Jeremiah

Chapter 10

"Exhortation, an Alternation, Idolatry or Yehovah."

This Bible Study is written by Roger Christopherson, and it's transcription/ location is provided by http://www.theseason.org

This chapter is written after the false scribes came in and twisted the Word, and then the teachers came in and teach that twisted Word, that we have discussed in the two prior chapters. This then is the results of that twisted Word, when the truth has been made a lie. This is what people are doing today.

Jeremiah 10:1 "Hear ye the word which the Lord speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:

This covers all of Israel, even the tribes that went north, and who are known today as the Christian nations.

Jeremiah 10:2 "Thus saith the Lord, `Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them."

Keep those heathenistic practices out of your lives, of rolling the Easter eggs, and all of those heathen practices; keep them out of your lives. God is even pointing to the stars of the heaven, and how the heathen have worshipped them, made idols out of them. The sun, and moon also beside the stars and angels of the heavens. Though God has placed His Bible in the stars, but those signs in the heavens are not to be worshipped, but as signs of the times that you are in. Don't be dismayed at them, they are there for your understanding.

Jeremiah 10:3 "For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe."

The customs of the people are empty. First of all let's get one thing straight, this is not talking about a Christmas tree. This is talking about the person that cuts down a tree, and cuts it up, and makes carvings out of that tree. They make faces, and images out of that tree, and making an image that they can worship out of that tree. Later in verse 9, we will see that they overlay the whole thing with gold or silver, to make the idol have value.

If you don't study God's Word and allow your teachers to twist the truth, then this is what happens. You don't know the difference of what is truly God's Word, from that form which is heathenism.

We see this in things that are brought in at Easter [Ishtar] time, such as the rabbits and easter eggs, and the people facing the sun earily in the morning, in their sunrise services. In most cases they don't know why they do it, but it is done by tradition. The false scribes twisted the Word, and God's people picked up the twisted forms of the heathen, and by practising them over and over it came to where those things of idolatry were an accepted tradition.

Even the thought of applying the bunny and the egg, and the feast to Ishtar [Easter] which are rights to the fertility godess, and appling those spiritually filthy customs to the most sacred day to Christians, the time of Passover when Our Lord Jesus Christ went to the cross to pay the price for our sins. These customs of the people that are empty are there and obvious, and yet people say, "We would never allow heathenistic practices into our churches."

Those that look religious will be punished just like those that are not. Christianity is not a religion, but it is a reality. It is what you do in everyday life.

Remember what God said in Hosea 14:8 regarding a tree; "Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir tree. From me is thy fruit found." The symbolism is in the fact that the evergreen always has green foilage, and it never dies into a dormant state. So is our Heavenly Father.

People cut Christmas trees for their beauty, but they don't worship them in their homes.

Jeremiah 10:4 "They deck it with silver and with gold they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not."

The reason that it is decked with gold and silver is to make that idol have some value that of itself it doesn't have. They fasten it with nail and with hammer because that idol simply cannot stand on it's own two feet. You have to make it stand. Do you want to worship an idol that has to have a nail to keep it from falling flat on it's face? You can really put your faith in something like that? Let's use common sense.

Jeremiah 10:5 "They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good."

They are helpless as a palmtree, and they simply cannot speak any knowledge to you whatsoever. They can not talk to you, or listen to you. Wherever those idols are, you have to carry them with you, and place them where they are. It is you that decides the fate of that idol, and you that decides the strength that you will give it. The idol is helpless in itself.

This is a word to the wise. Though many people today say they have no idols, yet they have let their house become their idol; or that shiny thing you drive, and polish and show off before the neighbors. As you enter, your vanity starts showing, and in those items you vanity and comfort, and your pride shows. Anytime you let something come between you and God, or makes you silly around others, and draws your attention away from God, that becomes your idol.

The one thing that those idols cause is the sin of allowing yourself to be drawn into too much usuary, and causes something else to draw your attention away from God. Many times, the usary collects $600.00 per month, and the principle on the loan is twenty dollars.

Jeremiah 10:6 "Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O LORD; thou art great, and thy name is great in might.

Our Heavenly Father is the creator of all things. Never turn from Him. He is the supplier of all blessings and success. Go back and review Jeremiah 9:24; "But let him that glorieth glory in this, I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord."

