Lamentations is a lament over the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple on 9 Av [midsummer] 586 B.C. by the king of Babylon; it is also prophetic of the fall of the city to the Romans [the heirs of Babylon] at the end of the first half of the 70th week [the 3 1/2 year siege by the Romans] ending in 70 A.D., and of the final latter day fall again of Jerusalem to the now rising New Europe to begin the second half of the 70th week of Daniel 9 in our time.
The term “daughter” refers to the latter day descendant of.
Jerusalem was the place that God chose for his temple, and Jerusalem will be the capital of the King of kings and the site of the Ezekiel Temple of God the Father.
As the capital city, Jerusalem represents the whole nation of Israel and Judah; and as the location of God’s Temple, Jerusalem also represents the spiritual Temple of the Called Out of the New Covenant Ekklesia in whom God dwells through His Spirit.
Just as God corrects physical Israel/Judah who rebel against him; so he will correct the apostate Spiritual Ekklesia who love and exalt false traditions and idols of men above any zeal to live by every Word of God!
Because we are full of pride in our own ways and think that we are full of knowledge and need nothing; because we are very HOT for our own ways and idols of men and very cold and completely lacking in zeal to love, learn and keep the Word of God: Jesus Christ warned that he would reject the corporate Ekklesia of the last days into great tribulation (Rev 3:14-22).
Therefore this lament is also a lament for today’s Laodicean Ekklesia in the hour of their great correction.
The book begins with a declaration of the condition of the city after its fall and quickly becomes a figurative statement from the city itself.
The city of Jerusalem figuratively weeps in captivity and physical Israel and today’s Spiritual Jerusalem the Laodicean Ekklesia, will mourn and weep in the time of their severe correction.
Lamentations 1:1 How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people [royalty]! how is she become as a widow! she that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary!
The city which was full and high among the nations is rejected, humbled and brought down.
1:2 She weepeth sore in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks: among all her lovers she hath none to comfort her: all her friends have dealt treacherously with her, they are become her enemies.
All of the friends and allies of physical Israel/Judah and today’s wayward Spiritual Ekklesia will turn away from us and we will be abandoned and left alone and friendless in the time of our affliction
1:3 Judah [including both today’s physical Judah and the Spiritual Ekklesia] is gone into captivity because of affliction, and because of great servitude: she dwelleth among the heathen, she findeth no rest: all her persecutors overtook her between [in our distress] the straits [the nations will overwhelm us during the time of our distress].
Our enemies will be exalted above us because God has lifted them up to correct us for the multitude of our abominations; and YES that includes the overspreading of abominations in today’s Spiritual Ekklesia. We pollute the Sabbath, reject God’s Biblical Calendar and we love and exalt our corporate idols, false traditions and idols of men instead of living by every Word of God.
1:4 The ways of Zion do mourn, because none come to the solemn feasts: all her gates are desolate: her priests sigh, her virgins are afflicted, and she is in bitterness. 1:5 Her adversaries are the chief, her enemies prosper; for the LORD hath afflicted her for the multitude of her transgressions: her children are gone into captivity before the enemy.
Just like ancient Jerusalem was carried away to Babylon, today our physical and spiritual leaders will flee before the rod of God’s correction.
Spiritually all of the beauty of today’s Spiritual Ekklesia has been corrupted by the filth of our idolatry and Nicolaitane wickedness of exalting idols of men and false traditions.
1:6 And from the daughter of Zion all her beauty is departed: her princes are become like harts that find no pasture, and they are gone without strength before the pursuer.
Jerusalem now speaks in the first person, and of course a city cannot speak.
This is figurative of the citizens of the city and most especially of the brethren of today’s Spiritual Ekklesia who are supposed to know better; being severely corrected and crying out in their affliction as they learn their lessons, and repent in sincerity before the Mighty One of Jacob.
Most assuredly today’s brethren have not been left without a warning; and they will remember that warning and they will remember the Word of God, and they shall yet turn to diligently live by every Word of God in sincere humility!
1:7 Jerusalem remembered in the days of her affliction and of her miseries [during the time of affliction the people will remember the good things of God] all her pleasant things that she had in the days of old, [when we fall into severe affliction we shall surely remember the LORD our Deliverer] when her people fell into the hand of the enemy, and none did help her: the adversaries saw her, and did mock at her sabbaths.
1:8 Jerusalem [including today’s Spiritual Ekklesia] hath grievously sinned; therefore she is removed [will go forth into great correction]: all that honoured her [have turned away from us] despise her, because they have seen her nakedness [the many sins of today’s corporate Ekklesia will be exposed]: yea, she sigheth, and turneth backward [we have turned back into sin and we will certainly be corrected].
Today’s wayward Spiritual Ekklesia think that they are clothed with righteousness, but they are clothed with the filth of self-righteous pride and of doing their own ways instead of learning and living by every Word of God.
The filthiness of Sabbath pollution, divorce and remarriage at will, a willful use of a false calendar contrary to the Word of God and the exalting of men, false traditions and corporate idols above the Word of God – which is idolatry; has offended Almighty God until he can no longer contain and is about to correct his beloved Called Out.
Today’s corporate Ekklesia will not repent as groups; therefore the assembly of Laodicea is being rejected by Jesus Christ into the correction of great tribulation, in the hope that through the afflicting of the flesh the spirit may be saved.
