We are at the point in Jeremiah’s book where there are no more prophecies per se. Just judgments to 10 nations. Remember, his book is not in chronological order. These warnings were just complied at the end. Some mention events that happened before the sacking of Jerusalem, which is covered again in more detail in chapter 51. Thinking back on the Old Testament writings so far, it’s not that these nations didn’t know who the God of the Israelites was. As the Israelites moved in from Egypt to the Promised Land, we read that many of the kings of the surrounding nations were aware of the miracles and wonders that God had done for the Hebrew people. For instance, the parting of the Red Sea and the Jordan River. Unfortunately, they opted to keep on worshiping their fake gods and idols rather than trusting in the One True God. Let’s dig in…
Before He gets to the nations, God has a short message for Jeremiah’s sidekick, Baruch.
Jeremiah 45 -A Message for Baruch
The prophet Jeremiah gave a message to Baruch son of Neriah in the fourth year of the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah, after Baruch had written down everything Jeremiah had dictated to him. He said, 2 “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says to you, Baruch: 3 You have said, ‘I am overwhelmed with trouble! Haven’t I had enough pain already? And now the Lord has added more! I am worn out from sighing and can find no rest.’
4 “Baruch, this is what the Lord says: ‘I will destroy this nation that I built. I will uproot what I planted. 5 Are you seeking great things for yourself? Don’t do it! I will bring great disaster upon all these people; but I will give you your life as a reward wherever you go. I, the Lord, have spoken!’”Jeremiah 45 NLT
That last verse can apply to us today! Are YOU seeking great things for yourself? If so, God will humble you at some point. Given that God hates pride, you need to humble yourself first. Everything that you have, is from God. He gave you the means to obtain them. You must thank Him every day. Furthermore, everything you do should be for HIS GLORY — not yours!
Our world is on its way out. If you haven’t noticed, we are living in the last days. The signs of the times are all over. God’s wrath, the Great Tribulation and the Judgment Day is coming and no one or nothing can stop it.
Seek His will for your life. Seek His Kingdom first. As Jesus told us…
33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.Matthew 6:33 NLT
Jeremiah 46 – Messages for the Nations
The following messages were given to Jeremiah the prophet from the Lord concerning foreign nations.
Messages about Egypt
2 This message concerning Egypt was given in the fourth year of the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah, the king of Judah, on the occasion of the battle of Carchemish when Pharaoh Neco, king of Egypt, and his army were defeated beside the Euphrates River by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon.
3 “Prepare your shields,
and advance into battle!
4 Harness the horses,
and mount the stallions.
Take your positions.
Put on your helmets.
Sharpen your spears,
and prepare your armor.
5 But what do I see?
The Egyptian army flees in terror.
The bravest of its fighting men run
without a backward glance.
They are terrorized at every turn,”
says the Lord.
6 “The swiftest runners cannot flee;
the mightiest warriors cannot escape.
By the Euphrates River to the north,
they stumble and fall.
7 “Who is this, rising like the Nile at floodtime,
overflowing all the land?
8 It is the Egyptian army,
overflowing all the land,
boasting that it will cover the earth like a flood,
destroying cities and their people.
9 Charge, you horses and chariots;
attack, you mighty warriors of Egypt!
Come, all you allies from Ethiopia, Libya, and Lydia
who are skilled with the shield and bow!
10 For this is the day of the Lord, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies,
a day of vengeance on his enemies.
The sword will devour until it is satisfied,
yes, until it is drunk with your blood!
The Lord, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, will receive a sacrifice today
in the north country beside the Euphrates River.
11 “Go up to Gilead to get medicine,
O virgin daughter of Egypt!
But your many treatments
will bring you no healing.
12 The nations have heard of your shame.
The earth is filled with your cries of despair.
Your mightiest warriors will run into each other
and fall down together.”
13 Then the Lord gave the prophet Jeremiah this message about King Nebuchadnezzar’s plans to attack Egypt.
14 “Shout it out in Egypt!
Publish it in the cities of Migdol, Memphis, and Tahpanhes!
Mobilize for battle,
for the sword will devour everyone around you.
15 Why have your warriors fallen?
They cannot stand, for the Lord has knocked them down.
16 They stumble and fall over each other
and say among themselves,
‘Come, let’s go back to our people,
to the land of our birth.
Let’s get away from the sword of the enemy!’
17 There they will say,
‘Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, is a loudmouth
who missed his opportunity!’
18 “As surely as I live,” says the King,
whose name is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies,
“one is coming against Egypt
who is as tall as Mount Tabor,
or as Mount Carmel by the sea!
19 Pack up! Get ready to leave for exile,
you citizens of Egypt!
The city of Memphis will be destroyed,
without a single inhabitant.
20 Egypt is as sleek as a beautiful heifer,
but a horsefly from the north is on its way!
21 Egypt’s mercenaries have become like fattened calves.
They, too, will turn and run,
for it is a day of great disaster for Egypt,
a time of great punishment.
22 Egypt flees, silent as a serpent gliding away.
The invading army marches in;
they come against her with axes like woodsmen.
23 They will cut down her people like trees,” says the Lord,
“for they are more numerous than locusts.
24 Egypt will be humiliated;
she will be handed over to people from the north.”
25 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: “I will punish Amon, the god of Thebes, and all the other gods of Egypt. I will punish its rulers and Pharaoh, too, and all who trust in him. 26 I will hand them over to those who want them killed—to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and his army. But afterward the land will recover from the ravages of war. I, the Lord, have spoken!
27 “But do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant;Jeremiah 46 NLT
do not be dismayed, Israel.
