Chapter 35 Return of the Exiles Audio Player 00:00 00:00 Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. God’s people had been in captivity in Babylon for almost 70 years now, and it was nearly time for them to return home to Judah. The Babylonian Empire had fallen to Cyrus, the king of Medo-Persia, and Isaiah had predicted that he would be the one to let them go home. Satan did not want the Jews to go free and worked overtime to keep them in Babylon. However, God’s will prevailed, and Cyrus finally wrote the decree allowing them to go free.