"Prophecies and Proclamations."
Study is written by Roger Christopherson, and it's
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Jeremiah 2:1 "Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying,"
Jeremiah 2:2 "Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown."
God told Jeremiah to go down there into Jerusalem and cry aloud into their ears. In other words, make sure they hear every word you have to say. Remind them of the time that they tried to please God, when God considered them His bride. In those days when the Israelites were in the desert, the Israeliets went after God to follow all of His directions, and sought to please Him.
Though God is speaking to the people of Jerusalem, we can get more out of this from Ezekiel 16, where God tells us of His espousal to Jerusalem, and taking it to wife. Jerusalem was known as Jabus, meaning she had an unclean birth, a dirty, filthy city founded by the Jebusites. Then king David took that city and cleaned her up, and cast out the idolatry, and spiritual wickedness, and renamed her "Jerusalem", the "city of peace".
God in that sixteenth chapter said that Jerusalem was His most favorite spot, and made a covenant with that city forever. Jerusalem is God's favorite spot in the whole earth. Here then, in Jeremiah, God is saying, back when things were good, you followed me.
Jeremiah 2:3 "Israel was holiness unto the LORD, and the firstfruits of his increase: all that devour him shall offend; evil shall come upon them, saith the LORD."
Go back now to those seven things that we are to be against from Jeremiah 1:18 and 19. Those seven things all are either man made, or man. We are never to be against God, and the things of God. What God is saying here is very tender, He is saying that you are my firstfruits. As it is the firstfruits that ripen which belong to God by Biblical law, and so when they take a part of you, and rob from you, they are robbing from me. This is a beautiful thought, when you think that He is talking to Jeremiah, and take into consideration that this also applies to you, when you are one of God's firstfruits. God is saying that He doesn't want anyone messing with you.
God loves His own and all those dedicated to Him. When one thinks that they can offend one of God's firstfruits, it is God that will take vengaence on that offender. The firstfruits belong to God, and God will keep every last one of them.
Jeremiah 2:4 "Hear ye the word of the Lord, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel:"
God is including all the tribes of the whole House of Jacob, all the tribes of both houses, the nation of Israel and the House of Judah.
Jeremiah 2:5 "Thus saith the LORD, What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity, and are become vain?"
Remember the term, "Beth-aven" which is called the "house of emptiness, or vanity". God is asking, What have I ever done that they should turn against me this way? God took care of them from the times in Egypt, in the desert, during the times of the Judges, and through the time of King Solomon. And then they split into two nations and turned against me. God never does anything against those that follow Him.
Friend, in these final days of this earth age, things may get a little rough for those that take a stand against the Antichrist, but God will see you through. We are to be bold, and we have the freedom to be bold because we have our Heavenly Father with us. In those churches, houses of emptiness [Beth-aven], there is nothing but tradition being taught, teaching them how to submit to the instead of Christ, the Antichrist in their fly away doctrines. They are teaching a dream world, and not the Word of God.
We are in the time of the end, and God is allowing the events that mark the final days to come to pass. The nations have come together in their new world order, and the political ten powers or agencies are now in control of all nations, controlling the economics, education, religious world, and the politics of the nations. It is time to stand your ground, and be against those things that God istructs us to guard against. We are to stay away form those houses of emptiness, where God's Word is not taught.
Jeremiah 2:6 "Neither said they, Where is the LORD that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, that led us through the wilderness, through a land of deserts and of pits, through a land of drought, and of the shadow of death, through a land that no man passed through, and where no man dwelt?"
They have completely forgot what the Lord had done for them, in the wilderness. God gave them water from the rock, when there was no water to be had. There were no cities, no stores, for it was the shadow of death, it was a desert of rough, sandy, and rocky land with many pits. However, God took them through the wilderness in good shape. There simply were no people in that wilderness, and nothing but the mercy of God to see them through.
Today we have streets and areas of town that have turned into deserts, as far as there being a man to help. Many of our streets in the cities of America have turned into a killing field. There are many walking on those streets that wonder where God is, and they may even search for God and truth. There are many also that wear the cloth, and call themselves pastors that are non-believers, yet they take the paycheck from God's house. Is it any wonder that our nation is getting in the shape that it is today?
