The desolation could simply refer to babylonian domination, lasting from 609 bc to 539 bc. The third edition, revised and expanded, of. 19 they set fire to god’s temple and broke down the wall of jerusalem; they burned all the palaces and destroyed everything of value there. The temple, and jerusalem, were destroyed in 586 bc by the babylonians. The people who have questioned the accuracy of this prophecy are, as far as i have been able to determine, are correct in that the captivity jews in babylon did not last 70 years, if the commonly assigned dates for the captivity are taken seriously. 2 in the first year of his reign, i, daniel, understood from the scriptures, according to the word of the lord given to jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of jerusalem would last seventy years.
Babylon would rule judah for 70 years
Babylonian domination of isreal. Others might claim that the “desolation” that daniel referred to might actually be a reference to the 70 years in which the temple had been destroyed. Despite babylon’s remarkable defenses, which included moats, and walls that were more than 70-feet thick and 300-feet high, and 250 watchtowers, cyrus was able to enter the city and conquer it. Most online historical references that i have been able to find state that the reign of ashur-uballit ii ended in 609 bc. Below is the niv translation of daniel 9:1-2: Jeremiah 29:10 makes it clear that babylon’s domination of judah would include a captivity during which jews would be taken as captives to babylon.
Babylon would be attacked by the medes
It would be reduced to swampland. My theory on when the 70 years began. 12 “but when the seventy years are fulfilled, i will punish the king of babylon and his nation, the land of the babylonians, for their guilt,” declares the lord, “and will make it desolate forever.