Before you begin your Bible study, as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, be sure you have named your sins privately to God the Father.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. [Known, Unknown and Forgotten sins] (1Jn 1:9)
You will then be in fellowship with God, Filled with God the Holy Spirit and ready to learn Truth from the Word of God.
God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in Spirit and Truth. (John 4:24)
The book of Jeremiah is one of the timeliest books in the Bible as far as our national entity is concerned. Conditions existing in Jeremiah’s day parallel the conditions which exist in our own country today! Spiritual desertion, national degeneration, a departure from Divine laws and institutions and the resultant self-destruction characterize both periods of time; then and NOW! The book of Jeremiah brings out almost every Principle which leads to national degeneracy and national destruction.
The failure of the Jews, from the standpoint of their Spiritual, economic, military and social life, will make up the background for our study. We shall see the Principles of freedom by which a national entity functions to the glory of God; also we shall see Concepts of personal freedom, Divine institutions, the importance of maintaining freedom through the military, and the Principles of scar tissue and the emotional revolt of the soul.
We begin at, (Jer 12:10) where we see that basically no nation can survive without a remnant of those who have a Spiritual life.
Many shepherds [Pastors] have ruined My vineyard, They have trampled down My field; They have made My pleasant field A desolate wilderness. It has been made a desolation, Desolate, it mourns before Me; The whole land has been made desolate, Because no man lays it to heart. [No Truth inside the soul] On all the bare heights in the wilderness Destroyers have come, For a sword of the LORD is devouring From one end of the land even to the other; [National and personal Divine discipline] There is no peace for anyone. They have sown wheat [Truth] and have reaped thorns, (Matt 13:22) They have strained themselves to no profit. [Religious ritual] But be ashamed of your harvest [Divine discipline] Because of the fierce anger of the LORD. (Jer 12:10-13)
The phrase, “Many shepherds have ruined My vineyard,” describes one group of major contributors to the destruction of any nation. This was even understood by Joseph Stalin when, in 1931, he declared that the United States could be conquered without firing a shot. In the development of his concept, (A six-point plan) the first paragraph dealt with the neutralization of Truth in any form and the removal of those who declare Truth. One of the greatest thrusts in the Communist conspiracy (Satan's) is to influence the clergy. It has always been true that when those who are responsible for the declaration of Spiritual Truth are neutralized, Spiritual desertion moves into a nation.
The National Council of Prophets and Priests. “Many shepherds ” refers to the “clergy” in the Southern Kingdom; Judah, which was composed of two organizations, the prophets and the Levitical priesthood. The prophets generally declared the unwritten Word and became writers of Scripture, whereas the priests were responsible for the exegesis (Teaching) of the written Word. (Neh 8:8-9) However, in this particular case, we find the “national council of prophets and priests” in the opposite position of destroying the vineyard! (Jer 6:13-14) They were false teachers and religious types, who were not only opposed to Jeremiah, but to anything which would bring about national prosperity and blessing.
It was this “national council of prophets and priests” who were the plotters and the leaders of a national conspiracy, which had reached its peak under King Zedekiah. As political leaders of the “Egyptian Party,” they were planning to advocate an alliance with Egypt. In so doing, they were diametrically opposed to Truth, for the Scripture says, “Woe to them who go down to Egypt for help.” (Isa 31:1) They were depending upon man; yet the Bible declares, “Cursed is the man that trusts in man.” (Jer 17:5)
Jeremiah, leader of the “Chaldean Party,” reminded King Zedekiah that he had sworn an oath of allegiance to Chaldea and urged him to keep that oath. Zedekiah, a very weak man as well as an opportunist, instead broke with Chaldea and started a revolt which led to the ultimate destruction of the nation. This revolt brought about the Chaldean invasion and an eighteen-month siege.
The Destruction of the Vineyard. “Have ruined” (Jer 12:10) is intensified in the Hebrew and indicates that the clergy had already completed their work of destruction. By now it was merely a matter of how the mechanics would be carried out. The Hebrew word here means “to overthrow or to corrupt.” It doesn’t mean that the prophets and priests had actually done the destroying, but that they had corrupted the nation to such an extent that destruction was inevitable. The destruction would occur when the Chaldeans entered Jerusalem.
