2 Chronicles 36


When it comes to the Christmas story one of the things that I find to be the most fascinating is the Prophecies Jesus fulfilled in His 1st coming. [1000]

A)Prophecies that were given 400-500 yrs before His birth – Such as


Time of His birth:

 Daniel 9:25.... Luke 2:1:

Place of His birth: Born in Bethlehem:

Micah 5:2....   Matthew 2:1

From the Tribe of Judah:

Genesis 49:10, Luke 3:33.

Heir of the Throne of David:

Isaiah 9:7.... Luke 1:32-33.

Born of a Virgin:

Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:18.... Luke 1:26-35.

Children would be killed because of his birth:

Jeremiah 31:15. Matthew 2:16-18.

Flight to Egypt:

Hosea 11:1.... Matthew 2:14-15.

He shall be called a Nazarene:

Judges 13:5.... Matthew 2:23.


B)We will be talking about some of those Prophecies on Sunday.


C)But tonight – Finish 2 Chronicles 36 – Also a Chapter full of the Fulfillment of Bible Prophecy

1)8 Prophecies fulfilled in this Chapter

Prophecy #1 Judgment to come after Josiah’s death.

A)Ch.34-25 we saw that Josiah was a good king.


B)He did that which was right in the sight of the Lord. 1)During the years of his reign, the hand of God was again upon the nation of Judah, and they prospered.


C)However, because of the awful abominations of Manasseh, God has pronounced the judgment that must come upon Judah.


D)The People had gone too far, under Manasseh, in their rebellion against the Lord.

1)So through the prophetess Huldah, God declared that judgment would come.


E) But because of Josiah seeking the Lord, it would not come during his lifetime.

1)But now, with the death of Josiah, the last of the good kings, we see that there is an immediate plunge of the nation, right down, and out.


Then the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and made him king in his father's place in Jerusalem. 2 Jehoahaz was twenty-three years old when he became king, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem. Different no explanation He did that which was right or evil in the sight of the Lord – too short – no radar

3 Now the king of Egypt deposed him at Jerusalem; and he imposed on the land a tribute of one hundred talents of silver and a talent of gold.

4 Then the king of Egypt made Jehoahaz's brother Eliakim king over Judah and Jerusalem, and changed his name to Jehoiakim. And Necho took Jehoahaz his brother and carried him off to Egypt.


Jehoiakim was nothing more than a puppet king presiding over a kingdom under the Egyptian, rule

A)He was more like a Governor  imposing heavy taxes on the people and paid the money to the Egyptians, as required.


Jehoiakim was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And he did evil in the sight of the LORD his God. 6 Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up against him, and bound him in bronze fetters to carry him off to Babylon. 7 Nebuchadnezzar also carried off some of the articles from the house of the LORD to Babylon, and put them in his temple at Babylon.

Jehoiakim, like his brother Jehoahaz, did not follow the godly example of his father Josiah.


Prophecy#2 Captured by Babylon.

A)Jeremiah was prophesying at the time – Predicted that Jehoiakim would be taken captive.


B)Jeremiah 36:22-24 describes the great ungodliness of Jehoiakim – how he even burned a scroll of God’s word. In response to this, Jeremiah received this message from God: And you shall say to Jehoiakim king of Judah, “Thus says the Lord: ‘You have burned this scroll, saying, “Why have you written in it that the king of Babylon will certainly come and destroy this land, and cause man and beast to cease from here?”‘ Therefore thus says the Lord concerning Jehoiakim king of Judah: ‘He shall have no one to sit on the throne of David, and his dead body shall be cast out to the heat of the day and the frost of the night.’” (Jeremiah 36:29-30)


During this time Babylon and Egypt were the two super powers – Egypt had over taken the Assyrians

A)But for Babylon = Iraq and Egypt to get to each other they would march thru Judah


B)Nebuchadnezzar was the General at the time took

Jehoiakim and others to Babylon


C)Daniel/ Shadrach / Meshach / Abendego taken at this time told in Daniel Ch.1

1)3rd year of the reign of Jehoiakim.


8 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, the abominations which he did, and what was found against him, indeed they are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah. Then Jehoiachin his son reigned in his place.


