The Regathering of Israel
Book of Jeremiah Chapter 23
Before we get started in our lesson we should see to whom the Lord is directing these words. We only have to back up one chapter to chapter 22 verse 29.
Jer 22:29 O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD.
We should know that all these things that went on in the time of Jeremiah took place during his lifetime, but these things have a great meaning for the nation of Israel today and further still in the future and we as Gentiles and the Body of Christ need to listen and learn from all these things.
If we had read these things we would realize that King Coniah or Jeconiah, both are the same. Coniah was of King David’s line through King Solomon and the rights to this throne was cut off by the Lord. Joseph the husband of Mary would be of this same line and God said the Messiah could come from the line of David which the Lord had just ended.
Had Jesus been born the natural way instead of the Super natural way, He would have no claim to the throne in the line of King David.
Had Joseph chosen someone besides Mary to be His wife, it would have broken the chain to the Messiah.
Since the plan of God cannot be altered, Mary was also of the line of David thorough his son Nathan who was the first born of David and Jesus the Christ, the Messiah, being conceived by the Holy Spirit holds the royal title to the throne of David, which He will possess when He returns.
Since the Lord cannot die then His throne is eternal!
Chapter 23 verse 1
*****Jer 23:1 Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture, saith the LORD.
Things had gotten so bad that Jeremiah had decided to quit on God, but he found that he could not.
Jer 20:9 Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name but his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.
God had rejected this generation and He would be their enemy!
Jer 21:5 And I myself will fight against you with an outstretched hand and with a strong arm, even in anger, and in fury, and in great wrath.
Jer 21:10 For I have set my face against this city for evil, and not for good, saith the LORD: it shall be given into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall burn it with fire.
Jer 22:6 For thus saith the LORD unto the king’s house of Judah; Thou art Gilead unto me, and the head of Lebanon: yet surely I will make thee a wilderness, and cities which are not inhabited.
Jer 22:9 Then they shall answer, Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD their God, and worshipped other gods, and served them.
It will never be good for those who have rejected the Lord God Jehovah!
*****Jer 23:2 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.
These shepherds included the spiritual leaders of this nation but also the political leaders of this nation!
We see right off that it is the job of the Pastor to feed his flock and that food was to be the Word of God!
The job of the Pastor has not changed today, they are to be shepherds to the flock that the Lord has given to them.
These had caused the people of God to be scattered rather than to be gathered together as one people.
**Do we not see this thing today as many so-called Christians have joined with the evils of our nation and the Church is scattered in its beliefs.
We are to gather in one accord with the truth of God!
We simply do not see righteousness and true justice in our society of today.
What had God promised? Peace, security, and prosperity if, God’s people would obey Him.
Joh_8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
When those behind the pulpits of today fail to do their duty, the children of God will be confused. This confusion would go away if they would study the Word of God themselves and remove all those who teach lies rather than the truth of God!
What do we know? Those who scatter God’s people are the same ones who increase their personal wealth, their positions, and sometimes even power, while they condemn God’s people!
God says it is He who will repay them for the evil that they have done!
Psa 62:9 Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.
Psa 62:10 Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them.
Psa 62:11 God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.
Psa 62:12 Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work.
We should clearly understand God will eventually punish everyone who oppress God’s people.
It is necessary at this time for these things to take place, so all humans can have an opportunity to repent.
How many will remain true to the Lord?
*****Jer 23:3 And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase.
Some say this is what is going on now and it is but most of these today are not Christian. When the Lord gathers after or even during the Tribulation Period they will truly be His people.
God expects every government to take care of its people. In fact if the people at home are not cared for then our government should not provide our resources to other governments, especially to those that mistreat their people!
Jer 25:32 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.
Jer 25:33 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.
Jer 25:34 Howl, ye shepherds, and cry; and wallow yourselves in the ashes, ye principal of the flock: for the days of your slaughter and of your dispersions are accomplished; and ye shall fall like a pleasant vessel.
Those that believe that there is a power greater than the Lord are trusting in vanity!
And for all the naysayers, Israel will one day occupy all the land that was given to Abraham!
Even today with the leaders Israel has, the people of Israel are not very afraid of all those larger enemies that surround them, but must never let pride enter into their politics ever again!
What has God promised?
*****Jer 23:4 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.
Jer 23:5 Behold, the days come, 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.
What is the sign of the true Pastor? They are called of God!
God gives us all a job to do but God calls His Pastor in another way, so they can know they have been called. All others who claim to be a Pastor but are not called of God, are imposters!
The true Pastor will not fear what the government can do to him and he will instill this into the flock of God.
As Christians we must never fear what this world can do to us because at death we go to the glory land!
And a greater promise of them all, the Lord Jesus Christ will return and this time He will claim the throne of David!
There are many lessons and many prophesies of the Second coming of the Messiah and this is just one of them.
Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Isa 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
Jeremiah and Isaiah both knew these things were to be in the future then and still are today, but the time draws very near that the Lord will soon return.
Rev 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
Rev 19:12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
Rev 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
Rev 19:14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
He will have a name much grander than them all:
*****Jer 23:6 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.
To the Jews His name would be “Jehovah-Tsidkenu”.
To each Christian, since we have no righteousness of our own, He is called The Lord Our Righteousness.
It is because Our Lord spent a sinless life upon this earth that He could take our place on the Cross on Mount Calvary!
2Co 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
When we place our trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, God applies the Righteousness of His Dear Son to us and it is because of this that we can become acceptable to Him.
