Jeremiah wrote a letter to the artisans carried away to Babylon in the first wave c 604 B.C. and the second wave 597 B.C.; with instructions from God for them in their captivity.
Jeremiah 29:1 Now these are the words of the letter that Jeremiah the prophet sent from Jerusalem unto the residue of the elders which were carried away captives, and to the priests, and to the prophets, and to all the people whom Nebuchadnezzar had carried away captive from Jerusalem to Babylon; 29:2 (After that Jeconiah the king, and the queen, and the eunuchs, the princes of Judah and Jerusalem, and the carpenters, and the smiths, were departed from Jerusalem;) 29:3 By the hand of Elasah the son of Shaphan, and Gemariah the son of Hilkiah, (whom Zedekiah king of Judah sent unto Babylon to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon) saying,
God tells the captives to be content and increase in the cities where they have been placed, and to be at peace with their overseers.
29:4 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, unto all that are carried away captives, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem unto Babylon; 29:5 Build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them; 29:6 Take ye wives, and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; that ye may be increased there, and not diminished. 29:7 And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the LORD for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace.
Before the final destruction of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar in 586 B.C. God told the the first two waves of captives in Babylon via Jeremiah’s letter that they should not listen to the teachers who speak their own words contrary to the Word of God and then informs the captives that they will be allowed to return to Judea in seventy years.
29:8 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not your prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of you, deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause to be dreamed. 29:9 For they prophesy falsely unto you in my name: I have not sent them, saith the LORD.
Jeremiah 25:11-12 also refers to the seventy years in Babylon for ancient Judah
29:10 For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place [Jerusalem and Judea]. 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
God then said that those who sincerely repent will be acceptable to him, thus speaking of the revival in the days of Ezra and Nehemiah; which was a fore-type of the revival to come when all Israel returns to their land at the coming of Christ.
29:12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. 29:14 And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.
The false teachers and brethren who speak their own words and do what they think is right, having no zeal to learn and keep the whole Word of God shall be corrected. God is no respecter of persons and he will also correct his spiritually called out for committing the same sins as ancient Judah committed.
29:15 Because ye have said, The LORD hath raised us up prophets in Babylon; 29:16 Know that thus saith the LORD of the king that sitteth upon the throne of David, and of all the people that dwelleth in this city, and of your brethren that are not gone forth with you into captivity; 29:17 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will send upon them the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, and will make them like vile figs, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil.
Those who do not listen to the Word of God to learn and to diligently keep it will still be strongly corrected; regardless of how righteous they think they are in their own minds.
29:18 And I will persecute them with the sword, with the famine, and with the pestilence, and will deliver them to be removed to all the kingdoms of the earth, to be a curse, and an astonishment, and an hissing, and a reproach, among all the nations whither I have driven them: 29:19 Because they have not hearkened to my words, saith the LORD, which I sent unto them by my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them; but ye would not hear, saith the LORD.
Many leaders and elders who many brethren adore in today’s Ekklesia, are only wicked men leading us away from the Word of God to follow after themselves and their false traditions.
The unrepentant will die for their wickedness in great tribulation.
29:20 Hear ye therefore the word of the LORD, all ye of the captivity, whom I have sent from Jerusalem to Babylon: 29:21 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, of [about the false teachers] Ahab the son of Kolaiah, and of Zedekiah the son of Maaseiah, which prophesy a lie unto you in my name; Behold, I will deliver them into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon; and he shall slay them before your eyes;
Those who prophesy falsely and those that lead the people astray from God to follow themselves and to idolize men; will become a curse and a byword for evil in the assemblies of the Called Out in future; if they do not quickly and sincerely repent.
Jeremiah prophesies a terrible death for the false prophets Zedekiah and Ahab.
29:22 And of them shall be taken up a curse by all the captivity of Judah which are in Babylon, saying, The LORD make thee like Zedekiah and like Ahab, whom the king of Babylon roasted in the fire; 29:23 Because they have committed villany in Israel, and have committed adultery with their neighbours’ wives, and have spoken lying words in my name, which I have not commanded them; even I know, and am a witness, saith the LORD.
Then the false prophet Shemaiah wrote that Jeremiah is mad and should be imprisoned.
29:24 Thus shalt thou also speak to Shemaiah the Nehelamite, saying, 29:25 Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying, Because thou hast sent letters in thy name unto all the people that are at Jerusalem, and to Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest, and to all the priests, saying, 29:26 The LORD hath made thee priest in the stead of Jehoiada the priest, that ye should be officers in the house of the LORD, for every man that is mad, and maketh himself a prophet, that thou shouldest put him in prison, and in the stocks. 29:27 Now therefore why hast thou not reproved Jeremiah of Anathoth, which maketh himself a prophet to you? 29:28 For therefore he sent unto us in Babylon, saying, This captivity is long: build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them.
29:29 And Zephaniah the priest read this letter in the ears of Jeremiah the prophet.
Shemaiah is cursed for teaching rebellion against God, teaching that people should follow him and not listen to Jeremiah and the true servants of God.
Even so, the men who teach for doctrines the words of men and lead people astray to follow after themselves in this latter day shall be cursed with very strong correction if they do not quickly repent and turn to a zeal to learn, to teach and to live by every Word of God.
