The Book of Jeremiah
Defeat & Captivity Proclained
This 21st chapter of Jeremiah will contain the 14th prophesy of the 51 total in this book and this chapter will have a bit of history in it and I’ll explain the different kings to avoid confusion.
Jeremiah prophesied for 41 years, from 518 B.C. through 477 B.C., and under the last five (5) Kings of the House of Judah, just before the Temple and the city of Jerusalem were destroyed and the people scattered:
King Josiah for 21 years.
King Jehoahaz for 3 months.
King Jehoiakim for 11 years.
King Jehoiachin for 3 months.
King Zedekiah for 11 years. The last king of Judah
Some will list the order of these kings differently and not as they physically reigned. The reason being more logical than anything else. I guess they feel that they know better than the Father.
This chapter 21 SHOULD fall between chapters 37 and 38 for the simple reason that the “princes” of 38:2 represent exactly what Jeremiah says in 21:9. Be that as it may, we’ll work our way through them when we get there.
Don’t forget……the Pashur in THIS chapter is a different fellow than the one in the LAST chapter. The Pashur in this chapter is the son of Melchiah, of the 5th order of priests while the Pashur of the last chapter was the son of Immer of the 6th order.
The 14th prophesy will be written between verses 1 and 10.
Alright, having said that, verse 1.
Jeremiah 21:1 The word which came unto Jeremiah from the Lord, when king Zedekiah sent unto him Pashur the son of Melchiah, and Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest, saying,
Pashur the son of Melchiah. NOT Pashur, son of Immer.
The words of the Lord, that Jeremiah will speak, will be to Pashur and Zephaniah, being sent to them by King Zedekiah.
Jeremiah 21:2 Inquire, I pray thee, of the Lord for us; for Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon maketh war against us; if so be that the Lord will deal with us according to all his wondrous works, that he may go up from us.
Nebuchadrezzar. Did you notice the different spelling of this name? The other spelling is Nebuchadnezzar. Same name, just a different language.
Inquire, I pray thee, of the Lord for us. Ask God about this matter, Jeremiah.
Jeremiah 21:3 Then said Jeremiah unto them, Thus shall ye say to Zedekiah:
And after inquiring, this is what the Father will have Jeremiah say….
Jeremiah 21:4 Thus saith the Lord God of Israel; Behold, I will turn back the weapons of war that are in your hands, wherewith ye fight against the king of Babylon, and against the Chaldeans, which besiege you without the walls, and I will assemble them into the midst of this city.
There is no need for Judah nor the citizens of Jerusalem to pick up their own weapons of war because it will do them no good at all. Father is in control of this situation and it doesn’t matter what anybody else thinks about it. His will be done here.
And against the Chaldeans. Chaldee, or the Chaldeans, and Babylon and the Babylonians, are almost interchangeable words and peoples. The Chaldeans lived in the southern part of the land while the Babylonians lived in the northern part. In a lot of cases, they fought as one against common enemies.
And I will assemble them into the midst of this city. They’re going to come over your walls and take control of the city of Jerusalem.
Jeremiah 21:5 And I myself will fight against you with an outstretched hand and with a strong arm, even in anger, and in fury, and in great wrath.
And I myself will fight against you. Father will fight against His own people and make sure that they are punished for their continual sins.
It’s not a good thing for the Creator of the universe to be angry with you because if you think that His anger is unjust, who are you going to complain to???
NOBODY. He is it.
Creator, ruler, king….whatever name you want to assign to Him, there is no one OVER Him. He is not a level on a totem pole, HE IS THE TOTEM POLE.
You’re going to take His punishment, like it or not. The thing is, don’t do the things that make Him mad or upset with you and that’s pretty easy to do and IF you screw up, He gives you the opportunity to repent and receive forgiveness of those screw-ups.
Always fair, always righteous.
Let’s face it…you’re not here because YOU want to be, you’re here because HE wants you to be.
Jeremiah 21:6 And I will smite the inhabitants of this city, both man and beast: they shall die of a great pestilence.
As it will be at the end of this age. Repentance is there for the taking although our Lord suffered greatly so that you COULD take advantage of it.
There will be no second chances when He returns. There will be no captivity but there will be destruction….destruction of souls. He will smite those souls because each one of them made Him do it, by their actions throughout this life and by not repenting of the bad ones.
Jeremiah 21:7 And afterward, saith the Lord, I will deliver Zedekiah king of Judah, and his servants, and the people, and such as are left in this city from the pestilence, from the sword, and from the famine, into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of those that seek their life: and he shall smite them with the edge of the sword; he shall not spare them, neither have pity, nor have mercy.
Zedekiah and his family, and servants, will not be killed but they will be taken captive but King Nebuchadnezzar will have Zedekiah’s eyes gouged out and he will physically drag him to Babylon.
Jeremiah 21:8 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.
I set before you the way of life, and the way of death. Obey the Father and have life; follow the ways of the world and Satan and receive a spiritual death.
There will soon come a time when this period of testing will be over. It’s gone on for many thousands of years and it will soon be over. How much time do you have left? Our Lord told us that we, those alive today, are living in the LAST generation, the generation of the fig tree.
No one knows how long that generation will last. We do know for sure that it’s not 40 years and it’s not 70 years. There is one more “generation” mentioned in Scripture of 120 years. Is that the time? According to man’s time, that generation would come to fruition in the year 2068. 64 years from the time of this writing.
