Jeremiah begins to prophesy against Jerusalem the capital of Judah. This prophecy is about the conditions in Judah at that time and why God will bring Nebuchadnezzar to destroy the city and temple and take most of the Jews to Babylon.
The prophecies of Jeremiah are very much to and about Judah of that time, and are in turn an allegory of this latter day when the very same sins are being committed in Judah, Israel and spiritual Israel. God is consistent and as he corrected ancient Israel and later corrected Judah; God will also correct the latter day physical and spiritual Israel and Judah when we commit the same sins
Ancient physical Israel and Judah turned aside from God to follow every false way just as today’s Ekklesia is doing on a spiritual level.
When the brethren were called to God the Father and Jesus Christ and had our minds opened to his marvelous truth; we were delighted, excited and filled with zeal to learn and to live by every Word of God and Jesus Christ; then somewhere along the way most were deceived into losing our zeal God the Father and becoming zealous for some man or corporate idol to follow them in away from God in spiritual adultery.
Let us remember the love of our initial calling to God and espousal to Christ, and stop following after other lovers. Let us stand on the whole Word of God and reject the false traditions of men like the Rabbinic Calendar finalized in 1178 A.D. by Christ rejecting apostates.
How is it that we think that we are pleasing Christ by following idols of men?
Jeremiah 2:1 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 2:2 Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown.
All who attack the holy people who live by every Word of God and all who persecute those zealous for the whole Word of God are offensive to God the Father and Jesus Christ.
2:3 Israel was holiness unto the LORD, and the firstfruits of his increase: all that devour him shall offend; evil shall come upon them, saith the LORD [until they went astray].
Why have we departed from God to follow others?
2:4 Hear ye the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel: 2:5 Thus saith the LORD, What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity, and are become vain?
Why have we forgotten the mighty deeds of our God to deliver His people, first from bondage in Egypt and then spiritually from bondage to Satan, sin and death?
2:6 Neither said they, Where is the LORD that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, that led us through the wilderness, through a land of deserts and of pits, through a land of drought, and of the shadow of death, through a land that no man passed through, and where no man dwelt?
We will be rejected from the resurrection to the Promised Land of eternity, if we will not learn to live by every Word of God.
We have been offered the Bread of Life and the Waters of Salvation; and we have defiled ourselves by turning up our noses at the Word of God to follow the false ways of our idols of men and organizations.
2:7 And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof and the goodness thereof; but when ye entered, ye defiled my land, and made mine heritage an abomination.
Those who defile the brethren by not teaching a passionate enthusiastic zeal to live by every Word of God, are spiritually blind, and do not understand because they WILL NOT obey and live by every Word of God.
2:8 The priests said not, Where is the LORD? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit.
Jesus Christ will plead with his people and in a very short time we will be corrected by him if we do not sincerely repent first.
2:9 Wherefore I will yet plead with you, saith the LORD, and with your children’s children will I plead.
Christ asks of Judah: Do other nations change their gods; why have you departed from me.
In our time Babylon is coming again in the form of the New Europe and our God might well ask BOTH spiritual and physical Israel today; “Why have you departed from me” to follow the idols of your false traditions?
2:10 For pass over the isles of Chittim, and see; and send unto Kedar, and consider diligently, and see if there be such a thing. 2:11 Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit. 2:12 Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the LORD.
We have forsaken the spring of living waters [the Spirit of God, John 4] and we have followed our idols of men and false traditions in an attempt to save ourselves by doing what we think is right instead of doing what GOD says is right.
John 7:37 In the last day, that great day [the seventh day of tabernacles The Hoshana Rabbah; The Great Salvation: The seventh and last day of The Feast of Tabernacles] of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 7:39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive:
Jeremiah 2:13 For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.
The lions [mighty ones] of the Gentiles will break physical and spiritual Israel again, because we will not serve our Mighty One and we have departed from his teachings and commandments to do what is right in our own eyes.
2:14 Is Israel a servant? is he a homeborn slave? why is he spoiled? 2:15 The young lions roared upon him, and yelled, and they made his land waste: his cities are burned without inhabitant.
Those who trust in a spiritual Egypt of your own devising, will be broken for trusting in the strength of men and not in the power of God.
2:16 Also the children of Noph and Tahapanes [Egypt] have broken the crown of thy head.
