The Roar of the Lion & the Shaking of the Earth

Today’s selected reading continues in the Old Testament prophetic book of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah of the priests of Anathoth in the land of Benjamin. More specifically, today’s passage is found in chapters forty-nine through fifty-one of this Old Testament book. WHEN JUDGMENT OVERTAKES THE NATIONS! ONCE JUDGMENT UPON JUDAH AND JERUSALEM HAD BEEN METED OUT, THE TIME OF THE JUDGMENT OF THE NATIONS WOULD BEGIN! THE LORD WOULD BEGIN JUDGMENT IN THE MIDST OF THE LAND OF ISRAEL AND JUDAH BEFORE TRANSITIONING TO THE NATIONS! DO NOT THINK THAT YOU ARE EXEMPT FROM THE JUDGMENT OF THE LORD! DO NOT THINK THAT YOU ARE IMMUNE FROM JUDGMENT! THE LORD WOULD PUNISH THE NATIONS ROUND ABOUT ISRAEL AND JUDAH! THE LORD WOULD JUDGE THEM FOR THEIR INIQUITY AND TRANSGRESSION, AND THE LORD WOULD JUDGE THEM FOR THEIR TREATMENT OF THE NATION OF ISRAEL AND JUDAH! THE CONTROVERSY THE LORD HAS WITH THE NATIONS! WHEN THE LORD DECLARES UNTO THE NATIONS TO PREPARE TO MEET THE JUDGE OF HEAVEN AND EARTH! DO NOT MAKE THE MISTAKE OF THINKING THAT YOU WILL ESCAPE THE JUDGMENT OF THE LORD! WITH ISRAEL AND JUDAH HAVING ALREADY BEEN JUDGED THE LORD WOULD THEN MOVE TO THE NATIONS AND PEOPLES ROUND ABOUT ISRAEL AND JUDAH THAT HE MIGHT CONSUME AND OVERTAKE THEM IN THEIR WRATH! WHEN THE LORD SPOILS AND PLUNDERS THE NATIONS! THE PROPHETIC WORD ISAIAH SPOKE AGAINST THE NATIONS! THE PROPHETIC WORD JEREMIAH SPOKE AGAINST THE NATIONS! THE PROPHETIC WORD AMOS SPOKE AGAINST THE NATIONS! THE PROPHETIC WORD EZEKIEL SPOKE AGAINST THE NATIONS! THE LORD WILL ENTER THE NATIONS! THE LORD WILL COME UNTO THE NATIONS! THE LORD WILL NOT LEAVE THE NATIONS UNACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR INIQUITY, THEIR IMMORALITY AND IDOLATRY! JUDGMENT MUST BEGIN IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD! AMMON! MOAB! EDOM! PHILISTIA! EGYPT! BABYLON! DAMASCUS! KEDAR AND HAZOR! ELAM (PERSIA)! THE JUDGMENT OF THE LORD WOULD BEGIN AMONG THE NATION AND KINGDOM OF ISRAEL AND WOULD THEN TURN AND DIRECT HIS ATTENTION TOWARD THE NATIONS ROUND ABOUT ISRAEL BEFORE TURNING HIS ATTENTION AGAINST BABYLON! WHAT WOULD BEGIN IN THE EPICENTER OF JERUSALEM AND JUDAH WOULD EVENTUALLY BEGIN MANIFESTING ITSELF OUTSIDE THAT LAND AND WOULD TOUCH THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH! WHEN THE LORD JUDGES HIS NATION AND HIS PEOPLE IT IS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME. BEFORE THE LORD WILL JUDGE THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH! JUDGMENT UPON ISRAEL CAN AND WILL MEAN JUDGMENT OF THE LORD UPON THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH! NO NATION WILL ESCAPE THE JUDGMENT OF THE LORD! NO NATION WILL BE ABLE TO FLEE FROM THE JUDGMENT AND WRATH OF THE LORD!

“For this is the day of the LORD God of hosts, a day of vengeance, that He may avenge Him of His adversaries; and the sword shall evoke, and it shall be satiate and made drunk with their blood: For the LORD God of hosts hath a sacrifice in the north country by the river Euphrates”

“The nations have heard of thy shame, and thy cry hath filled the land: For the mighty man hath stumbled against the mighty, and they are fallen both together”

“…Stand fast, and prepare thee; For the sword shall evoke round about thee. Why are thy valiant men swept away? They stood not, because the LORD did drive them. He made many to fall, yea, one fell upon another: and they said, Arise, and let us go again to our own people, and to the land of our nativity, from the oppressing sword”

“O thou daughter dwelling in Egypt, Furnish thyself to go into captivity: For Noph shall e waste and desolate without an inhabitant”

“For they also are turned back, and are fled away together: they did not stand, because the day of their calamity was come upon them, and the time of their visitation”

“BUT FEAR NOT THOU, O MY SERVANT JACOB, AND BE NOT DISMAYED, O ISRAEL: FOR, BEHOLD, I WILL SAVE THEE FORM AFAR OFF, AND THY SEED FROM THE LAND OF THEIR CAPTIVITY; AND JACOB SHALL RETURN, AND BE IN REST AND AT EASE, AND NONE SHALL MAKE HIM AFRAID. FEAR THOU NOT, O JACOB MY SERVANT, SAITH THE LORD: FOR I AM WITH THEE; FOR I WILL MAKE A FULL END OF ALL THE NATIONS WHITHER I HAVE DRIVEN THEE: BUT I WILL NOT MAKE A FULL END OF THEE, BUT CORRECT THEE IN MEASURE; YET WILL I NOT LEAVE THEE WHOLLY UNPUNISHED:

