A Review of Jeremiah 5 by Keith E Gardner Always using the King James Bible
Jeremiah 5:1 In the first verse of this chapter the LORD is speaking to Jerusalem or in our day the churches: all faiths. He tells them to see "if ye can find a man, if there be any that executeht judgment, that seeketh the truth; and I will pardon it". The LORD is clearly saying here the churches, which are the Jerusalem of today, are full of lost souls. The LORD says He will pardon it if any amongst them is worthy or "executeth judgment". This is the LORD saying in yet another way every church leader and all the congregations are without question lost. The LORD says this continually throughout the books of Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Isaiah and many of the minor prophets as well. In John 8:37-45 we see the same scenario played-out again as Jesus is telling the Pharisees, the religious leaders of Jesus day, they are the children of Satan.
Jeremiah 5:2-3 In verses 2 and 3 the LORD is continuing to develop the sentiment expressed in verse 1 as He says in verse 2 the lost swear falsely by His name; and this means they call His name in vain for He will not hear them: Isaiah 59:1-8. In Isaiah 59:3 the LORD is telling the church leaders of today, and all who speak their own version of His truth, their hands are defiled with the blood of the multitudes that follow them. In Isaiah 59:6 the LORD is saying all the works of the church will not cover them in their end as only the covering of the Christ will suffice. Although these people were lost from before the foundation of the world the LORD would extend His mercy unto all who ask in truth; unto all who will humble themselves unto His will. Unfortunately the vast majority of these people will never have the opportunity to know the mercy of God as a majority of them only know being saved or being dammed. Because everyone wants to be saved they will simply ignore the fact that salvation was already given by God before the foundation of the world and if one is not predetermined to have it they will never have it; so, salvation is not what one does it is what the LORD has already done. When confronted with these circumstances mankind is powerless and that is a position most mankind cannot accept. Consequently when this fact is coupled with the fact that many people are never told of the mercy of God we begin to see the reason for the great slaughter that will occur on Judgment Day. However, if the church leaders would speak about and emphasize verses like Isaiah 24:6, Revelation 11:13 and the other verses in the Bible that speak of those who were not elect of God but on whom the LORD will have mercy then people will know they can leave this life without punishment for their shortcomings and maybe more might humble themselves unto the will of the LORD.
In verse 3 the LORD is telling us of the stiff necked nature of lost mankind. This is the insolence of mankind that we do not recognize in ourselves; however, it is ever present and it grows more intense everyday in a world that promotes the me, my, and I mindset. This me, my and I mindset defines Satan, Isaiah 14:13-14, and the lost are as their father the devil: John 8:44.
Jeremiah 5:4-5 In verse 4 we see the LORD as He reacts to the outright abstinence, and it is abstinence as the LORD has put within us all an innate need to know Him, of a people who show no care for the glorious omnipotence of the LORD. These constitute the majority of this world, even many who give lip-service to our all mighty God but, will not humble themselves to His will; so, the LORD has written them off as those who are to perish in the judgment. The LORD says "Surely these are poor; they are foolish" as they have passed up their one opportunity to know the mercy of the LORD: A Review of Jeremiah 4, in Jeremiah 4:10. Please realize when the Lord GOD says "these are poor" He is not referring to their monetary wealth but, to their knowledge of the law of the LORD as He means they are poor in spirit.