1:9 Her filthiness is in her skirts [our many spiritual adulteries with idols of men and false gods other than the Husband of our baptismal commitment]; she remembereth not her last end; therefore she came down [was defeated awesomely] wonderfully: she had no comforter. O LORD, behold my affliction: for the enemy hath magnified himself. 1:10 The adversary hath spread out his hand upon all her pleasant things: for she hath seen that the heathen entered into her sanctuary, whom thou didst command that they should not enter into thy congregation.
During the siege of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar there was little food in the city.
Today the brethren are starving for spiritual bread because they cannot discern between the holy and the profane, and so reject the Holiness of the Word of God for the false traditions of men; and soon we will also be starved for physical food until we learn to seek out the Bread of Life in diligent study to learn and keep the whole Word of God.
1:11 All her people sigh, they seek bread; they have given their pleasant things for meat [food] to relieve the soul [save their lives]: see, O LORD, and consider; [Oh LORD remember your people who have been humbled before you] for I am become vile.
Let all who see the trials of the rebellious, learn a lesson by that example; that God will severely correct all who fall into sin in an effort to save the spirit.
Both physical and spiritual Israel are to be severely corrected and brought to repentance so that God the Father and Jesus Christ may dwell within us through the Holy Spirit, just as God dwelt in the physical temple through the Shekinah [the Holy Spirit]!
Jeremiah asked those who witnessed the destruction of the physical temple if they also sorrow with him. Remember that the destruction of the physical temple is an instruction that God will not spare his own Spiritual Temple of the Ekklesia, if it has become polluted by sin.
The destruction of the physical Temple in 586 B.C. and again in 70 A.D. was a fore-type of the rejection and destruction of the Spiritual Temple of the Laodicean Ekklesia corporate entities in this latter day (Rev 3:14-22).
Ancient Jerusalem itself figuratively cried out, just like today’s Spiritual Ekklesia will also cry out in their own great tribulation. When you read this, consider that these are the words that today’s corporate Ekklesia will cry out when they fall into great tribulation.
1:12 Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith the LORD hath afflicted me in the day of his fierce anger. 1:13 From above hath he sent fire into my bones, and it prevaileth against them: he hath spread a net for my feet, he hath turned me [God will make today’s wayward Spiritual Ekklesia along with Israel/Judah desolate and turn them back to him] back: he hath made me desolate and faint all the day.
God is no respecter of persons. The Eternal will reject the rebellious and deliver them into the hand of the corrector. Just as God delivered those who sinned against their covenant with him in the past into severe correction, God will correct all who sin in BOTH physical and spiritual Israel today to bring in a New Covenant in its fullness.
1:14 The yoke [We will be bound in the the yoke of correction because of our transgressions.] of my transgressions is bound by his [God’s] hand: they are wreathed, and come up upon my neck: he hath made my strength to fall, the LORD hath delivered me into their hands, from whom I am not able to rise up. 1:15 The LORD hath trodden under foot all my mighty men in the midst of me: he hath called an assembly against me to crush my young men: the LORD hath trodden the virgin, the daughter of Judah [the latter day descendants of both physical and spiritual Judah], as in a winepress.
Those in the tribulation will have no deliverance; they must repent and must still suffer the consequences of their sins to prove to God that they will remain loyal since they have a history of being disloyal to him by being loyal to corporate idols and idols of men to follow them contrary to the Word of God.
1:16 For these things I weep; mine eye, mine eye runneth down with water, because the comforter [the Holy Spirit and the Deliverer] that should relieve my soul is far from me: my children are desolate, because the enemy prevailed. 1:17 Zion spreadeth forth her hands, and there is none to comfort her: the LORD hath commanded concerning Jacob, that his adversaries should be round about him: Jerusalem is as a menstruous woman among them.
The Laodicean Nicolaitane brethren of today will finally sincerely repent of their spiritual idolatry and adultery against the LORD in the correction of great tribulation.
1:18 The LORD is righteous [in correcting his wayward people]; for I have rebelled against his commandment: hear, I pray you, all people, and behold my sorrow: my virgins and my young men are gone into captivity.
1:19 I called for my lovers [idols and allies], but they deceived me: my priests and mine elders gave up the ghost in the city, while they sought their meat to relieve their souls.
Physical Israel and the brethren of today’s Spiritual Ekklesia will sincerely repent in the severity of their correction,
1:20 Behold, O LORD; for I am in distress: my bowels are troubled; mine heart is turned within me; for I have grievously rebelled: abroad the sword bereaveth, at home there is as death.
There is a method in these things, for God has done this to Israel and Judah in the past as an example for modern spiritual and physical Israel; and he will do this in these latter days to both spiritual and physical Israel as an example for all humanity, so that all people will also repent and learn the lesson that God loves us so much that he will correct us to save us so that he can give us the gift of eternal life in the spirit.
1:21 They have heard that I sigh: there is none to comfort me: all mine enemies have heard of my trouble; they are glad that thou hast done it: thou wilt bring the day that thou hast called, and they shall be like unto me.
God will correct any and all who are wicked and in rebellion against his Word, in their proper time.
1:22 Let all their wickedness come before thee; and do unto them, as thou hast done unto me for all my transgressions: for my sighs are many, and my heart is faint.
A cloud of sin has covered us so that the nations and today’s wayward Spiritual Ekklesia are separated from God the Father and from Jesus Christ.
Lamentations 2:1 How hath the LORD covered the daughter of Zion with a cloud in his anger, and cast down from heaven unto the earth the beauty of Israel, and remembered not his footstool in the day of his anger!