“Many shepherds have ruined my vineyard.” The references to the “vine” or the “vineyard” in the Old Testament apply either to nationalism as a Principle or to the national entity of the Jews specifically.
(Isa 5:1-30) and (Jer 2:21) tell us that the vineyard in this case is the Southern Kingdom of Judah. The product of the vineyard is the grape, which, although it is used in many ways, always depicts righteousness and joy: Spiritual maturity. (John 15:5) As a result, the Jews, like all national entities under God’s plan, were designed to have great happiness and blessing — a condition which can exist only where Divine laws are followed!
“They have trampled down My field” means that the “national council of prophets and priests” had contributed immeasurably to the destruction of the people. “My field” is a phrase which means “that which belongs to the Lord,” and indicates that Judah is the Lord’s designed nation. He wants them to be blessed, but they have refused the means by which they could be blessed. (Spiritual growth)
Now, how did the clergy destroy that which belonged to the Lord? Jeremiah 23, a passage which deals entirely with these pastors, describes exactly how the overthrow was accomplished. The Hebrew word for “shepherds” in (Jer 12:10) is the same word which begins: (Jer 23:1) “Woe be unto the shepherds that destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture says the Lord.” “The sheep of My pasture” refers again to the Southern Kingdom of Judah; and those who destroyed it, as we have seen, are the false Bible teachers of that day!
Therefore, thus says the LORD God of Israel concerning the shepherds who are tending My people: [You see, they are feeding incomplete and or false Truth] You have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not attended to them: [i.e., have not GIVEN them Spiritual Thinking] behold, I am about to attend to you for the evil of your deeds, declares the LORD. (Jer 23:2)
When, in the name of the Lord, false doctrine is proclaimed on a national scale, the result is inevitably national disintegration! Now in verse 9, Jeremiah is speaking. Jeremiah has a heart or right lobe full of Spiritual Thinking: God's Thinking! (1Co 2:16)
As for the prophets: My heart is broken within me, All my bones tremble; I have become like a drunken man, Even like a man overcome with wine, Because of the LORD And because of His Holy Words. (Jer 23:9)
The activities of the prophets (Pastors) grieved Jeremiah when he viewed them in the light of God’s plan! “His Holy Words” refers to Jeremiah's capacity for appreciation of God and His Words! (Thoughts; Prov 4:20-21) And the overwhelming joy of friendship and fellowship with God as a Spiritually mature believer! (Jer 15:16)
For the land is full of adulterers; [Pornography; physical and Spiritual degeneracy and unfaithfulness] For the land mourns because of the curse. [Divine discipline] The pastures of the wilderness have dried up. [Economic depression and Spiritual food on the decline] Their course also is evil [Their thinking is also Satan's] And their might is not right. [Living by the power of the old sin nature] For both prophet and priest are polluted; Even in My house I have found their wickedness, [Religion] declares the LORD. (Jer 23:10-11)
This is true also of the United States of America today! Over a period of years, the military has gone down, and with it our very hope for national survival and individual human freedom. Where does this degrading and de-emphasis of the military originate? (Satan) Who is opposed to the military today? The National Council of Churches! Who is opposed to the draft today?
The National Council of Churches! What organization has provided money for men to dodge the draft and go to Canada? The National Council of Churches! Who is for Red China? The National Council of Churches! Who is for socialism? The National Council of Churches! http://www.ncccusa.org/
So we are not surprised to see a parallel between the days of Jeremiah and our day.
For both prophet and priest are polluted; Even in My house I have found their wickedness, [Religion] declares the LORD. Therefore their way will be like slippery paths to them, They will be driven away into the gloom and fall down in it; For I will bring calamity upon them, The year of their punishment, declares the LORD. (Jer 23:11-12)
The year of their visitation was 586 B.C. when the Chaldeans conquered and destroyed Jerusalem and enslaved the people who survived.
And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria [The Northern Kingdom] I saw an offensive thing: They prophesied by Baal and led My people Israel astray. (Jer 23:13)
In other words, since this very same pattern had occurred before in the Northern Kingdom, Judah should have learned something from history. The Northern Kingdom had harbored false prophets, and it went down, destroyed under the fifth cycle of discipline in 721 B.C. Now the same thing would happen in the Southern Kingdom.
