The Book of Jeremiah

Chapter 15

True Prophets

     What does the word Jeremiah mean? “Whom God launches forth.” He’s a prophet and he’s “thrown” among the people of Judah, to deliver HIS WORD to them.

     The first ten verses of this chapter are about our Father reflecting on Judah. Verses eleven through twenty-one concern Jeremiah and his complaints and Father’s promises to him.

     Jeremiah 15:1 Then said the Lord unto me, Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, yet my mind could not be toward this people: cast them out of my sight, and let them go forth.

     Though Moses and Samuel stood before me. Father is saying to Jeremiah that even if Moses and Samuel themselves were to come before Him and try to change His mind, to make intercession for Israel, that it would not work. And Moses and Samuel had Father change His mind a time or two.

     Why did Father single out Moses and Samuel? Well, Moses because he tried to intervene with Father after he came down from the mountain and saw all the people worshipping the golden calf.

     Samuel, at Mizpah, when he offered a calf up to the Father as a sacrifice and the Lord listened to Him.

     Father is saying that even THEY couldn’t change His mind about the coming punishment.

     Jeremiah 15:2 And it shall come to pass, if they say unto thee, Whither shall we go forth? then thou shalt tell them, Thus saith the Lord; Such as are for death, to death; and such as are for the sword, to the sword; and such as are for the famine, to the famine; and such as are for the captivity, to the captivity.

     As Jeremiah goes before the people, they talk to him in a sneering voice.. Whither shall we go forth?, as if to say:

     “Alright, let’s get on with it, where are we going next?”

     The people STILL do not believe that Father is going to punish them, they’re still listening to their false prophets who are still telling them that everything is going to be ok.

     So, Father says to tell them that some will die a death, some will die by the sword, some will die from the famine and some will go into captivity.

     Jeremiah 15:3 And I will appoint over them four kinds, saith the Lord: the sword to slay, and the dogs to tear, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the earth, to devour and destroy.

     And I will appoint over them four kinds. The Targum has it as “four evil punishments” which is indicated as death by the sword, the dogs to tear their flesh, the fowls and beasts of the earth to devour and eat.

     Do you understand what the word “dogs” really refers to? A male prostitute.

     Dogs_ OT:3611 keleb (keh'-leb); from an unused root means. to yelp, or else to attack; a dog; hence (by euphemism) a male prostitute:

     Didn’t believe me, did you?

     In many ways, the sin of Judah was just like those of Sodom and Gomorrah, and He totally destroyed them. Will He do the same to the House of Judah? No, but He will put them into captivity, away from the land of their forefathers.

     The others will be scattered across the globe.

     Jeremiah 15:4 And I will cause them to be removed into all kingdoms of the earth, because of Manasseh the son of Hezekiah king of Judah, for that which he did in Jerusalem.

      And I will cause them to be removed into all kingdoms of the earth. They’re going to be scattered around the world.

     The reference to Manasseh goes all the way back to the book of 2nd Kings, chapter 3. Manasseh was NOT a good king to Judah, he was evil. He reigned for 55 years and undid all the good that his father, King Hezekiah, had done for Judah.

     He reinstated grove worshipping and he made his son to “pass through the fire”, to be burned alive and offered to the god Molech.

     He took the Children to the depths of depravity.

     Jeremiah 15:5 For who shall have pity upon thee, O Jerusalem? or who shall bemoan thee? or who shall go aside to ask how thou doest?

     For who shall have pity upon thee, O Jerusalem? Not the city itself but the people that lived there.

     Or who shall go aside to ask how thou doest? The sins of Judah were so grievous, so heinous, and so many, that others that saw them would not even so much as speak to them or ask them how they were doing.

     Jeremiah 15:6 Thou hast forsaken me, saith the Lord, thou art gone backward: therefore will I stretch out my hand against thee, and destroy thee; I am weary with repenting.

     Thou art gone backward. The religious saying “backsliding” is associated with this. The meaning, here and today, is backing away from the laws and commandments of our Father. It’s well demonstrated how Judah has done it and it’s pretty much the same today.

     Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, the temptations of the world just overwhelm our good judgment and off we go into Satan’s world.

     I am weary with repenting. Certainly, Father has no sin of which to repent so what is the meaning here?

     Repenting_ OT:5162 nacham (naw-kham'); a primitive root; properly, to sigh, i.e. breathe strongly; by implication, to be sorry, i.e. (in a favorable sense) to pity, console or (reflexively) rue; or (unfavorably) to avenge (oneself):

     He’s tired of having pity on His people. For hundreds and hundreds of years, it’s the same thing over and over again. They sin, they repent, Father forgives them; they sin, they repent, Father forgives them.

     He says that HE’S TIRED OF IT.

     This doesn’t mean on an individual basis, this is on a NATIONAL plane, the NATION of Israel. On an individual basis, He will forgive you seven times seventy….that’s 144 times in one day.

     Matthew 18:21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?

     Matthew 18:22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. KJV

     If we are expected to forgive our brothers and sisters that many times, how much more will He?

     Jeremiah 15:7 And I will fan them with a fan in the gates of the land; I will bereave them of children, I will destroy my people, since they return not from their ways.

     Bereave means that He will stop them from having children. They will not grow in number, they will have no posterity if they continue in the direction that they’re going.

     Bereave_ OT:7921 shakol (shaw-kole'); a primitive root; properly, to miscarry, i.e. suffer abortion; by analogy, to bereave (literally or figuratively):

     To “fan” Judah is an interesting way of our Father saying that He will disperse them around the world. “Fanning” or “winnowing” was a way of separating the wheat from the chaff or the hull of any seed away from the seed itself.

     A pile of grain would be placed in an open area and buckets or handfuls of grain would be thrown up in the air while women, with large palm fronds in their hands, would “blow” the hull off to one side while allowing the grain to fall straight down to the floor.

     Most people today do not even realize that they are probably a part of those Ten Northern Tribes that migrated out of the area of Israel, went through the Caucasus Pass and on into Europe, the British Isles, Canada, and the Americas.

     Ever wonder why white people are called CAUCASIANS?

     Probably not. Oh, well.

     Jeremiah 15:8 Their widows are increased to me above the sand of the seas: I have brought upon them against the mother of the young men a spoiler at noonday: I have caused him to fall upon it suddenly, and terrors upon the city.

     Their widows. Who are these widows? They are the wives of the men that were killed in battle. It even includes the mother of the young men that were not married.

     A spoiler at noonday. Because the area was hot and dry during the summer months, many people stopped working around the hottest part of the day and simply rested in the shade, so when the army of Nebuchadnezzar came upon them, instead of resting at that time of the day, it was a surprise to them.

     A spoiler. A reference to Neb’s army, as being big brutes compared to the Israelites.

     The Antichrist is pretty much going to do the same thing. Mentally, people are going to be “drowsy” or “inattentive”, spiritually. They plod along day after day and then all of a sudden, someone that looks exactly like our Lord and Savior is seen walking around in Jerusalem.

     And because they’ve been lazy, depending on their preacher to inform them of future events, when even HE didn’t know what they would be, and now they’re confused. They’ve been told so many times that the first one taken in the field would be raptured out of here and they think that this “person” in Jerusalem is the real Savior.

     But he’s an imitation of the real thing. He's a fake and they don't know it.

     Preachers and lazy people have made it soooo easy for Satan/Antichrist to get away with his deception. They don’t see anything wrong when their kids come home from Sunday School and they tell their parents that Eve ate an apple in the Garden of Eden.

     The parents are as biblically-confused as the kids.

     My ex-father-in-law, many, many years ago, came up to me after one church service and wanted me to teach a Sunday School class. I laughed and told him that I was barely qualified to read a book, much less, read and understand the Bible well enough to teach somebody else about it. At that time, I was as biblically-retarded as anyone else.

     He told me that I didn’t have to know a thing about the Bible, just read and teach from the pamphlet that the church hierarchy sent down every week.

     Even back then I knew, instinctively, that that was wrong. I never taught a single Sunday School lesson.

