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The Chronicles of Belteshazzar: Exile to Babylon

November 16, 2016 0 Comments

In the third year of Jehoiakim, King of Judah, the Lord God raised up a Lion from the east, one Nebuchadnezzar. In that same year, King Nebuchadnezzar led Babylon at a place called Carchemish, and there defeated the Egyptians. Though he did so in the name of his god, Marduk, the king of the Babylonian gods, the God of the Hebrews had in fact ordained his steps. Nebuchadnezzar’s comings and goings were prophesied by the Voice of the Lord, Jeremiah of Anathoth. Here begins the account of how the God of the Universe caused the Children of Israel to go in exile to the land of the Chaldeans.

The Chronicles of Belteshazzar

Young people are naturally curious about the Ancients. Discover how to draw them into a conversation over the Clash of the Superpowers in ancient and modern times. Clash of the Superpowers is designed to introduce you to the history, geography, and biblical references of the exile of Judah to Babylon, and how we can learn and apply this knowledge to present day events.


Consider a world international scene dominated by two superpowers. Consider a world in which both superpowers form alliances, plan assassinations, and undertake massive projects to gain advantage over their adversaries. Consider a world in which third rate countries choosing the wrong superpower as an ally are destroyed, their ruling cast carried off into exile by the invading enemy. Finally, consider a world international scene in which a small group of religious zealots boldly proclaim that the coming world conflagration is the will of God.

Such was the case in 600 B.C. when Babylon vied with Egypt for world domination.

Using the novel, The Brotherhood of the Scroll, this course compares the clash of superpowers in ancient and modern times. The Brotherhood of the Scroll is a fast paced novel. Combined with its companion study course, The Clash of the Superpowers, it weaves adventure and the bible together to get young people interested in learning about the lessons of history.

The Brotherhood of the ScrollYou’ll look at facing personal moral challenges through the eyes of such ancient prophets as Daniel and Jeremiah, gaining insight into how to apply biblical principles to confront similar issues that faced people just like you thousands of years ago.  As an example, here is :a sample Discussion Question:

The Philistines in the Old Testament were thought to have a more “sophisticated” religion compared to the Jews.  What were some of the Philistine practices and beliefs?  Consider how Daniel and his friends had to deal with such moral dilemmas, and then ask yourself:  In what ways do some people today say the Christian values are too “old fashioned?”  Discuss this question and talk about how you might offer a different point of view to someone who might say this.

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