Jeremiah 30, Micah 5 and Zephaniah 3

We will now look at a chapter each from Jeremiah, Micah and Zephaniah.

Jeremiah 30

Jeremiah lived after the Assyrians took the ten tribes of Israel captive, and he was a witness to the destruction of Judah, Levi and what remained of the other ten tribes that had fled to Jerusalem. Jeremiah tried to warn them of what was coming – and that they should repent and turn back to God. They didn’t listen, and the rest is history.

Unfortunately, many of us are in same position as Jeremiah. We are trying to warn our brothers and sisters in Christ that the same fate is coming for all of us, but… well …it feels like we are in the same boat as poor Jeremiah. No one is paying attention, and doom is on its way.

Some will listen and do what they can to heed the warning. Most will not.

God Returns Israel To The Land

However, Jeremiah does find a hopeful message from God, and he shares it with us in chapter 30.

The word that came to Jeremiah from Jehovah, saying, Thus speaketh Jehovah, the God of Israel, saying, Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book. For, lo, the days come, saith Jehovah, that I will turn again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith Jehovah; and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.

Jeremiah 30:1-3

Okay, this begs the question:

Did this happen at all before 1948?

After the Babylonian captivity there was a kind of return.

But, was it The Return that is spoken of here?

No.

Except for a brief period under the Hasmonean Kings (which were NOT of the line of King David) Israel never had full sovereignty in her own land.

Israel Truly Returned In 1967 – Not 1948

In fact, I think that it’s pretty clear that not even 1948 could be seen as The Return. They only controlled a part of the Land of Israel, and did not control Jerusalem. To see Israel in full control, we need to fast forward to June of 1967, when Jerusalem was captured by Israeli forces during the ‘Six Day War’. Only with the taking of Jerusalem along with the territories of Judea, Samaria and the Golan, could Israel be considered to have ‘Returned’.

The Last Days Begin In 1967

And, it was the capture of Jerusalem by the Jewish people that was described by Jesus as part of the Last Days.

Here is the verse:

And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led captive into all the nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

Luke 21:24

But, we only understand Jerusalem’s place in a bigger picture, when we get to these two verses in Luke 21:

Even so ye also, when ye see these things coming to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all things be accomplished.

Luke 21:31-32

In Luke 21, Jesus describes many of the events of the Last Days and makes an important point:

The generation that sees these events occur will not pass away until the Last Days are finished.

Since Jerusalem is one of those events, and is the first that we have seen fulfilled… well …it means that Jerusalem marked the beginning of Last Days. This also means that the time of the Gentiles – you and me – is complete.

Jacob’s Trouble

However, the time of the Jews will be short, and it will begin in horrendous trouble. We can see that, as we continue on with Jeremiah 30:

And these are the words that Jehovah spake concerning Israel and concerning Judah. For thus saith Jehovah: We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace. Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child: wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness? Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.

Jeremiah 30:4-7

Unfortunately, the poor dispensationalists do not understand WHEN Jacob’s trouble arrives. And, because they don’t know when it arrives, they will be caught by the massive destruction that comes along with it.

Jacob’s Trouble Is Gog And Magog

And no, Jacob’s Trouble is NOT the Great Tribulation, as the dispensationalists like to claim. Jacob’s Trouble is the coming of Gog and Magog, along with Ezekiel’s Fire. THAT is Jacob’s Trouble.

I have worked very hard to show the dispensationalists how wrong they are, so that they could increase their chances for survival. To be sure, some have seen their error and started to prepare. Unfortunately, those who have chosen to prepare are a tiny, tiny minority. The rest have condemned themselves, and as well as all who listen to them, to a terrible and painful death – as well as condemnation from God, in the life to come.

God would have spared the dispensationalists, but they chose not to be spared. And, there’s very little time left for them to change course.

A Closer Look At Jacob’s Trouble

Now, let’s concentrate a bit on how bad Jacob’s Trouble is. This is how bad it will be:

And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith Jehovah, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part into the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried…

Zechariah 13:8-9a

THAT will be horrifying and unimaginable. I would do anything to stop it. However, I left out the second half of verse nine from the above passage. That ‘second half’ indicates that something fantastic will happen as a result of all that death and suffering:

…They shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people; and they shall say, Jehovah is my God.

Zechariah 13:9b

A tragedy as terrible as Jacob’s Trouble… well …it’s worth going through, if the ending results in salvation. Being a child of God is worth all of that and more. However, that doesn’t change my desire to spare the Jewish people of Israel.