For I will bring you home again from distant lands,
and your children will return from their exile.
Israel will return to a life of peace and quiet,
and no one will terrorize them.
28 Do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant,
for I am with you,” says the Lord.
“I will completely destroy the nations to which I have exiled you,
but I will not completely destroy you.
I will discipline you, but with justice;
I cannot let you go unpunished.”
Pastor Sandy Adams comments…
The Battle of Carchemish in 605 BC was one of most pivotal and important in all of human history! It was the Waterloo, or Bull Run, or the Normandy of ancient times. Egypt had dominated the world for over 1000 years. But eastward the Babylonians were on the rise. In 609 BC the Egyptian army moved north. As they passed through the Valley of Meggido they defeated the Judean King Josiah. He’d acted foolishly and sided with Babylon. He tried to attack Egypt and was killed in battle.
Pharaoh Necho marched his army all the way to the Euphrates River, and the Syrian city of Carchemish. For four years he harassed and attacked the Babylonians. In the spring of 605 BC the Babylonians planned a surprise attack against Carchemish and routed Egypt. The Egyptians withdrew from the region leaving Judah, Edom, and Moab for the Babylonian army to plunder. Eventually, Babylon marched all the way to Egypt, and in 568 BC conquered the land of the Nile.Sandy Adams
- Ironically, the Egyptian cities mentioned in 2nd part, were where the Jews decided to flee to!
- Mt. Tabor and Mt. Carmel were daunting mountains in the northern region of Israel. As daunting as they were, the Babylonian army was way worse — like a swarm of locusts. Nothing could stop them.
- Nevertheless, the Jews would be disciplined but not destroyed.
- Currently, Egypt is doing OK and has a treaty with Israel. They actually are the intermediaries between the Palestinians in Gaza and the Israeli government.
- However, in the end, God will judge ALL the nations and purify Israel.
Jeremiah 47 – A Message about Philistia
This is the Lord’s message to the prophet Jeremiah concerning the Philistines of Gaza, before it was captured by the Egyptian army. 2 This is what the Lord says:
“A flood is coming from the north
to overflow the land.
It will destroy the land and everything in it—
cities and people alike.
People will scream in terror,
and everyone in the land will wail.
3 Hear the clatter of stallions’ hooves
and the rumble of wheels as the chariots rush by.
Terrified fathers run madly,
without a backward glance at their helpless children.
4 “The time has come for the Philistines to be destroyed,
along with their allies from Tyre and Sidon.
Yes, the Lord is destroying the remnant of the Philistines,
those colonists from the island of Crete.
5 Gaza will be humiliated, its head shaved bald;
Ashkelon will lie silent.
You remnant from the Mediterranean coast,
how long will you cut yourselves in mourning?
6 “Now, O sword of the Lord,
when will you be at rest again?
Go back into your sheath;
rest and be still.
7 “But how can it be stillJeremiah 47 NLT
when the Lord has sent it on a mission?
For the city of Ashkelon
and the people living along the sea
must be destroyed.”
- The Philistines were vicious warriors. That’s were Goliath was from. Yet, they never accepted the One True God and continued worshiping their fake gods. Ultimately, they finally felt God’s wrath.
- A “flood” or “rising waters” is an idiom for a vast, invading army.
- Since 1948, Ashkelon has flourished as a world-leader in citrus production. Its restoration was prophesied in Zephaniah 2.
- God doesn’t punish because He wants to. He has to. Like a loving parent disciplining a child who misbehaves. Sin has to be punished. As Paul wrote…
Romans 6:23 NLT
Who Do You Trust?
Have you ever wondered who thought up the idea of putting “In God We Trust” on U.S. currency? Well, it began with a pastor, WR Watkinson, from Ridleyville, PA, who wrote his congressman, SP Chase a letter on November 13, 1861. A week later, the congressman wrote James Pollock, Director of the US Mint this letter…
“No nation can be strong except in the strength of God, or safe except in His defense. The trust of our people in God should be declared on our national coins. Will you cause a device to be prepared without delay with a motto expressing in the finest and tersest words possible, this national recognition.”Congressman SP Chase, 1861
Living in the Last Days
It’s YOUR Choice!
Moreover, it’s a choice that you need to make right now while you’re still alive and coherent! I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but a few too many people have died rather quickly. No prolonged illness. Hearts just stop, or blood clots to the lungs or brain. Interestingly enough, the causes aren’t revealed. We don’t know if there were underlining medical conditions. Obviously, I won’t speculate if they are related to any particular medical procedures.
My point is, you don’t know when you’re going to die. That’s why you MUST get right with God right now while you’re still alive and coherent.
If you are a born-again believer, the moment your die, you’ll be with Jesus. If the Rapture comes first, we, who are alive, will be caught up in the air to meet Jesus in the clouds. The Rapture could happen at any moment. Check out the video below…
You really don’t want to be left behind to face the Great Tribulation!
If you’re not sure if you’re saved or not, if you truly want to be born again and have the assurance of salvation, receive the Holy Spirit, and get a 1-way, non-stop ticket to Heaven after you die, or that you won’t be left behind at the Rapture, which can happen at any moment, this is what you have to do…
Believe. Repent. Be Baptized. Receive the Holy Spirit.
- Believe — have Faith — that Jesus is the Christ and He died taking your sins away forever and that He rose from the dead 3 days later.
- Repent of your sins — stop sinning! Do a complete 180 degree turn in your life and surrender your life to Him.
- Be Baptized — show the world and yourself that you have died to your old life and are born again in Christ.
- Receive the Holy Spirit in your heart.