We have brought our correction upon ourselves; by idolizing men, organizations and false traditions above the Word of God.
2:17 Hast thou not procured this unto thyself, in that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, when he led thee by the way?
And now we drink the waters [words] of men and not the Living Waters of the Word of God. The next line says that we have preferred the waters [false teachings of spiritual Egypt and spiritual Assyria/Babylon] to the waters [teachings] of the Word of God. We prefer to do as we think is right, instead of learning and doing what God says is right.
Preeminent among our heresies is the Babylonian Mystery Nicolaitane teachings on governance and having layers of men between the brethren and God.
2:18 And now what hast thou to do in the way of Egypt, to drink the waters of Sihor [the Nile]? or what hast thou to do in the way of Assyria, to drink the waters of the river [Euphrates]?
Because we have no respect for the Word of God and depart from or compromise with God’s Word to cleave to our traditions; we will now be quickly corrected.
2:19 Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.
In the beginning conversion of every called out person, Jesus Christ broke the yoke of sin and delivered every sincerely repentant person from bondage to Satan, sin and death; and after we were delivered, many have turned back into the bondage of spiritual Egypt, bondage to sin; to commit spiritual adultery with idols of men, false traditions and corporate organizations.
2:20 For of old time I have broken thy yoke, and burst thy bands; and thou saidst, I will not transgress [I repent]; when upon every high hill and under every green tree thou wanderest, playing the harlot [becoming one with strange gods].
How has the goodly seed [the called out brethren] planted by God, become degenerate and full of sin?
2:21 Yet I had planted thee a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me? 2:22 For though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before me, saith the Lord GOD.
How can we say that today’s Ekklesia are the people of God; when we will not keep the Word of God?
We have been like WILD camels and asses; going wherever we willed, instead of being like the domestic animals who follow their master.
2:23 How canst thou say, I am not polluted, I have not gone after Baalim? see thy way in the valley, know what thou hast done: thou art a swift dromedary traversing her ways; 2:24 A wild ass used to the wilderness, that snuffeth up the wind at her pleasure; in her occasion who can turn her away? all they that seek her will not weary themselves; in her month [wanderings] they shall find her.
Christ warned us to repent and become shod with righteousness of the whole Word of God, and drink our fill of the Living Waters of the whole Word of God. But we will not repent and we will therefore be corrected.
Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Our persecutors are not really those people who are abusing us. They are the spiritual forces that are influencing the people and inspiring them to do these things that are the true source of all our trials.
When we are being persecuted we are to stand firm on the whole Word of God throughout all our trials. Then we will stand in the resurrection before the throne of God.
God’s Word is truth and we are to gird ourselves with the whole Word of God and clothe ourselves with righteousness; which is the zealous keeping of the truth, the whole Word of God!
6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
Having our feet shod with the gospel of peace, refers to being at peace with God and refers to our walk [life] in the gospel of salvation; which is FAITH, to believe God and to believe that God can and will keep his promises to his faithful. It is salvation by sincere repentance, a baptismal commitment to sin no more and the application of the sacrifice of Christ justifying us; and then living our lives by every Word of God and being at peace with God the Father always.
6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
The Gospel is the good news of the way to have reconciliation and peace with GOD the FATHER!
The Gospel is about sincere repentance, a commitment to sin no more and the application of the atoning sacrifice of the Lamb of God reconciling us with God the Father; and it is about unity with God by continuing in that relationship, through a diligent rejection of sin [which separates us from God, and a passionate uncompromising keeping of the whole Word and will of God! Which is the foundation of peace and unity between man and God and true unity among men!
If we know and trust and believe in God to live by God’s Word, he will defend us and take care of us with His great power. And, if He allows us to suffer so that we might learn something, he will raise us up from the grave on that day and change us to spirit and we will never taste of death again, but shall have eternal life and a reward, given by God.
6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, [that is, with a whole heart, with all our heart and spirit; and with intensity] and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Take the helmet of salvation and valiantly wield the sword of the Spirit, which is the whole Word of God. God’s Spirit gives us understanding of the Word of God, the Holy Scriptures. And, the Holy Scriptures are the sword of truth with which we fight sin. We are to fight sin in ourselves in this world, and we are to fight evil with the sword of truth and not with bloodshed.
