The prophet Jeremiah prophesied of a coming spiritual drought and we can read it in Jeremiah 14:1 – “The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah concerning the dearth.” (Dearth according to Strong’s means drought). Clarke’s Commentary has this to say regarding this verse:
“The word – that came – concerning the dearth – This discourse is supposed to have been delivered, after the fourth year of Jehoiakim. Concerning the dearth. We have no historic record of any dearth that may fall in with the time of this prophecy, and perhaps it does not refer to any particular dearth: but this was a calamity to which Judea was very liable.”
Furthermore, Lange’s Commentary wrote:
Most commentators following the example of Jeremiah understand this of a future drought, which they believe to be intimated in 2 Kings 25:3. The connection is, however, opposed to deferring the drought to the future, as well as that the historical accounts contain no data for the determination of any real time.
Most commentators “understand this of a future drought” and that “the historical accounts contain no data for the determination of any real time.” Why was there “no historic record of any dearth” that has happened anciently? Even Mr. Flurry has no mention of this chapter in Jeremiah 14 in his book, Jeremiah and the Greatest Vision in the Bible. One might ask, WHY? This is very critical since “this was a calamity to which Judea was very liable.” Is it because this prophecy is reserved for the last end of indignation wherein a future drought, i.e., spiritual in nature will take place when the “nail that is fastened in the sure place be removed, and be cut down, and fall”? (Isa. 22:25).
And this is the same prophecy as written in 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 of hearing the words of the LORD.”
(Dearth according to the dictionary means famine).
And what is real cause of the problem? Why should there be a spiritual drought?
“Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.” (Jer. 14:14)
Notice that this is very much connected to Zechariah 10:1-2, where we are exhorted to “ask ye of the LORD rain in the time of the latter rain”; “For the idols have spoken vanity, and the diviners have seen a lie, and have told false dreams; they comfort in vain: therefore they went their way as a flock, they were troubled, because there was no shepherd.”
Has the prophecy that the prophets and the priests saw just a lie, a false vision and divination and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart? (v. 14)
“(Y)ea, both the prophet and the priest go about into a land that they know not” (v. 18). The lie and the false vision revolve around “A LAND THAT THEY KNOW NOT.” Could this land be referring to Ireland? Clarke’s Commentary wrote concerning verse 18:
that the going about of the prophets and priests of the land, is to be understood thus: – “They went trafficking about with their false doctrines and lying predictions, as peddlers do with their wares, seeking their own gain.”
That’s why the idols are speaking VANITY – they are seeking their OWN gain (Read also Isa 56:11) and they went to “A LAND THAT THEY KNOW NOT”- not even Mr. Armstrong nor God would acknowledge that land!
Are those ministers that gave counsel to That Prophet to do a work in Ireland speaks VANITY and seeking their OWN gain? (Their counsel according to the prophet Jeremiah is actually, a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart). This is very much the same prophecy as in Habakkuk 2:4-10 that describes “a proud man” that wants to “increase that which is not his!” This is also speaking of the last end son of perdition with his many antichrist impostors! This is all one vision of the last end of the indignation in Daniel 8 – when the transgressors are come to the full! (v. 23)
“O the hope of Israel, the saviour thereof in time of trouble, why shouldest thou be as a stranger in the land, and as a wayfaring man that turneth aside to tarry for a night?” (v. 8)
Who is the hope of spiritual Israel (the Laodiceans)? Is it not God through spiritual Judah (the Philadelphians)? The prophet Jeremiah then asks, “why shouldest thou be as a stranger in the land?” Why should the Church be a stranger in the land? Did God’s Church have a prior work in Ireland that has been done when Mr. Armstrong was alive?
“…(A)nd as a wayfaring man that turneth aside to tarry for a night?”
In Strong’s, the word “turneth aside” come from the word, natah:
“H5186. natah; a prim. root; to stretch or spread out; by implication to bend away (includ. mor. deflection); used in a great variety of application (as follows):– + afternoon, extend, outstretched, pervert, prolong, put away, spread out, stretch out.”
