(From Jeremiah 31, 51, &
One of the great things
about the BOOK – still the best seller – is that it radiates many
facets of truth, and reflects light in various manners to different Bible
students as they read it, and have special needs for its truths. In private
study recently, verses from Jeremiah and Micah came together – shining light
for our time and current events. Stay with me and we’ll see if there can be
some understanding between us on this.
“For there shall be
a day that the watchmen upon the mount Ephraim shall cry, Arise you and let
us go up to Zion unto the LORD our God” (Jeremiah 31:6).
“Hear you now what
the LORD says, ‘Arise, contend you before the mountains and let the hills
hear your voice. Hear you, O mountains, the LORD’s controversy, and you
strong foundations of the earth….” (Micah 6:1&2).
“…I will raise up
against Babylon, and against them that dwell in the midst of them that rise
up against me, a destroying wind” (Jeremiah 51:1).
What are these portions
of Scripture talking about? Do they relate to each other? And how do they
relate to our title, “Ephraim Express”?
Starting with Jeremiah
31:6, we learn there will be a day when Ephraim’s watchmen will sound a
unity cry to join Judah. Why Judah? “…for out of Zion shall go
forth the law and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem” (Isaiah 2:3 and
Micah 4:2). This is recorded twice in the Bible, emphasizing its importance.
It has been, is being, and will be more fully fulfilled in the Kingdom days.
Whether you agree or
not that Christians have DNA of the lost tribes of Israel, if you are a
Bible student you can’t help seeing parallels in spiritual, if not physical,
Micah 6:1&2 links
with, and is confirmed by, other Bible passages, such as Isaiah 34:8,
“For it is the day of the LORD’s vengeance and the year of recompenses for
the controversy of Zion.” And from Hosea 4:1 we learn the cause of this
controversy is “because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of
God in the land(s).”
involves the entire world. “Mountains and hills” are symbolic Bible terms
for large and small nations. And “strong foundations of the earth”
speaks of super powers.
From Jeremiah 51:1 we
learn that “Babylon” figures chiefly in the “controversy”. Babylon – the
seat of idolatry – has now taken hold in every nation and represents greedy
materialism and hatred of God’s love laws for LIVING. It is the battle of
the sons-of-darkness versus the sons-of-light – death vs life. Will the “destroying
wind” be the triumph of Light over darkness and caring Love over hatred?
Will He destroy darkness with the wind of Light? And are we on that wave?
“For thus says the
LORD; Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations
[There’s the super power again.], publish you, praise you and say, ‘O
LORD, save thy people, the remnant of Israel’.” (Jeremiah 31:7). This
has been the purpose in the work of Bible Light: not to promote an
organization or proclaim that we have the Bible’s only true light, but
endeavoring to do our part in spreading light from His Word to this dark
world. Our base is in the “chief” of the goyim (nations) and our focus is to
publish good news. Often called ‘the Gospel’, the Good News has all come
through Israel: “And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the
heathen through faith, preached the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In
thee shall all nations be blessed” (Gal. 3:8 and Gen. 12:3).
Jeremiah 31:7 above
tells us four things to do:
1) Sing with gladness
2) Shout among America
and other nations (mountains and hills). How? From the housetops, i.e., any
means that will go for us.
3) Publish – print
books and literature that will live on and on if it has God’s anointed truth
4) Praise and pray, “O
LORD, save thy people, the remnant of Israel.”
“Remnant” sounds like
only a few, but consider the “remnant” is the end of the roll. We are coming
to the end of Judah and Ephraim’s “roll” – i.e., their wanderings over the
earth. Now is the day of ingathering and re-gathering.
Also today’s ‘remnant’
really is few when we consider all the previous generations. Judah was
scattered, but preserved identity; Ephraim was scattered and lost among the
Gentiles: “Ephraim has mixed himself among the people” (Hosea 7:8).
Remnants of Abraham’s seed is everywhere. The northern tribes intermarried
and mixed to the extent they do not know who they are.
Does anyone know? The
Lord through Hosea says, “I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hid
from me” (5:3 “Ephraim” and “The House of Israel” refers to the
northern kingdom that split from Judah).
Verses 8 & 9 of
Jeremiah 31 explain more, ending with, “I will cause them to walk by the
rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am
a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.”
And verse 10 proclaims
again, “Hear the Word of the LORD, O you nations, and declare it in the
isles afar of, and say, ‘He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep
him, as a shepherd does his flock’.”
Doesn’t that remind you
of John 10:16?
“I have surely heard
Ephraim bemoaning himself thus, ‘Thou has chastised me and I was
chastened, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke: turn
thou me, and I shall be turned, for thou art the LORD my God’.”
(Jeremiah 31:18) We cheated ourselves when replacement theology proclaimed,
“Those Jewish laws are out dated, they are a yoke around our necks, and are
not for us today.” We are not accustomed to the yoke of heaven
(Torah’s love laws), and where has that ignorance landed us?
HOWEVER, the mercy of
God rewrites our lives: V. 20, “Is Ephraim my dear son? Is he a pleasant
child? For since I spoke against him, I do earnestly remember him still:
therefore my bowels are troubled for him; I will surely have mercy upon him,
saith the LORD.”
V. 22, “How long
will you go about, O you backsliding daughter? For the LORD has created a
new thing in the earth, a woman shall compass a man.”
The last part of that
verse has been interpreted in different ways. Consider: it speaks of
woman/man relationship. Firstly, we can apply “husband” to the LORD as in
Isaiah 54:5. It gives a challenge for us to run after Him – and at the same
time, He is wooing us!
Secondly, I see a
conciliatory romance between the two flocks of Israel as Ephraim
“encompasses” Judah, i.e., helping Judah by encircling works of love and
prayer, literally and spiritually – especially literally because we
need to put our hands and dollars where our mouth is! Doers and not pray-ers
Will you join the
Ephraim Express to speed the light?
Date palm trees will be planted at the
entrance of Biblical Tamar Park by Bible Light friends.
I see this developing
in many ways in the near future. At the present you can help by joining us
at Biblical Tamar Park to help restore Israel’s desert region. Come with me
on tour, and/or give to establish the library and learning center.
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