Also among the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen a horrible thing: The committing of adultery and walking in falsehood; [Carnality and religion] And they strengthen the hands of evildoers, So that no one has turned back from his wickedness. [Satanic and human thinking] (Isa 55:7-8) All of them have become to Me like Sodom, And her inhabitants like Gomorrah. [Legitimized homosexuality] (Jer 23:14)
This amplifies the previous verse in which the prophets prophesied by Baal, (Demonism) and refers to the phallic cult, (Pornography of Every kind) which is a double entendre including both idolatry and adultery. They were involved in the worship of Baal at the Baal sanctuaries. (At Church!) (Luk 4:31-36)
Sodom and Gomorrah were famous for their national degeneracy, manifested by the rise and the tolerance of homosexual activity. Homosexuality is not a disease; it is a sin! (Lev 18:22-25) It is a vicious evil! It is a sign of degeneracy! Today we face a similar situation; No nation has ever survived the tolerance of homosexuality!
Exchanging the Truth
The same Principle is found in Romans 1. First of all, there is a rejection of the Truth!
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness [Unbelievers] and unrighteousness of men [Believers out of fellowship: carnal] who suppress the Truth in unrighteousness, [Living by the sin nature and false thinking] because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and Divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, (Rom 1:18-22)
Both the unbeliever and the believer are without excuse!
And exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. (Rom 1:23-24)
Unbelievers and believers exchanged; the Eternal and perfect, for the temporary and corrupted; to live by the flesh!
Lust generates from the old sin nature with its mental attitude sins, area of weakness, lust pattern and human moral and immoral degeneracy. The lust pattern takes over the emotions; and the emotions revolt against the dominant lobe, which contains the frame of reference, memory center, norms and standards and viewpoint. The result is that we actually have emotional revolt in the soul stated at this particular point: “... to dishonor their own bodies between themselves.” The dishonoring of the bodies and the national degeneration did not occur until their conscience, and the Word of Truth had been rejected!
Thus says the LORD of hosts, Do not listen to the words of the prophets who are prophesying to you. They are leading you into futility; They speak a vision of their own imagination, Not from the mouth of the LORD. They keep saying to those who despise Me, [By living by the old sin nature; believer and unbeliever] The LORD has said, You will have peace; [Blessing] And as for everyone who walks in the stubbornness of his own heart, They say, Calamity will not come upon you. (Jer 23:16-17)
For they exchanged the Truth of God [God's Thoughts] for a lie, [Satanic and their own thoughts] and worshiped and served the creature [Served themselves, their lusts and creation] rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. (Rom 1:25)
What are the mechanics of this? Negative volition toward Truth puts scar tissue on the “breathing apertures” of the soul; that opens up a vacuum and false (Satanic) Truth comes in. “Who exchanged the Truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator. . .” This is exactly what the “national council of prophets and priests” did in Jeremiah’s day, and this is exactly what the National Council of Churches, the people; believers and unbelievers are doing in this country; and in the whole world right now! Now what happens?
For this cause God gave them up [This is the beginning of the fifth cycle of discipline] to degrading passions; for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: [Lesbianism] And likewise also the men leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. (Rom 1:26-27)
In other words, homosexuality and lesbianism are definitely related to national degeneration. The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah followed the same pattern! (2Pe 2:6-14) Therefore, the Lord warned Judah through Jeremiah:
These people are destructive of a national entity. God has set up a Principle: nations will have to fight for freedom (Spiritually and militarily) (Matt 10:34-39) until the Millennium. (Isa 2:4) Only then will the swords be turned into plowshares, and the spears into pruning hooks, and men will learn war no more. So, until the millennial reign of Jesus Christ, peace must be fought for in our soul, country, home, family; and on the battlefield!
Nations go into slavery when their military fails, and nations maintain their peace when their military succeeds. Strong military establishment is the basis for peace! A nation whose law-abiding citizens are disarmed and whose military establishment is neutralized is a nation on the way into slavery. How did the Jews get into Egyptian slavery in the first place? They lived in Egypt without a military establishment of their own; and when that Pharaoh, who did not know Joseph, came to power, there was nothing to hinder their enslavement. The Egyptian army walked unopposed into the strip of Egypt where the Jews lived, and immediately put the whole nation in slavery!
