Jeremiah 12:1-17


Jeremiah’s Complaint


“Comparing his own sufferings with the apparent prosperity of those against whom he was preaching…” is how Halley describes chapter 12.  J. Vernon McGee goes on to say this, “As we come to chapter 12 we have entered a very evil period in the life of the nation, and the only light remaining is this man Jeremiah.  Josiah has been slain, Jeremiah has been forced to leave his hometown, and evil men have come to the throne.  Conditions seem only to get worse.  At this point Jeremiah---and I believe every honest Christian---has doubts come to his heart.  Dark thoughts come into his mind, and he wonders why God permits certain things.  Every pastor who has ever stood for the things of God at times wonders why God does not move.  He looks around and sees that it is the very best people who are suffering; the most spiritual folk seem to be having more trouble than anyone else.  We all wonder why God permits this.  Even David questioned God when he saw “…the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree” (Psalm 37:35).” Ibid. p.375  Now let’s consider the whole book of Jeremiah in the light of J. Vernon McGee’s comment here.  The whole book of Jeremiah is a written record of how God deals with evil in a nation, both the people that make up his holy nations of Israel and Judah, and the Gentile nations, for God is no respecter of persons.  We see a pattern.  The good suffer for awhile, the good being represented by Jeremiah.  But the good, ie, Jeremiah is protected through the whole process, even though he suffers persecution.  But as the history unfolds within the book of Jeremiah, we see that God does indeed deal with the evil people, in this case, the whole nation.  He waits until the whole nation is given over to evil, and then he punishes the whole nation through defeat in a major war, and then national captivity takes place.  The Book of Jeremiah is a serious warning to any nation or people who would cast off God and defy him.  Continue to do so at the peril of your very lives, is what the Book of Jeremiah is saying.  Verse 5 contains an interesting question with a serious warning built into it for all believers in Jesus Christ, who at the time of this writing was Yahweh.  It states, “If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses?  If you stumble in a safe country, how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan?”  i.e. If you’re finding it hard to obey in ‘in a safe country, how hard will you find obedience under severe persecution, an unsafe country?’  Verse 10 talks of the shepherds of the land, God’s supposed pastors, and states “Many shepherds will ruin my vineyard and trample down my field; they will turn my pleasant field into a desolate wasteland.”  These prophecies have a prior historic fulfillment in Jeremiah’s time, but also apply to the here and now.  And what do we find in today’s day and age?  Many pastors and denominations who are preaching lies in the name of the LORD, essentially destroying parts of God’s spiritual harvest, dead and dying denominations and luke warm Evangelical pastors who preach lies instead of the truth.  Verses 14-17 lays out an interesting proposal for all the nations which had surrounded first Israel, and then Judah and taught her false worship of idols and Baal.  God says they’re to go into captivity too, and if they repent and learn God’s ways, they too will be restored to their lands again.  We can see God’s judgment of Tyre and Sidon prophecied in Isaiah 23 because they historically didn’t follow God’s proposal for them.  Comparing Isaiah 23 to their actual history, we see that the Phoenician maritime empire was defeated and driven out of their principle city-states of Tyre and Sidon, they then migrated west relocating in Carthage and Spain, which colonies were then ultimately defeated by Rome (because they never repented of their Baal worship, even in those colonies they fled to).  Tyre and Sidon, interestingly enough, were initially defeated and driven out of “their land” by Nebuchadnezzar just after the fall of Judah, in 573BC.  Read the entire section on Kings & Chronicles to better understand this short prophecy (start at: and read through the whole series.)   This may yet also have a future application after the 2nd coming, where the Jordanians, Syrians, Iraqi’s and Saudi’s are either given free immigration status and absorbed into the new Millennial nation of Israel, or are actually given their lands back.  My speculative answer leans towards the immigration absorption scenario, since it fits another Old Testament prophecy about that very thing.  Either way, God loves all nations equally, and gives them equal chances to repent, just like he did for the House of Israel and the House of Judah.


