In the midst of a corrupt people, Jeremiah prayed to God for his personal salvation. He reasoned, “I declared your message to the nation as faithfully as I could. Give me courage and strength of character so that I do not succumb to the tauntings, criticisms, and persecutions incurred because of proclaiming your message.”
It is interesting that chapter 45 consists of only five verses. This separate treatment is certainly in order, for a radical change of time from 601 BC is involved. The message was originally given to Baruch about 19 years before the destruction of Jerusalem, or 24 years earlier, in the fourth year of Jehoiakim. Way back there, God had instructed Jeremiah in regard to his friend Baruch. Of course Jeremiah conveyed this personal message to Baruch. Ezra would have had a good reason for collating the chapters in this out-of-time-sequence fashion.
This was a day of vengeance, not the day of vengeance. For now, we will just say that a time frame of 3 1/2 years leads up to Jacob’s Trouble. Therefore, the antitype is the end time of the Gospel Age but not the final battle. A lot of events will take place before Gog and Magog come down.
Chapter 47 is a prophecy of the destruction of the Philistines. In verse 1, God told Jeremiah to prophesy against the Philistines before Pharaoh, king of Egypt, smote Gaza. Then, starting with verse 2, the account seems to radically change, for it talks about a flood coming down from the north with noise, chariots, and a wild commotion, whereas Egypt would attack Gaza from the south. However, the chapter talks about the destruction of the Philistines and not about Egypt.
The judgment was against nations that are Israel’s immediate Arab neighbors today. Is the antitype the Psalm 83 setting prior to the destruction of mystic Babylon?
In the type, the “bottles” were the homeland of Moab. In the antitype, the breaking of the “bottles” indicates that the Great Company will get their change to spirit nature. An individual, a person’s humanity, is a bottle. The vessel is to be broken. For example, the death of three classes of feet members is shown by the smashing of the pitchers (the vessels) in the type of Gideon and the 300.
The “wandering” pictures the Great Company’s being turned over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh. This experience is also shown by the scapegoat’s being taken out into the wilderness. The “breaking” of the bottles pictures the Great Company’s resurrection change.
Spiritually speaking, therefore, Moab is a picture of the Great Company.
Rabbah’s being burned with fire and becoming a desolate heap had a past fulfillment, but in regard to the future fulfillment of Psalm 83, these terms indicate that Israel’s strike on its Arab neighbors will be decisive. Is there a suggestion here that nuclear power might be used?
In the antitype, Edom pictures Christendom. Just as Esau sold his birthright, the Abrahamic promise, so Catholicism was a golden cup in the hand of the Lord but lost the stewardship because of improper use. True spiritual Israelites inherit the stewardship. Esau (Christendom) will be stripped. In the type, the people tried to hide in rocks and caves, but they were searched out. “He is not” means extinction. Accordingly, the beast and the false prophet will go into Second Death (permanent extinction).
Whatever punishment you decree will be a just judgment because the people are not amenable to instruction. They are using your name in vain.” The people did not grieve when they should have grieved, and they refused to receive correction, even though they were punished. Judah and Benjamin should have learned a lesson from the captivity of the ten-tribe kingdom, which had occurred because of hardness of heart. Instead the two tribes manifested the same symptoms of sin and disobedience—a sickness that indicated approaching doom, or death.
When their crops failed and there were other punishments for their waywardness, the people found fault with God and sought solace from false gods. They felt that Jehovah was too harsh and judgmental and did not realize they themselves were the problem.
The content of these verses seems to fit best at the end time of the Gospel Age. The bringing of “health and cure” after Jacob’s Trouble will be a process. The Kingdom will commence with a Holy Remnant, who will have “health” at the time of the Lord’s intervention on their behalf, for they will be contrite and will mourn for Jesus as for an only son. Verse 6 also applies to those who are in the grave and come forth in stages of retrieval.
The Jews’ remorse over what the nation of Israel did to the Messiah will eventually make their repentance deeper and more thorough. Moreover, the remorse will greatly humble their pride. Perhaps a much greater percentage of Jews will respond to the truth than of Gentiles. Not only will those who are steeped in sin in the present life reap what they sowed, but if there is a crystallization of character in sin, the individual is less likely to get life in the Kingdom Age.
Verse 12 tells us that Jeremiah gave Baruch what we would call an envelope containing the two deeds. Thus the well-respected Baruch, whose lineage is given, was like Jeremiah’s secretary and treasurer. Evidently, too, he was a person of influence who backed up the prophet. Baruch was given the original deed (and the copy) in the sight of Hanameel and in the presence of the witnesses who had signed it and also of the Jews who sat in the prison courtyard. Zedekiah did not like Jeremiah, yet he permitted this transaction. The king was not taking any chances just in case there was something of substance going on here, so at this time, he treated Jeremiah quite well as a prisoner. (Earlier, however, Jeremiah was at the bottom of a cistern, in mire and water, until the eunuch pulled him out.)
Verses 13-15 tell what God’s purpose was. The deed was made out in duplicate. The official notarized, sealed deed, as well as the open one, was put in an earthen vessel to be hidden by Baruch. But why were there two deeds? One reason was to have two witnesses—the land purchase was confirmed and reaffirmed. Another reason was for the dramatic effect that will occur when the deeds are found in the Kingdom. The deeds will no doubt be found because the account states explicitly that they were put in an earthen vessel so that they would “continue many days,” suggesting the deeds were recorded for posterity.
“Again I will build thee, and thou shalt be built, O virgin of Israel.” This statement is startling, but the “virgin” is the Holy Remnant—the holy, purged, contrite element. Many would ask, “How can God call Israel a virgin?” but the Holy Remnant will be considered such because they will be a screened and tried class whom God recognizes. Being repentant, they will want to consecrate under the new conditions of that age.