God loves to REVEAL! You can read the Bible over and over again and each time you read it, God reveals something new! I’m amazed how He uses the YouTube algorithm to reveal more in-depth video lessons. Yesterday, up popped a video from a ministry that I had watched in the past, FAI, based in Israel. They had an interesting video (it’s at the bottom) explaining how God started talking about the Last Days and the Time of Jacob’s Trouble way back in Deuteronomy! Now, I did a study on Deuteronomy and I didn’t catch this at that time. God reveals what you need to know when you need to know it! I pray that He reveals something new to you right now. Let’s dig in…
Before we get into chapter 33 of Jeremiah, let’s go over that prophecy God revealed to Moses in Deuteronomy…
26 I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that you will soon utterly perish from the land which you cross over the Jordan to possess; you will not prolong your days in it, but will be utterly destroyed. 27 And the Lord will scatter you among the peoples, and you will be left few in number among the nations where the Lord will drive you. 28 And there you will serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell. 29 But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul. 30 When you are in distress, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, when you turn to the Lord your God and obey His voice 31 (for the Lord your God is a merciful God), He will not forsake you nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them.Deuteronomy 4:26-31 NJKV
Interestingly enough, even before the Hebrews got to the Promised Land, God told them that they will live there only a short time. Deuteronomy was written c. 1406 BC. Consequently, the Babylonian exile began in 605 BC and the 3rd and last wave in 586 BC. So, the Israelites lived in the Promised Land just about 800 years. Had they not rebelled against God with their pagan worship, they would have avoided the judgement.
Furthermore, God continues in verse 30 with, “In the latter days”. He just jumped from 586 BC to the End Times. That’s the catch phrase. When you read the Bible and you see “the latter days”, “the last days”, “in those days”, even “distant future” (depending on which version you’re reading), pay attention! Those are End Times Prophecies. Fascinating!
Jeremiah 33 – Excellence of the Restored Nation – Promises of Peace and Prosperity
Moreover the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah a second time, while he was still shut up in the court of the prison, saying, 2 “Thus says the Lord who made it, the Lord who formed it to establish it (the Lord is His name): 3 ‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’
4 “For thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning the houses of this city and the houses of the kings of Judah, which have been pulled down to fortify against the siege mounds and the sword: 5 ‘They come to fight with the Chaldeans, but only to fill their places with the dead bodies of men whom I will slay in My anger and My fury, all for whose wickedness I have hidden My face from this city. 6 Behold, I will bring it health and healing; I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth. 7 And I will cause the captives of Judah and the captives of Israel to return, and will rebuild those places as at the first. 8 I will cleanse them from all their iniquity by which they have sinned against Me, and I will pardon all their iniquities by which they have sinned and by which they have transgressed against Me. 9 Then it shall be to Me a name of joy, a praise, and an honor before all nations of the earth, who shall hear all the good that I do to them; they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and all the prosperity that I provide for it.’
10 “Thus says the Lord: ‘Again there shall be heard in this place—of which you say, “It is desolate, without man and without beast”—in the cities of Judah, in the streets of Jerusalem that are desolate, without man and without inhabitant and without beast, 11 the voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voice of those who will say:
“Praise the Lord of hosts,
For the Lord is good,
For His mercy endures forever”—
and of those who will bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the Lord. For I will cause the captives of the land to return as at the first,’ says the Lord.
12 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘In this place which is desolate, without man and without beast, and in all its cities, there shall again be a dwelling place of shepherds causing their flocks to lie down. 13 In the cities of the mountains, in the cities of the lowland, in the cities of the South, in the land of Benjamin, in the places around Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, the flocks shall again pass under the hands of him who counts them,’ says the Lord.
14 ‘Behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord, ‘that I will perform that good thing which I have promised to the house of Israel and to the house of Judah:
15 ‘In those days and at that time
I will cause to grow up to David
A Branch of righteousness;
He shall execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.
16 In those days Judah will be saved,
And Jerusalem will dwell safely.
And this is the name by which she will be called:
‘THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.’ (Yahweh Tsidkenu)
17 “For thus says the Lord: ‘David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel; 18 nor shall the priests, the Levites, lack a man to offer burnt offerings before Me, to kindle grain offerings, and to sacrifice continually.’ ”
The Permanence of God’s Covenant
19 And the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying, 20 “Thus says the Lord: ‘If you can break My covenant with the day and My covenant with the night, so that there will not be day and night in their season, 21 then My covenant may also be broken with David My servant, so that he shall not have a son to reign on his throne, and with the Levites, the priests, My ministers. 22 As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, nor the sand of the sea measured, so will I multiply the descendants of David My servant and the Levites who minister to Me.’ ”
23 Moreover the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying, 24 “Have you not considered what these people have spoken, saying, ‘The two families which the Lord has chosen, He has also cast them off’? Thus they have despised My people, as if they should no more be a nation before them.
25 “Thus says the Lord: ‘If My covenant is not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth, 26 then I will cast away the descendants of Jacob and David My servant, so that I will not take any of his descendants to be rulers over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. For I will cause their captives to return, and will have mercy on them.’ ”Jeremiah 33 NJKV
In the Latter Days…
- Remember God’s pattern as we’ve been reading through the Old Testament Prophets — warning, judgment, then restoration. Likewise, God is warning the world today. Judgement Day is coming as is the Great Tribulation. However, after the judgments there will be deliverance, redemption for Israel as a nation, Jerusalem as a city and the all the Jews will become believers. God’s restoration will be national, territorial, spiritual, ethnic and mutually agreed upon. “I will be their God and they will be my people,” — the New Covenant.
- Jacob’s Trouble is the Great Tribulation, which will last 3.5 years. It starts halfway through the 7-year treaty with the Antichrist. That’s all explained in Revelation.
- Sacrifices of atonement ended first with Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice on the Cross and second, when Herod’s Temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD. The Jews no longer had a place to bring their sacrifices, so they stopped doing them.
- In Jesus’ final temple, all there will be will be Sacrifices of Praise! Hallelujah!
- In Matthew 22, Jesus tells us the Parable of the Wedding Feast. There’s one guest who is not wearing wedding clothes. Back then, the groom would provide wedding attire for the guests. If you refused to wear it, you’d be kicked out. Jesus is the Groom, the born-again believers — the church — is the Bride “She” (v.16). Jesus dresses us in HIS Righteousness when we become true believers. If a person refuses to believe, to accept His wedding attire, guess where that person ends up — hell. Jesus ends the parable with this statement: “For many are called, but few are chosen.”
- The Church — the Bride — “She” — takes the name of the Groom — ‘THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.’ (Yahweh Tsidkenu)
- Lastly, in verses 19-26, God assures us that His Covenant with Israel and His Believers is permanent. Thus, quashing the whole “Replacement Theology” concept.
If you seek the Lord, wholeheartedly, you WILL find HIM!
A few more things to think about…
- What stood out for YOU in this story?
- What do you think God is trying to say to YOU?
- How can you apply what you learned here to your life?
Have YOU been dressed in HIS Righteousness, yet?
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, feel His Shalom — a peace that surpasses all understanding, 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…