Jeremiah lived after the Assyrians took the ten tribes of Israel captive, and he was a witness to the destruction of Judah, Levi and what remained of the other ten tribes that had fled to Jerusalem. Jeremiah tried to warn them of what was coming – and that they should repent and turn back to God. They didn’t listen, and the rest is history.
Unfortunately, many of us are in same position as Jeremiah. We are trying to warn our brothers and sisters in Christ that the same fate is coming for all of us, but… well …it feels like we are in the same boat as poor Jeremiah. No one is paying attention, and doom is on its way.
Some will listen and do what they can to heed the warning. Most will not.
God Returns Israel To The Land
However, Jeremiah does find a hopeful message from God, and he shares it with us at the beginning of chapter 30.
1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, 2 “Thus speaks the Lord God of Israel, saying: ‘Write in a book for yourself all the words that I have spoken to you. 3 For behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord, ‘that I will bring back from captivity My people Israel and Judah,’ says the Lord. ‘And I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.’ ”
Okay, this begs the question:
Did this happen at all before 1948?
After the Babylonian captivity some Israelis did return, but only some.
But, was it The Return that is spoken of here?
Even during the brief period under the Hasmonean Kings (which were NOT of the line of King David) Israel never had full sovereignty in the land. During the height of the Hasmonean dynasty, the Jews were able to control MOST of the land of Israel. But, only most. And, shortly thereafter, they descended into a pathetic and foolish civil war over who should be the next king, giving Rome the ability to insert herself and take over.
Israel Truly Returned In 1967 – Not 1948
Even 1948 cannot be considered The Return. After the War of Independence finally came to an end in May of 1949, the Jews only controlled a part of the Land of Israel, and did not control Jerusalem. To see Israel in full control, 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, Samaria and the Golan, could Israel be considered to have ‘Returned’.
The Last Days Begin In 1967
And, it was the capture of Jerusalem by the Jewish people that was described by Jesus as part of the Last Days.
Here is the verse:
And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
But, we only understand Jerusalem’s place in a bigger picture, when we get to these two verses in Luke 21:
So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place.
In Luke 21, Jesus describes many of the events of the Last Days and makes an important point:
The generation that sees these events occur will not pass away until the Last Days are finished.
Since Jerusalem is one of those events, and is the first that we have seen fulfilled… well …it means that Jerusalem marked the beginning of Last Days. This also means that the time of the Gentiles – you and me – is complete.
However, the time of the Jews will be short, and it will begin in horrendous trouble. We can see that, as we continue on with Jeremiah 30:
4 Now these are the words that the Lord spoke concerning Israel and Judah.
5 “For thus says the Lord:
‘We have heard a voice of trembling,
Of [a]fear, and not of peace.
6 Ask now, and see,
Whether a [b]man is ever in [c]labor with child?
So why do I see every man with his hands on his loins
Like a woman in labor,
And all faces turned pale?
7 Alas! For that day is great,
So that none is like it;
And it is the time of Jacob’s trouble,
But he shall be saved out of it.
Unfortunately, many believe that ‘Jacob’s Trouble’ is The Great Tribulation. And, they say that because of how difficult that day will be. Read my book, Ezekiel’s Fire, and you will see how bad the time of Israel’s salvation will be. It will shake the world.
But, when you try to fit it into the events prophesied in the Book of Revelation… it doesn’t seem to fit anywhere. And no, the Great Tribulation is not seven years long. Daniel’s 70th Week was fulfilled two thousand years ago. When you look at the original Hebrew of Daniel 9:27, there is no pronoun involved in that verse. Without a ‘he’ in verse 27, you cannot have the Antichrist in that verse.
More importantly, we do not have permission to insert a 2000 year gap between verse 26 and verse 27. There is nothing, anywhere, that indicates that there is a gap.
For a more in-depth look at Daniel’s 70th Week, go here:
Daniel’s 70th Week
I am mystified by the willingness that some have, to insert things into the Bible that are not there. It is a grave sin to do so, and it needs to stop.
