God warns us that in this time of wickedness and the approaching correction of the nations that it is NOT the time to think of amassing physical things. Instead we should be striving with a whole heart to internalize and live by every Word of God; which is spiritual riches beyond estimation that will last forever!
Jeremiah 45:1 The word that Jeremiah the prophet spake unto Baruch the son of Neriah, when he had written these words in a book at the mouth of Jeremiah, in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, saying, 45:2 Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, unto thee, O Baruch: 45:3 Thou didst say, Woe is me now! for the LORD hath added grief to my sorrow; I fainted in my sighing, and I find no rest.
45:4 Thus shalt thou say unto him, The LORD saith thus; Behold, that which I have built will I break down, and that which I have planted I will pluck up, even this whole land. 45:5 And seekest thou great things for thyself? seek them not: for, behold, I will bring evil upon all flesh, saith the LORD: but thy life will I give unto thee for a prey in all places whither thou goest.
Jeremiah 44 concluded with the fall of Jerusalem in 587 B.C. and the actions of Gedaliah, Ishmael and Johanan, and the Jews fleeing into Egypt.
The Jeremiah 46 prophecy is placed out of its proper order [this is one of the first prophecies of Jeremiah made early in his ministry which began in 627 B.C.], and is a prophecy against the Egyptian army which would be destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar near the Euphrates river at the battle of Carchemish in 605 B.C.; and dually this is a prophecy of the latter day captivity of Egypt by Babylon to the king of the North.
Jeremiah 46:1 The word of the LORD which came to Jeremiah the prophet against the Gentiles; 46:2 Against Egypt, against the army of Pharaohnecho king of Egypt, which was by the river Euphrates in Carchemish, which Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon smote in the fourth year of Jehoiakim [604 B.C.] the son of Josiah king of Judah.
Jehoiakim was king of Judah from 608 to 598 BCE. He was the eldest son of king Josiah by Zebidah, the daughter of Pedaiah of Rumah, his birth name was Eliakim.
46:3 Order ye the buckler and shield, and draw near to battle. 46:4 Harness the horses; and get up, ye horsemen, and stand forth with your helmets; furbish the spears, and put on the brigandines. 46:5 Wherefore have I seen them dismayed and turned away back? and their mighty ones are beaten down, and are fled apace, and look not back: for fear was round about, saith the LORD.
Egypt and Babylon were contending for dominance of the whole Middle East at that time.
46:6 Let not the swift flee away, nor the mighty man escape; they [Egypt] shall stumble, and fall toward the north by the river Euphrates. 46:7 Who is this that cometh up as a flood, whose waters [armies] are moved as the rivers? 46:8 Egypt riseth up like a flood, and his waters are moved like the rivers; and he saith, I will go up, and will cover the earth; I will destroy the city and the inhabitants thereof. 46:9 Come up, ye horses; and rage, ye chariots; and let the mighty men come forth; the Ethiopians and the Libyans, that handle the shield; and the Lydians, that handle and bend the bow.
The term “day of the LORD” is used here to describe the victory of the armies of Babylon which are backed by God in destroying the advancing Egyptians at the battle of Carchemish.
The allied Egyptian and Assyrian armies were defeated by the allied armies of Babylon, the Medes, Persians and Scythians led by Nebuchadnezzar at Carchemish in 605 – 604 B.C.. Research sources
46:10 For this is the day of the Lord GOD of hosts, a day of vengeance, that he may avenge him of his adversaries: and the sword shall devour, and it shall be satiate and made drunk with their blood: for the Lord GOD of hosts hath a sacrifice in the north country by the river Euphrates.
The following is directed to the virgin daughter of Egypt – the latter day descendants of Egypt – referring to the latter day dominance of Egypt by the king of the North, the latter day “Babylon the Great” of the now rising New Europe (Dan 11:42).
46:11 Go up into Gilead, and take balm, O virgin, the daughter of Egypt: in vain shalt thou use many medicines; for thou shalt not be cured. 46:12 The nations have heard of thy shame, and thy cry hath filled the land: for the mighty man hath stumbled against the mighty, and they are fallen both together.