Note the Phrase and what was found against him A)Who found it – Answer is God  - this is something we have been reminded of as we have gone thru 2 Chronicles is this:


B)God is watching God is taking inventory of our lives. God is looking at your life and mine –

C)Now that can be a frightening thing God sees the things that pp don’t see.

1)Sees every thought and every motive.


D)He is making an account of your life and mine yes that can be a frightening:

1)But we need to move beyond the frightening to the motivating – Becomes a motivator to walk with the Lord




When I was a kid growing up playing sports – I loved it when my dad showed up for a game

A)My dad is here I want to hit a home run.   Basketball more aggressive – get some fouls – Got 4 more.


B) His presence motivated me to excel – the presence of God in our lives should work the same way.


C)God is watching – far out – perform for him – Love Him Bless Him


D)Not afraid of what He might see but desiring that he would find in me those things that He found in Josiah / David / Hezekiah / Jehoshaphat in Solomon in his early years


Humility / Dependency – courage / godliness – desire for the word of God / faith to believe the impossible.


God is looking tonight: What is He going to find?

The Short Reign of Jehoiachin

V.9 Jehoiachin was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months and ten days. And he did evil in the sight of the LORD. 10 At the turn of the year King Nebuchadnezzar summoned him and took him to Babylon, with the costly articles from the house of the LORD, and made Zedekiah, Jehoiakim's brother, king over Judah and Jerusalem.


2nd of 3 deportations by Neb taking Israelites to Babylon


V.11Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. 12 He did evil in the sight of the LORD his God, and did not humble himself before Jeremiah the prophet, who spoke from the mouth of the LORD.


Now it wasn’t so much that He was to humble himself before Jeremiah – really before God

A)Humility isn’t so much about a decision that you make – it is more about who you are.


B)Person has a Humble spirit – not he is being humble. - 

1)Those who make a decision to be humble are really describing a false humility – false humility is a spiritual sickness


C)The Lord sent Jeremiah to speak to the King: What this is telling us is that God was giving Zedikiah another Chance-

God is hoping this conformation was going to bring about Humility

A)Mannesseh – captured – Humbled himself greatly – or strongly –


B)God resist the proud – grace to the Humble


Humility doesn’t make excuses for our actions /

Humility calls sin what it is

Humility = brokenness


C) Tonight God warning  you ?


13 And he also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him swear an oath by God; but he stiffened his neck and hardened his heart against turning to the LORD God of Israel. 14 Moreover all the leaders of the priests and the people transgressed more and more, according to all the abominations of the nations, and defiled the house of the LORD which He had consecrated in Jerusalem.


Prophecy #3 Jeremiah Prophesied that Babylon would invade again.

A)Jeremiah 32:1-5 tells us that Jeremiah clearly told Zedekiah that he would not succeed in his rebellion against Babylon.


B)Zedekiah arrested Jeremiah and imprisoned him for this, but the prophet steadfastly stayed faithful to the message God gave him.


C) Stiffened His neck against the voice of God and the rest of the leaders followed as well.

V.15 And the LORD God of their fathers sent warnings to them by His messengers, rising up early and sending them, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place. 16 But they mocked the messengers of God, despised His words, and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against His people, till there was no remedy.


God, great in mercy to His people, sent many warnings but these warning were rejected.

A)The greatness of His compassion towards His people is shown by the expression v.15  rising up early and sending them.


B)“What a touching a graphic phrase!

1)How did God yearn over that sinful and rebellious city!


Like a man who has had a sleepless night of anxiety for his friend or child, and rises with the dawn to send a servant on a message of inquiry, or a message of love.


C)Pleading with them to repent return


But  They mocked . . . despised . . . scoffed:

A)This tragic triple rejection of God’s message and messengers sealed the doom of Judah.


B)They rejected the message until there was no remedy and nothing could turn back the judgment of God.


The Bible tells us God’s spirit will not always strive with man – He pleads – warnings – wake ups

A)Now let me say that it is a blessing that God’s Spirit does strive with man.


B)How I thank God the way His Spirit strives with man. 1)I’m amazed with what patience and longsuffering the Spirit strives with men!


