The Book of Jeremiah

Chapter 12

Prophesies Against the Men of Anathoth

     Obedience. That has been the primary subject of these last few chapters and if it’s that important to our Father, should it not be MORE important to us? Father cannot keep chaos to a minimum without obedience on our part.

     And when it DOES get out of hand, He takes firm control. When the 7000 angels of Genesis decided that they would NOT be born of woman, but that they would just come down and do to them what they wanted, He took control and killed off everyone in that area because, had He not, there would have been complete chaos, and the human race would have been in jeopardy.

     That’s why it’s important to read and study His Word, and to absorb all that we can from it, because WE will be the ones that Father can use who can help prevent chaos, to a certain degree, at least in our own lives and maybe those close around us.

     To begin with, Jeremiah is asking Father why He allows bad people to get away with doing bad things, seemingly without getting punished.

     Jeremiah 12:1 Righteous art thou, O Lord, when I plead with thee: yet let me talk with thee of thy judgments: Wherefore doth the way of the wicked prosper? wherefore are all they happy that deal very treacherously?

     Jeremiah begins by acknowledging the righteousness of our Father and then gets to the point…

     Wherefore doth the way of the wicked prosper? Why do these people get away with the vile things that they do without, apparently, getting punished for doing so?

     Of course, that subject is covered here, but I want to take you to the book of Psalms and show you an acrostic concerning this very subject, but first of all, what exactly is an acrostic?

     From Dictionary.com:

      † Acrostic… a series of lines or verses in which the first, last, or other particular letters when taken in order spell out a word, phrase, etc.

     But, let’s get REALLY technical with the meaning of an acrostic in Scripture: From the Companion Bible..

    † “Psalms 37 is an acrostic psalm, having four lines (a quatrain) assigned to each successive letter of the alphabet, except the fourth, the eleventh, and the nineteenth, which each have three lines (a triplet) assigned to them.

     These three triplet verses occur in perfect order. The 7th verse is the seventh letter from the beginning; the 34th verse is the seventh letter from the end; while the middle verse, verse 20, marks the end of the first half with the first of the two middle letters.”

     What is the subject of these three verses? Why do the dirtbags of this world seem to get away with everything while the good people don’t?

     So, let’s read them in sequence: verse 7.

     Psalms 37:7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. KJV

     Don’t get upset when you see the wicked prosper. Father has His eye on them and they will not escape punishment.

     “Well, does that mean that all they have to do is repent and everything is forgiven?”

     Not by a long shot. There’s something called restitution. Father will forgive BUT one must give back that which was stolen or illegally obtained. I’ll get to biblical restitution in a moment.

     Verse 20 of the acrostic.

     Psalms 37:20 But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the Lord shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away. KJV

     The wicked will walk into the Lake of Fire and be done away with, much as a drop of fat on a lump of hot coal.

     Verse 34 of the acrostic.

     Psalms 37:34 Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it. KJV

     Be patient and wait on the Lord to do His work and decide His judgments. Just keep living the righteous life as you have been and leave the rest to the Lord.

     These three verses have their own subject and can stand on their own, without the other verses in the chapter. On the other hand, this chapter, minus these three verses, can also stand on its own.

     Let’s deal with Biblical restitution by going to the book of Luke, chapter 19.

     Luke 19:1 And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.

     Luke 19:2 And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.

     ‘Ole Zacchaeus was a politician, the big kahuna of them all, he was the chief, and had a bunch of ill-gotten gains.

     Luke 19:3 And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.

     He was a short little fella…

     Luke 19:4 And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.

     Climbed up there so he could look down and see what was going on.

     Luke 19:5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.

     Zacchaeus, get your sorry butt out of that tree and come down here so I can talk to you and, more than that, I need a place to stay tonight and I’m going to stay at YOUR house.

     Boy, you know that that made HIS day, with all the other people standing around and listening to what was going on and now our Lord is going to spend the night in HIS House?

     Luke 19:6 And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.

     Jesus, no doubt, embraced him.

     Luke 19:7 And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.

