2Ki 25: "The treachery of Zedekiah (Eze 17) which brought its
inevitable result as the prophets had warned. On this very day in the month
Tebeth, approx January (2Ki 25:1), Ezekiel warned the exile in Babylon of the
fate of the city. The city was breached (vv 4-7), the captivity ensued (vv
11,12), the temple was destroyed (vv 13-17), and the leaders of the nation
executed (vv 18-21). The record concluded with Gedaliah made governor over the
remnant (vv 22-24), the treachery of Ishmael (vv 25,26). Jehoiachin is released
by Evil-Merodach and continued in the reign of Babylon (vv 27-30)"
THE GATE BETWEEN THE TWO WALLS: They did not go through
an ordinary gate, as these would be watched by the Babylonians. They prob dug
through the wall, making a secret breach (cp Eze 12:5,6).
THE FIFTH MONTH: The reason why Israel remembered the
fifth month (Zec 8:19) all the time they were in captivity. They were
commemorating the burning of the house of God -- so all through the captivity
Israel were commemorating their sinfulness! We do well to be careful what we
The Babylonians enter the city and destroy the Temple -- which
had become a symbol of lip-service and outward ceremony (let us learn the lesson
here). Later, against his will, Jeremiah is taken to Egypt by the few who remain
in the land. We are not told in Scripture how, when, or where he dies.
The people had rejected the admonitions of the Spirit-inspired
prophet. The Kingdom of God on earth is rent. The glory departs Israel, only to
return momentarily in the person of Jesus Christ at his first advent. The long
Gentile night has begun.
THE PRIEST NEXT IN RANK: The official assistant or
understudy to the High Priest (Temple 100; cp Jer 52:24).