IN THE FOURTH YEAR OF JEHOIAKIM
Parallel: In the Fourth Year of Barak O.
Jeremiah 45:1-5, “The word that Jeremiah the prophet spoke to Baruch the son of Neriah, when he had written these words in a book at the instruction of Jeremiah, in the fourth year of Jehoiakim (606-605 BCE, 19 years before Judah’s and Jerusalem’s destruction) the son of Josiah, king of Judah, saying, 2“Thus says Yahweh, the Mighty One of Israel, to you, O Baruch: 3‘You said, “Woe is me now! For Yahweh has added grief to my sorrow. I fainted in my sighing, and I find no rest.”’
4“Thus you shall say to him, ‘Thus says Yahweh: “Behold, what I have built I will break down, and what I have planted I will pluck up, that is, this whole land (of America, Britain, Israel?). 5And do you seek great things for yourself? Do not seek them; for behold, I will bring adversity on all flesh,” says Yahweh. “But I will give your life to you as a prize in all places, wherever you go.”’””
There are four places in the Scriptures where the fourth year of Jehoiakim is mentioned. Jeremiah 25:1, which equates Jehoiakim’s fourth year to King Nebuchadnezzar’s 1st year as king of Babylonia, which then also became the 1st year of Judah’s captivity and the prophet Daniel’s 1st year of captivity. Jeremiah 36:1, which relates how King Jehoiakim burned the Torah scroll copied down by Jeremiah’s scribe, Baruch, while Jeremiah was incarcerated in the dungeon. Jeremiah 46:2, which is a prophecy against Egypt and Pharaoh Necho, whom Nebuchadnezzar defeated in the fourth year of Jehoiakim at the famous ancient battle of Carchemish. The fourth reference is here in Jeremiah 45:1, our text for today, where Baruch is being rebuked by Yahweh for doing something against the Gospel.
This is the Scripture where Yahweh tells Baruch that He will pluck up the throne of David. Did Baruch’s rebuke come as a result of seeking material gain through his and Jeremiah’s ministry? I don’t know, but what a sharp rebuke that we in the West should take to heart today, “5And do you seek great things for yourself? Do not seek them; for behold, I will bring adversity on all flesh,” And look at that prophecy!! What a timely word for us in these end times. Yahweh is the One Who will bring adversity, or tribulation, upon the whole world. Yahweh will use Satan to bring much of this misery, but Yahweh is trying to get people to repent of their sins, so He doesn’t have to bring calamity upon us. Does anyone have ears to hear in these last days? America, the British Commonwealth, and the State of Israel are three of the most materialistic nations on the planet! And we represent the remnant of Yahweh’s physical Hebrews from ancient times. Yahweh disciplines His children.
We are headed for World War III, famine, pestilence and all the rest of the plagues of Matthew 24 and Revelation. These are the last minutes we have to repent as a people, nation, and individually. Beginning this Sunday, Elul 1, we can begin 40 days of prayer of repentance, leading up to the Day of Atonement on Tishri 10. I expect a nasty, violent war to break out in the Middle East during this time frame. This Middle East regional war could easily break out into full-blown WWIII within days, or minutes.
You can prepare physically, by stocking up guns, ammo, food, water, and building a bunker, but it’s much more important to humble ourselves spiritually before our Maker. Yahweh’s plan is to bring the Kingdom of Yahweh to earth, but first He has to set up Satan for his final demise. Yeshua will sit as King and be crowned as our King when He returns to Jerusalem, but there may not be much of Jerusalem left when He gets here.
The Islamic Beast system continues to grow and its tentacles are reaching into every home through television, radio, and the internet. The banks will soon close their doors to take a “bank holiday”, which could last for weeks, months or years. The next Pope will be the last Pope. America may have seen its last president. B.O. is making himself a dictator with every Executive Order he writes. I hear he is planning a false-flag assassination attempt on his own life, before the election in November, just so he can declare martial law and make himself this dictator once and for all.
I hope for a spiritual awakening in America and around the world. I pray for a spiritual awakening in America and around the world. I repent and pray for a spiritual awakening in myself. America, Great Britain, and Israel reject Yahweh and Yeshua HaMashiach. Personally, I don’t see America repenting, because America, the once greatest nation in human history, does not appear to make it to the tribulation, let alone to the other side of the tribulation. Read the Book, if you see America in the end times in Scripture, please write me and let me know where you see that.
Anyway, back to Jeremiah 45:5, “And do you seek great things for yourself? Do not seek them; for behold, I will bring adversity on all flesh.” A friend of ours recently related how she is paying a lawyer $1,000 per month just to legally fight her own daughter, to keep the daughter from taking our friend’s horse and real estate. What would Yeshua tell her today? What did Yeshua tell that rich young ruler 2,000 years ago? Oh yeah, in Matthew 19:21-22, we read, “Yeshua said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” 22But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.” This is one of the saddest passages in the Scriptures. Read the whole story. This rich young man could have been one of Yeshua’s disciples, one of the early pillars of the Church!! Do you own your stuff, or does your stuff own you? Your answer to that question could determine your eternal destiny. It’s time to let go of self and its baggage and follow Yeshua, free from all encumbrances. You can’t take it with you anyway, and Yeshua will give it all back to you anyway, if not now, then in the Kingdom to come to earth soon, so what are you holding onto? Sell your extra homes, cars, pets, etc. give the proceeds to the poor and come follow Yeshua. Discipleship and martyrdom for Yeshua always wins, materialistic idolatry always loses. It’s your soul, let Yeshua help you with that.
Blessings in Yeshua and peace be upon Jerusalem,
Gene Benjamin II
August 17, 2012 CE