|Jeremiah 25 |
1 This is word that came to Jeremiah, concerning all the people of Judah in the fourth year of Jehoiakim, the son of Josiah king of Judah; this was also the first year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon;
2 The year in which Jeremiah the prophet spoke to all the people of Judah, and to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying,
3 "From the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, even to this day, which has been three and twentieth year, the word of the LORD has come to me and I have spoken to you, rising early to do so; but you have not listened and obeyed.
4 And the LORD has sent to you all his servants the prophets, rising early and sending them; but you have not obeyed, or inclined your ear to hear.
5 They [his servant the prophets] said, 'Everyone turn from his evil way, and from the evil of your doings, and dwell in the land that the LORD has given to you and to your fathers forever and ever.
6 And do not go after other gods to serve them, and to worship them; thereby not provoking me to anger with the works of your hands. Do so, and I will do you no harm.'
7 'Yet you have not hearkened to me,' says the Lord; 'that you might not provoke me to anger with the works of your hands to your own harm.'"
8 Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts; "Because you have not heard my words,
9 Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north," says the Lord, "and Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and will bring them against this land, and against the inhabitants of it, 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 joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones [making flour], 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.
12 And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are completed, that I will punish the king of Babylon and that nation," says the Lord, "for their iniquity, and I will make the land of the Chaldeans perpetual desolations.
13 And I will bring upon that land all my words that I have pronounced against it, even all that is written in this book, which Jeremiah has prophesied against all the nations.
14 For many nations and great kings shall make slaves of them [the Chaldeans] also; and I will recompense them according to their deeds, and according to the works of their own hands."
15 For thus says the Lord God of Israel to me: "Take from my hand this cup filled with the wine of my fury, and cause all the nations to whom I send you to drink it.
16 And they shall drink and be moved to 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 to whom the LORD had sent me;
18 Namely, Jerusalem, the cities of Judah, their kings, and their princes, making them a desolation, an astonishment, a hissing, and a curse — as it is this day;
19 Pharaoh king of Egypt, his servants, his princes, and all his people;
20 All the mingled people, all the kings of the land of Uz, all the kings of the land of the Philistines, Ashkelon, and Azzah, Ekron, with the remnant of Ashdod,
21 Edom, Moab, and the children of Ammon,
22 And all the kings of Tyrus, 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 you shall say to them, 'Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Drink and be drunken, and vomit, and fall, and rise no more, because of the sword that I will send among you.'
28 And it shall be that if they refuse to take the cup at your hand to drink, then shall you say to them, 'Thus says the Lord of hosts: You shall certainly drink.
29 For lo, I begin to bring evil on the city that is called by my name, and should you be utterly unpunished?1 You shall not be unpunished because I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, says the Lord of hosts.'
30 Therefore prophesy against them all these words, and say to 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 those who 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 has a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give those who are wicked to the sword,' says the Lord.
32 Thus says 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 to the other end of the earth. They shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground.2
34 Wail you shepherds and cry; and wallow in the ashes, you leaders of the flock; for the days of your slaughter and of your dispersions have come, and you shall fall and be shattered like a crystal glass.3
35 The shepherds shall have no way to flee, nor the leaders of the flock to escape.
36 A voice of the cry of the shepherds, and a wailing of the leaders of the flock, shall be heard. For the LORD has destroyed their pasture.
37 And the peaceable habitations are cut down because of the fierce anger of the LORD.
38 He has left his lair, 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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1 The Lord has said that if he has destroyed the people of Jerusalem, which was called by His name, do we think we will go unpunished? Jer 25:29. Through Jeremiah, He has also told us that walking after the imaginations of our own heart is worse than falling down and worshipping stone or wooden idols. Jer 16:12.