In verse 5 the LORD takes His word, through His chosen, to those who are supposed to know of Him. Unfortunately He finds these people are equally unreceptive as all the people of the world desire only their way and until they need help they want nothing of the one true God: Jeremiah 2:26-28. We see in the Bible once the LORD has lightened the load or "broken the yoke and burst the bonds" on the lost they will again turn from our Lord GOD to follow their own desires; thus they will break the yoke and burst the bands with the LORD: Jeremiah 2:19-20. The yoke our Lord GOD speaks of is clearly a double edged sword as we can see in Jeremiah chapters 2 and 5. Looking at Jeremiah 2:20 we see the LORD has broken the yoke and burst the bands; these are the yoke and the bands He places on the disobedient He is attempting to coral. A good example of this yoke and this band would be king Nebuchadnezzar and Babylon overthrowing Judah. But, there is another yoke and bond and this one is kept or broken by unsaved mankind. This is the yoke and bond spoken of in the third clause of Jeremiah 5:5 where we see it is totally up to mankind to keep. If mankind breaks this bond and yoke he has then forced the LORD to break His: Jeremiah 44. Reading Jeremiah 44, the whole chapter, we see this developed beautifully. We see the dichotomy of the saved verses the lost as the yoke on those saved is of the LORD, Matthew 11:28-30, while the yoke of those lost is of men, Jeremiah 39:1-8. This is because the LORD will not allow Satan to have dominion over His: Psalm 105:8-15; however He does allow Satan a measure of dominion over the lost: Revelation 2:8-9. So, we see in Revelation 2:9 the LORD knows the lost and He is preparing them for their end: Isaiah 30: 9-14. In Isaiah 30:14 we see the LORD saying "he shall break it"and "he shall not spare" know that the reference to he is a reference to Satan; the demon the LORD will use to lead in the punishment of mankind in their end.
Jeremiah 5:6 In verse 6 we are reading of mankind's amends to the LORD. As the Christ's death on the cross also paid the sin debt of those lost, 2 Peter 2:1, the lost are now in debt to the Christ. Consequently, when they go their own way seeking their own desires totally ignoring the will of the LORD, Jeremiah 5:31, there is a debt that must and will be paid to the LORD. We must realize our Lord GOD will only make His called and chosen do His will. The lost have the option to do His will or do as they desire; however, if they chose to do as they desire they have a debt that will be collected in their end. So for the chosen there is no choice, while for the lost the choice is simple; obey and know the great mercy of God in this life, Jeremiah 42:9-12, and in their end, Revelation 11:13, or go their own way and know the wrath of the LORD throughout their lives, Isaiah 47:10-15, and in their end, Jeremiah 42:13-17. Notice in Isaiah 47:13 the LORD speaks of the astrologers, the stargazers and the monthly prognosticators then realize all of these are only a few of the beliefs held by the people of that time; but, know also the LORD is saying of all the belief held by the people of that time none would save them, now realize the LORD is telling the people of today this is the foretelling of their end. This is the end of each unsaved person who went their own way and the end of a world that went its own way.
Jeremiah 5:7 The LORD opens verse 7 asking the question to which there can only be one answer: He will not. The lost of the world produce children however, our Lord GOD is not only speaking of their genetic off spring. He is also referring to all of those to whom the lost take their false gospels. These are the children the lost produce in droves. These are the multitude that will forsake Him and swear by gods that are not God bringing upon themselves the horrors of damnation: Ezekiel 16:1-63. As they will greedily take the blessings of God then assemble themselves by troops to praise the harlot, their false gods, in her house, the church, making themselves harlots before the LORD as all mankind are married to Him, Jeremiah 3:14; therefore, to worship another is harlotry.
In Ezekiel 16:2 the LORD is sending His called and chosen unto Jerusalem, the churches, that they may know their abominations. In Ezekiel 16:3-6 we read of the mercy of God unto the lost. We know these are the lost because the LORD spoke of them in the same breath in verse 2 as He said "cause Jerusalem to know her abominations". In Ezekiel 16:7 we see the fruit of God's mercy unto the lost. In Ezekiel 16:8 the LORD is telling of the time in every person's life when they have reached the maturity level required to comprehend Him. In Ezekiel 16:9-14 the LORD is telling us of His love and care for all mankind. In verse 15 we see the apple of God's eye begins to rot. In this verse the LORD is speaking of mankind as they begin to go their own way with no regard for the LORD. In Ezekiel 16:16 the LORD is not speaking of the garments of salvation as only His called and chosen wear them; but the garment in this verse is the covenant the LORD speaks of in Ezekiel 16:8. The lost have taken the covenant of God, the law and the agreement contained in the Bible, and completely modified it to suit every false belief they have conjured. In the final clause of Ezekiel 16:16 the LORD is telling us once the lost give their garment to a false god, break the covenant with Him, He will not make another with them, consequently, leaving them without a covering in their end: Hebrews 10:26; this is the wasting of their one opportunity to heed the will of the LORD. Hebrews 10:26 is saying until you know the truth of our Lord GOD you will be forgiven for your errors; however once you know, you will be judged. Thus we have the one time every unsaved person is given to heed the will of the LORD. After that time He will blind your eyes and deafen your ears that seeing you will not behold His truth and hearing you will not comprehend His will: Isaiah 28:9-13. So it shall be for all your remaining days and in your end the LORD will have prepared you for your Judgment Day.