The following is a prophecy that the defeat of the Egyptian armies at Euphrates would eventually bring the Babylonians down on Egypt itself; referring to the invasion of Egypt by Nebuchadnezzar in 568 B.C. which came after the fall of Jerusalem in 587 B.C. and after Johanan and the Jews went down to Egypt.
In warning these Jews not to go down to Egypt after 587 B.C., God through Jeremiah said nothing new but was only repeating what had been prophesied against Egypt as early as 627 B.C. when Jeremiah began his ministry.
After the fall of Jerusalem in 587 B.C. and its destruction the next year, Nebuchadnezzar later invaded Egypt. Wiki: A clay tablet, now in the British Museum, states: “In the 37th year of Nebuchadnezzar [568 B.C.], king of the country of Babylon, he went to Mitzraim (Egypt) to wage war.
46:13 The word that the LORD spake to Jeremiah the prophet, how Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon should come and smite the land of Egypt.
46:14 Declare ye in Egypt, and publish in Migdol, and publish in Noph and in Tahpanhes: say ye, Stand fast, and prepare thee; for the sword shall devour round about thee.
The mighty men of Egypt were swept away by the Lord of Hosts who went before the king of Babylon to execute his judgment against Egypt and against the Jews who had rebelled against God to flee there with Johanan.
46:15 Why are thy valiant men swept away? they stood not, because the LORD did drive them. 46:16 He made many to fall, yea, one fell upon another: and they said, Arise, and let us go again to our own people, and to the land of our nativity, from the oppressing sword.
The ruler of Egypt was as nothing before God and the king of Babylon.
46:17 They did cry there, Pharaoh king of Egypt is but a noise; he hath passed the time appointed.
46:18 As I live, saith the King, whose name is the LORD of hosts, Surely as Tabor is among the mountains, and as Carmel [is] by the sea, so shall he [Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon] come [against Egypt].
Just as Nebuchadnezzar invaded ancient Egypt, so modern Egypt will be dominated and controlled by the rising New Europe (Dan 11:42-43).
46:19 O thou daughter dwelling in Egypt [the latter day descendants of], furnish [prepare for] thyself to go into captivity: for Noph shall be waste and desolate without an inhabitant.
Today Egypt will be a very good prize with the recently expanded Suez Canal and will fall into the lap of Europe like a ripe plum while the US goes into economic collapse.
46:20 Egypt is like a very fair heifer, but destruction cometh; it cometh out of the north. 46:21 Also her hired men are in the midst of her like fatted bullocks; for they also are turned back, and are fled away together: they did not stand, because the day of their calamity was come upon them, and the time of their visitation.
The forests of [the men and armies] of Egypt were hewn down and she was overcome by the army of Nebuchadnezzar.
46:22 The voice thereof shall go like a serpent; for they shall march with an army, and come against her with axes, as hewers of wood.
Even if Egypt had been filled with innumerable men of war like grasshoppers, they would have still fallen to Nebuchadnezzar because God was with him; and in this latter day God will be against the nations of Judah, Israel and Egypt for all our sins.
46:23 They shall cut down her forest [trees being symbolic of men], saith the LORD, though it cannot be searched [though the numbers of Egyptians are too large to be counted]; because they are more than the grasshoppers, and are innumerable.
46:24 The daughter [modern descendants of] of Egypt shall be confounded; she shall be delivered into the hand of the people of the north [the king of the North, the New Europe, Babylon the Great; the last heir of the Babylonian system].
After the latter day captivity of Egypt and those who trust in Egypt to today’s New Federal Europe Babylon the Great; Israel, Judah and Egypt will be revived by Christ at his coming and shall prosper.
46:25 The LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saith; Behold, I will punish the multitude of No, and Pharaoh, and Egypt, with their gods, and their kings; even Pharaoh, and all them that trust in him: 46:26 And I will deliver them into the hand of those that seek their lives, and into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and into the hand of his servants: and afterward it shall be inhabited, as in the days of old, saith the LORD.