2 As of 2009, this prophecy of destruction of all the evil people of the world has yet to be fulfilled; it references the entire earth and all nations. The Lord is going to destroy all the evil people of the entire world, leaving the world populated only by those who listen to and obey his voice, walking completely in way he commands them. The Lord has destroyed Jerusalem and Judah, and then reasons with us saying how could we expect to escape the same punishment when we are doing the same thing: not seeking him, not listening to his voice, and not obeying him. Almost everyone, so called Christians included, are walking after the imagination of their own hearts, which is worse than worshiping idols and false gods. Unless we are listening to and following the voice of the Lord within our hearts, the Lord is not our God; our god is ourselves, serving our selfish desires, following our lusts of the flesh, lusts of the eye, and pride of life. So to make the Lord our God, you must go to him. You must wait on him — listen silently, with the humility of a sinner in need of his changing power — grace. Wait, watch, listen, hear, obey... wait, watch, listen, hear, obey..... seek, listen, obey. Keep doing this until Christ appears in your heart as a magnificent star. You must persist in doing this and must endure to the end, when Christ brings salvation.
Come, my people, enter you into your chambers and shut your doors behind you; hide yourself, as it were, for a little while, until the indignation is past. The LORD comes out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity. Isa 26:20-21. He shall execute judgment on the nations. He shall fill all places with the dead bodies. He shall crush the rulers across the earth. Psa 110:6. He shall destroy the sinners out of the land. Isa 13:9
These are prophecies of the Lord finally dealing with the iniquity of the earth, to destroy all those who do not listen to his voice and obey him, after every man hears the Voice of the Lord and turns his back on the Lord. This is like the firstborn of Egypt being destroyed; those who ate the Passover supper and had marked their doors with the blood of the lamb, were spared. The spiritual equivalent is all those of the first birth will be destroyed; those who have truly died to the flesh, by crucifying their selfish fleshly life, will be spared; having their consciences sprinkled with the blood of Jesus to be purged of dead works, living only in obedience to serve Living God.
Before this happens, as Jeremiah said in Jer 25:31, "he will plead with all flesh." Related messages from the Word of the Lord within in 2008:
George Fox wrote extensively about how all these destructions were then taking place, but taking place in the earth within a man's heart, not the earth as we know it. So it is entirely possible that all these messages below, and many more detailed in the footnote to Isaiah 24:6, do not refer to the present earth, but refer to the earth inside every man's heart, which is to be renewed into a new earth and a new heaven as detailed in the footnote to Rev 21:1. It is also possible that the messages apply to both the earth we know as well as the earth in every man's heart. Based on the absolute reliability of Fox's and other early Quakers' testimonies of the seals, trumpets, and vials of Revelation being a personal experience, we should focus only on expecting personal troubles, trials, and tribulations so that we can enter the kingdom and be prepared for whatever physical events occur afterwards. The Lord has previously said: "I will warn people about the coming troubles, about which there is no comparison. I will give ample time before the destruction of sin." When you, (along with the rest of the world), hear the warnings clearly stated, you will know to complete any required preparations.
3 Just like the pastors, shepherds, and elders of the Jews were all deceived and destroyed, so will all the preachers, teachers, and elders of Christendom be slain along with their deceived followers. This is the plagues of Babylon and why the Lord pleads with all in Christendom to: Come out of her, my people, that you do not share in her sins, and that you do not receive her plagues. Rev 18:4.
These 45,000 so-called Christian sects are Babylon painted to look like Zion, deceiving all the nations into her spiritual adultery and fornications. The whole world follows this beast with horns like a lamb, with many names, and power given him to extend his authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation. The deficit sects pretend that Christ is their husband; but these false churches are the whore of Babylon, which substitute superstitious ritual for obedience to Christ's commands to repent, his teachings, his requirements, his warnings, his required holiness, his gospel, his Kingdom, his promised freedom from sin, and his cross of self-denial — the Missing Cross to Purity. This mystery of iniquity is permitted by God to test the elect's commitment to truth; for the elect cannot stand listening to lies. (See Babylon and Apostasy for more).
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