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As for 70 years...
  Steve wrote: 70 years in those days was like 2000 today.

There is an interesting twist to the 70 year exile: the fact that it would last 70 years was predicted! There you have your specificity. How could anyone know back then beforehand that the Jewish exile in Babylon would last 70 years? And if you argue that the Babylonians must have heard about the 70 years and that's why they let the Jews go after 70 years, that is extremely unlikely since they were enemies of the Jews! I think any objective person would have to admit that here we have another astonishing bit of evidence of something extraordinary in the Bible. Check out the prophecies:

Jeremiah 25:9-12 (NIV)

"I will summon all the peoples of the north and my servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon," declares the Lord, "and I will bring them against this land and its inhabitants and against all the surrounding nations. I will completely destroy them and make them an object of horror and scorn, and an everlasting ruin. I will banish from them the sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, the sound of millstones and the light of the lamp. This whole country will become a desolate wasteland, and these nations will serve the king of Babylon seventy years. "But when the seventy years are fulfilled, I will punish the king of Babylon and his nation, the land of the Babylonians, for their guilt," declares the Lord, "and will make it desolate forever."

Jeremiah 29:10 (NIV)

This is what the Lord says: "When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfil my gracious promise to bring you back to this place."

2 Chronicles 36:20-23 (NIV)

He [Nebuchadnezzar] carried into exile to Babylon the remnant, who escaped from the sword, and they became servants to him and his sons until the kingdom of Persia came to power. The land enjoyed its sabbath rests; all the time of its desolation it rested, until the seventy years were completed in fulfillment of the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah. In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah, the Lord moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and to put it in writing: "This is what Cyrus king of Persia says: 'The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah. Anyone of his people among you--may the Lord his God be with him, and let him go up.'"
 
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Eintrag from 27.12.2008
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