Jeremiah 25:1 The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah in the fourth year of Jehoiakim [Eliakim] the son of Josiah king of Judah, that was the first year of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon [approximately 605 B.C.]; 25:2 The which Jeremiah the prophet spake unto all the people of Judah, and to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying,
Jeremiah had warned the people for ten years and most of the people still did not repent.
25:3 From the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, even unto this day, that is the three and twentieth year, the word of the LORD hath come unto me, and I have spoken unto you, rising early and speaking; but ye have not hearkened.
The people would not listen nor repent at the words and warnings of the prophets.
Today the called out Spiritual Ekklesia have all the words of the prophets in print including the words of Jesus Christ himself and the apostles; and yet they will not listen to the Word of God, nor will they repent of following the words of their idols of men instead of loving and following the whole Word of God.
Today the spiritually Called Out would rather cleave to false traditions and follow the teachings of men then to have any zeal for Jesus Christ and living by every Word of God.
25:4 And the LORD hath sent unto you all his servants the prophets, rising early and sending them; but ye have not hearkened, nor inclined your ear to hear.
The apostles and prophets and the whole Word of God proclaim that if we are diligent to learn and zealous to live by every Word of God and if we love God enough to do what he has taught us; then we will be delivered into the spiritual Promised Land of eternal life.
But if we insist on doing what we think is right, or continue in loving and following some man instead of the Word of God, we will be strongly corrected for our idolatry.
25:5 They said, Turn ye again now every one from his evil way, and from the evil of your doings, and dwell in the land that the LORD hath given unto you and to your fathers for ever and ever: 25:6 And go not after other gods [idols of men and corporations] to serve them, and to worship [obey] them, and provoke me not to anger with the works of your hands [our sinful deeds]; and I will do you no hurt.
Like ancient Judah today’s Spiritual Ekklesia has not repented of exalting idols of men above God in our hearts, to serve them instead of learning and living by every Word of God.
25:7 Yet ye have not hearkened unto me, saith the LORD; that ye might provoke me to anger with the works of your hands to your own hurt.
Just as God corrected ancient Israel/Judah so he will correct modern Judah / Israel and today’s Spiritual Brotherhood for committing the very same sins of idolatry and Sabbath breaking
25:8 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Because ye have not heard my words, 25:9 Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, saith the LORD, and Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and will bring them against this land, and against the inhabitants thereof, and against all these nations round about, and will utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, and an hissing, and perpetual desolations. 25:10 Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones, and the light of the candle.
It is from the following two verses and from Jeremiah 29:10, that Daniel understood about the seventy years to rebuild the temple and fasted in Daniel 9 and the seventy weeks prophecy was given to him.
25:11 And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years. 25:12 And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, saith the LORD, for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans, and will make it perpetual desolations.
This seventy years ended soon after the conquest of Babylon by Media Persia.
25:13 And I will bring upon that land all my words which I have pronounced against it, even all that is written in this book, which Jeremiah hath prophesied against all the nations. 25:14 For many nations and great kings shall serve themselves of them [make them their servants] also: and I will recompense them [Babylon and in our time the New Europe of Babylon the Great] according to their deeds, and according to the works of their own hands.
25:15 For thus saith the LORD God of Israel unto me; Take the wine cup of this fury at my hand, and cause all the nations, to whom I send thee, to drink it. 25:16 And they shall drink, and be moved, and be mad, because of the sword that I will send among them.
The actions of Babylon in the days of Jeremiah were only a small type of the major 42 month correction coming on the nations and today’s Laodicean Ekklesia.
The next verses are a prophecy of the great tribulation of the last days of humanity’s bondage to Satan’s misrule on the earth.
25:17 Then took I the cup at the LORD’s hand, and made all the nations to drink, unto whom the LORD had sent me: 25:18 To wit [including], Jerusalem, and the cities of Judah, and the kings thereof, and the princes thereof, to make them a desolation, an astonishment, an hissing, and a curse; as it is this day;
God told Jeremiah that Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylon would not only conquer Judah and Jerusalem but would also conquer Egypt the nation on whom Judah had depended upon. This was a type of the latter day great tribulation when the nations will be corrected for 42 months just before the coming of Messiah.
