Jer. 30:1The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,

Jer. 30:2 Thus speaketh the LORD God of Israel, saying, Write thee all the

words that I have spoken unto thee in a book.

Jer. 30:3 For, lo, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will bring again the

captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the LORD: and I will cause them

to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.

 

This chapter begins with the LORD instructing Jeremiah to make a formal record

of all his prophecies. The reason—God wants this record to be available to the

captives who will one day return home to reestablish their nation. The record

will encourage them to remember that God is true to His word and in turn

should strengthen their faith.

 

I am reminded that the LORD often encourages His people to “remember.”

 

Numbers 15:38–40 “Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them

fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put

upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue: And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that

ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them;

and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a

whoring: That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your

God.”

 

Deuteronomy 7:17–19 “If thou shalt say in thine heart, These nations are more than I;

how can I dispossess them? Thou shalt not be afraid of them: but shalt well remember

what the LORD thy God did unto Pharaoh, and unto all Egypt; The great temptations

which thine eyes saw, and the signs, and the wonders, and the mighty hand, and the

stretched out arm, whereby the LORD thy God brought thee out: so shall the LORD thy

God do unto all the people of whom thou art afraid.”

 

Deuteronomy 8:2 “And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led

thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what

was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.”

 

The ability to remember is important to our spiritual growth. The LORD

instructed the people to put fringes in the hems of their garments to serve as a

constant reminder that God is faithful to His word. Every spiritual victory

provides a memory to help us understand that we have nothing to fear with God

on our side. Memory is important to strengthening one’s faith during times of

testing to understand that God will be just as faithful to provide in the present as

He has in the past.

 

Jer. 30:4 And these are the words that the LORD spake concerning Israel and

concerning Judah.

Jer. 30:5 For thus saith the LORD; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear,

and not of peace.

Jer. 30:6 Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore

do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all

faces are turned into paleness?

Jer. 30:7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of

Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.

 

At this point Jeremiah clarifies that his message is for the whole of Israel, both

Northern and Southern Kingdoms.

 

As I read through this chapter, it became clear to me that the prophecy now

jumps forward in reference to a time yet future regarding the nation of Israel.

The LORD declares that He has heard a voice full of great fear and pain that He

likens to a woman in childbirth.

 

Note that though in reference to the future, the LORD’s perspective is one of

omniscience and foresight. As Isaiah informs us, He knows the end from the

beginning.

 

Isaiah 46:9–10 “Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I

am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from

ancient times the things that are not yet done.”

 

It also stood out to me that the LORD declares “We” have heard; I believe this is

a direct reference to the Trinity.

 

The time being referenced is described as a time of “Jacob’s trouble,” a time that

is like no other. Yet, it is a time from which “he,” Jacob, will be saved. It is

obvious to me that this is a reference to the people of Israel as a whole. I believe

that both Daniel and the Lord Jesus referenced this same period of time.

 

Daniel 12:1 “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth

for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was

since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be

delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.”

 

Matthew 24:15 & 21 “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:)….For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the

beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.”

 

It is because Jesus directly connected this time to the words of Daniel that the

tribulation, the 70th week of Daniel, is also often called the time of Jacob’s trouble.

 

Daniel 9:24–27 “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. 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. 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. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one

week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,

and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until

the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.”

 

Jer. 30:8 For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I

will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers

shall no more serve themselves of him:

Jer. 30:9 But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom

I will raise up unto them.

 

Jeremiah continues with the LORD’s wonderful words of hope for the future of

Israel. The time is coming when the Jewish people will no longer have to endure

abuse and mistreatment (from the Hebrew root for yoke) at the hands of

strangers. God is going to personally deliver them from the Gentile nations that

have used them as pawns to their own advantage. God is going to deliver them,

and they will then serve “the LORD their God, and David their king.” Ezekiel

also prophesies about this time in chapter 37. This is the chapter in which

Ezekiel is given the vision of the dry bones that come together again to form a

great army and are identified as representing the rebirth of the nation of Israel

after many years.

 

Ezekiel 37:21–24 “And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the

children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on

every side, and bring them into their own land: And I will make them one nation in the

land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall

be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all:

Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable

things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their

dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my

people, and I will be their God. And David my servant shall be king over them; and they

all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my

statutes, and do them.” (See journal on Ezekiel 37.)

 

Jer. 30:10 ¶ Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the LORD;

neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed

from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest, and

be quiet, and none shall make him afraid.

Jer. 30:11 For I am with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee: though I make a full

end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end

of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether

unpunished.

 

The LORD once again tells Israel to “fear not,” words that are often found

prefacing the word of God to His people. I think it is important to note that in

verse 10 Israel is addressed as “my servant Jacob.” This indicates a time when

the people of Israel have once again repented and turned back to God in faith

and obedience.

 

The LORD promises that He is going to bring all the Jewish people back to the

land of Israel from wherever they have been captive. Note that Israel will be

delivered when “thy seed,” future generations, are regathered.

 

When this regathering occurs, the people of Israel will finally experience rest

from the threat of danger from the nations. No one will be able to incite fear

among the people, because the LORD will be with them. The nations that have

mistreated them will be destroyed, but Israel will emerge from the refining fires

of judgment as a nation in submission to the LORD.

 

This again refers back to the prophecy in Daniel referenced above, a time when

Israel will be restored to “everlasting righteousness,” a time when the Lord Jesus

takes His place on the throne of David.