29:30 Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying, 29:31 Send to all them of the captivity, saying, Thus saith the LORD concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite; Because that Shemaiah hath prophesied unto you, and I sent him not, and he caused you to trust in a lie: 29:32 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will punish Shemaiah the Nehelamite, and his seed: he shall not have a man to dwell among this people [he will have no descendants]; neither shall he behold the good that I will do for my people, saith the LORD; because he hath taught rebellion against the LORD.
Jeremiah is told to write all the words of God in a book; and is promised that Judah will return to their land from Babylon in seventy years. The return in the days of Ezra / Nehemiah was a fore-type of the return of all Israel at the beginning of the millennial Sabbath of rest; represented by the weekly Sabbath and the seventh day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
The deliverance of Israel by Messiah the Christ
Jeremiah 30:1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, 30:2 Thus speaketh the LORD God of Israel, saying, Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book.
We know that this speaks of the millennium as well as the past Babylonian captivity, because it speaks of BOTH Judah and Israel returning to the land and that has not yet happened.
30:3 For, lo, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the LORD: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.
The prophecy that BOTH Israel and Judah will return to Palestine and inherit the land as a once again united nation is for the latter days. See this article.
30:4 And these are the words that the LORD spake concerning Israel and concerning Judah.
The correction of the great tribulation, the 42 months of Jacob’s trouble. See these articles about coming events in the immediate future.
30:5 For thus saith the LORD; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace. 30:6 Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness? 30:7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.
Messiah will come and save the children of Jacob and will then deliver all humanity from the yoke of bondage to Satan and sin.
The latter day 42 month yoke of Babylon the Great upon latter day Judah and Israel will be broken at the coming of Christ, and Israel will no longer serve idols of men and false traditions, but they will serve the LORD of Hosts.
30:8 For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will break his yoke [referring to Babylon the Great but spiritually referring to the yoke of bondage to Satan and sin] from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more [After Messiah comes, Israel will no longer serve strange men, neither will they come into bondage to Satan and sin to serve them.] serve themselves of him:
All flesh shall serve the Eternal in the millennium (Joel 2;28).
30:9 But they [all Israel] shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them.
Messiah will bring in a Sabbath millennium of peace to the earth, as represented by the seventh and High Holy Day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. See “The Biblical Spring Festivals” articles.
30:10 Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the LORD; neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him afraid.
We have this promise from God that while he will correct us when we have gone astray, he will also deliver and save the repentant of both physical and spiritual Israel.
30:11 For I am with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet I will not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished.
Today’s physical and spiritual Israel are so evil in the sight of God, that nothing can save us from strong correction.
The great tribulation really is the correction of a merciful God to save us from spiritual destruction for our self-righteous and self-justifying ways.
Today’s Laodicean Ekklesia will suffer greatly along with will physical Israel/Judah, yet after a time we will turn to thank our God for the correction he has administered to us, saving us from ourselves and from our sins.
30:12 For thus saith the LORD, Thy bruise is incurable, and thy wound is grievous. 30:13 There is none to plead thy cause, that thou mayest be bound up: thou hast no healing medicines. 30:14 All thy lovers have forgotten thee; they seek thee not; for I have wounded thee with the wound of an enemy, with the chastisement of a cruel one, for the multitude of thine iniquity; because thy sins were increased. 30:15 Why criest thou for thine affliction? thy sorrow is incurable for the multitude of thine iniquity: because thy sins were increased, I have done these things unto thee.
Once we sincerely repent; God is Mighty to deliver his beloved!
30:16 Therefore all they that devour thee shall be devoured; and all thine adversaries, every one of them, shall go into captivity; and they that spoil thee shall be a spoil, and all that prey upon thee will I give for a prey. 30:17 For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the LORD; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.
When Christ comes with God’s resurrected chosen and the earth is full of repentance and full of the Word of God; Jerusalem and the new Ezekiel Temple will be built and peace will overflow the nations, bringing prosperity with godliness.
30:18 Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will bring again the captivity of Jacob’s tents, and have mercy on his dwellingplaces; and the city shall be builded upon her own heap, and the palace shall remain after the manner thereof.
The whole earth will be filled with the rejoicing of thanksgiving, and full of Christ-like zeal to live by every Word of God!
30:19 And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small. 30:20 Their children also shall be as aforetime, and their congregation shall be established before me, and I will punish all that oppress them.
The leaders of the people will be the resurrected chosen of God, who have proved themselves to be in full spiritual unity with God the Father and Jesus Christ!
30:21 And their nobles shall be of themselves, and their governor shall proceed from the midst of them; and I will cause him to draw near, and he shall approach unto me: for who is this that engaged his heart to approach unto me? saith the LORD.
Then all Israel will be faithful to the Mighty One of Jacob and all the earth will be grafted into the New Covenant spiritual Israel of Jeremiah 31!
30:22 And ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.
The tribulation will destroy wickedness and will humble the nations to accept and to serve the Mighty God!
Even the great pride of today’s Spiritual Ekklesia will be humbled, and they will turn from worshiping [obeying] idols of men and cleaving to false traditions; to serve the Lord God Almighty, to learn of him and to live by every Word of God with true sincerity of heart!
30:23 Behold, the whirlwind of the LORD goeth forth with fury, a continuing whirlwind: it shall fall with pain upon the head of the wicked. 30:24 The fierce anger of the LORD shall not return, until he hath done it, and until he have performed the intents of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it.