Gems 2015 — November 11 Scripture Selection: Jeremiah 49-50

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

November 11 Scripture Selection: Jeremiah 49-50

Food for Thought: Jer. 50:8-10

Some of the prophecies found in Jeremiah were fulfilled quickly, some took centuries, and others are yet to be fulfilled. But one thing is for certain, if the Lord said it, though it may tarry, it will certainly come to pass, so it may as well be considered as a done fact.

Though Jeremiah 50 was written around 595 B.C., and Revelation 18:1-8 was written around 96 A.D., both, as well as several other books of the Bible, prophesy of the demise of Babylon as one of the events to come in the end times. God is the Lord even over time, and for Him, if He takes centuries to set up the circumstances to set in motion that which He has spoken, it is of no consequence, for to Him a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like a day.

Because so much time has lapsed there are many people who reject the prophecies outright, while others scoff and believe that since they have delayed so much, that surely their fulfillment are still to be expected even further in the future, and therefore, immaterial to them. The apostle Peter warns about the dangers of not taking the Lord’s prophecies seriously in 2 Peter 1-13, 18:

“Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, …knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.’ …But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

The return of our Redeemer is the prophecy of most pertinence, and we can be sure of its fulfillment, even though it has been prophesied centuries ago. The apostles taught from the perspective of already living in the last days, so how much more so are we now?! Therefore, the best thing we can do is be ready (See Luke 21:27, 28), “For yet a little while, and He who is coming will come and will not tarry (Heb. 10:37).”

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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