Jeremiah 4 – 5

Jeremiah 4

When physical Israel and Judah repent at the coming of Messiah the Christ, they will again be planted in Palestine and shall remain on their land as long as they are faithful to God.

If the called out to a kind of spiritual Israel of the New Covenant sincerely repent and turn to their God, with all their hearts; in a revival of restoring the righteousness of living by every Word of God:  They will have a part in the resurrection to spirit of the Chosen and shall receive eternal life.

The unrepentant shall be corrected and if they still will not repent; they shall be rejected.

Jeremiah 4:1 If thou wilt return, O Israel, saith the LORD, return unto me: and if thou wilt put away thine abominations out of my sight, then shalt thou not remove. 4:2 And thou shalt swear, The LORD liveth, in truth, in judgment, and in righteousness; and the nations shall bless themselves in him, and in him shall they glory.

Sow the seed of righteousness by keeping the whole Word of God.

4:3 For thus saith the LORD to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.

Let us circumcise our hearts by sincere repentance, removing the barrier of sin that separates us from sensitivity to and living by every Word of God.

4:4 Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, and take away the foreskins of your heart, ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem: lest my fury come forth like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.

Let the unrepentant protect themselves if they can; for the Lord is bringing imminent correction on physical and spiritual Israel.  Our ONLY defense is sincere repentance and running to the arms of our Mighty God.  

As Judah and Jerusalem could not defend themselves in those days because God was against them for all their unrepentant wickedness, so it is in our day

4:5 Declare ye in Judah, and publish in Jerusalem; and say, Blow ye the trumpet in the land: cry, gather together, and say, Assemble yourselves, and let us go into the defenced cities. 4:6 Set up the standard toward Zion: retire, stay not: for I [God] will bring evil [destruction] from the north, and a great destruction.

As the great destroyer of Jerusalem and Judah, Babylon the Great came and destroyed Jerusalem in those days; Today a New Babylon the Great is rising again and will again come against the wicked of physical and spiritual Judah; and this time Israel shall fall with them (Hosea 5:5).

4:7 The lion [Nebuchadnezzar in Tammuz [the fourth month] 587 B.C.; and now the final King of the North, Babylon the Great of the rising New Europe]  is come up from his thicket, and the destroyer of the [The Gentile destroyer conqueror] Gentiles is on his way; he is gone forth from his place to make thy land desolate; and thy cities shall be laid waste, without an inhabitant.

Repent in the bitterness of deep sorrow, for the anger of God the Father and Jesus Christ is coming upon BOTH physical and spiritual Israel; including the spiritual Ekklesia of today who have turned away from zeal for the God of their salvation; for which cause they will be rejected out of the body of Christ into strong correction (Rev 5:15).

4:8 For this gird you with sackcloth [mourning and humility], lament and howl: for the fierce anger of the LORD is not turned back from us.

Just as the religious leaders were astonished when Jerusalem fell and the temple was burned in c 587 B.C.  When our own latter day correction comes, our ministry and would be prophets will be astonished and astounded that they were absolutely wrong.  Then they will be humbled before God

4:9 And it shall come to pass at that day, saith the LORD, that the heart [courage] of the king [ruler, leader] shall perish, and the heart [courage] of the princes [mighty men]; and the priests shall be astonished, and the prophets shall wonder.

Jeremiah exclaims that the people are deceived, thinking they would have peace, when God had determined that the city would fall to Nebuchadnezzar. 

In this latter day, 1 Thessalonians 5:3 is a warning that when we think that we have achieved peace and safety then sudden, immediate, by surprise, destruction will come upon us.

When they shall declare peace and safety; sudden, immediate destruction will come.  The peace process is now gearing up although it may take a little time to reach a deal. 

Prepare yourselves; turn to your God in sincere repentance. Love God the Father enough to live by every Word of God, and love Jesus Christ enough to learn and do what he says; instead of loving your idols of men!  Prove all things and follow men ONLY as they zealously follow Jesus Christ and God the Father in heaven!

4:10 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! surely thou hast greatly deceived this people and Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall have peace; whereas the sword reacheth unto the soul.

Just as it fell on Judah and Jerusalem in c 587 B.C., a fierce wind of destruction will fall upon the unrepentant of physical and spiritual Israel in our own time.

4:11 At that time shall it be said to this people and to Jerusalem, A dry wind of the high places in the wilderness toward the daughter of my people, not to fan, nor to cleanse, 4:12 Even a full wind from those places shall come unto me: now also will I give sentence against them.

The enemy will come in a heated rush with his vehicles and his armies against Jerusalem, and will occupy the city for 42 months (Rev 11).

The repentant will be measured out and preserved, but the unrepentant who are far from God will be corrected. 

