Jeremiah Chapter 29
"Captives and Remnant."
Study is written by Roger Christopherson, and it's
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We saw a lesson from the last last chapter to be very careful how we handle symbology, and symbols, unless we know what it is, and who put it there. Know what it is for before you use it, then teach it exactly as God intended it to be used. Hananiah the false prophet misused the symbol of the yoke that the Lord had placed around Jeremiah's neck, God called it blasphemy, and sentenced him to death: "this year thou shalt die, because thou hast taught rebellion against the Lord." Hananiah's days were numbered to that year, and he died two months later.
God is the same today as He was them, and His feelings and Word are the same also. God is the same yesterday when He killed Hananiah, as He is today when He will kill a false prophet for that same act of blasphemy. God loves His children, and He hates it when false prophets come along and mislead them. Be careful when you say that "God spoke to me today:" unless God really did, because you will be playing a dangerous game.
So keep in mind that the captivity that God is telling the people of Judah that they will go into is a type of what the final generation will face, just before the coming of Jesus Christ at the seventh trumpet, of the book of Revelation. In the days of Jeremiah, the majority of the children of God listened to the traditions and lose talk how that God would save them, and prevent Nebuchadnezzar from taking them, and the false prophets flourished. They built their traditions to be their security blanket, and their prophecies were lies. Friend, this is a type of what we are seeing today in most churches in the Christian world today. They have told their lies so often that they have come to believe those fairy tails of flying away.
In Jeremiah 29, God told Jeremiah to write a letter, however to us today we read that letter after the fact of it coming to pass. This letter then is a set of instruction to us, even, to let us know what we are to do when that false messiah is here and in control. What we have to do them is to apply these instructions to the terms of today. Prophetic utterances from our Heavenly Father are warnings to latter generations, because as it is written in the Book of Ecclesiastes 1:9; "There is nothing new under the sun." Friend, what went around then, is going to come around again very shortly, in our generation.
Jeremiah 29:1 "Now these are the words of the letter that Jeremiah the prophet sent from Jerusalem unto the residue of the elders which were carried away captives, and to the priests, and to the prophets, and to all the people whom Nebuchadnezzar had carried away captive from Jerusalem to Babylon;"
The "residue" are the stragglers of the elders that were carried away into Babylon, along with all the people that submitted to the king of Babylon. This is after the fact of the captivity that did take place, and thye are not in Babylon, removed from the land of Judah. Remember the word "Babylon" in the Hebrew tongue means "confusion". It comes from the prime root "Babel".
As we apply this to our generation today, we see that only those people that are grounded in God's Word, are not confused by what is taking place daily today. God foretold us all things that would happen to us, if we will just take the time to study His Word. The captivity has begun, and we are already entering into that state of confusion. So this chapter is the letter that God would have us receive while entering into that captivity.
Remember that God stated earlier that Nebuchadnezzar is My Servant, and don't get in his way. So what we must do is learn to operate within the parameters or limits that God has placed us within, and know what parameter are placed on Satan the Nebuchadnezzar of the book of Revelation. Lets learn for His Word.
Jeremiah 29:2 "(After that Jeconiah the king, and the queen, and the eunuchs, the princes of Judah and Jerusalem, and the carpenters, and the smiths, were departed from Jerusalem;)"
Remember that Jeconiah's name was changed from "Jehoiachin", and later to "Coniah" because God took his name from him. Jeconiah's mother, "Nehushta, the wife of king Jehoiakim his father, along with all the chamberlains, the workers, and their families and all those that submitted to Nebuchadnezzar were now in Babylon. There were no more people of the House of Judah in Jerusalem nor the land of Judah. They were either killed or taken captive. This again is after the destruction that Jeremiah prophesied that would come against Jerusalem.
Jeremiah 29:3 "By the hand of Elasah the son of Shaphan, and Gemariah the son of Hilkiah, (whom Zedekiah king of Judah sent unto Babylon to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon) saying,"
This is what the letter said that the ambassadors delivered.
