The Almighty God of power and truth, always faithful and just, once again gave me a prophetic revelation during my prayer, through Jeremiah 30:10-24. I now share it with you. This revelation continues on from, and connects back to, a previous posting, “Unfolding His Kingdom”, in which the prophet Hosea prophesied about God’s impending judgement upon Israel and Judah in Hosea 5.
In v23-24 the prophet warns: “Behold the storm of the Lord! Wrath has gone forth, a whirling tempest; it will burst upon the head of the wicked. The fierce anger of the Lord will not turn back until he has executed and accomplished the intentions of his mind. In the latter days, you will understand this”. Here, Jeremiah sends out a clear message that the wrath of God against the wicked will be destructive, like a whirlwind. He provides hope of God’s grace and His love for His people after God’s wrath upon them is completed, for that will lead to an understanding of God’s purposes.
In v10-11, God makes a declaration to His people, “O Jacob my servant, nor be dismayed, O Israel; for behold, I will save you from far away, and your offspring from the land of their captivity. Jacob shall return and have quiet and ease, and none shall make him afraid. For I am with you to save you, declares the Lord; I will make a full end of all the nations among whom I scattered you, but of you I will not make a full end. I will discipline you in just measure, and I will by no means leave you unpunished”. Here, God, who hates sin but loves the sinner, expresses His mercy and compassion for Israel, promising not to destroy them for their sins, but to correct them. Like a Father chastises His children, our just Lord promises to carry out judgement according to what is deserved. Similarly, He will pour out His full judgement upon all nations where He has scattered His people.
The Lord adds in v13-15: “Your hurt is incurable, and your wound is grievous. There is none to uphold your cause, no medicine for your wound, no healing for you. All your lovers have forgotten you; they care nothing for you; for I have dealt you the blow of an enemy, the punishment of a merciless foe, because your guilt is great, because your sins are flagrant. Why do you cry out over your hurt? Your pain is incurable. Because your guilt is great, because your sins are flagrant, I have done these things to you”. Here, the Lord describes the helpless and desperate state of His people who suffer greatly because of the breadth and depth of their iniquity while Judah’s friends and allies, whom they thought were true, had abandoned them.
The Lord promises His people in v16-18: “Therefore, all who devour you shall be devoured, and all your foes, every one of them, shall go into captivity; those who plunder you shall be plundered, and all who prey on you I will make a prey. For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, declares the Lord, because they have called you an outcast: It is Zion, for whom no one cares! Behold, I will restore the fortunes of the tents of Jacob and have compassion on his dwellings; the city shall be rebuilt on its mound, and the palace shall stand where it used to be”. The Lord declares that the oppressors of His people will bear the consequences of His judgement for their wickedness. His grace of deliverance, healing and restoration is available to every true believer, every returning backslider, both Christian and Jew. The Lord clearly says He will restore Israel (Jacob’s) posterity to their dwelling places in Jerusalem, and other places rebuilt by them and for them.
After the Babylonian captivity, the Lord offers hope and encouragement as He described the deliverance, restoration and transformation of His people in v19-23, saying: “Out of them shall come songs of thanksgiving, and the voices of those who celebrate. I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will make them honoured, and they shall not be small. Their children shall be as they were of old, and their congregation shall be established before me, and I will punish all who oppress them. Their prince shall be one of themselves; their ruler shall come out from their midst; I will make him draw near, and he shall approach me, for who would dare of himself to approach me? declares the Lord. And you shall be my people, and I will be your God.” As His people gave honour to Him with sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving for His glory, the divine favour of the Lord was poured out upon them; in their rebuilding and restoration of the tents of Jacob and his inhabitants; the city; palaces of Jerusalem, and the temple of God.
At that time the harvest was big and the harvest is big today. Many people will give their lives to the Lord and, then as now, will enter into covenant with the Lord, according to the covenant made with their fathers in the latter days, incorporated with those “who serve the Lord, their God, and worship the Messiah, the son of David.”
Family of God, with the counsel and guidance of the Holy Spirit, may we continuously prepare ourselves to welcome the Bridegroom. We have all been told to be sensitive to the signs of the times and to know the season in which we are living. In Mark 13:-26, our Lord Jesus Christ told us ”be on guard; I have told you all things beforehand. But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory”.
Let us make a stand for our Lord. Let us continuously share the gospel as we bear witnesses to the glory of God in our lives, for in Mark 13:10 the Lord commanded us ”the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations.”
Glory to our Lord Jesus Christ, who was and is and is to come.
Amen and Amen!