JEREMICAH - Chapter 33 (2021) God's Unbreakable Promise
JEREMIAH - CHAPTER 33
GOD’S UNBREAKABLE PROMISE (2021)
Tuesday, August 10, 2021, the Year of Our Lord
Pastor Carolyn Sissom
Chapter 33 is the chapter of God’s unbreakable promise. Zion (The Kingdom of God) will once again become the center of family life and of joy and prosperity. The establishment of the restored order is to be associated with the one who is described as the Branch of Righteousness. In him are the two offices of King and Priest united. God then says that His promise is not only sure but also gracious.
Last week in chapter 32, the Lord made an everlasting covenant with the people of Israel and Judah that even though He was sending them into exile by His Hand of Judgment, He would bring them back to Jerusalem/Israel, bless them, rebuild and they would dwell safely in the Promised Land. He used His prophet, Jeremiah, to purchase a field for $17.00 and bury the Deed of Purchase in the land as a prophetic act sealing the covenant.
We came into agreement for our nation and the nation of Israel by purchasing and signing said Deed of Purchase. We claimed the promise of the eternal covenant through the righteousness of the Blood of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. One of the promises of the covenant is the promise to preserve the land of Jeremiah. Upon their return, they will buy land, make deeds and seal contracts.
“I took notice that on August 5, 2021, Rochelle Walensky, CDC Director, Atlanta, Georgia announced 8/5/21 that she has decided to nationalize America’s rental properties, millions and millions of them from Maine to California. Tenants are no longer required to pay their rent. Property owners cannot evict them under any circumstances. Making someone pay to live on your property is now a federal crime. Try it, and you can wind up in prison, with hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. At the same time, you should know, property owners will still be required to pay the banks that hold their mortgages” (Tucker Carlson).
Of course, she has no authority to make or enforce this as a law. This will surely be challenged in court. However, this is another government over-reach to seize power and property from the American people.
This chapter is a promise of restoration to God’s people after captivity and judgment. This is called The Great Prophecy of the Davidic Kingdom, fulfilled in restored Israel and the Church of the Redeemed. The Lord reiterates his covenant is eternal and irrevocable.
33:1-2: Moreover, the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah a second time, while he was still shut up in the court of the prison, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD who made it, the LORD who formed it to establish it (the LORD [Yahweh} is His name).
There are three “its.”
1. “it” = Eternal Covenant
2. “it” = Land/People
3. “it” = Nation.
The Lord identifies Himself as the One who made, formed, and established the earth, his people, and His Holy Nation by Himself.
33:3: Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.
This is one of those glorious promises whereby the LORD extends to mankind the glory and majesty of wisdom, knowledge and understanding of mighty things, unsearchable things, hidden things, impossible things, etc. etc. Having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times, He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth---in Him (Eph. 1:9-10).
Verses 4-5, describes Jerusalem’s overthrow and God’s anger: Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning the houses of this city and the houses of the kings of Judah, which have been pulled down to fortify against the siege mounds and the sword. They come to fight with the Chaldeans, but only to fill their places with the dead bodies of men whom I will slay in My anger and My fury, all for whose wickedness I have hidden My face from this city.
The first words uttered, bring anything but good news. The LORD draws attention to the houses and even royal palaces that have been torn down in order to build up defenses against the Babylonians. The LORD clearly takes responsibility for the onslaught because of Jerusalem great evil. The Lord has hidden his face from them.
There is now an abrupt change of tone from judgment to blessing. We probably should add:
Jer. 6-8: Behold, I will bring it health and cure, and I will cure them, and will reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth. And I will cause the captivity of Judah and the captivity of Israel to return, and will build them, as at the first. And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, whereby they have sinned against Me, and I will pardon all their iniquities, whereby they have sinned, and whereby they have transgressed against Me.
Cleansing is to be affected after the judgment. There must be a cleansing of the defilement of the land, the cities, the people and the temple. A Holy God must dwell within a Holy people. He will cause the land to vomit out the people in order to cleanse the land and cleanse the people
Monday, I read Leviticus 26. It is another one of the great chapters of the Bible. The Lord’s Word is clear and without repentance. The Israelites were told clearly how they would be blessed and if they did not obey the LORD, his judgment would be sure.
Lev. 26: 1-16: You shall not make idols for yourselves; neither a carved image nor a sacred pillar shall you rear up for yourselves; nor shall you set up an engraved stone in your land, to bow down to it; for I am the LORD your God. You shall keep My Sabbaths and reverence My sanctuary: I am the LORD. If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments, and perform them, then I will give you rain in its season, the land shall yield its produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. Your threshing shall last till the time of vintage, and the vintage shall last till the time of sowing; you shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely. I will give peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and none will make you afraid; I will rid the land of evil beasts, and the sword will not go through your land. You will chase your enemies, and they shall fall by the sword before you. Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight; your enemies shall fall by the sword before you. For I will look on you favorably and make you fruitful, multiply you and confirm My covenant with you. You shall eat the old harvest, and clear out the old because of the new. I will set My tabernacle among you, and My soul shall not abhor you. I will walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people. I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that you should not be their slaves; I have broken the bands of your yoke and made you walk upright. ‘But if you do not obey Me, and do not observe all these commandments, and if you despise My statutes, or if your soul abhors My judgments, so that you do not perform all My commandments, but break My covenant, I also will do this to you:
I will even appoint terror over you, wasting disease and fever which shall consume the eyes and cause sorrow of heart. And you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.