“Righteous are you, O LORD, when I plead with you; yet let me talk with you about your judgments.  Why does the way of the wicked prosper?  Why are those happy who deal so treacherously?  You have planted them, yes, they have taken root; they grow, yes, they bear fruit.  You are near in their mouth but far from their mind.  But you, O LORD, know me; you have seen me, and you have tested my heart toward you.  Pull them out like sheep for the slaughter, and prepare them for the day of slaughter.  How long will the land mourn, and the herbs of every field wither?  The beasts and birds are consumed, for the wickedness of those who dwell there,  because they said, ‘He will not see our final end.’ 


The LORD Answers Jeremiah


‘If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, how then can you contend with horses?  And if in the land of peace, in which you trusted, they wearied you, then how will you do in the floodplain of the Jordan?  For even your brothers, the house of your father, even they have dealt treacherously with you; yes, they have called a multitude after you.  Do not believe them, even though they speak smooth words to you.  I have forsaken my house, I have left my heritage; I have given the dearly beloved of my soul into the hand of her enemies.  My heritage is to me like a lion in the forest; it cries out against me; therefore I have hated it.  My heritage is to me like a speckled vulture; the vultures all around are against her.  Come, assemble all the beasts of the field, bring them to devour!  Many shepherds have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion underfoot; they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.  They have made it desolate; desolate, it mourns to me; the whole land is made desolate, because no one takes it to heart.  The plunderers have come on all the desolate heights in the wilderness, for the sword of the LORD shall devour from one end of the land to the other end of the land; no flesh shall have peace.  They have sown wheat but reaped thorns; they have put themselves to pain but do not profit.  But be ashamed of your harvest because of the fierce anger of the LORD.’” 


An interesting proposal for the nations that surrounded Israel and Judah, past and future application


Verses 14-17, “Thus says the LORD: ‘Against all my evil neighbors who touch the inheritance which I have caused my people Israel to inherit---behold, I will pluck them out of their land and pluck out the house of Judah from among them.  Then it shall be, after I have plucked them out, that I will return and have compassion on them and bring them back, everyone to his heritage and everyone to his land.  And it shall be, if they [context of “they” is “all my evil neighbors who touch the inheritance which I have caused my people Israel to inherit”] will learn carefully the ways of my people, to swear by my name, ‘As the LORD lives,’ as they taught my people to swear by Baal [which the city-states of the Phoenician Empire, Tyre & Sidon did], then they shall be established in the midst of my people.  But if they do not obey, I will utterly pluck up and destroy that nation,’ says the LORD.”  The entire record of Kings & Chronicles show basically that Baal worship came from one source, really, from the Phoenician Maritime Empire, headquartered in the city-states of Tyre and Sidon.  God prophecied against these two city-states in Isaiah 23 and Ezekiel 26. In Ezekiel 26:3-6 God essentially predicted exactly what befell Tyre and her surrounding villages.  All the way through verse 18 it describes first Nebuchadnezzar’s conquest of the mainland portion of the seaport city of Tyre.  Then in verses 19-21 is described what Alexander the Great did to the island portion of that great seaport city.  It’s destruction came in successive conquering waves just as verse 3 said it would, Nebuchadnezzar in 573BC and Alexander the Great in the 330’s BC finishing the surviving part of Tyre off.  Most of the Phoenicians fled west on the open Mediterranean Sea to their far-flung colonies, which were later gobbled up by Rome.  Who are the Phoenicians now?---they’re a race which, fleeing west intermingled with the Celts, spreading all over Europe, England and Ireland.