“At the noise of the stamping of the hoofs of his strong horses, at the rushing of his chariots, and at the rumbling of his wheels, the fathers shall not look back to their children for feebleness of hands; because of the day that cometh to spoil all the Philistines, and to cut off from Tyrus and Zidon every helper that remaineth: for the LORD will spoil the Philistines, the remnant of the country of Caphtor”

“O thou sword of the LORD, how long will it be ere thou be quiet? Put up thyself into thy scabbard, rest, and be still. How can it be quiet, seeing the LORD hath given it a charge against Ashkelon, and against the sea shore? There hath he appointed it”

“Flee, save your lives, and be like the heath in the wilderness. For because thou hast trusted in thy works and in thy treasures, thou shalt also be taken: and Chemosh shall go forth into captivity with his priests and his princes together. And the spoiler shall come up one very city, and no city shall escape: the valley also shall perish, and the plain shall be destroyed, as the LORD hath spoken”

“Moab hath been at ease from his youth, and he hath settled on his lees, and hath not been emptied from vessel to vessel, neither hath he gone into captain its: therefore his taste remained in him, and his scent is not changed. Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will send unto him wanderers, that shall cause him to wander, and shall empty his vessels, and break their bottles. And Moab shall be ashamed of Chemosh, as the house of Israel was ashamed of Beth-el their confidence”

“Make ye him drunken: for he magnified himself against the LORD: Moab also shall wallow in his vomit, and he also shall be in derision. For was not Israel a derision unto thee? Was he found among thieves? For since thou speakest of him, thou skippedst for joy. O ye that dwell in Moab, leave the cities, and dwell in the rock”

“We have heard the pride of Moab, (he is exceeding proud) his loftiness, and his arrogance, and his pride, and the haughtiness of his heart. I know his wrath, saith the LORD; but it shall not be so’ his lies shall not so effect it”

“Moreover I will cause to cease in Moab, saith the LORD, him that offereth in the high places, and him that burneth increase to his gods. Therefore mine heart shall sound for Moab like pipes, and mine heart shall sound like the pipes for the men of Kir-heres: because the riches that he hath gotten are perished”

“And Moab shall e destroyed from being a people, because he hath magnified himself against the LORD. Fear, and the pit, and the snare, shall be upon thee, O inhabitant of Moab, saith the LORD. He that fleeth from the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that getteth up out of the pit shall e taken in the snare: for I will bring upon it, even upon Moab, the year of their visitation, saith the LORD”

“Therefore, behold, the days come come, saith the LORD, that I will cause an alarm of war to be heard in Rabbah of the Ammonites; and it shall e a desolate heap, and her daughters shall be burned with fire: then shall Israel be heir unto them that were his heirs, saith the LORD. Howl, O Heshbon, for Ai is spoiled: Cry, ye daughters of Rabbah, gird you with sackcloth; Lament, and run to and fro by the hedges; for their king shall go into captivity, and his priests and his princes together. Wherefore gloriest thou in the valleys, thy flowing valley, O backsliding daughter? That trusted in her treasures, saying, Who shall come unto me? Behold, I will bring a fear upon thee, saith the LORD God of hosts, from all those that be about thee; and ye shall be driven out every man right forth; and none shall gather up him that wandereth. And afterward I will bring again the captivity of the children of Ammon, saith the LORD”

“Flee ye, turn back, Dwell deep, O inhabitantss of Dedan; for I will bring the calamity of Esau upon him, the time that I will visit him. If grape gatherers come to thee, would they not leave some gleaning grapes? If thieves by night, they will destroy till they have enough. But I have made Esau bare, I have uncovered his secret places, and he shall not be able to hide himself: his seed is spoiled, and his brethren, and his neighbors, and he is not”

“For thus saith the LORD; Behold, they whose judgment was not to drink of the cup have assuredly drunken; and art thou he that shall altogether go unpunished? Thou shalt not go unpunished, but thou shalt surely drink of it. For I have sworn by myself, saith the LORD, that Bozrah shall become a desolation, a reproach, a waste, and a curse; and all the cities thereof shall be perpetual wastes”

“For, lo, I will make thee small among the heathen, and despised among men. Thy terribleness hath deceived thee, and the pride of thine heart, O thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, that holdest the height of the hill: though thou shouldest make thy nest as high as the eagle, I will bring thee down from thence, saith the LORD. Also Edom shall e a desolation: every one that goeth by it shall e astonished, and shall hiss at all the plagues thereof”

“Concerning Damascus. Namath is confounded, and Arpad: For they have heard evil tidings: they are faint hearted; there is sorrow on the sea; it cannot be quiet. Damascus is waxed feeble, and turneth herself to flee, and fear hath seized on her: anguish and sorrows have taken her, as a woman in travail. How is the city of praise not left, the city of my joy”

“For I will cause Elam to be dismayed before their enemies, and before them that seek their life: and I will bring evil upon them, even my fierce anger, saith the LORD; and I will send the sword after them, till I have consumed them: and I will set my throne in Elam, and will destroy from thence the king and the princes, saith the LORD”