Our Heavenly Father is in the drivers seat, and He is the one that hands out the passes to the important things in life, happiness, contentment, riches that you don't have to appologize for, they are God's blessings. That is what is meant by that 24th verse; God saying that He delights is giving things to His children that earn it.

Jeremiah 10:7 "Who would not fear thee, O King of nations? for to thee doth it appertain: forasmuch as among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like unto thee."

There is no need to fear the King of all nations, for He loves you. He is your Heavenly Father. You can search the entire world, and you will find no one that cares for you like our Heavenly Father. This is not just spiritually speaking, but God is our literal Father, the Father of your very soul.

Jeremiah 10:8 "But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine of vanities."

This is speaking again of those that like to prop up their little idols, and ruffle the eggs and chase the bunnies at the feast of Istar [Easter]. In the early times, when the hunting of the eggs drew you way out into the bushes, the kids were not there. That is when the fertility right of Ishtar took place. However today we have cleaned up our idolatry a little, to where the kids can participate. It is still idolatry, and part of the doctrine of vanities.

While they are searching for the eggs, they are not looking to the cross of Christ, but making light of that time. No, most churches say, We would never do anything that is heathenistic. They claim one thing, but play the role of the heathen. "They are altogether stupid and silly [brutish and foolish], the tree is a doctrine of vanities [emptiness].

What is written over the door of a church doesn't matter, it is what happens inside that counts. God gave us the rule to judge His houses. He called one "Beth-aven" and the other "Beth-el". "Beth", or house, and "el" being God's name, so "Beth-el" is the "House of God", where God's Word is taught.

"Beth-aven" on the other hand is the "house of emptiness [vanities]", for "aven" in the Hebrew means "emptiness". The Beth-aven is a house that does not teach the Word of God, therefore when you leave, you have not been taught the Word of God, but maybe one verse, and an hour of tripe to go alone with the verse. In one verse you can't even get the context or the subject of the thought in one verse. We must take the Word as God wrote it to be understood.

Jeremiah 10:9 "Silver spread into plates is brought from Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz, the work of the workman, and of the hands of the founder: blue and purple is their clothing: they are all the work of cunning men."

The silver spread into plates, is the hammering out to get it worked kinks out of the idol, to where it can be acceptable. The gold is the placing of value on that new idol, and making it to where others can accept it to be of value. Then they put the blues and purples on their idol, and idolatry to where it can stand up there with the others that worship the King of kings, and this old worthless piece of wood has all of a sudden, by mans hands, standing before man, as a equal in their minds to the God of creation. Friend, what ever man does to form any idolatrous work, is the work of cunning men.

Man cut the tree down, stuck some nails to it, to make it stand on it's feet, painted it with gold, put a little cloth on that chunk of wood to decorate, and now you want to place it equal to the God of the universe? That is the height of stupidity, and sillyness. It may look cute and decorate your house, but it is not to be worshipped.

Jeremiah 10:10 "But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation."

The Lord is the Living God, and not something that a nail must hold up. It is time to mature and grow in God's Word. See our Heavenly Father for what He is, an everlasting, and loving Father, that not only created all things, but controls all courses of events, and signs of the times. He is concerned with the matters of the universe, and He also is concerned with every detail of your life.

Jeremiah 10:11 "Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens."

This Jeremiah 10:11 is the only verse in the entire book of Jeremiah that is written in the original Massorah manuscripts in Aramaic Language. This verse is written in Aramaic because it is a message written to the children of the king of Babylon. It is addressed to Babylon, documenting again that this is a type of what will happen. Regardless what the false preachers say, they will not be gone when the trouble came, they will be there. This is the type that it will be in this end time.

It is the type and the documentation, that because of the uneducated, and the Biblical illiteracy that is running wild in the world today, they are going into Bablyon. Just as the house of Judah entered into captivity under Nebuchadnezzar in Jeremiah's day, so also will the church world go into captivity under the king of Bablyon, that is to say the false Christ.

The Messiah is coming, but the false Christ is coming first. Friend, you are not going anywhere, until after the great tribulation, and all the first six seals have taken place. So you had better get ready for what is coming, or you will be among the deceived.

God is instructing Jeremiah to give this instruction to the captives and the heathen, those that refuse to accept the fact that they will be present for the captivity. God is saying that when you make any god that you want, and make with your hands your idols and with your words, your twisted doctrines, and traditions. The time is coming very shortly when Christ will return at the seventh trumpet, and every idol, every false twisted doctrine, your fancy car, and beautiful house will be destroyed from off the face of the earth.

