Books of the Bible…
Map of Captivity…
1 In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, the word of the Lord spoken through Jeremiah was fulfilled.
- Cyrus reigned from 559-530 BC.
- Jeremiah 25:12-14
- 609 BC – Medes & Babylonians conquered the Assyrians
- 539 BC – Cyrus defeated Babylonians
- Babylon today is Iraq
The Lord put it into the mind of King Cyrus to issue a proclamation throughout his entire kingdom and to put it in writing:
- Under the Holy Spirit’s guidance, the Prophet Isaiah referred to Cyrus by name about 150 years before the king made his decree. Josephus wrote that Cyrus was shown the prophecy in Isaiah 44:28 and wanted to fulfill it (The Antiquities of the Jews 11. 1. 1). 
- Ezra Timeline…
- What do you think is the biggest issue facing the Church today?
 Martin, J. A. (1985). Ezra. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 1, p. 655). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.