The Book of Jeremiah-Je.27:5-6 “The man and the beast”

What is the position of the beasts in the Salvation Plan of God? It is a point rarely discussed. In this post we shall discuss the creative Power and Wisdom which have the four living beasts as memorial in heaven. We read of it in the Book of the Revelation. ch.4. Man and the beasts mentioned there attest to representational symbolism. In order to understand it principle of Association shall be of help.

“And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind./ And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle./ And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come./ And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever (Re.4:4-9)”,

The vision arranged by the Spirit in the overall narrative serves a lesson for us. All creatures great or small are foreordained in the divine Will. How it evolves has its own period and variety but without the Will no life would have been possible. Positivism of Will is what Truth expresses. For this reason even where Science postulate matter and antimatter cancel one another complete annihilation is impossible. It is what glory of Truth where life is not in isolation but always proof of power and wisdom made manifest. “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: (2 Pe.1:3)” Creative Power is associated Wisdom which is what the eternal word signifies. It is the Constitution underpinning the spiritual warp and woof of heaven and the earth. The Constitution unless it is enforceable cannot be worthy of Omnipotent God. “For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:(John 5:22)” The Spirit naturally refers to the Lord Almighty in terms of Father Son relation ship which is the basis for principle of Association. It must be emphasized that it is not a term found in the Bible. The usage however is repeated in terms of the gospel and in terms of man and the beast. This distinction is symbolically set forth in the creation account.  God names the heaven and the earth. On the other hand “And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof (Ge.2:19).” Wellbeing of the creation was dependent on Adam’s relationship with God. Adam as a living soul was drawn in by an association of Father Son relationship. For his creature comforts a similar association  came into being between Adam and other creatures.  Body spirit and soul as one. Much of the needless controversy regarding the semantics of ‘dominion’ owe to literal interpretation. Principle of Association is between Power and Wisdom of God in primary sense. The Spirit in setting forth realities of the earth and of heaven in terms of Adam also validates representational symbolism. Adam is a forerunner for Jesus Christ and he is last Adam for new heaven and new earth.

In the Lucan genealogy Adam is the Son of God by association, Whereas Christ in his own right. “But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end (He.3:6)”. Representational symbolism in terms of obedience includes every believer associate with Jesus Christ as the firstborn of all creation. “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous (Ro.5:19)”.

Having discussed the background let us go to the text where God tells what he was required to speak to the messengers of the kings : “I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me./ And now have I given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant; and the beasts of the field have I given him also to serve him.

and the beasts of the field have I given him also to serve him.” These are part of man’s charge. He is a steward and accountable to God. Man’s disobedience has not cancelled the divine Will concerning them In this context let us recall the last verse in the Book of Jonah. “And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?(Jonah 4:11)” Our reasonable service to God must also extend to other creation as well. We are stewards and accountable to God.

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The Book of Jeremiah-Je.27-By the Spirit of the living God

In this chapter God uses Jeremiah as a sign and he was to make the bonds and yokes,-‘and put them upon thy neck,/ And send them to the king of Edom, and to the king of Moab, and to the king of the Ammonites, and to the king of Tyrus, and to the king of Zidon, by the hand of the messengers which come to Jerusalem unto Zedekiah king of Judah;/ And command them to say unto their masters, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Thus shall ye say unto your masters;…” As a sign he himself was to be yoked first and thereafter these bonds and yokes to the many kings specified through their messengers who were present in the court of King Zedekiah. Like the earthen vessel and wine cup the objects are intended for a specific purpose. “I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me./ And now have I given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant; and the beasts of the field have I given him also to serve him.” God’s purpose could not be more clearer. Objects and their usage hold spiritual underpinning determined by God. Desolations for apostasy were meant as chastisement and it was to be published through his prophet. By the same token good tidings that the gospel of God carried was declared through his Son and it was to reach far corners of the earth. The Great Commission began from God and the whole earth was its ambit. Those who chose way of life were as though yoked with Jesus. “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light(Matt.11:29-30).” No other way ministry of man can be justified before God. Prosperity theology is not from God.