When God's wrath comes up and you are not in God's grace, this applies to you. God will take care of His own, and if your are there, you will not be harmed. God is asking why would you work for something that will not be anymore? You had better get your priorities straight. The point of this verse is that there is nothing more valuable to you then our Heavenly Father, and His protection, His righteousness, and His judgment. It is just as important today, as it was in Jeremiah's day.

This part doesn't come in heaven, but it comes today. It comes while you live each day for Him, and do the thing that you must do to live, and prepare for what His Word has warned us that will happen to our generation. Many of the events that are the signs of the final generation are history to us today, and happened decades ago.

Only those that study God's Word, as it should be taught, will have the knowledge that is necessary, and the understanding of our Heavenly Father's plan for this world. What happens shall come to pass exactly as it is written, and we can learn to deal with it. There is nothig new under the sun, and that that has happened, shall be again. Why? What happened before in the days of Jeremiah, is about to happen again. It is time to wake up.

We now leave the Aramaic and and return to the pure Hebrew, in the Massorah manuscripts.

Jeremiah 10:12 "He hath made the earth by His power, He hath established the world by His wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by His discretion."

Man in the flesh has been here about six thousand years, give or take a few years. Man builds a little stick and expects that idol to do something for him, or their little things that they put first. Their own idols, or their false Christ that comes first, they would worship before God Himself; Why? Because they are ignorant of God's Word, and the chronological order of events that God has warned us about. They would rather listen to the babblings of men.

There is an order to the events that are to consumate the end of this earth age, and they are called the trumpets. God has given us His seals, the vials, and all the details of the ending of this age, yet man would rather listen to some man's construction of the times and events, rather then listen to God. God is telling us, from that last chapter, when you understand me, then you can boast of your knowledge. That is the only knowledge that is worthy of boasting.

Jeremiah 10:13 "When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures"

God can simply "say the word" and the heavenly bodies of the universe set their course to control the weather. He controls the tides of the oceans by the moon, and the rains to fall upon the earth. Yes He even controls the jet streams, and the lightnings that gives the nitrogen to the soil. God can use these treasures of His to bless or to not bless His people. That is God's business, and we are not to mess with it.

God is all powerful and in control of all elements, and He has given you the right to worship Him, or something that some man has made or thought up? That is your free will, and God will not interfere with your choice. To worship God is to have eternal life, and to worship anything but God is eternal destruction of your soul. Why would you allow anything to come between you and the Father.

Jeremiah 10:14 "Every man is brutish in his knowledge: every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them."

A man can gain all the knowledge that it is possable, and if you start out with a dead idol, that is exactly what you will end up with. Wood is wood, and it simply doesn't change from wood, unless it turns to ashes. It will do nothing for you. That goes also for a dead religion, or any spiritual form that is not of God. There is simply no blessings that can be obtained from it. If you are not abiding in the truth of God's Word, then what you have will simply be like a decaying log in the forest. All wisdom comes from God: Be careful of any image, for the ultimate and last sin will be the worshipping the image, the false Christ.

This is why the book of Revelation is important, and the Revelation 13 must be understood. This is the record of how Satan will cause the entire world to worship him, when he plays the role of "instead of Jesus", the Antichrist. He will look like the Lamb, but Satan will have two horns [of power], and out of his mouth will flow a flood of lies and deception.

Friend, if you worship the Antichrist's image, it will be your last great sin, and that is going to be the wisdom of the world. It is here now, and those that have not studied God's Word, will be deceived by the "instead of Jesus". You don't have to be familiar with the Word as a gifted teacher, but you must be familiar with the overall plan of God, to know that the false Christ must come first, and see him for what he is when he gets here, and you can only do that by studying the Word of God.

Jeremiah 10:15 "They are vanity, and the work of errors: in the time of their visitation they shall perish."

Those that reject God's Word are empty, and their work, doctrines are in error. This word for "perish" indicates that they will not exist any longer at the time of visitation. The visitation is the day of Jesus Christ's return. Concentrate of the fact that anything that is created by man, idols, doctrines, and so forth that varies from God's Word; including all those things that you allow to come between you and God, will be gone. They all will perish.