Verse 8 could be better rendered this way: “O the hope of the Laodiceans, the one who brings the message of salvation from the Great Tribulation, why do you want to travel and be a stranger in the land (of Ireland), like a traveler who wants to extend, prolong, and stretch the afternoon before the night (the Great Tribulation) comes? (This sounds like the Matthew 24:48 “evil servant” who “shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming”). The decision to have an archeological dig in Ireland is a like another way of saying, “My lord delayeth his coming!”
“Why shouldest thou be as a man astonied, as a mighty man that cannot save? yet thou, O LORD, art in the midst of us, and we are called by thy name; leave us not.”(v. 9)
These people comfort themselves by saying “we are called by thy name” – “we are God’s Church” and that “God will not leave us”, but God does not appear to be saving them from the calamity. Instead, God was the one who sent the strong delusion! (Jer. 4:10) From Clarke’s Commentary we can read about verse 9:
“Yet thou, O Lord, art in the midst of us – Thy ark, temple, and sacred rites, are all here; and thou thyself, who art everywhere present, art here also: but alas! thou dost not reveal thyself as the Father of mercies, who forgivest iniquity, transgression, and sin.”
“Hast thou utterly rejected Judah? hath thy soul lothed Zion? why hast thou smitten us, and there is no healing for us? we looked for peace, and there is no good; and for the time of healing, and behold trouble!” (Jer. 14:19)
This is a very sobering prophecy that concerns God’s own people, even the Philadelphia Church of God (spiritual Judah), during the spiritual drought that God shall bring about to be fulfilled. To the prophet Jeremiah, he thought that God has utterly rejected God’s own people – it seems that THERE IS EVEN NO HEALING for them! Yet, God does these things to extract His faithful very elect from the sanctuary that was profaned by the “idols” – the false prophets and priests in God’s house.
God shall bring His very elect to the place of safety once the strong delusion is through, yet those Edomite Laodiceans that were inside the PCG (and even those that were outside) shall suffer His great wrath in “the last end of the indignation.” To which purpose the prophet Habakkuk prayed:
“O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.” (Hab. 3:2)
But there will come a time when God shall instead “remember their iniquity” and not “remember mercy” anymore:
“Thus saith the LORD unto this people, Thus have they loved to wander, they have not refrained their feet, therefore the LORD doth not accept them; he will now remember their iniquity, and visit their sins.” (Jer. 14:10)
God shall “remember their iniquity” because the people “loved to wander, they have not refrained their feet” – they are going to a strange land they know not, even Ireland!
“not refrained … feet — They did not obey God’s command; ‘withhold thy foot’ (Jer. 2:25), namely, from following after idols.” – JFB Commentary
Because of the strong delusion, God’s own people are following the “idols” – the “impostors” in God’s own Church – as they speak vanity (Zech 10:2); and these antichrists declare to go to Ireland and they also want to proclaim wickedness in Britain! (Jer. 4:15). On January 2014, Stephen Flurry, a PCG Evangelist, even gave a Bible study entitled, “Preparing Ireland for God’s People.” Now we may ask, what happened to “Preparing Jerusalem for Its King” battlecry?
As these idols and impostors in God’s Church are already speaking VANITIES, we are no longer encouraged to even pray for them:
“Then said the LORD unto me, Pray not for this people for their good.” (v.11)
In the end, there is still good news in here, for God’s own people shall repent: “We acknowledge, O LORD, our wickedness, and the iniquity of our fathers: for we have sinned against thee. Do not abhor us, for thy name’s sake, do not disgrace the throne of thy glory:” (v. 20-21)
According to the JFB Commentary, the word “throne of thy glory” refers to Jerusalem (see also Jer. 3:17). Thus, when spiritual Judah finally sees where she has been led astray by listening to “a voice” that declares in Ireland – and finally recognized “the voice” which declares that the Eternal has chosen Jerusalem, she then appeals to God by urging Him “that Zion’s destruction would disgrace the throne of the Lord Himself, in so far as Zion in part is the throne of the Lord, and in part conceals Him in its midst” (Lange’s Commentary)
“…(R)emember, break not thy covenant with us.” (v. 21) – God will not break His covenant again as what happened when the staff Beauty was broken. For He only purposed to break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel – to separate the Philadelphians from the Laodiceans inside God’s house. The prophet Jeremiah prophesied of a terrible spiritual drought (Jer. 14:1), yet God shall make bright clouds and give us showers of rain:
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