Actually..it was 400 years.. that time they weren't even being punished.. when they were in Babylon they were being punished..and he didn't even keep them there for the whole 70 years.. that's what the 7 year tribulation period is all about..only God knows how his mind works..I just accept it and keep on occupying til he calls me home one way or the other..I enjoy reading the posts here. I often find them encouraging and uplifting. But lately it has been difficult to keep my hopes up for the Rapture occurring soon. Thoughts pop in my head like, "it took God nearly 200 years before He rescued the Jews in Egypt", etc. Does anyone else have this problem and how do you deal with it. Prayer often doesn't work. Thanks!