PRIDE HUMBLED! CITIES TAKEN! GODS CONFOUNDED! IDOLS BROKEN IN PIECES! HIGH AND LOFTY BROUGHT LOW! THE HOUR OF VISITATION! JUDGMENT UPON THE NATIONS! HUMBLING WEALTH AND PRIDE! When you come to this particular portion of Scripture you will find the prophetic book of Jeremiah shifting from the narrative surrounding the desire and journey to go down into the land of Egypt to the prophetic declaration concerning the nations of the earth. Specifically, the prophetic word which Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah spoke unto the nations found in these chapters describes those nations which had direct dealings with the people of God and the nation and kingdom of Israel. If you take the time to read the words which are found within these chapters you will find and discover that the nations which were mentioned here were those nations which you read about in Scripture having had very specific dealings with the people of God—from Egypt which was that nation that oppressed, enslaved and kept in bondage the people of Israel for more than four-hundred years before the LORD delivered and brought them forth from the land, to the Philistines who would oppress the people of Israel from the times of Jephthah to the times of David king of Israel, to the Moabites and Ammonites which would oppress the people of God during the days of the Judges, and whose land the children of Israel would pass through on their journey into the land the LORD promised and swore on oath unto Abraham, Issac and Jacob, to Syria and Damascus whom we will read about during the days of David, but more specifically during the days Elijah and Elisha. You cannot read the words which are found within these chapters and not encounter and come face to face with the fact that these nations which found themselves staring down the judgment of the LORD were those nations which had oppressed the LORD’s people at one point within and during their history. You cannot read the words in these chapters and not encounter this truly awesome and powerful prophetic truth, for if you are familiar with the history and the narrative of the people of God within Scripture you will find that these nations were very much involved in their history—from the time they were enslaved in the land of Egypt until the time they were carried away as captives and exiles during the days of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of this awesome reality, for perhaps the main and underlying reality surrounding the nations whom the LORD had a controversy with, and those nations whom the LORD would enter into judgment with were those nations who had directly oppressed the people of God.

If you take the time to read the prophetic literature found within the Old Testament you will come to the prophetic book of Amos—specifically the opening chapters of the book—and you will find this Old Testament Hebrew prophet also contending with the nations of the earth. The more you read the prophetic narrative found within Scripture the more you will encounter and come face to face with the awesome reality that there were certain Hebrew prophets whom the LORD would raise up as prophets unto the nation and kingdom of Israel—whether the northern kingdom of Israel, or the southern kingdom of Judah—as well as prophets unto the nations of the earth round about Israel. If you follow the prophetic books in sequential order beginning with the prophet Isaiah you will find that Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Amos all prophesied unto the nations round about Israel and Judah, while Obadiah prophesied specifically concerning Edom, and Jonah and Nahum prophesied specifically unto and concerning Nineveh and the Assyrian Empire during their generation. You cannot read the prophetic narrative found in Scripture and not encounter and come face to face with the awesome reality that the prophets whom the LORD raised up were prophets both unto the people of God, as well as prophets unto the nations round about and surrounding Israel and Judah. What makes this incredibly interesting and unique is that prophets such as Isaiah and Amos would prophesy concerning these nations during the days when the people of God were still dwelling within the land—even though the nation and kingdom of Israel would be divided into the northern kingdom of Israel and the southern kingdom of Judah. Isaiah and Amos would prophesy during the reigns of kings who sat upon the throne of the northern kingdom of Israel and the southern kingdom of Judah. The prophet Isaiah would prophesy the word of the LORD during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah kings of Judah, while Amos would prophesy during the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jereoboam the son of Joash king of Israel. The prophet Amos would prophesy two years before the earthquake that would come upon the land, and both would prophesy during days prior to and leading up to the invasion of the northern kingdom of Israel, the siege of the city of Samaria, and ultimately the carrying away captive of the people of God from the northern ten tribes. It is imperative that we recognize this, for Isaiah and Amos would prophesy concerning the nations round about Israel and Judah in the days leading up to the invasion of the northern kingdom of Israel and the carrying away captive of the people which dwelt in the lands of the northern ten tribes.

The prophets Isaiah and Amos would prophesy concerning the nations round about the nation and kingdom of Israel, and would prophesy of a future judgment which the LORD would pour out upon and against them, while Jeremiah would prophesy during the days leading up to the invasion of the southern kingdom of Judah, the siege of the city of Jerusalem, and ultimately the destruction of the Temple of the LORD and the carrying away captive of the people of God. Jeremiah would prophesy concerning the nations during those days leading up to the judgment and wrath which would be poured out against the people of God, and it’s absolutely necessary that we understand this, for during the days Jeremiah saw the judgment and wrath being poured out upon and against the people of God, he would also see judgment being poured out upon the nations which were round about Judah and Jerusalem. In other words, Jeremiah would not just see the LORD enter into judgment and controversy with His own people and with Judah and Jerusalem, but the LORD would also enter into judgment against those nations and peoples which dwelt round about Israel and Judah. It is necessary that we understand this incredibly powerful truth, for to do so would be to understand a powerful prophetic word which the LORD spoke unto Jeremiah when He first appeared unto and manifested Himself to him. If you turn and direct your attention back to the first and opening chapter of the prophetic book of Jeremiah you will find the LORD raising Jeremiah up within the southern kingdom of Judah during the days of Josiah king of Judah, as well as during the days of Jehoiakim and Zedekiah who also reigned upon the throne of David in the city of Jerusalem. Jeremiah would prophesy unto the people of God during those days leading up to His judgment and wrath being poured out upon Jerusalem and Judah, and with that being said, the LORD also declared unto him that He had ordained him to be a prophet unto the nations. The LORD didn’t specifically reveal unto Jeremiah those nations which he had been ordained to, however, the LORD would emphatically declare unto Jeremiah that he would be ordained and appointed as prophet unto the nations. Consider if you will the words which are found in the opening chapter of this Old Testament prophetic book beginning to read with and from the fourth verse:

“Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 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. Then said I, Ah, LORD God! Behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD. Then the LORD put forth His hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. SEE, I HAVE THIS DAY SET THEE OVER NATIONS AND OVER THE KINGDOMS, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant” (Jeremiah 1:4-10).

