America is given a short time of reprieve. While many financiers are forecasting the fall of the stock market in the next year or so, perhaps they anticipate that President Donald J. Trump would not last a second term of administration, knowing that means one of the ultra liberal communist DNC candidates will come give away the country to the nations, the bond market is rising when investors want to protect their assets.
The Black Horse will surely come to the shores of America. It is a matter of when the reprieve is over. This land is built on opportunities and capitalism. The Black Horse, rather than the Red or the Pale varieties, would be the punishment for godlessness.
Perhaps there is an arc in the fall of Judah to Babylon that believers may learn from. As for the non-believers, naw, they are too distracted from all things worldly. They are distracted by politics, by video games, by CBD and THC, by swiping left or right, by making the most “Christian” family happen on earth, by trying to heal from diseases that are designed, patented and manufactured, by Q Anon, by a sleuth of things that the evening news would not be able to contain. You get the idea. Are the believers awake? Are we having oil in our lamps when we wake up. A reference to the Parable of the Ten Virgins in Matthew 25, told by the Lord the Word of God, Jesus Christ.
Let us revisit the end of the end of the House of David in Jeremiah 37.
They smelled fire.
1 Zedekiah the son of Josiah reigned as king, instead of Coniah the son of Jehoiakim, whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon made king in the land of Judah. 2 But neither he, nor his servants, nor the people of the land, listened to Yahweh’s words, which he spoke by the prophet Jeremiah.
Not listening to God is always a problem, be that in 606 BC or in 2019. Jehoiakim was disposed by Nebuchadrezzar in 606 BC, to be replaced by Nebuchadrezzar’s choice for a vassal prince on the throne of David.
3 Zedekiah the king sent Jehucal the son of Shelemiah, and Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah, the priest, to the prophet Jeremiah, saying, “Pray now to Yahweh our God for us.”
4 Now Jeremiah came in and went out among the people; for they had not put him into prison. 5 Pharaoh’s army had come out of Egypt; and when the Chaldeans who were besieging Jerusalem heard news of them, they broke up from Jerusalem.
Nebuchadrezzar temporarily put his ambition on Jerusalem on hold to handle Pharoah back at his backyard. He withdrew from the gates of Jerusalem for now.
This window is explained below, which was given to Zedekiah for his final window of reprieve. Is America now doing what she needs in the hour of reprieve by turning back to God, in Whom we say we trust on the dollar bill?
6 Then Yahweh’s Word came to the prophet Jeremiah, saying,
The Word of YHVH is later known to us as Y’shua, or Jesus.
7 “Yahweh, the God of Israel, says,
‘You shall tell the king of Judah, who sent you to me to inquire of me: “Behold, Pharaoh’s army, which has come out to help you, will return to Egypt into their own land. 8 The Chaldeans will come again, and fight against this city. They will take it and burn it with fire.”’
9 “Yahweh says,
‘Don’t deceive yourselves, saying, “The Chaldeans will surely depart from us;” for they will not depart. 10 For though you had struck the whole army of the Chaldeans who fight against you, and only wounded men remained among them, they would each rise up in his tent and burn this city with fire.’”
The false prophets in Jerusalem spread the rumor that Nebuchadrezzar is no longer a threat to Jerusalem. But the Word warned the king that they were lying. The Chaldeans will find a way to burn the City with fire.
Who will fill the role of the Chaldeans in the 21st century? Will it be Apollo, the Roman-English form of the Greek god Apollyon, the captain of the army of locusts at the fifth trumpet? Or the antichrist of antichrists? Are they the same individual?
Advance to the ally of Jeremiah, the young Prophet Ezekiel to pick up the story out east in the land of Babylon. Likewise, the Word of YHVH also spoke to him.
In Ezekiel 30, between these two verses 21 & 23, history actually happened.
20 In the eleventh year, in the first month, in the seventh day of the month, Yahweh’s word came to me, saying,
21 “Son of man, I have broken the arm of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Behold, it has not been bound up, to apply medicines, to put a bandage to bind it, that it become strong to hold the sword.
22 Therefore the Lord Yahweh says: ‘Behold, I am against Pharaoh king of Egypt, and will break his arms, the strong arm, and that which was broken. I will cause the sword to fall out of his hand.
Pharoah went up from Africa and east to attack Babylon while Nebuchadrezzar was besieging Jerusalem out west. Doom is on schedule for Jerusalem. He left Jerusalem to take care of business back home. He did.
During those months Nebuchadrezzar was away, Zedekiah thought his buddy Pharoah would get rid of Nebuchadrezzar for good, according to the records of Jeremiah above.