Jeremiah 29:4 "Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, unto all that are carried away captives, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem unto Babylon;"
This letter is addressed to every last one of those that were carried away captive. Notice that God again has stated the "I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem." Remember from the last chapter, it came to pass for their own good. When this carries over to the end times, or our generation, this state of confusion will take over the minds of the people because of their false teaching, and cause them to throw their crowns of salvation to the feet of the Antichrist. How could this be? Because it is written in His Word. It shall come to pass exactly as it is written in God's Word.
So this is what the people of Judah were doing in Babylon under captivity. This is also our instruction, and is to be used as a type for us. We know from Romans 11 that God will send a spirit of slumber upon all Israel, that includes the Jews and the Christian nations in these final days, and it has already begun.
Romans 11:7 "What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded"
Romans 11:8 "(According as it is written, "God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear",) unto this day."
The word "slumber" in the Greek is "katanuzis" and it is used only here in the text. The word is better translated "Stupor" that will fall upon all the people, except God's "election", also called the Elect of God.
Romans 11:9 "And David saith, "Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them:"
Romans 11:10 "Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway."
Jeremiah 29:5 " `Build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them;"
In other words you are going to be able to prosper and continue your life on exactly as if the confusion isn't there, if you are in tune with God and His Word.
Jeremiah 29:6 "Take ye wives, and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; that ye may be increased there, and not diminished."
Remember the false sense of security that the false prophets gave, and those that believed them lost everything. Today the story is that Christians will not be here for the time of Satan the Antichrist, and that is also a lie. We are going into the reign of the false messiah who is Satan right here on earth, and you will be living your family life. There will be children born, and your children will be having children.
It is during this time that the Elect of go will be doing God's Work whereby some will hear and come to the understanding. Though the Israelites that went into Babylon were told they would be there for seventy years, we will not be under the Antichrist's reign for an extended time. The Word of God has told us exactly how long that would be in in Daniel 12:11; "And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days." Friend that is three and a half years.
However Jesus told us that for the elect's sake that time would be shortened. Mark 13:20 "And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom He hath chosen, He hath shortened the days." Those day were shortened to five  months, as recorded in Revelation 9:5, 10. "And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man."
Satan the Antichrist, who goes by many names for each of the roles that he plays, will rule the one world religious order that is coming very soon. While he is here on earth, we are to carry on normally, without making a big issue of thing, and God will even prosper you in it, if you are wise and stay in His Word.
Jeremiah 29:7 "And seek the peace of the city wither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the Lord for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace.' "
Why is this? Because we have the seal of God in our forehead. That seal is the knowledge of what is going to happen, and the fact that God has given Satan and his realm instructions, "touch not My elect". Remember what those instruction to Satan were in Revelation 9:4? "And it was commanded them 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."
Those with the "seal of God in their foreheads" are the ones with the understanding of the Word of God in their minds. The know what to expect because they read God's Word with understanding, they know the times and events that surround the coming of the Antichrist, and the deception, miracles and wonders that God will allow him to posses.
God is telling us to obey the rules and regulations, as much as possible and the conditions that you will be under, and the example of this is the fact that Daniel himself not only was under this system Babylon, but became second in command under king Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel was over the entire system, including the tax collections. Daniel did quite well because he knew God's plan, and understood what was expected of him. Though he knew that plan, he did not get in the way of it.
Daniel was used by God to the point that Jesus Christ himself called attention to the teaching of Daniel concerning the Antichrist, and the events that will take place in our generation. Matthew 24:15; "When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)" This event was the false messiah [Satan] standing in Jerusalem claiming to be Jesus Christ. He is declaring himself to be God.
We can still have peace of mind when Satan comes, because Satan will come to power prosperously and peacefully. Daniel 8:24; "And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy People." Those calling themselves Christians, and not having the seal of God, will be destroyed spiritually. They will think Satan to be Christ, because they have been taught to do so.
Daniel 8:25 "And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand." The Christian world today expects destruction and confusion on a massive physical sense, and they simply do not expect Satan to come as they are taught Christ is to come.
