Jeremiah Chapter 28: Out of the frying pan into the fire (wooden yokes to iron ones).
This chapter portrays practically one of the head false prophets as had been warned of in the preceding chapter (27:9-10). The chapter opens up with a clear reference to when the prophecy came in. It was in the beginning of Zedekiah’s rain though in the fourth year of this King’s reign and in its fifth month. According to Jeremiah 51:59, it is in the fourth year that King Zedekiah visited the King of Babylon and in the process his territory was expanded to rule over 5 other kings. Some writers want to convince us that, though it was the actual fourth of his reign over Judah, it was his first year’s reign over an extended dominion (see Jarchi’s expositions). However, according to Fausset and David Brown, it was an Israelite’s style of dividing any reign into ‘the beginning’ and ‘the end’ parts. Thus, though it was in the real fourth year of King Zedekiah’s reign, it is still upright to refer to this as the beginning of his reign. And since he ruled for about 11 years in total, then it is obvious the 4th year is in the beginnings (verse 1).