25:19 Pharaoh king of Egypt, and his servants, and his princes, and all his people; 25:20 And all the mingled people, and all the kings of the land of Uz, and all the kings of the land of the Philistines, and Ashkelon, and Azzah, and Ekron, and the remnant of Ashdod,
These nations were conquered by Nebuchadnezzar; yet in our time they will be allied with the New Europe in the final rising of Babylon the Great (Psalm 83), and they will be overrun by the Asian armies starting in the third year of the tribulation.
25:21 Edom, and Moab, and the children of Ammon, 25:22 And all the kings of Tyrus, and all the kings of Zidon, and the kings of the isles which are beyond the sea, 25:23 Dedan, and Tema, and Buz, and all that are in the utmost corners, 25:24 And all the kings of Arabia, and all the kings of the mingled people that dwell in the desert,
In the latter days Elam [the Slavs] and the Medes [Ukraine] will be allied with the people of Asia and will fight against the New Europe in the third year of the tribulation.
25:25 And all the kings of Zimri, and all the kings of Elam, and all the kings of the Medes, 25:26 And all the kings of the north, far and near, one with another, and all the kingdoms of the world, which are upon the face of the earth: and the king of Sheshach shall drink after them. 25:27 Therefore thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Drink ye, and be drunken, and spue, and fall, and rise no more, because of the sword which I will send among you.
First the people of physical and spiritual Israel and then the New Europe of Babylon and finally these Asian nations will all surely be corrected in their turn in the great tribulation.
25:28 And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup at thine hand to drink, then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Ye shall certainly drink.
Just as God corrected Jerusalem and Judah by Nebuchadnezzar, in this latter day God will correct the nations of Israel/Judah along with his Spiritual Ekklesia who have departed from him; and God will not leave the other nations of the earth without correction.
25:29 For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the LORD of hosts.
Jesus Christ is about to ROAR out his righteous indignation at the wickedness of today’s world.
25:30 Therefore prophesy thou against them all these words, and say unto them, The LORD shall roar from on high, and utter his voice from his holy habitation; he shall mightily roar upon his habitation; he shall give a shout, as they that tread the grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth.
Those who are not zealous to learn and live by every Word of God; those who wickedly depart from the Word of God; SHALL BE CORRECTED IN A 42 MONTH GREAT CORRECTION
25:31 A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the LORD hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the LORD.
Speaking of the 42 months of great tribulation, the one who gave up his Godhood to be made flesh as Jesus Christ declared.
25:32 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth. 25:33 And the slain of the LORD shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground.
God now speaks very specifically to the unrepentant leaders of the latter day called out Spiritual Ekklesia who are the flock of God.
25:34 Howl, ye shepherds, and cry; and wallow yourselves in the ashes, ye principal of the flock: for the days of your slaughter and of your dispersions are accomplished [come upon you]; and ye shall fall like a pleasant vessel [Today’s corporate churches of the Ekklesia will fall like a delicate vase shattering as it hits the ground.]. 25:35 And the shepherds shall have no way to flee, nor the principal of the flock to escape.
25:36 A voice of the cry of the shepherds, and an howling of the principal of the flock, shall be heard: for the LORD hath spoiled their pasture. 25:37 And the peaceable habitations are cut down because of the fierce anger of the LORD.
Because of the Nicolaitane governance of placing a hierarchy of men BETWEEN God and the brethren in today’s church of God, and because these groups are filled with spiritual adultery against the Husband of their baptismal vows: Because today’s called out Spiritual Ekklesia idolize men and false traditions and their leaders lord it over the brethren, oppressing them by teaching for doctrine the commandments of men: The anger of Jesus Christ has been provoked to a fierce wrath.
25:38 He hath forsaken his covert, as the lion: for their land is desolate because of the fierceness of the oppressor, and because of his fierce anger.
Jeremiah is commanded to give a warning to all the people in the Temple of God [the priesthood and ministry of the church of God, then and now] in the hope that they will repent of falsely claiming that they are God’s people as they follow their idols of men and their own ways.
This was also a type of God’s command to proclaim the same warnings to the spiritual Temple of God the called out Spiritual Ekklesia in this latter day.
Jeremiah 26:1 In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah came this word from the LORD, saying, 26:2 Thus saith the LORD; Stand in the court of the LORD’s house, and speak unto all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in the LORD’s house, all the words that I command thee to speak unto them; diminish not a word:
Just as God commanded Jeremiah to warn the people of Judah and Jerusalem to repent in that day; God is warning today’s Spiritual Brotherhood which is supposed to be the Temple of God’s Spirit, to sincerely and quickly repent before severe correction comes upon us.
