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The Prophet's Chains

Jeremiah was a true prophet of Jesus Christ (see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM' and 'The God Of The Old Testament'), sent to the people of Judah to warn them to repent of their corruption, not merely through their politics, but committed directly in His Name, in His Temple (see also Why Did They Face East? and The Messiah's Triumphal Entry Into The Temple).

"7:1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, 7:2 Stand in the gate of the Lord's house, and proclaim there this word, and say,

Hear the word of the LORD, all ye of Judah, that enter in at these gates to worship the LORD. 7:3 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place. 7:4 Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, are these. 7:5 For if ye thoroughly amend your ways and your doings; if ye thoroughly execute judgment between a man and his neighbour; 7:6 If ye oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and shed not innocent blood in this place, neither walk after other gods to your hurt: 7:7 Then will I cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers, for ever and ever. 7:8 Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit.

7:9 Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not; 7:10 And come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations? 7:11 Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the LORD." (Jeremiah 7:1-11 KJV)

"I loose thee this day from the chains which were upon thine hand ... behold, all the land is before thee"

The final result of the LORD's warning to them was not repentance, but further atrocities against Him - they tortured and put the LORD's prophet Jeremiah in prison and accused him of disloyalty for not being "patriotic" to their then God-rejecting nation.

Chains

"37:15 Wherefore the princes were wroth with Jeremiah, and smote him, and put him in prison in the house of Jonathan the scribe: for they had made that the prison. 37:16 When Jeremiah was entered into the dungeon, and into the cabins, and Jeremiah had remained there many days" (Jeremiah 37:15-16 KJV)

The king later inquired to see if Jeremiah would then deliver "politically correct" prophecies (in effect, demanding that the LORD speak what those who rebelled against Him wanted to hear), rather than the truth, but Jeremiah responded with the LORD's final condemnation.

"37:17 Then Zedekiah the king sent, and took him out: and the king asked him secretly in his house, and said, Is there any word from the LORD?

And Jeremiah said, There is: for, said he, thou shalt be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon." (Jeremiah 37:17 KJV)

After further abuses committed upon Jeremiah (he was thrown into a cistern, before being held in the guards' courtyard - Jeremiah 38:6, 13), the LORD then brought about the destruction of the southern kingdom of Judah - but He kept His obedient servant Jeremiah safe from the coming onslaught by the Babylonians. The Babylonians were actually given to set Jeremiah free, while those who had put him in chains were themselves put in chains and led away like cattle.

"39:15 Now the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah, while he was shut up in the court of the prison, saying, 39:16 Go and speak to Ebedmelech the Ethiopian, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring my words upon this city for evil, and not for good; and they shall be accomplished in that day before thee. 39:17 But I will deliver thee in that day, saith the LORD: and thou shalt not be given into the hand of the men of whom thou art afraid. 39:18 For I will surely deliver thee, and thou shalt not fall by the sword, but thy life shall be for a prey unto thee: because thou hast put thy trust in me, saith the LORD." (Jeremiah 39:15-18 KJV)

"40:1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, after that Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had let him go from Ramah, when he had taken him being bound in chains among all that were carried away captive of Jerusalem and Judah, which were carried away captive unto Babylon. 40:2 And the captain of the guard took Jeremiah, and said unto him, The LORD thy God hath pronounced this evil upon this place. 40:3 Now the LORD hath brought it, and done according as he hath said: because ye have sinned against the LORD, and have not obeyed his voice, therefore this thing is come upon you. 40:4 And now, behold, I loose thee this day from the chains which were upon thine hand. If it seem good unto thee to come with me into Babylon, come; and I will look well unto thee: but if it seem ill unto thee to come with me into Babylon, forbear: behold, all the land is before thee: whither it seemeth good and convenient for thee to go, thither go." (Jeremiah 40:1-4 KJV)

Fact Finder: The LORD used the pagan Babylonians' (see Ancient Empires - Babylon) military power to conquer Judah (see The Southern Kingdom) when they became corrupt, just as He had used the heathen Assyrians' might (see Ancient Empires - Assyria) to conquer Israel (see The Northern Kingdom) when they became corrupt. What king of Babylon was given a prophecy that will be completed at the time of Christ's return?
See Nebuchadnezzar's Dream; also Nebuchadnezzar The Believer


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