Jeremiah

Jeremiah Index

Jeremiah Chapter 50

 

  • Jeremiah 50:1 The word that the LORD spake against Babylon and against the land of the Chaldeans by Jeremiah the prophet.

Now we see the prophecy given concerning Babylon. Babylon was used by the Lord to bring judgment upon Judah but they were not going to escape judgment either. God judges any nation that sins eventually. He usually brings judgment first to His own people. In those days God's people were Israel and Judah. Judgment came to them first for forsaking what they knew to be the truth and serving lies instead. Now we see judgment being prophesied to come upon Babylon.

Many times the Lord uses the example of Sodom and Gomorrah to warn us that if we sin the same as they did we shall bear the same judgment. This is so hard to get people to understand. It is so hard to get people to recognize they have sinned and are in need of repentance. If we continue to ignore God in the United States we too will bear the judgment of God. Our biggest sin here is just ignoring what we know to be the truth and doing what is right in our own eyes.

The worst thing we do in the United States is simply ignore God, ignore His word and we have even gone so far as to ban His word in the public school systems, all in the name of freedom. However, from the scriptures below we see that it is not true freedom:

  • 2Peter 2:19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. 
  • 20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 
  • 21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 
  • 22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

We have listened to those who promise liberty but we have become servants of corruption. Women are at liberty to kill their own unborn children through abortion, but they are in reality servants of sin and corruption.

Those that depart from the way God created us in the area of sexual relationships have liberty to openly practice the way they live but in reality they are in deep bondage and are headed for misery. Disease will be the result of departing from that which is natural. In fact denying God as our creator and substituting the theory of evolution was the beginning of our being deceived in the area of sexual relationships. These are not my words but God's word.

Romans chapter one describe this in detail. What we are seeing today is actually a judgment of God for denying our creator. In the name of liberty we teach evolution instead of creation but in reality we are servants of the lies of Satan that will destroy the souls of all who believe this false way.

Satan is out to steal, kill and destroy our physical lives as well as our eternal souls. God gave us a way out of this but if Jesus and His salvation is ignored we will be lost forever without God. We in the United States and all other nations who do these same things, are in bondage, not liberty. Diseases, mental illness, confusion and then violence is a direct result of not retaining God in our knowledge.

We are without excuse because we knew the truth. We've had bibles, preachers, and truth since our beginning in 1776. We turned from those things and made God unconstitutional. The thing is; we Christians, the church, have set back and let it happen.

  • Jeremiah 50:2 Declare ye among the nations, and publish, and set up a standard; publish, and conceal not: say, Babylon is taken, Bel is confounded, Merodach is broken in pieces; her idols are confounded, her images are broken in pieces.

This prophecy came to pass and Babylon is no more. There are some that believe that Babylon is to be revived in the future and then judged again by God fulfilling the judgment of Babylon in Revelation. This could become a reality. Some of course believe the United States is the Babylon of the bible but we have to be careful and not interpret bible prophecy by current events because current events constantly change.

  • Jeremiah 50:3 For out of the north there cometh up a nation against her, which shall make her land desolate, and none shall dwell therein: they shall remove, they shall depart, both man and beast.
  • 4 In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together, going and weeping: they shall go, and seek the LORD their God.

After Babylon is defeated Israel shall rejoice and seek God again. This happened in part when they became a nation in the days of Nehemiah but they were still under the rule of others so I believe this prophecy will be fulfilled more fully in the future during the time of the Great Tribulation, the time of Jacob's trouble.

  • Jeremiah 50:5 They shall ask the way to Zion with their faces thitherward, saying, Come, and let us join ourselves to the LORD in a perpetual covenant that shall not be forgotten.
  • 6 My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away on the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their resting place.

Those who shepherd the flock or lead the people will be accountable for how they led and what they taught. It is better not to be a pastor than to be a false shepherd.

  • Jeremiah 50:7 All that found them have devoured them: and their adversaries said, We offend not, because they have sinned against the LORD, the habitation of justice, even the LORD, the hope of their fathers.

This is their hope and the hope of all who repent of sin and seek God. God will surely hear a sincere heart that seeks Him whether in those days or in this present time. If any man, woman, child, black, white, Jew, or Gentile seeks God by repenting of sin and turning to the way God provided to be rid of sin, God will save them. That way He provided is through faith in the Son of God, Jesus Christ. There is no other way of salvation.

Before Jesus came they looked forward to the time when the Messiah would come and they were still saved by repenting of sin and turning to God by faith expecting God to save them and deliver them by the one that was to come in the future. Now we look back to that time when the Messiah came to make a final, permanent offering for the sins of all of mankind. Both Old Testament people and New Testament people were saved by faith in the Messiah, the Christ the savior of the world, Jesus Christ.

  • Jeremiah 50:8 Remove out of the midst of Babylon, and go forth out of the land of the Chaldeans, and be as the he goats before the flocks.
  • 9 For, lo, I will raise and cause to come up against Babylon an assembly of great nations from the north country: and they shall set themselves in array against her; from thence she shall be taken: their arrows shall be as of a mighty expert man; none shall return in vain.