In Ezekiel 16:17-22 the LORD is telling mankind the reason for their ultimate damnation as He points out the inexcusable behavior or mankind: His unfaithful wife. The LORD begins in verse 17 and continues through verse 22 telling us how mankind has taken what He has given us and with it they pay tribute to their many false gods. From everything a man can use to make an idol on to the incenses burned during certain ceremonies; many, at one time, even offered human lives to appease their gods. All of these are abominations before the LORD as we are all married to Him and the love of mankind for any other god is adultery before the LORD. As the LORD reminds those He is calling of their plight without His mercy, protection and blessing mankind throughout time has continually returned discord, disobedience and disrespect to the Most High God: Numbers 13:16-33 and Numbers 14:1-35. Notice in Numbers 14:22the LORD says "...and have tempted me now these ten times". We know now from other books, chapters and verses that the LORD gives us all one opportunity to acknowledge His will; so, why is it "ten times" here? It is because ten and multiples of ten represent completeness or one full cycle. In Revelation 17:12 the ten horns and the ten kings represent the complete cycle of the worlds existence. Notice after the tenth king the LORD ends the world: Revelation 17:14; henceforth, ten represents one cycle from beginning to end. Consequently we can conclude the "ten times" mentioned in Numbers 14:22 is one complete cycle or one.
In Ezekiel 16:23 we see the wickedness of the world and particularly the church is great as the LORD says "woe, woe unto thee". In the next verse we see to what the LORD is referring. In verse 24 the LORD speaks of the "eminent place" which is the "high place" men have established nearly everywhere you look that they may worship their own gods rather than the one true God: Hosea 10:8. In Hosea 10:8 we can see the "high places" are the churches as the LORD says "the thorn and the thistle shall come up on their alters" and we all know the Bible can only be speaking of one place with an alter: the church. In Ezekiel 16:25 we see "Thou has built thy high place at every head of the way" which in today's language is to say on every street corner. This means the multitude of churches of all faiths represent the harlotry of mankind who are married to God, but praise and worship any and every god they have comprehended. The LORD continues with "and hast made thy beauty to be abhorred". This is the LORD saying He no longer sees the beauty of His people, meaning all people, as they have tarnished in His sight. The LORD closes this verse saying "and has opened thy feet to everyone that passed by, and multiplied thy whoredoms". The LORD here is speaking of the willingness of the lost to follow anything but His truth. We know this because the LORD says "has opened thy feet" and we know from the Bible that feet very often refer to the will of mankind: Jeremiah 14:10-14; "to everyone that passed by" is the LORD telling us of the extraordinary desire of the lost to follow anything but the will of the LORD. The verse closes with "and multiplied thy whoredoms" which is exactly what mankind does when they seek any gospel other than the one true gospel of the LORD: Isaiah 30:1-2. In Isaiah 30:2 Egypt is a synonym for the world and Pharaoh is a synonym for Satan. All lost mankind walk to go down into the world and they would not ask the LORD because He, as far as they are concerned, is not their God and they prove this in their worship of anything and everything but Him. In Ezekiel 16:26 we see those who know the will of God but, chose to ignore it for their desires sake. They run with the world disregarding the knowledge that they should not; they simply decided not to accept the God of the Bible as He truly is; they want their own gods who will approve of their actions as they seek to fulfill their own desires. So, they believe as they will and they mix and mingle with those the LORD has told them to avoid, consequently becoming just as those the LORD has told them to avoid: Judges 3:3-7. Hence they have thrown away the one opportunity they had, not for salvation but, to know the great mercy of God in their lives and in their end.
