BIBLE: Jeremiah Chapter 23 – Headline “BIGGER THAN CROSSING THE RED SEA!”

Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.

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Jeremiah 23

The Branch of Righteousness

Jeremiah 23:1 “Woe to the shepherds (leaders) who destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture!” says the Lord.
Jeremiah 23:Therefore thus says the Lord God of Israel against the shepherds who feed My people: “You have scattered My flock, driven them away, and not attended to them. Behold, I will attend to you for the evil of your doings,” says the Lord.
Jeremiah 23:“But I will gather the remnant of My flock out of all countries where I have driven them, and bring them back to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase.
  • History repeats itself. In Queen Esther’s time they were scattered all over the Persian Empire which spread through Judea, Syria, and its arms wrapped halfway along the shores of the Mediterranean sea.
Jeremiah 23:I will set up shepherds over them who will feed them; and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, nor shall they be lacking,” says the Lord.
Jeremiah 23:“Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord,
“That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness;
A King shall reign and prosper (act wisely),
And execute judgment (justice) and righteousness in the earth (land).
  • Jesus is the Branch of Righteousness
    • John 15:4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
Jeremiah 23:In His days Judah will be saved,
And Israel will dwell safely;
Now this is His name by which He will be called:
Jeremiah 23:“Therefore, behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “that they shall no longer say, ‘As the Lord lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt,’

Astounding and Astonishing:
The return of the Jews to their homeland is the number one most important fulfillment of prophesy for the end of the ages, and it is has happened in our generation.

Behold, I will bring them from the north country, And gather them from the ends of the earth, Among them the blind and the lame, The woman with child And the one who labors with child, together; A great throng shall return there. Jeremiah 31:8 Therefore prophesy and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you int o the land of Israel. Ezekiel 37:12 (figuratively speaking ‘the grave” is the dispersal of the Jews without a homeland.)This event is just as astounding as when God brought the Jews out of Egypt and parted the Red Sea !!!! ‘Therefore, behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord,”that they shall no longer say (in astonishment), ‘As the Lord lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt,’ but, (shall say in astonishment) ‘As the Lord lives who brought up and led the descendants of the house of Israel from the north country and from all the countries where I had driven them.’ And they shall dwell in their own land.”

Jeremiah 23:but, ‘As the Lord lives who brought up and led the descendants of the house of Israel from the north country and from all the countries where I had driven them.’ And they shall (once again) dwell in their own land.”
  • “It is God who hears the cries of the afflicted and opens the womb of the barren. Jerusalem, like Sarah, is barren. When the cry of affliction is heard by faith …God opens the womb, and the land teems with fertility.”
  • “And I shall make the land desolate and your enemies that dwell in it shall dwell in desolation.” (Vayikra 26:32 the first in the Book of Leviticus.) “In this Torah passage, warning the People of Israel about the exile from Eretz Yisrael if they turn away from observance of the Torah, there is a note of comfort, say our sages. Our land will never accept our enemies. This is an extraordinary promise, because you will not find anywhere in the world a land so good and bountiful which was once so developed and is so in ruins. For ever since we left it the land has accepted no other nation, although so many have unsuccessfully tried to settle it. `Ramban, Commentary on the Torah”
  • In 1948 Israel once again became a nation on May 15. The nation, against all odds, was born in one day:

@Prophecy Alert: Israel is born in one day:

  • Isaiah 66:8 Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion was in labor, She gave birth to her children.
  • There is another Jewish scattering in the future when the Antichrist drives the Jews out of Jerusalem in the middle of the tribulation. When Jesus returns to set up His kingdom on earth there will be a last regathering.

False Prophets and Empty Oracles

Jeremiah 23:My heart within me is broken
Because of the prophets;
All my bones shake.
I am like a drunken man,
And like a man whom wine has overcome,
Because of the Lord,
And because of His holy words.

Jeremiah 23:10 For the land is full of adulterers;
For because of a curse the land mourns.
The pleasant places of the wilderness are dried up.
Their course of life is evil,
And their might is not right.

The sin of the people is the curse of the land, even as it was with Adam and Eve.

