The Book of Jeremiah

Chapter 12

Symbols

     This thirteenth chapter of Jeremiah is full of symbolism but the primary subject, and I want you to understand this real good, is that these people, HIS people, have ignored Him and gone after wooden, stone, and metal gods. And it has brought Him to the point of tears.

     How often have you or me or anyone of us, His creation, made Him well up with tears? We ignore Him seven days a week because we’re “too busy” with other things, other responsibilities, and console ourselves by going to some Beth Aven on any given Sunday morning, to listen to religious nonsense.

     We are losers all the way around. Thank Him, sometimes, for His saving grace, of which we certainly DO NOT deserve. Tell Him that you love Him, once in a while. It will make you both feel better.

     Chapter 13, verse 1.

     Jeremiah 13:1 Thus saith the Lord unto me, Go and get thee a linen girdle, and put it upon thy loins, and put it not in water.

     Don’t get it wet, Jeremiah, don’t get it dirty or mar it in any way. Why? Because, in a moment, we’ll see that this clean girdle will represent purity.

     This is not a girdle as women used to wear back in the early 1900s, this is similar to a belt that you would wear around your waist.

     Girdle_ OT:232  'ezowr (ay-zore'); from OT:246; something girt; a belt, also a band:

     This word girdle is also written as “girt”, which is representative of the Word of God. Here the girdle will represent Israel and Judah.

     Jeremiah 13:2 So I got a girdle according to the word of the Lord, and put it on my loins.

     Jeremiah got the girdle and put it around his waist.

     Jeremiah 13:3 And the word of the Lord came unto me the second time, saying,

     Father continues to speak to him.

     Jeremiah 13:4 Take the girdle that thou hast got, which is upon thy loins, and arise, go to Euphrates, and hide it there in a hole of the rock.

     I think that we’ll all assume that this word “Euphrates” means the Euphrates River but some early Jewish scholars think that it might refer to the city of Bethlehem and here’s why…

     In the Hebrew language, this word “Euphrates” is “Perath”, which is a shortened version of “epraat” or “Ephratha” which was the original name for Bethlehem, some six miles south of Jerusalem.

     Euphrates_ OT:6578 Perath (per-awth'); from an unused root meaning to break forth; rushing; Perath (i.e. Euphrates), a river of the East:

     The confusion comes from the fact that the King James has it as “go to Euphrates” and does not add the word RIVER, nor does it put the word THE in front of Euphrates, as in “the Euphrates River.” The Euphrates River, being close to Babylon, both of these two places, Babylon and Bethlehem, easily accessible by Jeremiah.

     And the Interlinear Bible is of no help on this as they have it simply as “Euphrates”. Some might think that I’m making a mountain out of a molehill by going deeper into this than necessary, but that’s their opinion and not mine. Hey, it’s my website.

     What is the Euphrates River? iI’s the border between Israel and Babylon, the truth and confusion, Satan and our Father. There are a lot of spiritual implications here, what with the river being the border and the “rock” referring to our Lord.

     Jeremiah 13:5 So I went, and hid it by Euphrates, as the Lord commanded me.

     Hide it there in a hole of the rock. Hide it in the “cleft” of the rock or “among/within” the rocks by the river.

     Jeremiah 13:6 And it came to pass after many days, that the Lord said unto me, Arise, go to Euphrates, and take the girdle from thence, which I commanded thee to hide there.

     And it came to pass after many days. There is no specified number of days given but certainly, enough time for the girdle to become soiled, which was the purpose of our Father, to begin with.

     Jeremiah 13:7 Then I went to Euphrates, and digged, and took the girdle from the place where I had hid it: and, behold, the girdle was marred, it was profitable for nothing.

     It was now worthless, couldn’t be used for anything.

     Jeremiah 13:8 Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

     Father is going to give His reasons for having Jeremiah do this.

     Jeremiah 13:9 Thus saith the Lord, After this manner will I mar the pride of Judah, and the great pride of Jerusalem.

     Father wanted His people, and us ultimately, to be close to Him, to follow His instructions, His commandments, but instead, they/we go off and do the things that please our flesh and blood bodies and not our soul and spirit.

     Jeremiah 13:10 This evil people, which refuse to hear my words, which walk in the imagination of their heart, and walk after other gods, to serve them, and to worship them, shall even be as this girdle, which is good for nothing.