Prophet Jeremiah had accepted God’s word and it was signified by His touching his mouth. Now as a sign he was first to wear the bonds and yoke himself and to pass them on. It was a kind of circular letter that in the early church St Paul sent to specific churches to be read to congregation. These epistles were in a way written by hand or dictated to by the Apostle. Who sent St Paul but Jesus Christ? Jesus Christ is an apostle and so was St Paul, sent by God, the Father. “Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart(2 Co.3:3)”. St Paul makes a case for epistles of Christ as written by Spirit of the living God. Its significance is that man may die but the living God passes it on to the next generation and so on. Thus the gospel is not only for the congregation of St Paul’s time but also including us. This is how the Spirit of the living God incorporated the Will of God the Father so we are part of a cloud of witnesses in God’s Time. We accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior in time and place but according to the divine Will it is as though we have been predestined to be adopted in his Son. We are the firstborn of all creation as an epistle of Christ. Here we see principle of Association connecting us to God, before the worlds began.(Matt.10:40) 

 

In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah came this word unto Jeremiah from the Lord, saying,

Thus saith the Lord to me; Make thee bonds and yokes, and put them upon thy neck,

And send them to the king of Edom, and to the king of Moab, and to the king of the Ammonites, and to the king of Tyrus, and to the king of Zidon, by the hand of the messengers which come to Jerusalem unto Zedekiah king of Judah;

And command them to say unto their masters, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Thus shall ye say unto your masters;

5 I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me.

And now have I given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant; and the beasts of the field have I given him also to serve him.

And all nations shall serve him, and his son, and his son’s son, until the very time of his land come: and then many nations and great kings shall serve themselves of him.

And it shall come to pass, that the nation and kingdom which will not serve the same Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, and that will not put their neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, that nation will I punish, saith the Lord, with the sword, and with the famine, and with the pestilence, until I have consumed them by his hand.

Therefore hearken not ye to your prophets, nor to your diviners, nor to your dreamers, nor to your enchanters, nor to your sorcerers, which speak unto you, saying, Ye shall not serve the king of Babylon:

10 For they prophesy a lie unto you, to remove you far from your land; and that I should drive you out, and ye should perish.

11 But the nations that bring their neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, and serve him, those will I let remain still in their own land, saith the Lord; and they shall till it, and dwell therein.

12 I spake also to Zedekiah king of Judah according to all these words, saying, Bring your necks under the yoke of the king of Babylon, and serve him and his people, and live.

13 Why will ye die, thou and thy people, by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence, as the Lord hath spoken against the nation that will not serve the king of Babylon?

14 Therefore hearken not unto the words of the prophets that speak unto you, saying, Ye shall not serve the king of Babylon: for they prophesy a lie unto you.

15 For I have not sent them, saith the Lord, yet they prophesy a lie in my name; that I might drive you out, and that ye might perish, ye, and the prophets that prophesy unto you.

16 Also I spake to the priests and to all this people, saying, Thus saith the Lord; Hearken not to the words of your prophets that prophesy unto you, saying, Behold, the vessels of the Lord‘s house shall now shortly be brought again from Babylon: for they prophesy a lie unto you.

17 Hearken not unto them; serve the king of Babylon, and live: wherefore should this city be laid waste?

18 But if they be prophets, and if the word of the Lord be with them, let them now make intercession to the Lord of hosts, that the vessels which are left in the house of the Lord, and in the house of the king of Judah, and at Jerusalem, go not to Babylon.

19 For thus saith the Lord of hosts concerning the pillars, and concerning the sea, and concerning the bases, and concerning the residue of the vessels that remain in this city.

20 Which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon took not, when he carried away captive Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah from Jerusalem to Babylon, and all the nobles of Judah and Jerusalem;

21 Yea, thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, concerning the vessels that remain in the house of the Lord, and in the house of the king of Judah and of Jerusalem;

22 They shall be carried to Babylon, and there shall they be until the day that I visit them, saith the Lord; then will I bring them up, and restore them to this place.

