Five years later (581 B.C.) in response to the killing of Gedaliah the Babylonian army returned (Jer 52:30) which is why the people fled down to Egypt. Those who believed the promise of safety from God by Jeremiah and remained in the land were deported and not killed while those who had fled to Egypt all died there.
When the Babylonian army was preparing to punish the Ammonites for their attack on governor Gedaliah the people gathered near Bethlehem and asked Jeremiah the prophet to inquire of the Lord as to whether they should stay in Judea or go down into Egypt.
Jeremiah 42:1 Then all the captains of the forces, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and Jezaniah the son of Hoshaiah, and all the people from the least even unto the greatest, came near, 42:2 And said unto Jeremiah the prophet, Let, we beseech thee, our supplication be accepted before thee, and pray for us unto the LORD thy God, even for all this remnant; (for we are left but a few of many, as thine eyes do behold us:) 42:3 That the LORD thy God may shew us the way wherein we may walk, and the thing that we may do.
Jeremiah promised to tell them everything that God would say
42:4 Then Jeremiah the prophet said unto them, I have heard you; behold, I will pray unto the LORD your God according to your words; and it shall come to pass, that whatsoever thing the LORD shall answer you, I will declare it unto you; I will keep nothing back from you.
The people then committed themselves to do whatever the Lord commanded.
We make the very same commitment at our baptism in espousal to Jesus Christ; that we will do whatever the whole Word of God the Father and Jesus Christ require of us.
42:5 Then they said to Jeremiah, The LORD be a true and faithful witness between us, if we do not even according to all things for the which the LORD thy God shall send thee to us. 42:6 Whether it be good, or whether it be evil, we will obey the voice of the LORD our God, to whom we send thee; that it may be well with us, when we obey the voice of the LORD our God.
Then the God Being who later gave up his God-hood to be made flesh revealed his will to Jeremiah who passed on the Word of the LORD to the people.
42:7 And it came to pass after ten days, that the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah. 42:8 Then called he Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces which were with him, and all the people from the least even to the greatest,
God promised the people that if they will remain in the land they would be preserved.
42:9 And said unto them, Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, unto whom ye sent me to present your supplication before him; 42:10 If ye will still abide in this land, then will I build you, and not pull you down, and I will plant you, and not pluck you up: for I repent me of the evil that I have done unto you. 42:11 Be not afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom ye are afraid; be not afraid of him, saith the LORD: for I am with you to save you, and to deliver you from his hand. 42:12 And I will shew mercies unto you, that he may have mercy upon you, and cause you to return to your own land.
The God Being who later became flesh as Jesus Christ [Hebrew: Yeshua Mashiach], then told them what will happen if they do as they think right for themselves and go down to Egypt, ignoring and disobeying the Word of the LORD.
42:13 But if ye say, We will not dwell in this land, neither obey the voice of the LORD your God, 42:14 Saying, No; but we will go into the land of Egypt, where we shall see no war, nor hear the sound of the trumpet, nor have hunger of bread; and there will we dwell:
42:15 And now therefore hear the word of the LORD, ye remnant of Judah; Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; If ye wholly set your faces to enter into Egypt, and go to sojourn there; 42:16 Then it shall come to pass, that the sword, which ye feared, shall overtake you there in the land of Egypt, and the famine, whereof ye were afraid, shall follow close after you there in Egypt; and there ye shall die. 42:17 So shall it be with all the men that set their faces to go into Egypt to sojourn there; they shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence: and none of them shall remain or escape from the evil that I will bring upon them.
The Lord declared that Jerusalem was destroyed because of the wickedness and rebellion of Judah, and that those who remain will also be destroyed if they do not hear and keep the Word of the LORD.
The same thing is true for us today, including the church of God brethren; if we do as we think is right and if we are not zealous to learn and to live by every Word of God; we shall be corrected just as others were corrected in their own great trials.
If God says go; we are to go: and if God says stay; we are to stay!
42:18 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; As mine anger and my fury hath been poured forth upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem; so shall my fury be poured forth upon you, when ye shall enter into Egypt: and ye shall be an execration, and an astonishment, and a curse, and a reproach; and ye shall see this place no more.
Just as they were admonished not to seek safety in Egypt; we are being admonished NOT to seek safety in the spiritual Egypt of idolizing the false traditions of men and corporate organizations; loving them and obeying them more than we love and obey God the Father and Jesus Christ the Husband of our baptismal espousal.
42:19 The LORD hath said concerning you, O ye remnant of Judah; Go ye not into Egypt: know certainly that I have admonished you this day.