     And because of this disobedience, He’s saying that, spiritually, they are wet, soggy, smell bad, and good for nothing and He doesn’t want that “girdle” anywhere near Him.

     Jeremiah 13:11 For as the girdle cleaveth to the loins of a man, so have I caused to cleave unto me the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah, saith the Lord; that they might be unto me for a people, and for a name, and for a praise, and for a glory: but they would not hear.

     He wants ALL of His children to be close to Him, to love Him enough that they will obey Him in every way. But it’s the stubbornness of human beings, it’s human beings thinking that they don’t need anything or anybody because they can do it all on their own.

     Therefore, they create their own holidays, their own churches with their own rules and laws, their own theories as to how things work and it’s a paradox of fools because you either do it HIS WAY or walk the primrose lane into the Lake of Fire.

     I lived a lot of years before I finally figured that out.

     But they would not hear. Listen to Him and follow Him. What’s that old saying…” happy wife, happy life”. How about…” Happy Father means eternal life”.


     Jeremiah 13:12 Therefore thou shalt speak unto them this word; Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Every bottle shall be filled with wine: and they shall say unto thee, Do we not certainly know that every bottle shall be filled with wine?

     I want you to say this to them, Jeremiah.

     In a spiritual sense, this “bottle” represents your earthly body and when filled with wine, will be drunk.

     Do we not certainly know that every bottle shall be filled with wine? The people answer back..

 

     "Do you think we’re stupid? Do you think that we don’t know that?"

 

     An answer that indicates that they are thinking only on the surface, only on the human side.

     Jeremiah 13:13 Then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will fill all the inhabitants of this land, even the kings that sit upon David's throne, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, with drunkenness.

     “Well, I never..God said that He’s going to make them all drunkards.”

     No, you ninny, it’s a figure of speech. Figuratively, they’re going to be AS DRUNKEN. They’ll stumble around, making bad decisions, accepting fiction for fact. They’ll be led around by the nose by some little antichrist that’s getting rich off their offerings, their tithes.

     They’ll come to their meetings wearing T-shirts and jeans, while he stands up there in thousand-dollar suits and he bought them WITH THEIR MONEY. That’s what being spiritually drunk will get you.

     Jeremiah 13:14 And I will dash them one against another, even the fathers and the sons together, saith the Lord: I will not pity, nor spare, nor have mercy, but destroy them.

     You may call yourself successful, living in a fine house, lots of bling hanging on you, but your life is going to be filled with strife, confusion, and unrest.

     Jeremiah 13:15 Hear ye, and give ear; be not proud: for the Lord hath spoken.

     Are you so dumb that you think that this is a blessing?

     Be not proud. Do you know what Satan’s biggest mistake was in the first heaven/earth age? PRIDE. He was beautiful, intelligent, no doubt, very likable and sociable, able to convince others to do the things that HE wanted them to do. And he used them to try to take control of heaven.

     Are you too proud to humble yourself before Him? That’s what it takes, you know. To be humble before Him and when you add repentance to that, you are well on your way to being back in His good graces. Think about it.

     What did Christ say about being proud and boastful in this life?

     ✡ Luke 9:48 And said unto them, Whosoever shall receive this child in my name receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me receiveth him that sent me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great. KJV

     He doesn’t give a rat’s butt what you’ve done in the past, just repent of it and all is well.

     Jeremiah 13:16 Give glory to the Lord your God, before he cause darkness, and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains, and, while ye look for light, he turn it into the shadow of death, and make it gross darkness.

     Before he cause darkness. Darkness could be translated as drunkenness. You’re going to stumble, like a drunk, all over that mountain looking for the light and it’s not going to be found. What is that “mountain”? Today, it’s your LIFE. The way you live.

     He turn it into the shadow of death, and make it gross darkness. In order for you to turn your head around and be able to SEE that light, He might make you think that He’s deserted you and I’ve had that feeling a few times in my life and it is not pleasant.

     Things might get so bad in your life that you think that the whole world is against you and when you feel that He is too, then all seems lost, and despair begins to set in. That, my friend, is when you get down on your knees and humble yourself and start anew.

     And when the thought runs through your mind that the POSSIBILITY of things turning around really might happen, THEN that light will start to shine but it will be a long haul before it turns into a spotlight, because Father works slooooowly and methodically as long as you keep trying.

