This admonition is against all idolatry, although it has been used specifically against Christmas. Please see our Christmas article here.
Horoscopes and astrology are an abomination to God the Father and Jesus Christ. I know that very many in the Ekklesia, especially women, go in for this; they need to repent of this wickedness; for Astrology exalts physical bodies [the creation] above the God who created them and above God’s Word, making idols of the creation rather than trusting in the Creator.
Here we are also again warned NOT to seek to follow the religious practices of the wicked; in today’s Ekklesia we have accepted the church governance system of the Beast, and the abomination of the Primacy of Peter, placing layers of men between God the Father and the brethren.
We should be ordaining men in recognition of those who have the full fruits of the Father’s calling, and not according to organizational loyalty or personal skill sets. When the two prophets come and they will come after the appalling abomination has been set up doing miracles and they will be ordained by God the Father, not by men.
Ordination by men and the laying on of the hands of men is NOTHING; unless the man proves himself by his continual zeal for the every Word of God.
Jeremiah 10:1 Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel: 10:2 Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
We make idols of things which we have power and control over. Idols can be, but they are not necessarily statues of wood, silver or gold; we can make idols of men, corporate churches or almost anything which we allow to come between us and God.
10:3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. 10:4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
Statues and idols of men can do nothing! They are made by men who want to use them – claiming to be the priests of these gods – in order to hold sway over the people.
Today men will say that the statue is nothing; but that it represents a very real god [saint etc], and they will claim to be the priests of that god. In doing this they deceive a superstitious people into following themselves by giving them something tangible to worship while they are deceived into following such men and their the false teaching.
That kind of deception is often done through distracting people from God by giving the people a lavish center for the people to focus on and to exclaim: “Oh how God is blessing us, what a great work this man is doing” which distracts the focus of the people from every Word of God and the ungodly activities of the leadership.
Then the daughter organizations use the same distraction technique, by focusing people on the organization, or the leadership, or what they are doing; and not on the Word of God.
Yes they will entice people by paying lip service to the Word of God, but they quickly do a switch and substitute their own opinions for God’s Word: Saying “God said this” while twisting the Word to mean something entirely different from the scriptural meaning.
10:5 They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.
The Eternal is God, and there is NO other God like HIM! We are to follow every Word of God and we are NOT to follow any man who strays from any part of the Word of God.
10:6 Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O LORD; thou art great, and thy name is great in might. 10:7 Who would not fear thee, O King of nations? for to thee doth it appertain: forasmuch as among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like unto thee.
The wicked who serve false gods which are NOT gods at all, and who put their trust in apostate false teachers and their false ways; will come to nothing.
10:8 But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine of vanities. 10:9 Silver spread into plates is brought from Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz, the work of the workman, and of the hands of the founder: blue and purple is their clothing: they are all the work of cunning men.
There is ONE Elohim YHVH [Family of Eternal Mighty Ones], Who is Mighty to Save; even Jesus Christ the Creator, and God the Father in heaven.
10:10 But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.
The false teachers who are not zealous for learning and living by every Word of the Mighty Holy Father in heaven; shall perish from the earth [either by repudiating their false ways in sincere repentance, or by being destroyed].
10:11 Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens.
Why will we not be zealous for the Awesome Creator who made all things, to whom we have committed ourselves in a baptism of espousal to follow ONLY him and God the Father?
Why will we idolize men and follow them away from any zeal for our Mighty One?
10:12 He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion. 10:13 When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures.
Why will we stand on our own ways, when we like dumb brute beasts in comparison to him?
10:14 Every man is brutish in his knowledge: every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them.
We are so proud of our own self-righteousness and wisdom; not understanding that we are wicked for standing on our false traditions and following our little false gods of men; We are about to be rejected by the Mighty One of Jacob for relying on our own false ways, and our massive pride in our own self-righteousness, unless we quickly repent we shall perish with the other wicked of this world.
We are always right in our own eyes and we will believe nothing not even proven truth, even if it proves us to be wrong on anything. We refuse and reject truth and justify our own errors so that no one not even God’s Word can tell us anything. Because of this we condemn ourselves to remain in our false ways and in our sins and we WILL NOT repent.
If today’s Ekklesia not corrected to sincere repentance in great tribulation, we are lost forever; for we are always right in our own eyes like Job, and our self justifications brings us down to perdition.
10:15 They are vanity, and the work of errors: in the time of their visitation they shall perish.
The portion of Jacob is the promised one Jesus Christ, who is the former [the beginning] and the end of all things.