Likewise – in fact, even more so – I would love to spare the dispensationalists from suffering from what is about to come. What is coming is a level of death and destruction that is beyond our ability to imagine. And, I do not wish for any brother or sister to go through that. But, this is the will of God, and God knows that this is the best way.

They Will Serve Jesus Christ

Let’s continue with the next two verses of Jeremiah 30:

And it shall come to pass in that day, saith Jehovah of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds; and strangers shall no more make him their bondman; but they shall serve Jehovah their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them.

Jeremiah 30:8-9

Those two verses coincide with the second half of Zechariah 13:9. The Jews will finally, after two thousand years, serve Yehovah their God, the one who sits on the throne of David – Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Israel Will Be Saved From Afar

Let’s continue with the next verse:

Therefore fear thou not, O Jacob my servant, saith Jehovah; neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be quiet and at ease, and none shall make him afraid.

Jeremiah 30:10

Okay, part of this verse has happened. Jacob HAS returned. Jews throughout the world HAVE been leaving their homes and returning to Israel. But, they are NOT quiet and at ease. And, they STILL have enemies that make them uneasy, such as Iran. (Although, they might be confident that they can destroy Iran, if they need to.)

Also, not all of the Jews have returned to Israel. Many are still living in Asia, Europe and the Americas. My hope is that the survivors of that Diaspora will turn to Christ as Israel will, and join Israel in the Land of Israel.

Now, something will happen in the future that will destroy all of Israel’s enemies, and Israel will finally be at peace. The question in my mind…

…Is this peace before Ezekiel’s Fire, or after?

We went over Ezekiel 38, earlier, but let’s look at two relevant verses:

Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: It shall come to pass in that day, that things shall come into thy mind, and thou shalt devise an evil device: and thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell securely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates;

 –  Ezekiel 38:10-11

Notice that Gog says to himself that Israel is at rest and dwells securely.

Does this fulfill Jeremiah 30:10?

Maybe.

However, when Jehovah says in that passage that none shall make Israel afraid…

…Wouldn’t the coming of Gog and Magog make Israel afraid?

Of course this is a process. Israel’s enemies are being destroyed, one by one. Today, Israel no longer fears Jordan or Egypt. The Palestinians are no longer a threat to the survival of Israel – even though they are a threat to public safety, which is still a serious thing. And, Syria has collapsed, and is in the process of becoming a failed state.

What’s left is Iran, and her nuclear program. America has become something of a threat, but Israel has been able to neutralize American anti-Semitism, for now. America has begun to collapse, financially, and that will probably neutralize her ability to cause trouble for Israel. And, a global financial collapse will undoubtedly blunt Iran’s nuclear weapons program – since such programs require lots and lots of money. Lots.

So, I guess that Ezekiel’s Fire will destroy what is left of Israel’s enemies. Jehovah describes that destruction of Israel’s enemies in more detail in verses 11, 16, 17, 23 and 24. But, before we get to them, I want to ponder the significance of a word in verse 10:

afar

You may have noticed that I put that word in bold, when I quoted verse ten to you (above). The key phrase in the verse is this:

…for, lo, I will save thee from afar

In the original Hebrew, that word is רחוק – pronounced, rah-hoke (hoke is pronounced like coke). You add a Mem to the front, which means ‘from’, as in from afar – or, מרחוק, pronounced meh-rah-hoke.

What does God mean when He says that Israel will be saved from afar?

Well, Ezekiel’s Fire WILL destroy what is left of Israel’s enemies, but that solar flare will also do great damage to Israel, itself. I would think that someone might need to come to the rescue – someone who escaped Ezekiel’s Fire. The question is…

…who?

Who would God use to save Israel from afar?

Well, we MIGHT have a clue in this verse:

And I will send a fire on Magog, and on them that dwell securely in the isles; and they shall know that I am Jehovah.

 – Ezekiel 39:6

Okay, I might be stretching things a bit, but this could mean that the effects of this solar flare are limited to Russia (Magog), Europe, the Middle East, Africa and North/South America (i.e., the isles).

A Little Review

Let me review a bit, to make sure that I am setting the stage properly for the point that I want to make.

As I mentioned at the beginning of this book, a really powerful solar flare creates a really powerful coronal mass ejection (CME). When that CME hits the Earth, it will probably do so for several hours. Those areas closest to the North Pole will be affected the most. The effects of this Superflare will lessen as you move closer to the equator.