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The Book of Jeremiah-Je.26- “Diminish not a word”

What is the eternal word of God? “For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven (Ps.119:89)”. Now ask ourselves what was the Word? According to the Gospel of St John the Word was with God from the beginning. He was God and the Word was made flesh ‘and dwelt among us’. Jesus the Son of man has also testified,”For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled (Matt.5:18)”. The eternal word simply put is the constitution of God and when the Spirit places realities of heaven and the earth on a single yardstick it is true. Whosoever places himself to do the will of the Father perfectly is perfect fit as ‘the finger of God’ which we discussed in the previous post. Jeremiah could not do otherwise. He was threatened by his peers to hold silence. He was beaten, and his feet were put in stocks. Yet he could not be silent since God the Supreme Sovereign  Lord had laid a charge that took precedence over his peers,- kings, princes governors or officials of the ecclesiastical courts.

Hear what the prophet says, “Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay (Je.20:9-10). Holding back the word that God had put in his mouth was on the other hand was gnawing his vitals like new wine within pressing on old wineskins to rip apart. A child of God has truth written in his inward parts. This is similar to the constitution of God serving as counterweight. in each one of us. So when we are sure of what we have we ought to say as with the Psalmist,”The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?(Ps.118:6-9)” Our equipoise or rest comes from the assurance of God’s promises, which is what the constitution of God means. Nothing shall happen outside the will of God. This was the strength of Prophet Jeremiah. Thus whosoever allows himself to be the point  where reality of the heaven and of the earth meet in him is a mediator, and by law of gradation reckoned as having Jesus Christ as the firstborn of all creation. Joseph Moses, the prophets were all forerunners of Jesus Christ and so are children of God whose faith squarely is in tune with God who sent his only begotten Son for salvation of mankind. Our faith is a seed sown in us by God. When God breathed into the nostrils of Adam whatever may be known of God also became a faculty and faith that comes by hearing the word of God.(Ro.10:17) Faith must be articulated.  “It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it…But the message is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, so that you may follow it.? (De.10:12-14)”

In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah came this word from the Lord, saying,

Thus saith the Lord; Stand in the court of the Lord‘s house, and speak unto all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in the Lord‘s house, all the words that I command thee to speak unto them; diminish not a word:

If so be they will hearken, and turn every man from his evil way, that I may repent me of the evil, which I purpose to do unto them because of the evil of their doings.

And thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord; If ye will not hearken to me, to walk in my law, which I have set before you,

To hearken to the words of my servants the prophets, whom I sent unto you, both rising up early, and sending them, but ye have not hearkened;

Then will I make this house like Shiloh, and will make this city a curse to all the nations of the earth.

So the priests and the prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speaking these words in the house of the Lord.

Now it came to pass, when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking all that the Lord had commanded him to speak unto all the people, that the priests and the prophets and all the people took him, saying, Thou shalt surely die.

Why hast thou prophesied in the name of the Lord, saying, This house shall be like Shiloh, and this city shall be desolate without an inhabitant? And all the people were gathered against Jeremiah in the house of the Lord.

10 When the princes of Judah heard these things, then they came up from the king’s house unto the house of the Lord, and sat down in the entry of the new gate of the Lord‘s house.

11 Then spake the priests and the prophets unto the princes and to all the people, saying, This man is worthy to die; for he hath prophesied against this city, as ye have heard with your ears.

12 Then spake Jeremiah unto all the princes and to all the people, saying, The Lord sent me to prophesy against this house and against this city all the words that ye have heard.

13 Therefore now amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of the Lord your God; and the Lord will repent him of the evil that he hath pronounced against you.

14 As for me, behold, I am in your hand: do with me as seemeth good and meet unto you.

15 But know ye for certain, that if ye put me to death, ye shall surely bring innocent blood upon yourselves, and upon this city, and upon the inhabitants thereof: for of a truth the Lord hath sent me unto you to speak all these words in your ears.

16 Then said the princes and all the people unto the priests and to the prophets; This man is not worthy to die: for he hath spoken to us in the name of the Lord our God.

17 Then rose up certain of the elders of the land, and spake to all the assembly of the people, saying,

18 Micah the Morasthite prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah, and spake to all the people of Judah, saying, Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Zion shall be plowed like a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of a forest.