The policies of a company or a nation are what governs that nation, and everything they do and say is built around that policy. Satan's policy is one of peace and prosperity, to make all crafts prosper, for that prosperity is what will draw the people to him. When Satan does fall at the end of the five month period, it will be without hand, for it will be by the Word of Jesus Christ. That Sword is the Word of God, that comes from Christ's mouth. Remember God, who is Jesus Christ spoke and nothing became everything. What will happen, happens because God declared it to come to pass.
God has laid out the plan of the enemy Satan, as to exactly what he can and cannot do, so when the elect of God knows that plan, you will have peace of mind, and the ability to prosper.
Jeremiah 29:8 "For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; `Let not your prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of you, deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause to be dreamed."
God is speaking here, and using His full title. God is telling you not to allow the religious community to deceive you. God is telling you not to listen to those dreamers that have all those special messages that they say came from God, when it goes against His Word. You hear it all the time by so-called ministers, they stand and say God told them a certain thing, when what they say goes against God's Word.
When you have studied the entire plan of God, and you understand it, and then you were to dream something that went against God's Word you would know that you hear from an evil spirit. When you are ignorant of God's Word and you dream something that is against His Word, you will not know whether it is of God, or from a evil spirit. This is why many of the ministers of today dream dreams after they have eaten a sour pickle and ice cream, and they assume their dream came from God.
Anytime the dream is contrary to the Word of God, you did not hear from God, and you were deceived. Develop yourself to listen only to the Word of God, and shut out the traditions of men that go contrary to the Word of God.
Jeremiah 29:9 "For they prophesy falsely unto you in my name: I have not sent them, saith the Lord.' "
Friend, anytime someone tells you that you don't have to worry about the great tribulation, you are going to be gone. Friend, that fool is telling you that he knows more then God. Remember what Hananiah said in the end of the last chapter. Babylon is not coming, and you don't need to worry. Just because someone has titles that are impressive, and is called a scholar, doesn't make him one when he is going against God's Word. It makes him a fool, because that person considers himself greater then God, and able to have greater authority then the Word of God.
Those people go bananas when the are confronted with the fact that I Thessalonians 4 has nothing to do with a rapture, or any part of flying away; but the subject of the book of I Thessalonians is "Where are the dead". The object of that book is to understand what happens when a Christian, one who loves the Lord, dies, and his soul departs from his or her physical body. It is from this that these traditionalists have formed an entire new doctrine that goes against the entire Word of God. That new tradition is called the "rapture doctrine", and it is just as false as the teaching of Hananiah in Jeremiah's day.
They have changed the entire world of God over four little verses, and from them come many other doctrines and assumptions that are just a false.
Jeremiah 29:10 "For thus saith the Lord, `That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place."
This is exactly as it came to pass as we can verify through historical means. They were captive in Babylon exactly seventy years. We know that this is important to understand, because this seventy years leads us to the seventy weeks of years prophecy by Daniel, in Daniel 9:24-27. We know that all of the children of Judah did not return, but only a handful of the house of Judah returned. When we read the book of Ezra and Nehemiah, and understand the languages, we see that most of the Leivital priest had scattered. In fact Ezra states that there was not one of the Levitical priest was in the group that was returning to Jerusalem. They were all Nethinims, Kenites that had assumed the role of the priests.
In I Chrionicles 2:55 we read; "And the families of the scribes which dwelt at Jabez [Jerusalem], the Tirathites, the Shimeathites, and Suchathites. These are the Kenites that came of Hamath, the father of the house of Rechab." This is how the Kenites were allow to mix into the "house of Judah", to the point that they were able to be a hidden people. The Kenites are not of Israel, but are the offspring of Cain, through the sexual union between Eve and Satan in the Garden of Eden. The offspring of that union are called the "Kenites". This is recorded in your Strong's Bible Hebrew dictionary, # 7014, and # 7017 in detail. These Kenites took over the keeping of the records, as well as the priesthood, and in time their traditions became accepted as God's Word, over the law of Moses and the prophets.
