Jeremiah 23 and the “Latter Days” of the New Testament Era
In this study we will turn our attention to the prophecy of the LORD God through the spoken words of Jeremiah the prophet concerning the latter days, which are the days of the New Testament Era. The 70-year captivity of the king of Babylon invading the Temple at Jerusalem and also the surrounding cities of Judah that Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel were a part of typifies exactly the spiritual 70-year captivity of the spiritual king of Babylon’s (Satan’s) rulership within the global New Testament organized congregations of professing believers in the end of days.
The whole book of Jeremiah is pointing us and referring exclusively to the whole New Testament Era along with the abomination of desolation occurring at the very end of time. That’s why most congregations across the globe do not spend much time within this holy book because it is prophesying mainly against them for the most part.
Jeremiah chapter 23 has a central theme concerning the New Testament Israel of our day that starts in the very first verse, “Woe be unto the pastors,” (Jeremiah 23:20) let’s the reader know that it is referring to the latter days of the New Testament Era with the phrase “in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly.”
Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture saith the LORD.
Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD.
And I will gather the remnant [a few out of many] of my flock [the chosen elect of God] out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase [eternal Salvation by the LORD’s sovereign grace alone with the giving of the Holy Spirit started on the Day of Pentecost].
And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the LORD.
Behold, the days come [the New Testament Era], saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.
Jesus Christ is that “righteous Branch” (Isaiah 4:2; Isaiah 11:1-5; Zechariah 3:8; Zechariah 6:12-13) from the seed of David that came to earth as God incarnate to die for His chosen people (Matthew 1:21; John 17:9).
In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, the LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
This verse as is the previous verse is referring to the whole New Testament Era of those who were/are blessed by being born again from above by God the Holy Spirit.
They are considered and called spiritual Jews by the right of circumcision in the heart made without hands in the Holy Spirit (Romans 2:28-29) and are made up of all nations, peoples, kindreds, and every tongue (Revelation 7:9).
Mine heart within me is broken because of the prophets; all my bones shake; I am like a drunken man, and like a man whom wine hath overcome, because of the LORD, and because of the words of his holiness.
The elect of God currently feels Jeremiah’s pain and heartache because of all the false prophets who are leading masses of people astray during these final days of the New Testament era of spiritual Israel ending with the GREAT “spiritual” tribulation period. This is a horrifying and frightening thing to see this event take place currently in the doors of the global congregations of professing christians.
For the land is full of adulterers; for because of swearing the land mourneth; the pleasant places of the wilderness are dried up [the wilderness is referring to this whole earth that is a spiritual barren wilderness], and their course is evil, and their force is not right.
The congregations (the pleasant places) today are dried up being full of adulterers in more of a spiritual sense.
The people have committed adultery against whom they believe is their heavenly husband, the LORD God because of their worship of false gods and idols in the form of false words and false doctrines taught within the doors that are contrary to the truth of God’s Word.
For both prophet and priest are profane; yea, in my house [The Temple, which is comprised of all world-wide church bodies currently (I Corinthians 3:9-17; I Corinthians 6:13-20)] have I found their wickedness, saith the LORD.
Wherefore their way shall be unto them as slippery ways in the darkness: they shall be driven on, and fall therein: for I will bring evil upon them, even the year of their visitation, saith the LORD.
And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err.
I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness; they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.
The anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have executed, and till he have performed the thoughts of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly.
Clearly in this given context of the phrase “in the latter days ye (plural) shall consider it perfectly” in Jeremiah 23:20, the LORD is referring exactly to the New Testament days leading right up to the final days of great tribulation where Satan as the king of Babylon (the physical world) will spiritually invade all corporate congregations worldwide trodding them down by conquering and ruling.
Also we have in verse 14 the prophets of Jerusalem being compared to “as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah” by the LORD God. This given context of Holy Scripture sounds very similar to a verse of Scripture in Revelation chapter 11 dealing with the context of the death of the eternal chosen Church of Christ being called the two witnesses because of spiritual harlotry. By being killed that means they were cast out the churches into the streets (John 16:2).