26:3 If so be they will hearken, and turn every man from his evil way, that I may repent me of the evil, which I purpose to do unto them because of the evil of their doings.
Just like God destroyed Judah, Jerusalem and the physical temple because the people were not zealous to learn and live by every Word of God in Jeremiah’s time: God will do the same thing today to those church of God factions who are not zealous for God’s Word and yet are zealous for their idols of men, corporate churches and their false traditions.
26:4 And thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD; If ye will not hearken to me, to walk in my law, which I have set before you, 26:5 To hearken to the words of my servants the prophets, whom I sent unto you, both rising up early, and sending them, but ye have not hearkened;
If today’s Spiritual Ekklesia factions will not sincerely repent of their spiritual idolatry and adultery against God, then Almighty God will make today’s Spiritual Temple of the called out Ekklesia like Shiloh and like the Temple at Jerusalem which were destroyed.
26:6 Then will I make this house like Shiloh, and will make this city a curse to all the nations of the earth.
The ministry and the people rejected the word of warning from God through Jeremiah, just as most of today’s ministry and brethren are rejecting any zeal to live by every Word of God today.
26:7 So the priests and the prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speaking these words in the house of the LORD.
The ministry of Jeremiah’s time were incensed at the warnings to repent from their Sabbath breaking and idolatry; and today’s Spiritual Ekklesia factions are incensed at the warnings to repent of the very same sins.
26:8 Now it came to pass, when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking all that the LORD had commanded him to speak unto all the people, that the priests and the prophets and all the people took him, saying, Thou shalt surely die.
Most of today’s church leaders, elders and brethren are just as full of pride as those people were in that day, and they think themselves righteous as they worship [obey] idols of men, exalting men in idolatry above the Word of God.
They believe themselves righteous for following the teachings of a man instead of living by every Word of God, and they believe that no harm will come to them as long as they are loyal to their idols of men, falsely accounting loyalty to their idols of men, organizations and false traditions as synonymous with loyalty to God.
26:9 Why hast thou prophesied in the name of the LORD, saying, This house shall be like Shiloh, and this city shall be desolate without an inhabitant? And all the people were gathered against Jeremiah in the house of the LORD. 26:10 When the princes of Judah heard these things, then they came up from the king’s house unto the house of the LORD, and sat down in the entry of the new gate of the LORD’s house.
This is the same today; the ministry intensely resents being told that they are not perfect.
26:11 Then spake the priests and the prophets unto the princes and to all the people, saying, This man is worthy to die; for he hath prophesied against this city, as ye have heard with your ears.
Today’s Spiritual Ekklesia, starting with most of the leaders and elders needs to sincerely repent of their arrogant pride and idolatry, even as the ministry in Jeremiah’s day needed to repent; and just as they did not repent then, the ministry of today’s Spiritual Ekklesia will not repent either. Therefore they will be corrected just as the ancients were corrected and for the same sins.
26:12 Then spake Jeremiah unto all the princes and to all the people, saying, The LORD sent me to prophesy against this house and against this city all the words that ye have heard. 26:13 Therefore now amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of the LORD your God; and the LORD will repent him of the evil that he hath pronounced against you.
Jeremiah insisted that he was only proclaiming what God had told him to say, and urged the ministry to repent.
26:14 As for me, behold, I am in your hand: do with me as seemeth good and meet unto you. 26:15 But know ye for certain, that if ye put me to death, ye shall surely bring innocent blood upon yourselves, and upon this city, and upon the inhabitants thereof: for of a truth the LORD hath sent me unto you to speak all these words in your ears.
Then there was an argument over what to do with Jeremiah, for some cited the example of the repentant Hezekiah and others supported the wicked Jehoiakim.
26:16 Then said the princes and all the people unto the priests and to the prophets; This man is not worthy to die: for he hath spoken to us in the name of the LORD our God.
The example of Hezekiah, who was a type of the repentant in today’s Spiritual Ekklesia.
26:17 Then rose up certain of the elders of the land, and spake to all the assembly of the people, saying, 26:18 Micah the Morasthite prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah, and spake to all the people of Judah, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Zion shall be plowed like a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of a forest.