But the Word of YHVH says, He will break the arm of the Pharoah – weakening his hand to fight with a sword.
This reprieve is the window of grace for Jerusalem to turn to God.
As the reprieve America is receiving in 2017 – 2020.
But only if you can feel that same wave of relief. But when we look around, people are so distracted from the objective of God’s mercies by worldly things still. No change.
Jerusalem put all their eggs in the Egypt basket instead of turning to God YHVH Tzva’ot, who has the heavenly host at His command.
Look! This is Israel we are talking about! They were in covenant with YHVH from Sinai.
So seeing that Jerusalem blew their final answer, she exhausted her opportunities. YHVH now broke both arms of the Pharoah in handing him as a prize and Egypt as a plunder to Nebuchadrezzar, the up and coming new kid of tyranny.
To make it smooth and complete, Nebuchadrezzar was given the sword of YHVH to enter Jerusalem in 586 BC and took down the Temple on Tisha B’Av. Tisha b’Av is the ninth day of the fifth month from Spring, the month of Abib. On the western calendar, it is in the middle of summer.
The month of Av is traditionally regarded as the most tragic in the Jewish calendar. On the first day of this month, Aaron (the first High Priest of Israel) died , and later both of the Holy Temples were destroyed on the ninth of Av.
In another Talmud text, it is said that Nebuchadrezzar was given the horse of Michael to break open the gates of Jerusalem to get the business of YHVH done. When a nation is under the protection of God, she cannot be touched. Except that YHVH personally disciplined that nation. Whether it be the divine sword, apparently hinting at the Spirit of YHVH, or the horse used by Michael in fighting wars on behalf of Israel, God chose His instrument of repo of a contract gone bad.
24 I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, and put my sword in his hand; but I will break the arms of Pharaoh, and he will groan before the king of Babylon with the groaning of a mortally wounded man. 25 I will hold up the arms of the king of Babylon; and the arms of Pharaoh will fall down. Then they will know that I am Yahweh, when I put my sword into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he stretches it out on the land of Egypt.
Then in 3 months after the oracle in Ezekiel 30:20 (in the 11th year in the first month) the events are picked up in Jeremiah 39, in the 11th year in the fourth month. The fourth month refers to the month before Av.
2 In the eleventh year of Zedekiah, in the fourth month, the ninth day of the month, a breach was made in the city. 3 All the princes of the king of Babylon came in, and sat in the middle gate, Nergal Sharezer, Samgarnebo, Sarsechim, Rabsaris, Nergal Sharezer, Rabmag, with all the rest of the princes of the king of Babylon. 4 When Zedekiah the king of Judah and all the men of war saw them, then they fled, and went out of the city by night, by the way of the king’s garden, through the gate between the two walls; and he went out toward the Arabah.
5 But the army of the Chaldeans pursued them, and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho. When they had taken him, they brought him up to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon to Riblah in the land of Hamath; and he pronounced judgment on him. 6 Then the king of Babylon killed Zedekiah’s sons in Riblah before his eyes. The king of Babylon also killed all the nobles of Judah. 7 Moreover he put out Zedekiah’s eyes and bound him in fetters, to carry him to Babylon.
8 The Chaldeans burned the king’s house, and the houses of the people, with fire, and broke down the walls of Jerusalem. 9 Then Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away captive into Babylon the residue of the people who remained in the city, the deserters also who fell away to him, and the residue of the people who remained. 10 But Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard left of the poor of the people, who had nothing, in the land of Judah, and gave them vineyards and fields at the same time.
The Tisha b’Av destruction of the Temple of Solomon was given in Jeremiah 52.
12 Now in the fifth month, in the tenth day of the month, which was the nineteenth year of king Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard, who stood before the king of Babylon, came into Jerusalem. 13 He burned Yahweh’s house, and the king’s house; and all the houses of Jerusalem, even every great house, he burned with fire. 14 All the army of the Chaldeans, who were with the captain of the guard, broke down all the walls of Jerusalem all around. 15 Then Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away captive of the poorest of the people, and the residue of the people who were left in the city, and those who fell away, who fell to the king of Babylon, and the residue of the multitude. 16 But Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard left of the poorest of the land to be vineyard keepers and farmers.
Jerusalem mishandled the window of reprieve when they would not put their trust in the hand of YHVH. They were looking for a substitute savior from the Pharoah. God would not allow the people of His covenant to worship false idols. Therefore, the false idol chosen by Zedekiah was removed from them for their own good.
If you are in covenant with God in the New Covenant, also know that He is jealous of you. God will not allow you to join forces with an idol to escape His discipline.
Let us turn back to God. As Y’shua says, Repent! The kingdom of God is at hand.