10:16 The portion of Jacob is not like them: for he is the former of all things; and Israel is the rod of his inheritance: The LORD of hosts is his name.
Get yourselves ready for your strong correction you unrepentant; says the Lord of Hosts.
10:17 Gather up thy wares out of the land, O inhabitant of the fortress. 10:18 For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will sling out the inhabitants of the land at this once, and will distress them, that they may find it so.
The time of the latter day correction of spiritual and physical Israel is at hand.
10:19 Woe is me for my hurt! my wound is grievous; but I said, Truly this is a grief, and I must bear it.
The tabernacle [Temple] of the Spirit, are those in whom the Holy Spirit of God the Father and Messiah the Christ dwell.
10:20 My tabernacle is spoiled, and all my cords are broken: my children are gone forth of me, and they are not: there is none to stretch forth my tent any more, and to set up my curtains.
Our elders are brutish, they stand for their false traditions and their idols of men and organizations; not being zealous to learn and live by every Word of God, they pollute his Sabbath and fall down before idols of men.
10:21 For the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the LORD: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered.
Physical and spiritual Judah will be corrected and made desolate.
You who think that all things Jewish [like the Rabbinic Calendar] are godly; how can you think such a thing when God condemns physical Judah into the latter day tribulation for the overspreading of all their abominations?
Those who think that our corporate idols are righteous will soon be disillusioned and left without those idols, as they are destroyed in great tribulation. Follow the whole Word of God; follow men ONLY as they also follow the whole Word of God.
10:22 Behold, the noise of the bruit is come, and a great commotion out of the north country, to make the cities of Judah desolate, and a den of dragons.
It is foolish to follow false teachers who lean to their own wisdom [which is ignorance and foolishness] away from living by every Word of God.
10:23 O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.
May we repent quickly so that we are not totally destroyed
10:24 O LORD, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing.
10:25 Pour out thy fury upon the heathen [the unrepentant] that know thee not, and upon the families that call not on thy name: for they have eaten up Jacob, and devoured him, and consumed him, and have made his habitation desolate.
We know that the New Covenant is the writing on our hearts and in our minds, the whole Word of God (Jer 31:31).
Christ here warns Jeremiah to remind the people to keep the whole Covenant which is to learn and to live by every Word of God.
This warning is to the people of his day; and to both physical and spiritual Israel in these latter days as well. Those who do not repent and start to turn from sin into zealously living by every Word of God, will be corrected in the captivity and destruction of the tribulation.
Jeremiah 11:1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD saying, 11:2 Hear ye the words of this covenant, and speak unto the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem;
11:3 And say thou unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel; Cursed be the man that obeyeth not the words of this covenant,
Just as Judah in Jeremiah’s day was warned to keep their covenant with God, today Spiritual Israel is reminded to obey God and keep our Covenant of baptism to learn and live by every Word of God and to follow no man or corporate idol contrary to any part of the Word of God.
Physical Israel was delivered from Pharaoh and bondage in Egypt, and the spiritually called out are delivered from bondage to Satan and sin. Why will we go back into the bondage which we were delivered out of?
Physical Israel entered into a marriage covenant with Christ at Sinai, and we entered into a covenant of espousal to marriage to Jesus Christ at our baptism.
11:4 Which I commanded your fathers in the day that I brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, from the iron furnace, saying, Obey my voice, and do them, according to all which I command you: so shall ye be my people, and I will be your God:
Physical Israel and Judah were required to keep and live by their Covenant with God, in order to remain in the physical promised land; and the called out of Spiritual Israel must keep their part of the New Covenant so that they may enter into the Promised Land of eternal life.
11:5 That I may perform the oath which I have sworn unto your fathers, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey, as it is this day. Then answered I, and said, So be it, O LORD.
Let the Word of God be proclaimed today, just as it was proclaimed by Jeremiah to Jerusalem and Judea in the past
11:6 Then the LORD said unto me, Proclaim all these words in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, saying, Hear ye the words of this covenant, and do them.
This is true baptismal counseling: At baptism we are committing ourselves to learning and living by every Word of God, FOREVER; without turning to the right or to the left from God the Father and Jesus Christ and from every Word of God.
We are NOT joining a corporate church; We are espousing ourselves to an Awesome Husband, Jesus Christ; and we are to be totally loyal to HIM and to His Father in ALL things and at ALL times!