A Closer Look At Jacob’s Trouble
Now, let’s concentrate a bit on how bad Jacob’s Trouble is. This is how bad it will be:
8 And it shall come to pass in all the land,”
Says the Lord,
“That two-thirds in it shall be cut off and die,
But one-third shall be left in it:
9 I will bring the one-third through the fire,
Will refine them as silver is refined,
And test them as gold is tested…
THAT will be horrifying and unimaginable. I would do anything to stop it. However, I left out the second half of verse nine from the above passage. That ‘second half’ indicates that something fantastic will happen as a result of all that death and suffering:
…They will call on My name,
And I will answer them.
I will say, ‘This is My people’;
And each one will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’ ”
A tragedy as terrible as Jacob’s Trouble… well …it’s worth going through, if the ending results in salvation. Being a child of God is worth all of that and more. However, that doesn’t change my desire to spare the Jewish people of Israel.
Likewise – in fact, even more so – I would love to spare those who are ignoring what is coming from the suffering that will come for the rest of the world. What is coming is a level of death and destruction that is beyond our ability to imagine. And, I do not wish for any brother or sister to go through that. But, this is the will of God, and God knows what He is doing.
For those who need more detail on what will happen, I strongly recommend that you read:
That event will shake our civilization to her knees. Nothing will be the same afterwards. Nothing.
They Will Serve Jesus Christ
Let’s continue with the next two verses of Jeremiah 30:
8 ‘For it shall come to pass in that day,’
Says the Lord of hosts,
‘That I will break his yoke from your neck,
And will burst your bonds;
Foreigners shall no more enslave them.
9 But they shall serve the Lord their God,
And David their king,
Whom I will raise up for them.
Those two verses coincide with the second half of Zechariah 13:9. The Jews will finally, after two thousand years, serve Yehovah their God, the one who sits on the throne of David – Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
Israel Will Be Saved From Afar
Let’s continue with the next verse:
‘Therefore do not fear, O My servant Jacob,’ says the Lord,
‘Nor be dismayed, O Israel;
For behold, I will save you from afar,
And your seed from the land of their captivity.
Jacob shall return, have rest and be quiet,
And no one shall make him afraid.
Okay, part of this verse has happened. Jacob HAS returned. Jews throughout the world HAVE been leaving their homes and returning to Israel. But, they are NOT quiet and at ease. And, they STILL have enemies that make them uneasy, such as Iran. (Although, they might be confident that they can destroy Iran, if they need to.)
Also, not all of the Jews have returned to Israel. Many are still living in Asia, Europe and the Americas. My hope is that the survivors of that Diaspora will turn to Christ as Israel will, and join Israel in the Land of Israel.
Now, this ‘rest and peace’ is a process. Israel’s enemies are being destroyed, one by one. Today, Israel no longer fears Jordan or Egypt. The Palestinians are no longer a threat to the survival of Israel – even though they are a threat to public safety, which is still a serious thing. And, Syria has collapsed, and is in the process of becoming a failed state.
What’s left is Iran, and her nuclear program. America is trying to stop Iran from manufacturing nuclear weapons, through sanctions and possibly direct, military action. Furthermore, a global financial collapse seems to be on its way. All of that will blunt Iran’s threat to Israel’s existence.
So, when Gog and Magog comes, God will use Ezekiel’s Fire to destroy what is left of Israel’s enemies. Jeremiah 30 describes that destruction of Israel’s enemies in more detail in verses 11, 16, 17, 23 and 24. But, before we get to them, I want to ponder the significance of a two words in verse 10:
You may have noticed that I put that word in bold, when I quoted verse ten to you (above). The key phrase in the verse is this:
…For behold, I will save you from afar…
In the original Hebrew, they are one word: מרחוק – pronounced, meh-rah-hoke (hoke is pronounced like coke).
What does God mean when He says that Israel will be saved from afar?
