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King James Bible Study – “And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” – Mark 8:34
Date: Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Chapters: Jeremiah 22-25
Message: Legally Enter Into Heaven
Hello My Friend,
There has been a lot of debate lately in America over illegal immigrants, democrats want to allow them to come into the country without reservation, and to have the same opportunities as migrants do without becoming legal. Republicans want them to be healthy, proven an asset to society, and not a liability to the country, which is a law passed in the late 1800’s that is still a law today. And here is the problem, this administration is enforcing these laws, which have been broken for years, and now, those who were dependent on these illegals for financial and political gain are fighting this at every level. We are all here because our ancestors followed the rules, they came here ready to put their skill to work, and proved they would not be a liability on society or the government. They would rather be scrubbing floors than be forced to live the way the government decides they should live. If we want the freedom to live the way we choose, we need to follow the rules. “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” – I John 5:3.
“and his commandments are not grievous.” Rules are not enforced to take away freedom, they are enforced to make sure everyone gets to keep their freedom. Many would say that God is a dictator, we either comply to Him or die. God gives us a choice, we can choose or deny Him, but if we are going to choose Him He expects us to follow His rule. Let me tell you, there is more freedom in being a servant to God than being a leader of a country or anything. Do you think the president is free to do whatever he wants? He has a congress full of people telling him what he can do. Do you think the CEO of a company is free to do whatever they want? They have a board full of people telling them what they can do. Being a servant of God actually allows us to become a president, or a CEO, and be blessed through it, but if we go against His rule we will lose. When God anointed David as king, He made a covenant with him that his house would always be on the throne (II Samuel 7:1-17). However, God has had it with Judah and Zedekiah, who was leading them down in their evil. God has sent Babylon to capture and take the righteous into captivity to Babylon, but is giving Zedekiah one last opportunity to repent.
“Thus saith the LORD; Execute ye judgment and righteousness, and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor: and do no wrong, do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, nor the widow, neither shed innocent blood in this place. For if ye do this thing indeed, then shall there enter in by the gates of this house kings sitting upon the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, he, and his servants, and his people. But if ye will not hear these words, I swear by myself, saith the LORD, that this house shall become a desolation. I spake unto thee in thy prosperity; but thou saidst, I will not hear. This hath been thy manner from thy youth, that thou obeyedst not my voice. As I live, saith the LORD, though Coniah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah were the signet upon my right hand, yet would I pluck thee thence; And I will give thee into the hand of them that seek thy life, and into the hand of them whose face thou fearest, even into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and into the hand of the Chaldeans. Thus saith the LORD, Write ye this man childless, a man that shall not prosper in his days: for no man of his seed shall prosper, sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling any more in Judah.” – Jeremiah 22:3-5,21,24-25,30.
“for no man of his seed shall prosper,” This is why Mary and Joseph were poor when Mary gave birth to Jesus. Zedekiah was the of the house of David to reign in Israel, and it will remain that way until Jesus returns to claim His throne. The first time Jesus came here in the flesh it was as a pauper, but when He returns the second time, it will be as a King. He has not returned yet because God is giving everyone on earth the opportunity to repent, He really does want to give everyone the opportunity to migrate to His Kingdom, but He will not allow anyone to come in illegally. And He also has something to say to the pastors and prophets who tell people otherwise.
“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. 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. 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. Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces? Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that steal my words every one from his neighbour. 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.” – Jeremiah 23:5-6,13-14,29-32.
“and cause my people to err by their lies,” Religion is another form of leadership that dictates what you can do, and says that God says it, but He does not. Religion is nothing but a bunch of power hungry egos that want to get rich off of people desperate for some kind of hope, and looking for God. Ninety percent of religion is false, it is not pure, and has nothing to do with Christ, who is the head of the Church. People who head up false religion are only sending people straight to hell, and they will be right there with them because they led those people to hell. I know the Bible says that hell is utter torture and solitude, and the only people they will see are the ones up in heaven (Luke 16:19-31), but I cannot help, but think that there will be some fighting going on between the liars and who believed them. Jesus, the BRANCH of David, is THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS, and executes judgment and righteous on all, only those who come to God through Him will be saved. Let me tell you, the reason so many people follow false religion in the first place is because they want to keep living immoral lives with the assurance of heaven. God does not work that way, if they believe the lies they cannot enter, period. This is not God being cruel, this is Him enforcing His one rule that if you want to be in heaven you need to come to Him through His Son. “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” – I John 5:11-12.
“and this life is in his Son.” God makes it simple, if you want to come here, you must come through His Son. Sometimes God’s rules do not make any sense, but if we trust them we will see later on that it was for our own good, or the good of those after us. While the destruction of Jerusalem was definitely in the works, God was not about to leave His faithful to be destroyed in it. Through an odd illustration of good and bad figs, God promises that He is protecting them by sending them to Babylon for seventy years.
“Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel; Like these good figs, so will I acknowledge them that are carried away captive of Judah, whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans for their good. For I will set mine eyes upon them for good, and I will bring them again to this land: and I will build them, and not pull them down; and I will plant them, and not pluck them up. And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart. And as the evil figs, which cannot be eaten, they are so evil; surely thus saith the LORD, So will I give Zedekiah the king of Judah, and his princes, and the residue of Jerusalem, that remain in this land, and them that dwell in the land of Egypt: And I will deliver them to be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth for their hurt, to be a reproach and a proverb, a taunt and a curse, in all places whither I shall drive them. And I will send the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, among them, till they be consumed from off the land that I gave unto them and to their fathers.” – Jeremiah 24:5-10.
“And I will give them an heart to know me,” Let me tell you, Christ does really give His believers all one heart to know Him, and it does not matter where He sends us, at least, we know where our final destination will be. Through Jeremiah, God goes into more detail about what is to take place before and after the seventy years.
“Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, saith the LORD, and Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and will bring them against this land, and against the inhabitants thereof, and against all these nations round about, and will utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, and an hissing, and perpetual desolations. Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones, and the light of the candle. And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years. 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. 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. For many nations and great kings shall serve themselves of them also: and I will recompense them according to their deeds, and according to the works of their own hands.” – Jeremiah 25:9-14.
“and Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, my servant,” Yes, God uses everyone to serve Him in some way, He will use His faithful to reach the lost, and the world to judge His unfaithful. He also uses the world to show His mercies and grace to them, and give them an opportunity to repent as well. As you can see, Babylon never turned to God and therefore, after they served His purpose to keep Judah there for seventy years, it was destroyed, along with many of the Jews who remained there instead of returning back to Israel (Ezra 2:64-70). No one is denied the opportunity to come to Christ, but He will deny anyone who will not come to Him. It is our choice, we can come to heaven legally by Christ or try to come illegally by some other way, but those who do will be denied entry. “It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.” – II Timothy 2:11-13. Amen!
Jesus Christ Magnified: “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.” – Jeremiah 23:6.
Today’s Prayer: God, Thank You for Your Word, my guide to everything that is true and right. I know there is only one legal way to come to You and it is through Your Son. And since I know, and have accepted Him as my Saviour I also know You have given me great freedom as I serve You by choice. Lord, I know that I will not know everything You have to tell me all at once, but as I keep studying Your Word, and applying it to my life You will reveal things to me day by day as I let, Your Son work in and through me. I may not get it right all the time, but let me not forget that I serve the only living God and Your Son lives in me. He and He alone is my strength and guide to the truth and it setting me free. I Love You Lord, I love Your Word, and I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
God Bless You, I am praying for you,
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