     Jesus is going to stay with this no good, lying, cheatin’, politician? This shows, also, that our Lord has no respect of persons or their stature in life or the condition of their soul. He brings salvation to EVERYBODY.

     "Well, I wouldn't let that scoundrel in my house!"

     Then you're judgemental and our Lord taught against that.

     Luke 19:8 And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.

     And ‘ole Zacchaeus just had a change of heart, he was going to stop lying and cheating and ripping people off, but to be forgiven of his cheating ways, he knew that he would have to make restitution and he went overboard with it and promised four times more than necessary.

     Luke 19:9 And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.

     Luke 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. KJV

     You’ll notice that our Lord didn’t say…

     “Oh no, Zacchaeus, you don’t have to pay back all that money that you took by deception. Just forget about it, don’t worry about it, they got plenty more where that came from.”

     No, the Lord accepted it and him. So, how does this play out with us today?

     Let’s say that someone gets into an automobile accident, but they aren’t seriously hurt. They go home and see an opportunity to get a lot of money for doing next to nothing, and they call one of these TV lawyers, these ambulance chasers, that are incessantly advertising every five minutes.

     The lawyer sets them up with an appointment with a doctor that is already in cahoots with him, they determine that this person has a “long-lasting, serious injury”, and the insurance company settles out of court, for, no doubt, thousands of dollars.

     And the “injured” person takes that money and goes out and buys a brand-new car, puts a new fence around their property and house…that house, by the way, furnished to that person for mere pennies on the dollar from the government…they buy their live-in boyfriend an expensive toy to drive around in, they eat out constantly and just pretty much live the good life.

     But this person really isn’t all that smart and as the old saying goes…a fool and his money are soon parted…and the illicit spoil that this person got is now gone and they slink back into the hole that they live in and wait for the next opportunity to rip somebody else off.

     That saying..a fool and his money are soon parted, is not biblical, by the way. It comes from a poem titled: Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry

     Then one day they get religion, they repent of everything and try to live a life suitable to our Father. What happens to all that “stuff” they bought with that illicit money? What happens to the MONEY that they got from the insurance through the act of fraud?

     Zacchaeus gave back, restored, made restitution, FOUR TIMES MORE than necessary. Father wouldn’t expect that from this “injured” person, just pay back the original sum of money and return all the toys and stuff that you bought.

     “Well, you don’t understand, brother, I don’t have any income to speak of, I don’t have a job because I faked an injury to get on SSI, and I’ve spent all that money from the insurance company.”

     This is called being greedy and stupid, at the same time. Maybe you need to get out there and get a job and start repaying all that money. Anybody listening out there.

     Yet let me talk with thee of thy judgments. Father is not an imperialist dictator, sitting on His Throne, demanding death for all who transgress or question. You can talk to Him, explain your troubles even though He already knows, He still wants to hear it from you.

     Why? Because it shows trust, faith, and love on our part. Most times, when we were growing up, our physical parents knew what was on our minds before we went and talked with them, and it’s no different with our heavenly Father as He knows everything that’s on our minds.

     Consider this from our Lord…

     Matthew 16:8 Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread? KJV

     Jesus didn’t have to think about it, He perceived, He understood, He KNEW what was on their minds.

     Men and women in the Old Testament bargained with Him all the time and here’s a verse where He ASKS us to do just that…

     Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. KJV

    Let us talk between ourselves. Through prayer, of course, and this requires us to LISTEN for His answer. He’s not going to appear in a cloud before you and have a conversation, as He did with Moses, when He talked with Him almost daily out there in the wilderness, from that cloud that appeared before the Tabernacle door.

     Jeremiah 12:2 Thou hast planted them, yea, they have taken root: they grow, yea, they bring forth fruit: thou art near in their mouth, and far from their reins. KJV

     Thou hast planted them. It looks as though Father has put them exactly where they ought to be, to be successful.

     They have taken root: they grow, yea. They prosper without even trying.

     Thou art near in their mouth, and far from their reins. They praise Him for their successes.

     Jeremiah 12:3 But thou, O Lord, knowest me: thou hast seen me, and tried mine heart toward thee: pull them out like sheep for the slaughter, and prepare them for the day of slaughter.

