Egyptian Captivity

1st Captivity

The first captivity of the Israelites happened in their infancy as a nation.  The Egyptians afflicted Israel with hard bondage. (~1800-1446 BC)

Exodus 1:11-14 King James Version (KJV)

11 Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to AFFLICT THEM with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses.

12 But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel.

13 And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour:

14 And they made their lives bitter with HARD BONDAGE, in morter, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour.

The Most High rose up Moses to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt with great signs and wonders.

Exodus 13:17-18 King James Version (KJV)

17 And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt:

18 But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea: and the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt.

Assyrian Captivity

After going into a series of captivity under Judges This is the 2nd Major Captivity

During the time of the kings, King Hoshea did wickedly in the sight of The Lord. This caused The Most High to send the sword in the form of the Assyrians to capture those of Samaria and many of the Northern tribes of Israel. (721 BC)

2 Kings 17:1-2 King James Version (KJV)

1 In the twelfth year of Ahaz king of Judah began Hoshea the son of Elah to reign in Samaria over Israel nine years.

2 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, but not as the kings of Israel that were before him.

2 Kings 17:6 King James Version (KJV)

6 In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of Assyria took Samaria, and CARRIED ISRAEL AWAY INTO ASSYRIA, and placed them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.

Babylonian Captivity

3 major Captivity

The Babylonian (Chaldeans) captivity was very devastating for the children of Israel.  Due to the disobedience of the Israelites, they were carried captive. (586 BC)

Jeremiah 25:9-11 King James Version (KJV)

9 Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, saith the Lord, and Nebuchadrezzar the KING OF BABYLON, my servant, and will bring them against this land, and against the inhabitants thereof, and against all these nations round about, and will utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, and an hissing, and perpetual desolations.

10 Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones, and the light of the candle.

11 And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.


1 Chronicles 9:1 King James Version (KJV)

9 So all Israel were reckoned by genealogies; and, behold, they were written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah, who were CARRIED AWAY TO BABYLON for their transgression.


Not only were the Israelites carried captive, the Temple of Jerusalem was burned down!! The nation of Edom helped in the destruction of the Temple:

2 Chronicles 36:18-20 King James Version (KJV)

18 And all the vessels of the house of God, great and small, and the treasures of the house of the Lord, and the treasures of the king, and of his princes; all these he brought to Babylon.

19 And they BURNT the house of God, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem, and burnt all the palaces thereof with fire, and destroyed all the goodly vessels thereof.

20 And them that had escaped from the sword CARRIED HE AWAY TO BABYLON; where they were servants to him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia:

1 Esdras 4:43-45 King James Version (KJV)

43 Then said he unto the king, Remember thy vow, which thou hast vowed to build Jerusalem, in the day when thou camest to thy kingdom,

44 And to send away all the vessels that were taken away out of Jerusalem, which Cyrus set apart, when he vowed to destroy Babylon, and to send them again thither.

45 Thou also hast vowed to build up the temple, which the EDOMITES BURNED when Judea was made desolate by the Chaldees.

Medo-Persian Captivity

4th Captivity

The Persians eventually overcame the Babylonians and replaced their Kings.  During the Persian captivity, The Most High allowed the temple to be rebuilt. (538 BC)

2 Chronicles 36:20 King James Version (KJV)

20 And them that had escaped from the sword carried he away to Babylon; where they were servants to him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia:

2 Chronicles 36:22-23 King James Version (KJV)

22 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying,

 23 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the kingdoms of the earth hath the Lord God of heaven given me; and he hath charged me to build him an house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Who is there among you of all his people? The Lord his God be with him, and let him go up.

Ezra 9:9 King James Version (KJV)

9 For we were BONDMEN; yet our God hath not forsaken us in our bondage, but hath extended mercy unto us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us a reviving, to set up the house of our God, and to repair the desolations thereof, and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem.