It is unknown whether the part of Earth facing the Sun will experience more destructive effect than the ‘night side’. I would have to assume that those on ‘night side’ of Earth will do better than those facing the Sun. But, this is hard to say.

Destroying All Who Persecuted The Jews

Now, the next verse in Jeremiah 30 strikes a particularly ominous note for all of us:

For I am with thee, saith Jehovah, to save thee: for I will make a full end of all the nations whither I have scattered thee, but I will not make a full end of thee; but I will correct thee in measure, and will in no wise leave thee unpunished.

Jeremiah 30:11

Everywhere that the Jews have been scattered to…

…will be destroyed.

I am going to skip the next four verses (12 to 15) that talk about God’s affliction of Israel, because verses 16 and 17 clarify what was said in verse 11:

Therefore all they that devour thee shall be devoured; and all thine adversaries, every one of them, shall go into captivity; and they that despoil thee shall be a spoil, and all that prey upon thee will I give for a prey. For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith Jehovah; because they have called thee an outcast, saying, It is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.

Jeremiah 30:16-17

Those two verses tell us that:

  • All those that devoured the Jews will be devoured
  • All the adversaries of the Jews will go into captivity
  • Those that plundered the Jews will be plundered
  • Those that preyed upon the Jews will be preyed upon

And, for those of you who have claimed that Jerusalem is nothing, and of no importance…

  • The Christians who ignored Israel and the Jews will be ashamed and stand condemned by God.

And yes, there are prominent ‘Christian’ leaders who are anti-Zionism. One of those ‘prominent’ men wrote in his supreme arrogance to tell me so. Others have made it clear in their public pronouncements.

As I look out over the world, these are the places that have done terrible harm to the Jewish people:

  • All of Europe – East and West
  • The United States
  • Russia
  • Muslims countries of North Africa and the Middle East

The exceptions to the above are:

  • Switzerland, Norway, Denmark and Finland.

For those of you who are shocked at my inclusion of the US, please let me point out that the US allied themselves with Hitler in the extermination of the Jews. It was IBM that knowingly helped Hitler to track and exterminate the Jews. It was Franklin Roosevelt that closed the doors to the Jewish people that were trying to flee Hitler’s Germany. Ford supplied Hitler with trucks and engines. Americans provided almost everything Hitler needed to fight World War II and murder the Jews.

If you need more information on what America did to the Jews and the rest of the world, watch this:

JFK to 911 Everything Is A Rich Man’s Trick

YouTube shortlink: https://youtu.be/U1Qt6a-vaNM

THAT is three and a half hours of mind-blowing documentary. And, it answers far too many questions that I’ve had over the years.

Oh, and notice where most of the nations that God will destroy are located?

The Northern Hemisphere.

Those Who Will Not Be Destroyed

Furthermore, obscene murders of Jews have happened throughout America, and American Jews have always suffered discrimination.

Who is left out of the above list of infamy?

  • East Asia – China, Thailand, Vietnam, etc.
  • South Asia – India, Bangladesh
  • Central and South America
  • Central and Southern Africa

Will these areas be safe places to be, when Ezekiel’s Fire comes?

I don’t know for sure, but it IS something to work from. I have seen for myself the love for the Jews – and Israel – among the Koreans and the Chinese. And, that tells me that East Asia would stand a good chance of surviving what is coming.

Jeremiah 30:18-22 goes on to speak of what Israel will be like after they are brought back to God, as well as God’s compassion for them. I won’t go into all of that, so I will leave it to you to read about it, for yourself.

We Could Only Understand This Now

What should catch our attention the most are the last two verses of Jeremiah 30:

Behold, the tempest of Jehovah, even his wrath, is gone forth, a sweeping tempest: it shall burst upon the head of the wicked. The fierce anger of Jehovah shall not return, until he have executed, and till he have performed the intents of his heart: in the latter days ye shall understand it.

Jeremiah 30:23-24

Since those two verses are spoken of in context with the salvation of Israel, it would be wrong to shift the interpretation of those verses onto the ‘catchall’ of the Wrath of God, as described in Revelation.

Even more importantly, that phrase ‘in the latter days ye shall understand it’ should cause us to be careful. There’s a reason why we will understand this tempest that is going to fall upon the wicked. And, I believe that reason has everything to do with science and technology.

We UNDERSTAND what Ezekiel’s Fire is. And, we UNDERSTAND what it will do to our technological society. Therefore, I think that THIS is why we can understand what God is saying to us through Jeremiah.