Just as the ancients were delivered into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar, the latter day descendants of Egypt and her allies will be overcome by the New Europe of the final Babylon the Great.
Jesus Christ the Great Deliverer will come to deliver his people Judah, and all Israel and the nations will be humbled and will turn to God the Father and Messiah the Christ with great rejoicing when he comes.
Even so the chosen over-comers will rejoice at their resurrection and their full marriage to the Lamb (Rev 15)! See also The Marriage of the Lamb and the Song of Moses and also The Marriage of the Lamb
46:27 But fear not thou, O my servant Jacob, and be not dismayed, O Israel: for, behold, I will save thee from afar off, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and be in rest and at ease, and none shall make him afraid. 46:28 Fear thou not, O Jacob my servant, saith the LORD: for I am with thee; for I will make a full end of all the nations whither I have driven thee: but I will not make a full end of thee, but correct thee in measure; yet will I not leave thee wholly unpunished.
A prophecy concerning Gaza
After defeating the Egyptians and Assyrians at Carchemish on the Euphrates in 604 B.C. the Babylonians moved into the Philistine plain the next year and devastated Ashkelon.
Jeremiah 47:1 The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet against the Philistines, before that Pharaoh smote Gaza.
The king of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar, conquered Gaza after defeating Egypt at Carchemish
47:2 Thus saith the LORD; Behold, waters [armies] rise up out of the north [Nebuchadnezzar and Babylon] and shall be an overflowing flood, and shall overflow the land [Gaza], and all that is therein; the city, and them that dwell therein: then the men shall cry, and all the inhabitants of the land shall howl.
47:3 At the noise of the stamping of the hoofs of his strong horses, at the rushing of his chariots, and at the rumbling of his wheels, the fathers shall not look back to their children for feebleness of hands;
47:4 Because of the day that cometh to spoil all the Philistines, and to cut off from Tyrus and Zidon every helper that remaineth: for the LORD will spoil the Philistines, the remnant of the country of Caphtor.
Years later after the fall of Jerusalem in 587 B.C. and the destruction of the city and temple in 586 B.C. Nebuchadnezzar again attacked Gaza and this time also engaged in a thirteen-year siege of Tyre (585–572 BC) which ended in a compromise, with the Tyrians accepting Babylonian authority. Then in 568 B.C.Nebuchadnezzar again swept through Gaza to attack Egypt.
47:5 Baldness is come upon Gaza; Ashkelon is cut off with the remnant of their valley: how long wilt thou cut thyself? 47:6 O thou sword of the LORD, how long will it be ere thou be quiet? put up thyself into thy scabbard, rest, and be still.
Nebuchadnezzar the sword of the Eternal, was against Ashkelon and Gaza, and God exalted Nebuchadnezzar and Babylon above the whole region .
47:7 How can it be quiet, seeing the LORD hath given it a charge against Ashkelon, and against the sea shore? there hath he appointed it.
Today although overwhelmed by Palestinian refugees, Gaza is still the land of the descendants of the Philistines.
In our latter days there will be a different scenario as Gaza will ally itself with the king of the North, the rising Babylon the Great of the New Europe; and shall rejoice along with the Palestinians, Syria, the Arabians, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan (Psalm 83) over the fall of Judah and Egypt; but in the third year the men of Asia will overwhelm all these countries when Europe falls out with Asia and attacks Asia (Dan 11:44).
After the coming war to destroy the Gaza militants and then a peace deal is agreed, the extremist Jewish Settler Movement will break the new peace agreement and Gaza will ally itself with the New Europe
Then when the New Europe attacks Asia after two years, the armies of Asia shall come pouring into the Middle East where the European political leader and the final false prophet have taken refuge (Dan 11:45).
In ancient times Babylon conquered these nations, but in our day many of these nations [Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Gaza and the Palestinians and Turkey Psalm 83] will be allied with the New Europe [Babylon] and will conquer the Jewish State and take control of Egypt only to be be destroyed by the armies of Asia.