We see reports of this prophecy's fulfilment in every news bulletin: war, war, WAR! No nation, however insignificant, is exempt. The catalogue of war and trouble is long and growing. Will it ever stop? What is its purpose? Does God care about humanity? And if He does, what is He doing about it? Jeremiah's message is for us; so take note.
Yahweh, the God of Israel said to him:
|Jeremiah 1:||5: “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”|
|Job 5:||6: “Although affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground;|
7: Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.”
|Job 14:||1: “Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.”
|Mark 13:||7: “And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.|
8: For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.”
|Jeremiah 25:||15: “For thus saith the LORD God of Israel unto me; Take the wine cup of this fury at my hand, and cause all the nations, to whom I send thee, to drink it.|
16: And they shall drink, and be moved, and be mad, because of the sword that I will send among them.
17: Then took I the cup at the LORD's hand, and made all the nations to drink, unto whom the LORD had sent me:
18: To wit, Jerusalem, and the cities of Judah, and the kings thereof, and the princes thereof, to make them a desolation, an astonishment, an hissing, and a curse; as it is this day;
19: Pharaoh king of Egypt, and his servants, and his princes, and all his people;
20: And all the mingled people, and all the kings of the land of Uz, and all the kings of the land of the Philistines, and Ashkelon, and Azzah, and Ekron, and the remnant of Ashdod,
21: Edom, and Moab, and the children of Ammon,
22: And all the kings of Tyrus, and all the kings of Zidon, and the kings of the isles which are beyond the sea,
23: Dedan, and Tema, and Buz, and all that are in the utmost corners,
24: And all the kings of Arabia, and all the kings of the mingled people that dwell in the desert,
25: And all the kings of Zimri, and all the kings of Elam, and all the kings of the Medes,
26: And all the kings of the north, far and near, one with another, and all the kingdoms of the world, which are upon the face of the earth: and the king of Sheshach shall drink after them.
27: Therefore thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Drink ye, and be drunken, and spue, and fall, and rise no more, because of the sword which I will send among you.
28: And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup at thine hand to drink, then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Ye shall certainly drink.
29: For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the LORD of hosts.”
|Psalm 50:||15: “And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.”
|Zephaniah 2:||2: “Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD come upon you, before the day of the LORD's anger come upon you.|
3: Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD's anger.”
|Habakkuk 3:||17: “Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:|
18: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
19: The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.”
|Romans 8:||35: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”|
But alas! when thou draweth near,
Our faculties loose power with fear,
We see thee as a cursed foe,
Seeds of sorrow sowing sow.
Yet great men all have tasted thee.
Thy priceless gifts no eye can see.
Thou mouldest men as men should be;
Men to face eternity!
Throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity we shall not only look
back on our present troubles as stepping stones to understanding
the foolishness of sin: but also view them as ‘spiritual
windows’ through which we have recognized Yahweh's boundless
love, mercy and kindness: qualities of which we would have been blissfully
ignorant had not sin blighted the universe. With these facts in mind rise
above your troubles and tribulations. Learn from them: yea master them!
The end result will be that for you tribulation will be viewed like a war
veteran's badge of distinction, to be worn for all time! Praise be His
holy name! The apostle Paul writes:
|Romans 5:||3: “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;|
4: And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
5: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
6: For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.”