It is quite obvious and clear from the words which are found within this passage of Scripture that when the LORD called and ordained Jeremiah to be a prophet for Him during the days of Josiah, Jehoiakim and Zedekiah kings of Judah, He would also ordain and appoint him to be a prophet unto the nations. The prophetic word and the prophetic ministry of Jeremiah wouldn’t merely be that which would be directed unto the southern kingdom of Judah and the city of Jerusalem, but it would also be one that would be directed unto the nations and kingdoms of the earth. From the very outset of Jeremiah’s call by the LORD it would be declared and decreed that he would indeed be a prophet unto the nations, and that he would root out, pull down, destroy, throw down, build, and plant. What we find beginning with the forty-sixth chapter of this prophetic book is the direct fulfillment of this word spoken unto Jeremiah, as Jeremiah would prophesy unto the nations round about the southern kingdom of Judah, for during the days and time the LORD would enter into judgment against His people for their iniquity and their transgression, He would also enter into controversy and judgment with the nations which were round about Israel and Judah. From Moab and Ammon to Damascus and Philistia, to Egypt and Elam, and ultimately to Babylon herself, the LORD would enter into controversy and judgment with those nations which oppressed, opposed, mistreated and rose up against His people from the time of their slavery, bondage and oppression all the way through and unto the time of their captivity and exile. The prophetic words we find in chapters forty-six through the final chapters of the prophetic book of Jeremiah describe and outline the LORD’s controversy and judgment toward and against the nations and kingdoms which the LORD had specifically spoken unto Jeremiah that He would prophesy concerning. Although Jeremiah would only physically journey into the land of Egypt—and even only that as he was brought down into the land of Egypt by those who had set their faces to go down unto it to try and escape the sword of the king of Babylon—he would prophesy concerning those nations whom the LORD had entered into controversy and judgment with. It’s interesting to consider the fact that Isaiah and Amos would prophesy concerning the nations of the earth during the days leading up to the captivity of the northern kingdom of Israel, while Jeremiah would prophesy during the days leading up to, as well as the days of the captivity of the southern kingdom of Judah. Moreover, the prophet Ezekiel would also prophesy unto and concerning those same nations which Isaiah, Amos and Jeremiah had prophesied unto, as the LORD would raise him up during the days of the captivity and exile of the people of God in the midst the land of the Chaldeans. With this in mind, I invite you to consider the words which are found in the opening chapters of the prophetic book of Amos concerning the nations and the words which he prophesied according to the word of the LORD which was revealed and manifested unto him:

“Thus saint Ah the LORD; For three transgressions of Damascus, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; Because they have threshed GIlead with threshing instruments of iron: But I will send a fire into the house of Hazael, which shall evoke the palaces of Ben-Hadad. I will break also the bar of Damascus, and cut off the inhabitant from the plain of Aven, and him that holdeth the sceptre from the house of Eden: and the people of Syria shall go into captivity unto Kir, saith the LORD” (Amos 1:3-5).

“Thus saith the LORD; for three transgressions of Gaza, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; Because they carried away captive the whole captivity, to deliver them up to Edom: But I will send a fire on the wall of Gaza, which shall evoke the palaces thereof: and I will cut off the inhabitant from Ashdod, and him that holdeth the sceptre from Ashkelon, and I will turn mine hand against Enron: and the remnant of the Philistines shall perish, saith the LORD God” (Amos 1:6-8).

“Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Tyrus, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; Because they d delivered up the whole captivity to Edom, and remembered not the brotherly covenant: but I will send a fire on the wall of Tyrus, which shall devour the palaces thereof” (Amos 1:9-10).

“Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Edom, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; Because he did pursue his brother with the sword, and did cast off all pity, and his anger did tear perpetually, and he kept his wrath for ever: But I will send a fire upon Teman, which shall devour the palaces of Bozrah” (Amos 1:11-12).

“Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of the children of Ammon, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; Because they have r piped up the women with child of GIlead, that they might enlarge their border: But I will kindle a fire in the wall of Rabbah, and it shall devour the palaces thereof, with shouting in the day of battle, with a tempest in the day of the whirlwind: and their king shall go into captivity, he and his princes together, saith the LORD” (Amos 1:13-15).

“For three transgressions of Moab, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; Because he burned the bones of the king of Edom into lime: But I will send a fire upon Moab, and it shall evoke the palaces of Kerioth: and Moab shall die with tumult, with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet: and I will cut off the judge from the midst thereof, and will slay all the princes thereof with him, saith the LORD” (Amos 2:1-3).

“Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Judah, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; Because they have despised the law of the LORD, and have not kept His commandments, and their lies caused them to err, after the which their fathers have walked: But I will send a fire upon Judah, and it shall evoke the palaces of Jerusalem” (Amos 2:4-5).

“Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; Because they sold the righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of shoes; that pant after the dust of the earth on the head of the poor, and turn aside the way of the meek: and a man and his father will go in unto the same maid, to profane my holy name: and they lay themselves down upon clothes laid to pledge by every altar, and they drink the wine of the condemned in the house of their god” (Amos 2:6-8).