Jeremiah 13:1-27


The Marred Girdle, A Sober Message About Christian Ministry


Halley says, “Jeremiah made considerable use of symbols in his preaching (see on 19:1).  The girdle was probably richly decorated, a conspicuous part of Jeremiah’s dress [like a sash], as he walked about the streets of Jerusalem.  Later, rotted, ragged and dirty, it served to attract attention.  As curious crowds gathered around the prophet it gave him occasion to explain that even so Judah, with whom Jehovah had clothed himself to walk among men, once beautiful and glorious, would be marred and cast off.” [p. 312, Halley’s Bible Handbook]  J. Vernon McGee has this to say about Chapter 13, “The girdle is a sign of service.  The Lord Jesus spoke of his servants having their ‘loins…girded about’ (Luke 12:35).  That is, they are to be ready for service.  You remember that he girded himself with a linen cloth and began to wash the disciples’ feet.  This had a twofold meaning: He, the great Servant, was preparing ‘them’ for service by washing their feet so they could have fellowship with him.  For if you don’t have fellowship with him, you can’t serve.  Service is fellowship with Christ.  It is not teaching a Sunday school class, singing a solo, or presenting a sermon.  Service is fellowship with Christ.  It is being cleansed and used for what he wants to do, God doesn’t use dirty cups or dirty vessels,” [ibid. p.376]  And by extrapolation God doesn’t use dirty girdle’s.  The nation of Judah was supposed to be God’s servant nation.  He wasn’t about to use a dirty servant nation.  “God is saying that because the people of Judah are continually sinking into iniquity they will reach the place where there is no hope for them.  He is going to send them into Babylonian captivity.  The object lesson was impressive.  God uses some very funny things to teach his people.”  The girdle here was part of the priesthood’s dress, it was a sash.  We see the glorified Christ in Revelation 1 ‘girt about the chest with a golden girdle’.  This was more like a sash, part of our High Priest’s holy uniform, clothing.


“Thus the LORD said to me: ‘Go and get yourself a linen sash, and put it around your waist, but do not put it in water.’  So I got a sash according to the word of the LORD, and put it around my waist.  And the word of the LORD came to me the second time, saying, ‘Take the sash that you acquired, which is around your waist, and arise, go to the Euphrates, and hide it in a hole in the rock.’  So I went and hid it by the Euphrates, as the LORD commanded me.  Now it came to pass after many days that the LORD said to me, ‘Arise, go to the Euphrates, and take from there the sash which I commanded you to hide there.’  Then I went to the Euphrates and dug, and I took the sash from the place where I had hidden it; and there was the sash, ruined, it was profitable for nothing.  Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD:  In this manner I will ruin the pride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem.  This evil people, who refuse to hear my words, who follow the dictates of their hearts, and walk after other gods to serve them and worship them, shall be just like this sash which is profitable for nothing.  For as the sash clings to the waist of a man, so I have caused the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah to cling to me,’ says the LORD, ‘that they  may become my people, for renown, for praise, and for glory; but they would not hear.’  Therefore you shall speak to them this word: ‘Thus says the LORD God of Israel: ‘Every bottle shall be filled with wine.  And they will says to you, Do we not certainly know that every bottle will be filled with wine?  Then you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the LORD: Behold, I will fill all the inhabitants of this land---even the kings who sit on David’s throne, the priests, the prophets, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem---with drunkenness!  And I will dash them one against another, even the fathers and the sons together.’  Says the LORD.  ‘I will not pity nor spare nor have mercy, but will destroy them.’


Pride Precedes Captivity


Hear and give ear; do not be proud, for the LORD has spoken.  Give glory to the LORD your God before he causes darkness, and before your feet stumble on the dark mountains, and while you are looking for light, he turns it into the shadow of death and  makes it dense darkness.  But if you will not hear it, my soul will weep in secret for your pride; my; my eyes will weep bitterly and run down with tears, because the LORD’s flock has been taken captive.  Say to the king and to the queen mother, Humble yourselves; sit down, for your rule shall collapse, the crown of your glory.  The cities of the south shall be shut up, and no one shall open them; Judah shall be carried away captive, all of it; it shall be wholly carried away captive.  Lift up your eyes and see those who come from the north.  Where is the flock that was given to you, your beautiful sheep?  What will you say when he punishes you?  For you have taught them to be chieftans, to be head over you.  Will not pangs seize you, like a woman in labor?  And if you say in your heart, Why have these things come upon me?  For the greatness of your iniquity your skirts have been uncovered, your heels made bare.  Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots?  Then may you also do good who are accustomed to do evil [vs. 23].  Therefore I will scatter them like stubble that passes away by the wind of the wilderness.  This is your lot, the portion of your measures from me,’ says the LORD, ‘because you have forgotten me and trusted in falsehood.  Therefore I will uncover your skirts over your face, that your shame may appear.  I have seen your adulteries and your lustful neighings, the lewdness of your harlotry, your abominations on the hills in the fields.  Woe to you, O Jerusalem!  Will you still not be made clean?’”