     Yeah, you’re going to lose a few things during the process. Maybe your job, maybe your wife, certainly your self-respect, but if He sees that you keep on trying, you keep plugging along, it will get easier as time goes by.

     Nothing happens quickly in Father’s world because as patient as He was with you when you were making all those mistakes and ignoring Him, the same timeframe will apply on your way back up.

     Jeremiah 13:17 But if ye will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places for your pride; and mine eye shall weep sore, and run down with tears, because the Lord's flock is carried away captive.

     This is how He feels when even ONE of His flock is lost to the world of darkness, Satan’s world.

     Interestingly enough, the word “sore” means exactly the same thing as the word “weep” and they both have the same Strong’s number…OT:1830.

     Weep_ OT:1830 dama` (daw-mah'); a primitive root; to weep:

     So, “mine eyes shall weep sore” would read “mine eyes shall weep weep”. In the Hebrew figure of speech it reads...

     "Shedding tears it shall shed tears"

     Because the Lord's flock is carried away captive. Captive by who? It doesn't matter WHO carries them away, the fact is that they ARE carried away from Him but, today, it would be by Satan and his worldly influences, his temptations. When you succumb to the temptations of Satan, HE BECOMES YOUR IDOL.

     Jeremiah 13:18 Say unto the king and to the queen, Humble yourselves, sit down: for your principalities shall come down, even the crown of your glory.

     Father says that you had better sit down and have a seat because what’s coming is going to floor you. It’s going to overwhelm you with its impact.

     Actually, the king and queen here are Jehoiachin and his momma, she, no doubt, having as much say in his rulings, as king, as he did because he was only eighteen years of age.

     Humble yourselves There’s that word humble again.

     Jeremiah 13:19 The cities of the south shall be shut up, and none shall open them: Judah shall be carried away captive all of it, it shall be wholly carried away captive.

     This word “cities” is incorrect, although in the Codex “Mugah” it is so written BUT, in the Codex “HallelAND in the Massorah, it is “eyes” so it should read “the eyes of the south shall be shut up.”

     The south country is unaware that the enemy is coming from the NORTH. They don’t care, they’re too busy playing and having fun with their idols.

     The “enemy” of the end times is coming soon and nobody seems to care about that either…too busy playing church. If the enemy is a physical army, locked and loaded to do carnage and take all the spoils, that’s one thing. Everything can be rebuilt or replaced.

     The enemy that I’m concerned about has a spiritual army coming with him and they don’t want your money or your freedom, they want your SOUL. How much more treacherous can this be?

     You’ve got to start thinking along these lines, people. Life isn’t just what you currently live, life is everlasting. Do you want to be there or not? Think about it and think about it hard.

     Socialism is in the air in this country today. Just listen to the Democratic presidential candidates. And it’s stronger today than at any other time in history and if you’re inclined to want the government to take care of all your needs, then this is a good thing for you.

     But socialism is one of Satan’s tools. It goes along with the “peace, peace, peace” cry of the false prophets and any congressman or senator that wants socialism is being used by Satan to further his destructive plan....

     1st Thessalonians 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. KJV

      The people in Congress aren’t just Democrats or Republicans, they’re PEOPLE. With souls and spirits just like you and I and they want the power that comes along with having the ability to pass laws that take away your freedoms. Socialism.

     Some of these people are being groomed by Satan for a high position in his final governmental scheme, and I don’t believe that many of them have thought it through to the point of understanding that. They are more concerned with the here and now.

     Money and power. Today, not tomorrow. Open your eyes and see what’s going on in this country today. You cannot separate what's happening in this country or around the world from Scripture because Scripture is WHERE we look for information as to what's GOING to happen.

     I look at the evening news programs sometimes and I see the videos of thousands and thousands of people in other countries, jam-packed together in the streets, demanding that their government stop doing this or that. Do I ever see that happening in this country? Nope. Too concerned with their own little world to worry about what their government is doing to them.

     Someone has to go out on the street and ASK them questions about what they think and usually all they get in response is some liberal garbage.

     Jeremiah 13:20 Lift up your eyes, and behold them that come from the north: where is the flock that was given thee, thy beautiful flock?