Yet God is calling out His people and they will make a difference, when it seems that there is dispair all around. Even our political systems are bringing forth their adgends that have become an abomination before God, and they even do their idolatries, and abominations in the name of God, when God says that He is against those practices. They bring socialism into our nation, under the name of political correctness, and so on.
Jeremiah 2:7 "And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof and the goodness thereof; but when ye entered, ye defiled my land, and made mine heritage an abomination."
We call our nation, "One nation under God", and we see all sorts of abominations and idolatry from the commander and chief, and the heads of the governmental agencies. The news air-waves are full of abominations, that are being peddled as political correctness. God is against it, and we better evaluate our positions on these matters.
Jeremiah 2:8 "The priests said not, Where is the LORD? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit."
My friend, this has come to pass, There are so few Christian scholars in the world today that you can almost count them on your hands. The priests and pastors of our land have turned to traditions, and rejected the complete Word of God. Most just don't believe in the death burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, nor the teachings of Christ. They are so deep in their traditions, such as Easter, that they have completely rejected the passover. My friend, that is Baal worship. The fertility rights, the sunrise service, whereby they face the east, the bunny and eggs games are all part of Baal worship. They are all part of ancient Baal worship, even though down through the years the religious leaders have tried to make these traditions of men Christian. They are as much heathen today as they were in ancent times, as they have also many of the other traditions that the religious leaders have allowed into their so-called Christian churches.
There is nothing wrong with games, boiled eggs, rabbits, and other things that they do, as long as it is kept separated from our Lord's crucifixion, when He paid the price to bring repentance. He arranged it to where we could know the Word of God. God has arranged it to where we have the freedoms to hear and teach the Word of God, and the laws written within. It is time to wake up because many of our rights are slipping away.
Jeremiah 2:9 "Wherefore I will yet plead with you, saith the Lord, and with your children's children will I plead."
Even though most of the pastors, priests, scholars and religious leaders are turning from God, God is saying that He will not give you up. Generation after generation God will continue to plead through His teachers, and pastors, and prophets that do know God's Word. God loves His children, but His children hurt Him at times. If we are to maintain our freedoms in this land, it must be through the church system. The pastors and teachers must get back to teaching discipline, from the small child to adults taking control of their lives. When you teach things that are foreign to God's Word, then you are against God, and He will not bless you our your work.
Jeremiah 2:10 "For pass over the isles of Chittim, and see; and send unto Kedar, and consider diligently, and see if there be such a thing."
"Chittim" in the Hebrew tongue means "the bruisers". In Daniel, it even implies it is God's elect that will disrrupt the false Messiah's activities. "Kedar" in the Hebrew means "the place of the dark skinned". Jeremiah is told by God to go out amongst the Gentiles and see if people will give up their beliefs, and change to something different. The answer, of course is that they won't. They would not do it in Jeremiah's day, and they will not do it today either.
Jeremiah 2:11 "Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but My people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit."
Those heathen nations and people will not change their gods, and traditions, which are not of God; Yet, those that call themselves Christian, and of the whole House of Israel, are anxious to change the glory of God, for some tradition and belief that has nothing to do with God's Word. If you don't know the Father, and His Word, and what God requires of you, it doesn't do you any good to pray, quite frankly.
If you are a lazy Christian, and are willing to settle for just being saved, and that is it, you become of no value to the Father. When you are inexperienced, and Biblically illiterate, then what good can you possible be to the Heavenly Father. Friend, it is time to get studying His Word to where you can do some work for Him, and plant some seeds of truth. If you are studying where you gain no more maturity today then when you began years ago, of what profit is it to you?
Jeremiah 2:12 "Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the LORD."
God is telling Jeremiah that His wrath is building. Jeremiah saw the wrath of God, when Judah went into captivity to Babylon, and that is a type of the wrath that we will see in this final generation. It is time to stop and think. Our Heavenly Father has emotions, and He is a very jealous God, and He is very jealous of you and what you do.
Jeremiah 2:13 "For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water."