Jeremiah 14:1-22


Drought, Famine, Sword


Halley says, “A prolonged drought has stripped the land of food.  Jeremiah though hated, ridiculed and mocked, it made his heart ache to see them suffer.  His intercession to God is as near an approach to the spirit of Christ as is to be found anywhere in the Old Testament…”  J. Vernon McGee says “Up to this point Jeremiah has been prophesying during the reign of Josiah.  Now we find him delivering a prophecy during the reign of Jehoiakim.  King Josiah during the last part of his reign did a very foolish thing.  He fought against Necho, a pharaoh of Egypt, and there at Megiddo Josiah was killed.  Jeremiah mourned for him; he had been his friend.  After the death of Josiah, the nation began to drop back into idolatry; in fact, its plunge                downward was swift and terrible, as we shall see in this section.  God’s first warning to the nation was drought.  The drought was apparently a very severe one.  There had been a drought during the reign of Ahab [king of Israel, the Northern Kingdom], and at that time Elijah was the messenger from God.  Now there is a drought in the land of Judah, and Jeremiah is God’s messenger to the southern kingdom of Judah.”  A pattern is appearing here that fits Leviticus 26, the National Blessings and Cursings chapter found in the Law of God [Torah].  Punishment for disobedience on a national level follows a distinct pattern as shown in Leviticus 26, first severe drought, followed of course, by famine, and then ‘the sword’, national invasion by an outside enemy.  It is the specific pattern or template God follows for punishing a nation, so that nation will have no doubt it’s coming from the LORD.  By all appearances, we’re headed for such a time in America, if you’re adept at reading the signs of the times, ‘the handwriting on the wall.’  Leviticus 26:19 states, ‘I will break the pride of your power; I will make your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze.  And your strength shall be spent in vain; for your land shall not yield its produce, nor shall the trees of the land yield their fruit.’

 …Leviticus 26:25, ‘I will bring a sword against you…”  See the pattern?  Drought, famine, sword, as spelled out by God, Yahweh, in his Torah Law (cf. Leviticus 26 & Deuteronomy 28).  If you have any doubts about such times coming upon our nation or the world, thinking this stuff was merely for Old Testament times, think again.  Refer to my commentary on Revelation at


“The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah concerning the droughts.  ‘Judah mourns, and her gates languish; they mourn for the land, and the cry of Jerusalem has gone up.  Their nobles have sent their lads for water; they went to the cisterns and found no water. They returned with their vessels empty; they were ashamed and confounded and covered their heads. [Comment:  Our “cisterns” for the U.S. are the giant aquifers, which are being depleted at a record rate.  See this article to see how this might apply to us very soon.]  Because the ground is parched, for there was no rain in the land, the plowmen were ashamed; they covered their heads.  Yes, the deer also gave birth in the field, but left because there was no grass.  And the wild donkeys stood in the desolate heights; they sniffed at the wind like jackals; their eyes failed because there was no grass.’  ‘O LORD, though our iniquities testify against us, do it for your name’s sake; for our backslidings are many, we have sinned against you.  O the Hope of Israel, his Savior in time of trouble, why should you be like a stranger in the land, and like a traveler who turns aside to tarry for a night?  Why should you be like a man astonished, like a mighty one who cannot save?  Yet you, O LORD, are in our midst, and we are called by your name; do not leave us!’  Thus says the LORD to his people: ‘Thus they have loved to wander; they have not restrained their feet.  Therefore the LORD does not accept them; he will remember their iniquity now, and punish their sins.’  Then the LORD said to me, ‘Do not pray for this people, for their good.  When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they offer burnt offering and grain offering, I will not accept them.  But I will consume them by the sword, by famine, and by the pestilence.’  Then I said, ‘Ah, Lord GOD!  Behold, the prophets say to them, You shall not see the sword, nor shall you have famine, but I will give you assured peace in this place.’  And the LORD said to me, ‘The prophets prophesy lies in my name.  I have not sent them, commanded them, nor spoken to them; they prophesy to you a false vision, divination, a worthless thing, and the deceit of their heart.  Therefore thus says the LORD concerning the prophets who prophesy in my name, whom I did not send, and who say, ‘Sword and famine shall not be in this land’---By sword and famine those prophets shall be consumed!  And the people to whom they prophesy shall be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword; they will have no one to bury them---them nor their wives, their sons nor their daughters---for I will pour their wickedness on them.’  Therefore you shall say to them: ‘Let my eyes flow with tears night and day, and let them not cease; for the virgin daughter of my people has been broken with a mighty stroke, with a very severe blow.  If I go out to the field, then behold, those slain with the sword!  And if I enter the city, then behold, those sick from famine!  Yes, both prophet and priest go about in a land they do not know.’