Jeremiah 10:16 "The portion of Jacob is not like them: for he is the former of all things; and Israel is the rod of his inheritance: The LORD of hosts is his name."

Jacob is always used when we are refering to the natural seed of Israel. the natural children of God. God formed all things, He formed the universe, and Adam, and He created all things. He is not an idol, and thought or idea of strange forces in the universe. He is a person and you and I are made in His image.

Friend, when you are one of God's elect, and saved by the blood of Christ through repentance in Jesus name, you are God's inheritance. Is God getting His full value out of you? Do you love Him?

Jeremiah 10:17 "Gather up thy wares out of the land, O inhabitant of the fortress."

The "inhabitant of the fortress" is the city besieged. Notice that it didn't say House of Judah, it said "inhabitant". We will find out latter in this book of Jeremiah that there are other people, other then Judah, that have entered into the city, and live among the children of Judah. We are refering to the "Kenite" that live among Judah, and give Judah a bad name and reputation. They have been there for a long time and the book of Jeremiah will bring that out clearly, especially in chapter 34.

Jeremiah 10:18 "For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will sling out the inhabitants of the land at this once, and will distress them, that they may find it so."

Many of the false prophets of today say that this happened in 70 A.D., don't ever listen to it. This great "slinging out of the inhabitants of the land" only happens once. Jesus told us in Matthew 24:2, Mark 13:2, and Luke 21:6 that at that moment "there would not be one stone left standing upon another." The western wall has always been there, for the day of it's building, and it still stands there. There is still one stone standing upon another, but Jesus Christ said it would only be done once. It hasn't happened yet, but shortly it is going to, in the prophetical sense.

At that time, when the wall has been turned to sand, and the end of this earth age is over, then is the time of the distress and the penalty will be paid. It is too late for salvation by faith then, and the door is slammed shut. This is the time of the seventh and last trump and the gate is sealed, and you are either in, or you are just not going in until after the time of the Millennium age, when you will be judged by your works only. .

Jeremiah 10:19 "Woe is me for my hurt! my wound is grievous: but I said, Truly this is a grief, and I must bear it."

This is speaking of Jerusalem, and the inhabitance that are within it at that time of the seventh trump. The prophet sees that grief, and he knows that those inhabitants must bear the hurt that they have brought upon themselves.

When we see the wickedness and calamity that is in the world today, as the so called peace makers go out to do their mischief, we see the calamity at the same time. We know what is going to happen, because we have this letter from our Heavenly Father, written by the hand of His prophets, and that is the documentation that will bring to pass and prove that this written Word is true to the letter.

Jeremiah 10:20 "My tabernacle is spoiled, and all my cords are broken: my children are gone forth of me, and they are not: there is none to stretch forth my tent any more, and to set up my curtains."

You might think of this as your roots, those grandparents and forefathers, they are gone; nobody knows where they are. People just don't know where their roots are, or who they are. They stumble around calling themselves Christians, and attribute foreigners, Nethinims, which are those Kenites as God's chosen, and think of themselves a Gentile. God kept His promise to Abraham in His Covenant, and the children are here, numbering as great as the stars in the heaven, and the sands of the sea, only the couds are broken, and God's children are leaving Him, as far as their rememberance is concerned.

As the family enlarges, there is no one to spread the tent pegs, to make room for the new members of the family. The tabernacle of God is becoming empty, because the people are drifting away from Him, into these houses of Beth-aven. They are drifting away because they have put other things before the studing and gaining knowledge of God's Word. They just don't pray for nor teach for understand of the manuscripts.

Jeremiah 10:21 "For the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the LORD: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered."

As the pastors or shepherds of the church houses brutish, which is to "take away from" the true meaning of God's Word, and teach the twisted lies of false prophets, their flocks will be scattered. These pastors are most all teaching their flock to accept the first messiah to come, the Antichrist, and in doing so, they not only shall be deceived and scattered, but taken in the wrong wedding. There is no way that the flocks can stand against the Antichrist, because they are ignorant of God's Word, and the knowledge of what to expect.

Jeremiah 10:22 "Behold, the noise of the bruit is come, and a great commotion out of the north country, to make the cities of Judah desolate, and a den of dragons."