Only evil needs to fear the sharp two edged sword of the LIGHT of Truth! For the Light of truth exposes the wicked things hidden in darkness; and the sharp two edged sword of God’s Word destroys all that is evil from before him.
The workers of evil deeds try to hide them in darkness and obscurity, and they HATE being exposed by the light of truth!
The truly godly brethren will welcome the Light of the Truth; for they are the children of the Light: While the wicked will hate the Light of the Truth for it exposes their sins.
God calls on us to sincerely repent and follow God, but many say “not so, for we are right in our own eyes” and so justify themselves like Job did.
Jeremiah 2:25 Withhold thy foot from being unshod, and thy throat from thirst: but thou saidst, There is no hope: no; for I have loved strangers [false teachers and false ways], and after them will I go.
We fear men and we are ashamed of the Word of God, to proclaim it, to keep it and to tell the people their sins (Isaiah 58:1); and we have turned our backs on Jesus Christ and the Word of God to follow our idols of men and false traditions. Yet in our correction we will call upon Christ to deliver us.
2:26 As the thief is ashamed when he is found, so is the house of Israel ashamed; they, their kings, their princes, and their priests, and their prophets. 2:27 Saying to a stock, Thou art my father; and to a stone, Thou hast brought me forth: for they have turned their back unto me, and not their face: but in the time of their trouble they will say, Arise, and save us.
Can our corporate entities or idols of men and false traditions of men save us? Will some man rise from his grave to save us? Can our false teachers who separate us from Christ; save us? Will our pagan calendar and Sabbath pollution save us?
2:28 But where are thy gods that thou hast made thee? let them arise, if they can save thee in the time of thy trouble: for according to the number of thy cities are thy gods, O Judah.
Why seek deliverance from Jesus Christ and pray to God the Father, and then refuse to learn and live by every Word of God?
2:29 Wherefore will ye plead with me? ye all have transgressed against me, saith the LORD.
Small corrections and warnings have been in vain for we will not repent; therefore a truly major correction is at the door.
2:30 In vain have I smitten your children; they received no correction: your own sword hath devoured your prophets, like a destroying lion.
We say that we are spiritually rich and increased with spiritual knowledge and we declare ourselves to be God’s people, and then we trust in our own judgment and our own thoughts and words.
2:31 O generation, see ye the word of the LORD. Have I been a wilderness unto Israel? a land of darkness? wherefore say my people, We are lords; we will come no more unto thee?
We have forgotten to learn and to live by every Word of God; and we have turned to our own ways; wrongly equating the words of men as equal to or above the Word of God.
2:32 Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet my people have forgotten me days without number.
Why do we seek and love to follow corporate idols and false traditions? Why do we not seek the love of our espoused Husband? Why do we do wickedly and set a wicked example and teach others to sin like ourselves, by insisting that they obey us instead of living by every Word of God?
Loyalty to us, we deceitfully claim, is the same as loyalty to God.
2:33 Why trimmest thou thy way to seek love? therefore hast thou also taught the wicked ones thy ways.
The leaders and elders are covered with the blood of the innocents, that they have deceived away from the Word of God into serving themselves.
2:34 Also in thy skirts [cloak] is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents: I have not found it by secret search, but upon all these.
As these leaders insist on their own false ways, they are self righteous and claim to be innocent of sin; being spiritually blind in their pride (Rev 3:16-18).
2:35 Yet thou sayest, Because I am innocent, surely his anger shall turn from me. Behold, I will plead [correct you] with thee, because thou sayest, I have not sinned.
Why do we trust to follow worldliness and refuse to sincerely repent and trust in the Great God? In the end, after our correction and sincere repentance; these folks will be ashamed of how they have acted.
2:36 Why gaddest thou about so much to change thy way? thou also shalt be ashamed of Egypt, as thou wast ashamed of Assyria.
The elders, leaders and teachers who lean to the their own ways and the false traditions of men, shall not proper in their idolatries and false traditions, and in their rejection of living by every Word of God.
We shall be corrected and the false idols and ways that we are trusting in will be utterly destroyed so that we in contrite shame and sincere repentance may be reconciled to our LORD.
2:37 Yea, thou shalt go forth from him, and thine hands upon thine head: for the LORD hath rejected thy [wicked] confidences [plans], and thou shalt not prosper in them.
