put youir thinking caps on.
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The bible is very clear that the 70 years ends when (or arguably before) the fall of Babylon: Jer 25:12.
The Bible states that a remnant would be restored after the 70 years are fulfilled. Jeremiah 29:10
(or arguably before)
There is no reason to believe that 70 means less.
The Babylonian captivity or Babylonian exile is the period in Jewish history during which a number of Judahites of the ancient Kingdom of Judah were captives in Babylonia. After the Battle of Carchemish in 605 BCE, Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, besieged Jerusalem, resulting in tribute being paid by King Jehoiakim. Jehoiakim refused to pay tribute in Nebuchadnezzar's fourth year, which led to another siege in Nebuchadnezzar's seventh year, culminating with the death of Jehoiakim and the exile of King Jeconiah, his court and many others; Jeconiah's successor Zedekiah and others were exiled in Nebuchadnezzar's eighteenth year; a later deportation occurred in Nebuchadnezzar's twenty-third year. The dates, numbers of deportations, and numbers of deportees given in the biblical accounts vary. These deportations are dated to 597 BCE for the first, with others dated at 587/586 BCE, and 582/581 BCE respectively.
After the fall of Babylon to the Persian king Cyrus the Great in 539 BCE, exiled Judeans were permitted to return to Judah. According to the biblical book of Ezra, construction of the second temple in Jerusalem began around 516 BCE. All these events are considered significant in Jewish history and culture, and had a far-reaching impact on the development of Judaism.
Archaeological studies have revealed that not all of the population of Judah was deported, and that, although Jerusalem was utterly destroyed, other parts of Judah continued to be inhabited during the period of the exile. The return of the exiles was a gradual process rather than a single event, and many of the deportees or their descendants did not return.
They were still sowing seed; the land had not begun to pay its Sabbaths after the first raid.
"...until the kingdom of Persia began to reign, 21 to fulfill Jehovah’s word spoken by Jeremiah, until the land had paid off its sabbaths. All the days it lay desolate it kept sabbath, to fulfill 70 years" 2ch36:20,21
Your just going have to accept the fact Fisherman that some things said to have occurred in the bible didn't happen
ie .. like talking donkeys, talking brushes, people getting swallowed by large fishes and walking out a few days later, a great flood that wiped out all of humanity except one family etc. etc.
My heart goes out to you Fin. I wish that I could bring you some comfort. I truly believe but I do not wish to push my views down your throat. I respect your feelings a views.
Thanks Fish I appreciate that, respect to you too.
I may be a fact finding atheist but I still have a spot in my heart for Christianity in general.