When Ezra finally took count of what they had in the group returning to Jerusalem, he found out that all they had were a bunch of these Nethinims posing as priests. The Word "Nethinim" in the Hebrew tongue means "given to service". In other words the priests got to lazy to cut the wood for the sacrifices, and do the chores of the temple, and they hired these hirelings, or foreigners which were the offspring of Satan through Cain to do the sacred work for them. They took these heathen, the Kenites and elevated them to the priesthood, to do their spiritual thinking for them.
Are you starting to see what is happening today, and why most church houses have drifted so far today? The priests of today are just like those in Babylon, they are the hirelings, hired to do our spiritual thinking for God's people and interpreting the Word of Gods. The traditions that they have come up with are in the same line of thinking as was in Ezra's day, Jesus' day, and that is the type of traditions we have today. We are having foreigners to God's Word wearing priests robes.
Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end."
This is God speaking and telling you that He knows exactly what you are, and what you are made of, because He can read your mind. When you love the Lord and try to do what is in His Word, those thoughts are of peace and not of evil. God know your heart, and if you love Him you will study and keep His Word. When you do the things that he expects of you, He will give you that expected end, which is eternal life of peace. God is telling you that He will keep His Word, exactly as it is written and you can count on it.
It is God wish that all of His children would come to know Him, however we know that they won't. God created each person with their soul to make a choice between Him or Satan, and we know that many will choose Satan.
Just before Christ death on the cross, He warned of of this in Matthew 23:1-3 "Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to His disciples,"  "Saying, "The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat:"  "All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not."  They live by a false standard, because they are not of Moses, Israel, or God. Though they have assumed the role of the givers of the day, their traditions are not of Moses, or from the Word of God.
Jeremiah 29:12 "Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you."
When you love the Lord, study His Word, and tell Him that you love Him, God will listen to you and bless those things that you do. He will take care of His own.
Jeremiah 29:13 "And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart."
God has promised this throughout His plan, that if you seek Him, you will find Him. However when you search for God you must go the right place to search for him. That place is in His Holy Word, and you search for God with your "heart", which in the Hebrew tongue is "mind".
God's Word is a chart or map to guide us through life, and just like on a map, you need to know where you are now, to know where you will be going or you will be lost. You need to know the grid points, and establish a direction to be heading. Notice that God said that "I have good thought toward you". It is directed to those that will search for Him with their heart for their destiny.
Jeremiah 29:14 "And I will be found of you, saith the Lord: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and form all the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive."
This is another promise, when you search for Him, He will allow you to find Him. We are advised that when we are held captive by God, no other force will be allowed to hold us captive. Remember it was God that drove all the tribes from Israel and Judah, and it is also God that will bring them back at the appointed time. God is telling us that He cause the people of both houses to be carried away, and today those people are in the nations and lands that God placed them in. They are in England, and America, and all the Christian nations around the world, and they are known not only as Jews, but also as Caucasians.
God hasn't lost one of His children even though they have lost their own identity of who they are. Hosea 1:10: "Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor 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.' "
Those people today are well educated, but Biblically illiterate. Today they are in the place where they do not know who they are, but they call themselves "Caucasians" and they don't know why. They think it is a race, but it is the identification of the offspring of that scattered "House of Israel" that went through the Caucasus mountains after the Assyrian army destroyed their nation in 722 B.C. Yet in the places that they live today, they do call themselves the sons of the living God, for Christ is that living God, and those sons are called "Christians".
Friend, if you know who you are, then you can start to find yourself in His Word, and take the instructions that is given directly to you, on of God's elect.
Jeremiah 29:15 "Because ye have said, The Lord hath raised us up prophets in Babylon;' "
Think of what this verse is saying and you will see how it is not right. The word stated here, "Babylon", in the text is "confusion". Did God raise up prophets for us in confusion? We can sure attest to this as we listen to many of the so-called prophets of today. The were sure raised up for and in confusion.