     If they, those that con others to make their money, loved You as we do, then bless them but they don’t, evidenced by their actions and by the way that they live their lives, so take them down, Father. Show us Your justice.

     Jeremiah 12:4 How long shall the land mourn, and the herbs of every field wither, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein? the beasts are consumed, and the birds; because they said, He shall not see our last end.

     Even the very earth and nature itself is harmed by these scoundrels. Think not? Then consider the rain forests of the Amazon.

     From the website Mongabay.com….

     “Since 1978 over 750,000 square kilometers (289,000 square miles) of Amazon rainforest have been destroyed across Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Venezuela, Suriname, Guyana, and French Guiana.”

     Some might say:

     “Hey, it’s just worthless jungle. Nobody is ever going to use that land for anything good anyway.”

     Fully 20% of the oxygen that we breath, around this earth, comes from the trees in this rainforest. 20%! Yeah, it’s a big deal. I’m not a global-warming freak but if everybody is worried about the glaciers melting and flooding our coastlines, which in my mind is absolute nonsense, worry about the oxygen that you breathe.

     Getting back to the subject of the verse, truly billions of dollars are made by big business, by raising cattle on the land that used to produce oxygen for the planet. 70% of the deforested land in the rain forest is used to raise cattle.

     Are the people that run/own these companies going to eventually pay for what they’ve done? You bet they will. Father says that they will.

     Jeremiah 12:5 If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee,

     If the foot soldiers have worn you out….

     …then how canst thou contend with horses?

     What are you going to do when the soldiers come on horseback?

     …and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee,

     You were in a place where you were supposed to feel safe and secure and STILL they worried you. The enemy, that is, on foot or on horseback.

 

     then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?

     The swelling of Jordan is when the rains come, and the river overflows her banks, bringing nutrient-rich soil up on the banks, thus making the thickets and bushes grow so thick that only the meanest of animals can walk about in it.

     Jeremiah 12:6 For even thy brethren, and the house of thy father, even they have dealt treacherously with thee; yea, they have called a multitude after thee: believe them not, though they speak fair words unto thee.

     You’re out there trying to do things right, being honest in your dealings, and yet, even the ungodly of your own family will come against you.

     Though they speak fair words unto thee. Backstabbers and liars, giving you lip service to make you feel good while they deal treacherously behind your back.

     Let’s talk about the spiritual side of this…you’re trying your best to make Father happy with you, you live honestly and righteously, and you go to some church to get the spiritual food that your soul needs and you end up getting religious junk.

     Traditional teachings of churches that go back thousands of years, that has nothing to do with the true Word of God. Most people eat it up, but YOU don’t. You want the truth, so what is a person to do?

     Study on your own, it’s not that difficult.

     "But you don’t understand, brother, I don’t have time to do the studying on my own.”

     If you think that that’s going to be a valid excuse on Judgment Day, you are sadly mistaken. Father doesn’t give a rat’s behind what some preachers say or teach. It’s YOUR responsibility to get to the truth on your own.

     IT’S YOUR SOUL. Treat it as such.

 

     Jeremiah 12:7 I have forsaken mine house, I have left mine heritage; I have given the dearly beloved of my soul into the hand of her enemies.

     Eventually, Father is going to forsake those that don’t seek the truth on their own, He’s going to let the enemy have their way with them, even though they are near and dear to His heart. He’s doing it here to Israel, right now, and they are His chosen people.

     You’ve GOT to search it out for yourself and just because He says that merely TRYING to find the truth, that He will count it as perfect, STILL your soul and spirit longs for the satisfaction of actually getting it. It’s empty without it. And even though you may be taught face to face, you STILL need to read the verses for YOURSELF.

     I don’t know how many people think about this, but your soul and spirit, residing within you, have access to the realm within which Father resides day by day. Your soul and spirit KNOWS the comfort that’s afforded to it, from “above”, but when it’s “down here”, having to deal with the earthly body assigned to it, it’s as problematic for the soul and spirit, as well as the flesh and blood body, to have to deal with life WITHOUT that special comfort.