19 Did Hezekiah king of Judah and all Judah put him at all to death? did he not fear the Lord, and besought the Lord, and the Lord repented him of the evil which he had pronounced against them? Thus might we procure great evil against our souls.

20 And there was also a man that prophesied in the name of the Lord, Urijah the son of Shemaiah of Kirjathjearim, who prophesied against this city and against this land according to all the words of Jeremiah.

21 And when Jehoiakim the king, with all his mighty men, and all the princes, heard his words, the king sought to put him to death: but when Urijah heard it, he was afraid, and fled, and went into Egypt;

22 And Jehoiakim the king sent men into Egypt, namely, Elnathan the son of Achbor, and certain men with him into Egypt.

23 And they fetched forth Urijah out of Egypt, and brought him unto Jehoiakim the king; who slew him with the sword, and cast his dead body into the graves of the common people.

24 Nevertheless the hand of Ahikam the son of Shaphan was with Jeremiah, that they should not give him into the hand of the people to put him to death.

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The Book of Jeremiah-Je.25:14-38 “A whirlwind”

What it is to be a sign? It is set by God and in this chapter we see God has set the prophet as a sign. What he does with wine cup of God’s fury is as though it is effected though these places are at the far corners of the earth. When God set Ezekiel as a watchman (Ez.4) he was to lie and the number of days had significance  as lying on the right side. In such a position his sign was different from what preceded. He bore the sin of Judah  and as such its significance also varied,’I have assigned you 40 days, a day for each year’. It is God who sets signs and it is all valid as the Spirit creates emblem (part of heavenly realities as in the manner ‘the lamb slain before the worlds began’ is set to indicate Salvation Plan of God) and in the Book of Jeremiah we have it in the whirlwind.”For, behold, the Lord will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire (Is.66:15-16)”. Here lesson that we can learn is the role of man is on which realities of heaven and the earth are calibrated. It is for the glory of God. Thus great prophets like Elijah and Elisha would pray and achieved results.”The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much (Jas.5:13-16). What is the secret? Jesus explained it as finger of God with which he cast out demons and healed the sick. It signified a righteous man is one whose faith is hitched upon the creative faith so all glory and honor due to God is reinstated. Instead when prosperity theology debases faith for accumulating wealth one can imagine how antichrist has stepped in the breach of God and man. The nation of Israel in their apostasy, ‘perpetual backsliding’ shall not escape the cup of fury reserved for them. Nations that have similarly made mammon their god shall drink it. No escape. It is what we can gather from vv26-29. “For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the Lord of hosts(v.29). Jesus Christ while teaching his disciples had revealed nations shall fight one another. It is what we see in v.32.”Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth”. All these whirlwinds are in relation to the emblem of whirlwind set for the nations that forget the commands of righteous God. Recent news of migrants in custody being denied potable water is not racially charged responses but insults hurled at God who is their maker.

 

For thus saith the Lord God of Israel unto me; Take the wine cup of this fury at my hand, and cause all the nations, to whom I send thee, to drink it.

16 And they shall drink, and be moved, and be mad, because of the sword that I will send among them.

17 Then took I the cup at the Lord‘s hand, and made all the nations to drink, unto whom the Lord had sent me:

18 To wit, Jerusalem, and the cities of Judah, and the kings thereof, and the princes thereof, to make them a desolation, an astonishment, an hissing, and a curse; as it is this day;

19 Pharaoh king of Egypt, and his servants, and his princes, and all his people;

20 And all the mingled people, and all the kings of the land of Uz, and all the kings of the land of the Philistines, and Ashkelon, and Azzah, and Ekron, and the remnant of Ashdod,

21 Edom, and Moab, and the children of Ammon,

22 And all the kings of Tyrus, and all the kings of Zidon, and the kings of the isles which are beyond the sea,

23 Dedan, and Tema, and Buz, and all that are in the utmost corners,

24 And all the kings of Arabia, and all the kings of the mingled people that dwell in the desert,

25 And all the kings of Zimri, and all the kings of Elam, and all the kings of the Medes,

26 And all the kings of the north, far and near, one with another, and all the kingdoms of the world, which are upon the face of the earth: and the king of Sheshach shall drink after them.

27 Therefore thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Drink ye, and be drunken, and spue, and fall, and rise no more, because of the sword which I will send among you.