Well, Ezekiel’s Fire WILL destroy what is left of Israel’s enemies, but that solar flare will also do great damage to Israel, itself. I would think that someone might need to come to the rescue – someone who escaped Ezekiel’s Fire. The question is…
Who would God use to save Israel from afar?
I’m not sure. There WILL be places that will survive the massive solar flare that is Ezekiel’s Fire. A lot will depend upon how the resulting coronal mass ejection (CME) will affect the different parts of the Earth’s crust. Some parts will be more vulnerable to the CME than others, and we aren’t sure which parts will survive and which will not. We only have theories and observations from previous, weaker flares, like the Carrington Event of 1859.
As I mentioned at the beginning of my book, Ezekiel’s Fire, a really powerful solar flare creates a really powerful CME. When that CME hits the Earth, it will probably do so for several hours. Those areas closest to the North Pole will – in theory – be affected the most. The effects of this Superflare will lessen as you move closer to the equator.
Whatever happens, you would be wise to prepare for the worst solar flare in human history.
Destroying All Who Persecuted The Jews
Now, the next verse in Jeremiah 30 strikes a particularly ominous note for all of us:
For I am with you,’ says the Lord, ‘to save you;
Though I make a full end of all nations where I have scattered you,
Yet I will not make a complete end of you.
But I will correct you in justice,
And will not let you go altogether unpunished.’
Unfortunately, the NKJV makes the same mistake that the KJV makes. That word ‘though’ is actually ‘because’ – or sometimes ‘for’. It is NOT ‘Though’. Though indicates possibility, when the reality is that God WILL make a full end of all the nations.
The word that we are talking about is ‘kee’ (כי). If someone in Israel asks you why you did something, the first word that you would use is ‘kee’ – because. However, the word ‘for’ is probably a more accurate usage, and that’s how the American Standard Version translates ‘kee’:
…for I will make a full end of all the nations whither I have scattered thee
And, I originally used the American Standard Version throughout, because it fixes some of the errors that were made in the King James Version. However, it made its own mistakes, so I compromised by using the NKJV.
The point is, that everywhere that the Jews have been scattered to…
…will be destroyed.
I am going to skip the next four verses (12 to 15) that talk about God’s affliction of Israel, because verses 16 and 17 clarify what was said in verse 11:
16 ‘Therefore all those who devour you shall be devoured;
And all your adversaries, every one of them, shall go into captivity;
Those who plunder you shall become plunder,
And all who prey upon you I will make a prey.
17 For I will restore health to you
And heal you of your wounds,’ says the Lord,
‘Because they called you an outcast saying:
“This is Zion;
No one seeks her.” ’
Those two verses tell us that:
- All those that devoured the Jews will be devoured
- All the adversaries of the Jews will go into captivity
- Those that plundered the Jews will be plundered
- Those that preyed upon the Jews will be preyed upon
And, for those of you who have claimed that Jerusalem is nothing, and of no importance…
- The Christians who ignored Israel and the Jews will be ashamed and stand condemned by God.
And yes, there are prominent ‘Christian’ leaders who are anti-Zionism. One of those ‘prominent’ men wrote with supreme arrogance to tell me so. Others have made it clear in their public pronouncements.
As I look out over the world, these are the places that have done terrible harm to the Jewish people:
- All of Europe – East and West
- The United States
- Muslims countries of North Africa and the Middle East
The exceptions to the above are:
- Switzerland, Norway, Denmark and Finland.
For those of you who are shocked at my inclusion of the US, please let me point out that the US allied themselves with Hitler in the extermination of the Jews. It was IBM that knowingly helped Hitler to track and exterminate the Jews. It was Franklin Roosevelt that closed the doors to the Jewish people that were trying to flee Hitler’s Germany. Ford supplied Hitler with trucks and engines. Americans provided almost everything Hitler needed to fight World War II and murder the Jews.
