January 19, 2024 3:44 PM
(Please refer to the Preface and Introduction sections found in the Jeremiah Chapter 1 commentary for some general information about this chapter by chapter study of Jeremiah).
Jer 12:1 Righteous (tsad-deek – just, lawful) art thou, O LORD, when I plead (grapple, debate, hold a controversy with) with thee: yet let me talk with thee of thy judgments (mishpat): Wherefore doth the way of the wicked prosper? wherefore are all they happy (tranquil, secure, successful, prosper) that deal very treacherously (covertly, deceitfully)?
Now we get to the number one question asked of God by all men throughout all ages. Why do evildoers so often seem to get away with what they are doing, and why do they live in a state of peace, tranquility, prosperity, and security?
Jeremiah approaches the Lord respectfully. He makes a statement of fact. He genuinely believes that God’s mishpat are right and good in an absolute sense. However, our senses in this fallen world will continually challenge this truth that we instinctively know in our hearts.
Have you ever grappled with God? Debated him? Entered into a controversy with him? Even Jeremiah found himself doing so. A man who heard God so clearly, probably the only one at his location in his generation who did so (remember Daniel had already been deported in 605 BC, Ezekiel would follow in 597 BC).
He did not doubt God’s ways, which manifested in his perfectly righteous judgments (decrees, verdicts, sentences passed). Yet his eyes continually told him that most of the wicked seem to be escaping God’s righteous decrees. He was human, flesh and blood, like we all are. He had the same questions, the same doubts as any one of us.
Jer 12:2 Thou hast planted them, yea, they have taken root: they grow, yea, they bring forth fruit: thou art near in their mouth, and far from their reins (kil-yaw – kidney, mind, the interior self).
The ancients believed the kidney represented an essential part of the inner man, also alluding to the mind. In other words, their acknowledgement of God is found on the outside (in their deceitful speech), but on the inside there was no thoughts or fear of him at all.
Jeremiah believes that God has planted them, and they have grown and prospered exceedingly in this life. They pay lip service to God, but their deeds prove that they have no regard for his ways, or paths of life.
Jer 12:3 But thou, O LORD, knowest me: thou hast seen me, and tried (investigate, examined, tested, proven by trial) mine heart toward thee: pull them out (break them, pluck them) like sheep for the slaughter, and prepare (appoint, dedicate) them for the day of slaughter.
In effect, Jeremiah is saying that I do know your mishpat, your righteous decisions regarding the sentencing you pass on the behavior of man. I would not dare to bring this topic up if I first had not thoroughly examined my own heart, and truly found that I have passed your test, in that I harbour no known sin within. This is a very important truth to retain – do not challenge God’s ways before you have made a thorough examination of your own heart – first things first! Anyone with a brain can see that these wicked men deserve your harshest sentence. Therefore, I ask, no demand, that you break them, crush them, get them ready to be slaughtered.
Sometimes the darkness all around us by the same people, over and over, just cause us to boil over and demand that God do something, and do something right now! I know that all of us have several names that come immediately to mind where we would have no trouble demanding the same thing from our father.
Jer 12:4 How long shall the land mourn, and the herbs (grass) of every field wither (dry up), for the wickedness of them that dwell therein? the beasts are consumed (perish), and the birds; because they said, He shall not see our last end.
The wicked think they will outlast Jeremiah and his so-called judgments of God.
Note how often God mentions the whole of creation groaning and travailing, waiting for the revealing of the true sons of God (Rom 8:22). Never before does the creation speak with such urgency, since man has gone down an insane path of literally poisoning our atmosphere with chemtrails, full of toxic metals and micro-plastics, nanotech, and God knows what else. Injecting the beasts with the same poisonous death shots as handed out to humanity. Culling tens of millions, even hundreds of millions of chickens, hogs, cattle, all due to lying pcr tests of some imaginary disease, all to destroy our food supply and either kill, permanently weaken, or make us dependant slaves to these psychopathic lunatics. I have always wondered why the elite want to destroy all life on this planet, and the only answer I can come up with is that this is the payment demanded by lucifer for being given the obscene amount of wealth and power that these end time satanists have been given.
