Jeremiah prophesied disaster for Jerusalem with the rise of King Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylon assault on his people. When Jeremiah recommended that people give in to the Babylonians rather than be slaughtered, King Zedekiah declared him an outlaw. Considered mainly a prophet of apocalypse, he preached bitterly against "forsaking
God and the Torah and turning to idolatry," according to The New Jerusalem Mosaic. Religious scholar Gene Rice notes that Jeremiah tried to "prevent needless bloodshed," but he was branded a traitor for his efforts.