28 And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup at thine hand to drink, then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Ye shall certainly drink.

29 For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the Lord of hosts.

30 Therefore prophesy thou against them all these words, and say unto them, The Lord shall roar from on high, and utter his voice from his holy habitation; he shall mightily roar upon his habitation; he shall give a shout, as they that tread the grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth.

31 A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the Lord hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the Lord.

32 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth.

33 And the slain of the Lord shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground.

34 Howl, ye shepherds, and cry; and wallow yourselves in the ashes, ye principal of the flock: for the days of your slaughter and of your dispersions are accomplished; and ye shall fall like a pleasant vessel.

35 And the shepherds shall have no way to flee, nor the principal of the flock to escape.

36 A voice of the cry of the shepherds, and an howling of the principal of the flock, shall be heard: for the Lord hath spoiled their pasture.

37 And the peaceable habitations are cut down because of the fierce anger of the Lord.

38 He hath forsaken his covert, as the lion: for their land is desolate because of the fierceness of the oppressor, and because of his fierce anger.

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The Book of Jeremiah-Je.25:1-11-“Seventy Years”

God had made clear what He required from the nation of Israel. ‘They were to observe to do his commandments and statutes.’ Failure of which would be desolation associated with the curse of apostasy, signaling dearth destruction and dispersion. So the Babylonian King was an instrument to chastise them. “The Lord shall cause thee to be smitten before thine enemies…” (De.28:15,25). God had instructed Jeremiah and accordingly he had been warning of the impending doom. The Lord now gives a reason,”Because ye have not heard my words,/ Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, saith the Lord, and Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, my servant,..(vv.8-9)”Here we have a specific period stipulated. “And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.” Not only Judah and Jerusalem but also “nations round about, and will utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, and an hissing, and perpetual desolations(v.9). This ought to warn us that our disobedience affects not only ourselves but also carries ‘a collateral damage clause’ therein. When God pronounced blessing and curse it sets squarely every one of us at the eye of blessings or desolations and these desolations are like earthquakes bringing their aftershocks.

Another point we may consider the usage of numbers. 70 weeks and 70 years have their spiritual ramifications. Commandment of Artaxerxes, the King of Persia issued to rebuild Jerusalem (Dan.9:25) would not mean the exiled nation was all ecstatic with one mind to do their bit for the glory of God. In 458 BC he gave Ezra permission (Ezr.7). In the same book we see opposition building up against the repair work(Ezr.4:7-23). There were equally a group of Jews who had no mind or patience to undergo the rigor of resettling in ‘the city of God.’ Even with many dispersion we see the single-mindedness of nations becoming diluted,- to stay back furthering their commercial and worldly pursuits to the hilt is as much a strong impulse beneath their avowed agreement to serve God.. Even now do we not see Israel as one state is a myth? In the west, east north or south we have them forming their own groups: these are friends of Israel, Jewish lobby engaged in enterprises that could not be considered as falling within the covenant of God made with Moses the servant of God. De.31:18 .

In the previous post those who stayed away were qualified by the symbol of the evil figs. As with the narrative mode of the Spirit all these who escaped chastening of God and also remained away (because their hearts owed more to their commercial interests) are all brought under one category. And as the evil figs, which cannot be eaten, they are so evil; …/ And I will deliver them to be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth for their hurt, to be a reproach and a proverb, a taunt and a curse, in all places whither I shall drive them./ And I will send the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, among them, till they be consumed from off the land that I gave unto them and to their fathers(Je.24:8-10)”.  Holocaust prior to the founding of the state of Israel is covered in the desolations which are qualified as perpetual desolations. “:….and make them an astonishment, and an hissing, and perpetual desolations(Je.25:9)”. This state of affair shall continue till the Anointed One comes second time and ushers the Millennial Reign. Once the people called to be holy have fallen away from their first love it is much more difficult since there are more players unforeseen factors taken all together keeping the field narrower and more complex; and unless God intervenes directly it is almost impossible. It is what happened to Israel and their unplowed heart has to be broken at the coming of their Messiah.