Jeremiah 5:8 In verse 8 the LORD is once again speaking of mankind's inability to be satisfied as He characterizes mankind as "fed horses in the morning". He then continues to say "every one neighed after his neighbor's wife" meaning they are without morals. This is the animal nature of mankind and without the blessing of God's salvation it would perfectly describe us all. Fortunately the LORD extends His mercy unto all men, and for a time, even those who have chosen a false god; but His mercies are only endless unto His chosen, who will know His mercy forever, and all who acknowledge Him as the One True God who, although their lives will end, will know His mercy onto and even in their end. In Revelation 11:13 we see a tenth part of the city fell and seven thousand men were slain. Once again from repeated use throughout the Bible, usually in the same way, we can know that the numbers ten and seven mean completeness. Given this knowledge we see all the world fell and everyone on whom our Lord GOD had no mercy was slain and the remnant are those who were not saved but did humble themselves before the LORD. As these have acknowledged Him as LORD and Savior they will not die in the turmoil of the end as the lost but, they will be gently laid to rest without pain as the LORD has that right and He will overlook their sins: Romans 9:15-16.
Jeremiah 5:9-11 In verse 9 we see the LORD is angered by the disgraceful debts to which mankind has sunk; each generation getting progressively worse than the last: Jeremiah 5:6. So the LORD asks the rhetorical question "Shall I not visit for these things?" Rhetorical because we know He will visit for these things and all else mankind does and will do until the end. In verse 10 we are reading of the end intensions of the LORD for the lost. In the first clause the LORD says "Go ye up upon her walls, and destroy". Here the LORD has given the destroyer, Satan, the directive to completely dismantle all that men have put in place: i.e., their way of life. We see this clearly happening today as everywhere in the world the economy has or is failing. The systems by which men run the world are failing and those in power refuse to relinquish their power and establish a new system. Looking at the oil industry, second only to the food industry, we see men are now risking the world by pumping toxic gases into the ground to force out the oil that remains. This remaining oil is far more than what has already been extracted but, it is no longer under pressure; it is no longer between platelets as we have already extracted that. However, now it is in massive oceans and mankind has figured a way to remove it: force in toxic gas. It is either we do this or change the economic system under which the present rulers may no longer rule: unconscionable, to those in power. So we have the solution of the powers that are to the problem that is and this solution would have been the same no matter who was in power. Over recent years the world has become economically one nation so, what is done in America will be done worldwide by the multinational corporations that will do it. Soon this will destroy the ecosystem of the world as the gas introduced in the oil wells will poison the water wells and come back to the surface to poison the soil and so the feed for cattle, the vegetables we eat, completely destroy the air and finally it will find its way into the oceans to kill the fish we eat. As I have said before the LORD is allowing mankind to destroy the world; even still, it will not be over in the eyes of the majority who are oblivious to what is occurring for they will be just as we are told in Matthew 24:38-39. However, there are those who will see the problems with which mankind is faced and they will recognize all options have been exhausted and it is then the LORD will begin the great earthquake which will mark the end: we're getting closer. In the next clause we see the LORD says "but make not a full end". This is the LORD beginning to show lost mankind that all things are under His power and His only. Therefore the LORD will allow the deterioration to occur relatively slowly allowing lost mankind the opportunity to coral the situations that will arise until he has reached his end. We see this all around us as we view the world today and we realize all mankind's efforts are for naught as mankind is not motivated by their own good but, by profit only. So men are attempting to handle all that arises in their own power as they refuse to acknowledge the God of the Bible and this will continue until their end: Jeremiah 13:10-11. In the final 2 clauses of Jeremiah 5:10 the LORD says "take away her battlements; for they are not the LORD'S". This is exactly what we are seeing today as the social systems, the societies established by men, are the battlements the LORD is dismantling for they are not representative of the will of the LORD. The walls protected by these battlements are the lives of lost mankind: soul and body. In Lamentations 2:5-14 the LORD explains this beautifully.
