Jeremiah's ministry lasted for some 40 years. When he started to
prophecy against the people of Judah, they were living in a state of
prosperity and life in general was good. The prophets and priests told
the people not to worry since the temple was located in Jerusalem and
they could not imagine that God would not be sentimental and destroy his
own temple. Thus, when Jeremiah called for the nation to repent, his
proclamation fell on deaf ears. When Jeremiah received word that
destruction was coming, he felt that the Lord had deceived the people by
initially telling them they would be forgiven. He was between the
proverbial rock and the hard place; there was prosperity in the land and
no imminent military threat from any nation around them.
revealed to Jeremiah what happened on the earth before the creation of
Adam and Eve. There was a catastrophic destruction (Genesis 1:2) but
this was difficult to comprehend since knowledge of the war in heaven
would not be revealed to mankind until Jesus told it to the Apostle John
around 90 A.D. Nevertheless, God wanted the people of Judah to know the
coming judgment would be catastrophic. There were gaps of time between
the many judgments declared on Judah.
move into fifth chapter, God was asking if there was just one righteous
man in Jerusalem. God told Jeremiah there was nothing but deception in
the southern kingdom. How was it possible for the Lord to save the
nation from destruction when they ignored God? The entire structure of
Judah was corrupt from its political leaders to the prophets and
priests. The businessmen were prospering through deception and
exploiting the poor while they lived in luxury.
examining our nation today, much of what God chided the people of Judah
for exists today in the United States. The people connected to the
Democratic Party lament over the fact that there are people opposed to
the killing of babies through abortion. They dote on the LGBT community,
support homosexual marriage, do not revere the Bible and have a
distorted view of the Constitution of the United States. Just like in
Judah, there are plenty of false prophets today and the majority of
pastors have lost their faith in the Bible; instead, they have become
social engineers, simply trying to make people in churches feel good.
is prospering and times are good with a president that is working to
steer the nation back to biblical values. But Donald’s Trump’s time in
office is limited to four years, eight years if he is re-elected, and he
has now used 1.5 years of the allotted time. In examining the time
Jeremiah endured, we should begin declaring that judgment will come to
the United States if we as a nation do not repent. We need to be
vigilant and true to the calling we have of being salt and light.
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Yours in Christ,
Pastor John S. Torell