AGAINST ALL THE NATIONS
Jeremiah 25:13 And I will bring upon that land all my words which I have pronounced against it, even all that is written in this book, which Jeremiah hath prophesied against all the nations.
This verse is found in God’s command to his prophet Jeremiah to prophesy against all the nations that he lists out in this chapter. And this command has not been rescinded, even to this gospel day!
Consider these verses. Psalm 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. Psalm 7:11 God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. Nations that forget God are considered as included in “the wicked,” and God is angry with them every day. No individual, nor group of individuals shall ignore the Lord God! For EVERY knee shall bow to him! And EVERY tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ, exclusively is Lord of all! (Phi. 2:10,11).
Therefore the holiness of God is still offended by those who refuse to believe in His Son! John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. God’s wrath is presently still abiding on unbelievers, and this, along with God’s glorious mercy, is to be made know by the gospel!
The Gospel’s Purpose
The Apostle Paul is very clear, and most certain as to what the purpose of his gospel mission was. He lists it out both in the first and last chapters of his Epistle to the Romans.
Romans 1:1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, 2 (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) 3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; 4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: 5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: 6 Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:
Then in the 16th chapter of this same letter, he ends it with these words: 25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, 26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: 27 To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.
And was this not the command of the Lord himself, as he gave his final, earthly command to the gathered disciples? Luke 24:46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: 47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And in Matthew’s account, we read: Matt. 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
The power of the gospel to each present generation in every nation, is that those who preach it are submitted under whatsoever the Lord has commanded them! Those not bowing under Christ’s gospel Lordship while preaching, cannot expect to have those who hear them do so! (Matt 23:3 …for they say, and do not. 1 Cor. 4:20 For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.) This is why the gospel in America has no power, and why religion has had to invent various technics to try to get soul’s to become religious!
Daniel Read These Scriptures
God instructed Jeremiah to prophesy that he would keep Israel in Babylonian captivity for 70 years. For it would take that amount of time to recover the land from constant cultivation, as Israel had sinned in not keeping the Lord’s sabbaths! 2 Chronicles 36:21 To fulfil the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her sabbaths: for as long as she lay desolate she kept sabbath, to fulfil threescore and ten years.
Jeremiah 25:11 And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years. 12 And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, saith the LORD, for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans, and will make it perpetual desolations.
Then the Lord God made sure that the Prophet Daniel should have these scriptures available to him for the development of his prophesy of the succession of nations, even until the kingdom of Christ was set up! Daniel 9:1 In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans; 2 In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.
Daniel, during his captivity in Babylon, not only listed who the nations would be, but the order of their succession until Messiah come! (Dan. 2:31-45; 7:1-18), But also, stemming from the 70 years of captivity, the Holy Spirit actually revealed to him the 70 weeks of years that pin pointed the day of Christ’s appearance to Israel, and even his death!
Daniel 9:24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. 25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. 26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
The Lord Spoke of the Reading of Daniel
Matt. 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
So we have the continued expression of the authority of Christ and his gospel ministry over the nations! From one prophet to another, then from Christ to his apostles! It is a chain unbroken! “…and the scripture cannot be broken;” John 10:35b.
The abomination which maketh desolate is the wicked hands of mankind crucifying and slaying the Lord’s Christ! (Acts 2:23). That crime against God (even though he was delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God), if not repented of, will bring every soul in every nation into desolation! For as every soul in the human race was affected by Adam’s fall (Rom. 5:17-21), even so the death of the Holy Son of God shall affect every soul of that same race eternally! Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
The sin of slaying the Son of God, not only by wicked hands, but by our wicked sins, was the mountain of pollution that was cast into the sea of human population to made desolate and pollute all who will not repent! Rev. 8:8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;
As His prophet Haggai wrote in Hag. 2:6, For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; 7 And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts. And this shaking is still recorded as going on in these gospel days! Hebrews 12:26 Whose voice then, shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. (Spiritual shakings occur in these gospel days!) 27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: The national upheavals, both in the Old and New Economies, are from the very same Lord, in the receiving of his eternal kingdom! “Thy kingdom come!”
The Beginning of Sorrows
Matt. 24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
And lest we put too much concern and emphasis upon the literal events which constantly disturb mankind, the Lord instructs us that these national calamities are but beginning sorrows! There are far greater sorrows that shall come upon the souls of men than those which come upon their bodies!
And there is that sorrowing after a godly manner! 2 Corinthians 7:10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. Natural calamities can be handled by migration out of the troubled region. Or it can be handled by your insurance company making good on your policy! These are but beginning sorrows! But the man who builds his soul’s foundation upon the sands of life shall have a great fall into the jaws of eternal death! – What sorrow that shall be! Matt. 24:51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Be careful in giving more care to your possessions than to your soul! It can cause you the greater sorrow! Matt. 19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. This man, as far as we know, kept his possessions in lieu of obedience to Christ’s instruction. And if he died in that state, he suffered – and is still to this very minute suffering – the sorrows of eternal death!
There was one rich man who never got his eyes lift up until his first moment of Hell! (Luke 16:23). He never had the image of the beastly desires of the flesh removed in order that he could correctly see the folly of riches until he was experiencing the sorrow of death! Would to God that such national upheavals as America has experienced in this present generation should provide the eye salve for her to benefit from these beginnings of sorrow before it is eternally too late! Rev. 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
Pastor Gene Breed