The Medes and Persians defeated and brought down the kingdom of Babylon.

  • Jeremiah 50:10 And Chaldea shall be a spoil: all that spoil her shall be satisfied, saith the LORD.
  • 11 Because ye were glad, because ye rejoiced, O ye destroyers of mine heritage, because ye are grown fat as the heifer at grass, and bellow as bulls;

This is the reason for Babylon's destruction. They rejoiced at Israel's defeat. They became destroyers of God's heritage (Israel).

  • Jeremiah 50:12 Your mother shall be sore confounded; she that bare you shall be ashamed: behold, the hindermost of the nations shall be a wilderness, a dry land, and a desert.
  • 13 Because of the wrath of the LORD it shall not be inhabited, but it shall be wholly desolate: every one that goeth by Babylon shall be astonished, and hiss at all her plagues.
  • 14 Put yourselves in array against Babylon round about: all ye that bend the bow, shoot at her, spare no arrows: for she hath sinned against the LORD.
  • 15 Shout against her round about: she hath given her hand: her foundations are fallen, her walls are thrown down: for it is the vengeance of the LORD: take vengeance upon her; as she hath done, do unto her.
  • 16 Cut off the sower from Babylon, and him that handleth the sickle in the time of harvest: for fear of the oppressing sword they shall turn every one to his people, and they shall flee every one to his own land.

At one time the king of Babylon became so exalted in himself that he and his people drank from the holy vessels of the Lord they had taken from the temple of Jerusalem. Judgment came to that king the same night. Babylon was so great and powerful. Its inhabitants thought that nothing could defeat them. It doesn't matter how great a nation is or how powerful is their armies, when God says the word, it is enough, they will be brought to nothing.

Nations rise and nations fall at the will of almighty God. Did the Nazi armies fall? Did Communism fall in the Soviet Union? Every evil nation shall fall. They are doomed before they even start. Sin, slavery, persecution, theft, murder, sexual immorality, perversion, idolatry, atheism, humanism, and anything that is against God and God's word will be brought to nothing.

  • 2Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

God did not speak these words just to fill up space in the bible. If His people would humble themselves and pray and seek Him and in doing so turn from their wicked ways, He will forgive sin and heal the land.

Repenting and turning from evil is part of salvation. Some teach that we just receive Jesus Christ and that is all but to receive Jesus Christ is to repent of sin and turn from evil. To believe in a person is to believe what that person stands for. We can't receive Jesus Christ and continue in sin. That is not receiving Christ for real.

To believe in Christ means to follow all He says, all He is and all He stands for. Believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ who represents God. God sent Him to tell us how to be saved. God sent Him to save us from sin. To believe upon Him means to accept what He teaches and what He does for us. We can't say we believe if we do not the things that He says.

  • John 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
  • 23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. 
  • 24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me.

A true sign that shows who really believes and who does not is when they begin to find out what God's word says they desire to live by it.

  • 1John 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 
  • 4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

We can't get any plainer than that. If we say we know God and ignore what He says, we don't really know Him.

  • Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

Can we just see how important it is to keep the word of God and take heed to its teachings? To ignore God's word is to love death.

  • Jeremiah 50:17 Israel is a scattered sheep; the lions have driven him away: first the king of Assyria hath devoured him; and last this Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon hath broken his bones.

This would not have happened to them if they would have kept God's word.

  • Jeremiah 50:18 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will punish the king of Babylon and his land, as I have punished the king of Assyria.
  • 19 And I will bring Israel again to his habitation, and he shall feed on Carmel and Bashan, and his soul shall be satisfied upon mount Ephraim and Gilead.
  • 20 In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found: for I will pardon them whom I reserve.

This prophecy is certainly in the future because of this date, Israel is not yet without iniquity. That will happen only when they recognize who their Messiah is and they are cleansed from sin by faith in Jesus Christ just like those that believed before them.

  • Jeremiah 50:21 Go up against the land of Merathaim, even against it, and against the inhabitants of Pekod: waste and utterly destroy after them, saith the LORD, and do according to all that I have commanded thee.
  • 22 A sound of battle is in the land, and of great destruction.
  • 23 How is the hammer of the whole earth cut asunder and broken! how is Babylon become a desolation among the nations!
  • 24 I have laid a snare for thee, and thou art also taken, O Babylon, and thou wast not aware: thou art found, and also caught, because thou hast striven against the LORD.
  • 25 The LORD hath opened his armoury, and hath brought forth the weapons of his indignation: for this is the work of the Lord GOD of hosts in the land of the Chaldeans.
  • 26 Come against her from the utmost border, open her storehouses: cast her up as heaps, and destroy her utterly: let nothing of her be left.
  • 27 Slay all her bullocks; let them go down to the slaughter: woe unto them! for their day is come, the time of their visitation.
  • 28 The voice of them that flee and escape out of the land of Babylon, to declare in Zion the vengeance of the LORD our God, the vengeance of his temple.
  • 29 Call together the archers against Babylon: all ye that bend the bow, camp against it round about; let none thereof escape: recompense her according to her work; according to all that she hath done, do unto her: for she hath been proud against the LORD, against the Holy One of Israel.