26:19 Did Hezekiah king of Judah and all Judah put him at all to death? did he not fear the LORD, and besought the LORD, and the LORD repented him of the evil which he had pronounced against them? Thus might we procure great evil against our souls.
Yet Jehoiakim rejected Hezekiah’s example and persecuted Jeremiah.
26:20 And there was also a man that prophesied in the name of the LORD, Urijah the son of Shemaiah of Kirjathjearim, who prophesied against this city and against this land according to all the words of Jeremiah.
26:21 And when Jehoiakim the king, with all his mighty men, and all the princes, heard his words, the king sought to put him to death: but when Urijah heard it, he was afraid, and fled, and went into Egypt; 26:22 And Jehoiakim the king sent men into Egypt, namely, Elnathan the son of Achbor, and certain men with him into Egypt. 26:23 And they fetched forth Urijah out of Egypt, and brought him unto Jehoiakim the king; who slew him with the sword, and cast his dead body into the graves of the common people.
The wicked persecuted Urijah, Jeremiah and other men of God in the past, and so the wicked seek to persecute faithful men of God today. Very soon now they will be strongly corrected for the sin of refusing to repent and persecuting those who are trying to warn and save them.
In the days of King Jehoiakim [aka Eliakim] of Judah, before the army of Babylon had come up to besiege Jerusalem; the king was furious at the prophecy of Jeremiah and sought to kill him.
26:24 Nevertheless the hand of Ahikam the son of Shaphan [the official scribe of the deceased king Josiah] was with Jeremiah, that they should not give him into the hand of the people to put him to death.
Ahikam the godly, protected Jeremiah
(uh hi kam) Personal name meaning, “my brother stood up.” Son of Josiah’s scribe Shaphan.
Later, Ahikam’s son Gedaliah also protected Jeremiah after Gedaliah was made governor over the remnant in Judea when the people of Jerusalem were taken to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar
Jeremiah 39:14 they [the Babylonians] even sent and took Jeremiah out of the court of the guardhouse and entrusted him to Gedaliah, the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, to take him home. So he stayed [Jeremiah remained free] among the people.
The mighty deeds of faith of Ahikam who was the son of the deceased king Josiah’s scribe Shaphan.
2 Kings 22:8 Then Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the scribe, “I have found the book of the law in the house of the LORD.” And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan who read it. 22:9 Shaphan the scribe came to the king and brought back word to the king and said, “Your servants have emptied out the money that was found in the house, and have delivered it into the hand of the workmen who have the oversight of the house of the LORD.” 22:10 Moreover, Shaphan the scribe told the king saying, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read it in the presence of the king. 22:11 When the king heard the words of the book of the law, he tore his clothes.
22:12 Then the king commanded Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam the son of Shaphan, Achbor the son of Micaiah, Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah the king’s servant saying, 22:13 “Go, inquire of the LORD for me and the people and all Judah concerning the words of this book that has been found, for great is the wrath of the LORD that burns against us, because our fathers have not listened to the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us.
The godly deeds of Ahikam’s son Gedaliah
Ahaikam’s son Gedaliah headed the Jews left in Judah after Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Jerusalem (586 B.C.) before rebels killed him.
2 Kings 25:22-25:22 Now as for the people who were left in the land of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had left, he appointed Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan over them. 22:23 When all the captains of the forces, they and their men, heard that the king of Babylon had appointed Gedaliah governor, they came to Gedaliah to Mizpah, namely, Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and Seraiah the son of Tanhumeth the Netophathite, and Jaazaniah the son of the Maacathite, they and their men.
22:24 Gedaliah swore to them and their men and said to them, “Do not be afraid of the servants of the Chaldeans; live in the land and serve the king of Babylon, and it will be well with you. 22:25 But it came about in the seventh month, that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, the son of Elishama, of the royal family, came with ten men and struck Gedaliah down so that he died along with the Jews and the Chaldeans who were with him at Mizpah.
Ahikam was the man who protected Jeremiah when King Jehoiakim wanted to kill the prophet, and it was Ahikam’s son Gedaliah who was later murdered by Ishmael the hireling of the king of Ammon.
This shows that even the godly will suffer in this life, but they will have a good reward in a resurrection to spirit at the coming of Christ.