Jeremiah 40 Edit
Jeremiah is released from captivity before being taken to Babylon after Jerusalem falls. This is a literal, historical account about what happened to Jerusalem in the days after its fall to Nebuchadnezzar and what Babylonian rulers were over it.
Jeremiah 41 Edit
A historical account concerning the murder of Gedaliah by Ishmael and how Ishmael was in turn captured. Literal historical account.
Jeremiah 42 Edit
Johanan asks Jeremiah to pray for those left in the land of Judah. God responds by saying "stay in Judah and I will protect you, go to Egypt and I will destroy you as you fear to be destroyed now." There is an interesting parallel to be made here. The Israelites were once slaves in Egypt and now God is telling them during a time of utmost persecution that they were not going to find safety by going back to Egypt. Those who would, would die. During the NT time period, people were considered enslaved to the Law of Moses, but free in Christ. Paul and others tell them during a time of utmost persecution of the church that they were not going to find safety back in Judaism. Those who did go "back" to Judiasm would die. Literal historical account.
Jeremiah 43 Edit
The foolish Jews call Jeremiah a liar and go to Egypt. God has Jeremiah put two stones in a kiln and predicts that Nebuchadnezzar will set his throne on those stones and set his pavillion over it and Nebuchadnezzar will conquer Egypt. Literal historical account.
Jeremiah 44 Edit
Jeremiah compares the wicked who went to Egypt with the wicked God destroyed in Jerusalem at the hand of Nebuchadnezzar. Promises that God will destroy them just the same and they will know Jeremiah speaks the truth when Pharaoh is overthrown by Nebuchadnezzar. Literal historical account.
Jeremiah 45 Edit
Words spoken to Barcuh that Jeremiah had written in a book when Jehoiakim was still king of Judah wherein Baruch will suffer great sorrow but his life will be spared, though he will be hunted wherever he goes.
Jeremiah 46 Edit
Pronouncement of judgment against Egypt where God brings Nebuchadnezzar against Egypt and destroys that nation literally. God speaks of the captivity of Judah continuing for a time while all the nations about are destroyed utterly. Then God tells the Jews to take heart that He will not utterly destroy Judah, but in time will bring them out of captivity.
Who is this that cometh up as a flood, whose waters are moved as the rivers? Egypt riseth up like a flood, and his waters are moved like the rivers; and he saith, I will go up, and will cover the earth; I will destroy the city and the inhabitants thereof. Come up, ye horses; and rage, ye chariots; and let the mighty men come forth; the Ethiopians and the Libyans, that handle the shield; and the Lydians, that handle and bend the bow. For this is the day of the Lord GOD of hosts, a day of vengeance, that he may avenge him of his adversaries: and the sword shall devour, and it shall be satiate and made drunk with their blood: for the Lord GOD of hosts hath a sacrifice in the north country by the river Euphrates.
Herein the symbol of a flood is interpreted as being representative of an army.
A prophecy against the Philistines that Egypt would literally smite them at Gaza. Herein again the Egyptian army is compared to a flood.
Jeremiah 48 Edit
A prophecy concerning the literal destruction of Moab.
For thus saith the LORD; Behold, he shall fly as an eagle, and shall spread his wings over Moab.
The symbol of the eagle represents God coming as an army bringing judgment against another nation. We see this symbol used in Matt 24:28 to speak of the destruction of Jerusalem and the Jews.
Jeremiah 49 Edit
Judgment against the Ammonites. Prophecy of a literal historical event.
For thus saith the LORD; Behold, they whose judgment was not to drink of the cup have assuredly drunken; and art thou he that shall altogether go unpunished? thou shalt not go unpunished, but thou shalt surely drink of it.
Behold, he shall come up and fly as the eagle, and spread his wings over Bozrah: and at that day shall the heart of the mighty men of Edom be as the heart of a woman in her pangs.
Again we see the symbol of the eagle as a symbol of God bringing judgment against a nation by use of another army.
And upon Elam will I bring the four winds from the four quarters of heaven, and will scatter them toward all those winds; and there shall be no nation whither the outcasts of Elam shall not come.
Jeremiah 50-51 Edit
Judgment against Babylon who would be utterly destroyed forever. Judah is again prophecied to be set free to return to its own land. These are literal, historical events. But note how these chapters mesh nicely with Isaiah 13-14, where Isaiah uses the fall of Babylon as a type to prophecy the fall of the Jews in the last days. Read the two pairs of chapters one after another and remember the words in them for the time when we get to Revelation [someday, if the Lord wills].
Jeremiah 52 Edit
The full end to Judah under evil king Zedekiah, the destruction of the temple (with attention to specific details of that destruction) and the kindness shown to Jehoiachin by Evilmerodach, king of Babylon.
Thus ends the overview of Jeremiah with regard to Apocalyptic language and the Book of Revelation.
In Truth and Love.
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