This is a warning to all nations who come against Israel and also this includes every believer who has accepted Jesus Christ as savior and have become "born again" by the spirit of God. Even though Israel as a nation is not in the will of God right now, God has plans for them and those that come against Israel will be judged severely by God.

The devil has always been jealous of Israel because Israel was the one chosen by God to bring salvation to the whole world. This salvation came by one born among them, even Jesus Christ who was born a Jew in the lineage of David. This was actually God who came into the flesh by the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ was the very Son of God who brought salvation from sin into the world.

The devil, even Satan has continually tried to wipe Israel out and keep the plan of God from happening. Even after the time of Jesus Christ, Satan continues to try to get rid of Israel so that God cannot save even a remnant of them and so the end time prophecy fulfillments cannot occur.

Any nation who allows themselves to be part of the persecution of Israel will be judged by God and come to an end. The hate they feel toward Israel is from Satan himself. Satan is the author of hate.

Anti-Semitism is from Satan. Anti-Christian bigotry is from Satan. Hate is from the devil himself. No one calling themselves a child of God should ever possess "Hate."

  • Jeremiah 50:30 Therefore shall her young men fall in the streets, and all her men of war shall be cut off in that day, saith the LORD.
  • 31 Behold, I am against thee, O thou most proud, saith the Lord GOD of hosts: for thy day is come, the time that I will visit thee.
  • 32 And the most proud shall stumble and fall, and none shall raise him up: and I will kindle a fire in his cities, and it shall devour all round about him.

This is why there is a saying, "Pride goes before a fall." When a nation or a people are full of pride and begin to think they can do as they please without any regard for the word of God or the will of God, they stand on dangerous ground.

  • Jeremiah 50:33 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The children of Israel and the children of Judah were oppressed together: and all that took them captives held them fast; they refused to let them go.

This happened in Egypt and also Babylon.

  • 34 Their Redeemer is strong; the LORD of hosts is his name: he shall throughly plead their cause, that he may give rest to the land, and disquiet the inhabitants of Babylon.
  • 35 A sword is upon the Chaldeans, saith the LORD, and upon the inhabitants of Babylon, and upon her princes, and upon her wise men.
  • 36 A sword is upon the liars; and they shall dote: a sword is upon her mighty men; and they shall be dismayed.
  • 37 A sword is upon their horses, and upon their chariots, and upon all the mingled people that are in the midst of her; and they shall become as women: a sword is upon her treasures; and they shall be robbed.
  • 38 A drought is upon her waters; and they shall be dried up: for it is the land of graven images, and they are mad upon their idols.
  • 39 Therefore the wild beasts of the desert with the wild beasts of the islands shall dwell there, and the owls shall dwell therein: and it shall be no more inhabited for ever; neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation.
  • 40 As God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighbour cities thereof, saith the LORD; so shall no man abide there, neither shall any son of man dwell therein.
  • 41 Behold, a people shall come from the north, and a great nation, and many kings shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth.
  • 42 They shall hold the bow and the lance: they are cruel, and will not shew mercy: their voice shall roar like the sea, and they shall ride upon horses, every one put in array, like a man to the battle, against thee, O daughter of Babylon.

The Medes and Persians showed no mercy just as the Babylonians showed no mercy to Israel.

  • Jeremiah 50:43 The king of Babylon hath heard the report of them, and his hands waxed feeble: anguish took hold of him, and pangs as of a woman in travail.
  • 44 Behold, he shall come up like a lion from the swelling of Jordan unto the habitation of the strong: but I will make them suddenly run away from her: and who is a chosen man, that I may appoint over her? for who is like me? and who will appoint me the time? and who is that shepherd that will stand before me?
  • 45 Therefore hear ye the counsel of the LORD, that he hath taken against Babylon; and his purposes, that he hath purposed against the land of the Chaldeans: Surely the least of the flock shall draw them out: surely he shall make their habitation desolate with them.
  • 46 At the noise of the taking of Babylon the earth is moved, and the cry is heard among the nations.

So we see God judges evil nations and will also judge the evil nations standing today. We are not going to get by with sin. All sin will be judged.

The wonderful thing is that God in His love and mercy gave us a way to escape the judgment that is coming upon the world. By repenting of sin and turning to Jesus Christ we will escape the doom of hell and have eternal life.

  • Psalm 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.

  • Proverbs 15:24 The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.

  • Isaiah 5:14 Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it. 
  • 15 And the mean man shall be brought down, and the mighty man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled: 
    16 But the LORD of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness.

Yet in all these things God made a way of escape. The message is the same, repent and turn to the savior, Jesus Christ, and you shall escape the judgment of God. Why does God have to bring judgment? Because sin and suffering is not meant to continue forever. It has to stop. God made a way for us to escape it but if we continue on without going God's way, we will fall into eternity without God and lost forever. This doesn't have to be. He made a way for us to be free from sin and enjoy eternity with Him.


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