In Revelation 11:7-8 the Holy Bible states:
And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.
And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.”
From verses of Holy Scripture, Jesus was crucified right outside the city gates of Jerusalem, which is the Great city. That “Great city” speaks of the New Testament Israel of all the congregations within Christendom spread throughout the world in which all are typified as being Judah and Jerusalem where the literal Temple of God was located.
Here in Revelation 11:7, God is once again referring to Jerusalem, which was a place of worship to Him, now in the latter years being called Sodom and Egypt in the spiritual realm. Both places, Sodom and Egypt, are metaphorically typed as places of bondage/captivity unto their king/master Satan. Sodom and Egypt were both condemned unto punishment by God because of their utter wickedness in the Holy Scriptures.
Continuing on in Jeremiah 23 we read:
I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.
I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed.
Many current pastors and ministers that preach God’s Word claim that they have visions and dreams of God speaking directly to them and other messages of the sort. I pray that God will move and cause you to come out of these harlot places at once. God does not come anymore in the forms of visions, dreams, signs, and wonders ever since the Holy Bible has been completed.
How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? Yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart;
Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal.
The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream and he hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff [the unsaved tares within the church bodies] to the wheat? [the chosen believers] saith the LORD.
There was a very preeminent man who led a historical march to the capital hills of Washington DC during the civil rights movement whose speech was titled “I Have a dream” in which the entire world would come together in unity one day. That man used a lot of God’s Word very much out of context to get his point across to the huge crowds that gathered on that historic day. It was a very emotional speech to the flesh, but had no bearing as far as the truth of God’s Word is concerned. He mentioned a key phrase during his emotional speech that was blasphemy and that was “we are all God’s children.” That is completely false according to the truth of Holy Scripture. For 1 John 3:10 states,
“In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.” (1 John 3:10)
This verse of Holy Scripture clearly identifies two different specific groups of individuals. One group is of righteousness being the children of God, the children of the Light. And the other group is not of righteousness being the workers of iniquity who God hates (Psalm 5:5, Psalm 11:5), the children of the devil who are also called the children of the night/darkness. Also in John 8:44, Christ spoke against the Jews stating directly to them “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.”
So, in these two given contexts of the Holy Bible one can clearly see given the Holy Spirit of course that the world is divided into two separate groups, the children of God and the children of the devil.
If a Pastor is preaching dreams and visions, then it is commanded to flee from this wicked and cursed individual because the LORD did not send these prophets, Satan did.
It is an abomination to God to declare these dreams and visions in the name of Christ simply because God has finished the Holy Bible over 2,000 years ago. God does not need nor will He tolerate man’s selfish and prideful attempts at lifting up oneself by declaring that God has spoken personally to him through dreams and visions.
In this Era of the New Covenant, God speaks to us only from His finished works of the Holy Bible. If you want to truly hear what the LORD God has to say to us today, then just simply read and study the Holy Bible. If you think you may have something to add to God’s perfect Word by declaring a self-made dream or vision as being from the Almighty, then you may as well go ahead and declare it and possibly deceive many by your poisonous words. However, your words are but a portion of the venomous and lethal dosage of the darkened scorpions from hell.
Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?
Currently, there is very little preaching at all that burns and beats down the flesh consistently within the global church bodies of the Great City of God. Most of the preaching within the congregations of today is very watered-down and filled with poison of man-made doctrines. These false prophets’ messages are soft and fluffy as like cotton-candy massaging and soothing the sinful flesh of man Sunday after Sunday.
Many who make a profession of faith that are still within the organized congregations within Christendom mainly go to be entertained and to be appeased. For God to compare His Holy Word to a fire and a hammer are not soft and very soothing words of preaching and teaching to say the least. On the contrary, these are very harsh methods as far as the words are concerned to present/witness to one’s flesh.
Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that use their tongues, and say, He saith.
Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the LORD, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the LORD.
By J. Delbridge