Jeremiah 30

The great blessing that we have is that God does not change – not even a little. This means that He is utterly consistent. He will punish us for exactly the same reason that He punished other people in the Bible. Likewise, He will bless us as He has blessed others, and for the same reasons.

Things happen in patterns.

So, as we read through Jeremiah, and other books of the prophets, it can sometimes be hard to figure out which chapter is in our future, and which chapter is in our past.

However, the Lord has made it easy to determine that at least part of this chapter in in the Last Days, because the last verse says:

Jer 30:24 The fierce anger of Jehovah shall not return, until he have executed, and till he have performed the intents of his heart: in the latter days ye shall understand it.

We will understand all this in the latter days. At the very least, SOME of this chapter is reserved for the Last (latter) Days.

Let’s begin:

“1 ¶ The word that came to Jeremiah from Jehovah, saying,

2 Thus speaketh Jehovah, the God of Israel, saying, Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book.

3 For, lo, the days come, saith Jehovah, that I will turn again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith Jehovah; and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.

Did this happen at all before 1948?

After the Babylonian captivity there was a kind of return. But, was it The Return that is spoken of here?

I really do not think so.

Except for a brief period under the Hasmonean Kings (which were NOT of the line of King David) Israel never had full sovereignty in her own land.

In fact, I think that it’s pretty clear that not even 1948 could be seen as The Return. For that, we need to fast forward to June of 1967, when Jerusalem was captured by Israeli forces during the ‘Six Day War’. Only with the taking of Jerusalem along with the territories of Judea and Samaria could Israel be considered to have ‘Returned’.

4 And these are the words that Jehovah spake concerning Israel and concerning Judah.

5 For thus saith Jehovah: We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace.

6 Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child: wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness?

7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.

Trembling, fear and war. Recognize anything from our headlines today?

But, the end of verse six bothers me a bit. All faces will be turned to paleness? That’s more than just fear. A lot more.

Verse seven is worse. The day will be great. No day will have ever been like it. It is the time of Jacob’s Trouble.

Hmmmm… Jacob’s Trouble.

There’s been a lot of speculation about that. Some have thought that Jacob’s Trouble was the Holocaust. And, until something worse comes along, many will continue to think that The Holocaust as Jacob’s Trouble.

However, a careful reading of the scriptures indicates that something worse than the Holocaust is coming, and six million will appear to nothing by comparison to that.

And, let’s not forget Zechariah 13, where it says that two thirds of Israel will be cut off and die. For everyone who loves God’s Chosen, Zechariah 13 will always be the most disturbing chapter in the bible.

8 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith Jehovah of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds; and strangers shall no more make him their bondman;

9 but they shall serve Jehovah their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them.”

Again, were the Hasmoneans of the line of King David?

No. The Hasmoneans were of the tribe of Levi. This verse, therefore, could not be referring to the Hasmonean kingdom that existed in between the Alexandrian and Roman empires. Therefore, this MUST be in our future.

“10 ¶ Therefore fear thou not, O Jacob my servant, saith Jehovah; neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be quiet and at ease, and none shall make him afraid.

Is Israel quiet and at ease, with no one making them afraid?

Wellll… maybe yes and maybe no. It is clear that Israel feels threatened. But, it is also pretty clear that Israel feels that it can handle those threats.

So, if that day isn’t here today, we can be sure that this day is coming. (Especially, as we examine other places in the bible.)

11 For I am with thee, saith Jehovah, to save thee: for I will make a full end of all the nations whither I have scattered thee, but I will not make a full end of thee; but I will correct thee in measure, and will in no wise leave thee unpunished.

Everywhere the Jews have been sent off to, those countries will be completely destroyed. So, I ask you, is there ANY country where the Jews have not gone?

We’re in a lot of trouble.

The Lord goes on to say that He will correct Israel ‘in measure’ – meaning that His ‘correction’ will appropriate. And, it will be limited and not open ended. And, the Lord will not let Israel get away without this ‘measured’ punishment.

Would Zechariah 13’s prophecy about two thirds of Israel being cut off and dying… Would THAT be a part of this ‘measured punishment’?

I am truly hoping that this is not that. I truly want to be convinced that Zechariah 13 is pointing to something completely different.

12 For thus saith Jehovah, Thy hurt is incurable, and thy wound grievous.

13 There is none to plead thy cause, that thou mayest be bound up: thou hast no healing medicines.

14 All thy lovers have forgotten thee; they seek thee not: for I have wounded thee with the wound of an enemy, with the chastisement of a cruel one, for the greatness of thine iniquity, because thy sins were increased.

15 Why criest thou for thy hurt? thy pain is incurable: for the greatness of thine iniquity, because thy sins were increased, I have done these things unto thee.

In a very real sense, the above description can be applied to ourselves before we are saved.

16 Therefore all they that devour thee shall be devoured; and all thine adversaries, every one of them, shall go into captivity; and they that despoil thee shall be a spoil, and all that prey upon thee will I give for a prey.

17 For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith Jehovah; because they have called thee an outcast, saying, It is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.”

All those that have persecuted the Jews will themselves be persecuted.

Does this mean that those countries that have never persecuted the Jews, such as those in North and South America… will they escape this judgement?

I hope so.

In fact, I pray that God will spare America because they have been a refuge for The Chosen. Unfortunately, our crimes in other areas are huge.

“18 ¶ Thus saith Jehovah: Behold, I will turn again the captivity of Jacob’s tents, and have compassion on his dwelling-places; and the city shall be builded upon its own hill, and the palace shall be inhabited after its own manner.

19 And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small.

20 Their children also shall be as aforetime, and their congregation shall be established before me; and I will punish all that oppress them.

21 And their prince shall be of themselves, and their ruler shall proceed from the midst of them; and I will cause him to draw near, and he shall approach unto me: for who is he that hath had boldness to approach unto me? saith Jehovah.

22 And ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.

23 Behold, the tempest of Jehovah, even his wrath, is gone forth, a sweeping tempest: it shall burst upon the head of the wicked.

24 The fierce anger of Jehovah shall not return, until he have executed, and till he have performed the intents of his heart: in the latter days ye shall understand it.”

This last section could ALMOST be describing the Hasmonean Kingdom. It was a time when Israel had returned and the cities were built. Israel had become people of God. Those that oppressed them HAD been punished. And they were multiplied.

But, the Jewish people failed to continue. They left God and rejected the Messiah, so this section could not be talking about that time.

Furthermore, verse 24 end with: in the latter days ye shall understand it. This means that this section specifically speaks of ‘The Last Days’.

Which means that this verse is yet to be accomplished:

23 Behold, the tempest of Jehovah, even his wrath, is gone forth, a sweeping tempest: it shall burst upon the head of the wicked.

It’s coming. Prepare for it.

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