Many centuries ago, on January 15, 588 B.C. (as nearly as the historians can figure out) the Babylonian army under King Nebuchadnezzar II laid siege to Jerusalem. 2 Kings 25 describes the siege, the famine, and the final defeat two years later. In 586 BC, the Babylonians broke through the walls, plundered the temple, and led the people into captivity.
This Babylonian captivity is the theme of much of the Old Testament. Jeremiah records a beautiful promise, that we see carried out in the time of Ezra and Nehemiah.
This is what the LORD says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my gracious promise to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”
The Lord is faithful.