If you need more information on what America did to the Jews and the rest of the world, watch this:
YouTube shortlink: https://youtu.be/Yp_oM6r-vOc
THAT is three and a half hours of mind-blowing documentary. And, it answers far too many questions that I’ve had over the years. And, Google is intent on taking down that video. Just finding an alternate site for it was difficult. So, expect that this video will also be taken down.
note: This video has been ‘age restricted’. So, you might need to disable certain filters or log on to YouTube to actually see it – depending on how your computer/device is set up.
Oh, and notice where most of the nations that God will destroy are located?
The Northern Hemisphere.
Those Who Will Not Be Destroyed
Furthermore, obscene murders of Jews have happened throughout America, and American Jews have always suffered discrimination.
Here are the regions that seem to be left out of Jeremiah 30:
- East Asia – China, Thailand, Vietnam, etc.
- South Asia – India, Bangladesh
- Central and South America
- Central and Southern Africa
Will these areas be safe places to be, when Ezekiel’s Fire comes?
I don’t know for sure. I’m not sure how much we can depend on this interpretation of Jeremiah 30, but it IS something to work from. I have seen for myself the love for the Jews – and Israel – among the Koreans and the Chinese. I just don’t know if that’s enough to protect them from this horrific catastrophe.
Jeremiah 30:18-22 goes on to speak of what Israel will be like after they are brought back to God, as well as God’s compassion for them. I won’t go into all of that, so I will leave it to you to read about it, for yourself. But, the blessing of God upon the children of Jacob will be incredible.
We Could Only Understand This Now
What should catch our attention the most are the last two verses of Jeremiah 30:
23 Behold, the whirlwind of the Lord
Goes forth with fury,
A continuing whirlwind;
It will fall violently on the head of the wicked.
24 The fierce anger of the Lord will not return until He has done it,
And until He has performed the intents of His heart.
In the latter days you will consider it.
Since those two verses are spoken of in context with the salvation of Israel, it would be wrong to shift the interpretation of those verses onto the ‘catchall’ of the Wrath of God, as described in Revelation.
Even more importantly, that phrase ‘In the latter days you will consider it.’ should cause us to be careful. There’s a reason why we will understand this tempest that is going to fall upon the wicked. And, I believe that reason has everything to do with science and technology.
We UNDERSTAND what Ezekiel’s Fire is. And, we UNDERSTAND what it will do to our technological society. Therefore, I think that THIS is why we can understand what God is saying to us through Jeremiah.
Just a hundred years ago, no one would have had a CLUE about the dangers of this incredible moment in time. Now, we do.
I truly hope that you’ll be ready for this.
This chapter stands as a reminder that God was not the author of these chapter divisions. These chapter breaks were put in long after the books of the Bible were written. Many centuries after. Generally, these divisions are helpful, but can be misleading to the unwary.
Thankfully, the first verse of this chapter makes it clear that we are still within the time frame of Jeremiah 30:
“At the same time,” says the Lord, “I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be My people.”
So, we should consider Jeremiah 31 to be directly connected to Jeremiah 30. It’s a part of the same vision and prophecy that God gave to Jeremiah.
Moreover, this verse implies something interesting. It indicates that before this time, Yehovah was NOT the God of all the families of Israel – that there will be a time when Israel is not His people.
Looking back, it is clear that this has been the case for more than two thousand years. And, it is the case now. But, when this prophecy is fulfilled, it will no longer be the case. Some might be puzzled by this distinction. So, let’s talk about that a little bit.
When we talk about the Jews being the Chosen people, we do not mean that they are in a current state of perfect relationship with God. They aren’t, and they cannot be in perfect relationship with God without the Messiah. The Savior.
Without Jesus, the prophesied Messiah, you cannot have a relationship with God. Period.
Yet, an eternal promise was given, and a people were chosen. It’s as if there are two pieces:
When they come together, Jehovah will be the God of all the families of Israel. How that happens is what we are talking about. But, let’s get back to what Jeremiah 31 says.