It will always be true that no nation can survive the destruction of its military establishment. A perfect illustration of this is the conquest of Norway by the Germans in World War II. The Germans needed only a few battalions to conquer the entire Norwegian army a very excellent army made up of good personnel; but Quisling and other high ranking traitors commanded their men to stack arms and surrender. With the military gone, it took only about 48 hours to conquer Norway; then the Norwegians went into slavery to the Nazis immediately. The liberals and the liberal clergy are always the enemy of the military establishment! http://www.ncccusa.org/
But who has stood in the Council of the LORD, That he should see and hear His Word? Who has given heed to His Word and listened? (Jer 23:18)
But if they had stood in My Council, Then they would have announced My Words to My people, And would have turned them back from their evil way [Thoughts]And from the evil of their deeds. (Jer 23:22)
In other words, this is saying: What do these people know about the Scripture? Anyone who understands the Word of God knows that these men are false!
Behold, the storm of the LORD has gone forth in wrath, Even a whirling tempest; It will swirl down on the head of the wicked. [God employs “natural” disasters to discipline: storms, famine, flood, drought, earthquakes, disease, animals, prices of things, allowing homosexual marriage, etc.] The anger of the LORD will not turn back Until He has performed and carried out the purposes of His heart; In the last days you will clearly understand it! I did not send these prophets, But they ran. I did not speak to them, But they prophesied. But if they had stood in My council, Then they would have announced My Words to My people, And would have turned them back from their evil way [Thoughts] And from the evil of their deeds. (Jer 23:19-22)
Am I a God who is near, declares the LORD, And not a God far off? Can a man hide himself in hiding places [Our minds] So I do not see him? declares the LORD. Do I not fill the heavens and the earth? declares the LORD. (Jer 23:23-24)
God Knows what we think now, and always has Known, and will always Know; now, and forever; He wants us to use His Thinking! Not hide in our own!
I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy [Preach] lies in My Name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed. [I have had this great vision from the Lord] How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? They are prophets of the deceit of their own heart; [Demonism and the old sin nature] which think to cause My people [Believers] to forget My Name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbor, as their fathers have forgotten My name for Baal. [Satan] (Jer 23:26-27)
Baal worship is a sign of apostasy. What happens when people become unfaithful? After a period of grace, there will be Divine judgment!
The prophet who has a dream may relate his dream, [False teaching will continue] but let him who has My Word speak My Word in Truth! (John 3:34) What does straw have in common with grain? declares the LORD. Is not My word like fire? (1Co 3:12-13) declares the LORD, and like a hammer which shatters a rock? (Jer 23:28-29)
Therefore behold, I am against the prophets, declares the LORD, who steal My Words from each other. [Pastors conferences; about what they think] Behold, I am against the prophets, declares the LORD, who use their tongues and declare, The Lord declares. Behold, I am against those who have prophesied false dreams, declares the LORD, and related them and led My people astray by their falsehoods [Ignorance of Truth] and reckless boasting; [Arrogance] yet I did not send them or command them, nor do they furnish this people the slightest benefit, declares the LORD. (Jer 23:30-32)
They try to claim that they have a message from God, when in Reality they do not! What is said here about the clergy in the day of Jeremiah can be said about a large percentage of the fleshly (Carnal) pastors (1Co 3:3-4) in the United States today. Although some may personally be believers, they represent religion and “Satan's thinking.” They are for social action and social reform, instead of death to the old man and life to a new creation, (2Co 4:16; Gal 6:15; Col 3:9-10) they are breast-beaters; they are “bleeding hearts”; and they are leading us to national destruction! The strongest political organization in this country today is the National Council of Churches; and everyone, from our President on down, is listening to what its leaders have to say. What they have to say, in effect, is national destruction!
If we are going to follow Biblical Principles, we must have a strong military, we must have free enterprise, our taxation must be cut down to the basis which is declared by the Word of God. The taxation of industry and the personal income tax we have today are just as grossly unfair and out of line with the Word of God as anything could be. Ten percent is as high as a nation can ever go on income tax and be compatible with the Word of God. Tithing was in the Old Testament and was not Spiritual giving but a system of income tax.