Jeremiah 29:16 "Know that thus saith the Lord of the king that sitteth upon the throne of David, and of all the People that dwelleth in this city, and of your brethren that are not gone forth with you into captivity;"
This is God's sentence upon all those that refuse to accept the captivity that God has placed upon them. In Jeremiah's day they preached against the Babylonian captivity, and today they are the one that say God will not all them to go into the time of the captivity of the Antichrist. The battle that we are entering into during this final battle of the Antichrist is against spiritual powers not of flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers and spiritual wickedness in high places. We are going into battle with an supernatural force composed of the Devil, who is the Antichrist, and all of his fallen angels, soon to be walking among us on earth.
This is why Paul told us in Ephesians 6:10-20 to put on the whole armor of God that we may stand against those forces, for that armor is the entire Word of God. The battlefield is in your mind, and the weapons are words and ideas, and the twisting of the very Word of God. That is why we are to place it in our minds that we not be deceived. Friend, you put that armor on to fight, not to flee from the enemy. So this is God's sentence on all those that refused to prepare themselves.
Jeremiah 29:17 "Thus saith the Lord of hosts; `Behold, I will send upon them the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, and will make them like vile figs, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil."
"Vile figs" are worthless and offensive. Do you know the parable of the fig tree that Christ demanded that we learn. There is nothing more worthless then one that claims to be a servant of God, and doesn't even know the most simple things that We are told to know. It takes study to become familiar with the the plan of God, and to understand how it applies to your life. When you seek after short cuts to that understanding, you become like these vile figs, worthless to be used by God.
Amos addressed what the famine in the end times in Amos 8:11. "And behold the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of Bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the works of the Lord." The Word of God that they teach is nothing more their their own traditions that turn you into nothing more then vile figs. Overripe figs plucked out of season, are those taken out of season, and they are those Christians that were so anxious to be taken that they allowed themselves to be taken by the wrong Christ. Instead of being the chaste virgin of the bride of Christ, they went to the wrong wedding feast, and became pregnant [with child] spiritually by the wrong groom, the Antichrist. They became untimely figs, offensive, and worthless for the service to God.
Jeremiah 29:18 "And I will persecute them with the sword, with the famine, and with the pestilence, and will deliver them to be removed to all the kingdoms of the earth, to be a curse, and an astonishment, and an hissing, and a reproach, among all the nations whither I have driven them:"
It is a shame to God when people who call themselves Christians act in a biblically illiterate way.
Jeremiah 29:19 "Because they have not hearkened to My words, saith the Lord, which I sent unto them by My servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them; but ye would not hear, saith the Lord.' "
The people of our day, just as the people that lived in Jeremiah's day have not hearkened to the servants of God, the prophets of the Old Testament. Those prophets were Moses, Daniel, David, Jeremiah, Isaiah, and all the rest of them that God gave the warning to. God instructed them and they came to you but you would not listen to them. The people have turned their backs on the Words of the prophets of God, so the ministers of today, like then have stopped teaching the Word Chapter by chapter, and verse by verse. Over and over they say, the people will not come when I teach that way.
Friend, what is it that they think they have to say that is more important then God's Holy Word. When God's Word is taught as it should with understanding, it comes alive and gives hope and peace to the listener. It makes a person able to be of service for God, in the helping of souls come to the knowledge of the love and mercy that He has for His children.
Jeremiah 29:20 "Hear ye therefore the word of the Lord, all ye of the captivity, whom I have sent from Jerusalem to Babylon:"
This is the curse of the captivity on those that refused to accept God's plan. This is the curse on the biblically illiterate.
Jeremiah 29:21 "Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, of Ahab the son of Kolaiah, and of Zedekiah the son of Maaseiah, which prophesy a lie unto you in My name; 'Behold, I will deliver them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; and he shall slay them before your eyes;"
In this verse it is important to know the correct translation of the names, for they identify the true person of God. "Ahab" means "justice of God", and that is what you are about to hear. "Kolaiah" means the "voice of God". "Maaseiah" means the "work of God". So we are going to see what happens to all those that prophesy a lie "in my name". Much of this had already come to pass at the time this writing was being read, and in the future sense, to be slain in the Spirit, is to be taken by the false Messiah. To be taken by him through his deception, will be a spiritual death to you.
