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Study of Nations of God's People
 Judah in the time of Jeremiah and the United States today is a combined study from Jeremiah of two nations of God's people.

1-1: JANUARY: What Then Is Most Similar Between the Judah of Jeremiah and the United States today?

1. American Churches today place their confidence in their church buildings, and associated organizations and denominations, for salvation just like God’s people of Jeremiah did in the temple as a House of God. Each Sabbath, the chant of their worship service, much like the superficialities of praise songs today in churches, was "The temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD are these." The God Who supplied the very words to Jeremiah (see Jeremiah 1:9), called the words of this repetitive praise song "lying words" primarily because the temple was no longer a House of God and of prayer. Granted the people still attended, and it seems as though the temple attendance was both high on the Sabbath as on other days of the week, for Jeremiah was instructed by God to stand at the gates of the "LORD’s house" every day to proclaim to them "this word" of the words supplied by God (see Jeremiah 7:2). The first introductory words of this famous Temple Message supplied by the LORD to "all you of Judah who enter in at these gates to worship the LORD" (Jeremiah 7:2) had two points, the second of which was that it was at the present point in the history of God’s people that it was a lie to call these buildings of the temple, the city of Jerusalem, and the nation of Judah "a temple" and a place of God’s dwelling and habitation as it had previously been.

"Thus says the LORD of hosts {God uses this word for Himself when He wants to be known primarily as the God of the Gentiles, where most of His people is going to come from the Gentiles instead of from the few of the Jews, and when He wants to place emphasis on Himself as the God of the whole universe, for example you will find in Jeremiah 1:5 that God Himself called and "ordained" Jeremiah to be "a prophet to the nations}...Do not trust in these lying words, saying, ‘The temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD are these." (Jeremiah 7:3a and 7:4)

2. The first point of the introduction to the Temple Message of Jeremiah 7, also reminds us of a similarity between Jeremiah and America in that God’s own people, according to God Himself in the words He gave to Jeremiah, were in deep trouble: they must AMEND THEIR WAYS AND DOINGS just in order to stay in this place--Judah and America--safe, secure, and in comfort. {"In this place" summarizes Peace and Prosperity.}

"Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: ‘Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place." (Jeremiah 7:3)

Surely few searchers after the Bible would claim righteousness and godliness as either a characteristic of our nation today or of the churches; and surely as lack of attendance and disbanding of wednesday night prayer meetings invade have come to dominant even the most conservative of churches and denominations, or even real and effective with God the Father prayer, would many American church members claim for their churches or their denominations and nation, "effectual fervent prayer" that gets relief from God from these incessant series of calamities on the nation since 911.

3. In America like in Judah, we face both (1) a more stringent calamity than even the series of calamities since 911 culminating in the current economic crisis; and (2) a second terminal calamity of the destruction of the heavens and earth. In fact the terminal calamity of earth destruction before the new earth is ushered in by God where He populated the new people chosen from each generation, and from many Gentiles with a few Jews is far more eminent for us than it was for God’s people of Jeremiah. {Of course the Jews have the New Jerusalem lowered down from heaven on the new earth with the "father’s house of many mansions" and the Jewish Apostles of Jesus as the leaders, while the Gentiles have the surrounding territories of the new earth within easy access to the New Jerusalem where God and Christ dwell forever and in which is the fountain of life and living waters.}

(1). The desolation and calamity that is more immediate as chastisement from God to generate more dedication, and that is not the end calamity of all time.

"Nevertheless in those days {and shortly we must go up to page for a definition from God of "those days"}, says the LORD, ‘I will not make a complete end of you." (Jeremiah 5:18)

(2). We now know from the history in Jeremiah (Jeremiah 29) that those imminent days, only a few years, brought on Judah and Jerusalem the captivity of Babylon; however in Isaiah and in this fifth chapter of Jeremiah it was an eminent prediction of prophecy {prophesy most generally has two elements in prophesy as defined in the Bible, especially in I Corinthians 14: (1) predominantly a message for the people now in that generation; and (2) a predictive element; and sometimes like in Joel, Amos, Jeremiah and Isaiah, a prediction of two time spans, a few years and then for the end times}, with a description of this nation.