C)There are people that I have given up on, long before God gave up on them. God’s Spirit continued to strive with them, long after I wrote them off!


D) I’ve seen them come to Jesus Christ, when I thought, “There’s no way.

1)God gets a hold of their heart! Finally softened


But there can come a point – where God says it is no use – they will not believe  - Eternally LOST

A)Tragic day when God’s Spirit ceases to strive with a man.   NO REMEDY


B)Let me say to you tonight, if you’ve been hardening your heart against the things of God,

1)if you haven’t been listening to the voice of the Lord, as He’s talking to you, if you’ve continued in your path after God has dealt with you,


if God’s Spirit is striving with you tonight, be thankful. I would surely take advantage of it by yielding myself to God.  If He’s still striving there’s hope.

C)Respond to Him tonight – Lord take my heart

1)Humble yourself –


D)Because if you get to the pt where there is no conviction –

1) Cross no longer moves you -


E)Then you’re in a dangerous position if God’s Spirit isn’t striving with you. God said, “No remedy”.


17 Therefore He brought against them the king of the Chaldeans, who killed their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion on young man or virgin, on the aged or the weak; He gave them all into his hand. 18 And all the articles from the house of God, great and small, the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king and of his leaders, all these he took to Babylon. 19 Then they burned the house of God, broke down the wall of Jerusalem, burned all its palaces with fire, and destroyed all its precious possessions.


Notice that in v.17-19 the word all is used 5 times to describe the complete destruction by the Babylonians

A)Not some – but all - This again was a fulfillment of the Prophecy of Jeremiah 34



Prophecy #4 Jerusalem and the temple destroyed





20 And those who escaped from the sword he carried away to Babylon, where they became servants to him and his sons until the rule of the kingdom of Persia, 21 to fulfill the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her Sabbaths. As long as she lay desolate she kept Sabbath, to fulfill seventy years.

#5 The length of their Captivity in Babylon was prophesied – 70 yrs until Persia came into Power


God had, in the law stated, that when they came into the land that God had promised unto Abraham, they were to farm the land for six years, but every seventh year, they were to give the land rest.


They weren’t to plant or cultivate the land in the seventh year, but were to give the land a Sabbath, or a rest.


God gave the ordinances of how that in the sixth year, He would give them enough, that they could just take a year off,  


Trust that in the 6th year God would provide. 


In the four hundred and ninety years that they had occupied the land, they had not obeyed the commandment of the Lord.

                                            They Owed Him 70yrs


 So the Lord said through Jeremiah, “Because you have not given the land its Sabbaths, I will give the land its Sabbaths, and thus you will be captives in Babylon for seventy years.

God exacts His requirements. If we won’t give it to God, He’ll take it, one way or another. So He did.


But God prophesied who the next world Power would be 70 yrs before – Persia would conquer


Now between v.21 -22 is a 70yr gap –

A)V.22-23 are the same as Ezra Ch.1 v.1-4  come to in January  look at more closely


Prophecy #6 of Cyrus coming into Power.

Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying,    All the kingdoms of the earth the LORD God of heaven has given me. And He has commanded me to build Him a house at Jerusalem which is in Judah. Who is among you of all His people? May the LORD his God be with him, and let him go up!


Here is the amazing thing about this passage –

Jeremiah Prophesied 70 yrs before that God would send the pp of Israel back to their home land


Context of a famous verse


Jeremiah 29:10-14

10 For thus says the LORD: After seventy years are completed at Babylon, I will visit you and perform My good word toward you, and cause you to return to this place.

11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you, says the LORD, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the LORD, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive.


Beautiful Prophecy of God’s heart and restoration



That Prophesy was given before Cyrus and Persia came into power.


Gets better – Isaiah Prophesied in Isaiah Prophesied in Isaiah 44:28 / 45:1-7 that God would raise up a King from Persia by the name of Cyrus whom God would put into power and help him to conquer other nations


And that this King Cyrus would help the pp of Israel return to their homeland commission them to rebuild the temple and the city –


Isaiah was given that Prophecy -200 yrs before Cyrus was even born.   Isaiah 44:28-45:1-7