The People Plead for Mercy  (Jeremiah probably personifying what the people would be praying, if they were spiritually with it)


Have you utterly rejected Judah?  Has your soul loathed Zion?  Why have you stricken us so that there is no healing for us?  We looked for peace, but there was no good; and for the time of healing, and there was trouble.  We acknowledge, O LORD, our wickedness and the iniquity of our fathers.  For we have sinned against you.  Do not abhor us, for your name’s sake; do not disgrace the throne of your glory.  Remember, do not break your covenant with us.  Are there any among the idols of the nations that can cause rain?  Or can the heavens give showers?  Are you not he, O LORD our God?  Therefore we will wait for you, since you have made all these.”


Jeremiah 15:1-21


J. Vernon McGee explains, “In chapter 15 we see that Jeremiah is a brokenhearted man who wants to go to God to pray for his people.  That was very right and fine.  However, God has something interesting to say to him (vs1).  The people have gone too far, and judgment must come upon them.  They have gone over the borderline where there is absolutely no possibility of reprieve.  They will not escape captivity.  The LORD tells Jeremiah that he shouldn’t think that God is not hearing his prayers.  There is nothing wrong with Jeremiah’s prayers.  God says that even if “Moses” stood before him, he would not listen.  You will remember in Exodus 32 that Moses was a marvelous intercessor for the people.  When God threatened to destroy the people, Moses had stood before him as their intercessor.  God answered his prayer and spared the people.  But now, even if Moses were acting as the intercessor for the people, it wouldn’t do any good…”[ibid p. 379]  Jeremiah’s job wasn’t an easy one.  King Josiah was his friend, but not so with king Jehoiakim, who was evil (vs. 10).  “During this difficult time, Jeremiah turns to the Word of God---remember that the law of the LORD had been found in the Temple and was available to him (vs. 16).  He found his consolation in it.  He ate it and he digested it and it became a part of him…Jeremiah is in real difficulty.  Remember that his hometown rejected him and got rid of him...his life is actually in danger.  God says, ‘You just stay on the firing line, and I will take care of you (vs. 20-21).”  [ibid. p. 380]  That’s something all of us in Christian ministry should remember in the times that are coming upon us.  Jeremiah is a type for all of us in Christian evangelistic ministry.  It is he who will make us ‘unto this people a brazen wall’ and ‘deliver us out of the and of the wicked.’  Who knows, but Jeremiah’s message may become a part of our Gospel message to the unsaved world as time grows short, warning them of the consequences of their actions and willfully chosen sinful lifestyles.  That’s where having a unified understanding of Biblical end-time prophecy will become very important. 