The king of Babylon of the end times is Satan, in his role as the Antichrist. Are you prepared for it? We are all very wrong when we attempt to discover the end of the “fig tree” generation. All it does is give some people a false sense of security, thinking that they may have another 64 years before “THE DAY” arrives and they can live as they so choose without fear of being caught “unawares”.
A little knowledge is sometimes very dangerous. Don’t play games with your soul.
Jeremiah 21:9 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.
If you stay in the city you will die by the sword. If you leave the city and surrender yourself to the Chaldeans, you will live. You’re STILL going into captivity but at least you’ll still be alive to see it.
Jeremiah 21:10 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.
Father won’t do it personally, He’ll have the Chaldeans/Babylonians do it. The siege against the city began in December in 589 B.C. and lasted about two years.
✡ 2nd Kings 25:2 And the city was besieged unto the eleventh year of king Zedekiah. KJV
That fits right in with the time periods of the last five kings of Judah at the beginning of this chapter. This will be the end of the king line for Judah.
Jeremiah 21:11 And touching the house of the king of Judah, say, Hear ye the word of the Lord;
The word “touching” is not in the MSS, although it refers to “concerning” the house of the king of Judah.
Jeremiah 21:12 O house of David, thus saith the Lord; Execute judgment in the morning, and deliver him that is spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor, lest my fury go out like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.
O house of David, thus saith the Lord; This is the royal family and Father is addressing them because they were supposed to be the leaders that would direct the people along the path of righteousness, thus bringing blessings from our Father upon the people.
But these “leaders” orchestrated the fall from grace through their own actions, their own deceit, their own desire for the fleshly pleasures of living in Satan’s world.
Execute judgment in the morning. That’s the time of day that righteous judgment SHOULD have been executed but it was not.
Jeremiah 21:13 Behold, I am against thee, O inhabitant of the valley, and rock of the plain, saith the Lord; which say, Who shall come down against us? or who shall enter into our habitations?
And rock of the plain. Referring to the city of Jerusalem.
This is what the people say….
Who shall come down against us? Who’s going to make us pay for the things that we do?
Obstinance. Lack of good moral judgment. Living with impunity. They’ll do as they please and DARE anyone, including our Father, to say or do anything against them because of it.
Jeremiah 21:14 But I will punish you according to the fruit of your doings, saith the Lord: and I will kindle a fire in the forest thereof, and it shall devour all things round about it. KJV
Father tells them that they will receive every punishment according to their deeds, their sins. Can you see why the Father is so upset with them? They have no fear of repercussions from Him.
Their leaders allow it, their false prophets talk against any forthcoming judgments, so there’s no great mystery as to why they feel such impertinence.
The moral fabric of our great country is degrading quickly with each passing year. There is no common sense anymore. Just this morning, as I was watching the news, an employee of Best Buys attempted to stop a customer from stealing a speaker from inside the store.
She wrestled with him for a few minutes and finally got help and stopped him. Her reward for doing this? Best Buys FIRED her.
Watch the news and look at how the Democrat side of the House of Representatives has literal HATE coming out of their mouths, one LIE after another. Nancy Pelosi hates the President to such an extent that her voice quivers when she speaks of him, she stumbles over her words when trying to describe what a vile person he is.
New York state has passed legislation to allow certain criminals to be released from jail WITHOUT having to post bond. Not released on their own recognizance, just released and given a two-day grace period if they happen to miss their court date!
One fella committed four bank robberies, he was arrested, released, and went out and ROBBED a 5th bank!
It seems today that people would rather do evil than good. Why? Because with the current laws and the way that the justice system works, it’s too easy to do evil and get away with it…
✡ Ecclesiastes 8:11 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. KJV
It’s nothing new, not something that just began to happen.
Timothy explains it quite well. He tells us how people will act in the end of days…of which we are in right now!
✡ 2nd Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
✡ 2nd Timothy 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
✡ 2nd Timothy 3:3 Without natural affection,
Homosexualism and lesbianism.
trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
Incontinent means no self-control.
Despisers of those that are good, President Trump has the economy running smoothly, the stock market is at a record high and climbing, the USMCA trade deal has been signed, 100 miles of new wall at our border, Iran has been knocked back on their heels and the Democratic party is going NUTS with hatred, venom dripping from their mouths every time they speak.
✡ 2nd Timothy 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
✡ 2nd Timothy 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Having a form of godliness. Standing behind that podium, acting as the voice of Almighty God, while preaching HUMANISM. Men wearing black robes and white collars, sexually molesting our young boys for centuries.
✡ 2nd Timothy 3:6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
✡ 2nd Timothy 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. KJV
Going to church every Sunday morning for DECADES on end, never learning the truth of our Father’s Word. I spoke with a woman just the other day and she told me that the Antichrist would be “a man from Europe”, and then shrugged her shoulders as though she didn’t know one way or the other. And didn’t care.
The lies of established religion are so entrenched in the minds of people that they will NEVER believe the truth and that’s not our Father placing a cloak of innocency over them either, to protect them. They desire to be deceived.
And if you tell them anything different, they’ll argue with you, and they have no Scriptural background to pull from, to substantiate their argument.
“Well, that’s what my preacher says. That’s what THEY said.”
Never having the curiosity or the gumption to investigate whether what their preacher says is the truth or not.
Why? LAZY TO THE BONE. Don't really care. Fulfill their "supposed religious obligation" by going to church every Sunday morning. Let the preacher do their thinking for them.
And their souls will walk into the Lake of Fire, they will vanish like smoke in the wind, and we’ll never remember that they ever existed.
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_12 January 2020_