What happens to those that will not prepare themselves is called apostasy in the Greek, or the "falling away". It is to give up your professed belief in an instant when you see a supernatural power or being, telling you that he has come to carry out the lie that you have come to believe. He has come to fly you away. God is saying that when you do, you will die a spiritual death.
Jeremiah 29:22 "And of them shall be taken up a curse by all the captivity of Judah which are in Babylon, saying, `The Lord make thee like Zedekiah and like Ahab, whom the king of Babylon roasted in the fire;' "
There will be a curse, or proverb said about them. This curse applies to all those that are in Babylon, or confusion. God is telling you that if you desire to be like the old Zedekiah and Ahab the evil kings that brought Judah into captivity in Babylon, then you will be roasted in the fire just like they will be. Though these people that will be taken by Antichrist will have the curse of Babylon, those that are of the Elect that are sealed with the Word of God in their minds will not be affected one bit. The elect will be as the three children of Judah that were throne in the fiery furnace, as recorded in Daniel 3; it didn't even singe one hair on their head, or leave the smell of smoke in their clothes. God will take care of His own.
Today in this final generation there will not be a fiery furnace like that used by king Nebuchadnezzar, but those that are consumed with the deception of Satan the Antichrist will be roasted in a fire of shame that will consume them.
Daniel 3:16, 17 "Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, answered and said to the king, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter."  "If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us out of thine hand, O king."
God was there with them in that fiery furnace, heated seven times the normal tempurature for that furnace. Daniel 3:24 "Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king."
Daniel 3:25 "He answered and said, "Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the son of God." This is a type, or example that we don't have to be afraid of any part of the one world system, nor the Antichrist when we are to be working for Him. The one that is taken from the field first, as recorded in the Greek text, is taken by deception by the Antichrist.
The "curse" or proverb as given in the Hebrew; "Kolayah..Kelalah..Kalam." This is what will happen to you spiritually, there will be a roasting. This roasting is not of the body, but of shame.
Jeremiah 29:23 "Because they have committed villany in Israel, and have committed adultery with their neighbours' wives, and have spoken lying words in my name, which I have not commanded them; even I know, and am a witness, saith the LORD."
Looking forward to the time of the end, what is Jeremiah talking about here? Jesus Christ is coming back for His bride, the church made up of the many believers. They are referred to as His virgin bride, and when the disobedience takes place, Christ refers to these Christians that are part of His virgin bride, "Woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!" [Matthew 24:19] It seems that these false prophets, the Kenites and those hirelings that are subject to them, are trying to get the people to accept the wrong groom [husband]. They are trying to arrange a wedding that should never take place.
Our wedding supper was with the Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world. He is not the first supernatural person that appears, as we will see in the very near future. Though we don't know the date, we are getting closer each day as the many events of Bible prophesy come to pass before us. So God is saying here that He is not happy with those that disobey Him. Friend, you will not see that wedding take place in your physical flesh and blood body, for it takes place after the sounding to the seventh trump. While the first wedding to the false Christ will take place while you are in your physical body.
Jeremiah 29:24 "Thus shalt thou also speak to Shemaiah the Nehelamite, saying,"
The word "Nehelamite" is not in reference to a geographical location. The word means "dreamer". So we see that God is calling Shemaiah, the "dreamer". You have probably heard of the type, every day they say, "I heard from God today", as they ramble on.
Jeremiah 29:25 "Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, saying, `Because thou hast sent letters in thy name unto all the People that are at Jerusalem, and to Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest, and to all the priests, saying,"
In the first part of this chapter we read where Jeremiah wrote to those in captivity, and now we see that this dreamer is writing back to Jeremiah. God is now stating what He thinks of this dreamer's letter.
Jeremiah 29:26 "The LORD hath made thee priest in the stead of Jehoiada the priest, that ye should be officers in the house of the LORD, for every man that is mad, and maketh himself a prophet, that thou shouldest put him in prison, and in the stocks."
Jeremiah 29:27 "Now therefore why hast thou not reproved Jeremiah of Anathoth, which maketh himself a prophet to you?