  • Romans 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.
Jeremiah 23:11 “For both prophet and priest are profane;
Yes, in My house (the temple) I have found their wickedness,” says the Lord.
Jeremiah 23:12 “Therefore their way shall be to them
Like slippery ways;
In the darkness they shall be driven on
And fall in them;
For I will bring disaster on them,
The year of their punishment,” says the Lord.
Jeremiah 23:13 “And I have seen folly (Lit. distastefulness) in the prophets of Samaria:
They prophesied by Baal
And caused My people Israel to err.
Jeremiah 23:14 Also I have seen a horrible thing in the prophets of Jerusalem:
They commit adultery and walk in lies;
They also strengthen the hands of evildoers,
So that no one turns back from his wickedness.
All of them are like Sodom to Me,
And her inhabitants like Gomorrah.
  • Revelation 11:8 And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city (Jerusalem) which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
  • Isaiah 1:21 The Degenerate City – How the faithful city has become a harlot! It was full of justice; Righteousness lodged in it, But now murderers.
Jeremiah 23:15 “Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts concerning the (wicked) prophets:
‘Behold, I will feed them with wormwood,
And make them drink the water of gall;
For from the prophets of Jerusalem
Profaneness (Or Pollution) has gone out into all the land.’ ”
Jeremiah 23:16 Thus says the Lord of hosts:
“Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you.
They make you worthless;
They speak a vision of their own heart,
Not from the mouth of the Lord.
Jeremiah 23:17 They continually say to those who despise Me,
‘The Lord has said, “You shall have peace” ’;
And to everyone who walks according to the dictates (stubbornness or imagination) of his own heart, they say,
‘No evil shall come upon you.’ ”
Jeremiah 23:18 For who has stood in the counsel of the Lord,
And has perceived and heard His word?
Who has marked His word and heard it?
Jeremiah 23:19 Behold, a whirlwind of the Lord has gone forth in fury— A violent whirlwind (the Babylonians)!
It will fall violently on the head of the wicked.
Jeremiah 23:20 The anger of the Lord will not turn back
Until He has executed and performed the thoughts of His heart.
In the latter days you will understand it perfectly.
  • The latter days are the end times, the seven year tribulation, also called Daniel’s 70th week.
  • The destruction of Judah with Nebuchadnezzar will be repeated during the seven year tribulation.
Jeremiah 23:21 “I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran.
I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.
Jeremiah 23:22 But if they had stood in My counsel,
And had caused My people to hear My words,
Then they would have turned them from their evil way
And from the evil of their doings.
Jeremiah 23:23 Am I a God near at hand,” says the Lord,
“And not a God afar off?
Jeremiah 23:24 Can anyone hide himself in secret places,
So I shall not see him?” says the Lord;
“Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the Lord.
Jeremiah 23:25 “I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy lies in My name, saying, ‘I have dreamed, I have dreamed!’
Jeremiah 23:26 How long will this be in the heart of the prophets who prophesy lies? Indeed they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart,
Jeremiah 23:27 who try to make My people forget My name by their dreams which everyone tells his neighbor, as their fathers forgot My name for Baal.
Jeremiah 23:28 “The prophet who has a dream, let him tell a dream;
And he who has My word, let him speak My word faithfully.
What is the chaff to the wheat?” says the Lord.
Jeremiah 23:29 Is not My word like a fire?” says the Lord,
“And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?
Jeremiah 23:30 “Therefore behold, I am against the prophets,” says the Lord, “who steal My words every one from his neighbor.
Jeremiah 23:31 Behold, I am against the prophets,” says the Lord, “who use their tongues and say, ‘He says.’
Jeremiah 23:32 Behold, I am against those who prophesy false dreams,” says the Lord, “and tell them, and cause My people to err by their lies and by their recklessness. Yet I did not send them or command them; therefore they shall not profit this people at all,” says the Lord.
Jeremiah 23:33 “So when these people or the prophet or the priest ask you, saying, ‘What is the oracle (burden, prophecy) of the Lord?’ you shall then say to them, ‘What oracle‘ (You are the burden)?’ I will even forsake you,” says the Lord.
Jeremiah 23:34 “And as for the prophet and the priest and the people who say, ‘The oracle (burden, prophecy) of the Lord!’ I will even punish that man and his house.
Jeremiah 23:35 Thus every one of you shall say to his neighbor, and every one to his brother, ‘What has the Lord answered?’ and, ‘What has the Lord spoken?’
Jeremiah 23:36 And the oracle (burden, prophecy) of the Lord you shall mention no more. For every man’s word will be his oracle, for you have perverted the words of the living God, the Lord of hosts, our God.
Jeremiah 23:37 Thus you shall say to the prophet, ‘What has the Lord answered you?’ and, ‘What has the Lord spoken?’
Jeremiah 23:38 But since you say, ‘The (oracle burden, prophecy) of the Lord!’ therefore thus says the Lord: ‘Because you say this word, “The oracle of the Lord!” and I have sent to you, saying, “Do not say, ‘The oracle of the Lord!’ ”
Jeremiah 23:39 therefore behold, I, even I, will utterly forget you and forsake you, and the city that I gave you and your fathers, and will cast you out of My presence.
Jeremiah 23:40 And I will bring an everlasting reproach upon you, and a perpetual shame, which shall not be forgotten.’ ”

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