What is the significance of 70 years? The number of 7 refers to what is ordained by God. Creative Power and Wisdom signaled seven as a rest which has no bearing on the eternal God whose state of Being is characterized as Truth. Rest of Sabbath when observed by His people merely in formalism and superficial piety, it cannot please God.”If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:(Is.58:13-14)” The same number also refer to the disfavor of God lasting a specific period.

Multiple of 10 refer to the decalogue which is handful, and counted on fingers. When Jesus expounded the Commandments he simplified it as two hands. This is as simple to remember but how many can be said as having observed it?”Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” With all thy heart does not mean merely observing it. So the law indifferently handled by the nation determined desolation.  As a result Babylonian captivity is a visible manifestation of God’s wrath, and forms one in many such desolations making up the perpetual desolation.

  

The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, that was the first year of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon;

The which Jeremiah the prophet spake unto all the people of Judah, and to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying,

From the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, even unto this day, that is the three and twentieth year, the word of the Lord hath come unto me, and I have spoken unto you, rising early and speaking; but ye have not hearkened.

And the Lord hath sent unto you all his servants the prophets, rising early and sending them; but ye have not hearkened, nor inclined your ear to hear.

They said, Turn ye again now every one from his evil way, and from the evil of your doings, and dwell in the land that the Lord hath given unto you and to your fathers for ever and ever:

And go not after other gods to serve them, and to worship them, and provoke me not to anger with the works of your hands; and I will do you no hurt.

Yet ye have not hearkened unto me, saith the Lord; that ye might provoke me to anger with the works of your hands to your own hurt.

Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts; Because ye have not heard my words,

Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, saith the Lord, and Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and will bring them against this land, and against the inhabitants thereof, and against all these nations round about, and will utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, and an hissing, and perpetual desolations.

10 Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones, and the light of the candle.

11 And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.

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The Book of Jeremiah-Je.24- “A remnant”

Here we have an object lesson as in the case of the earthen vessel of which we had earlier discussed. It was indicative of a specific time but it also carried an universal lesson meaning that desolations that the nation would meet would not spare the prophet in as much the physical reality of his body suffered the common fate of all. But truth written in his inward parts signified that righteousness of God separated him from the rest. “for I am with thee, saith the Lord, to deliver thee(Je.1:19)”. It was His promise.

Another important lesson we have drawn has to do with the manner the Spirit catalogues places on the earth, cities where partial judgements would occur Egypt, Sodom Babylon Jerusalem to name a few are juxtaposed to the crucified Lord Savior (Re.11:8). Thus the Spirit is establishing the nature of Atonement. Jesus Christ died for the whole world and not for a few as some sects would teach. (John 3:16). The spiritual underpinning of the Righteous God therefore is established by object lessons. God is Truth which in terms of light makes God the Father of lights. In the creation account when the Spirit writes God separating light from darkness before He set the sun, moon and the stars in the firmament it is a clear giveaway to the diligent reader the divine purpose. There shall be in the end two groups children of light and children of darkness.

It is in this context we have to look at the present object lesson.   In order to understand we need go back to the Ch.21 (vv.8-10): And unto this people thou shalt say, Thus saith the Lord; Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of death./ He that abideth in this city shall die by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence: but he that goeth out, and falleth to the Chaldeans that besiege you, he shall live, and his life shall be unto him for a prey./ For I have set my face against this city for evil, and not for good, saith the Lord: it shall be given into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall burn it with fire.”

What the Lord here says is simple. Those who were chastened shall live. And those who cheat exile and disgrace by going to Egypt or any other merely bought reprieve for a time. What they endured in the hands of Chaldeans may be disgusting and fall from grace but if it were accepted as ordained from God they shall find God gathering them after 70 years and they shall be established once more in their homes. Those who refused God’s chastisement as the writer to the Hebrews said they were base and bastards. This is what the two baskets of figs now signify. Perpetual backsliding of the nation and not God who should be blamed for their desolations. This being the case destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD lay in future and we may be certain that they would certainly face dispersion in our century as well. Prophet Jeremiah predicts nature of desolations and these are set in God’s Time. In the end only a remnant shall be found.