     So, when you do reach out and search for the truth of Father’s Word, it brings peace of mind to both soul, spirit, and body.

     Jeremiah 12:8 Mine heritage is unto me as a lion in the forest; it crieth out against me: therefore have I hated it.

     His people, that’s you and me, don’t follow the commandments or instructions that He has given us. It’s like a lion roaring in the forest, they run away from Him and do their own will, whatever carnal act that makes them happy, at the moment.

     Jeremiah 12:9 Mine heritage is unto me as a speckled bird, the birds round about are against her; come ye, assemble all the beasts of the field, come to devour.

     Some have translated “speckled bird” as a ravenous beast, especially the hyena, but the Hebrew has it as a bird of prey, so let’s look at it more closely…

     Speckled_ OT:6641 tsabuwa` (tsaw-boo'-ah); passive participle of the same as OT:6648; dyed (in stripes), i.e. the hyena:

     And if we go to the OT:6648 we find…

     OT:6648 tseba` (tseh'-bah); from an unused root meaning to dip (into coloring fluid); a dye:

     The word “dye” comes from the stripes or spots on the hair of the hyena, as though they were put on the animal after the solid color of its hair.

     Let’s look at the word “bird”…

     Bird_ OT:5861`ayit (ah'-yit); from OT:5860; a hawk or other bird of prey:

     So, actually, we have a bird of prey WITH the multi-markings as a hyena would have, which is exactly what a hawk looks like.

     Jeremiah 12:10 Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.

     This word pastors actually refers to the Babylonian leadership of that time, but the pastors/preachers of today destroy the people as well. What is the vineyard of today? It’s the people that love Him and they, these false preachers, have trodden them underfoot by feeding them lies and traditional teachings which are AGAINST the written Word of God.

     Little antichrists, puts it most succinctly.

     They have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness. The people don’t know what to think. Here’s a little truth, there’s a little lying, put it all together and all you end up with is confusion. Confusion won’t cut it when the true Antichrist comes because that’s EXACTLY what he wants to see in you.

     “Well, brother, I just don’t know what to think.”

     Well, you had better figure it out pretty soon, Bubba, because time is getting short. I’ve said this before and I think it bears repeating again…don"t wait too long to figure out what’s real and what’s not, because, if and when the truth really hits you, it may be too late for it to protect you from the onslaught of lies coming from the mouth of Satan himself during his five-month tribulation period.

     You won’t have the base to fall back on and you’ll be taken in by the biggest con artist of all time and…swoosh…there goes your soul, right down the primrose lane and into the Lake of Fire.

     Desolate wilderness. That’s what you have inside most churches today. Father calls them Beth-Aven. A church of NOTHING. Oh, on the surface they look pretty nice. All kinds of outreach programs, summer activities for the kiddies and teens. Packages and gifts for the poor and downtrodden during the Holidays.

     (Who feeds the poor and downtrodden after the holidays are over?)

     But take the fake façade from off the preachers’ face and a venomous beast presents itself, doing the work of Satan with their rapture theories, fly-away doctrines, and any moment doctrines.

     Jeremiah 12:11 They have made it desolate, and being desolate it mourneth unto me; the whole land is made desolate, because no man layeth it to heart.

     Today, Father can look out across this whole country and see a good church here and another one there, but basically, the whole country is devoid of His true Word. And that’s a terrible thing to see because there are millions of people across this great country, that go to church EVERY Sunday and hear the same ‘ole wore out lies every time. They're good people and they love the lord but they're just a little bit sottish when it comes to educating themselves in the Word of God.

     They're lazy and they depend on ravenous beasts to teach them the truth.

     That’s why they have revivals from time to time. Get a different preacher in there with a different message, get the music going, get them all lathered up, bring the flesh into it, and then they’ll leave and it’s back to the same old humdrum again.

     It wouldn’t be that way if they taught a complete book at a time. One chapter after another, to give them some sort of consistency in the Word. To hell with the traditional ways inside the church. Tell everyone that next Sunday, for the same length of time, we’re going to do away with all the familiar ways and start teaching the book of Genesis. Chapter after chapter, until we get through with it.