In this scripture remember that the temple of God is his called out; the inner court of the temple refers to those who sincerely repent and are close to and zealous for the whole Word of God.  The outer court refers to these who are far from God, not being zealous to keep all God’s will and ways.

Revelation 11  And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple [the inner court of the faithful Ekklesia]  of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. 11:2 But the court which is without the temple [the apostate Ekklesia of Laodicea] leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city [Jerusalem, representative of all Judah and Israel the Laodicean Ekklesia]  shall they tread under foot forty and two months.

Jeremiah 4:13 Behold, he shall come up as clouds [as clouds race across the sky], and his chariots [military vehicles] shall be as a whirlwind [quick and speedy]: his horses [vehicles] are swifter than eagles. Woe unto us! for we are spoiled.

Repent quickly so that we might be spared such affliction

4:14 O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved. How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee? 4:15 For a voice declareth from Dan, and publisheth affliction from mount Ephraim.

The sins of Judah and Jerusalem were known to God in Tammuz [the fourth month] 587 B.C.    and God brought Judah down because she would not repent.  Today the wickedness of spiritual and physical Israel are known unto God and our correction is at hand.

4:16 Make ye mention to the nations; behold, publish against Jerusalem, that watchers come from a far country, and give out their voice against the cities of Judah. 4:17 As keepers [defenders] of a field, are they against her round about; because she hath been rebellious against me, saith the LORD.

In this latter day Judah and Israel shall fall together (Hosea 5:5) and when we are in tribulation, we will remember that this is God’s just correction for our departure from the Word of God.

4:18 Thy way and thy doings have procured these things unto thee; this is thy wickedness, because it is bitter, because it reacheth unto thine heart.

Jeremiah cries out in anguish, physically sick; for the coming suffering of Judah and Jerusalem; and even greater suffering will come upon us in this latter day.

4:19 My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my heart maketh a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war. 4:20 Destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land is spoiled: suddenly are my tents spoiled, and my curtains in a moment.

Today the Spiritual Ekklesia are wise in their own eyes and for their own ways; but they are foolish concerning the ways of God, because they lack zeal to live by every Word of God and instead do that which is right in their own eyes; blindly obeying idols of men without question.

4:21 How long shall I see the standard, and hear the sound of the trumpet? 4:22 For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.

The land of those who depart from our God will be made desolate and men on it shall be made scarce; until we sincerely repent and turn to an intense zeal for our God.  

As these things happened to Judah in Tammuz [the fourth month] 587 B.C. as a fore type; they will come upon BOTH Judah and Israel in their fullness in the next few years.

4:23 I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light. 4:24 I beheld the mountains [governments], and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills [lesser governments, authorities] moved lightly.

4:25 I beheld, and, lo, there was no [very few men left] man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled.

4:26 I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, and by his fierce anger.

Yet, Messiah the Christ will come to save what is left and to deliver a finally humbled and repentant humanity.

4:27 For thus hath the LORD said, The whole land shall be desolate; yet will I not make a full end.

The end time day of the Lord

4:28 For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black; because I have spoken it, I have purposed it, and will not repent, neither will I turn back from it. 4:29 The whole city [of Jerusalem] shall flee for the noise of the horsemen and bowmen [when the armies of Asia come up against Messiah at Jerusalem]; they shall go into thickets, and climb up upon the rocks: every city shall be forsaken, and not a man dwell therein.

In this latter day when Jerusalem and Judah are occupied and the ten tribes of Israel [America and the British etc etc] are defeated, no nation will save us and our idols of men will not deliver us.

4:30 And when thou art spoiled, what wilt thou do? Though thou clothest thyself with crimson, though thou deckest thee with ornaments of gold, though thou rentest thy face with painting, in vain shalt thou make thyself fair; thy lovers [friends and allies] will despise thee, they will seek thy life.

The earth is about to give birth to a new order; it will not be the satanic order envisaged by men;  it will be the kingdom of God; with Jesus Christ and his resurrected Chosen replacing the kingdom of Satan and all present worldly governments. 

When Judah and Israel [including spiritual Israel] are brought to sincere repentance to accept their Mighty One; they will be saved; and salvation shall flow out from Jerusalem to cover the whole earth with the whole Word of God.

4:31 For I have heard a voice as of a woman in travail, and the anguish as of her that bringeth forth her first child, the voice of the daughter of Zion, that bewaileth herself, that spreadeth her hands, saying, Woe is me now! for my soul is wearied because of murderers.

 

Jeremiah 5

Just as Jerusalem in Jeremiah’s day would have been pardoned if they had repented, so today’s Ekklesia would be pardoned and preserved if only they would turn back to their God. 

In this latter day physical Judah and Israel must be corrected again just as they were corrected in the past; but the Ekklesia who are faithful like Lot was, have an opportunity to escape before the harsh correction falls on us,  just like Lot was removed from Sodom and preserved.

