Jeremiah, “Yahweh will Rise”
As we have noted: Hebrew names often predict, and prophetically call men into their Life Purpose, the Divine Plan Prepared for them from before the foundation of the World.
Is this hard to believe? Only if you are not familiar with the Name of God, and the Power behind the Name of God, because God knew you long before you were born.
How can God really know you before you are born? Let us look into this subject:
Jeremiah 1:4-5 (KJV)
Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. *
God’s name for “Yeremiah” has His Own Name embedded in Jeremiah’s Name. Jeremiah means: “Jah will rise” Jah (or Yah) is an abbreviation for YHWH. יִרְמְיָה Yirmᵉ = Rise. Yâh = Yahweh. (also, yir-meh-yaw’; or יִרְמְיָהוּ Yirmᵉyâhûw; from H7311 and H3050); so in essence his name it means, “Yahweh will rise.”
At the time that Jeremiah prophesied to the nation of Israel, it was the lowest time in the nation’s history. The people of God were devastated by their own sin and rebellion, evil, idolatry, against the YHWH, and ALL the judgments God (foretold through the prophets) were coming upon the people of Israel. Famine. Plague. Sword. And finally Expulsion from the Land. The Israelites had become more evil than the people they had replaced in the Land of Promise. Therefore they needed to be judged, just as the peoples who were before them.
It was a very dark and terrible time. But even in God’s call to Jeremiah, his name means that “God, Yahweh will rise.” Yet, God promised Jeremiah that his own people would be deported, and enslaved, and become exiles in the land of their enemies, but at the end of 70 years of discipline, punishment and humiliation, the people of God, after being humbled, and experiencing firsthand what it is like to serve the idols of men … would rise up and come home.
This time of exile would last 70 years, which is an important number. The people disobeyed God for 490 years. They didn’t let the land rest every 7 years (as they were commanded to in God’s Law, so the soil could receive its rest–and rebuild itself every 7th year). Jeremiah 25:1-14; 29:10-14.
2 Chronicles 36:21 (KJV) 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 [70 years].
So Yahweh declared, you wouldn’t obey my command, so I will fulfill my commandment, I will let the land rest all the years you failed to obey me. (Notice: God’s Actions speak louder than words.)
One thing to note about God’s Judgements: They are regularly tied to the consequences of the actions being judged. They are not arbitrary, or frivolous, but well reasoned and specific. and designed to teach a lesson. Even in the judgements Yahweh is teaching his children his wisdom. He uses every available resource to bring his children into a spiritual maturity, that He can bless.
God proves to His people, through his actions (when they stop listening to his word) that He is serious about His Commandments, and serious about His Commitments. Yahweh wanted to pour out goodness and blessings on his children, but he couldn’t. That would not teach them the lessons they needed to learn.
God was not able to pour out his commitments of blessings of the Covenant with Israel, because they had broke the Covenant, by disobeying the Commandments. So when God chose the number of years to punish and discipline his children, it was exactly to the measure of the Crime: 490 of disobedience to the Sabbath Year commandment? Equals 70 years of rest for the Land. Equals 70 years of discipline for the children. 70 years, just shows you how precise an accounting God holds and honors to his own word.
Now when Daniel the prophet was reading Jeremiah the prophet’s prophecy, he read that 70 years were determined for the exile of his people. And immediately, Daniel begins praying for the return of his people to the land of Israel.
Now while Daniel is praying, God gives Daniel a revelation, not of the past 490 year period, but of the next future 490 year period, highlighting and revealing 3 major world events:
- The rebuilding of Jerusalem, and the temple, including the miraculous return of Israel from captivity *(slavery) in Babylon.
(this would take seven sevens or 49 years)
- The Promise of the Messiah: The Fulfillment of the Prophecy of Deuteronomy 18:15, the coming of the Messiah to Israel, and that he would be cut off and half nothing. (This would take another 62 sevens. Thus we have used up 69 sevens and have only one more seven left.)
- Coming of the antichrist and his seven year reign of evil upon the world. (This is the Last seven, yet to be fulfilled, for which we are now judiciously waiting. That is everyone who has a mind towards God’s Word, and honors the prophets in his heart.
So Why are the Prophets, like Isaiah, and Jeremiah, Daniel, and ultimately Jesus, so important to the people of Israel? It is best just to let Yahweh speak for himself on this subject:
Deuteronomy 18:9-22 (KJV)
9 When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, 11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
You will notice all these practices were directly influenced by demonic activity, which is Satan’s Kingdom at work. The same things are happening today in our modern world behind the scenes of political powers, which are involved in demonic agendas that are in play in our governements, businesses, organized crime, programmed education, and media, music and entertainment. You can quickly see it in the symbolism, the hand signals, the makeup, the tattoos, hairstyles, and much more. These are like breadcrumbs that lead you back to the devils den.
12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out [the nations] from before thee. 13 Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God. 14 For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do.