As you read the words which are found in the Old Testament prophetic book of Amos you will find this Hebrew prophet prophesying during the days of Uzziah the king of Judah at the same time Isaiah the son of Amoz prophesied. It’s worth noting that Amos and Isaiah both prophesied during the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and Scripture reveals how Amos prophesied two years before the earthquake struck the land. This is actually quite interesting when you think about and consider the fact that in the first verse we find it written how Amos who was among the herdsmen of Tekoa prophesied during the days of Uzziah king of Judah concerning Israel, and in that same verse we find it written how he prophesied two years before the earthquake struck the land. Upon coming to the second verse of this chapter you will find it written how “The LORD will roar from Zion” and how the LORD would “utter His voice fro Jerusalem”—a reality which is actually quite astonishing when you think about the fact that it almost appears that the roar of the LORD is directly linked and directly connected to the earthquake that would strike the land of Israel. THE ROAR OF THE LION AND THE SHAKING OF THE EARTH! WHEN THE LORD ROARS THE EARTH SHAKES! What makes the prophetic book of Amos so incredibly unique is when you think about and consider the fact that within the opening two chapters we find the prophetic word which was released during the reign of Uzziah beginning—not with Israel, nor with Judah, but rather with the nations surrounding and round about them. The prophetic word concerning the nations would begin during the reign of Uzziah the king of Judah and would be proclaimed through Amos of the herdsmen of Tekoa and Isaiah the son of Amoz. That prophetic word would essentially lay dormant until the days of the reign of Jehoiakim and Zedekiah who were the final two kings of the southern kingdom of Judah. It would be during the days of these final two kings of Judah this prophetic word concerning the nations would once more emerge in the earth as during the days of the judgment and wrath of the LORD the prophet Jeremiah would prophesy concerning the nations which surrounded Israel and Judah on all sides. What’s more, is when you think about and consider that it would be during the days of the judgment and wrath which would be poured out upon Judah and Jerusalem Jeremiah would prophesy concerning the nations, and the prophetic word concerning the nations would continue during the days of the captivity and exile, as Ezekiel himself would also prophesy concerning the nations round about the land of Israel. This is something we must recognize and understand, for at the very outset of the prophetic call of Jeremiah we find the LORD declaring unto him that he ordained and appointed him to be a prophet unto the nations. The LORD emphatically declared unto Jeremiah that he would be a prophet unto the nations, and that he would not only speak to, but speak concerning nations and kingdoms of the earth.

If you begin reading with and from the forty-sixth chapter of the prophetic book of Jeremiah you will quickly notice that this prophetic word which would spoken unto the nations would begin with Egypt, and would come directly on the heels of the narrative that describes the remnant of the children of Judah which both remained within and returned unto the land of Judah, and how they abandoned, forsook and departed from the inheritance—not only given unto them according to the promise spoken unto Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, but also promised unto them during those days as being a place of shelter, refuge and safety for them. How incredibly tragic it is to think about and consider the fact that the remnant of the people of Judah were permitted to remain in the land—even after their brethren were carried away captive, and even after the wall and gates of Jerusalem were broken through, and the Temple of the LORD destroyed by fire—and certain of their brethren which had fled into the nations round about Judah would return unto the land where they would dwell for a period of time before they would allow fear to paralyze and cripple them. We dare not miss the significance of the fact that certain of the nations mentioned in the prophetic narrative of the judgment of the LORD upon the nations are mentioned in this book as being nations into which the people of God had fled into—namely, Edom, Moab, Ammon, and various other nations. What’s more, is that there would be those among the people of Judah that would return unto the land sworn and given unto their ancestors, and yet they would choose to abandon and forsake that land to go down into the land of Egypt. What we find and read within the forty-sixth chapter of the prophetic book of Jeremiah is that the word concerning Egypt would come in the fourth year of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah. In fact, if you read the opening two verses of this chapter you will find it described how the word of the LORD would come unto Jeremiah the prophet against the Gentiles; against Egypt, against the army of Pharaoh-necho king of Egypt, which was by the river Euphrates in Carchemish, which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had smitten. It is something worth noting that the first and opening verse of the forty-sixth chapter begins with and describes the prophetic word which Jeremiah would speak against the Gentiles. If you want to understand this even further, you must turn and direct your attention back to the twenty-fifth chapter of this prophetic book, for it is in the twenty-fifth chapter of the prophetic book of Jeremiah we find a powerful declaration concerning the judgment and wrath which the LORD would pour out upon the nations of the earth in the form of a cup filled with the wine of His wrath. Consider if you will the following words which are found in this chapter beginning with the fifteenth verse:

“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. And they shall drink, and be moved, and be made, because of the sword that I will send among them. Then took I the cup at the LORD’s hand, and made all the nations to drink, unto whom the LORD had sent me: 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; Pharaoh king of Egypt, and his servants, and his princes, and all his people; 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 Azubah, and Enron, and the remnant of Ashdod, and Azzah, and Enron, and the remnant of Ashdod, Edom, and Moab, and the children of Ammon, and all the kings of Tyrus, and all the kings of Zidon, and the kings of the isles which are beyond the sea, Dedan, and Tema, and Buz, a no all that are in the utmost corners, and all the kings of Arabia, and all the kings of the mingled people that dwell in the desert, and all the kings of Zimri, and all the kings of Elam, and all the kings of the Medes, 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. 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. 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. 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. Therefore prophesy thou against them all these words, and say unto them” (Jeremiah 25:15-30).

“The LORD shall roar from on high, and utter His voice from his holy habitation; He shall mightily roar upon His habitation; He shall give a shout, as they that tread the grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth. A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the LORD hath a controversy with the nations, He will plead with all flesh; He will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the LORD. Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth. And the slain of the LORD shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground” (Jeremiah 25:30-33).