Physical and spiritual Israel will be brought into great tribulation because of the overspreading of our sins, just like ancient Samaria and later the inhabitants of Jerusalem were rejected from off the physical land of promise for their wickedness.
2:2 The LORD hath swallowed up all the habitations of Jacob, and hath not pitied: he hath thrown down in his wrath the strong holds of the daughter of Judah; he hath brought them down to the ground: he hath polluted the kingdom and the princes thereof.
2:3 He hath cut off in his fierce anger all the horn [strength] of Israel: he hath drawn back his right hand from before the enemy, and he burned against Jacob [both physical Israel/Judah and today’s Spiritual Laodicean Ekklesia] like a flaming fire, which devoureth round about.
2:4 He hath bent his bow like an enemy: he stood with his right hand as an adversary, and slew all that were pleasant to the eye in the tabernacle of the daughter [the latter day descendants of] of Zion: he poured out his fury like fire. 2:5 The LORD was as an enemy: he hath swallowed up Israel, he hath swallowed up all her palaces: he hath destroyed his strong holds, and hath increased in the daughter of Judah mourning and lamentation.
In the ancient Middle East sense a “garden” was a place next to the house which was surrounded by solid high walls and planted with shade trees and fruits. It was in the coolness of the “garden” that the people placed the idols of their gods, so that they might go into the garden to worship their gods in the coolness of shade from the region’s hot sun.
God took away his dwelling place in Judah, taking away the physical temple from Jerusalem as an example that God will not tolerate or co-dwell with sin in his people.
The destruction of the physical temple is a lesson for us that God will not tolerate any sin in his Spiritual Temple, his people, and that he will remove his Holy Spirit from those who will not be zealous to live by every Word of God which is the New Covenant of Jeremiah 31.
1 Corinthians 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God [Those with sin against the New Covenant by refusing to live by every Word of God.], him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
Lamentations 2:6 And he hath violently taken away his tabernacle, as if it were of a garden: he hath destroyed his places of the assembly: the LORD hath caused the solemn feasts and sabbaths to be forgotten [because of the sore trials] in Zion, and hath despised in the indignation of his anger the king and the priest.
The sanctuary [Temple] of God today is his people, those called out from sin to God are today’s Spiritual Temple, God’s people have gone astray becoming filled with Sabbath breaking, idolatry, and spiritual adultery against the Husband of our baptismal commitment, lovers of idols of men and false traditions!
See the message to Laodicea in Revelation 3:14-22
2:7 The LORD hath cast off his altar, he hath abhorred his sanctuary, he hath given up into the hand of the enemy the walls of her palaces; they have made a noise in the house of the LORD, as in the day of a solemn feast.
2:8 The LORD hath purposed to destroy the wall of the daughter [The physical and spiritual latter day descendants of ancient Jerusalem and Judah.] of Zion: he hath stretched out a line, he hath not withdrawn his hand from destroying: therefore he made the rampart and the wall to lament; they languished together.
The spiritual daily sacrifice typifies the intervention of our High Priest in heaven on behalf of today’s Israel/Judah and the Spiritual Ekklesia to bless us, is about to be stopped because of our many unrepented sins.
2:9 Her gates are sunk into the ground [broken down to the ground]; he hath destroyed and broken her bars: her king and her princes are [taken captive] among the Gentiles: the law is no more [no longer kept]; her prophets also find no vision [today God has hidden understanding from the corporate Assemblies which reject God’s Word for their own ways] from the LORD.
Physical Israel will mourn in sincere repentance and seek deliverance from their God in the tribulation. Today’s Laodicean corporate Ekklesia groups who are hot for their own ways and cold for learning and living by the Word of God will be humbled and will also sincerely repent in great affliction.
“Daughters” means latter day descendants of and virgins refer to those of the spiritually called out who are spiritual virgins, being absolutely faithful to the Husband of their baptismal espousal. Of course most of us today are NOT spiritual virgins, because we are not faithful to our espoused Husband.
Only those who are faithful to our espoused Husband Jesus Christ in all things, will be chosen as part of the collective bride and full marriage to Christ at the resurrection to life eternal at the coming of Christ. Therefore let all those who have turned aside from their zeal to learn and zealously keep the whole Word of God, repent quickly so that that they may be forgiven and accounted true spiritual virgins through the application of Christ’s sacrifice and the washing of water by the Word of God.
Revelation 14:4 These are they which were not defiled with women [not defiled by following others]; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb
Lamentations 2:10 The elders of the daughter [the leaders of the latter day descendants of] of Zion [the latter day Spiritual Ekklesia will be reduced to mourning over all their sins] sit upon the ground, and keep silence: they have cast up dust upon their heads; they have girded themselves with sackcloth: the virgins of Jerusalem hang down their heads to the ground.
2:11 Mine eyes do fail with tears, my bowels are troubled, my liver is poured upon the earth, for the destruction of the daughter [latter day physical and spiritual Israel] of my people; because the children and the sucklings swoon in the streets of the city.
We will be starved of physical food in famine until we learn to seek the spiritual food of the whole Word of God, in sincere repentance.
2:12 They say to their mothers, Where is corn [grain, bread] and wine? when they swooned [fainted for hunger] as the wounded in the streets of the city, when their soul was poured out into their mothers’ bosom.