     Jeremiah 15:9 She that hath borne seven languisheth: she hath given up the ghost; her sun is gone down while it was yet day: she hath been ashamed and confounded: and the residue of them will I deliver to the sword before their enemies, saith the Lord.

     She that hath borne seven languisheth. She’s had seven children and she’s worn out, there is no strength or energy in her any longer.

     She hath given up the ghost; her sun is gone down while it was yet day. In the middle of the day she passed away, she was ashamed and confused because all of her children had been killed.

     And those that were still alive, Father says that He will deliver them into the hands of the enemy and the sword will destroy them.

     That’s the sword of the enemy. The sword of the Lord is much more powerful than that because it has a cutting edge on each side. It’s called His tongue and the Word of God.

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

     Wouldn’t it be nice if His sword was on your side when Satan/Antichrist comes? Sure would.

     The subject and focus changes here to Jeremiah and His Election…..

     Jeremiah 15:10 Woe is me, my mother, that thou hast borne me a man of strife and a man of contention to the whole earth! I have neither lent on usury, nor men have lent to me on usury; yet every one of them doth curse me.

     This is Jeremiah speaking. He is a prophet of the Living God and people are treating him as though he was a lender that charged a tremendous amount of interest on the money he lent out. Everybody is cursing him.

     What did our Lord say about prophets?

     Mark 6:4 But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.

     Mark 6:5 And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. KJV

     It means that a prophet among his own family and people will garner no respect. So, Jeremiah needn’t be surprised that he’s taking a lot of flack from the people.

     Jeremiah 15:11 The Lord said, Verily it shall be well with thy remnant; verily I will cause the enemy to entreat thee well in the time of evil and in the time of affliction.

     Verily it shall be well with thy remnant. This doesn’t mean those who follow afterward, but rather it will be well with Jeremiah towards his end. This word remnant means to be free….

     Remnant_ OT:8281 sharah (shaw-raw'); a primitive root; to free:

     Verily I will cause the enemy to entreat thee well in the time of evil and in the time of affliction. During the days of the captivity.

     Is there a time of evil and affliction coming for us? You bet there is. Satan/Antichrist will have all his ducks in a row when Michael releases him from heaven for his five-month tribulation period.

     Billions and billions of people will be deceived by how he looks and by the words that come out of his mouth. Many are expecting blood and torment and death, but would the true Jesus Christ do that sort of thing when HE returns? Of course not, and neither will Satan/Antichrist.

     Satan himself is spiritual evil and affliction. And before he is released he will be told that he can come down here and jerk around the unbelievers, those that do not know the truth, but as for His Election, he cannot touch them.

     Revelation 9:4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. KJV

     He can play around with those that are ignorant, but those that have the seal of Almighty God in their minds, he cannot touch.

     Yes, some will be brought before his councils but only those of His Election will be chosen to do that. And that’s no big deal because they will allow the Holy Spirit to speak through them.

     Do you even presume to think that as a human being, that you can stand before Satan/Antichrist and trade words or insults with him? He will knock you back on your butt in a New York minute. Or use human logic against a super-human mind?

     No way, Jose’.

     Let me just say something here as it crosses my mind….some people might be saying..

     “Man, that crap ain’t ever going to happen. You’re a kook and a religious nut case. I’m going to die just like everybody else and that’s all there is to it. Besides, I don’t believe in all that stuff.”

     To a certain extent, these people would be right.

     How many people, on average, die around the world each day?

     “According to the World Health Organization, 56 million people die each year, which is an average of about 153,424 people each day. The exact number of people who die each day, however, fluctuates. Noncommunicable diseases, which are diseases that are not contagious, are the number one killer of people around the world.”

     That’s 153,424 people that will never see the second coming of Jesus Christ, each day, and in a world that has over 7.2 BILLION people on it, 53 million people are 0.0142857% of the total population of the world.

     Less than 1/100th of 1% of the total population. That leaves a whole lot of people living on earth.