We begin in Lamentations 2:5 where we see "The LORD was as an enemy: He hath swallowed up Israel, He hath swallowed up all her palaces". To comprehend this we must realize that although the LORD is saying Israel, Israel is only a place holder for the lost of the world today; this is why the Bible is relevant to us today. So we see the LORD is angry and He is angry with Israel: the Gentiles, the lost, or Judah all of which is representative of this world. In His anger the LORD has "swallowed up" Israel which is telling us of the plan of the LORD for the world. "He hath destroyed His strong holds, and hath increased in the daughter of Judah mourning and lamentation."In this final clause of verse 5 we see the LORD has "destroyed His strong holds" which were the churches as He has turned them over to Satan: Revelation 2:12-13. This thing the LORD has done as He increases "in the daughter of Judah mourning and lamentation"; however, the world still does not see it: Isaiah 42:24-25. The mourning is the onset and growth of HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis A thru H, Herpes Simplex 1 and 2, Chlamydia and a slew of other diseases and ever worsening ailments that have come upon mankind. All this while the powers that are don't seek cures; they only seek a temporary aid to assure their continued profit from the misery of the mass. In verse 6 we see the LORD is no longer using the churches as He tells us explicitly "...He hath violently taken away His tabernacle, as if it were of a garden: He hath destroyed His places of assembly: the LORD hath caused the solemn feast and Sabbaths to be forgotten in Zion, and hath despised in the indignation of His anger the king and the priest". The LORD taking away His tabernacle has just occurred in our day as we see the many things the LORD has foretold are coming to fruition with the LORD having "destroyed His strong holds". We know these things have recently occurred because the LORD has only recently given us this understanding. In past times we see this was not possible as the vast majority of the world could not read; however, today the vast majority of the world is literate and the majority of those who desire to know can know of the LORD for themselves. Looking at the world today we are actually seeing a reversal in the intelligence of mankind, worldwide, as many are no longer completing high school and of those who do a significant number cannot competently read a newspaper. Since it is a prerequisite to judgment that we know God's truth and there is no truth coming from any church, the tabernacle which the LORD has taken away, I believe the end is coming soon. As the verse continues we see "the LORD hath caused the solemn feast and Sabbaths to be forgotten in Zion". Zion here is a representation of those called and chosen as we are learning the truth of the LORD directly from the LORD: via His word. The solemn feast and Sabbaths are forgotten by the chosen as they were the precursors to the true church of God and all that the LORD has violently taken away. Our Lord GOD closes the verse with "and hath despised in the indignation of His anger the king and the priest". In this clause the king and the priest can be comprehended as Satan and the church leaders or Satan and the world. The LORD despises them both because despite His continuous mercy toward mankind and the revelation of His truth given unto them they refuse to humble themselves unto Him even in the face of the LORD telling all mankind He is the one true God: Isaiah 45:21. Even still the lost refuse Him as they go seeking gods of their own design: Jeremiah 2:11-13.
In Lamentations 2:7 we see "The LORD hath cast off His alter, He hath abhorred His sanctuary" and we should know by now His alter and His sanctuary, in this world, could only have been the church. The Lord GOD continues saying "He hath given up into the hand of the enemy the walls of her palaces". Upon considering who the walls and the enemy are we will see exactly what is being said, and it is not difficult to comprehend. The LORD continually refers to Satan as the enemy: Matthew 13:24-30. Then, when we look at Jeremiah 1:18 we see the LORD referring to Jeremiah as "brazen walls"; therefore, clearly the walls in Lamentations 2:7 are the people of the churches which are the palaces. The final clause of the verse says "they have made a noise in the house of the LORD, as in the day of a solemn feast". This is clearly saying those in the church are "glad", they are rejoicing, the LORD has left them as they are; for there is no man, woman or child who truly seeks the LORD: Romans 3:11. All who are saved must be elect of the LORD from before the foundation of the world: Ephesians 1:4-5. Then the LORD uses His chosen to bring all of His elect unto Himself and He will make them His chosen as well: Isaiah 55:1-3. In Isaiah 55:1those elect of the LORD are bought unto Him by His chosen. In Isaiah 55:2 the LORD is speaking of the churches of this world as He says "Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labor for that which satisfieth not". When the LORD says "spend money for that which is not bread" He is speaking of the tithe we pay for a gospel that is not the bread of life. In Proverbs 9:1-6 we see the LORD speaking of His bread which is the bread of eternal life; conversely we see in Isaiah 4:1 the bread of the church. The bread of the church is their own gospel which results in all, "...seven", of those churches attempting to cover with their own apparel and we know that will never work; you must have the Christ's