Jesus Christ cries out in his pain over the need to correct us; he says, How can I deliver you when you have departed from me to commit the sins of Eve, and decide for yourselves to follow your own ways and you will not follow the Husband of your baptismal commitment?
2:13 What thing shall I take to witness for thee? what thing shall I liken to thee, O daughter of [latter day descendants of] Jerusalem? what shall I equal to thee, that I may comfort thee, O virgin daughter of Zion? for thy breach [The sins which create a separation and breach between us and God, are many and great.] is great like the sea: who can heal thee?
Today many falsely declare themselves to be prophets and prophesy foolish things which the LORD has NOT spoken or inspired.
2:14 Thy prophets have seen vain and foolish things for thee: and they have not discovered [revealed] thine iniquity, to turn away [to save us by calling us to repentance] thy captivity; but have seen for thee false burdens [Those who have spoken their own false sayings while claiming to be prophets of God are vain and foolish.] and causes of banishment.
Today’s Ekklesia is full of false teachers teaching false things to keep us from repenting of our sins; saying that we are being corrected for not being zealous enough in following idols of men, when it is the following idols of men which is the very reason for our imminent correction.
The severe correction of physical Israel/Judah and today’s Spiritual Laodicean Ekklesia will become an example for all peoples of what happens to those who break their Covenant with the God of Jacob.
2:15 All that pass by clap their hands at thee; they hiss and wag their head at the daughter of Jerusalem, saying, Is this the city that men call The perfection of beauty, The joy of the whole earth?
The enemies of physical Israel will rejoice over our fall and the enemies of God and his Word will rejoice in the fall of his Called Out; not understanding that it is God who corrects us for our lack of zeal and our falling away from him.
The enemies will say that the ways of God which we falsely claim to represent, are false and that our God is weak and unable to preserve us! We will be corrected in much affliction of the flesh and will also be mocked by the ignorant who do not understand that they will also be corrected in due time.
2:16 All thine enemies have opened their mouth against thee: they hiss and gnash the teeth: they say, We have swallowed her up: certainly this is the day that we looked for; we have found, we have seen it.
Jesus Christ will correct those who fall away from their zeal to live by every Word of God, just as he has promised from ancient times.
2:17 The LORD hath done that which he had devised; he hath fulfilled his word that he had commanded in the days of old: he hath thrown down, and hath not pitied: and he hath caused thine enemy to rejoice over thee, he hath set up the horn [power] of thine adversaries.
Then physical and spiritual Israel will sincerely repent and seek out the Eternal to learn of his ways and they will DO his will.
2:18 Their heart cried unto the LORD, O wall of the daughter of Zion, let tears run down like a river day and night: give thyself no rest; let not the apple of thine eye cease.
Those of Laodicea who will not repent now, will arise and repent quickly in the affliction of tribulation. This great tribulation will humble all nations and peoples to sincere repentance.
2:19 Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning of the watches pour out thine heart like water before the face of the LORD: lift up thy hands toward him for the life of thy young children, that faint for hunger in the top of every street.
The famine was terrible during the siege of Jerusalem and it will be terrible in the severe tribulation of our time. Then the false leaders and elders of today’s Ekklesia who seek followers after themselves and will not be helps to bring the brethren closer to God will also be severely corrected.
2:20 Behold, O LORD, and consider to whom thou hast done this. Shall the women eat their fruit [eat their children in the famine], and children of a span [their embryos of an hand breadth size] long? shall the priest and the prophet be slain in the sanctuary of the Lord?
2:21 The young and the old lie on the ground in the streets: my virgins and my young men are fallen by the sword; thou hast slain them in the day of thine anger; thou hast killed, and not pitied.
None of the apostates of the great falling away of today’s Spiritual Ekklesia now far advanced in their apostasy; will escape the correction of the Eternal. Only the sincerely repentant and diligent to learn and zealously keep the whole Word of God will be spared by being allowed to leave before the correction begins, just as the faithful fled to Pella in Moab, from Jerusalem in c 66 A.D.
2:22 Thou hast called as [The apostates who follow idols of men and not God, which are the vast majority of today’s Spiritual Ekklesia; will be severely corrected.] in a solemn day my terrors [correction] round about, so that in the day of the LORD’s anger none [None will escape God’s anger against the wicked who have fallen away from any zeal to live by every Word of God.] escaped nor remained: those that I have swaddled and brought up hath mine enemy consumed.
This prayer of repentance in the midst of great affliction is a prophecy of the real repentance which will come as the result of the great affliction that will correct physical Israel and Judah, and the overwhelming majority of today’s Spiritual Ekklesia who are fully Laodicean and in rebellion against the Word of God; making and following idols of men.
2 Timothy 2:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 2:17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
1 Corinthians 10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat [Jesus Christ the Bread of Life]; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
Even so, today many brethren have desired to go back into the bondage of sin and of following idols of men, instead of being zealous to live by every Word of God. Therefore God the Father and Jesus Christ are very upset and full of anger at us for idolizing men, false traditions and corporate “Church” organizations.
I tell you the truth; the brethren who are content to blindly follow idols of men, instead of being zealous for the Husband of our calling and our baptismal commitment: Will find themselves rejected by Jesus Christ into great tribulation: Because we have rejected any zeal for HIM and for living by every Word of God the Father!
Because we have committed the same sins as ancient Judah and Israel; the latter day overwhelmingly Laodicean Ekklesia WILL be given severe correction!
And in that correction most will deeply and sincerely repent and at last learn the lesson that zeal for the Word of God is life eternal, and following our own ways, false traditions and idols of men leads to death.