Everywhere we turn today we find our country falling apart: the drug problem, our system of education with its subjectivity, the psychological and social perversions; are all indications that there is very little time left for us as a free country. We are rapidly on our way to destruction! Therefore, this passage is not only for Jeremiah’s day, but for us today as well. The fifth cycle of discipline can descend on us as surely as it did on Judah!
Therefore behold, I will surely forget you and cast you away from My presence, along with the city which I gave you and your fathers. I will put an everlasting reproach on you and an everlasting humiliation which will not be forgotten. (Jer 23:39-40)
There is the fifth cycle of discipline! And why the fifth cycle? Who started all of this? A moral and immoral degenerate false clergy! Those who departed from the filling of God the Holy Spirit and Thinking with the Word of God! (Rom 8:7-8)
PASTORS AND PRESERVATION
Now back to our passage in: (Jer 12:10) “Many shepherds [Pastors] have destroyed My vineyard” Please notice, it takes MANY pastors to destroy, but only one to keep things going. That is the grace of God! The pastor in our passage is the prophet Jeremiah; and if the people — from King Zedekiah on down had — listened to him, they would have survived. But they were negative to Truth; and in the time of their national crisis; the Chaldean invasion; the nation went out under the fifth cycle of discipline.
In the days of King Hezekiah, there was a similar national crisis — the Assyrian invasion under Sennacherib. In that day, too, God raised up a prophet, Isaiah one man against many false prophets. And because the people responded to the Truth he taught, their nation was preserved! The same thing was true in the Northern Kingdom in the days of Elijah: one prophet was raised up — one prophet against many prophets; the nation was positive toward Truth, and national catastrophe was avoided.
Our country at this particular time is in the greatest jeopardy it has ever known! You are reading this book today under the Principle of freedom: you are free to read or not to read. You are free to be on the golf course this morning or to go to work or to stay home. There is still some measure of privacy in this country. Yet the things that have made this country great, the things that have made it prosperous are all disappearing before our eyes and are being replaced by the very signs of degeneracy which will destroy us from within, and, in turn will result in destruction from without!
The attack upon our nation, which is so devastating at this time, began about 1927 or 1928 when the Russian revolution was beginning to consolidate in its own territory and to think in terms of world conquest By the late 20’s and the early 30’s, it became quite obvious that the Third Internationale, resulting in the Russian Revolution, was going to be a world conquest conspiracy, which has been borne out through the years. As early as 1931 and 1932, Joseph Stalin began to give lectures in the Lenin school of political philosophy on how to conquer the U.S. without firing a shot. Everything that Stalin set up in his six-point plan has been fulfilled in this country except for the actual mechanics of conquest. Today every freedom that we have known is under attack: the freedom of taking in the Word of God, the freedom of owning and possessing firearms, the freedom of conducting one’s business without government interference, and many other freedoms. That is also what we find in (Jer 11:1; thru Jer 12:1-17)
A conspiracy includes three categories: the plot, intrigue and machination. All three were present in Judah at this time.
This is a carefully devised plan for the overthrow of authority or establishment. Plotters are usually few in number, brilliant of intellect, a warped satanic mental attitude, and motivated by power lust. The plot group in the conspiracy of Judah was made up of the “brains” of a few people in the Egyptian Party. They were primarily the clergymen and princes in the land, and of course, were negative to Truth with the inevitable scar tissue and revolt of the soul.
The Jews had a two-party system, designated by their foreign policies. The Egyptian Party, which advocated alliance with Egypt against Chaldea; was liberal both in its Theology and in its politics. The people of this party had all the characteristics of the liberals today: they were “doves” and pacifists. No nation has ever survived the rise of “the dove” or the destruction of its military! The other party was the Chaldean Party, and this was the conservative party. The Egyptian Party was led by the “national council of prophets and priests,” while the Chaldean Party was under the leadership of Jeremiah. Both parties were in great opposition to each other.
Intriguers are usually the dupes of their intellectual superiors; the plotters. They are involved in a system of underhanded or petty scheming. There are many people in this category. They are neither Communists nor members of the Communist Party; they are not even necessarily in favor of Communism; but they are socialistic and they are liberal in their views.