Jeremiah and Ezekiel are very hard on the sins of Israel, which is doubly applicable to those who claim to have the Holy Spirit and to be spiritually rich and full of [self] righteousness, knowing everything and needing nothing. They will not even listen to the Word of God, except it be twisted by the false traditions of men. That is today’s spiritual Ekklesia; believe it: Jesus Christ said so in Revelation 3:16-22.
The ONLY reason for recording these things; is for OUR instruction!
1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
Just as physical Mosaic Israel and Judah often departed from God, so today’s spiritual Ekklesia are also full of idolatry and spiritual adulteries against their God. Return unto me says God the Father to his called out, who have departed from Him and departed from the Husband of their espousal into many spiritual adulteries.
Jeremiah 3:1 They say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man’s, shall he return unto her again? shall not that land be greatly polluted? but thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, saith the LORD.
We tolerate false teachings and we love to follow idols of men, making them into little tin gods for ourselves. We follow others instead of being faithful to our God and the Husband to whom we were called.
3:2 Lift up thine eyes unto the high places, and see where thou hast not been lien with. In the ways hast thou sat for them, as the Arabian in the wilderness; and thou hast polluted the land with thy whoredoms and with thy wickedness.
We delight in the sin of living by our own ways and the ways of our idols of the false traditions of men, cleaving to them in spiritual adultery instead of faithfully living by every Word of God; therefore the physical rain will be withheld as a type of the withholding of the showers of God’s Spirit from us.
Our sin is so much the greater because we have no shame and we are proud of our organizations and factions and traditions of men; which we love much more than we love God and the Word of God.
3:3 Therefore the showers have been withholden, and there hath been no latter rain; and thou hadst a whore’s forehead, thou refusedst to be ashamed.
We are admonished to repent and call on God our Father in heaven; for his anger will not be held back forever. He will correct us for all our departures from His Word to follow the traditions of our idols of men.
3:4 Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, My father, thou art the guide of my youth? 3:5 Will he reserve his anger for ever? will he keep it to the end? Behold, thou hast spoken and done evil things as thou couldest.
Have the brethren not heard or read the history of Israel and Judah; will we not take it to hear,t that we will also be corrected for our falling away from living by every Word of God?
3:6 The LORD said also unto me in the days of Josiah the king, Hast thou seen that which backsliding Israel hath done? she is gone up upon every high mountain and under every green tree, and there hath played the harlot [This is not about physical adulteries; it is about the spiritual adultery of following after other gods.].
Yet we will not repent of being zealous for our false ways, while being cold for the ways of God. Judah also turned away from God, even though she saw how that Israel had been removed from the land into captivity for the same sins of exalting others above the Eternal.
3:7 And I said after she had done all these things, Turn thou unto me. But she returned not. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it.
We know that sinful Israel and Judah were corrected for their sinfulness in the ancient past; yet today we have not learned from that, nor do fear to provoke the Eternal by our turning against a righteous zeal to live by Every Word of God.
Ancient Judah did not fear God when she knew that God had put Israel away; and in this latter day, we do not fear God’s correction either, even though we know these things.
3:8 And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.
Today, the brethren commit spiritual adultery with false gods of men; false traditions, false doctrines, and corporate entities. We treat our whoredoms as a light thing and claim to be godly as we trample all over the Word of God by clinging to our idols of men.
3:9 And it came to pass through the lightness [lack of shame] of her whoredom, that she defiled the land, and committed adultery with [idols made of stone and wood] stones and with stocks [Just as we commit spiritual adultery by following men away from any zeal to live by every Word of God today.].
Today we feign godliness as we do what is right in our own eyes.
3:10 And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah hath not turned unto me with her whole heart, but feignedly, saith the LORD.
Israel was removed from Samaria for her idolatry and spiritual adultery with false gods, but Judah was worse because she saw what happened to Israel and still committed the same sins.
Today’s Ekklesia is even worse than both of them were in the ancient times, because we are supposed to have and follow God’s Holy Spirit as well as now having the example of God correcting BOTH Israel AND Judah, yet we are still full of the same sins.
3:11 And the LORD said unto me, The backsliding Israel hath justified herself more than treacherous Judah.
Christ asks for our sincere repentance and return to the whole Word of God and promises mercy; yet God also promises harsh correction on the unrepentant.
3:12 Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the LORD; and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, saith the LORD, and I will not keep anger for ever. 3:13 Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the LORD thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the LORD.