What marks the words found in this chapter so incredibly captivating is when you consider that the words found here serve as the backdrop and the foundation for what we read in the final chapters of the prophetic book of Jeremiah. In the twenty-fifth chapter of this prophetic book we find Jeremiah being instructed of the LORD to take the wine cup of His fury at His hand, and to cause all the nations unto whom he would be sent to drink it. As you read the words found in this chapter you will find that they came during the fourth year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, which is in direct alignment with what you find and read in the forty-sixth chapter of this prophetic book. In the twenty-fifth chapter you will find a prophetic word being released unto the nations of the earth, and we find the LORD referencing a cup filled with the wine of His wrath and fury, of which the nations and kingdoms of the earth will drink. The underlying question we must ask ourselves is what does that wine actually look like? We know the LORD instructed Jeremiah to take this cup of the wine of His fury and present it to the nations and make them drink of it. We go through the prophetic book of Jeremiah—from the twenty-fifth chapter through the forty-fifth chapter—before we finally come to know and come to understand what that cup of the wine of the fury of God’s wrath was actually like. That which was found within the cup Jeremiah made and caused the nations of the earth to drink is put on full display when and as you begin reading from the forty-sixth chapter of this prophetic book, as we begin to see and understand the prophetic word the LORD would release unto the nations. In the twenty-fifth chapter of this prophetic book we discover the nations which the LORD had decreed and purposed would drink and consume the wine of His wrath and fury, and what’s more—we also find the word of the LORD describing unto Jeremiah that if the nations of the earth refused to take the cup of the wine of His wrath at the hand of Jeremiah to drink, Jeremiah was to declare and proclaim unto them that they would surely and certainly drink of it. What’s more, is the LORD would declare unto the nations that He was beginning to bring His judgment and wrath upon the city which was called by His great name, and the city where He had placed His name. The LORD would begin to bring His judgment and wrath upon Jerusalem and Judah in the midst of the earth, however, Jerusalem would be the epicenter of the judgment and wrath which would spread out over and upon the nations which were round about it. Jerusalem and the Temple of the LORD would be the starting point of the wrath and judgment of the LORD, and once the wrath and judgment of the LORD was fulfilled and accomplished upon Jerusalem, the LORD would turn and direct His attention to the nations round about her. In fact, the LORD would declare through His servant Jeremiah that if He would bring evil upon the city which was called by His great name—how would the nations of the earth go unpunished? In the twenty-ninth verse of this chapter we find the LORD boldly thundering through His servant Jeremiah, saying, “Ye shall not be unpunished: For I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the LORD of hosts” (Jeremiah 25:29).

What makes this all the more captivating is when you consider that the same language that is found in this chapter is found in the first chapter of the prophetic book of Amos, thus intrinsically linking and connecting the prophetic word unto the nations. In the thirtieth verse of this chapter found within the book of Jeremiah we find the following words which were spoken by Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah when speaking unto the nations and kingdoms round about Jerusalem: “The LORD shall roar from on high, and utter His voice from His holy habitation; He shall mightily roar upon His habitation; He shall give a shout, as they that tread the grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth” (Jeremiah 25:30). In the second verse of the prophetic book of Amos we find the following words which were spoken generations earlier during the days of Uzziah the king of Judah and Jeroboam the king of Israel: “The LORD will roar from Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem; and the habitations of the shepherds shall mourn, and the top of Carmel shall wither” (Amos 1:2). It is also necessary to consider the words which are found in the third and final chapter of the prophetic book of Joel, and more specifically in the sixteenth and seventeenth verses: “The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of His people, and the strength of the children of Israel. So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more” (Joel 3:16-17). Each of these passages bring us face to face with the tremendous power of the LORD when He speaks—and not only when He speaks, but also when He thunders His voice. What makes this even more captivating is when you think about and consider the fact that this language of the LORD roaring out of Zion and the LORD roaring out of His habitation seems to intrinsically link and connect the prophetic word unto the nations which Amos spoke during the days of Uzziah king of Judah and Jeroboam king of Israel, as well as the words which Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah spoke in the fourth year of Jehoiakim king of Judah. There is not a doubt in my mind that these passages directly connect the prophetic word unto the nations which was spoken during the days of Uzziah king of Judah, as well as during the days of Jehoiakim king of Judah when that which had previously been spoken would indeed and would come to pass.

In the twenty-fifth chapter of the prophetic book of Jeremiah—when we find the prophet speaking concerning the nations—we find Jeremiah proclaiming how the LORD would roar from on high, and how the LORD would utter His voice from His holy habitation, and the purpose of this roar, the purpose of this shout, the purpose of this thunderous proclamation was to speak unto and concerning the nations of the earth which the prophet Jeremiah was called to make drink of the wine of the wrath and fury of the LORD. The words which we find in chapters forty-six and beyond in the book of Jeremiah is more than just Jeremiah prophesying the word of the LORD, but it’s about the LORD thundering from on high, and the LORD roaring like a lion. This language of the LORD roaring from Zion during the days of Uzziah the king of Judah and Jeroboam would take the form of an earthquake which would strike the land, while the LORD roaring from on high, and uttering His voice from His holy habitation during the days of Jehoiakim would take place in the realm of the Babylonian army marching across the earth conquering nations and kingdoms as they went. Even the opening verses of the forty-sixth chapter describe Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon defeating the army of Pharaoh king of Egypt during the fourth year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah. What I find absolutely remarkable is when you consider the words which are found in the thirty-first verse of the twenty-fifth chapter, for within this verse you find the prophet Jeremiah declaring how a noise would come unto the ends of the earth because the LORD had a controversy with the nations. Stop for a moment and think about what the cup of the wine of the wrath and fury of the LORD actually looks like, for it describes the controversy the LORD had with the nations of the earth, as well as the fact that the nations of the earth would not go unpunished after He poured out His wrath and judgment upon the city which was called by His great name. The LORD would unleash and would pour out His judgment and His wrath upon the city of Jerusalem, and the LORD would give His holy sanctuary into the hands of the enemy and adversary, and after the LORD had brought His judgment and wrath upon Jerusalem and upon His holy sanctuary, He would turn and direct His attention toward the nations of the earth. It’s incredibly telling to think about the fact that not only would the LORD not leave the nations of the earth unpunished, but the LORD also had a controversy with those nations.