Notice that there are two evils that God's people have committed against Him. This of course looks forth to the apostacy that will be upon us shortly. Any time that man builds a religious system that which basically leaves God out of their church, and focuses their teachings on traditions, rather then the Word of God, then their system has become a broken cistern that just won't hold water. It becomes nothing but a fake, and a series of fly-away stories.
Apostacy is when one gives up their professed belief, and accepts the false Christ, the "instead of Christ". This is to be taken out of season, and to not wait for the true Messiah, the Husband of the bride of Christ. That great apostacy is coming, and it is going to be very soon. Have you been taught? Do you know what the signs of our times are? The Word of God is very simple and it teaches us those signs of what to look for over and over.
There is only one true meaning of the "fountain of living waters", and it is as Jesus Christ said to the woman at the well, "Partake of this water, and you will never thirst again." At this time here, God is using Israel as an analogy, that instead of going to God in times of trouble the Israelites would run down to Egypt for protection, when God specifically said, "I am your protection".
Jeremiah 2:14 "Is Israel a servant? is he a homeborn slave? why is he spoiled?"
Though this verse is confusing in the English, in the Hebrew it is very specific. The question is being asked, why has Israel been made a spoil? Why does everybody rip him off? A homeborn slave will always be a slave, and has no possibility of ever being a free person. God is saying, He did not create His children to be that way, to be a slave. In fact, Israelites felt that they were very noble, and the very children of the living God. Their Father was the creator of all things, and that is nobility, and not slavery. However, it seems that our people are always anxious to run off, and let themselves be enslaved in usuary and taxation, and so on, and bind themselves into slavery. Who's benefit are you working for? Are you getting ahead, or is your money just slipping away, and drawing you more and more behind, and into the debt of Satan's system.
Jeremiah 2:15 "The young lions roared upon him, and yelled, and they made his land waste: his cities are burned without inhabitant."
This verse is looking up towards the ten tribes that had been scattered by the time the House of Judah would fall. The House of Israel had been long scattered by Assyria, but the Babylonians had not yet taken Judah captive yet. The Assyrians simply took everything that the ten tribes of the northern kingdom had, took them into captivity, and led them away from the Palestine area.
There were the ten tribes that went north through the Caucasus Mountains, and later settled in Western Europe, and onto this great hemisphere of America, and most of them just don't know who they even are. They think that all of Israel is of Judah, and they just don't know that the House of Judah is separate from the House of Israel. They don't know the difference between the two houses, and the two are considered the same in their ignorance. They remember the event, and have identified themselves by that event through the Caucasus Mountains, and call themselves "Caucasians" as a race.
They don't know God's Word, and why there was a House [nation] of Israel, and a separate House [nation] of Judah, because their traditions have blinded their eyes from the truth of God's Word. They could really could care less, and they just don't think it is that important to them. Then you choose this action, there goes their inheritance, and they become slaves to those that should be their servants.
Jeremiah 2:16 "Also the children of Noph and Tahapanes have broken the crown of thy head."
God is saying, instead of running to God, the fountain of living water, they run down to Egypt [Noph and Tahapanes] to the heathen gods, worshipping those ancient gods from where they had fled. They ask for the religious strength from those heathen Egyptians, and to "drink from the Nile", or worship the gods of the Nile. "Noph" is the Hebrew form of the word "Memphis, the capital of Lower Egypt, south of Cairo. "Tahapanes" is the Hebrew form of the Greek "Daphnae, and it sat on the Pelusiac branch of the Nile.
Remember that for hundreds of years the Israelites were in slavery to the Egyptians, so instead of having broken the crown of thy head, they stripped it. Joseph's crown was removed, and Pharaoh became the king there.
Jeremiah 2:17 "Hast thou not procured this unto thyself, in that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, when he led thee by the way?"
God is telling them that they did it to themselves. Why? they foresook God and left Him out of their lives. This applies to us today as much as it did in Jeremiah's day, or even as it did when the children of Israel were stumbling around in the wilderness. When you forsake the Lord your God when He is leading you by His way. God was taking care of His own, and they refused God's help, and turned their backs on Him.
The analogy was, when the Lord was leading them in the wilderness, and feeding them and watering them, and teaching them, and providing the light at night and shade by day from the bright sun. The Lord's people were eating angels food daily, as they bowed to a golden calf; and in so doing, they turned on God.