"Anathoth" means "Answer to prayer". Again Shemaiah is stating that God did not make Jeremiah a prophet in the answer to prayer, so why haven't you done something about this? We know from the documentation within the book of Jeremiah that Jeremiah was named by God from the womb, and God launched him forth to be a witness and prophet for Him.
Jeremiah 1:5 "Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations."
God knew the soul that was placed in that baby, and God knows that Jeremiah was a man that could be trusted to give the message exactly as God asked it to be given. God could count on the soul of the individual that was in that babe called Jeremiah.
Jeremiah 29:28 "For therefore he sent unto us in Babylon, saying, This captivity is long: build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them."
We continue here with Shemaiah, the dreamer's letter to the priests and he is telling them that Jeremiah sent a letter to all the people that went into captivity in Babylon. Jeremiah told the people in the captivity that the time in Babylon will be long so build yourselves houses, and plant gardens for your stay here will be a long time.
Jeremiah 29:29 "And Zephaniah the priest read this letter in the ears of Jeremiah the prophet."
When Zephaniah the priest received the letter from Shemaiah, he read the letter to Jeremiah to see what he had to say about it. Though Jeremiah told the story exactly as God told him to say, this dreamer and false prophet Shemaiah is trying to stir trouble from Babylon, many miles away. Shemaiah will pay for his trouble making in the long run.
Jeremiah 29:30 "Then came the word of the Lord unto Jeremiah, saying,"
Jeremiah 29:31 "Send to all them of the captivity, saying, Thus saith the LORD concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite; Because that Shemaiah hath prophesied unto you, and I sent him not, and he caused you to trust in a lie:"
After Jeremiah heard the letter read to him and now Jeremiah is giving Zephaniah his answer also directly to his face. Jeremiah is now going to write another letter to the people of Judah captive in Babylon. This is what will be written. Because Shemaiah the Nehelamite, or dreamer has caused you to believe in a lie:
Jeremiah 29:32 "Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will punish Shemaiah the Nehelamite, and his seed: he shall not have a man to dwell among this people; neither shall he behold the good that I will do for my people, saith the LORD; because he hath taught rebellion against the LORD."
God is going to punish Shemaiah the dreamer, "and his seed", and this doesn't mean that God will take it out on Shemaiah's children, because Shemaiah is going to be dead. He will not be around to have children. God takes a dim view on false prophets that speak from their own imaginations, and say that those vain ideas came from God, especially when what they say is a lie.
Shemaiah the dreamer, like many of the so-called preachers today create their security blankets by twisting the Word of God to form to their own imaginations, and God doesn't like it. When God has stated absolute facts as to prophecies that His Elect and children can count on, and then some dreamer comes along to teach rebellion against the Lord, using the lies twisted from the very Word of God. The rapture theory is just one of those traditional security blankets today that the Shemaiah's behind the pulpit are peddling.
Ezekiel 13:18-21 addresses this damnable doctrine that will cause millions of good Christians to worship the Antichrist, as they are expecting to fly away when the evil super-natural person comes to earth to deceive the people. Those people will fall because they are ignorant and blinded by their own traditions. They have been taught from their youth that this security blanket is in place, and that it is unnecessary to prepare themselves for a spiritual battle ahead, because they will be gone. They will believe a lie, bust like the House of Israel believed a lie, even after the were marched into captivity, with many loved ones killed in front of them.
To sum up what God thinks of this, Ezekiel 13:20; "Wherefore thus saith the Lord God; `Behold, I am against your pillows, where with ye there hunt the souls to make them fly, and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls go, even the souls that ye hunt to make them fly."
Friend, those pillows are the false doctrines and traditions that have been established from the twisting of the truth of God's Word, just as Hananiah, and Shemaiah the false prophets did with God's Word. There is not going to be any easy escape from this world, and all people living on this earth will live to see the coming of Satan the Antichrist along with his fallen angels, just as Jesus told John to write in Revelation 13:9; "And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him."
The fallen angels that come with Satan to the earth are the ones called the locust army of the Book of Joel, and they will look just like men, because flesh man is made in their image. It is time to wake up my friend, before it is to late.
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