They had prayed in the hope that God would confirm their intentions, rather than praying in sincerity to keep the Word of God: and we do the same thing today invoking the name of God the Father and of Jesus Christ, as we do what seems right to us and as we go our own ways contrary to any zeal to obey and live by every Word of God.
42:20 For ye dissembled in your hearts, when ye sent me unto the LORD your God, saying, Pray for us unto the LORD our God; and according unto all that the LORD our God shall say, so declare unto us, and we will do it.
The unrepentant in today’s Spiritual Ekklesia who follow idols of men and do not live by every Word of God, who love their false traditions more than they love God; who exalt their own thoughts and ways above the Word of God: Shall be rejected by God the Father and by Jesus Christ and will be cast into great tribulation (Rev 3:16); even as those ancient wicked people were destroyed for doing the very same thing.
42:21 And now I have this day declared it to you; but ye have not obeyed the voice of the LORD your God, nor any thing for the which he hath sent me unto you. 42:22 Now therefore know certainly that ye shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence, in the place whither ye desire to go and to sojourn.
Then the people in their great pride to go their own ways; rejected the warnings of Jeremiah, calling him a false teacher for telling them the truth from God.
Nothing has changed; today like then, the proud leaders of today’s Spiritual Ekklesia still insist on their own ways instead of a passionate Christ-like zeal to learn and to live by every Word of God.
Yes, one thing has changed; now we have the whole Word of God in print and we are supposed to have God’s Spirit and yet we still reject the warnings to live by every Word of God!
Jeremiah 43:1 And it came to pass, that when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking unto all the people all the words of the LORD their God, for which the LORD their God had sent him to them, even all these words, 43:2 Then spake Azariah the son of Hoshaiah, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the proud men, saying unto Jeremiah, Thou speakest falsely: the LORD our God hath not sent thee to say, Go not into Egypt to sojourn there: 43:3 But Baruch the son of Neriah setteth thee on against us, for to deliver us into the hand of the Chaldeans, that they might put us to death, and carry us away captives into Babylon.
The people rebelled against the Word of the Lord, just as most rebel against the Word of God today; doing whatever they think is right instead of being zealous to learn, keep and follow, every Word of God.
43:4 So Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces, and all the people, obeyed not the voice of the LORD, to dwell in the land of Judah.
Johanan and the leaders took the people down to Egypt in defiance of the Word of God, and compelled Baruch and Jeremiah to go with them.
So it is today, that we will not obey the Word of God to repent of our idolatries and sins; and very, very, soon, at the appointed time when God says through his prophets to leave our land because the time of our correction has come; most people will reject the Word of God and will not leave.
If we were the spiritual children of Abraham, we would do what Abraham did; we would trust and obey God.
43:5 But Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces, took all the remnant of Judah, that were returned from all nations, whither they had been driven, to dwell in the land of Judah; 43:6 Even men, and women, and children, and the king’s daughters, and every person that Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had left with Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Jeremiah the prophet, and Baruch the son of Neriah. 43:7 So they came into the land of Egypt: for they obeyed not the voice of the LORD: thus came they even to Tahpanhes.
When the rebels of Judah arrived at Tahpanhes in the Nile delta; God told Jeremiah that Nebuchadnezzar would set up his pavilion in that very city.
43:8 Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah in Tahpanhes, saying, 43:9 Take great stones in thine hand, and hide them in the clay in the brickkiln, which is at the entry of Pharaoh’s house in Tahpanhes, in the sight of the men of Judah; 43:10 And say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will send and take Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and will set his throne upon these stones that I have hid; and he shall spread his royal pavilion over them.
Nebuchadnezzar was appointed by God to destroy Egypt and the rebels of Judah who love to follow false men more than they loved to follow the Eternal.
Even so today, Babylon the Great of the New Europe has been appointed to correct the apostate Laodicean – Nicolaitane Spiritual Ekklesia; and destroy all our false gods of men, false traditions and organizational loyalty above any zeal to live by every Word of God.
43:11 And when he cometh, he shall smite the land of Egypt, and deliver such as are for death to death; and such as are for captivity to captivity; and such as are for the sword to the sword. 43:12 And I will kindle a fire in the houses of the gods of Egypt; and he shall burn them, and carry them away captives: and he shall array himself with the land of Egypt, as a shepherd putteth on his garment; and he shall go forth from thence in peace. 43:13 He shall break also the images of Bethshemesh, that is in the land of Egypt; and the houses of the gods of the Egyptians shall he burn with fire.
Nebuchadnezzar captured Jerusalem in 597 B.C. and deposed King Jehoiakim. Then in 587 B.C. due to the rebellion of king Zedekiah who was placed on the throne by Nebuchadnezzar, the Babylonian king conquered Jerusalem and in 586 B.C. destroyed both the city and the temple, and deported most of the prominent citizens to Babylon.