     Open your eyes and start reading the Book that will explain to you exactly what’s happening in this country, this world, today. The governmental system of Satan/Antichrist is coming together faster and faster each and every day. And it’s happening on a worldwide stage.

     Father wants to protect you during this time but if you are too ignorant to understand what’s going on, you’ll be taken in and deceived before the sun goes down. Certainly, He can cover you with His cloak of innocency, but must He do it to billions and billions of people around this world?

     Jeremiah 13:21 What wilt thou say when he shall punish thee? for thou hast taught them to be captains, and as chief over thee: shall not sorrows take thee, as a woman in travail?

     What wilt thou say when he shall punish thee? What are you going to say on Judgment Day, when He has to pronounce a sentence of death on your soul and make it walk into the Lake of Fire, along with Satan and his 7000 fallen angels?

     “Well, brother, I just didn’t know that all this was going on.”

     YOU SHOULD HAVE! He wrote it all in a book that we call the Bible and you were too lazy to pick it up and read it. Instead, you depended on some ignorant false prophet to teach it to you and the only reason that he stood behind the pulpit was for the money. He could care less what happens to your soul. He doesn’t care what happens to HIS, why should he worry about YOURS?

     Jeremiah 13:22 And if thou say in thine heart, Wherefore come these things upon me? For the greatness of thine iniquity are thy skirts discovered, and thy heels made bare.

     Judah is going to be saying to herself…”Why has the enemy done this to me?”, and it’s because they ignored our Father and played the harlot before Satan.

     People today are doing the same thing. They’re taken in by Satan’s commercialism, the glitter and party time is the only thing that they look forward to, and, spiritually speaking, they have laid down, raised their skirts, kicked off their shoes, and became a whore to Satan/Antichrist himself.

     Jeremiah 13:23 Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.

     The good news is that it’s not too late for you. No, an Ethiopian cannot change the color of his skin, but YOU can change the way that you live your life. Sadly, many people love this world so much that they’ll NEVER change how they live.

     You have the power of Almighty God available to you and you choose to send your soul to the Lake of Fire.

     Jeremiah 13:24 Therefore will I scatter them as the stubble that passeth away by the wind of the wilderness.

     He scattered the ten northern Tribes of Israel, will you let Him scatter you as well? Sure, those Tribes went out into the world and it fulfilled the prophecy that Father said to Abraham, that his seed, around the world, would be too numerous to count.

     But the scattering was also a punishment for their disobedience to Him

     Jeremiah 13:25 This is thy lot, the portion of thy measures from me, saith the Lord; because thou hast forgotten me, and trusted in falsehood.

     This is thy lot, the portion of thy measures from me. This is where you’re at today, people, this is your lot and you did the choosing and the measure of punishment that you’ll receive depends on you alone.

     Jeremiah 13:26 Therefore will I discover thy skirts upon thy face, that thy shame may appear.

     He “looks down” on us and sees what we’re doing to ourselves, we expose our innermost self to Him by our thoughts and actions and we should be ashamed at what He sees.

     Jeremiah 13:27 I have seen thine adulteries, and thy neighings, the lewdness of thy whoredom, and thine abominations on the hills in the fields. Woe unto thee, O Jerusalem! wilt thou not be made clean? when shall it once be? KJV

     This last verse refers to the whoring of human beings. Not for each other, necessarily, but for the things of this world. How clean are your thoughts? Your mind. Do you desire the glitter of this world or do you lean towards the spiritual?

     The heavens and the earth are billions of years old, the eternity lasts for a length of time that is not understandable by us and yet we are here, individually, for about 80 years. Can you see the grossness of the time difference?

     80 years<>billions of years.

     Our lives are barely a speck of existence and STILL, we can’t find the time to do the things that will take our soul into everlasting peace with our Lord. Satan has convinced us that it’s better to live for today in HIS world than to look to the future of Father’s world.

     If you are alive when the tribulation of Satan/Antichrist begins, as St. Paul clearly states that some will and that number today is upwards of 7.2 billion people, and you don’t have the spiritual foundation that will let you see the lies of those end times, you are in a world of confusion and you will probably be lost.

     Not even Father will be able to save you. Are you really going to let that happen to yourself?

     Pick up that Book and read it, study it with understanding…

     2ndTimothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. KJV

     All you have to do is TRY and He counts it as perfect.

 

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