Jer 23:1 Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD.
Jer 23:2 Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD.
Jer 23:3 And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase.
Jer 23:4 And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the LORD.
Woe, means Judgment in Hebrew in this case and in the N.T. This Judgment is directed at the Pastors, the false apostate shepherds that are leading their sheep in deception, scattering them, not preaching truth. The lords Judgment is on these Pastors, Leaders, all. This is the word of the Lord today, a dual prophecy. Jesus said in the last days there would be such false doctrines, false ministers, the devil comes as an angel of light, false prophets, false Christs, we were warned, and we have seen it in Church history, and now, it is worse than any other time in recorded history, esp. American History. This is the reason for the Judgment, as said, not so much the government, but the back slidden Christians , and apostate doctrines and false prophets.
The lord promises to keep a remnant and to provide for them true shepherds after his heart. PTL, that is a hope to all in these last days. The holy remnant, will have holy men of God to help them and they will not be in fear, no confusion and will be provided for , amen. The lord is raising up such ministers now, they are unknown, no one knows them, they are not on T.V. they are being prepared in secret, they are being purged, and taught, being made ready.
The next part I want to touch on in this Chapter is for the remnant ones that are shaken to the core due to what is happening and what is coming, Jer. experienced this, and some reading this are as well, as we read; righteous lot was vexed in his spirit concerning the sin of Sodom. Not a holier than thou, self righteousness, but a humble , holy , contrite, broken servant, hurting inside , it is what the lord is feeling, and thus those that are truly his will experience this now, and in the days coming.
It is not easy on anyone who knows what is coming, and the truth of the coming Judgment and fall of the West, as the prophetic Kings of the East rise to power. It puts many in anguish, but in all this we have peace, we anguish and we know, at times we are overcome as you are about to read, but peace will follow, as we serve a God of Peace.
Jer 23:9 Mine heart within me is broken because of the prophets; all my bones shake; I am like a drunken man, and like a man whom wine hath overcome, because of the LORD, and because of the words of his holiness.
Mine heart within me is broken because of the prophets,.... The false prophets, as the Targum rightly interprets it. The Vulgate Latin version renders it, "to the prophets"; and makes a stop there; which agrees with the original (l); so that it may be considered as the title of what follows; it being directed to them by the prophet, to let them know his concern for them; to expose their sin, and reclaim them; who was so affected with their case, that his "heart" within him was "broken" with grief and sorrow, because of their false doctrines and wicked lives; and because of the mischief they did the people, and the ruin they brought upon them, and themselves also:
all my bones shake; with dread and horror at the iniquities committed and the judgments approaching. The word, as Jarchi says, signifies such a fluttering motion as is made by the wings of a bird hovering over its nest. The same word is used in Gen_1:2; which Ben Melech refers to here. The prophet shuddered at their dreadful impiety, and at the thoughts of what was coming upon them on that account:
I am like a drunken man; that can neither speak nor stand; that knows not what to say, or which way to go; so confused and astonished was the prophet at what he saw was doing by them, and was likely to befall them:
and like a man whom wine hath overcome; or, "has passed over" (m); like waves and billows, so that he is drowned in it, and mastered by it:
because of the Lord, and because of the words of his holiness: because of the dishonor done to his holy name, and holy truths; because of the profanation of both in the mouths of these false prophets; they pretending to come in the name of the Lord, and to speak his words; and because of the dreadful judgments which he, the prophet, was sent to denounce against them from the Lord.
Dear reader, I know in my spirit, many reading this are deeply concerned about the state of the union, and rightly so, I know also many are in fear, and perplexed, stumbling around, not knowing what to do, inner pain, and groaning over what is happening. I want to encourage you, the lord has you covered, he has everything under control, and we are not called unto wrath. The lord will be our hiding place, our fortress and our provider, many will die, many will not, this is one reason people worry, beloved do not worry it is a win-win situation, the days will be very trying and hard, but supernatural strength will be given, the lord will clearly be seen moving in miracles and miracle protection and provision, I know this with no doubt, we shall not be ashamed, or pale faced, never, we have the victory and the battles already won.
I must preach and teach the whole counsel of the lord. I know many do not like such messages, I do, not like giving them, but of late the lord has been dealing with me and many confirmations again on the coming judgment, many messages have been posted of late that were to feed the remnant, the lord said, 'now is the time to again sound the trumpet, declare what I said to, and be obedient to your call as a watchmen', and so I must say, it will be hard, it will be UN-charted waters, we will face perils as Paul, we will face many things, some will be in the very place where major disasters hit, but listen, I can not teach any escapism theology, as the bible teaches other wise, and the Foxes Book Of Martyrs, Church history -history repeats, you will not be taken out of this, no rapture is coming, yet, it comes at the last trump, read JN Ch 6, see how many times he says. 'at the last trump', re read 2thess chapter 2, its all there.
Many false prophets, teachers, are having visions and dreams of a great rapture event, they are posted all the time, and many dates were set, none have happened and none will, arm yourself with the truth, be spiritually prepared, for behold the Judgments come, repent and get right with the lord, for behold the Judgments come, they are nigh at the door.
If your like the verse, a trembling one who knows in your spirit, you bare witness to this message, to you I end this Jer Pt 4 with, what I always do. FEAR NOT ! the lord says to his true sheep, 'fear not, I am with you, I love you, I have you under my wings, be at peace, fear not, fear not the lord says to his true people, fear not, and be at rest'.