“Then the LORD said to me, ‘Even if Moses and Samuel stood before me, my mind would not be favorable toward this people.  Cast them out of my sight, and let them go forth.  And it shall be, if they say to you, ‘Where shall we go?’ then you shall tell them, ‘Thus says the LORD: Such as are for death, to death; and such as are for the sword, to the sword; and such as are for the famine, to the famine; and such as are for the captivity, to the captivity.  And I will appoint over them four forms of destruction,’ says the LORD: the sword to slay, the dogs to drag, the birds of the heavens and the beasts of the earth to devour and destroy.  I will hand them over to trouble, to all kingdoms of the earth, because of Manasseh the son of Hezekiah, king of Judah, for what he did in Jerusalem.  [see]  For who will have pity on you, O Jerusalem?  Or who will bemoan you?  Or who will turn aside to ask how you are doing?  You have forsaken me,’ says the LORD, ‘you have gone backward.  Therefore I will stretch out my hand against you and destroy you; I am weary of relenting!  And I will winnow them with a winnowing fan in the gates of the land; I will bereave them of children; I will destroy my people, since they do not return from their ways.  Their widows will be increased to me more than the sand of the seas; I will bring against them, against the mother of the young men, a plunderer at noonday; I will cause anguish and terror to fall on them suddenly.  She languishes who has borne seven; she has breathed her last; her sun has gone down while it was yet day; she has been ashamed and confounded.  And the remnant of them I will deliver to the sword before their enemies,’ says the LORD. 


Jeremiah is dejected, talks to the LORD


‘Woe is me, my mother, that you have borne me, a man of strife and a man of contention to the whole earth!  I have neither lent for interest, nor have men lent to me for interest.  Every one of them curses me.’  The LORD said: ‘Surely it will be well with your remnant [he’s talking about Judah, the remnant of Judah that survives]; surely I will cause the enemy to intercede with you in the time of adversity and in the time of affliction.  Can anyone break iron, the northern iron and the bronze?  Your wealth and your treasures I will give as plunder without price, because of all your sins, throughout your territories.  And I will make you cross over with your enemies into a land which you do not know; for a fire is kindled in my anger, which shall burn upon you.’  [Jeremiah again, talking to the LORD]  ‘O LORD, you know; remember me and visit me, and take vengeance for me on my persecutors.  In your enduring patience, do not take me away.  Know that for your sake I have suffered rebuke.  Your words were found, I ate them, and your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; for I am called by your name, O LORD God of hosts.  I did not sit in the assembly of the mockers, nor did I rejoice; I sat alone because of your hand, for you have filled me with indignation.  Why is my pain perpetual and my wound incurable, which refuses to be healed?  Will you surely be to me like an unreliable stream, as waters that fail?’  [The LORD reassures Jeremiah]  Therefore thus says the LORD: ‘If you return, then I will bring you back; you shall stand before me; if you take out the precious from the vile, you shall be as my mouth.  Let them return to you, but you must not return to them.  And I will make you to this people a fortified bronze wall; and they will fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you; for I am with you to save you and deliver you,’ says the LORD.  ‘I will deliver you from the hand of the wicked, and I will redeem you from the grip of the terrible.’”


Jeremiah 16:1-21


Jeremiah forbidden to marry


 From J. Vernon McGee we get (vs. 1-4) “The days are becoming increasingly difficult.  The nation of Judah is coming to the end of it’s rope.  As nearly as I can judge, it is within ten years of the destruction of Jerusalem at this particular time [which would put this at the beginning of Zedekiah’s reign].  God reveals to Jeremiah the horror that is to come.  He tells Jeremiah not to get married and I think the reason is quite obvious.  If you will turn to Psalm 137, which was written after the Babylonian captivity, you will see the fate children suffered.  In the last two verses it says that Babylon will be destroyed and they will do to her just ‘as she has done to Judah:’ “O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us.  Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones” (Ps. 137:8-9).  When Nebuchadnezzar took the city of Jerusalem, the conquerors seized little children and dashed their heads against the stones!  God asked Jeremiah not to get married because he wanted to spare Jeremiah this anguish.  Under certain circumstances it is best not to bring children into this world.  I sometimes wonder about the times in which we live.  My heart goes out to the little ones today.  I look at my own grandchildren and, actually, tears come into my eyes.  They may live out their lives through some terrible times, so I pray for them and ask the Lord to protect them.  A great deal could be said about this.  There is a time when it would be better not to have children.”  [ibid. pp.380-381]  Now verses 14-15, since Israel is being mentioned, could be taken in the Millennial Kingdom of God sense, as well as the part of Israel made up by Judah being taken in the historic context of Judah moving back from Babylon.  Both interpretations apply, so this text will be in bold green. (Verses 16-18 describe how the LORD will inspire their conquerors to hunt anyone down who escapes, so in the end, no one will escape.  (Verses 19- 21) I agree with what J. Vernon McGee says about these verses, he’s right where I am in applying the Book of Jeremiah to America, and I’d go further to applying it to all the English speaking peoples.  He says “It is my personal opinion that God is going to have to teach my country that he is the Lord.  I get the impression that America doesn’t know God is out there.  When he does make himself known, I am afraid it will be very impressive.  Don’t believe that?  Check out the commentary on the Book of Revelation on this website starting at  Some very scary times are just around the corner.