The next verse refers to the terrible time prophesied in chapter 30:
2 Thus says the Lord:
“The people who survived the sword
Found grace in the wilderness—
Israel, when I went to give him rest.”
Unfortunately, Zechariah says that only a third of those living in the Land of Israel will ‘survive the sword’ (Zech 13:8). I live in dread of this fact, but I must remind myself that God knows what He’s doing and has His reasons for why He does what He does.
The next verse clarifies God’s attitude towards the children of Jacob:
3 The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying:
“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.
This verse presents us with yet another translation mistake. The words, ‘of old’, should actually say, ‘from far away’ or ‘from afar’. The Hebrew word is meh-rah-hoke (מרחוק). If I want to say that something is ‘far away’, I say that it’s rah-hoke (רחוק). Rahoke has NOTHING to do with age. It’s about distance.
I consider it to be a crime that the translators of the Bible are so sloppy. If you can’t translate the Bible properly, you shouldn’t do it at all.
Yet, the meaning of the verse is still obvious and visible:
God’s love for the children of Jacob does not end, and has never ended.
Yet, they rejected Him and crucified His Son on a cross, to die for our sins. They did it in ignorance and rebellion, and have suffered terribly for that, for 2000 years. And, when the final tragedy of Jacob’s Trouble hits, only a third will have survived. Yet, the point of this chapter is that these survivors will be greatly blessed. They will receive all of what we’ll be talking about below.
So, let’s see that blessing:
4 Again I will build you, and you shall be rebuilt,
O virgin of Israel!
You shall again be adorned with your tambourines,
And shall go forth in the dances of those who rejoice.
5 You shall yet plant vines on the mountains of Samaria;
The planters shall plant and eat them as ordinary food.
6 For there shall be a day
When the watchmen will cry on Mount Ephraim,
‘Arise, and let us go up to Zion,
To the Lord our God.’ ”
Usually, the Bible refers to the ‘Mountains of Ephraim’, so I’m not sure that we can be completely sure where ‘Mount Ephraim’ is. Some think that it is ‘Mount Ebal‘. If it’s not, it’s still somewhere in the vicinity of the modern city of Nablus, firmly in the middle of the northern part of the West Bank, called Samaria.
For a ‘watchman’ to stand on a mountain deep in the areas where the Palestinians live, it must mean that the Palestinians aren’t there anymore. Zechariah 12 speaks of Jerusalem being under seige, during the time of Gog and Magog, and I’m assuming that the Palestinians will have risen up to attack Jerusalem, while the rest of Israel is concentrated in fighting in the North. The Palestinians have always been a dagger at the heart of Israel, and God will finally push them out. And, I’m afraid that a large part of the two-thirds that die in Zech 13:8, will be the Palestinians who have been trying to kill Jews for decades. You’ll see more of this, when we get to Zechariah 13.
Also, notice that the watchman cries that everyone should go up to… Zion. That word is always, ALWAYS Jerusalem.
I am tempted to go into detail about the rest of the verses of Jeremiah 31, but most of them are about the blessing that God will give to the remnant of what we often call ‘The Lost Ten Tribes of Israel’. They might not know the tribe that they belong to, or that they are of any tribe, but they will be there. And, they will be blessed. But, there is one passage, later in this chapter, that is of specific importance:
31 “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah— 32 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord. 33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34 No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”
That covenant sounds familiar. In fact, Moses spoke of this, here:
The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear,
That Prophet was Jesus, and most of Israel – at that time – did NOT hear Him. But, they will. When everything that we are talking about comes to pass. This singular event, the salvation of the Children of Jacob will be – and can only be – the recognition and acceptance of Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
Jesus was, is and will always be, the final sacrifice.
The Return of Israel can ONLY be through Jesus Christ. There is literally no other way to obtain salvation. It is heresy of the worst kind to even hint that there is any other way to God, other than through Jesus.
He is the only way of salvation.
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