Jeremiah Chapter 24
Like most of Father's Word, Jeremiah 24 is another important Chapter in His Word.
Jeremiah 24:1 The LORD shewed me, and behold, two baskets of figs were set before the temple of the LORD, after that Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon had carried away captive Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, and the princes of Judah, with the carpenters and smiths, from Jerusalem, and had brought them to Babylon. -> Every one of the verses in this chapter are for both the current time of Judah's captivity in the year 600BC and also in the future sense, future even to our time but, some of the events will take place during the last (our - the final) generation.
This portion of the parable unfolds with YHVH showing Jeremiah the temple of God in Jerusalem however; Nebuchadrezzar had already carried the House of Judah away from Jerusalem to Babylon and into captivity. Notice the House of Israel is split in two: "House of Israel" the ten tribes that were taken into captivity over 200 hundred years prior by the Assyrians and "House of Judah" the tribes of Judah and Benjamin. All of Jeremiah's prophesies deal with the House of Judah - the two tribes. We know they are in captivity because of the name of Judah's king Jeconiah, in the Hebrew it means "one who Yah will establish." And it was YHVH that sent the House of Judah into captivity and established Jeconiah as their king while in captivity.
So what is transpiring here? YHVH is showing our prophet - Jeremiah, the temple of God in Jerusalem and in front of it are two baskets of figs. Why is this significant? We're about to find out.
Jeremiah 24:2 One basket had very good figs, even like the figs that are first ripe: and the other basket had very naughty figs, which could not be eaten, they were so bad. -> So we have these two baskets of figs, one of which is "good," which as used in this verse in the Hebrew means: (Tob; pronounced - tobe) From H2895; good (as an adjective) in the widest sense; used likewise as a noun, both in the masculine and the feminine, the singular and the plural (good, a good, a good thing, a good man or woman; the good, goods or good things, good men or women). So as we see it being used in this verse, it is in reference to people, places or things; not fruit. In contrast we have "naughty figs" which as used in this verse means: (ra' ra'ah; pronounced - rah, raw-ah') From H7489; bad or (as noun) evil (naturally or morally). If we were to continue we would find that in no wise does the word naughty as used in this verse, means fruit spoiling. These two baskets of fruit that are set in front of the temple represent people.
Jeremiah 24:3 Then said the LORD unto me, What seeth thou, Jeremiah? And I said, Figs; the good figs, very good; and the evil, very evil, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil. -> God told Jeremiah to describe to Him what he was seeing, not because God didn't know or understand, but because He wanted Jeremiah and more importantly us to know and understand. So what was it that Jeremiah was seeing? Two manner of peoples, one which loved our Father, The LORD - God; and one which loved not our Father, but their father - satan. Jesus goes into great depth with this when He teaches to His disciples and us, the "Parable of the Sower" and the "Parable of the Tares" in Matthew 13.
Jeremiah 24:4 Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Jeremiah 24:5 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.
-> Notice Father says it was He that sent the Israelites into the Chaldeans (Babylonians) hands of captivity. It was because of their disobedience to Him and their chasing after other gods. We know from I Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Father is in control of ALL THINGS and He was using the Israelites (our forefathers) as an example to us, and for us, to show us what will take place in our (the last and final) generation of flesh man. We too will be going into captivity in these end times. Who will be our captors? The antichrist and those that support him i.e. the fallen angels who will be coming back with him (Matthew 24:37-38 and Luke 17:26-27), the remnant of his offspring - the kenites (and yes, there are many of them who are still with us today), and all those who do not know Father's Word and are deceived by him.
Do we have anything to fear or worry about? Not if we know Father's Word and have it sealed in our minds. By having His Word sealed in our minds, we know what is going to happen, we know that satan, as antichrist - the false prophet, the instead of Jesus, comes before the True Christ. We know that Revelation 9:4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. And as long as we have this knowledge he cannot hurt us. Why? Because we know who he is and what his plan is and what is going to take place.
Why would God allow and send satan as the antichrist, instead of in Greek, to come to this age (aion) of flesh man? It is a test by God to see who has truly read His Word and has not allowed man and man's traditions to deceive them. Satan can do nothing without Father allowing him to!
What else do we know? Matthew 24:9, Mark 13:11 and Luke 21:13-15 tell us that some - Father's Elect, will be delivered up to satan and his councils, to allow Father to speak through their mouths utilizing His Holy Spirit, thereby speaking Those Cloven Tongues spoken by the apostles in Acts 2:4-16. This will be done in order for Father to make it as plain as possible and easy to understand without any language barriers so that even the gainsayers won't be able to speak against the Truth and who the antichrist is. This is what the Pentecostal Tongue is all about and for.
The ultimate purpose of Father's plan is so that many will hear, and then return their hearts (minds) back to Him, prior to The True Christ's return. For that is what He wants, He wants His children to come out of their confusion, slumber and deception, and to Know That He Is God.
Jeremiah 24:6 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. -> Think on multiple levels here. First, God did bring the Israelites (the good figs) and those that were mixed in with them (the naughty figs) out of that 70 year captivity to the Babylonians, and returned them and set them in Jerusalem, but this is also future to that time and ours as well. Father is showing us that He will also bring us out of this flesh age and return us again to Him and His Kingdom. When the seventh and final trump sounds and Jesus returns for His 1,000 year millennial reign, at the end of His reign, satan will be let loose one more time for a short period to gather those that will still follow him and be against Father, then will take place the Great White Throne Judgment with the casting of satan and those who follow him into the Lake of Fire, THEN Father will return those that love and follow Him to His Eternal Kingdom and we will never again be removed.