Jeremiah is saying, if you listen very carefully, and pay attention to the times, you can hear the roar of the king of Babylon [the brute] as he comes. His mutterings are all over. "Have you seen the re-establishment of Israel? And have you seen the one world system come into being? Have you seen the rise and fall of Russia? And have you seen the churches starting to unite under one banner, called the world or national council of churches? What about those peace agreements between Israel, and it's neighbors, and then the covenant between the two houses, the House of Israel and the House of Judah? Those mutterings are all here, and it is time to wake up.

We see peace, peace, peace being spoke all over the world, this great commotion out of the north country, is the shaking that took place decades ago, that brought those massive amount of Kenites from all parts of the world, to form the tiny nation of Israel. Both baskets of figs have returned to Jerusalem, as we will study in Jeremiah 24, the good, and the bad [Kenites with them]. We will go into detail then on this subject.

Jeremiah 10:23 "O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps."

Man simply cannot understand what he should do, or not to do concerning these end times, within his own knowledge. Only God's Word can inform, and direct us during these times when the Antichrist, Satan shall rule the earth. You will either be sealed in your mind, or you will not, and if you are not, then God will give you over to Satan to have his way with you.

Revelation 9:4, 5 "And it was commanded them [Satan's realm] 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." [4] "And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should not kill them, but they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man." [5]

When a person or family studies to understand the Word of God, they will have a pretty good idea which way to go, when the Antichrist comes, because they will have a good understanding of the seasons that they are in. God's elect do not have to worry about this time, for it is written that they have a purpose at this time, and the Holy Spirit will intercede for them, because they don't even know what to pray for within themselves.

When the Holy Spirit dwells within you, they He will guide and direct your path at that time. As far as man himself is concerned, forget it, there is not chance, aside from the knowledge of God's Word.

Jeremiah 10:24 "O LORD, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing.

This verse is directed to each of individually. Why would Jeremiah ask to be corrected by judgment and not in anger? Those that are obeying and following God's Word as best they can through repentance, are counted as perfect because in God's judgment has no condemnation against them. Then, if that seventh trump should sound at that moment, then your judgement is reward, and not punishment. When you get that reward, it is not in anger, but with joy and rejoicing. God's anger doesn't go to you, but to His enemy at that time, and it doesn't matter where you are at that time, you will be changed and reap all the rewards that God has set aside for you.

Jeremiah 10:25 "Pour out thy fury upon the heathen that know thee not, and upon the families that call not on thy name: for they have eaten up Jacob, and devoured him, and consumed him, and have made his habitation desolate."

This refers to the tribes and the families of the kingdom of God. If they don't call on the true God, but on somebody else, as was stated earlier when they cut the tree, and decked it out to be worshipped as an idol, then the fury of God will be poured out upon them.

How have they eaten up Jacob? They have made Jerusalem, Jacob's home desolate. They have taken Jacob and made him desolate, but where are the families and tribes of Jacob? Most people teach that that all of Israel is of one tribe, and that is to say Judah. That just is not true. It shows the Biblical illiteracy among the students and scholars in the world today. They have mixed amongst the heathen nations, and come to a point of ignorance to their own identity. They even call themselves Gentiles.

Hosea spoke of who we could identify the House of Israel in the last days in Hosea 1:10; "Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured not numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, `Ye are not My People,' there it shall be said unto them, `Ye are the sons of the living God.' "

In the final days of this earth age, in the places around the world wherever the House of Israel may be, they will not consider themselves to be of God's own, of the seed of Abraham, but they will call themselves Gentiles. They will be ignorant of their identity, and what is said of them even by themselves, they will call themselves by "the living God." "The living God" is the resurrected God, Jesus Christ, that ascended into heaven, witnessed by hundreds of people, and who now sits on the right hand of the Father. Those Israelite nations, and families call themselves "Christians". They are the Christian nations of today, and they also have another identity that they use in ignorance.

When those ten tribes migrated through the Caucasus Mountains, and scattered out over western Europe, and the Americas, they became know as "Caucasians", after their event of the migration, and through the years, they attributed this to a race, and not to the families that they do belong to. They have left their trails of migration all over America, written in stone, documenting that God's Word is true.

Those people and families are consumed in total deception, when the great apostacy takes place will be much shamed when it will take place, but on the first day of the Millennium every knee will bow to the true Christ. Heathen and Israelite, every knee will bow to Christ, because God will show to the world that He is God, and there will be no doubt about it.

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