (P719).
     630 BC: Josiah rids Judah and Jerusalem of the objects and practices of Olympianity (2 Chr. 34:3-7) (P736).
     629 BC: Yahweh calls Jeremiah to be a prophet (1:2, 17; 28:3). Zephaniah was already called and prophesying (Zeph. 1:1, Jer. 25:3-5) (P737).
     624 BC: The Book of the Law was found in the Temple. Josiah worked vigorously to restore devotion to Yahweh (Dt. 31:26, 2 Kgs. 33:1-14, 2 Chr. 34:8-28) (P742).
     610 BC: Josiah died fighting unnecessarily against Neco, king of Egypt, at Megiddo (2 Kgs. 23:29, 2 Chr. 35:20-22) (P754). Jehoahaz, youngest son of Josiah, became king (2 Kgs. 23:30-32, 2 Chr. 36:1) (P759). He is deposed by Neco after ruling for only 3 months. Neco makes Eliakim, his older brother, king and changes his name to Jehoiakim (2 Kgs. 23:31-34, 2 Chr. 36:2-4) (P760).
     Yahweh commanded Jeremiah to preach repentance just outside the Temple during the Feast of Tabernacles when all adult males of Judah were required to be in Jerusalem (Dt. 15:16). He was arrested by eventually freed (Jer. 26:1-2, 19) (P763).
     609 BC: Habakkuk prophesied (Hab. 1:5-6) (P766).
     607 BC: Baruch wrote down all the words of Jeremiah (Jer. 36:1-8) (P772).
     Nebuchadnezzar threatened to take Jehoiakim as prisoner to Babylon but changed his mind and let him remain in Jerusalem (2 Chr. 36:6). Many other leaders weren’t so blessed. So marks the beginning of the 70 years of exile prophesied by Jeremiah (Jer. 25:11, 29:10) (P775).
     Going into captivity were the best of Judah’s children and youth—including Daniel and his three friends (Dan. 1:3-7) as prophesied by Isaiah (39:7) (P776).
     606 BC: Jehoiakim burned the scroll of Jeremiah’s words written down by Baruch (Jer. 36:9-25) (P778).
     604 BC: Daniel and his friends started their service to the king of Babylon (Dan. 1:5-20) (P785). Daniel correctly interpreted a dream the king had about a statue made of different metals (Dan. 2:1-49) (P786).
     600 BC: The Babylonian army attacked Judah and took 3,000 prisoners, including Jehoiakim (2 Kgs. 24:2, Jer. 52:28) (P791).
     599 BC: Jehoiakim died in Jerusalem and his son Jehoiachin (Jeconiah) ruled after him for 3 months (2 Kgs. 24:8-9, 2 Chr. 36:8-9) (P794). Nebuchadnezzar takes him and 10,000 leading inhabitants of Jerusalem to Babylon (2 Kgs. 24:8-16, 2 Chr. 36:10, Jer. 24:1 and 29:1-2, Ezk. 17:12). Included in the number was Mordecai (Esth. 2:5-6) and Ezekiel (Ezk. 1:2-3) (P796). They took with them a letter from Jeremiah (Jer. 29:1-23) (P810).
     Nebuchadnezzar made Mattaniah, son of Josiah and nephew of Jehoiakim, king and renamed him Zechariah (P806).
     596 BC: Hananiah falsely prophesies deliverance, was rebuked by Jeremiah, and died (Jer. 28:1-14) (P813).
     595 BC: Yahweh begins the prophetic ministry of Ezekiel by granting him his first vision (Ezk. 1:1-2, 28; 2:1-3:27) (P821).
     594 BC: Ezekiel 13-19 were written. They mention the honor enjoyed by Daniel at that time (Ezk. 14:14, 20) (P827).
     590 BC, Thursday, January 30: Nebuchadnezzar and the army of Babylon began their siege of Jerusalem (2 Kgs. 25:1, Jer. 39:1, 52:4) (P831).
     588 BC, Wednesday, July 27: Jerusalem fell (2 Kgs. 26:2-4; Jer. 39:2-3, 52:5-7) (P846).
     Sunday, August 27: The Babylonian army burned down the Temple, the king’s palace, and all the other buildings in Jerusalem (Jer. 38:8, 52:13) (P849). Afterward, the Babylonian army carried away the treasures and people of Jerusalem back to Babylon (P850).

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