15 The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; 16 According to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not. 17 And the LORD said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken. 18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. 19 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him. 20 But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. 21 And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? 22 When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
Sadly, for Yahweh, and for Israel, the children rebelled against God’s Commandments, and did everything he said, not to do. This required God to Act. Which He did. He sent his own children into “time out”. He sent them away from their own home. He sent them to prison, to live among a true Idol worshipping nation, and to see the fowl underbelly of the things they so wanted, and so desperately, desired for themselves. But after tasting the sickness and living in it for 70 years, they were broken. Humiliated. Sickened. Humbled. And sincerely desirous to return to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
It just so happened that Jeremiah was the Last Prophet to speak to Israel about their exile, both about the Judgements of Yahweh against his own children. And about the Promise of God, that after the judgments we completed: Yahweh Would Arise, and bring his people back to Himself, just as he promised. And the people of Promise would rebuild the city of God, and the temple of God, at the Command and Direction of God, and the nation of Israel would rise once again.
Only this time, they would no longer desire, seek after, or serve the idols of the nations around them (ever again). And God’s people would again worship the one true God, Yahweh, YHWH. And everything that Jeremiah said came to pass just as God told him it would. And the name of Jeremiah has been carved on the face of history, for eternity proclaiming both his name and his contribution of faith and obedience as a beacon of light for generations to come.
And please note that God told Israel precisely how the people of God would return to their own land, through the prophet Isaiah (circa 700 BC), precisely as it did happen, 70 YEARS AFTER JEREMIAH HAD PASSED AWAY.
Daniel 9:23 – 10:1 (KJV) 23 At the beginning of thy supplications [prayers] the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.
24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, [to do the following 7 actions]
1) to finish the transgression, and
2) to make an end of sins, and
3) to make reconciliation for iniquity, and
4) to bring in everlasting righteousness, and
5) to seal up the vision and
6) prophecy, and
7) to anoint the most Holy.
25 Know therefore and understand, that
A) from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem
B) unto the Messiah the Prince
A) shall be seven weeks [7 = 49 years],
B) and threescore and two weeks [62 = 434 years]:
[And] 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,
[That would be 49 years + 434 years = 483 years since that going for us at the commandment to rebuild Jerusalem. This date correlates perfectly with the very year Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey to the shout of “Hosanna, Blessed be the King” one week later they killed him …which happened at the end of that Passover week, Jesus was crucified, just as Daniel Predicted. And you will notice, the last seven still needs to be fulfilled.]
but not for himself:
[for Jesus had done no sin, he was cut off for the sins of his people]
and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary;
[Vespesian and his son, Titus, came to Jerusalem to put down a Jewish rebellion, and destroyed the City in the Conquest. Killing over 1 million Jews in the process, and destroying the City, and the Temple of God, which was out of character of Roman Rule, but due to the extenuating circumstances of the revolt and the Jewish rebellion. The rage of Roman against the Jews was at full tilt.
This fulfilled Jesus prophecy, that not one stone would stay upon another: “Matthew 24:1-2 (KJV) 1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. 2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” To learn about what happened in Jerusalem in 70 AD, thirty years after Jesus’ Crucifixion. Read this ]
and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war, desolations are determined.
27 And he [the anti-Christ] shall confirm the covenant with many for one week [last seven year Period of human history before the Messiah comes his second time]:
and in the midst of the week [3 1/2 years] 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.
[This last part is describing the last 3 1/2 years of the end of anti-Christ reign upon the earth when great darkness and spiritual evil will rule the world like never before, though it will be similar to previous times of antichrist rule, and antichrist dominion on the earth.]
To Get a Fuller Picture of the 70 years Prophecy of Judgement against Israel …
Check this out:
2 Chronicles 36:11 – Ezra 1:4 (KJV)
11 Zedekiah [the last king of Judah, appoint to rule by Nebuchadnezzar] was one and twenty years old when he began to reign, and reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. 12 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD his God, and humbled not himself before Jeremiah the prophet speaking from the mouth of the LORD. 13 And he also rebelled against king Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him swear by God: but he stiffened his neck, and hardened his heart from turning unto the LORD God of Israel.
14 Moreover all the chief of the priests, and the people, transgressed very much after all the abominations of the heathen; and polluted the house of the LORD which he had hallowed in Jerusalem. 15 And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place: 16 But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy. 17 Therefore he brought upon them the king of the Chaldees, who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion upon young man or maiden, old man, or him that stooped for age: he gave them all into his hand. 18 And all the vessels of the house of God, great and small, and the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king, and of his princes; all these he brought to Babylon. 19 And they burnt the house of God, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem, and burnt all the palaces thereof with fire, and destroyed all the goodly vessels thereof. 20 And them that had escaped from the sword carried he away to Babylon; where they were servants to him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia: 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.
22 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying, 23 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the kingdoms of the earth hath the LORD God of heaven given me; and he hath charged me to build him an house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Who is there among you of all his people? The LORD his God be with him, and let him go up.
1 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying, 2 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. 3 Who is there among you of all his people? his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the LORD God of Israel, (he is the God,) which is in Jerusalem. 4 And whosoever remaineth in any place where he sojourneth, let the men of his place help him with silver, and with gold, and with goods, and with beasts, beside the freewill offering for the house of God that is in Jerusalem.
Talk about a smooth transition between Books, here it is. (The only place in the Bible quite like this. Well, maybe the transition between Deuteronomy and Joshua has some similarities, but not almost word for word).
Ezra picks up where Chronicles leaves off. Ezra is the Fulfillment of the Promise after The Judgement of God, for 70 years of captivity (slavery) in Babylon. And remember, the 70 year period was fixed because the Israelites refused to obey God and Keep the Sabbath Year Covenant with the Land of Israel, letting the land rest every 7th year, similar to the command for men to rest every seventh day.
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