Friend, when you do not take the letter that our Heavenly Father has written to our generation, and take it seriously to your heart, you too are turning on Him. Then should anyone wonder why their prayers would not be answered? Friend, God doesn't know you if you are mixed up in some religious system. It is time to get into His Word and know what God's Word has to say to you, living in this final generation of this flesh age.
Jeremiah 2:18 "And now what hast thou to do in the way of Egypt, to drink the waters of Sihor? or what hast thou to do in the way of Assyria, to drink the waters of the river?"
The "waters of Sihor", are the "dark waters". The "way of Assyria" are the ten tribes in their captivity. God is comparing the waters of the Nile, and the waters of the Euphrates rivers, which is the border between Babylon and Israel. God is asking all of Israel, both houses, Why would you not call on My living waters of truth, instead of running off to strange dark and heathen waters [gods]. God is jealous because His children have turned on Him, and He doesn't like it to see them whoring after strange religions.
They would rather seek that which is nothing and does not profit, then to accept their inheritance which God has set aside for them. God profits His children that love Him, through blessings to each of them. He will enrich their lives and their ministry, and provide what is necessary both for your living, and your advancing in His Word, and your planting of the seeds of His Word.
God has given us His Word and that Word teaches us what things we are not to be involved in. Then when we follow those instructions, He will pad the way with the things that are necessary, and there will be plenty of everything. Not necessary plush, but we will get by real fine, when we follow the Word of God. That is God's promise to you. It doesn't matter if you are in the bottom of the gutter, if you make a decision today to make something out of yourself, God will give you strength to do it. If you study His Word that teaches you how.
Jeremiah 2:19 "Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts."
God is saying that He doesn't have to correct you, for you have gotten yourselves in enough trouble, that by the time you stop and think, you will be crying out, "Father help me." You will turn back to me alright.
The reason for the backsliding condition, and the evil and bitter things that have fallen on you is that "thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God, and that my fear is not in thee." God is telling you that you asked for exactly what fell upon you, yourself. You have heard the expression, "you made your bed, now sleep in it".
The two evils that were committed by Israel caused all the problems that fell upon them. Let's learn from them, and not make those mistakes all over again. The first evil was to turn their backs on God. However the second evil was worse then the first, and it looks forward to the time of the great apostacy, it is to make yourself a religion to replace God, even in ignorance. This second evil is a grievious error. One would have to lack any real wisdom to think that he can build a religion, and a system that will replace the true God.
It is impossible for one to be an active Christian and be Biblically illiterate. It is impossible for one to be a blessed and useful Christian, and at the same time be Biblically illiterate. There is nothing wrong with being Biblically illiterate if you have never had a teacher who knew the Word, and could teach it, but today is the day to start studying under a teacher, until you get the tools for yourself, and then study on your own. Don't listen to any man but listen to the Word's of our Heavenly Father, along with the right tools, and pray for understanding.
Be prepared to go back to the Greek and the Hebrew, and get the true meanings for that Word you are studing, and check it out. That is why we use the King James Bible, for with it we have the Strong's Concordance that is numbered to both the Greek and the Hebrew Dictionaries that takes you to the prime meaning of understanding of each word of the Bible.
The "Companion Bible" is the best to use for studing to get the true meanings from the original writings, because it is the Text of the Authorized Version of King James 1611 version. It relates all the facts and phenomena treasured up in the Massorah, and relates them according to Dr. C. D. Ginsburg's Massoretico-Critical Test of the Hebrew Bible.
When you use the proper tools you will find that there is nothing confusing about it, and that our Heavenly Father speaks to His children naturally, and in a language that they can understand. The key to understanding the Word of God is to get the right tools, and study. If you don't care for God, and His Word, Why then should God listen to your mutterings, when you follow the two evils that He is warning you about. That is exactly why your prayers are not answered.
We are to be as peaceful as a dove, and wiser then the serpent. How can you be wiser then the serpent, when Satans ministers can take the Word and twist them, and you don't know the difference because you remain Biblically illiterate? Freind, it is time to get into His Word, and learn to check man's teaching out for ourselves before we accept it as being the from God. Learn to be someone that God can use, then seek the blessing that God has for you.