These people think that guns should be taken out of the hands of private citizens, that there ought to be more socialism and more relief systems. Such people are under demonism! They are sincere; but because of a negative attitude toward Truth and emotional revolt of the soul, they have no discernment and have become victims. (2Ti 3:13)
This is a crafty and torturous process of overthrowing the establishment or doing harm to authority. Those involved in machination are generally a petty or superficial peripheral crowd which cause a great deal of trouble. They usually have a personal ax to grind, and their personal ax is more important than Truth, more important than patriotism or freedom, and more important than the Divine institutions. Often you will find people in the “hippie or new age” crowd who belong to this group. Because of some personal problem, they have merged themselves into this insanity of society called “new age,” which is actually a neo-demonism movement!
(Jer 12:10-11) actually includes all three categories of conspiracy. “They have made it [The land] desolate.” The word “to make’’ means “to establish”; and since this word is in the perfect tense, it indicates that the plot has now crystallized; the national plot has come into the land!
The application of this passage to us today is obvious. Unlike Jeremiah, who knew when Judah would fall, we, as victims of such a satanic conspiracy, do not know when our country will fall and go into slavery; but just as certainly as you are reading this book, if we continue our present disaster course, this country will be in slavery very shortly. We will suffer military defeat; we will know economic depression; and this country will lose all the freedoms that we have cherished throughout our very brief, but important history!
“They have established her “the land” a desolation.” In the crystallization of the national conspiracy there is desolation. There are five areas in which this desolation has been established: Spiritual, military, economic, social, and in the area of the soul.
The Spiritual Area
In the Spiritual area we have the angelic conflict, the issue of the gospel, and the Concept of relationship with the Lord. In other words, everything from the Concept of Salvation to all that God has provided in His plan of grace are included. We have already seen the desolation in the Spiritual realm — pastors are destroying the vineyard; they have destroyed the Spiritual heritage.
The Jews came out of slavery from Egypt in 1441 B.C. They had nearly one thousand years of a heritage of freedom, blessing and prosperity; based on Divine Laws and Divine Standards; yet here is a generation which has destroyed its own nation. The plotters and the pastors “have established her a desolation.” This is a firmed-up thing; it is already established. They have done it first of all in the Spiritual realm through negative volition toward Truth. But there is also a second realm in which they have done it: the military establishment, which has been discredited.
The Military Area
The regular army of Judah had almost disappeared as a functional organization. Once this happens, there is a Divine law that goes into operation: no nation ever survives the destruction of its military establishment. The military establishment is just as necessary to freedom as the Bill of Rights, since it is the military establishment that saves freedom and keeps it in existence. Without the military establishment fighting for freedom, there is no freedom. There is a Principle of Doctrine found in the Scriptures: armies preserve freedom and armies destroy freedom. The desolation always starts with negative volition toward Truth. This opens the door for the liberal clergy, and false teachers who always promote anti-Biblical peace movements to extract money from the sheep! (Jer 6:13-14) These peace movements inevitably bring about the destruction of the military. First of all, it is discredited, and then it is finally neutralized as an effective organization.
We are in the process today of destroying the only overt thing that God has designed for our protection. There is no such thing as world peace until Jesus Christ returns to the earth. Jesus Himself said there would be wars and rumors of wars until He returns. (Matt 24:4-8) Therefore, God has set up some Divine laws. How does a nation protect its sovereignty and its freedom? One way: through its military establishment! Whenever the military is being discredited, there is a satanic conspiracy to destroy the nation. You will find the Principle throughout the Word of God that once you have freedom, you must maintain it by fighting for it!
Now, some of you are saying, “But people get killed!” Yes, that’s true — people do get killed. Fighting is dangerous! But the objective is to KILL THE ENEMY, not to give him blood plasma and a pat on the back nor to condone riots in favor of him. This country has gone insane. We have given comfort to the enemy; we have preserved the enemy, when we should have wiped him out. The true Concepts are all but gone in our country; and because they are, our freedom is on the line! Unless a maximum amount of believers reach Spiritual maturity; we have had it!
There is a third area of desolation.