 

Isaiah 9:6–7 “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. 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.”

 

Luke 1:31–33 “And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and

shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest:

and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall

reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.”

 

Jer. 30:12 For thus saith the LORD, Thy bruise is incurable, and thy wound is

grievous.

Jer. 30:13 There is none to plead thy cause, that thou mayest be bound up: thou

hast no healing medicines.

Jer. 30:14 All thy lovers have forgotten thee; they seek thee not; for I have

wounded thee with the wound of an enemy, with the chastisement of a cruel

one, for the multitude of thine iniquity; because thy sins were increased.

 

The sad reality is that before this wonderful time of restoration, Israel will not go

unpunished. The people of Israel were guilty of great sin that could only be

purged by experiencing God’s hand of judgment. It seems that they had

developed a spiritual bruise on the nation, a wound that would not heal.

 

One of the main reasons the nation suffered spiritually was that those with

responsibility for spiritual leadership were corrupt. In general, the priesthood

had become a business, a means of profit for those claiming to be serving in the

name of the LORD. They were in no way concerned about the spiritual health of

the people.

 

The nations that they had turned to for protection against their enemies had

proven unreliable and impotent. Why? Because God had intervened in

judgment against His people. He had come against them through their enemies

and judged them harshly in response to their great sin.

 

Jer. 30:15 Why criest thou for thine affliction? thy sorrow is incurable for the

multitude of thine iniquity: because thy sins were increased, I have done these

things unto thee.

 

The LORD notes that the Jewish people will cry out in suffering because of God’s

hand of judgment against them. He emphasizes again, however, that this

judgment is necessary because of the greatness of their sin.

 

Jer. 30:16 Therefore all they that devour thee shall be devoured; and all thine

adversaries, every one of them, shall go into captivity; and they that spoil thee

shall be a spoil, and all that prey upon thee will I give for a prey.

 

There is a light at the end of the tunnel however. The nations that have tried to

destroy Israel, every one of her enemies will find themselves in captivity. They

will reap what they have sown.

 

I believe that this prophecy will find ultimate fulfillment through the rule of the

Antichrist. Until that time those that mistreat Israel do so to their own peril

because of God’s promise to Abraham, and history gives evidence to the truth of

God’s word.

 

Genesis 12:1–3 “Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and

from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I

will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou

shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee:

and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”

 

Jer. 30:17 For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds,

saith the LORD; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion,

whom no man seeketh after.

 

Though the nations may have treated Israel like an Outcast, the LORD is going to

heal her spiritual wounds and make her spiritually healthy once again.

 

It is interesting that though the nations have treated the Jewish nation of Israel as

outcasts, they have coveted the land of Israel. I think that possession of the land

of Israel is motivated by hatred for the Jewish people, God’s chosen people. I

also think that hatred of the Jewish people is a result of the influence of the god

of this world—Satan, the arch enemy of God.  (6/11) He knows that Israel is integral to God’s plan and his ultimate destruction.

 

Jer. 30:18Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will bring again the captivity of

Jacob’s tents, and have mercy on his dwellingplaces; and the city shall be

builded upon her own heap, and the palace shall remain after the manner

thereof.

Jer. 30:19 And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them

that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will

also glorify them, and they shall not be small.

 

At this point the LORD reiterates His promise that the people of Israel will once

again be restored to the land of Israel to experience peace and prosperity. The

LORD will bless them with many children, and they will grow into a great

nation. This again reminds me of more of God’s promise to Abraham.

 

Genesis 22:15–18 “And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the

second time, And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast

done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will

bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven,

and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his

enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast

obeyed my voice.”

 

Jer. 30:20 Their children also shall be as aforetime, and their congregation shall

be established before me, and I will punish all that oppress them.

Jer. 30:21 And their nobles shall be of themselves, and their governor shall

proceed from the midst of them; and I will cause him to draw near, and he

shall approach unto me: for who is this that engaged his heart to approach

unto me? saith the LORD.

Jer. 30:22 And ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.

 

The LORD is declaring His intent to bless Israel as He did in the past under

David and Solomon. The people will be established in faith before God. Any

who seek to harm them will suffer God’s punishment.

 

The people of Israel will once again form their own government. Their governor

will be a committed servant of God. The promise to Abraham will finally find

fulfillment. His children will be established in everlasting righteous as the

children of God. I can’t think of this truth without thinking of the words of Paul.

 

Romans 11:26–27 “And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out

of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my

covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.”

 

I decided to look at the Hebrew for “engaged” and was intrigued by the phrase

give to be a security.” In my mind this has to be a reference to Jesus, the only

One qualified to pledge that type of security before Almighty God on behalf of

His people. The Hebrew for the word “governor” is just another word for ruler,

and Jesus will be ruling from the throne of David.

 

Jer. 30:23 Behold, the whirlwind of the LORD goeth forth with fury, a

continuing whirlwind: it shall fall with pain upon the head of the wicked.

Jer. 30:24 The fierce anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have done it,

and until he have performed the intents of his heart: in the latter days ye shall

consider it.

 

These verses are a declaration that God will have His day of wrath against the

wicked. They once again affirm that God’s word always accomplishes His will.

Those who doubt will come to understand this truth when they see His word

fulfilled in every detail. Again I am reminded of the words recorded by the

prophet Isaiah.

 

Isaiah 14:24 “The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall

it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand:”

 

Isaiah 55:11 “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return

unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing

whereto I sent it.”