covering: Isaiah 61:10-11. Finally, in Isaiah 55:3 we see the LORD has made His elect His chosen as He says"and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David". In the first clause of Lamentations 2:8 we read "The LORD hath purposed to destroy the wall of the daughter of Zion". We have already established the LORD is using the term "wall" to mean lost people. In this clause He is telling us of His intensions for the earthly children of His chosen who are "the daughter of Zion". Isacc and Rebekah were both called and chosen of God: they were among the daughters of Zion. The LORD used them to bring forth Esau and Jacob who were lost and saved respectively. Esau was a daughter of the "daughter of Zion" because he was born to Isacc and Rebekah who were of Zion however, Esau was not saved: Romans 9:13. Jacob also was born to Isacc and Rebekah and he was saved meaning he was a "daughter of Zion". The quintessential difference being Esau was a daughter of the daughters of Zion while Jacob was a daughter of Zion and a bride of the Christ just as his parents were. As the LORD continues in Lamentations 2:8 He says "He hath stretched out a line, He hath not withdrawn His hand from destroying: therefore He made the rampart and the wall to lament; they languished together". The line spoken of by the LORD is the line of judgment. All mankind are guilty before the Godhead as we must be clothed with the righteousness of the Christ, we must have his covering or the garment of salvation, to be saved: Isaiah 61:8-10. So we see once again only those saved by God, all of whom were saved before the foundation of the world, will know salvation or eternal life. However there are a few of mankind who were not saved but, because they acknowledge the will of the One True God He will have mercy on them: Isaiah 24:6. These will not be destroyed with the mass but they will be laid to rest compassionately by the LORD. The LORD closes the verse telling of "the rampart and the wall" which are the beliefs and the people who hold them respectively that will perish Judgment Day. The people perish because they put their trust in a belief, the rampart, which is a lie: Isaiah 57:10-14. In Isaiah 57:13 we see the LORD says "vanity shall take them"and the vanity He speaks of is their belief in gods of their own design: the rampart. These gods are their works spoken of in Isaiah 57:12 which will not profit them.
Jeremiah 5:12-13 In this verse we see the LORD says "They have belied the LORD, and said, It is not He" meaning they refuse to accept what the LORD has told them as they will only adhere to what they want with no regard for His truth. So they put words in His mouth, interpreting His word as they chose. This is what we are seeing today as we look at the multitude of faiths all claiming to be the one true faith. Each faith has their god offering his interpretation of what the LORD has written. Consequently we actually have a scenario very much like Acts 17:23 in effect in this day; how could this possibly be the one true God of the Bible? The verse continues with "neither shall evil come upon us; neither shall we see sword nor famine". This closing clause is telling us the belief of lost mankind; they always believe, in spite of what the LORD is telling them, everything will workout for the best for them; unfortunately the truth is, it will not: Jeremiah 6:13-15. Just as Jeremiah 6:13-15 was the will of the LORD for Judah so Revelation 11:10-13 is for the world.
Jeremiah 5:14 In verse 14 the LORD is speaking to the multitude false prophets as He says"...Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them". Looking at the churches today with the multitude of false beliefs they hold, we consider what the LORD said and then we see truth. The LORD is using the false prophets but, not to save; He is using them to destroy. All those who attend any church today are hearing the prophecy of a false prophet and they are all being judged as the LORD says "...I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood". "This people" is a reference to all those who make up the church congregations as it should be clear the LORD is speaking of the church leaders as He speaks of false prophets.
Jeremiah 5:15-19 In verse 15 the LORD is bringing upon the house of Israel, the entire world of today, a mighty and ancient nation form far. One who's language the world will not comprehend. This nation is Satan's nation, Satan and his demons, who will come from as far as possible but yet as near as right here through their influence over mankind. In Luke 10:18 the LORD tells us "Satan as lightning" fell from heaven and he fell here, amongst us. We simply can't see him or his demons because it is not the desire of the Lord GOD but, his presents can be felt; we feel it in wars, mans inhumanity to man, mans insatiable lust for money and the ever growing need for supremacy in every aspect of life; Satan is definitely amongst us: Revelation 12:12. The LORD continues in verse 16 saying "Their quiver is an open sepulchre, they are all mighty men". This clarifies to us in our day that it is the increasing power of Satan and his demons we are being told of. "Their quiver is an open sepulchre" is an unmistakable clue. The quiver is an arrow holder and the sepulchre is a tomb. We see the LORD has described the weapons of the Babylonians as though they were spiritual and He says the Babylonians "are all mighty men"; a fitting description of Satan's demons. This is clearly the LORD using Nebuchadnezzar and the Chaldeans as a picture of Satan and his demons.