These events are described in the Prophets and History sections of the Hebrew Bible (in the books 2 Kings, Jeremiah, and 2 Chronicles, respectively).
After the destruction of Jerusalem, Nebuchadnezzar engaged in a thirteen-year siege of Tyre (585–572 B.C.) which ended in a compromise, with the Tyrians accepting Babylonian authority.
Later following the pacification of the Phoenician state of Tyre, Nebuchadnezzar turned again to Egypt. A clay tablet, now in the British Museum, states: “In the 37th year of Nebuchadnezzar [c 568 B.C.], the king of the country of Babylon went to Mitzraim (Egypt) to wage war.
The city of Jerusalem and the temple were burned on the 9th of Av [fifth month] in c 586 B.C. Some time after that the remaining Jews rebelled against God and went down into Egypt. Later Nebuchadnezzar attacked Egypt in c 568 B.C. destroying the Jews who had fled there.
God again warned the people who had rejected his first warnings and fled down into Egypt, trusting in their own judgment and not trusting or obeying the Word of God.
Jeremiah 44:1 The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the Jews which dwell in the land of Egypt, which dwell at Migdol, and at Tahpanhes, and at Noph, and in the country of Pathros, saying,
The people who had fled to Egypt were rebuked for they had seen Jerusalem destroyed because of the rebellions of the people against God, and yet they insisted on continuing in the same sinful rebellious attitude and deeds.
In this latter day, we are also worthy to be rebuked for having the histories and examples and the scriptural warnings and supposedly having God’s Spirit, and yet we commit the very same sins in rebelling against the Word of God.
How long will it be before we repent and turn to a zeal for the Word of the Mighty One of Jacob?
44:2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Ye have seen all the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, and upon all the cities of Judah; and, behold, this day they are a desolation, and no man dwelleth therein, 44:3 Because of their wickedness which they have committed to provoke me to anger, in that they went to burn incense, and to serve other gods, whom they knew not, neither they, ye, nor your fathers.
We have been warned today from the very Word of God concerning the same sins the ancients were warned against, and like these ancient rebels we will not obey our God and prefer to go our own ways, loving and following idols of men contrary to the Word of God.
44:4 Howbeit I sent unto you all my servants the prophets, rising early and sending them, saying, Oh, do not this abominable thing that I hate. 44:5 But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear to turn from their wickedness, to burn no incense unto other gods.
God sent ancient Israel and Judah into captivity and if we commit the same sins [and we do] he will also correct latter day physical and spiritual Israel.
44:6 Wherefore my fury and mine anger was poured forth, and was kindled in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem; and they are wasted and desolate, as at this day.
Why will we do this great evil to follow idols of men and not be zealous to live by every Word of our God?
44:7 Therefore now thus saith the LORD, the God of hosts, the God of Israel; Wherefore commit ye this great evil against your souls [lives], to cut off from you man and woman, child and suckling, out of Judah, to leave you none to remain; 44:8 In that ye provoke me unto wrath with the works of your hands, burning incense unto other gods in the land of Egypt, whither ye be gone to dwell, that ye might cut yourselves off [from God , and that ye might be a curse and a reproach among all the nations of the earth?
In our own lives we have forgotten the lessons about what befell those who departed from any zeal to obey and live by every Word of God in the past; even though these things were recorded and preserved for our instruction.
44:9 Have ye forgotten the wickedness of your fathers, and the wickedness of the kings of Judah, and the wickedness of their wives, and your own wickedness, and the wickedness of your wives, which they have committed in the land of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem? 44:10 They are not humbled even unto this day, neither have they feared, nor walked in my law, nor in my statutes, that I set before you and before your fathers.
Just as those who went down into Egypt rather than obey the Word of the Lord were corrected; even so the latter day physical and spiritual Israel which has fallen away from any zeal to learn and keep the Word of God and has fallen into the same sins of the ancients, will also be corrected in great tribulation.
44:11 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will set my face against you for evil, and to cut off all Judah. 44:12 And I will take the remnant of Judah, that have set their faces to go into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, and they shall all be consumed, and fall in the land of Egypt; they shall even be consumed by the sword and by the famine: they shall die, from the least even unto the greatest, by the sword and by the famine: and they shall be an execration, and an astonishment, and a curse, and a reproach.
Jesus Christ will correct us for returning to the spiritual Egypt of bondage to the sins of idolizing men and the false traditions of men and loving men and organizations more than we love God our Father and Messiah the Christ the Husband of our baptismal commitment.