Just a hundred years ago, no one would have had a CLUE about the dangers of this incredible moment in time. Now, we do.

I truly hope that you’ll be ready for this.

Micah 5

The prophet Micah, talks about the return of Israel and the events surrounding it. He also talks about the Millennium that is coming.

Of course all of this is great news, except for this verse:

And I will execute vengeance in anger and wrath upon the nations which hearkened not.

Micah 5:15

Ezekiel’s Fire

Now, you might think that this is the Wrath of God that happens after the Tribulation. But, I would caution you to be careful here, because the context of that verse is in verses 10-14, where God speaks to Israel and says:

And it shall come to pass in that day, saith Jehovah, that I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee, and will destroy thy chariots: and I will cut off the cities of thy land, and will throw down all thy strongholds.

Micah 5:10-11

Let’s see… horses and chariots don’t work… strongholds fall… Ah, yes. Ezekiel’s Fire.

These verses:

In that day, saith Jehovah, I will smite every horse with terror, and his rider with madness; and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the peoples with blindness.

Zechariah 12:4

and:

And there shall be upon every lofty mountain, and upon every high hill, brooks and streams of waters, in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall.

Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that Jehovah bindeth up the hurt of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound.

Isaiah 30:25-26

So, Micah 5:10-11 is describing Ezekiel’s Fire – exactly. And, God goes on to describe what He will do AFTER Ezekiel’s Fire:

And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thy hand; and thou shalt have no more soothsayers: and I will cut off thy graven images and thy pillars out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt no more worship the work of thy hands; and I will pluck up thine Asherim out of the midst of thee; and I will destroy thy cities.

Micah 5:12-14

The last half of that talks about how Israel will be sanctified. They will no longer worship the idols of Judaism. They will no longer revere the Babylonian mysticism of Kabbalah.

This tells us that we are in the time frame Ezekiel 39:6, Isaiah 30:26 and Zechariah 12:4. And, it is the verses from Isaiah and Zechariah that mirror Micah 5:10-11. They are exactly like what we have been talking about:

  • Cities and buildings will be destroyed – earthquakes
  • All transportation will be destroyed – solar flare

Nations Destroyed

I think that we have a perfect match here. But, I am forgetting the verse that should fill us with dread:

And I will execute vengeance in anger and wrath upon the nations which hearkened not.

Micah 5:15

THAT is what should worry you. It certainly worries me, because most of our brothers and sisters in Christ aren’t paying attention. Or, in the terms of the above verse:

They hearken not.

This is the kind of confirmation that I did not want to see. It confirms that Ezekiel’s Fire will blast the nations of the world, and they will suffer vengeance in anger and wrath – at least, those which did not listen to God.

If you ‘hearken’ to the words of this prophecy, you will not suffer the vengeance of God. Those of you who wish to claim that none of this will happen to you… well …you are placing yourself among those who ‘hearken not’.

This is your chance – right now – to prepare for what is coming. To hearken. What you do now will determine whether you live, or die. My hope is that you will choose life.

Zephaniah 3

I routinely have verbal altercations with anti-Semites who claim to be a Christian. I find it interesting that most ‘Christian’ anti-Semites don’t provide any scripture to back up their views. And if they do, it is always out of context and ignorant of the rest of the Bible. The same goes for ‘Christian’ anti-Zionists. They also tend not to give you any scripture, either – except a few bits and pieces that are meaningless.

Oh and the difference between anti-Zionists and anti-Semites is no difference. Don’t come and tell me that you are ‘just’ anti-Zionism. Anti-Zionists are just genocidal racists without the funny mustache.

(ahem!)

Those anti-Semites who DO feed you scripture are careful not to let you see the passages where God forgives the sins that Israel has committed. It’s funny how they do that.

Interesting to see that the Pharisees are alive and well on planet Earth.

I say all that, because the Book of Zephaniah talks in detail about the sins of Israel, and in particular the people of Judah. God lays it on thick, which is appropriate. And, the list of sin is long. But, all of that stops in chapter 3.

God Devours The Earth

In fact, God makes an abrupt change with this verse:

Therefore wait ye for me, saith Jehovah, until the day that I rise up to the prey; for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger; for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.

Zephaniah 3:8

That… um …is a VERY unsettling statement, to say the least. Very unsettling. And no, this is NOT the Wrath of God as described in Revelation. I wish that it was. I really do.

Why This Is NOT The Post-Tribulation Wrath Of God

Why do I say that this is not the Wrath of God in Revelation?