Jer 12:5 If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee (tired you out, caused you to faint, because of disgust), then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace (shalom), wherein thou trustedst (in which land you placed your trust), they wearied thee (these 3 words are in italics), then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?
Have you noticed that Jesus often answered specific questions put to him by speaking of something else? In other words, God will often ignore our complaints and instead focus on the real issue, something of far greater importance than our temporary discomfort and/or confusion. Most carnal believers get tripped up at this point. Instead of accepting rebuke, we pout, become offended, and fall away. Then we wonder where God went. Hollywood’s number one theme when it comes to discussing God is how someone is so justified in turning their back on God when personal tragedy strikes, as if it goes without saying that our judgment of the situation is of a far higher moral standard than God’s apparently arbitrary and capricious actions towards us. How our youth have had their faith stolen by a continual diet of lies such as this!
Since 2020, we have experienced a level of trial, loss, and tyranny that has been unprecedented in our countries here in the west. Yet I believe God would respond to our complaints exactly how he spoke to Jeremiah. Babylon had not yet begun the actual siege. Judah was still at peace. Note God sort of mockingly hints at their misplaced trust, stating that Judah is placing their trust in the promised land itself, as if this blessing of God is unchangeable and irrevocable, sort of like Americans who think that God has placed a similar eternal, unchanging hedge of protection around their land, just because they had such a righteous foundation to begin with. We should never place our trust in our constitution, our bill of rights, our charter of rights and freedoms, as without God’s protection, wicked men will not abide by them any more than they will abide by the ten commandments, as we have seen today.
Even though during the worst of the lockdowns, the declaring of martial law in Canada during the truckers protest, the imprisonment of Canadian pastors for keeping their churches open, made me believe that possibly we had begun to enter the tribulation, I think the more likely scenario is that we are in the beginning of sorrows. We are still in the land of peace, as today most of us still have most of the relative freedoms (though they can be taken away at any time). The swelling of the Jordan is yet to come, and no one doubts that could come this year, being such a pivotal year with the American election on the horizon.
Instead of trying to explain himself as to why the wicked prosper, God is telling us to take a reality check. If you think things are bad so far, think again. If you are worn out fighting covid, how will you stand when the next weapon is unleashed by the enemy? It will be like racing against horses after you’ve raced with men. It is going to be of a magnitude harder than before.
I think the big takeaway of this key verse is to change the way we look at things. We have lived such pampered lives that the relatively large loss of comfort, health, security and prosperity have shaken many to the core. Yet unless we get over that, and get over it quick, the next big thing will sweep us away, as the flooding of the Jordan would sweep anyone anyway standing unaware in the midst of it.
Jer 12:6 For even thy brethren, and the house of thy father, even they have dealt treacherously with thee; yea, they have called a multitude after thee: believe them not, though they speak fair words (graciously, sweet words) unto thee.
Even your close kin are working to undermine you behind your back. They are lying to your face while turning everyone against you.
I remember listening to multiple testimonies of those who were injured by the death shot, and tried to turn to family and friends for support, only to be called delusional, a liar, a conspiracy theorist, and totally rejected and cast out from whatever relationships they may of had. Even mothers shunned their injured daughters, when they needed them the most. We’ve read verses like this in the past, and kind of skipped over them, as they were so out of the realm of our experience, yet no one with an honest heart will be skipping over anything Jeremiah has to say anymore.
One thing I’ve noticed in my long walk with the Lord is that sooner or later, every serious disciple will experience some sort of extremely serious, deep traumatic event of betrayal. It seems to be an unwritten rule in heaven somewhere, that like Jesus, like Paul, David, Joseph, and many others, one must be tested with an (un)healthy dose of treachery. Whether or not you have experienced it directly in your personal life, rest assured, you will. We are all experiencing it with our politicians, our doctors and nurses, our media, our teachers and professors, our police and military, our electricians who secretly installed all the 5g towers, even our weatherman! I daresay you will be hard pressed to find any profession that has not had the bulk of its members betray the human race one way or another by participating in this satanic great reset, that is meant to exterminate mankind, and the image of God within.
