Jehoiakim became the vassal of Nebuchadnezzar in the summer
of 605 B.C. The king of Judah might have been deported if the
conqueror had not received bad news; his father had died on
August 15 or 16. Nebuchadnezzar hastily returned to Babylon by
way of the Arabian Desert to secure the throne for himself. He
arrived either on September 6 or 7, 605 B.C., and on the same
day ascended to the throne. Now the conquering hero was king
of Babylon, which would become the greatest empire of history
under his shrewd leadership.
Nebuchadnezzar took the fastest way to Babylon. The
members of the royal family of Judah, along with the
articles from the temple of God, were taken on the longer
trek around the Fertile Crescent. This exportation began
the fulfillment of the prediction Isaiah made to King
Hezekiah, more than a century earlier.
word of the LORD: The time will surely come when
everything in your palace, and all that your fathers have
stored up until this day, will be carried off to Babylon.
Nothing will be left,
says the LORD" (2 Kings
The prophetic future had arrived for