Understanding Jeremiah's Prophecy

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Compulsory Service and Conditional Calamity The original prophecy said: “11 And all this land will be reduced to ruins and will become an object of horror, and these nations will have to serve the king of Babylon for 70 years.”’ 12 “‘But when 70 years have been fulfilled, I will call to account the king of Babylon and that nation for their error,’ declares Jehovah, ‘and I will make the land of the Chaldeans a desolate wasteland for all time.” Jer. 2511-12 The Original Prophecy content: 1. Babylon to be used as Gods servant to punish disobedient nations including Jerusalem and Judah 2. Land to be reduced to ruins and a object of horror 3. All these nations including Jerusalem and Judah to serve Babylon 70 years explicitly. 4. Context shows that the serving Babylon for 70 years was compulsory , the calamity and ruin was conditional the people could have served 70 years without suffering the calamity. 5. After 70 years Babylon call to account and suffers similar devastation The Context This is most important in understanding Jeremiah's prophecy, it is in fact the key to how the 70 years is applied. Jer 26:3 Perhaps they will listen and each one will turn back from his evil way, and I will change my mind concerning the calamity that I intend to bring on them because of their evil deeds. (Calamity conditional) Jer 26:13 now, reform your ways and your actions and obey the voice of Jehovah your God, and Jehovah will change his mind concerning the
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