Proverbs 14:11 The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish. 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
1 Corinthians 10:5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. 10:6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. 10:7 Neither be ye idolaters [Today the vast majority in the Ekklesia are idolaters!], as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
10:8 Neither let us commit fornication [The word here is pornea which means adultery, fornication, homosexuality and all manner of sexual lawlessness; it is also a reference to spiritual adultery in loving and following anyone other than the Husband of our baptismal espousal.], as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
10:9 Neither let us tempt Christ, [We tempt Christ to correct us when we say that we can do what we want and Christ will still accept us.] as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
We murmur against God the Father and Jesus Christ when we say that their way is too hard and that we must compromise with God’s Word instead of acknowledging that God’s way is easy and that it is Satan who persecutes and makes God’s way SEEM hard. We are to run to God for our deliverance from the burden that Satan places on us.
Which of us has been thrown to the lions today? Who has been in the fiery furnace like the three who were zealous for God were thrown? Because we murmur in the easy times; we shall be thrown into the very hard times so that we might learn to be faithful and to delight in our God!
Daniel 3:16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful [not afraid to speak out] to answer thee in this matter. 3:17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. 3:18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
These men did not murmur instead they spoke and acted with courage and dedication to the Eternal, saying that they were quite willing to die for the Word of God! How shamefully unlike godly people today’s Spiritual Ekklesia is as we compromise for the sake of our personal convenience! We will soon understand what real trials are like!
1 Corinthians 10:10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for examples [for us]: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
These things were written for us and for our instruction in these last days before Christ comes!
Those who fulfill the prophecy of Revelation 3 about Laodicea; those who think that they know all spiritual things and will listen to no one, not even the Word of God; consider this warning of Paul.
10:12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
A prayer of repentance
Lamentations 3:1 I am [Today’s Spiritual Ekklesia will be afflicted for our lack of zeal to live by every Word of God.] the man that hath seen affliction by the rod of his wrath. 3:2 He hath led me, and brought me into darkness, but not into light. 3:3 Surely against me is he turned; he turneth his hand against me all the day.
3:4 My flesh and my skin hath he made old; he hath broken my bones. 3:5 He hath builded against me, and compassed me with gall and travail. 3:6 He hath set me in dark places, as they that be dead of old. 3:7 He hath hedged me about, that I cannot get out: he hath made my chain heavy. 3:8 Also when I cry and shout, he shutteth out my prayer.
3:9 He hath inclosed my ways with hewn stone, he hath made my paths crooked. 3:10 He was unto me as a bear lying in wait, and as a lion in secret places. 3:11 He hath turned aside my ways, and pulled me in pieces: he hath made me desolate.
3:12 He hath bent his bow, and set me as a mark for the arrow. 3:13 He hath caused the arrows of his quiver to enter into my reins. 3:14 I was a derision to all my people; and their song [For a time the wicked will speak of us with contempt and rejoicing over our downfall.] all the day.
3:15 He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath made me drunken with wormwood. 3:16 He hath also broken my teeth with gravel stones, he hath covered me with ashes. 3:17 And thou hast removed my soul far off from peace: I forgat prosperity. 3:18 And I said, My strength and my hope is perished from the LORD: 3:19 Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall.
3:20 My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me. 3:21 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. 3:22 It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 3:23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. 3:24 The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
3:25 The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. 3:26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.
It is good to submit to the correction which brings understanding and eternal life in peace and prosperity.
Romans 5:3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 5:4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
Lamentations 3:27 It is good for a man that he bear the yoke of his youth [It is good to accept the correction of a loving Father, given for our good.]. 3:28 He sitteth alone and keepeth silence, because he hath borne it upon him. 3:29 He putteth his mouth in the dust; if so be there may be hope. 3:30 He giveth his cheek to him that smiteth him: he is filled full with reproach. 3:31 For the LORD will not cast off for ever: 3:32 But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies [God is merciful to the sincerely repentant].
Hebrews 12:5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
12:7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 12:8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
12:9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? 12:10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
12:11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
Jesus Christ does not afflict us willingly, but out of necessity; to save us from eternal destruction which is the wages of sin.
Lamentations 3:33 For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men. 3:34 To crush under his feet all the prisoners of the earth. 3:35 To turn aside the right of a man before the face of the most High, 3:36 To subvert a man in his cause, the LORD approveth not.
3:37 Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not? 3:38 Out of the mouth of the most High proceedeth not evil [The affliction of correction for sin comes from God, yet it is for our own good.] and good?
God’s correction is intended to bring sincere repentance and is for our good!
3:39 Wherefore doth a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins? 3:40 Let us search and try our ways [Let us compare our own ways with the whole Word of God, and repent to follow our Mighty One.], and turn again to the LORD.
Let us reach out to our God in sincere repentance and deep hunger to learn of him and to keep his ways.
3:41 Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens. 3:42 We have transgressed and have rebelled: thou hast not pardoned [God has not forgiven us yet because we have not repented.]. 3:43 Thou hast covered with anger [God afflicts the flesh to bring us to repentance and save us.], and persecuted us: thou hast slain, thou hast not pitied.
The cloud of our sins separates us from our God (Is 59:1-2).
3:44 Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, that our prayer should not pass through. 3:45 Thou hast made us as the offscouring and refuse [rejected us, Rev 3:16] in the midst of the people. 3:46 All our enemies have opened their mouths against us. 3:47 Fear and a snare is come upon us, desolation and destruction.