Jeremiah 2:20 "For of old time I have broken thy yoke, and burst thy bands; and thou saidst, I will not transgress; when upon every high hill and under every green tree thou wanderest, playing the harlot."
Remember in the ancient times when God broke the yoke of Israel, and allowed other nations to put bonds upon them because of the trangressions, and they would continually weep and come back to God as a whimpering pup. While the would come back to God, they still would not give up their idolatry, but couldn't wait to get right back into their playing the harlot with other religions and gods. God is reminding us that He had indeed broken that usuary off their necks, and instructed us on how to live prosperously through His Word, but then, just as soon as things get right, we seem to turn around and jump right back into those evil ways.
This does not only refer to money, but to traditions and doctrines and systems that replace the Word of God with a form that goes against the Word of God. This refers to those traditions that replaced the passover, that the church system calls Easter, and those fly-away doctrines that are addressed in Ezekiel 13:18-23, called the rapture doctrine.
Jeremiah 2:21 "Yet I had planted thee a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me?"
Our Heavenly Father created His children as the children of the living God. He did not create us as some stick or rock, but children of a noble vine, that is royalty. God made you to be a child of the King. God planted the good seed, and He expected to get right seed or children from that seed. God is asking Jeremiah, how is it that from that good seed I ended up with a bunch of bastards here, someone who is not of Israel. "Strange" means foreign, and God is saying that those right seed or children that were to be of a noble vine, have turned into something that is not of me. God speaks very plain, and He wants you to understand Him. This should bring to mind the parable of the tares from Matthew 13.36-39.
Matthew 13:36 "Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and His disciples came unto Him, saying, "Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field."
Jesus' disciples want to know who these tares, or the wicked seed are.
Matthew 13:37 "He answered and said unto them, "He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;"
Matthew 13:38 "The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;"
Matthew 13:39 "The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels."
God is telling Jeremiah, how could you do this? I created you, and gave you everything, a look what you have turned yourself into.
Jeremiah 2:22 "For though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before me, saith the Lord GOD."
"Nitre" is alkaline that is so strict, or strong that it is nothing but lye. While "soap" is as soap today, but is of the vegetable or animal, rather then mineral. God is speaking and He is telling you that there is no way that you can cleanse your outward body, and keep the iniquity and filth of your mind from God. There is no way that you can create anything that will cleanse your sin from you, not in your religious system, or in what you create from your hands, for only God can cleanse your sins.
Sin is only cleansed in the way of repentance, and the blood on the cross by our lord Jesus Christ. That is God's wonderful and beautiful way that we had better be thankful for.
Jeremiah 2:23 "How canst thou say, I am not polluted, I have not gone after Baalim? see thy way in the valley, know what thou hast done: thou art a swift dromedary traversing her ways;"
You hear people all the time saying, I am a Christian, and they expect those words to act as magic for them in washing their sins away. Or they claim that they never sin, or chase after other gods, yet they jump into every heathen tradition and doctrine that has entered the church house, without questioning it and checking it out for themselves. Baalism has worked its way into the church today, just as it did in Jeremiah's day.
Friend, have you ever questioned what happened under those trees in Jeremiah's day, that harlotry that all Israel participate in? That harlotry was the fertility rites of Baalism, and today at Easter we still have all the markings of baalism in what the religious world calls Easter, or the "feast to Ishtar", the heathen goddess of fertility. To the average Christian, passover (solar) is unknown to them, other then some ancient custom of the Jews (who's is lunar).
The "way of the valley" is the "valley of hell". God is saying that you are headed to the valley of hell swiftly if you don't change your direction, and turn from those deceptions, and those pretty ways.
In the Hebrew, "thou art a swift dromedary traversing her ways;" means that you are like a camel in heat. You are swiftly running after her lovers, meaning religions and beliefs that are not in His Word. You are playing a harlot in your religious ways. God is speaking very plain. You are like a she camel seeking a he camel in heat season.
Jeremiah 2:24 "A wild ass used to the wilderness, that snuffeth up the wind at her pleasure; in her occasion who can turn her away? all they that seek her will not weary themselves; in her month they shall find her."