Here it is plainly stated that the Mosaic Covenant was a marriage covenant, as the New Covenant is also a new marriage covenant.
In our day the Eternal calls physical and spiritual Israel to sincere repentance and says that only a very few will survive the correction of the unrepentant.
3:14 Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:
God says that he will give the survivors good shepherds [the resurrected chosen], who will feed the people with the whole Word of God. Messiah the Christ will give the millennial nations pastors after his own heart! Who is the man after the heart of God; he who loves and lives by every Word of God? Read Psalm 119.
The shepherds who are NOT people after God’s own heart, who are not zealous for the whole Word of God; will not be in the resurrection to eternal life.
3:15 And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.
In the millennial kingdom when all the people are filled with the Spirit of God (Joel 2:28) they shall all enter the New Covenant of Jeremiah 31:31.
3:16 And it shall come to pass, when ye be multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, saith the LORD, they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the LORD: neither shall it come to mind: neither shall they remember it; neither shall they visit it; neither shall that be done any more.
Those who teach laxity for the sanctity of the Sabbath, or compromise with the Word of God, or who refuse to rebuke sin; and say to the brethren that they should do things because some man said so; making idols of men and organizations and standing on their own ways: SHALL NOT BE TEACHERS IN THE KINGDOM.
They are not qualified to teach the truth which they have rejected and refused in this life.
3:17 At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart.
When Christ comes, the breach between Israel and Judah shall be healed, and they shall become one people again and shall flow back to the land of promise.
3:18 In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers.
How shall this be done? Through the sincere repentance of the people, who will turn to their God and call him their Father.
3:19 But I said, How shall I put thee among the children, and give thee a pleasant land, a goodly heritage of the hosts of nations? and I said, Thou shalt call me, My father; and shalt not turn away from me [ever again].
Physical Israel was married to the one who gave up his Godhood to become flesh, Jesus Christ; and like a treacherous wife she turned away from him; now the Laodicean Ekklesia have done the very same thing in not living by every Word of God and preferring to follow our idols of men.
3:20 Surely as a wife treacherously departeth from her husband, so have ye dealt treacherously with me, O house of Israel, saith the LORD.
The voice of affliction shall be heard among us; for our departure from God the Father and Christ to love the corporate church: ABOVE the whole Word of God.
Yes, we are full of love for our factions and corporate organizations and its traditions and idols of men; WHERE is our LOVE for the Word of God? Do not deceive yourselves; corporate love and loyalty is NOT the same as love and loyalty to live by every Word of God.
This is the crux of our sin; we have made a god out of corporations, men and unscriptural traditions, and we have deceived ourselves into thinking that obeying and following men and corporations is the same as following God. It is NOT!
Satan has sowed false leaders and we blindly followed them away for God our Father in heaven and his teachings, instructions and commandments.
God now reveals that in the hour of our correction, we will sincerely repent and turn to Him
3:21 A voice was heard upon the high places, weeping and supplications of the children of Israel: for they have perverted their way, and they have forgotten the LORD their God.
God continually knocks at our door calling on us to repent and return to him. Finally we shall heed him and Laodicea shall be saved as well as repentant physical Israel and repentant humanity.
3:22 Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings. Behold, we come unto thee; for thou art the LORD our God.
Let us run to the refuge of our God, we shall find safety and life eternal in his arms.
3:23 Truly in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills [Psalm 121, there is no hope of deliverance by men], and from the multitude of mountains [hills and mountains are figurative of governments, can strong governments of men save the wicked from the correction of God, can they resurrect the dead?]: truly in the LORD our God is the salvation of Israel.
We are disgraced because of our shameful departure from our espoused spiritual Husband.
3:24 For shame hath devoured the labour of our fathers from our youth; their flocks and their herds, their sons and their daughters.
What is our sin? We have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God as revealed in the whole Word of God! We have turned aside to follow men and have not proved out all things by the every Word of God!
Our HEAD is God the Father and Jesus Christ who taught us to live by every Word of God the Father; we are to prove all things and hold fast that which is good according to the Word of God, while rejecting any teaching or action that is not consistent with the whole Word of God.
3:25 We lie down in our shame, and our confusion covereth us: for we have sinned against the LORD our God, we and our fathers, from our youth even unto this day, and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God.