Greek Captivity

5th Captivity

Israel served hard bondage for disobedience yet again by the hands of the Grecians.  The Grecians forced the Israelites to adopt their wicked customs and lude feasts.  It became punishable by death to even profess to be a Jew! (333 BC)

1 Maccabees 8:18 King James Version (KJV)

And to intreat them that they would take the YOKE from them; for they saw that the kingdom of the Grecians did OPPRESS ISRAEL with servitude.

1 Maccabees 1:48-64 King James Version (KJV)

48 That they should also leave their children uncircumcised, and make their souls abominable with all manner of uncleanness and profanation:

49 To the end they might FORGET THE LAW, and change all the ordinances.

50 And whosoever would not do according to the commandment of the king, he said, HE SHOULD DIE.

51 In the selfsame manner wrote he to his whole kingdom, and appointed overseers over all the people, commanding the cities of Juda to sacrifice, city by city.

52 Then many of the people were gathered unto them, to wit every one that FORSOOK THE LAW; and so they committed evils in the land;

53 And drove the Israelites into secret places, even wheresoever they could flee for succour.

54 Now the fifteenth day of the month Casleu, in the hundred forty and fifth year, they set up the abomination of desolation upon the altar, and builded idol altars throughout the cities of Juda on every side;

55 And burnt incense at the doors of their houses, and in the streets.

56 And when they had rent in pieces the books of the law which they found, they burnt them with fire.

57 And whosoever was found with any the book of the testament, or if any committed to the law, the king's commandment was, that THEY SHOULD PUT HIM TO DEATH.

58 Thus did they by their authority unto the Israelites every month, to as many as were found in the cities.

59 Now the five and twentieth day of the month they did sacrifice upon the idol altar, which was upon the altar of God.

60 At which time according to the commandment they put to death certain women, that had caused their children to be circumcised.

61 And they hanged the infants about their necks, and rifled their houses, and slew them that had circumcised them.

62 Howbeit many in Israel were fully resolved and confirmed in themselves not to eat any unclean thing.

63 Wherefore the rather to die, that they might not be defiled with meats, and that they might not profane the holy covenant: so then they died.

64 And there was VERY GREAT WRATH upon Israel.

Roman Captivity

6th Captivity

The Roman Captivity even MORE devastating.  By the hand of the Romans, the great following away happened and Israel as a WHOLE fell away and was carried into all nations.  The temple was destroyed again by the Romans in 70 AD.  Israel fell by the edge of the sword at the hands of the nation that lives by the sword…

Acts 18:1-2 King James Version (KJV)

1 After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth;

2 And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them.

Luke 21:24 King James Version (KJV)

24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

American Captivity

After being exiled and under curses This is the Final Captivity

Although there were many dynasties which had us as slaves between the Romans and this current age, we speed forward to our last but major enslavement. The American Captivity is still fresh for the Israelites, for they are yet this day in their captivity.  America is biblically referred to as spiritually Egypt and Sodom.  It is also known as Babylon the Great.  In this captivity, Moses prophesied that the Israelites would go into spiritual Egypt, the house of bondage/slavery, by way of ships (1619).  John prophesied that mass murdering of our people in this place…(1492 - PRESENT)

Deuteronomy 28:68 King James Version (KJV)

68 And the Lord shall bring thee into EGYPT again WITH SHIPS, by the way whereof I spake unto thee, Thou shalt see it no more again: and there ye shall be sold unto your enemies for BONDMEN and BONDWOMEN, and no man shall buy you.

Revelation 11:8 King James Version (KJV)

8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.

The prophet Jeremiah prophesied that we would forget our heritage and serve our enemies in a land that we knew not…

Jeremiah 17:4 King James Version (KJV)

 4 And thou, even thyself, shalt discontinue from thine heritage that I gave thee; and I will cause thee to serve thine enemies in the land which thou knowest not: for ye have kindled a fire in mine anger, which shall burn for ever.

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