Wednesday, August 22, 2012

August 22, 2012 … No Evil Escapes God’s Wrath

Chronological Bible Reading Plan - Day 235 

Passage of the Day: Reference of Today’s Chronological Bible Study: Jeremiah 49-50 [NLT] To study these chapters, go to this link

Highlight Passage: Jeremiah 49: 1-2; 7-8; 15-16; 23-24; 28; 34-35 :[NLT] … 1 This message was given concerning the Ammonites. This is what the LORD says: “What are you doing? Are there no descendants of Israel to inherit the land of Gad? Why are you, who worship Molech, living in its towns? 2 I will punish you for this,” says the LORD, “by destroying your city of Rabbah. It will become a desolate heap, and the neighboring towns will be burned. Then Israel will come and take back the land you took from her,” says the LORD. … 7 This message was given concerning Edom. This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Where are all the wise men of Teman? Is there no one left to give wise counsel? 8 Turn and flee! Hide in deep caves, you people of Dedan! For when I bring disaster on Edom, I will punish you, too! … 15 This is what the LORD says: “I will cut you down to size among the nations, Edom. You will be despised by all. 16 You are proud that you inspire fear in others. And you are proud because you live in a rock fortress and hide high in the mountains. But don’t fool yourselves! Though you live among the peaks with the eagles, I will bring you crashing down,” says the LORD. … 23 This message was given concerning Damascus. This is what the LORD says: “The towns of Hamath and Arpad are struck with fear, for they have heard the news of their destruction. Their hearts are troubled like a wild sea in a raging storm. 24 Damascus has become feeble, and all her people turn to flee. Fear, anguish, and pain have gripped her as they do a woman giving birth. … 28 This message was given concerning Kedar and the kingdoms of Hazor, which were attacked by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. This is what the LORD says: “Advance against Kedar! Blot out the warriors from the East! 34 This message concerning Elam came to the prophet Jeremiah from the LORD at the beginning of the reign of King Zedekiah of Judah. 35 This is what the LORD Almighty says: “I will destroy the archers of Elam — the best of their marksmen.  
Highlight Passage: Jeremiah 50: 1-3; 17-20; 32; 44-46 :[NLT] … 1 The LORD gave Jeremiah the prophet this message concerning Babylon and the land of the Babylonians. 2This is what the LORD says: “Tell the whole world, and keep nothing back! Raise a signal flag so everyone will know that Babylon will fall! Her images and idols will be shattered. Her gods Bel and Marduk will be utterly disgraced. 3 For a nation will attack her from the north and bring such destruction that no one will live in her again. Everything will be gone; both people and animals will flee. … 17 “The Israelites are like sheep that have been scattered by lions. First the king of Assyria ate them up. Then King Nebuchadnezzar£ of Babylon cracked their bones.” 18 Therefore, the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “Now I will punish the king of Babylon and his land, just as I punished the king of Assyria. 19And I will bring Israel home again to her own land, to feed in the fields of Carmel and Bashan, and to be satisfied once more on the hill country of Ephraim and Gilead. 20In those days,” says the LORD, “no sin will be found in Israel or in Judah, for I will forgive the remnant I preserve. … 32 O land of pride, you will stumble and fall, and no one will raise you up. For I will light a fire in the cities of Babylon that will burn everything around them.” … 44 “I will come like a lion from the thickets of the Jordan, leaping on the sheep in the pasture. I will chase Babylon from its land, and I will appoint the leader of my choice. For who is like me, and who can challenge me? What ruler can oppose my will?” 45 Listen to the LORD’s plans against Babylon and the land of the Babylonians. Even little children will be dragged off, and their homes will be empty. 46 The earth will shake with the noise of Babylon’s fall, and her cry of despair will be heard around the world. 

Reference Study Passage : Isaiah 53: 6 [NLT] To read/study, go to this link 
Reference Study Passage : Romans 1: 18-32 [NLT] To read/study, go to this link 
Reference Study Passage : John 3: 16 [NLT] To read/study, [You know this one!]

My Journal for Today: I hope you’ll take the time and effort to read through the two chronological chapters in Jeremiah today which I was led to study; because if you do, you’ll come away with the message which is the title of my journal entry today: ” No Evil Escapes God’s Wrath”.

As Christians, knowing and believing the Apostle Paul’s declaration in Romans 3: 23, … “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God,” … we know that we’re all evil-doers and deserving of God’s wrath of judgment. But as Isaiah prophesied and Jesus fulfilled, you can read from the link above in Isaiah 53: 6, that our faith in Christ’s full atonement for our evil is our eternal hope (seeing also John 3: 16, which I’m pretty sure you know).

But today’s highlight passages (copied above) lay out, prophetically and very systematically, that God, in Jeremiah’s prophetic times (and sometime thereafter) would be on a rampage of wrath against ALL who had become succumbed by pride and idolatry. And if you look at the underlined references above to the various peoples involved, one-after-another, including mighty Babylon, they all were prophesied by Jeremiah to fall; and from history, we know that they all did fall.

And when the Medo-Persians, under Darius (also called “Cyrus”) defeated the Babylonians, it really didn’t make any temporal or military sense at the time because the Babylonians were so much more powerful than were the Persians whom Babylon had controlled for decades. It was a God thing, for sure! The prideful and arrogant and pagan Babylonians deserved God’s wrath, even after He used them to discipline the Israelites; and God’s wrath they got!

And, my friend, God will have His way … no matter what seems obvious to us. Today, as it says in my link to Romans 1: 18-32, God is allowing evil to flourish for a season. He has lifted His protective grace – to a certain degree – and is allowing evil to seemingly thrive. But make no mistake about it; … EVIL WILL NOT REIGN when Jesus’ wrath falls upon His return for His Bride. And this prophetic truth is a clear prophetic reference in these two chapters of Jeremiah. God will punish and eradicate evil forever when Yeshua Ha’Mashiach, … i.e., Jesus, The Messiah, … returns to establish His eternal kingdom, … the New Jerusalem, on earth.

And at that time, He will destroy all evil and His Kingdom will prevail forever!!! And do I sense an enthusiastic ”Hallelujah!!!” or possibly a Praise the Lord!! from my followers here.

My Prayer Today: … That’s my expression of praise, Lord; and I pray you come soon for Your Bride. Amen

Blogger’s Added Worship Note: To worship on the truth of what I’ve written above, may I refer you to this musical selah this morning … Go to this link

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