     Do it on Wednesday night as well. But boy, I’ll tell you what…if they teach it with the REAL TRUTH, when they get to the part where the Serpent, Satan, seduces Eve sexually, they’ll be jumping out of that building faster than you can count them! Through the doors, through the windows. They might even make a door where there ain’t one.

     They’re not geared in their minds to handle something like that, so just keep doin’ what they been doin’ and let the Millennium sort them all out. That's what makes YOU different because YOU'RE sitting there reading this page, searching for the truth.

     Jeremiah 12:12 The spoilers are come upon all high places through the wilderness: for the sword of the Lord shall devour from the one end of the land even to the other end of the land: no flesh shall have peace.

     These “spoilers” are the enemy of our Father and His children. Here it refers to the Chaldean army that takes all the “spoil” of the people that they conquer and devastate everything else in their wake.

     What is this “sword of the Lord”?

     Revelation 1:16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. KJV

     It’s His truth, His Word. It cuts through lies and deception like a hot knife through a stick of butter. And it cuts on the upswing AND the downswing because it's double-edged. Satan and his lies don’t stand a chance of deceiving people if they KNOW the truth of what’s contained in the Bible.

     Not as some MAN might tell it, but from the mouth of the Creator Himself.

     Why do you get upset and despair at what’s happening in the world today? He’s in control. Maybe to you, it doesn’t look like it, maybe to you, the entire world is going nuts, but He’s watching everything that’s going on. He doesn’t have to take notes, He remembers EVERYTHING. Else how could He judge with truth on Judgment Day?

     Jeremiah 12:13 They have sown wheat, but shall reap thorns: they have put themselves to pain, but shall not profit: and they shall be ashamed of your revenues because of the fierce anger of the Lord.

     They can sow crops if they like but He’s not going to bless them and they’re going to be ashamed of what little goods they produce.

     If you don’t do things Fathers’ way, then you’re going to walk on rocks your entire life, wondering why He doesn’t bless them. Do you really think that He’s going to bless someone after they spend their time and money, giving it to a church or church system that is run, effectively, by Satan and his henchmen?

     Jeremiah 12:14 Thus saith the Lord against all mine evil neighbours, that touch the inheritance which I have caused my people Israel to inherit; Behold, I will pluck them out of their land, and pluck out the house of Judah from among them.

     He’s going to separate the sheep from the goats.

     Jeremiah 12:15 And it shall come to pass, after that I have plucked them out I will return, and have compassion on them, and will bring them again, every man to his heritage, and every man to his land.

     Israel, as a nation, has been returning to the land of their forefathers for many, many years and when it’s all said and done, when the eternity finally arrives and we are here on earth to enjoy it, all the nations will be placed exactly where He wants them.

     Their kings and queens will be seen coming over the hills on their way to worship in Jerusalem.

     NO ONE will oppress or deceive ANYONE during this time. They have been sorted out, the goats, and the sheep will reap the rewards forever.

     Jeremiah 12:16 And it shall come to pass, if they will diligently learn the ways of my people, to swear by my name, The Lord liveth; as they taught my people to swear by Baal; then shall they be built in the midst of my people.

     Father is talking about the Gentile nations here. If they will read His Word, understand it and live by it, then they will enjoy all the joys of His own people. You can read of it in Revelation..

     Revelation 21:24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.

     Revelation 21:25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.

     Revelation 21:26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. KJV

     Verse 17.

     Jeremiah 12:17 But if they will not obey, I will utterly pluck up and destroy that nation, saith the Lord. KJV

     How does the Lake of Fire sound to you? Are you REALLY going to live for 70 to 80 years in these pitiful, painful, sickly earthly bodies, only to end up with Satan and his angels in the fire that destroys all souls? Are you really that stupid?

     Many years ago, I heard someone say that the unbelievers have a holiday, set aside totally for them. It’s called April fools day.

     Get your head out of this world and start trying to save your own soul. Don’t depend on others to do it for you.

 

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