“The word of the LORD also came to me, saying, ‘You shall not take a wife, nor shall you have sons or daughters in this place.’  For thus says the LORD concerning the sons and daughters who are born in this place [“this place” being Judah and Jerusalem], and concerning their mothers who bore them and their fathers who begot them in this land:  They shall die gruesome deaths; they shall not be lamented nor shall they be buried, but they shall be like refuse on the face of the earth.  They shall be consumed by the sword and by famine, and their corpses shall be meat for the birds of the heaven and for the beasts of the earth.’  For thus says the LORD: ‘Do not enter the house of mourning, nor go to lament or bemoan them; for I have taken away my peace from this people,’ says the LORD, ‘lovingkindness and mercies.  Both the great and the small shall die in this land.  They shall not be buried; neither shall men lament them, cut themselves, nor make themselves bald for them.  Nor shall men break bread in mourning for them, to comfort them for the dead; nor shall men give them the cup of consolation to drink for their father or their mother.  Also you shall not go into the house of feasting to sit with them, to eat and drink.’  For thus says the LORD hosts, the God of Israel: ‘Behold, I will cause to cease from this place, before your eyes and in your days, the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride.  And it shall be, when you show this people all these words, and they say to you, Why has the LORD pronounced all this great disaster against us?  Or what is our iniquity?  Or what is our sin that we have committed against the LORD our God?  then you shall say to them, ‘Because your fathers have forsaken me,’ says the LORD; ‘they have walked after other gods and have served them and worshipped them, and have forsaken me and not kept my law.  And you have done worse than your fathers, for behold, each one fellows the dictates of his own evil heart, so that no one listens to me.  Therefore I will cast you out of this land into a land that you do not know, neither you nor your fathers; and there you shall serve other gods day and night; where I will not show you favor.’


God will restore Israel


‘Therefore behold, the days are coming,’ says the LORD, ‘that it shall no more be said, The LORD lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt, but The LORD lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north and from all the lands where he has driven them.  For I will bring them back into their land which I gave to their fathers.  [Verses 14-15 applied to the Jews, and was fulfilled in the time of Ezra and Nehemiah, but in the sense of greater Israel, all the tribes of Israel (and since it mentions ‘Israelites’ specifically here) it also applies to the return from a future captivity which has not taken place yet.  This was spoken to Jeremiah after the Black Sea Scythian-Israelites had departed out of the Middle East and gone back to the Russian steppes, so it doesn’t apply to them.  This is about a future regathering that has not yet taken place.]  Behold, I will send for many fishermen,’ says the LORD, ‘and they shall fish them; and afterward I will send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain and every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.  For my eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from my face, nor is their iniquity hidden from my eyes.  And first I will repay double for their iniquity and their sin, because they have defiled my land; they have filled my inheritance with the carcasses of their detestable and abominable idols.’” (verses 19-21), “O LORD, my strength and my fortress, my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come to you from the ends of the earth and say, ‘Surely our fathers have inherited lies, worthlessness and unprofitable things.’  Will a man make gods for himself, which are not gods?  Therefore, behold, I will this once cause them to know, I will cause them to know my hand and my might;. And they shall now that my name is the LORD.’”


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