     We know how many people die each year, worldwide, so how many people are BORN each year, worldwide…

     “Worldwide, there are slightly more than 131 million births each year. There are approximately 360,000 babies born per day and 15,000 births per hour worldwide. That is more than twice the number of people who die each day. Just under half of the world's total population is comprised of children 18 and under.”

     Wow. 131 million each year. So, let’s subtract the number that dies from the number of new people created each year and we come up with 78 million. That means that, even after 53 million people die, there will be an INCREASE of 78 million people each year.

     Now, if you look ONLY at your lifetime, yep, you will probably die before the Lord returns but WORLDWIDE, there will be BILLIONS of people still walking around, going to work, raising their kids, going shopping and attending church each Sunday when our Lord returns.

     So, maybe I’m not just talking to little ‘ole YOU, maybe the entire world would like to have true information concerning the return of Christ. Maybe THEY would want to know that Satan/Antichrist comes BEFORE the true Messiah, and maybe THEY would want to prepare for it.

     Many of them won’t because of differing beliefs of different religious systems around the world but that doesn’t change any of the numbers nor does it change the fact that Satan/Antichrist comes BEFORE the true Christ.

     None of this is in our hands, it’s in the hands of our Father. He said it would happen, it WILL happen exactly that way, and if you don’t want to believe it or you want to fight against it, then have at it. You will not be able to change anything EXCEPT what you believe.

     Alright, verse 12.

     Jeremiah 15:12 Shall iron break the northern iron and the steel?

     This is a comparison between Judah (iron) and the Babylonian army (northern iron and the steel).

     And the answer to the question is NO. The Babylonian army is too strong for Judah. Back in those days, iron was mixed with copper and bronze, (northern iron and the steel), which made it stronger than normal iron (iron). Not quite the way it is today because we've gotten better at making iron and steel.

     Jeremiah 15:13 Thy substance and thy treasures will I give to the spoil without price, and that for all thy sins, even in all thy borders.

     This is talking to Judah. They’re going to lose everything they own, because of their sins, when the Babylonians come to capture them.

     But, down the road, as time passes, Father says in Isaiah….

     Isaiah 43:3 For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee. KJV

     In the end, Father tells them that they will ultimately have the victory IF they follow and obey HIM.

     Jeremiah 15:14 And I will make thee to pass with thine enemies into a land which thou knowest not: for a fire is kindled in mine anger, which shall burn upon you.

     They’re going to be taken from Israel and Jerusalem and placed in Babylonia. This is NOT the land of their forefathers.

     For a fire is kindled in mine anger, which shall burn upon you. Father is tired of the continual sin, continually thumbing their collective noses at Him and His Commandments. What did Father say back in verse 6?

     I am weary with repenting.

     And how about verse 7?

     Since they return not from their ways.

     Take a good look at our country today. The Democrats want to take us into socialism so badly that they promise the American public ANYTHING. FREE college education. FREE medical care. Lower taxes. The Green New Deal plan. Who’s going to pay for all this? WE ARE.

     What? Do you think that the RICH are going to pay for it? Maybe Russia? How 'bout Great Britain? Maybe we could convince them to pay for all of this FREE stuff. I know, let's raise the import/export tariffs so high that a loaf of bread will cost $50.00 a loaf.

     And it won’t be voluntary. It will be mandatory. They’ll take your money before you get it.

     One candidate promises to legalize ALL DRUGS. Let's make it ALL legal and then see how far into the cesspool this country can sink.

     Does this sound like a plan that our Father can support? Not in this lifetime. It all goes against what He teaches. But, hey, Satan is having his way right now, or, more truthfully, Father is ALLOWING him to have his way.

     Satan LOVES socialism, it’s a part of HIS overall governmental plan for this world and his system. Look at the countries that have it…

     North Korea. The people are prisoners, Christianity is forbidden.

     Russia. Very few freedoms, Christianity is forbidden.

     Iraq and Iran. The people are prisoners, Christians are killed.

     Palestine. Christians are hunted down and are killed. You’re either a Muslim or you’re dead.

     Sure, it will take three or four more election cycles, but socialism will gain popularity more so than today. Soon, people will be crying for it.