"Behold, I will bring a nation against you from afar, O house of Israel {in your study of Jeremiah, in spite of at the history of this point where the kingdom of Israel was divided into the two nations of Judah to the south and including Jerusalem and Israel to the north around Samaria and Damascus, you will find God’s words to Jeremiah centered sometimes (1) Israel as all of God’s people of the north, south and captivity; (2) God’s people of the northern kingdom of Israel; and (3) sometimes specifically to Judah and Jerusalem}, says the LORD. It is a mighty nation. It is an ancient nation, a nation whose language you do not know, nor can you understand what they say. Their quiver is like an open tomb; they are all mighty men. And they shall eat up your harvest and your bread, which your sons and daughters should eat. They shall eat up your flocks and your herds; they shall eat up your vines and your fig trees; they shall destroy your fortified cities {this is background in Jeremiah 1-6 to understand the praise chant of the Temple Message of chapter 7 where the people in worship spoke the lying words of "the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD are THESE, the plurality of these buildings including the fortified cities as well as the temple buildings and the nation}, in which you trust {often the Temple Message as here speaks of the MISPLACED FAITH of the people in their buildings}, with the sword." (Jeremiah 5:15-17)

(3). You can not miss in Jeremiah, like in Isaiah, that the ultimate calamity of the ultimate curse from God in the final destruction of heavens and earth is also mentioned. Yes, the Prophet to the Nations has a prophecy not only for all nations, but also for all nations of all times; and as surely as we in the United States are part of the world and the planet earth, so we also--God’s people and all residents {See "New Earth and Heavens" at link below} must experience this ultimate curse and calamity from God of the destruction of the heavens and the earth!

NOTE:See "Bible Reports of the New Earth" in BIBLE REPORTS FOR BELIEVING at the following link. .

"Thus says the LORD of hosts {yes, this comes from the God of the Gentiles and Jews and the LORD of the universe}: ‘Behold, disaster shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the farthest parts of the earth." (Jeremiah 25:32)

NOTE: If you have doubts that this message is to all nations of all times, and about the end times, then please also read the words above it in Jeremiah 25:30,31 where you will note such key words and phrases as: "the LORD has a controversy with the nations"; "against all the inhabitants of the earth"; and "a noise will come to the ends of the earth."

4. "Formality over Spirituality" was, according to God and according to the Temple Message that God gave Jeremiah, especially as you see in the words of Jeremiah 7:21-24 {please read the message/chapter on "Formality versus Spirituality in Worship, chapter 29 of HIDEOUT FOR BAD HABITS} dominated the attendance and worship of God’s people of Jeremiah just like it does today in the churches of America.

NOTE: The chapter/message of "Formality versus Spirituality in Worship" {and service} is a page on as follows:

5. Like in America today, Judah was in a series of prolonged calamities called chastisements for correction and righteousness by God--alias, a Curse from God instead of a Blessing; and yet like today, the leaders and prophets of the nation claimed that the people were both good and that their great nation would again prosper and experience PEACE. When you have a prolonged series of blessings on a nation like most of the history of the United States, except for some minor pertubations like the Civil War, then the Bible defines that as a BLESSING from God: when you have a prolonged series of calamities like in this country since 911 from terrorism, floods, fire, earthquakes, hurricanes, droughts, and economic crisis, the Bible defines that as a CURSE. If you desire to be more optimistic, like most of our prophets and prophesy today in the sense of "speaking the church" of I Corinthians 14, then you might refer to the last seven or so years of these unusual disasters in America since 911 as either: (1) a withholding temporarily of God’s blessing, and still according to the Bible, that is a CURSE; or as a few bolder modern prophets have done, say (2) "God has withdraw the umbrella of protection over this nation", and again according to the Bible that is a CURSE from God. {For details of the extensive nature of the blessings in a BLESSING and the curses or calamities in a CURSE, read Deuteronomy 28.}

For any nation of God’s people, like for Israel in the past and for the United States today as the world leader in the Fullness of the Gentiles where the Gospel has been spread to every nation there are always two options under the leadership and protection of God, and only two options: (1) the option of national blessings, most generally referred to as PEACE where material well-being is implied, also comfort and security, on the country called for short a BLESSING; and (2) the option of national curses, most generally called DESOLATION where it is on land, people, weather, animals, and even the plants and crops of the land or calamities on a country call for short a CURSE. All of this started when God first called a nation to be His own people, out of Egypt and into the wilderness where the laws on Mount Sinai were formulated for a people as God’s own peculiar people. {You will find that God in Jeremiah refers to the forefathers in the wilderness all the way up to the generation of Jeremiah as "firstfruits" of a people of God, which is exactly what was the intention of God.} It received impetus and popularity among the people of God at the very height of the power of the nation in the world, during the 40 year reign of King Solomon; and is most clearly seen and heard at the dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem when God again, like in the initial covenant between Israel and Himself, sets forth the two options a BLESSING and a CURSE.

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2009-01-08 17:22:58 GMT
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