So who is the Messiah? The Messiah is none other than the righteous Son of God, The Lord Jesus Christ!
The truth is we did not have the ability to become “righteous” on our own.
Isa_64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
In fact there has never lived one person upon the face of this earth that has lived a righteous life beside the Lord Jesus Christ.
Rom_3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
Rom 3:21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
Rom 3:22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Rom 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
The days we live in now are the days of the Church but the soon coming Age will be the days of the restored nation of Israel.
*****Jer 23:7 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that they shall no more say, The LORD liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;
Jer 23:8 But, The LORD liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land.
This prophesy will not see it’s fulfillment while the Church is still upon the face of this earth! The Church will already be in Heaven and then return with the Lord when He returns!
When the Lord sits upon the throne of David, then He will gather His people from all the countries of the world and lead them back to the Promised Land.
Mat 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
Mat 24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
Mat 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
The Promised land of the Jews is not heaven, but it is a symbol of Heaven.
What we see going on in Israel today is just a partial filling of this prophesy of Jeremiah!
There is a big difference between the Prophet Jeremiah and the false prophets of his days.
*****Jer 23:9 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.
What is the truth of those false prophets?
Jer 14:14 Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.
This same thing is true of those false preachers of today in the Church.
Jeremiah had thoughts like many today. Just how could a loving God allow the destruction of His people.
First, we need to describe God’s people.
Mat 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
Mat 22:38 This is the first and great commandment.
Mat 22:39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Mat 22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
If cannot fit yourself into these words of the Lord, then you are not God’s people. It is just that simple!
These false prophets will cause many to go astray but only if they reject the truth of God!
It breaks the heart of God for these things to take place, but He can never go against His Word in any case!
What is one of our greatest problems? We cannot always realize the truth of today until it becomes our past.
It seems we always want more truth when we have the greatest of all truths in the Scriptures preserved for us in the Word of God!
We must know God well enough to know that He never does things because of anger. He does things because these are the things that He said he would do.
The Lord never does things because of a lack of love, He does these things because this is what He said he would do and He will never go against His Word.
It is because of the Holiness of His Words.
Holy words are those words that lead us to obey the will of God!
The Word of God is Holy! The Word of God is set apart as the complete truth in a world full of lies and deceit!
*****Jer 23:10 For the land is full of adulterers; for because of swearing the land mourneth; the pleasant places of the wilderness are dried up, and their course is evil, and their force is not right.
Jer 23:11 For both prophet and priest are profane; yea, in my house have I found their wickedness, saith the LORD.
We should know that most false worship in the adjacent nations involved sexual sin. Adultery here refers to sexual adultery and more important “Spiritual Adultery” which is idolatry.
The false prophets and the false ministers can commit no greater sin than immorality, sexual or Spiritual.
The Prophets of God are held to a higher standard just as those who preach the Word of God today are!
When a so-called prophet of God turns away from the Lord they have committed apostasy!
It is the same as running away from the Lord as did Jonah. Jonah returned but these had rejected the Lord and the Word of God refusing to repent.
These men had broken the heart of God and God was already bringing drought and famine.
The land was mourning and refused to provide for these people.
The land of Israel never regained the power to provide for Israel, until the children of Israel began to return as Israel was “Born Again” on May 14, 1948. Israel has since blossomed into a truly pleasant land.
This was a sign to them all, that they would certainly face the judgment of God!
The prophets and the priests had chosen wickedness for their model of right and wrong.
Sounds more and more like the America we live in today!
Jas 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
How many today have forgotten this simple verse of Scripture?
This is just the opposite of what God has called us all to do!
Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Rom 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
It is for this reason their life would be made miserable.
*****Jer 23:12 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.
We know that the persecution of Christians has increased many times over, but we can also be sure that those who preach a false message will be persecuted by God Himself, when the time is right.
It is a terrible thing to walk into a place we do not know when it is too dark to see. When we find that the walkway is also slippery it just adds to our fright.
These priests in the day of Jeremiah would walk in the daylight as if it was total darkness and stumble about until they fell for good.
They would be banished from ever serving God again!
Psa 35:1 Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.
Psa 35:2 Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for mine help.
Psa 35:3 Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me: say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.
Psa 35:4 Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul: let them be turned back and brought to confusion that devise my hurt.
Psa 35:5 Let them be as chaff before the wind: and let the angel of the LORD chase them.
Psa 35:6 Let their way be dark and slippery: and let the angel of the LORD persecute them.
Psa 35:7 For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, which without cause they have digged for my soul.
Psa 35:8 Let destruction come upon him at unawares; and let his net that he hath hid catch himself: into that very destruction let him fall.
We sometimes fall into the trap of thinking that God will continue to allow these things to take place, but the Scriptures prove to us the God will cause these things to end and those that do these things to come to a wicked end themselves!
They had Blasphemed themselves as they had committed blasphemy in the Temple of Solomon!
As we live day by day as Christians we have the responsibility of keeping ourselves clean without even having the appearance of evil.
The message of the false prophets has not changed much from the time of Jeremiah till the day we live in!
In fact the world keeps telling us that things are better than they ever have been, which is just one of the lies of today!
Spiritual leaders are saying as long as you do things in moderation God will forgive, which is another lie. God may forgive but that forgiveness will not come without repentance. God does not change His ways!
When we reject the truth, we are believing a lie, it’s just that simple!
There is not one nation upon this earth that is immune to the truth of God!
God will gather all the Jews one day and I believe He has started now but most of that fulfillment comes after the Church is taken out of this world.
God always does what He says He will do!