Those who have fallen away and separated themselves from God the Father and Jesus Christ to follow false traditions and idols of men, will cry out and seek their God with all their beings in the hour of their correction.
3:48 Mine eye runneth down with rivers of water [great tears] for the destruction of the daughter [The latter day descendants of physical Israel/Judah and today’s straying Spiritual Ekklesia.] of my people. 3:49 Mine eye trickleth down, and ceaseth not, without any intermission.
Many brethren of today’s Spiritual Ekklesia,shall mourn over their sins in great tribulation, and repent in humble sincerity to turn and embrace the whole Word of God.
3:50 Till the LORD look down, and behold from heaven. 3:51 Mine eye affecteth mine heart because of [the suffering of] all the daughters of my city.
3:52 Mine enemies chased me sore, like a bird, without cause. 3:53 They have cut off my life in the dungeon, and cast a stone upon me. 3:54 Waters flowed over mine head; then I said, I am cut off.
Many of today’s Laodicean Ekklesia will sincerely repent in their affliction, and the Eternal will hear their cry and remove their sin, saving their spirit although the flesh may perish.
The repentant who have learned their lesson will be lifted up in the resurrection to spirit to sit in the government of the kingdom of God.
Jesus Christ tells us to turn to him; and turn to a zeal for the whole Word of God, to learn it and to keep it; to turn from our false idols and false traditions and to become zealous to remove error and embrace the truth of God!
Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Jesus is warning and calling each one of his straying sheep; He wants us to open up to him, to reject idols of men and false traditions and to follow him, to be zealous to remove sin and to embrace God’s righteous truth, to internalize the solid meat of the Word of God in fellowship with Christ and with God the Father.
We have an open invitation from Jesus Christ who is gladly willing to accept us, if we would only open up our eyes and turn to follow Him to live by every Word of God the Father!
3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup [eat; internalize the Word of God] with him, and he with me.
Only those who overcome this Laodicean attitude of pride, self-will and self-justification will be resurrected to spirit. Those who sincerely repent of the sins of Laodicea will be in the resurrection to eternal life and will have a place in the eternal government of God.
3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
3:22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
As the seventh and last church addressed, Laodicea has all of the problems of each of the other churches.
That is because pride is the chief cause of most of the various problems. Today all the major Assemblies and most of the smaller ones are full of pride and idolatry, rejecting any biblical thing they do not agree with, claiming it applies only to others.
They think of themselves as the repository of all wisdom and truth, and refuse any zeal to keep the whole Word of God, in order to follow their corporate idols, idols of men and their own false traditions.
Lamentations 3:55 I called upon thy name, O LORD, out of the low dungeon [the depths of affliction]. 3:56 Thou hast heard my voice: hide not thine ear at my breathing, at my cry. 3:57 Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon thee: thou saidst, Fear not. 3:58 O LORD, thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; thou hast redeemed my life.
O Lord, you have judged us for our sins and will correct us; God will also judge the sinful among the nations, and those who have rejoiced at our correction.
The situation is like a powerful king, a loving Father; correcting his beloved child [a future king], and his enemy, his neighbor comes over and delights that the son [the future king] is being corrected, and rejoices in the afflictions of the father’s beloved. Will that wicked man be held guiltless when his own sins are greater than the beloved son’s?
3:59 O LORD, thou hast seen my wrong: judge thou my cause. 3:60 Thou hast seen all their vengeance and all their imaginations against me. 3:61 Thou hast heard their reproach, O LORD, and all their imaginations against me; 3:62 The lips of those that rose up against me, and their device against me all the day.
3:63 Behold their sitting down, and their rising up; I am their musick. 3:64 Render unto them a recompence, O LORD, according to the work of their hands. 3:65 Give them sorrow of heart, thy curse unto them. 3:66 Persecute and destroy them in anger from under the heavens of the LORD.
Mourning over the trial of a great famine
Gold will no longer be desirable because of the scarcity of food.
Ezekiel 7:19 They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the Lord: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity.
It is our pride and lust for wealth and personal advantage, which has come between us and God.
Lamentations 4:1 How is the gold become dim! how is the most fine gold changed! the stones of the sanctuary are poured out in the top of every street. 4:2 The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, how are they esteemed as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter!
The brethren of the Spiritual Ekklesia are compared to fine gold; they are the work of the Master Potter.
The famine during Nebuchadnezzar’s siege of Jerusalem was great and the famine during the correction of today’s tribulation will be great: those who were rich and physically filled shall starve for lack of food.
This is the use of physical examples to teach spiritual realities. Physical hunger is to show us that we need to hunger and thirst after the spiritual food of learning and living by every Word of God. We need to diligently seek and internalize the Word of God which brings spiritual eternal life like a starving person desires food to be physically filled.
Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Lamentations 4:3 Even the sea monsters [mammals, whales etc] draw out the breast, they give suck to their young ones: the daughter of my people is become cruel, like the ostriches in the wilderness. 4:4 The tongue of the sucking child cleaveth to the roof of his mouth for thirst: the young children ask bread, and no man breaketh it unto them. 4:5 They that did feed delicately are desolate in the streets: they that were brought up in scarlet embrace dunghills.
The punishment of Laodicea [those who are hot to idolize men and cold to follow the Word of God] is greater than Sodom, because she died quickly, while we shall linger in bitter affliction greater than the affliction of Job who had food available to him.