God is saying that when you seek after those other doctrines, you become like the wild ass in the wilds, sniffing out wind at her mating time call. When that wild ass has set her mind for whatever male, or religion comes down the path, who can turn her away. There is nothing that can bring a change of mind to her, and keep her from playing the role or lust that is set in her mind.
Not only will she be wildly seeking after the males, but the males will be seeking after her. Friend, this strongly points to the time of the end of the great apostacy, when all those that do not have the seal of God's Word in their minds, will run just as strongly and wildly to the false one, as this wild ass is seeking her lover, and the camel in heat seeks any mate. The women of harlotry are the religions, doctrines and systems that will lead the entire world, (except God's elect) to the instead of Christ [Antichrist] in ignorance, and their minds will not weary from the course that they have taken. It is real sad, but they will run to the false Messiah, thinking they have the real thing in error, but that is the way that it is. God is using nature itself to let us understand the mindset of the people that play religion. He is not happy with those that play church.
Jeremiah 2:25 "Withhold thy foot from being unshod, and thy throat from thirst: but thou saidst, There is no hope: no; for I have loved strangers, and after them will I go."
This is so true today, just as it was true in Jeremiah's day, people do what they do because it is what they have always done. They do what they do because they claim they can't stop, it is a habit formed over many years, and they just can't stop. God is saying that it would be easier to turn back a camel or wild ass in heat, then it would one of those that have set their minds to who have loved strangers, meaning set on strange gods and religions. God is talking to His own children.
Jeremiah 2:26 "As the thief is ashamed when he is found, so is the house of Israel ashamed; they, their kings, their princes, and their priests, and their prophets,"
The time is coming very shortly, (after the entire religious world has gone to become part of the false Messiah's religious order), when all of the House of Israel will see the truth and be ashamed. Those Christians will be ashamed that they did not study God's Word chapter by chapter and verse by verse to know the signs of the times. To know the simplicity of His Word that brings the understanding and blessings to them, rather to act in a satanic and animalistic way in whoring after other beliefs and ways. They will be ashamed that they have allowed those doctrines of strange gods to work their way into their beliefs of Christianity and their everyday life.
This is directed to the entire House of Israel, all ten tribes, their kings, the people, the leaders and priests or ministers, as well at the prophets or teachers. It is directed to those that are using that broken cistern, rather then the good cistern that gives for the fountain of living waters. If you take from the fountain of living Waters, Jesus Christ and His Word you will be wiser then the ways of the world and you will have victory over them.
Jeremiah 2:27 "Saying to a stock,`Thou art my father;' and to a stone, `Thou hast brought me forth:' for they have turned their back unto Me, and not their face: but in the time of their trouble they will say, `Arise, and save us.' "
This is what they will say and how they will wake up ashamed. They will say to a stick [stock], or even a building or denomination. and to a stone, which is in the feminine sense, meaning mother, you are my mother that gave me birth. This is what they have done to God, they have turned their backs to God, and not their face. This is exactly what is happening today, God's children are turning to other doctrines, and religious forms, and allowing heathen customs and teachings to become part of their religious form. They give their face to strange teachings and substitute those strange ideas for the true Word of God.
God doesn't like it, and He promises you that when you take some building, or stone structure and in that so called house of God that never teach His Word as it is intended to be taught, chapter by chapter and verse by verse, He is against you. If you are in such a place, it is time to get out. Teaching anything other then God's Word as it should be taught is turning your back to Him, and giving your face to stock and to stone. Think about it friend.
Jeremiah 2:28 "Saying to a stock, Thou art my father; and to a stone, Thou hast brought me forth: for they have turned their back unto me, and not their face: but in the time of their trouble they will say, Arise, and save us."
Though this is written to Judah, in the time of Jeremiah, it also applies to us today. God is saying that if you worship everything that takes place there, and my Word is never taught there, in your time of trouble, let that organization answer your prayers, I am not going to. Let them heal your sickness, and take care of your problems, don't come to me in prayer. This is why it becomes important that we keep our priorities in order, if we desire God to help us.
It doesn't matter what words you utter from your mouth in terms of love and Christianity, if you desire to stay Biblically illiterate, why should God pay any attention to you. You have no value to Him for service because you don't know the instruction God has for you, that He gave through His prophets and apostles.