Jer 12:7 I have forsaken mine house (family), I have left (smitten, thrust away) mine heritage (inheritance, portion); I have given the dearly beloved of my soul (nephesh) into the hand of her enemies.
Jer 12:8 Mine heritage is unto me as a lion (became as a lion) in the forest; it crieth out against me: therefore have I hated it (it has become my enemy).
In contrast to the relatively small personal problem that Jeremiah faces with his close kin turning against him (even though to Jeremiah it’s a traumatic event), God now relates how the entire nation has changed from sheep to savage lions. Instead of looking to God as our loving shepherd, we have become ravening beasts, roaring and tearing at all around us. In response, God’s love has turned to hate, even as you would hate a wild beast that was about to pounce on your innocent children.
This strong language pastors always try to soften, ignore, or explain away. Can God end up hating his own people? Yes. If the bible says it, believe it, or believe your pastor and call God a liar. Ask yourself this: If your very own son became a serial killer, and was about to torture, rape and murder your own young daughter, would you not consider him your enemy, and kill him before he killed her? I know I’ve seen videos where the sick mother of a serial killer still stands up for the fiend, saying he would never do that. That is simply gross denial of reality, not love. Most people cannot seem to accept the reality from 2020 onwards. That our own government and your own personal doctor did everything in their power to make you take poison. Not once, not twice, but regularly, and are even still recommending you do so today. If you try and tell your woke relatives this awful truth, they most likely will never accept this. If after 4 years they haven’t been able to accept it, chances are low that they will ever be able to do so.
Why did I just use such offensive language? Because I feel compelled to do everything within my power to wake people up. Quit lying about God. Stop believing in fairy tales, you are not little children anymore. Sin is real, the consequences of sin is very real, and God is not walking around with a silly smile on his face all the time, winking at sin, and saying nothing to hurt anyone’s feelings. God had to send his only beloved son to hang on a cross and experience the most shameful, painful death imaginable, just so that mankind would have a chance to escape the awful reality of eternal torment that rightly awaits us for our collective rebellion and hatred of God and his ways. We should all be falling on our faces and thanking the father that he knew of Jeremiah before he was even conceived, that he allowed him to be born, protected him, and inspired him to say the things that he said.
In these very last of days, God promised that secrets that have been sealed for thousands of years would be revealed, as spoken of by Daniel the prophet:
Dan 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
Dan 12:8 And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?
Dan 12:9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
Dan 12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.
Thus if God says that he became the enemy of his very own people, then that’s what took place. Let us embrace this warning into our hearts, and learn to greatly fear the word of the Lord, lest at any time a similar thing should befall us through the deceitfulness of sin.
Jer 12:9 Mine heritage is unto me as a speckled bird (ravenous bird, bird of prey), the birds round about are against her; come ye, assemble all the beasts of the field, come to devour.
God continues to describe his apostate nation. Instead of being lambs and sheep, harmless and gentle, they have become like wild animals, tearing and devouring all that they can pounce upon. In response, God invites all the beasts of the earth (all the worst of the heathen) to come and devour his people.
Jer 12:10 Many pastors (shepherds) have destroyed (ruined) my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot (by using flattery), they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.
Again and again God lays principal blame upon his shepherds. James 3:1 warns us not to desire to become teachers, as they face a stricter judgment. Where did the Laodicean church learn their theology of selfishness? From the Laodicean pastors who taught them. They say what the flesh wants to hear. Even after salvation, our flesh is still as alive as ever. We need to put to death the deeds of the flesh, God does not do this for us. False teachers know it’s like shooting fish in a barrel when they preach smooth things that appeal to the flesh. Our flesh is always looking for an excuse to justify self-indulgence. Our corrupt pastors gave it to us, and now we are reaping the bitter fruit.
