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Jeremiah 25:12-38

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The Cup of God’s Wrath

Jeremiah 25:12-38

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Lesson Number 23

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The nations of Jeremiah’s day experienced the cup of God’s wrath.
  2. The nations of the last days will experience the sword of God’s anger.

Practical Application

  1. Keep your eye on Babylon!

Questions

  1. There are two ways to calculate the 70 years of the Babylonian captivity as God revealed it to Jeremiah in chapter 25. The first way would be to begin with the year _____ BC, when Nebuchadnezzar made his first attack on Jerusalem and carried away the first wave of captives, and conclude the 70 years with the year _____ BC, when some captives returned to begin the reconstruction of the Temple in Jerusalem.
  2. The second way of calculating the 70 years would be to begin with the year _____ BC, when Jerusalem was attacked for the third time and the Temple was destroyed, and conclude with the year _____ BC when the reconstruction of the Temple was completed.
  3. “Sheshach” in verse 26 was probably a code word for ______________.
  4. In verses 12-29, Jeremiah’s prophecy relates to events of God’s judgment in Jeremiah’s day. Following verse 29, his prophecy corresponds to God’s judgment during what period of time?
  5. Was Babylon completely destroyed in Jeremiah’s day?

Answers

  1. It was in the year 605 BC when Nebuchadnezzar made his first attack on Jerusalem, and the reconstruction of the Temple in Jerusalem began in 536 BC.
  2. The third attack on Jerusalem occurred in 586 BC, and the Temple in Jerusalem was completed in 516 BC.
  3. “Sheshach” was probably a code word for Babylon. Note Jeremiah 51:41.
  4. After the transition made in verse 29, Jeremiah’s prophecy corresponds to the end timeswhen God will fully judge all the nations of the earth.
  5. No. The Persians just took over Babylon. Babylon still exists today and is being rebuilt. The literal city of Babylon will emerge more and more in the coming days as a center for the one world government and one world religion of the last days. Revelation 17 and 18 informs us of end-time Babylon and its final destruction.

Discuss/Consider

  1. Note the eschatological phrase “in that day” in verse 33, the universal scope of the prophecy in verses 29-33, and the various metaphors used in these verses of Hebrew poetry. Relate these verses of prophecy to the description of the future Tribulation Period covered in the book of Revelation.

Challenge

  1. Are you knowledgeable of biblical prophecies which tell of the end times and aware of world events which may indicate that the end times are near? Are you spiritually prepared to face increasingly difficult times for believers? Now is the time to heed the words of Jesus, “Behold, I am coming soon! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy in this book.” (Revelation 22:7)

Key Verses

  • Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Behold, disaster shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the farthest parts of the earth.” Jeremiah 25:32

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