The Economic Area
The economic Principle of the Word of God is free enterprise, which is the basis of our prosperity. The great industrialization that met the challenge of World War II was an industry based on free enterprise. What is happening to the great industrial complex of our country today? One will tell you what is happening to it: industry is going to foreign sources of labor because labor in this country is out of line with the whole system! Furthermore, the Concept of free enterprise is being destroyed because the government has its finger in everything and is slowly choking our system of free enterprise. The government has no right to interfere with industry. The government’s only right or duty is to protect industry from encroachment!
There is no substitute for free enterprise! Where free enterprise is replaced by government control; that country is in trouble. So again, the conspiracy in Jeremiah’s day, as well as in our day, results in economic desolation.
The Social Area
The social conspiracy is probably the most obvious. MEN are scarce, for they are being replaced by males with female souls. Now this is always a sign of degeneracy. Accompanying this, for example, is the “new age” movement. Much of the new age movement is characterized by anarchy: you have anti-establishment; you have murder; you have the same type of promiscuity as in the days of the Baal activity in Judah; you have the rise of the racial revolution. All of these factors in social life lead to disintegration.
Basically, this country was designed no matter what your race — to reward ability and hard work. If you are not willing to sweep out a floor for a living in order to survive, then starve. (2Th 3:10) There is a Divine law which says that economic depression is designed to eliminate the weak or lazy. When cycles of depression occur and people starve to death, as they did in the Northern Kingdom in the days of Elijah, then the people become vigorous again. Out of depression is preserved the vigor of the people.
So we are today in the great social vacuum: heavy on the drugs; little sense of or respect for authority; young people shot down by drug addiction and a gypsy life-style, legalized degeneracy: homosexuals openly serving in the military; homosexual marriage, marriage redefined, etc. This is all a part of the social disintegration! It also accounts in part for military failure. It takes great character, courage, training and self-discipline to be successful in battle! The whole thing goes right down to the fifth area of desolation, for the Spiritual, military, economic and social revolts are but the result of the desolation in the soul.
The Soul Area
The soul was designed to have a relationship with God and with people; but the soul can get out of kilter. If you are negative toward God, and if you reject the Principles which God has set up, such as the Divine institutions (Freewill, marriage, family, and nationalism) or the Spiritual life, then your soul will fail to function properly; you will have an emotional revolt in the soul, and you will put scar tissue on the soul.
Your soul has emotions which were designed to respond to the dominant or right lobe. The emotions were meant to be the appreciator of your soul. But, when your emotions start to dominate your thinking, then you have emotional revolt in the soul. This is where the desolation begins. A person in emotional revolt becomes a liberal so far as his concepts of the military and the “downtrodden” are concerned. He gets involved in social action and tries to love everyone. When you start to think like that, your soul is desolate. When you go negative toward God and Thinking with the Word of God; when you get involved in promiscuity, drugs, mental attitude sins, such as hatred, bitterness, jealousy, lusting, being sensual etc., you will put scar tissue on your soul. Scar tissue means that your fellowship with God is shut down, and your relationship with other people is totally out of phase. A vacuum is created in the soul and false Biblical and non-Biblical thinking, human viewpoint and false doctrines of demons are all sucked into your soul. This is desolation of soul! (2Pe 2:20)
“They [The conspirators] have established her [Judah] a desolation. . .” (Jer 12:11) Judah has become a pattern of history: no nation survives the loss of its Spiritual heritage; no nation survives the neutralization of its military establishment; no nation survives the destruction of free enterprise; no nation survives social disintegration; and no nation can survive the scar tissue and emotional revolt of the soul which produce the other four! (Jer 12:17)
The next phrase in the English, “it mourns before Me,” is literally, “she [Judah] mourns for Me.” Even though Judah has gone negative toward Truth and has rejected God’s Principles for the perpetuation of the national entity, she will periodically mourn for the Lord. Of course, after Judah suffers the fifth cycle of discipline, she will mourn perpetually.
“The whole land is made desolate”; or a better translation, “all the land makes itself a desolation.” The verb in this phrase is reflexive and indicates that Judah made herself a desolation. Ultimately, every person is responsible for his own decisions because every person has volition. [Freewill] When a person goes negative toward God and Truth, that person has made a decision from his own free will to do so and therefore has no one but himself to blame when the discipline comes. If
a country becomes desolate, the reason is that the individuals of that country have made it desolate!