44:13 For I will punish them that dwell in the land of Egypt, as I have punished Jerusalem, by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence: 44:14 So that none of the remnant of Judah, which are gone into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, shall escape or remain, that they should return into the land of Judah, to the which they have a desire to return to dwell there: for none shall return but such as shall escape.
Then the people who had gone into Egypt rejected the final warnings of God through Jeremiah, just as so many reject God’s warnings today.
44:15 Then all the men which knew that their wives had burned incense unto other gods, and all the women that stood by, a great multitude, even all the people that dwelt in the land of Egypt, in Pathros, answered Jeremiah, saying, 44:16 As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the LORD, we will not hearken unto thee.
The people remained committed to their idolatry and rebellion against the Word of God, just as today’s Spiritual Ekklesia is committed to our idols of men and false traditions
The queen of heaven had many names like Easter, Astarte, Diana etc., but the title originated with Semiramis the founder of the Babylonian Mysteries with her husband Nimrod.
44:17 But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.
These evil people attributed their problems to not being zealous enough for their idols and did not accept that God was correcting them for worshiping idols in rebellion against God.
This is the same today as people argue over which man to follow and think their problems are due to not being zealous enough for their corporate idols; and almost no one is zealous to follow every Word of God.
44:18 But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine. 44:19 And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink offerings unto her, without our men?
Jeremiah clearly told them that their correction has come upon them because of their idolatry and not being zealous to learn and follow the whole Word of God. Even so, a great correction is close at hand for all those who today will not repent of idolizing men and the Babylonian Mysteries church governance system of the Nicolaitanes.
44:20 Then Jeremiah said unto all the people, to the men, and to the women, and to all the people which had given him that answer, saying, 44:21 The incense that ye burned in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, ye, and your fathers, your kings, and your princes, and the people of the land, did not the LORD remember them, and came it not into his mind? 44:22 So that the LORD could no longer bear, because of the evil of your doings, and because of the abominations which ye have committed; therefore is your land a desolation, and an astonishment, and a curse, without an inhabitant, as at this day.
The vast majority of today’s Spiritual Ekklesia are in grave danger of imminent rejection by Jesus Christ (Rev 3:16) into the great tribulation of correction for their rebellion against God the Father and Jesus Christ, because they love idols of men more than they love and live by the Word of God!
Those who fall into the tribulation of great correction will be humbled and made to understand that they fell into that correction by accepting the Babylonian Mysteries governance system of following men, and of not being zealous to live by every Word of God.
Because we are hot for our idols of men and organizations and COLD to learn and keep the whole Word of God we will be sternly corrected.
Because we pay lip service to God and we pray to God, and then we remain unrepentant in our sins of exalting and following men away from God and his Word, we will surely be rejected into severe correction.
44:23 Because ye have burned incense [burned incense to idols, figurative of praying to idols and not to God], and because ye have sinned against the LORD, and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD, nor walked in his law, nor in his statutes, nor in his testimonies; therefore this evil is happened unto you, as at this day.
44:24 Moreover Jeremiah said unto all the people, and to all the women, Hear the word of the LORD, all Judah that are in the land of Egypt:
Because we remain loyal to men and organizations and the Babylonian System of exalting men in place of God; we shall surely be corrected in great tribulation unless we quickly repent.
44:25 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying; Ye and your wives have both spoken with your mouths, and fulfilled with your hand, saying, We will surely perform our vows that we have vowed, to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her: ye will surely accomplish your vows, and surely perform your vows.
The God Being who later gave up his God-hood to be made flesh as Jesus Christ corrected the wicked of the past that did these things; and he will also correct us for our rebellion against living by every Word of God!
44:26 Therefore hear ye the word of the LORD, all Judah that dwell in the land of Egypt; Behold, I have sworn by my great name, saith the LORD, that my name shall no more be named in the mouth of any man of Judah in all the land of Egypt, saying, The Lord GOD liveth. 44:27 Behold, I will watch over them for evil, and not for good: and all the men of Judah that are in the land of Egypt shall be consumed by the sword and by the famine, until there be an end of them.
This correction came upon the ancients of Judah and it is coming on today’s physical and spiritual Israel so that the proud who stand on their own imaginations and false traditions will KNOW that their ways are WRONG and that the whole Word of God is the truth.
44:28 Yet a small number that escape the sword shall return out of the land of Egypt into the land of Judah, and all the remnant of Judah, that are gone into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, shall know whose words shall stand, mine, or their’s.
44:29 And this shall be a sign unto you, saith the LORD, that I will punish you in this place, that ye may know that my words shall surely stand against you for evil: 44:30 Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will give Pharaohhophra king of Egypt into the hand of his enemies, and into the hand of them that seek his life; as I gave Zedekiah king of Judah into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, his enemy, and that sought his life.