Jeremiah 24:7 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. -> This is all Father has ever wanted, His children to love Him. Does not every father want their children to love them?!
The word "heart" as used in this verse in the Hebrew is leb; pronounced - labe and means: A form of H3824; the heart; also used (figuratively) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect; likewise for the center of anything. In other words - the center of you feelings, intellect and/or heart - mind. When Jesus returns, every knee will bow and every tongue shall confess that He is Lord of lords and King of kings and then after the Great White Throne Judgment and our Father returns us to Him, we will know with absolute certainty in our hearts that He IS God and that Jesus Christ IS The only begotten Son of God and we WILL love Them with all of our mind and being.
Jeremiah 24:8 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: -> Remember this chapter began with God showing the prophet Jeremiah two baskets of figs that were set before the Temple of God. Inside that basket were two manner of figs, representing two manner of people, one good - that loved God and His Word, and one that was naughty and did not love God or His Word.
As I stated at the beginning of this chapter, every one of these verses deal with both the current time (600BC) and the future, our present, this last and final generation. Now, this and the next two verses pertain directly with our past and the House of Judah's current (600BC) time. So let's return to 600BC and hear what Father had to say to the House of Judah.
In II Kings 24:17 when Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon took the House of Judah captive, by YHVH's direction, he changed king Mattaniah's (gift of Yah) name to Zedekiah (right or justice of Yah) again, though unbeknownst to him, at Father's direction.
Jeremiah 24:9 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. -> It was God that sent the House of Judah into the king of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar's, hand of captivity, just as it is God that is going to send us into our captivity to our king of Babylon, satan -- as the antichrist, the instead of christ, in this last and final generation. Why will God do this? Again I must remind the reader of I Corinthians 11:10, it is for the very same reasons he sent first the House of Israel and then the House of Judah 200 years later: because we have a lack of belief in Him, a lack of faith and have been chasing after other gods -- money; objects; and man - as gods, all idols, all which He has told us -- His children, not to do.
His servant, satan (and I know most of you will not believe that satan is His servant, but satan can only do what God (satan's creator as well as ours) allows him to do, he can do nothing without Father's approval, and even though satan will come trying to deceive Father's children into following him, it is still Father using him to do this. It will be God that will send satan as the instead of Jesus. (Revelation 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, [12:8] And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. [12:9] And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.) Why? (Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of My patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.) Because satan's coming is a test from our Wonderful Father to see just which of His children has truly read His Word with understanding or which have not really read His Word and only just sat in a pew and listened false teachings or to the traditions of man and has had their eyes and ears closed to the truth in His Word or which claim they don't even believe in Him and will be deceived and fail Father's test and follow after satan.
This time (in the flesh) won't even be the last time that satan is allowed to do this, read Revelation 20:7 and again, sadly most Christians don't know or understand this, nor have they even been taught this by their churches.
Jeremiah 24:10 And I will send the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, among them, until they be consumed from of the land that I gave unto them and to their fathers. -> As He declares in this verse, it was He, Father, that sent His children, both the House of Israel and then 200 hundred years later the House of Judah into captivity because of their whoring after other gods, and it will be Father that sends us into our captivity in this last and final generation. It will be YHVH that will send the sword -- cherub in the Hebrew - the drought of the living water; and the famine of His Word Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but if hearing the words of the LORD: [8:12] And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it. which we are seeing come to pass today. How many churches today teach His Word line-by-line, verse-by-verse, chapter-by-chapter? Father has told us through Isaiah how we should receive His Word - Isaiah 28:10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: and again in Isaiah 29:13 Wherefore the LORD said, Foreasmuch as this people draw near Me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour Me, but have removed their heart far from Me, and their fear toward Me is taught by the precept of men.
We are living in that last and final Generation and it is high time Father's children return their hearts unto Him, our Creator. But as it is written, this will only truly happen during Christ's one thousand year millennial reign and then again at the end, just before the Great White Throne Judgment, sadly there will be yet another turning away. Those that do turn away will follow satan into that Lake of Fire, see: Revelation 20.
As we look upon that tiny Nation of Israel (House of Judah) today, we "see" those two baskets of figs, however, we cannot tell the good figs from the naughty figs, and throughout the rest of the world the only way we can even tell the Good Pastors from the kenites and\or nethinims is by listening to what they teach - The Word of God or the traditions of man. Don't get me wrong, some of them sound - oh so religious, but, you must pay close attention to what they are saying and by all means, stay away from "prosperity doctrines"; "rapture or fly away doctrines"; "tongues - speaking in babel" and other such doctrines. Is their main concern tithes and trying to fleece you out of your hard earned money - all in the name of God? I deliver the mail and as such I see some of the fleecing - letters of - "Prayers by mail" - just send us your money and we'll put in a "special prayer just for you." I want to scream out to the people that receive these pieces of trash and teach them but, alas, I cannot because that would break the sanctity of the mail.