The remaining verses of Leviticus 26 clearly lays out the judgment which Judah is presently experiencing at the Hand of God.
But God’s love is so great, so forgiving, that Jerusalem will be restored in keeping with its world-wide importance. Oh, if governors, mayors, and ministers only knew the responsibility the LORD has placed on them to ensure His blessing and prosperity for cities and regions. We are watching as the Democrat states and cities are collapsing into lawlessness, plagues, famine, financial tribulation, etc. etc.
the joy of salvation is echoed in verses 9-11. I am reading and decreeing all of these verses today that the angels will perform this word over our church, families and nations.
Jer. 9-13: And it shall be to Me a name of joy, a praise and an honor before all the nations of the earth, which shall hear all the good that I do to them and they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and for all the prosperity that I provide for it. Thus says the LORD: ‘Again, there shall be heard in this place---of which you say, “it is desolate, without man and without beast” ---in the cities of Judah, in the streets of Jerusalem that are desolate, without man and without inhabitant and without beast. The voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voice of those who will say: “Praise the LORD of hosts, for the LORD is good. His mercy endures forever. And of those who will bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will cause the captives of the land to return as at the first, says the LORD. Thus says the LORD of hosts: In this place which is desolate, without man and without beast, and in all its cities, there shall again be a dwelling place of shepherds causing their flocks to lie down. In the cities of the mountains, in the cities of the lowland, in the cites of the south in the land of Benjamin, in the places around Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, the flocks shall again pass under the hands of him who counts them, says the LORD.
Flocks passing under the rod reminds me of the vision I had shortly after moving into Little White Church:
(1999) I saw the Lord Jesus standing at the gate in a red robe with an out-stretched rod. He was standing under the big oak tree. Through the gate, sheep were coming in passing under the rod. Just down the road, there was a broken place in the fence. The sheep coming in through there were lost.
Ezekiel 20: 37-38: I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant: I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me; I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn
Those who have “passed under the rod” in faithfulness and perseverance are receiving the “bond of the covenant.
Kingdom peace and prosperity are described in 14-16:
Behold the days are coming, says the LORD, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised to the house of Israel and to the house of Judah: In those days and at that time. I will cause to grow up to David A Branch of Righteousness. He shall execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. In those days Judah will be saved. Jerusalem will dwell safely. This is the name by which she will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
The Righteous Branch as we know is our Lord Jesus Christ and His grafted-on branches of the gospel church (John 15:5). The branch parallels the Joseph principle of a fruitful bough. I have been greatly blessed to see by vision the glory of that branch. I shared the vision in Chapter 23: 5-6. The wording is identical to 33:14-16.
Vision of the Night given to Carolyn Sissom, April 1989: “I was on a wooded mountainside near the top of the mountain in a tree with a view of a beautiful forest. I was facing a tree from which a gentle wind (not a storm) blew a BRANCH OF THE TREE many miles into a valley, never breaking from the tree. (The branch was stretched to an incredible length). The leaves of the branch were gold in color and gloriously beautiful with the Glory of God. The branch then returned in place.
Then I was on the ground watching the gentle wind blow through the trees. Out of the wind came the top of a cedar tree. It was shaped like a Christmas tree, but blue-violet in color. It was loaded with blue-violet pomegranates. I grabbed the tree and took it to a place where a banquet was being served to a large number of people. I spoke to the man-at-the-head of the table announcing to him that we should have a banquet of thanksgiving because of the cedar tree. He agreed and instructed me to open up this immense banquet room.
33: 17-18: Thus says the LORD: David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel; nor shall the priests, the Levites, lack a man to offer burnt offerings before Me, to kindle grain offerings, and to sacrifice continually.
Volumes of books have been written about these two verses. I am content to say that Jesus Christ is the King of the throne of Israel as well as King of Kings and Lord of Lords and that Jesus Christ is the high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek (Heb. 6:20). Jesus Christ fulfilled all the temple offerings.
Therefore, Jesus Christ is not a High Priest, as in Aaron and the Levitical order. His priesthood is of a higher order after the order of Melchizedek.
Of course, this is one of the verses used by the Jews to look for a Messiah from the lineage of David. Six hundred years passed from King Zedekiah until Jesus. However, there was a Levitical priesthood serving at the temple except for the 70- year exile.
Zechariah 12: 12-13 declares God will preserve descendants of David and Levi until the end of the age. They will look upon Christ whom they have pierced and mourn. There are as many theories and views as there are theologians. I am glad I am not a theologian.
Verses 19-26 the LORD declares his faithfulness to perform all the Covenants and promises made to His people. Jeremiah while in prison is given the honor to decree this unbreakable covenant known as The Great David Prophecy.
The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, saying, Thus, says the LORD: If you can break My covenant with the day and My covenant with the night, so that there will not be day and night in their season, then My covenant may also be broken with David My servant, so that he shall not have a son to reign on his throne, and with the Levites, the priests, My ministers. As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, nor the sand of the sea measured, so will I multiply the descendants of David My servant and the Levites who minister to Me. More-over the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah saying, have you not considered what these people have spoken saying, the two families which the LORD has chosen, He has also cast them off? Thus, they have despised My people, as if they should no more be a nation before them. Thus says the LORD: If My covenant is not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth, then I will cast away the descendants of Jacob and David My servant, so that I will not take any of his descendants to be rulers over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. For I will cause their captives to return, and will have mercy on them.
Carolyn Sissom, Pastor
Eastgate Ministries Church
Scripture from NKJV.