4:6 For the punishment of the iniquity of the daughter [latter day descendant] of my people is greater than the punishment of the sin of Sodom, that was overthrown as in a moment, and no hands stayed on her.
In the beginning the Spiritual brethren were as zealous as the Nazarites and now very many have lost the passion of their first love. The Nazarites were those who committed themselves to serve God on a voluntary basis not being priests or Levites (Numbers 6). Nazarites are an example of zeal for God to learn and keep his Word and to serve God the Father in heaven in every way they can.
4:7 Her Nazarites were purer [from sin] than snow, they were whiter than milk, they were more ruddy in body than rubies, their polishing was of sapphire:
Because we have fallen away from any zeal for our Mighty One, we will fall into great correction. “Whiter than milk, purer than snow” refers to the righteousness of learning and living by every Word of God and serving God with enthusiastic zeal.
4:8 Their visage is blacker than a coal; they are not known in the streets: their skin cleaveth to their bones; it is withered, it is become like a stick.
The blackness and gauntness refers to great famine in tribulation: Today God will withdraw our physical food so that we will learn from our physical hunger to hunger after the words of life, the whole Word of God, to learn it and to do it and to serve the Father with all our hearts.
Because of physical pain it may be better to die quickly then to have a lingering physical death; yet it is better to die lingering in the sense that one may have time to consider his ways and to repent of his wickedness.
4:9 They that be slain with the sword are better than they that be slain with hunger: for these pine away, stricken through for want of the fruits of the field.
During Nebuchadnezzar’s siege of Jerusalem some even ate their own children.
O what a terrible correction is coming on today’s Israel/Judah and the Spiritual Ekklesia for idolizing men, false traditions and corporations, and for not being zealous to live by every Word of God.
4:10 The hands of the pitiful [pathetic, desperate] women have sodden [simmered, cooked] their own children: they were their meat in the destruction of the daughter of my people.
The fall of Israel and later Judea and Jerusalem in the past, was from God for their rebellion against him and for their idolatry in following others away from zeal to learn and keep God’s Word.
God’s anger at today’s Spiritual Assemblies is even greater because we have the record of these things as an instruction and a warning and he has given us access to his Spirit, therefore we are supposed to know better.
4:11 The LORD hath accomplished his fury; he hath poured out his fierce anger, and hath kindled a fire in Zion, and it hath devoured the foundations thereof.
God delivered ancient Jerusalem into the hands of the king of Babylon and today God will deliver Jerusalem and Judea into the hands of a modern king of Babylon the leader of the New Federal Europe.
Who in the earth today would believe that Judah and Jerusalem will really be defeated and occupied, and that the Anglo Saxon peoples will be brought to ruin? It is not for nothing that the nations will idolize and fear the leader of the New Europe saying “Who is able to make war with him.”
4:12 The kings of the earth, and all the inhabitants of the world, would not have believed that the adversary and the enemy should have entered into the gates of Jerusalem.
We, the called out Ekklesia, thinking that we are the fountain of all knowledge and truth, wander in spiritual confusion and contradictions like spiritually blind men, not knowing or believing how absolutely spiritually wretched we really are in the sight of Jesus Christ and God the Father.
Revelation 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
We in today’s apostate Spiritual Ekklesia have fallen away from any zeal to live by every Word of God in order to do as we think is right and to idolize men and follow the false traditions of men.
We think ourselves as righteous, but we are merely self-righteous, doing whatever we think right and idolizing men and the false traditions of men; and we are full of sin, not being zealous to learn and to live by every Word of God.
The leaders and elders in today’s Assemblies try to lead the just away from godly righteousness; ridiculing and condemning those who are zealous, and teaching the brethren to idolize the false traditions of men.
Lamentations 4:13 For the sins of her prophets, and the iniquities of her priests, that have shed the blood of the just in the midst of her, 4:14 They have wandered as blind men in the streets, they have polluted themselves with blood, so that men could not touch their garments.
When the tribulation begins and many people realize how they have been misled and deceived away from God and his Word by false teachers, many will sincerely repent and turn to God and his Word rejecting the unrepentant false leaders who lead men away from the Word of God to follow themselves.
4:15 They cried unto them [The apostate corporate leaders and elders of today send God’s true servants away calling them spiritually unclean and will not hear their words from God.], Depart ye; it [The wicked say that the words of the godly are unclean falsehoods.] is unclean; depart, depart, touch not: when they fled away and wandered, they said among the heathen, They [Today’s wicked leaders and elders of the Spiritual Ekklesia reject the godly from their Assemblies.] shall no more sojourn there.
Because the brethren did not favor the Word of God and love to follow false teachers instead of the Word of God, today’s wayward Spiritual Ekklesia has been divided [separated] from Almighty God!
Our sins have separated [divided] us from God
4:16 The anger of the LORD hath divided them; he will no more regard them: they respected not the persons of the priests [who were faithful to God], they favoured not the elders [who were zealous for God].
Isaiah 59:1 Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
When we are rejected by God and cast into great tribulation, it is not that God cannot save us; it is because we have first rejected him by refusing to live by every Word of God and we love false traditions and idols of men.
The truth is: We have rejected God the Father and Jesus Christ and their ways for our own ways, and God is just tired of pleading with us and the time has come to apply the rod of correction.
59:3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.
Telling a partial truth for the purpose of deceiving about the whole truth [contextomy] is lying. This form of lying has become an art form in today’s Spiritual Ekklesia; and in addition we are defiled with the blood of those we have not warned to repent and zealously embrace the whole Word of God.