Jer 12:11 They have made it desolate (a wasteland), and being (in italics) desolate (ruined) it mourneth unto me; the whole land is made desolate (destitute), because no man layeth it to heart.
Preaching vanity leaves God’s people empty and desolate. No man takes these things to heart, ie, that the pastors have destroyed the body of Christ. Instead of being a fruitful vine, thorns and thistles are the only crop false teaching produces. It just eats me up as at least 17 million (and the actual figure is far higher) have been confirmed as dead from the shot, yet in almost all churches, there is still nothing to see here, lets move along and go back to our originally scheduled programming. The whole land is the whole body of Christ, especially in the land of the west (as those in other parts of the world living under continual persecution have not been as corrupted with the gospel of self as we have).
Jer 12:12 The spoilers (ravagers, robbers, wasters) are come upon all high places through the wilderness: for the sword of the LORD shall devour from the one end of the land even to the other end of the land: no flesh shall have peace (shalom).
It’s the sword of Yehovah, not the sword of the WEF or the WHO. It is coming against all our high places, or places denoted by false worship. All our places of worship – our bank accounts, our vacations, our entertainments, our western way of life, from one end of the land to the other, it’s all going away. No one shall have shalom. Not even the faithful remnant.
Here is another important principle to ponder. While you may find scriptures that support the preservation of the remnant, that does not necessarily mean that we escape all the consequences while total judgment is unleashed by God all across our lands. It is just a fact of life that the innocent suffer along with the wicked, even more so in most cases. In the world you will have tribulation, but we are to rest in our ultimate victory at the cross (Jn 16:33).
Does this verse say that there is no peace for no one during this time? In a tribulational, circumstantial suffering sense, yes, that is what it’s saying. It is not talking about whether or not anyone’s inner man will be at peace, that is up to how well we are abiding in the vine at that time.
Jer 12:13 They have sown wheat, but shall reap thorns: they have put themselves to pain (they have worn themselves down to sickness and grief), but shall not profit (benefit): and they shall be ashamed of your revenues (they shall be disappointed by how little their efforts come to) because of the fierce anger (that comes from the face of) of the LORD.
This speaks of the absolute futility of man’s efforts to save himself when God has decided the time has come to pay the bill for sin and rebellion. The sense is that they will be embarrassed at the smallness of the harvest. When God’s anger is on display, what can man do to counter it?
This reminds me of all the well-intentioned impassioned pleas of the folks on the alternate media, begging us to rise up and fight back against the tyranny and the globalist plan to enslave humanity. I greatly admire these people. I believe most are genuinely called of God to do what they are doing. I commend each and every freedom fighter out there, risking it all to try and stir up the masses to wake up and fight for our freedoms. Many have been intentionally poisoned. Some have been killed. All have been persecuted. Some have been arrested. Others have been sued. Most have been deplatformed. Yet most still fight on. We need heroes such as this.
Yet the overriding thought here is that unless we do things God’s way, all the willpower in the world will not turn this ship around. We are headed for destruction, and no amount of human effort will be able to stop it. Only the mishpat of God can alter the course we are on. God has warned us again and again what he would do if we wouldn’t stop doing what we were doing. We didn’t stop. So God has kept his word, like he always has, and here we are.
Jer 12:14 Thus saith the LORD against all mine evil neighbours, that touch (lay their hands upon, strike violently) the inheritance which I have caused my people Israel to inherit; Behold, I will pluck them out of their land, and pluck out the house of Judah from among them.
God now shifts to a serious warning to all those who are watching (and rejoicing) over the destruction of the Jews. Those that touch can first be considered Judah’s neighbours, such as Edom, Moab and Ammon, who generally rejoiced whenever they saw Judah being sacked. The second meaning is found in the parenthesis, a warning to all those who dare to strike Israel for themselves, without God’s explicit permission. The third meaning is all those heathen in the world that lay their hands on the true church.