In verse 17 we see "And they shall eat up thine harvest, and thy bread, which thy sons and thy daughters should eat". The harvest of the lost is the lifestyle they have established. Be it one of wealth or one of poverty it is what those who live it strove for. Many may say "I didn't want this lifestyle, it just happened to me"; but, we must ask, once you know what a specific activity brings why do you partake? We all know thieves steal because they like having money but, they don't want to work. This is essentially the motivation behind everything wrong done by mankind; they like to reap but, they don't want to sow. Ultimately the LORD will begin the harvest of the lifestyles of the vast majority of the lost that they will erode until the end. However, until the end men will continue their lives as though it's just another day: Luke 17:26-27.
In verse 18 we see the LORD says "Nevertheless in those days, saith the LORD, I will not make a full end with you". In the time the LORD brought Babylon against Israel we see the meaning of this verse; so too in the end of time is it evident. In the end the LORD is speaking of those who are not elect of Him but, they have humbled themselves before Him; therefore, He will bless them in their end as He has blessed all mankind in their lives for in the end He will spare these the great slaughter that is to come: Isaiah 24:6. We know the few men left in Isaiah 24:6 are not saved as all those saved are at this time with the LORD. We can see the Lord GOD as He offers all lost mankind this mercy in Hosea 2:2. In Hosea 2:3-4 we see what is in store for the vast majority of mankind; all those who will not humble themselves to accept the mercy of the LORD. Notice in Hosea 2:3 the LORD says "and set her like a dry land, and slay her with thirst". The LORD here is speaking of all those lost who turn their backs and not their faces to Him; all those who seek their own way and want nothing to do with the truth. As the truth of God is the water of eternal life, John 4:14, without which no man can know eternal life, John 5:37-44. Unfortunately the lost will be without the water of eternal life as we see they will not accept it.
In verse 19 we see the LORD'S motivation for the end. Men will profess shock and dismay even though the LORD has brought the error of their ways unto them continually: Isaiah 28:9-13. Therefore the end will come and lost mankind will be confounded; although, in truth, they knew the reality of God they simply sought to have their lie accepted in their end: Isaiah 4:1-2. Reading Isaiah 4:1 we must consider all mankind are as women unto the LORD as all mankind are to be married unto the LORD: Jeremiah 3:14. Seven in the Bible represents completeness or all: Revelation 11:13. Bread represents the LORD or the word of God: John 6:48-51. The apparel we must wear, if we are saved, is the salvation of God: Isaiah 51:7-8. Viewing Isaiah 4:1 with these truths in mind you will realize that a man can do nothing to get himself saved. We are all here to play the parts assigned to us and those who were not saved are only allowed one significant variation; that variation being how it will end for them. Please take particular note of the last portion of Isaiah 4:2 as it reads "the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel"; this is because Israel here represents the world.
Jeremiah 5:20-23 In verse 20 the LORD is telling His chosen to tell "the house of Jacob" or Jerusalem or the multitude of religious beliefs and to tell Judah which is the remainder of the world what He tells us in verses 21 through 23.
In verse 21 the LORD describes the world as being "without understanding". This has been the LORD'S observation of mankind going back even before the flood: Genesis 6:5-7. In Genesis 6:5-7 we are reading the sentiments of the Lord GOD regarding men before the flood and they will not change even until the end: Luke 17:26-30. Notice in Luke 17:26 the LORD says "so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man". All the days from the cross until the end are "the days of the Son of man" as the LORD, at the cross, paid the sin debt for all mankind: 2 Peter 2:1.