Jeremiah 2:29 "Wherefore will ye plead with me? ye all have transgressed against me, saith the LORD."
When things turn for the worse, they all cry out to God for help. How have they transgressed against God? The two evils from verse thirteen, "They have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water." Remember? They rejected the fountain of living water which is Jesus Christ the living God, and they turned to play the role of the harlot, spiritually. They followed after baalim, and the false teachings, doctrines, and worship. Friend this is going on today, probably even more so then then it did in Jeremiah's day. The people have rejected God, and turned to the gods and religions of their own making.
Jeremiah 2:30 "In vain have I smitten your children; they received no correction: your own sword hath devoured your prophets, like a destroying lion."
God is telling them that when He sends someone that teaches His Word, truly and straight forwardly, then you get out your little spiritually and religious swords and write your letters against them. You come against them in lies and distortions to riducle the one that I sent to you that will teach the true Word. Your own sword, or tongue has devoured God's true prophets, like a destroying lion.
It is a shame today, that we have degenerated to the point that God's Word is not taught in most church houses. Even beginning in the Sunday schools, on the level that a child can understand, they have gone to fairy-tales. Most churches find the true Word of God to offensive to be taught in their church. Most church houses will not allow the teaching of this writing even to be uttered in their congregations.
Jeremiah 2:31 "O generation, see ye the word of the LORD. Have I been a wilderness unto Israel? a land of darkness? wherefore say my people, We are lords; we will come no more unto thee?"
This is directed to each generation, even to you and I in our generation of these end times. Yet God's people have rejected Him, they have said, we have our own lands, we have our own dominions and leaders that we will follow. God's own people reject Him and the teachings and warnings that He has given to us, and they turn stiff-necked to the traditions of their religious forms.
Remember that camel in heat chasing in the desert, and the wild ass sniffing the wind in heat, and fixed in their minds was the thought of their lovers? That is the stiff-necked, wild wind smelling christians of today, chasing after their strange doctrine that goes against God's Holy Word. Be careful my friend and think on what you are doing, and analyze your lot in life, and your walk with our Lord and Savior. God has feelings and He is jealous when you turn away from Him and to other gods and religious systems.
Most people reverse the order, they look for the good church, before they know the Word of God. You need to know the Word of God, then you have the ability to know a good church when find one. God is talking about apostacy when all the people completely rejected His ways, as well as the great apostacy that we are facing today, that is coming to pass, and will be complete when the false messiah appears on the earth. It is all types leading up to the final event, don't forget that, and the entire Word will fall in place more for you.
Jeremiah 2:32 "Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet my people have forgotten me days without number."
Quite frankly, this generation is a prime example of that. What God is saying here, and He is using Israel as an analogy of Israel as being his bride, a bride will always remember her wedding dress. A bride will remember every detail of what she was wearing on that special occasion, and how her hair was fixed, and all the trouble she had in getting ready. God is saying here, You don't remember any part of when I took you to wife, and the good times when I provided and protected for you.
Now we have a law of God that is coming into this, and it is the law of marriage. God is using the law of marriage as an analogy to explain how His people have forgotten Him. This law entered in before Christ went to the Cross, that if the husband was married, she was not free to go off with any other, after her commitment to him. Israel here is the bride to be married to the groom, Christ.
She, Israel turned against her husband to be, and then she wanted him back, and that is against the law of marriage. Once you turn from him, and divorce him and take someone else, which they had in their false religions, Israel was divorced from God, and forbidden to return to Him by the law of God. That is the analogy that is being used here. God is telling His people that though I had taken good care of you, you have forgotten the good times that no bride would forget.
Look around us today and you will see how much our Heavenly Father is left out of our community and social life, as well as the spiritual aspect of our communities. In many cases it is even worse then Sodom in many places. Today the communities are living in fear from each other, as well as the government and the unknown. They have forgotten that the creator is their Father, and He loves them.
Keep in mind that when Christ went to the cross and died, all Israel was free to remarry and be brought back to the Heavenly Father through salvation, in Jesus name.
Jeremiah 2:33 "Why trimmest thou thy way to seek love? therefore hast thou also taught the wicked ones thy ways."