     “Please feed us. Please take care of us. Please give us our daily rations. Please make us feel safe and secure. Please, Mr. Government……”

 

     Or MRS. Government, if Nancey Pelosi has her way because she will appoint herself as Supreme Leader when the government takes us over completely.

     Given the condition of this country right now, Satan is very pleased with his successes.

     Jeremiah 15:15 O Lord, thou knowest: remember me, and visit me, and revenge me of my persecutors; take me not away in thy longsuffering: know that for thy sake I have suffered rebuke.

     And revenge me of my persecutors. They don’t understand that it’s Father who is bringing the persecutors upon them. Why? Because of their continual sin. He loves them enough to chastise them, to punish them, to get them to turn their heads around and love and obey Him once more.

     Know that for thy sake I have suffered rebuke. Hey! It’s not for HIS sake, it’s for YOUR sake. Get your head out of your butt and look at how you’re living.

     Feel good about it? Time is running out.

     Jeremiah 15:16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts.

     This is Jeremiah speaking. He has done everything that Father has asked him to do and it brought him joy but still, he is persecuted among his own.

     Jeremiah 15:17 I sat not in the assembly of the mockers, nor rejoiced; I sat alone because of thy hand: for thou hast filled me with indignation.

     He didn’t even want to be around his own people, because of their actions, they were foreign to him. He sits alone, depressed and full of despair.

     Jeremiah 15:18 Why is my pain perpetual, and my wound incurable, which refuseth to be healed? wilt thou be altogether unto me as a liar, and as waters that fail?

     Where are the Living Waters that will heal me, Jeremiah asks of the Lord? Are all your promises a lie, Lord?

     Every promise that He has ever made will be fulfilled IN ITS OWN TIME. Not OUR time. HIS time.

     The answer to Jeremiah’s question we find in chapter 30:15…

     Jeremiah 30:15 Why criest thou for thine affliction? thy sorrow is incurable for the multitude of thine iniquity: because thy sins were increased, I have done these things unto thee. KJV

     It’s the sins of his people that directs the anger of the people towards him. They wallow in a sewer full of sin and curse the person that tells them why they’re there.

     Living a life that is pleasing to Him will bring joy into your life and how sweet it’s going to be when we are finally back with Him, knowing in our hearts that we lived the best life for Him that we possibly could, given our human characteristics and our sinful ways.

     The others will end up on the left side of the Gulf, watching the souls on the right side sing and give praises to the Lord, while their brains are encompassed with darkness, fear, dread, and hopelessness because it is no longer possible to make a good confession of their sins.

     This is what HELL is, and they will continue to feel that way until they walk into the Lake of Fire and become nonexistent. Less than 100 years in these bodies and you end up not existing.

     Wow. Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?

     Jeremiah 15:19 Therefore thus saith the Lord, If thou return, then will I bring thee again, and thou shalt stand before me: and if thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth: let them return unto thee; but return not thou unto them.

     Father is offering them hope, here. Change your ways, go from the vile to the precious and become My children again. It won’t stop the captivity from happening because we read the Book. It’s going to happen.

     Jeremiah 15:20 And I will make thee unto this people a fenced brasen wall: and they shall fight against thee, but they shall not prevail against thee: for I am with thee to save thee and to deliver thee, saith the Lord.

     If you become His child again He will build a brazen wall of security around you, your enemies or THE ENEMY, Satan, will run from you because of His protection.

     Jeremiah 15:21 And I will deliver thee out of the hand of the wicked, and I will redeem thee out of the hand of the terrible. KJV

     Living a life that is pleasing to Him is not all that difficult but if you persist in going to and attending services at some Beth-Aven that He disapproves of, how can He work in your life? He’s not going to reward you for listening to and believing in the lies of some church system.

     Giving your hard-earned money for a tithe to a religious organization that teaches the rapture theory? And you want a blessing for doing it?

     Listen to His Word. His teachings. Read His Book, not some Catechism or pamphlet. And the blessings will follow. For certain.

 

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