Jeremiah 5:1 Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth; and I will pardon it.

We call ourselves the people of God, yet we refuse to have any zeal to live by the Word of God.  Instead our zeal is to exalt our little tin gods of men, false traditions and corporate entities above the Word of God.

Yes, we pay lip service to God and claim to be godly, but our actions are very far from the Word of God. 

5:2 And though they say, The LORD liveth; surely they swear falsely.

In spite of all  our troubles and schisms we refuse to repent and turn to a zeal to live by every Word of Almighty God.  Oh, the work that could be done if each person turned in zeal for the whole Word of God! 

When will we learn that it is not the work of our hands; but the work of the Master Builder: that is of lasting value.  We build great buildings only to see them destroyed with time. 

Jesus Christ is building a temple of men that will be glorious and will last forever.  Why not turn to him to learn and live by every Word of God so that we may become one in complete unity with God, and become a part of the Temple of God the Father?

5:3 O LORD, are not thine eyes upon the truth? thou hast stricken them, but they have not grieved; thou hast consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return.  5:4 Therefore I said, Surely these are poor; they are foolish: for they know not the way of the LORD, nor the judgment of their God.

As the great men of Judah resisted godliness, so the great men of the Ekklesia in the latter day congregations, have broken their Covenant of espousal to  Christ and thrown off his yoke, to serve themselves and their false gods of men.

5:5 I will get me unto the great men, and will speak unto them; for they have known the way of the LORD, and the judgment of their God: but these have altogether broken the yoke, and burst the bonds.

As they were corrected in the past so our correction is close at hand today.  These animals are types of violent men and nations.

5:6 Wherefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, and a wolf of the evenings shall spoil them, a leopard shall watch over their cities: every one that goeth out thence shall be torn in pieces: because their transgressions are many, and their backslidings are increased.

Just as Judah followed their idols in the past, today the brethren commit spiritual adultery with their false gods of men and corporations, exalting the traditions of men above the Word of God.

Look about and see the many organizations which  idolize men to the point that they will exalt the words of men above the scriptures. See how, that when they find themselves wrong and their ideas disproved from the scriptures, their last resort is to claim that they are right because it was approved by some man or corporation.  

Today most of the Ekklesia will not repent for they have put their trust in idols men and not in our Mighty Savior!

Our disgraceful idolatry and spiritual adultery against our espousal to Jesus Christ, is a matter that very many are exceeding proud of; therefore they will not repent.

5:7 How shall I pardon thee for this? thy children have forsaken me, and sworn by them that are no gods: when I had fed them to the full, they then committed adultery, and assembled themselves by troops in the harlots’ houses.

We are like the worldly adulterer who commits adultery with many, and forgets their obligation to be faithful to their spouse and all his teachings and commandments.  We chase after every clever doctrine of men and commit many spiritual adulteries against the baptismal commitment of our espousal.  

Today the Ekklesia is full of pride thinking that they have need of nothing (Rev 3:17) and still they live by the words of idols of men, committing gross spiritual adultery,  and refuse to live by every Word of God

5:8 They were as fed horses in the morning: every one neighed after his neighbour’s wife. 5:9 Shall I not visit for these things? saith the LORD: and shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?

Physical and spiritual Israel and Judah have departed from God and are filled with wickedness, yet it is spiritual Israel who is greatly to blame for we have not cried out and told the nations their sins with the true gospel message of warning and repentance:  Therefore their blood is on our heads.

Ezekiel  33:2   Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman: 33:3 If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; 33:4 Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. 33:5 He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.

Brethren, the elders, leaders and watchmen have a command from Almighty God to: 

Isaiah 58  Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.

It is because there was no one doing this and showing the sins of the brethren to the brethren so that they might hear and sincerely repent to return and to zealously serve the Eternal; that I am come.  

Brethren of the church of God; Why is there no one to proclaim the sins of the people and turn them to a passion for their Husband, the love of their youth?  Why will today’s elders and leaders lead the Ekklesia into the sin of following them, instead of proclaiming the warning, and teaching sincere repentance and a passionate zeal for the truth?   

I have no choice but to stand in the breach, for the guilt of the blood of the unwarned people will be upon me if I do not speak out.

Ezekiel 33:6 But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.

Ezekiel is set up by God as the Watchman of Israel for his day and for our day through his writings.

33:7 So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.

It was Ezekiel’s personal responsibility to warn and call to repentance; physical and spiritual Judah and Israel.  ALL of the leaders, elders and brethren have this same duty to proclaim the gospel of warning, repentance and the way to salvation; to turn people away from all sin and teach a passionate zeal to learn and to keep the whole Word of God!

Today the Ekklesia has utterly failed in our obligation to cry out the message of warning, repentance and of keeping the whole Word of God (Isaiah 58); for we will not even repent to live by every Word of God ourselves.