WE are to follow men ONLY as they follow Christ and the whole Word of God! We are to test out and prove out all things by every Word of God [1 Thess 5:21), and we are NOT to follow any man who is not zealously following God the Father and Jesus Christ in ALL things.
11:7 For I earnestly protested unto your fathers in the day that I brought them up out of the land of Egypt, even unto this day, rising early and protesting, saying, Obey my voice.
Yet we look to and obey men blindly and without question, following the false traditions of men, and idolizing men; exalting them above the Word of God our Father and our espoused Husband.
Tell me true; is it right to obey someone contrary to our spouse? Is the emotional and spiritual adultery of loving another more than our own spouse lawful?
Why then do we follow men in polluting the Sabbath; keeping God’s Feasts on the wrong days and rejecting whole sections of scripture by saying that they are only history and apply only to others?
11:8 Yet they obeyed not, nor inclined their ear, but walked every one in the imagination of their evil heart: therefore I will bring upon them all the words of this covenant, which I commanded them to do: but they did them not.
Today there is a great conspiracy in the spiritual Ekklesia to turn the brethren to the idolatry of exalting men above the Word of God; and a conspiracy to move into the false teachings of men.
We claim to be godly as we spurn any zeal to live by every Word of God the Father and Jesus Christ.
11:9 And the LORD said unto me, A conspiracy is found among the men of Judah, and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 11:10 They are turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, which refused to hear my words; and they went after other gods to serve them: the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken my covenant which I made with their fathers.
The unrepentant will be spewed out into the correction of great tribulation, and then even if they repent and cry out to God the Father; many of these folks will still not be delivered from the tribulation, but will have to prove their sincerity by dying to be faithful to the Word of God.
11:11 Therefore thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though they shall cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them.
Our idols of men, corporate entities and false traditions will not deliver us; why then do we put a vain trust in them and not put our trust in the Holy Deliverer of Israel?
11:12 Then shall the cities of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem go, and cry unto the gods unto whom they offer incense: but they shall not save them at all in the time of their trouble. 11:13 For according to the number of thy cities were thy gods, O Judah; and according to the number of the streets of Jerusalem have ye set up altars to that shameful thing, even altars to burn incense burn unto Baal.
Pray not that these unrepentant who are being corrected by Christ should be saved out of their correction: Rather pray that they will repent and be saved spiritually.
11:14 Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up a cry or prayer for them: for I will not hear them in the time that they cry unto me for their trouble.
Because the brethren rejoice in their emotional and spiritual adultery with men and the false traditions of men, they are being rejected from being the Temple of God’s Spirit, into great correction by God the Father and Jesus Christ (Rev 3:16).
11:15 What hath my beloved to do in mine house, seeing she hath wrought lewdness with many, and the holy flesh is passed from thee? when thou doest evil, then thou rejoicest.
God is kindling a fire among those who call themselves by his name, and are NOT zealous to learn and live by every Word of God. The unfruitful branches are being broken off and tossed into the fire (John 15).
11:16 The LORD called thy name, A green olive tree, fair, and of goodly fruit with the noise of a great tumult he hath kindled fire upon it [in the apostate branches], and the [unfruitful men] branches of it are broken.
11:17 For the LORD of hosts, that planted thee [physical and spiritual Israel], hath pronounced evil against thee, for the evil of the house of Israel and of the house of Judah, which they have done against themselves to provoke me to anger in offering incense unto Baal.
The leaders then conspired against Jeremiah, rejecting his warnings. Today the spiritual leaders of the Ekklesia do the very same thing today against God’s warnings.
11:18 And the LORD hath given me knowledge of it, and I know it: then thou shewedst me their doings [they conspired against the warnings]. 11:19 But I was like a lamb or an ox that is brought to the slaughter; and I knew not that they had devised devices against me, saying, Let us destroy the tree with the fruit thereof, and let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name may be no more remembered.
Jeremiah seeks deliverance from God
11:20 But, O LORD of hosts, that judgest righteously, that triest the reins and the heart, let me see thy vengeance on them: for unto thee have I revealed my cause.
God responds that the wicked who will not heed the warnings to turn to the whole Word of God will die in great correction.
11:21 Therefore thus saith the LORD of the men of Anathoth, that seek thy life, saying, Prophesy not in the name of the LORD, that thou die not by our hand: 11:22 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, I will punish them: the young men shall die by the sword; their sons and their daughters shall die by famine: 11:23 And there shall be no remnant of them [nothing will remain of the wicked and unrepentant]: for I will bring evil upon the men of Anathoth, even the year of their visitation.