This Day in Christian History: March 16
March 16, 597 B.C: Babylon conquers Jerusalem
After King David and Solomon had built the kingdom of Israel into a superpower, their sons failed to follow the ways of the Lord. The prophets warned the people that because of their disobedience and wickedness, God would allow foreign nations to come in and conquer them.
The prophecies of Jeremiah and Ezekiel were fulfilled when Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon conquered the city of Jerusalem and carried most of the inhabitants away as captives. According to some archeological calculations, on this day in 597 is when King Nebuchadnezzar took Jerusalem for the first time.
This would be when the prophet Daniel, as well as the three Hebrew Children were taken captive and forced into service for the king.
You can read about this the event in 2 Kings 24:1ff. and in 2 Chronicles 36:5-8.
You can also get a glimpse into the Babylonian captivity, and the return to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple in Amber's bestseller The Swaddling Clothes.