Because the verses AFTER Zephaniah 3:8 speak about the salvation of Israel. THAT is the context of the above verse, and it is also the same context as Ezekiel 39:6 and Isaiah 30:26. It even SOUNDS like those verses. But, let’s look at the rest of the chapter.

Ezekiel’s Fire And People Of A Pure Language

God is going to assemble the gentiles and judge them.  And, when He does that…

For then will I turn to the peoples of a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of Jehovah, to serve him with one consent.

Zephaniah 3:9

God says the fateful words ‘for then’. This indicates that verse nine will happen AFTER verse eight. And, THAT means global catastrophe.

What kind of catastrophe?

Ezekiel’s Fire.

AND, a people of a pure language will call on the name of the Lord, and Hebrew is the purest of all the languages on Earth. Its form and syntax has been preserved in the Bible, and was kept so that it could be used today.

The Ethiopian Jews – A Prophecy Fulfilled

From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering.

Zephaniah 3:10

And yes, the Jews of Ethiopia have come from beyond the rivers of Ethiopia. Of course, some mean-spirited people want to claim that the Ethiopian Jews aren’t Jews. But, these racists have failed to look at the traditions and religion that these Ethiopian Jews held on to.

It really is very difficult to argue against the fact that these Ethiopians are descendants of those Jews who fled the fall of the Kingdom(s) of Israel. At the very least, they are as described in the above verse:

the daughter of my dispersed

The Salvation Of Israel

Then, we move deeper into the description of the salvation that God will bring to Israel:

In that day shalt thou not be put to shame for all thy doings, wherein thou hast transgressed against me; for then I will take away out of the midst of thee thy proudly exulting ones, and thou shalt no more be haughty in my holy mountain.

Zephaniah 3:11

God is going cleanse them from their sins and make them whole again. He is going to remove the ‘proudly religious’ from them. He is going to save them. And, there is only one way that this can be done:

Accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior – and obeying Him.

An Afflicted And Poor People

THAT is a very, VERY big deal. Unfortunately, the next verse adds an ominous note to all of this:

But I will leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall take refuge in the name of Jehovah.

Zephaniah 3:12

I am something of a coward when it comes to being afflicted and poor. I hate suffering with a passion, so it doesn’t make me feel good to know that affliction is coming for the people of Israel.

However, it coincides with Zechariah 13:8-9, which we have talked about. Here’s the verse again:

And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith Jehovah, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part into the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried. They shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people; and they shall say, Jehovah is my God.

Zechariah 13:8-9

Those who survive that will suffer terrible affliction. This is going to be really, really bad. REALLY Bad. And, it’s hard to bear the thought of it. This is why so many try to turn that verse into some kind of symbolic death.

I’m sorry folks. You can wish trouble away with a wave of your hand, but it doesn’t change the reality of what God said that He would do.

False hope is NOT a strategy.

Israel Will Be Secure In Christ

But, let’s continue with Zephaniah 3 to see the result:

The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth; for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.

Zephaniah 3:13

THAT is salvation. It will also be a time of peace and security, as the rest of the world tries to recover from the horrific devastation.

And then, we hear of the rejoicing in the Lord that Israel will experience:

Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem. Jehovah hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy: the King of Israel, even Jehovah, is in the midst of thee; thou shalt not fear evil any more. In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not; O Zion, let not thy hands be slack. Jehovah thy God is in the midst of thee, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love; he will joy over thee with singing. I will gather them that sorrow for the solemn assembly, who were of thee; to whom the burden upon her was a reproach.

Zephaniah 3:14-18

Ezekiel’s Fire

It will be an awesome time, but what follows is yet another clue about what and where God will concentrate His wrath:

Behold, at that time I will deal with all them that afflict thee; and I will save that which is lame, and gather that which was driven away; and I will make them a praise and a name, whose shame hath been in all the earth.

Zephaniah 3:19

All those that persecuted the Jews will be destroyed. That means Europe, Russia, Iran, the Middle East, North Africa and North America. You will need to make sure that you are nowhere near those areas where they live.

I just don’t know about the rest of the world.

But, forget that for a moment and rejoice in this last verse of the Book of Zephaniah:

At that time will I bring you in, and at that time will I gather you; for I will make you a name and a praise among all the peoples of the earth, when I bring back your captivity before your eyes, saith Jehovah.

Zephaniah 3:20

Just understand that, before all of this:

all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.

Zephaniah 3:8

THAT, my friends, is Ezekiel’s Fire.

Please. Be ready for this.

 

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