Jeremiah 5:10 Go ye up upon her walls, and destroy; but make not a full end: take away her battlements; for they are not the LORD’s. 5:11 For the house of Israel and the house of Judah have dealt very treacherously against me, saith the LORD.

Because we reject the Word of God, which warns of the greater responsibility of the Ekklesia; and because we will not repent to turn to a righteous zeal to live by every Word of God; and because we make others to follow us in our own ways and not to follow God the Father and Jesus Christ; our own correction is close at hand.

5:12 They have belied the LORD, and said, It is not he; neither shall evil come upon us; neither shall we see sword nor famine: 5:13 And the prophets shall become wind, and the word is not in them: thus shall it be done unto them. 5:14 Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.

A great power is now rising in Europe and will occupy the Jewish State but not necessarily occupy America.  Nevertheless America and the British peoples will be brought down over 42 months (Dan 12:7).

5:15 Lo, I will bring a nation upon you from far, O house of Israel, saith the LORD: it is a mighty nation, it is an ancient nation, a nation whose language thou knowest not, neither understandest what they say. 5:16 Their quiver is as an open sepulchre, they are all mighty men. 5:17 And they shall eat up thine harvest, and thy bread, which thy sons and thy daughters should eat: they shall eat up thy flocks and thine herds: they shall eat up thy vines and thy fig trees: they shall impoverish thy fenced cities, wherein thou trustedst, with the sword.

When Judah was carried into captivity in Babylon, those who were humbled and sincerely repentant were allowed to return to the land of Judah.

Today, when Israel and Judah are humbled and sincerely repentant and ready to accept and live by every Word of God and follow Messiah the Christ; then he will come to deliver those that remain.

5:18 Nevertheless in those days, saith the LORD, I will not make a full end with you.

God did not allow Nebuchadnezzar to make a full end of Judah, and today God will not allow the New Europe of Babylon the Great to make a full end of us either.

This New Europe is now rising and the correction of physical and spiritual Israel is near at hand. 

This is coming because we have departed from the whole Word of God to serve our false traditions and corporate idols and idols of men; loving and following them more than loving and living by every Word of God.

Our correction is coming because of the overspreading of our abominations against the Word of God. 

5:19 And it shall come to pass, when ye shall say, Wherefore doeth the LORD our God all these things unto us? then shalt thou answer them, Like as ye have forsaken me [God], and served strange gods [obeyed others instead of obeying God] in your land, so shall ye serve strangers in a land that is not your’s.

The faithful are commanded to declare the greatness of our Mighty Creator to the Ekklesia and to the nations who have departed from the whole Word of God to follow idols of men and false ways. 

5:20 Declare this in the house of Jacob, and publish it in Judah, saying, 5:21 Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not:

The Creator made the sea and set its boundaries; what is man that he should do what is right in his own eyes and reject the wisdom of the Creator God?

5:22 Fear ye not me? saith the LORD: will ye not tremble at my presence, which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it: and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it?

We idolize and worship men and our own false traditions above the Word of God; instead of the Mighty One who gives us our bread in season.   

Oh, we pay lips-service to God the Father and Jesus Christ; but we do what is right in our own imaginations and have no zeal to live by every Word of God (Mat 4:4).

5:23 But this people hath a revolting and a rebellious heart; they are revolted and gone. 5:24 Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear the LORD our God, that giveth rain, both the former and the latter, in his season: he reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest.

Our sins have brought us disaster in our nations, and disaster within our organizations;  the spiritual Ekklesia is supposed to be the salt that makes our nation with its wickedness endurable to God; and we have turned away from our God and have lost our savor with him. 

5:25 Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you.

Today’s corporate churches have many elders, leaders and brethren who appear godly on the outside; but who are not godly in their deeds, doing what they think is right [like Eve in the garden] and refusing to live by every Word of God.

5:26 For among my people [BOTH Physical and Spiritual Israel] are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men. 5:27 As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich. 5:28 They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge.

Will Christ not correct us for our departure from him and from  the righteousness of God’s Word?

5:29 Shall I not visit for these things? saith the LORD: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?

The brethren have been taught to just sit back and do whatever they are told by men without question.  They are inclined to the easy way of spiritual indolence and lethargy.  They are content to let others rule over them with rigor and they love to have it so. 

Why do most of the brethren not question and test all things by the Word of God? 

They are spiritually lazy, preferring to make idols of men; they do not value their salvation or the birthright of their calling and they are afraid of taking personal responsibility before God. 

They want what they think is the easy way, and they hope that when God judges them they can get away with:  “We were faithful to do what the elder told us”: The “we were just following orders” NAZI excuse!

It won’t work brethren; each and every person is personally responsible for their own actions.

5:30 A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land; 5:31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?

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