I am absolutely and completely convinced that in order to truly understand the controversy the LORD had with the nations of the earth we must not only look at the words which we find the prophetic book of Jeremiah, but we must also look at and consider the words which are found in the prophetic book of Amos. The controversy the LORD had with the nations of the earth would begin during the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and it would extend even unto the time of Jehoiakim king of Judah. In fact, it would be during the days of Jehoiakim king of Judah we begin to discover this controversy being carried out on the world stage, as the LORD would turn and direct His attention to them. It would have been very easy for the nations and kingdoms of the earth to see what happened to Israel, and to see what happened to Judah, and to somehow think and consider that they would be immune from a similar fate, however, through the prophet Jeremiah—and even through the prophet Ezekiel—the LORD would declare unto them that their time for wrath and judgment would swiftly come upon them. We cannot afford to miss this, for when judgment and wrath comes upon and consumes the heritage of the LORD and the inheritance of the people of God, it is only a matter of time before that same judgment can and will come upon the nations of the earth. In fact, we might very well say that the judgment and wrath of the LORD upon Judah and Jerusalem was a portent and a sign pointing to the judgment and wrath of the LORD being poured out upon the nations of the earth. I can’t help but read these chapters and come face to face with the awesome and incredible reality that the judgment of the LORD which came upon the nations of the earth was directly and intrinsically linked and connected to the judgment and wrath of the LORD which came upon the city of Jerusalem and the land of Judah. The more I think about this, the more I find myself thinking that it can be likened unto an earthquake which has its epicenter in the land of Judah and the city of Jerusalem, and yet its impact is felt and experienced in the nations surrounding both. Even in the New Testament we find the apostle Peter writing in his first epistle concerning the judgment of the LORD beginning in the house of the LORD, which is a clear and present indicator that when the judgment of the LORD begins in the house and sanctuary of the LORD, it is only a matter of time before the nations of the earth, the kingdoms of the earth, and the Gentiles themselves are going to experience the judgment and wrath. In fact, this is precisely what we find and what we see in the New Testament prophetic book of the Revelation of Jesus the Christ, for immediately after the revelation of Jesus as the ascended and exalted Christ we find seven letters written and sent unto the seven churches in Asia. The second and third chapters of the prophetic book of the Revelation of Jesus the Christ are letters which were written unto these seven churches, while the rest of the book describes the judgment and wrath of the LORD upon the Gentiles.

Whether its bowls, or trumpets, or seals—the New Testament prophetic book of the Revelation of Jesus the Christ powerfully describes the judgment and wrath of the LORD which would be poured out upon the nations and kingdoms of the earth with Babylon being the highlight—if you will—of the judgment and wrath being poured out. You cannot read the prophetic book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ without encountering and coming face to face with the awesome reality of the judgment and wrath of the LORD being poured out upon the nations of the earth with Babylon being that mighty city that had fallen after making the nations drunk with the wine of her madness. Much of the prophetic book of Revelation and much of the language that is found and contained therein is taken and derived directly from the ancient Hebrew prophets, which reveals the tremendous reality that not only did the prophets see the judgment and wrath of the LORD being poured out within their generation, but they also saw the judgment and wrath of the LORD being poured out in a future time. I am absolutely and completely convinced that you cannot understand the words which are found in the prophetic book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ without understanding the words and language which is found in the prophets. It is what we read and what we find in the prophets that brings us face to face with the judgment and wrath of the LORD that would be poured out upon the nations and kingdoms of the earth, and it’s almost as if once the judgment and wrath of the LORD began to be poured out upon Jerusalem and Judah a timer would begin counting down until that time when the judgment and wrath would move like a flood within the earth. The judgment and wrath would begin in the nation and kingdom of Judah, and it would then flow forth like a river that overflows its banks into the nations and lands within and upon the face of the earth. There was no nation, no kingdom, no people that would be immune and exempt from the judgment and wrath of the LORD, and this is precisely what the words and message of Jeremiah would be in the twenty-fifth chapter of this prophetic book, for through this ancient Hebrew prophet the LORD would declare unto the nations and kingdoms of the earth that what began in Judah and Jerusalem would indeed come upon and ultimately consume them. Although the nations, kingdoms and lands round about Jerusalem and Judah might very well have thought they could escape the judgment and wrath of the LORD, the prophet Jeremiah would speak and reveal unto them, for the LORD of hosts has a controversy with the nations, and will plead with fall flesh while giving them that are wicked to the sword.

