So Jeremiah wrote in a book all the evil that should come upon Babylon, even all these words that are written against Babylon.
Jeremiah 51:60 KJV
As discussed in my previous post, Babylon represent every city and town around the world today. Jeremiah says, in the following piece, that every man rely on their own egos, self-effort and knowledge. People around the world serve different idols, that are aptly defined as ‘vanity’ and ‘work of errors.’ Jeremiah describes it as:
Every man is brutish by his knowledge; every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them. They are vanity, the work of errors: in the time of their visitation they shall perish. Jeremiah 51:17-18 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/jer.51.17-18.KJV
With every prophesy made, God provided an egress to His people. God promises in His word that He will send the Lord of Host, who are not like the world:
The portion of Jacob is not like them; for he is the former of all things: and Israel is the rod of his inheritance: the Lord of hosts is his name.
Jeremiah 51:19 KJV
What does Jeremiah mean when he says, “he is the former of all things”? We read in John 1:1-2 (KJV), “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.” Our Lord, Jesus Christ was with God at the creation of heaven and earth. But He will also be at the end of this earth. Reading in Revelations 1:8 (KJV), Jesus says, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” These words are repeated in Revelations 22:13.
Warnings from the Lord of Host through the scribbling of Jeremiah:
And I will make drunk her princes, and her wise men, her captains, and her rulers, and her mighty men: and they shall sleep a perpetual sleep, and not wake, saith the King, whose name is the Lord of hosts. Thus saith the Lord of hosts; The broad walls of Babylon shall be utterly broken, and her high gates shall be burned with fire; and the people shall labour in vain, and the folk in the fire, and they shall be weary.
Jeremiah 51:57-58 KJV
The word ‘drunk’ here does not refer to having too much wine, but “symbolizes intellectual or spiritual perplexity” (Bible Study Tools). As we try to make sense of our world, we turn to our leaders, church leaders and ‘wise men,’ but they appear to be disorientated and dumbfounded. They do not seek the wisdom of the Almighty God to help them lead in the time of crisis.
‘Sleep’ could refer to resting, as Jesus’ disciples have done in the Garden of Gethsemane (see Matthew 26:45). Or sleeping could refer to a person who passed on, for Jeremiah used the word ‘perpetual,’ meaning endless or eternal , (see John 11:11 where Jesus refer to Lazarus as sleeping). But there are another kind of sleep. A spiritual sleep. It is this kind of sleep that Jesus warns us about in Matthew 25:1-13, where Jesus told the parable of the five wise and five foolish virgins. Both slept, but the wise brought enough oil in extra vessels (wisdom from the word of God).
The same warning about drunkenness and sleeping, can be found in Luke 21:34-36 (KJV) saying, “34-And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting (overindulgence), and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. 35- For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36- Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.” Paul reiterated this in Romans 13:11-14 (KJV), “11- And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. 12- The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. 13- Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering (sexual immorality) and wantonness, not in strife and envying. 14- But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.” Both times we are warned to not be caught unaware, because of the trappings (drunkenness) of this world.
And lest your heart faint, and ye fear for the rumour that shall be heard in the land; a rumour shall both come one year, and after that in another year shall come a rumour, and violence in the land, ruler against ruler.
Jeremiah 51:46 KJV
Because of everything going on around us it is easy to say, that we find ourselves in the time of tribulation. But I say it is not. We read in Mark 13:7 (KJV), “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. “Jesus, Himself, warned that “He [Jesus] which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Revelations 22:20, KJV).
Are you ready for that spoken time? Or are you trapped in the drunkenness of this world? Wake up I say unto you, wake up! Fill your lamps with oil and follow the teachings of Jesus, for the time grows near.
My prayer for you today, is that you will find spiritual awakening. That you will place your burdens and cares on Him who was, who is, and who is still to come. #GodCanDoThis
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