In verse 22 we are seeing the LORD judge lost mankind; in verse 23 He sentences them. Looking at verse 22 we see the LORD as He reminds us of His greatness. He speaks of a feat that is nothing to Him but, could not be accomplished by any or even all of mankind. However, in spite of this knowledge mankind grows evermore obstinate with every minuscule accomplishment the LORD will grant them. Consequently we see the end result in verse 23 as the LORD will do unto them as their hearts have determined. In Isaiah 10:12-15 we see the LORD has used Satan, the king of Assyria, to punish mankind. We know it is Satan and this is metaphorically speaking of the end because in Isaiah 10:14 Satan says "I gathered all the earth" and we know the king of Assyria did no such thing. This we know from Isaiah 14:13-14 is Satan"s pompous heart and as we look at the attitude of mankind we see they share Satan's grandiose self-delusions of self-significance and a hedonistic view of life: Isaiah 56:8-12. In Isaiah 56:8 we see the LORD says "Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him". This is the Lord GOD sending more of those who will not hear His word or heed His will unto Satan; that on Judgment Day all who would not heed the will of the LORD will be in Satan's kingdom. In Isaiah 56:10-11 the LORD speaks of Satan's watchmen who are the church leaders; those who are suppose to see His coming and broadcast it to their congregations and to the world. Unfortunately they will not do any of this because as the LORD says "his watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his own gain, from his quarter"; these are all Satan's watchmen. Once again as we see truth forecasted in the Bible we are to look out into the world to see if it is evident and low and behold it is. There are many millionaire and I believe at least one billionaire evangelist and they all come together to spew a smorgasbord of lies; therefore, none will see the coming of the LORD.
Jeremiah 5:24 In verse 24 we see the LORD is speaking of the lost as we know lost mankind will never say "Let us now fear the LORD our God". The verse continues with "that giveth rain, both the former and the latter, in His season: He reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest". The former rain is the salvation of all those saved before the cross while the latter rain are all those saved from the cross until the end. The last clause of the verse is saying the LORD will call and chose each of His at His predetermined time that we each will accomplish the prearranged tasks. Once again it has all been established for us; we only need to walk in the path the LORD has laid and, if we are chosen of Him, we will. However the lost, as the verse is saying, are not among the chosen therefore, they will not walk as the LORD desires: Jeremiah 18:12.
Jeremiah 5:25-28 In verse 25 we see the LORD is telling the lost it is their heart that has turned the blessings of the LORD away from them; "your sins have withholden good things from you". In verse 26 the LORD continues as He speaks of a few of the sins committed by lost mankind; He says "they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men". In verse 27 the LORD gives us the earthly motivation for the behaviors of these people as He says "therefore they become great, and waxen rich". The LORD continues in verse 28 telling us of the unjust nature of mankind and the earthly profit they reap meanwhile "the right of the needy do they not judge".
Jeremiah 5:29 In verse 29 we know the LORD is speaking of Judah which represents the world; therefore, we can simply replace the term nation with the word world and we have the application relevant to today. The verse reads this way for us today as the LORD has shown us many times before that this is the significance of the Bible to us today.
Jeremiah 5:30-31 In verse 30 we see "A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land". This thing is the ending of the world. It is wonderful as the LORD will take all of His chosen to dwell with Him in His Holy Heaven; but, horrible because He will destroy all those lost to Him: Psalm 101:6-8; lay those not elect of Him who do acknowledge His will to rest: Amos 9:7-8; then finally, completely destroy Satan with all the world and all the universe: Ezekiel 28:11-19. Reading Amos 9:7 we can see the LORD makes no difference in races or religions as they are all due the torment of the end. Reading Amos 9:8 we see, as the LORD has already taken His chosen to heaven, He is only dealing with destroying the lost with as heavy a hand as is justified; while sparing those who did humble themselves before His will the torment intrinsic to the end.
In Ezekiel 28:11-17 the LORD is giving us a brief synopsis of Satan's existence from his creation on to his fall from grace. In Ezekiel 28:18 we see the end of Satan as he will be the flame to initiate the consumption of the universe. Notice as the LORD says"I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee". All those to behold him will be the kings of the LORD as this will be viewed from heaven. Here we see yet again, there will be no hell where anyone will burn forevermore under Satan's dominion. Hell is living here and now on earth as one who is not chosen of God and will not humble themselves to His will. This becomes evident in the end of those who do not have the mercy of the LORD.
Getting back to verse 31 the LORD tells us once more about the prophets who lie in His name. He tells us many of them become great and waxen rich for their deeds and the LORD says "my people love to have it so", as we see many even take what they don't have to add to the preacher's plate. Reading verses 29 through 31 we should all want to know whether we are in the faith: 2 Corinthians 13:5.