As you read the words which are found in these final chapters of the prophetic book of Jeremiah you will find a similar structure and outline to that which is found in the prophetic book of Daniel, as the first six chapters of Daniel are entirely biographical and historical, while the latter six chapters are entirely prophetic in nature. What’s more, is that what is found in chapters seven through twelve of the prophetic book of Daniel describes the visions and dreams which the LORD gave him during the days of the reign of kings which would rule over the earth. The forty-sixth chapter of the prophetic book of Jeremiah would reveal unto us how the prophetic word unto and against the Gentiles would come in the fourth year of Jehoiakim king of Judah, and how the wrath and judgment of the LORD will begin to be poured out against and upon the nations. What we ultimately must recognize and understand is that the judgment and wrath of the LORD has always been and will always be means to punish wickedness and iniquity in the earth—it is also a means of the LORD executing vengeance upon His enemies and adversaries. Even in the tenth verse of the forty-sixth chapter we find the LORD speaking of “the day of the LORD God of hosts,” and how this day would be a day of vengeance, that He might avenge Him of His adversaries, how the sword will evoke and shall e satiated and made drunk with the blood of His enemies. Moreover, through the prophet Jeremiah the LORD would declare how He had a sacrifice in the north country by the river Euphrates when He would rise up against His enemies and adversaries in the midst of the earth and would entirely and altogether judge them. The prophetic word of the LORD through Jeremiah would begin at a time when Pharaoh king of Egypt and his army were defeated before Nebuchadnezzar and a his army at the Euphrates River, but also how the LORD would speak unto Jeremiah how the king of Babylon would come into and would smite the land of Egypt. The LORD would continue the language of the sword, as the LORD would brandish and furnish His sword which would sweep through and sweep against the nations of the earth—beginning with Egypt. Perhaps it was because Egypt was that nation and that kingdom which oppressed the children of Israel for more than four centuries the LORD would unleash His judgment and His wrath against and upon them, and would cause them to go into captivity and be desolate without inhabitant. We know the LORD devastated and ruined Egypt while the children of Israel were still slaves in the midst of it, as the LORD sent a series of plagues which would not only be a judgment against and upon the land, but also against the very gods of Egypt itself. Although the plagues would devastate the land of Egypt during the days of Moses and that generation, Egypt would never be completely and utterly ruined, and would later experience the judgment and wrath of the LORD through His servant and sword, which was the king of Babylon and the Babylonian army.

If you continue reading these chapters you will find the LORD continues to reveal His controversy with and against the Gentiles, and against the nations and kingdoms of the earth, and how the LORD would move on to the Philistines and to Gaza. Jeremiah prophesied and spoke of a noise that would be heard in the earth—a noise of the stamping of hoofs of strong horses, at the rushing of chariots, and at the rumbling of wheels—and how that noise would be the sound of judgment and wrath upon the land of Philistia. Philistia you will recall utterly and completely oppressed the people of God from the t I’ve of Jephthah until and up to the days of David king of Israel when he would carry out and complete the work which Samson had begun earlier in his generation. When speaking unto and concerning the Philistines the LORD would speak of a day when they would be spoiled, and when the LORD would cut off from Tyrus and Zidon every helper that remained. What’s more, the LORD declared that He would spoil the Philistines, and had given the sword of the LORD a charge against Ashkelon, and against the sea shore. It is when we come to the word of the LORD toward and against Moab we find the LORD going on to not only speak of His judgment against and upon flesh, but against the false gods and idols of the land—“Flee, save your lives, and be like the heath in the wilderness. For because thou hast trusted in thy works and in thy treasures, thou shalt also be taken: and Chemosh shall go forth into captivity with his priests and his princes together” (Jeremiah 48:6-7). The LORD would declare that the spoiler would come upon every city, and how not city of the Moabites would escape, and every valley would perish, and the plain would be destroyed. You cannot read the words found int eh forty-eighth chapter of the prophetic book of Jeremiah and not encounter and come face to face with the incredible reality that the LORD would indeed bring calamity, devastation, ruin, and destruction upon Moab—Moab who was at ease from his youth, and settled on his lees, and had never been emptied from vessel to vessel, and had never gone into captivity. Essentially the underlying theme and declaration that is found in the words of this passage of Scripture is that no nation and no kingdom was safe and excused from the judgment and wrath of the LORD, and that many trusted in their wealth, many trusted in their pride, many trusted in their security, and many put their trust in their position in the earth for their safety and security. When speaking concerning Moab we find the word of the LORD condemning his pride and arrogance, and how he magnified himself against the LORD, and how the LORD condemned his pride, his loftiness, his arrogance, and his haughtiness of heart. Twice within this chapter we find the word of the LORD speaking unto and against Moab and speaking of how Moab magnified against the LORD, and would indeed invite fear, and the pit, and the snare as a direct result.

As I prepare to bring this writing to a close it is absolutely necessary that we recognize and understand the LORD’s controversy with the nations and kingdoms of the earth, and how the LORD would indeed and would in fact execute His wrath and His judgment upon them. The LORD would cause an alarms to be heard in Rabbah of the Ammonites, and it would be a desolate heap, and her daughters would be burned with fire. The LORD would cause the king and priests and princes of Ammon to go into captivity because they trusted in their treasures, saying, “Who shall come unto me.” The LORD would bring a fear upon them from all those which were round them, and they would be driven forth with none to gather those who wandered. What’s more, is that even Jacob’s brother Esau would be included in the judgment and wrath of the LORD, for the LORD would bring calamity upon Esau in the time He visited him. The LORD would make Esau bare, would uncover his secret places, and he would not be able to hide himself, for his seed is spoiled, his brethren, and his neighbors. Concerning Edom the LORD actually addressed their attempt to refuse to drink the cup of His wrath and would not only declare that they would n to go unpunished, but how they would surely drink of the cup of the wrath of the LORD. Because of the pride of Esau’s heart, because he dwelt in the clefts of the rock and held the high of the hill, the LORD would bring him down and would cause him to become a desolation. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of the words which are found within these chapters, for within them we indeed find the LORD executing His wrath and His judgment against and upon the nations and kingdoms of the earth which somehow thought they would be immune and excused from His wrath. Oh that we would read the words which are found within these chapters and recognize and understand that the wages of sin is and has always been death, and that there are none who will go unpunished. The LORD can and will bring judgment and wrath upon the nations and kingdoms of the earth, and can and will bring judgment against and upon wickedness, transgression and iniquity, and we must needs read these words and understand the great invitation that is given unto us to walk in holiness and obedience before and unto the LORD our God in this generation.

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