597 BC (About 2600 years ago)
Nebuchadnezzar and his Babylonian army attack Judah and take more Jews as captives to Babylon, fulfilling prophecies by Jeremiah, Ezekiel and other prophets of the Bible. Ezekiel, who is one of the captives taken to Babylon, explains that God is allowing Babylon to punish Judah because the people have been unfaithful to God. God promises through his prophets to restore the exiles to their homeland after the time of punishment is over.
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