Our eyes will be strained in watching for deliverance from men which will never come.
Lamentations 4:17 As for us, our eyes as yet failed for our vain help: in our watching we have watched for a nation that could not save us.
Evil and suffering filled the streets of Jerusalem during the siege by Babylon, and many were reduced to attacking others for a crust to survive. During our correction similar hardships will befall us and very many will perish.
4:18 They hunt our steps, that we cannot go in our streets: our end is near, our days are fulfilled; for our end is come.
Today’s Spiritual Ekklesia like ancient Judah, thinks that we are righteous and that God will bless and protect them, but God is disgusted with our self-righteousness and self-justifications: He has taken up his rod of correction to afflict the flesh to save the spirit.
4:19 Our persecutors are swifter than the eagles of the heaven: they pursued us upon the mountains, they laid wait for us in the wilderness. 4:20 The breath of our nostrils, the anointed of the LORD, was taken in their pits, of whom we said, Under his shadow we shall live among the heathen.
Turkey will rejoice at the fall of Judah and will take delight in being allied to the New Europe; yet Turkey will be required to drink the cup of God’s correction at the hands of the nations of Asia.
4:21 Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of Edom [Turkey], that dwellest in the land of Uz; the cup also shall pass through unto thee: thou shalt be drunken [intoxicated with pride], and shalt make thyself naked [exposed to our enemies].
When Messiah comes he will deliver Israel and Judah and unite them in one nation; and he will punish the pride of Edom [modern Turkey].
4:22 The punishment of thine iniquity is accomplished, O daughter of Zion; he will no more carry thee away into captivity: he will visit thine iniquity, O daughter of Edom; he will discover thy sins.
A prayer of sincere repentance
Lamentations 5:1 Remember, O LORD, what is come upon us: consider, and behold our reproach. 5:2 Our inheritance is turned to strangers, our houses to aliens. 5:3 We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows. 5:4 We have drunken our water for money; our wood is sold unto us. 5:5 Our necks are under persecution: we labour, and have no rest.
5:6 We have given the hand [served foreigners] to the Egyptians, and to the Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread. 5:7 Our fathers have sinned, and are not; and we have borne their iniquities.
Today many false leaders and elders rule over today’s Spiritual Ekklesia because we have forgotten the Word of our God and idolized men. We are being led into much sin; therefore God will correct us.
5:8 Servants have ruled over us: there is none that doth deliver us out of their hand. 5:9 We gat our bread with the peril of our lives because of the sword of the wilderness. 5:10 Our skin was black like an oven because of the terrible famine.
Starving people will go out searching for food in fear for their lives. Indeed in such times if a man finds a piece of bread, his neighbor will take it from him even to the point of killing him for it if the owner resists, for it is life and death.
In such times people begin to look out for themselves and their families; that means a strong possibility of family, racial and religious groups banding together against outsiders; it means that economic collapse and intense famine could well be a strong upsurge in violent conflicts.
5:11 They ravished the women in Zion, and the maids in the cities of Judah.
When Jerusalem fell at the end of the siege of Babylon, the victors took the spoil looting the city and ravishing the women.
In our days Judea and Jerusalem will be occupied for 42 months and the occupiers will do as they please. They shall take what they want including the women. In further off Israelite nations like America, even the humble and timid virgin will sell herself for a crust of bread.
5:12 Princes are hanged up by their hand: the faces of elders were not honoured.
The leaders of the nations of Israel will be taken [many may be punished for our many war crimes]; and the leaders and elders of today’s Laodicean Ekklesia will not escape correction.
The people will be forced to work for their masters with rigor, and very many Jews will be removed from Palestine.
5:13 They took the young men to grind, and the children fell under the [under their heavy burdens] wood. 5:14 The elders have ceased from the gate, the young men from their musick. 5:15 The joy of our heart is ceased; our dance is turned into mourning. 5:16 The crown is fallen from our head: woe unto us, that we have sinned! 5:17 For this our heart is faint; for these things our eyes are dim [with tears, and looking for relief].
Finally we will acknowledge our sin and sincerely repent.
5:18 Because of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate, the foxes walk upon it.
The mountain of Zion is in Jerusalem, but the head represents the whole body because if the head is broken the body dies; and Jerusalem represents all the people of physical and spiritual Israel.
The greatness of God and his Word will finally be acknowledged.
5:19 Thou, O LORD, remainest for ever; thy throne from generation to generation.
After being humbled in the terrible siege, the people of Jerusalem wept as they were removed to Babylon; and we will also surely weep in sincere repentance in the terrible days just before us.
5:20 Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever, and forsake us so long time? 5:21 Turn thou us unto thee, O LORD, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old.
Jesus Christ is very wroth with today’s physical Israel/Judah and Spiritual Ekklesia for the multitude of our abominations.
He is even more angry with today’s Spiritual Ekklesia because of our rebellion and turning away from zeal for God and his Word, to follow the false teachings of men and corporate idols.
5:22 But thou hast utterly rejected us; thou art very wroth against us.
Jesus Christ is furious at the falling away of today’s Spiritual Ekklesia and he is about to reject us into great correction so that through the affliction of the flesh he might save the spirit, bringing us to sincere repentance (Rev 3:14-22).
May every person repent quickly and sincerely turn to a passionate enthusiastic zeal to live by every Word of God!