 

Here two baskets of figs and it is interesting to note where these were set. The temple of the Lord is not qualified as of any nation in particular. It is not any building built of the historical time but of eternity.

The Lord shewed me, and, behold, two baskets of figs were set before the temple of the Lord, after that Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon had carried away captive Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, and the princes of Judah, with the carpenters and smiths, from Jerusalem, and had brought them to Babylon.

One basket had very good figs, even like the figs that are first ripe: and the other basket had very naughty figs, which could not be eaten, they were so bad.

Then said the Lord unto me, What seest thou, Jeremiah? And I said, Figs; the good figs, very good; and the evil, very evil, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil.

Again the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel; Like these good figs, so will I acknowledge them that are carried away captive of Judah, whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans for their good.

For I will set mine eyes upon them for good, and I will bring them again to this land: and I will build them, and not pull them down; and I will plant them, and not pluck them up.

And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the Lord: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.

And as the evil figs, which cannot be eaten, they are so evil; surely thus saith the Lord, So will I give Zedekiah the king of Judah, and his princes, and the residue of Jerusalem, that remain in this land, and them that dwell in the land of Egypt:

And I will deliver them to be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth for their hurt, to be a reproach and a proverb, a taunt and a curse, in all places whither I shall drive them.

10 And I will send the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, among them, till they be consumed from off the land that I gave unto them and to their fathers.

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The Book of Jeremiah-Je.23:2-9-“Righteousness”

Therefore thus saith the Lord God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the Lord(v.2)”.

‘Pastors that feed my people’ are to be understood from this context,”O LORD our God, other lords beside thee have had dominion over us: but by thee only will we make mention of thy name(Is.26:13)”. In monarchical system the nation of Israel has had an array of kings both good and bad. By law of gradation all these are catalogued as good or evil and their frame of reference is to God the Sovereign Lord of all. Whether pastor or Sanhedrin of the post-exilic times they were leaders or pastors and as such they were accountable to God for their actions. One egregious miscarriage of justice was when they denied and rejected Christ the servant-king before Pontius Pilate and vowed Caesar as their only lord. This was foreordained and it was quoted by Jesus on the night he was taken,”…”This very night you will all fall away on account of Me. For it is written: ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered(Matt.26:31).’ He was quoting Prophet Zachariah(13:7). Revelatory nature of prophets takes us all the way to God and the Spirit in setting forth the desolations with which evil of man and nations are purged periodically are not in strict chronological order. When God commanded Jeremiah not to take a wife or family ‘in this place’ he served as a sign. It is not how God demanded of Hosea. In this present chapter while God reveals about return of the nation of Israel what he revealed to him in Ch.16 is of the same, immediate turn around as well of turmoil breaking out in the future leading up to the Millennial Reign. (Je.16:13-21)

And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase./ And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the Lord.

This is what we see at present and the present state is not frozen in time but it is leading to desolations that are to fall upon the whole earth. It is signified by a whirlwind which Spirit introduced in an earlier chapter(Is.66:15). In the present chapter vv.19-24 it is ever on the move which must be considered as perpetual in the same category of perpetual backsliding of the nation. If we consider everlasting light representing righteousness of God it is only natural to accept as Just God the whirlwind of his fury is intended to break upon the wicked or the children of darkness.

In the Vision of Ezekiel we read of this whirlwind coming out of the north(Ez.1:4). In this context we get some additional clues from the Book of Psalms. We read of God ‘who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:/ Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:(Ps.104:3-4).

“Behold, a whirlwind of the Lord is gone forth in fury, even a grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked./ The anger of the Lord shall not return, until he have executed, and till he have performed the thoughts of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly./ I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied./ But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings./ Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off?/ Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord.

This Day of the Lord has already begin and its outward manifestation has been the desolations of Judah and Jerusalem under Assyria,Babylon and under Imperial Rome. It shall culminate in the advent of the Messiah-King, the Anointed One from God. It is what we read in v.5: “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.

In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, The Lord Our Righteousness.

Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that they shall no more say, The Lord liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;

But, The Lord liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land.

Mine heart within me is broken because of the prophets; all my bones shake; I am like a drunken man, and like a man whom wine hath overcome, because of the Lord, and because of the words of his holiness.

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