But he who sins against Me injures himself; All those who hate Me, [God and Truth] love death. (Prov 8:36)
A nation which has freedom can use its freedom either to maintain the freedom or to destroy its freedom. God is always on the side which sponsors freedom; but the very existence of freedom means that you have the free will to destroy your own freedom. God has set up all the Laws: they include Laws of economics, Laws of military Concepts, Laws of social life, and Laws pertaining to the Spiritual life and the soul.
The very freedoms you have at this time are in the gravest danger! Never before have things been so bad in this country. The problem started with Spiritual decline and overflowed into the military; the military decline affects the economy; the economic desolation overflows to the social area, which in turn affects the soul. (Everything starts and or finishes with the soul)The only solution to the problem is God and His Word!
In order for the desolation process to be reversed, there must be a change in the soul. This change in the soul is indicated in the last phrase of: (Jer 12:11) “Because no man lays it to heart.” The heart is the dominant part of the soul, the right lobe and the place where Spiritual Thoughts are stored. (A new Spiritual brain must be created ) In the heart are seven compartments: a frame of reference, memory center, vocabulary storage, categorical storage, conscience, momentum and wisdom, and the Divine Viewpoint about everything you Spiritually Know.
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Now that we know where the change must begin, how is it accomplished? Recovery begins with the Principle of eternal Salvation:
The LORD redeems the soul of His servants, And none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned. (Psa 34:22)
In Salvation it is the soul and not the body that is saved. (1Pe 1:9) The SOUL of the person who believes in Jesus Christ is given eternal life. “But we are not of them who draw back into destruction, but of them that BELIEVE to the SAVING OF THE SOUL.” (Heb 10:39) “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” (Acts 16:31) Believing is non-meritorious Thinking in the heart. Since the heart is the right lobe, not the blood-pumping organ, there is therefore no distinction between a “head belief” and a “heart belief. Thinking is done in the heart, and this is where the recovery begins — in your Thinking!
Once the soul is saved through faith in Jesus Christ, that soul must have food: “MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.” (Matt 4:4) Food for the soul is the Word of Truth. Then the soul must be stabilized through the DAILY intake of Truth through the grace apparatus for perception. Truth is taught and is received by the filling of God the Holy Spirit into the left lobe, which is a storage place for short-term memory — a staging area. The Truth must then be transferred BY FAITH, (It is not usable unless it is believed) from the left lobe to the human spirit (Which is received at the point of Salvation) and cycled from the human spirit into the heart. (The new Spiritual brain)
The reason for the decline in Judah was the fact that the people neither took in Truth nor established it in the heart. It is the Bible stored in the heart that delivers people! As long as we have any freedom left, Truth can be taught; as long as Truth is taught, it can be taken in; and as long as Truth is taken in, there is hope for our country. The hope resides in any pulpit in this land where Truth is taught with the filling of God the Holy Spirit; Verse by Verse, isagogically, categorically and exegetically. (John 4:24) We are in the midst of a national crisis; but we are not without the remedy — THE WORD OF TRUTH!
So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, If you continue in My Word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will Know the Truth, and the Truth will make you free. (John 8:31-32)
For to us God revealed His Thoughts through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all Divine Thoughts, even the depths of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the Thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, [Demonism] but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may Know the Thoughts freely given to us by God, which Thoughts we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those Taught by the Spirit, combining Spiritual Thoughts with Spiritual Words. But a natural man [Unbeliever and or carnal believer] does not accept the Thoughts of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are Spiritually Understood. (1Co 2:10-14)
All your sons will be Taught of the LORD; And the well-being of your sons will be great. In righteousness you will be established; [Spiritual Maturity] You will be far from oppression, for you will not fear; And from terror, for it will not come near you. (Isa 54:13-14)
It is written in the Prophets, AND THEY SHALL ALL BE TAUGHT OF GOD. Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, [Through the Teaching Ministry of God the Holy Spirit] comes to Me. (John 6:45)
A Supernatural Spiritual life demands a Supernatural Spiritual means to accomplish it!