God says that if they take some Judeans captive, God will rescue them from those foreign lands. It can also mean that these hostile nations will lose their own populations to the wrath of God, yet God will spare his won as he wipes them out.
Now is a good time to touch upon that great evil that has infested that portion of the church that truly hates all Jews. They note that there are several prominent globalists that have Jewish lineage. Somehow, they then conclude that all Jews are evil, cursed, Christ killers, and that it is perfectly ok to wish them all dead, effectively taking the side of Islam in the latest conflict. There are also many Americans on that globalist list. Yet how come they don’t hate all Americans, or any other ethnic group? It’s only the Jews, and always only the Jews, that are singled out throughout history. The wicked cannot help it, satan has wired Jew hatred into our fallen dna. Only the blood of the lamb can remove it.
Even if you never saw a bible but were righteously minded, the easiest way to see which side to take in any issue is what side does the mainstream media take. The all hate Israel. That should be all you need to know. I say this with absolute certainty: put aside all your replacement theology heresy, and put it away right now, or you will not survive God’s wrath when he comes to deal with all those who have cursed the seed of Abraham.
Jer 12:15 And it shall come to pass, after that I have plucked them out I will return (turn back, repent), and have compassion (mercy) on them, and will bring them again, every man to his heritage, and every man to his land.
Jer 12:16 And it shall come to pass, if they will diligently learn the ways (road, course of life) of my people, to swear by my name, The LORD liveth; as they taught my people to swear by Baal; then shall they be built in the midst of my people.
This is a phenomenal promise to the surrounding Gentile nations. God takes an active interest in all nation’s affairs, not just Israel’s. When God has finished punishing that Gentile nation, God says he will turn around and offer mercy to them. He will look if anyone has been truly humbled and broken by the tribulation. If so, then if the breaking is real, they will eagerly seek to learn the one true God’s way to live, found only in his word. They will obey him with their whole heart, with the same zeal they corrupted the righteous when they lived for the devil. If these things are found to be true, then he will graft them into his kingdom.
What a lovely foreshadowing of the creation of the church! See, Jeremiah is not all doom and gloom! God’s word offers hope even in the darkest corners! Jesus truly offers hope to all mankind.
First though, you must accept God’s punishments as just and righteous. You must accept it even if his anger affects your personal situation, in loss and pain. You must not lose hope, as all this is temporal, and there is an endpoint. You must believe in the ultimate goodness of God, that although you may be living in a time when his goodness seems to be hidden for a little season, ultimately his mercy will gloriously return. He will bring you back – perhaps to your physical land, but more importantly to your spiritual inheritance in Christ. However he will expect the penitent to be diligently, continually applying themselves to learning the ways of God, trusting in Yahweh, and Yahweh alone, in even greater zeal than whatever god or gods they followed after before, then shall there be found a place for you right in the midst of God’s people and God’s kingdom.
Jer 12:17 But if they will not obey, I will utterly pluck up and destroy that nation, saith the LORD.
Of course, Jeremiah would not be Jeremiah without closing on a dire note.
Note that he isn’t asking if you (or your nation) believes, but if you are in obedience to him. Now I don’t know what criteria God will use when it comes to decide whether or not a nation will survive to enter the Millenium. Some say it is how that nation treated Israel. Others think if its whether or not they joined with the antichrist, or tried to oppose him. I think it will depend on the effectiveness of the intercessors left in the land. God has said on more than one occasion that he is looking for a few good men, often even just one, to stand in the gap for their people.
Are you that one that could possibly be used to salvage what’s left of our shattered, morally bankrupt, degenerate land that once were the absolute jewels of the world? Why not ask God and see if perhaps that is your ultimate purpose, to give the rest of your life on your knees, for the very soil that gave you such liberty and fulfillment.
Is there any one out there who has the courage to take up this challenge?
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