God is asking why you lay out here beside the road seeking to play the role of the harlot, to every religion and false doctrine that comes along. God is saying that even a professional harlot could take lessons from you, in a spiritual sense. We are not talking about adultery, but idolatry, that is to say God's children turning away from Him, and their hearts and minds being given over to the winds of strange doctrines.
In the analogy God is using is that even the baal priests could learn from you so called Christians, and from your systems and denominations whereby it is seldom that the Word of God is even taught there. You don't find that love of other gods by accident, you do it by "trimmest thou thy way", you plot to do evil in the sight of the Lord.
Jeremiah 2:34 "Also in thy skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents: I have not found it by secret search, but upon all these."
Your flesh body is in your skirt, and within you is your soul. God is telling us here that those that do this plotting to chase after other religious systems, denominations and false doctrines are guilty of the blood of those souls of the innocents that have been led away from God, by their plotting. God is saying that He does not have to hunt in secret places for the evidence of your evil works, you do your evil works openly.
Unfortunately, many innocents are drawn in by their false teaching. The leadership in those false systems are constantly plotting and coming up with new ways to spread their false doctrine. When God's Word is not being taught and it is left out of your studies which you are absorbing, then you will not be able to prepare for the apostacy that is coming upon the world. This leaves you in danger of deceiving yourself, and furthermore carries it onto those that you witness to, who are the innocent that just doesn't know any different. Be very careful of how you study God's Word, and what you are passing on to the innocent. Learn how to lead people in within the Word, and learn how to check the other man's words out for yourself in the Word of God.
Jeremiah 2:35 " Yet thou sayest, Because I am innocent, surely his anger shall turn from me. Behold, I will plead with thee, because thou sayest, I have not sinned."
God is saying here that He will Judge you because you have not sinned. Just because you listen to another man teach that certain things are true and right, when they are not in the Word of God, and you act on it without checking it out for yourselves, that doesn't make you innocent because you believed his lies and false teaching. We see examples of this in many churches throughout the land. This applies to wherever it exists in all denominations and religious forms and systems. They feel that what they are doing is good, and it makes their inner feeling take priority over the Word of God, and they have no idea of what the Bible says about what they are doing, and how God feels about it.
The only thing that matters is what the denomination, their leaders, or the church board and its leaders think about it. When you drift in those false traditions it doesn't take long to be completely off course, and it happens everyday. God is saying that it doesn't matter whether you are innocent or not, when you say you have no sin, I will judge you.
Jeremiah 2:36 "Why gaddest thou about so much to change thy way? thou also shalt be ashamed of Egypt, as thou wast ashamed of Assyria."
Why do you plan and plot to change your ways, to move into some strange religion? What God is saying here is that the Assyrians took the ten tribes of the House of Israel into captivity, and in the end they all would go down to Egypt and look for a savior there, rather then trusting God. This happened when Nebuchadnezzar took Judah captive, and the remnant that was left in Palestine ran down to Egypt for protection.
This will happen again in the end times as recorded in this book of Jeremiah, as we will see that whenever trouble comes, there are those that always want to run to Egypt for protection, rather then seek God's help. God is telling you that no strong system in any form on this earth will help you, when you are fleeing from God and seeking shelter anywhere, they will reject you. So why cheapen yourself by changing your ways, when I will give you the protection you need. That protection is recorded in His Word, and the instructions laid out there.
Jeremiah 2:37 "Yea, thou shalt go forth from him, and thine hands upon thine head: for the LORD hath rejected thy confidences, and thou shalt not prosper in them.
When you go out to any other system, other then the Lord God, you will go out in chains. That is what "thine hands upon thine head" means. When you try to create your own salvation, and religious form, rather then accepting the fountain of the living Water, which is Jesus Christ, and you apostacy yourself and chase after some religious ceremony, be careful. God will not bless you in it, you won't be able to expect that God will answer your prayers. Someday after you have done so, you will be very, very ashamed for what you have done.
When the true Messiah comes to this earth, you will be held accountable for every word that has been uttered, and every formation that has been given to a false God, unless you repent and turn from those ways, and ask the Father's forgiveness, in Jesus name.
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