How do we know the Bible is the truth? Just read about Daniel who found a promise of God in the book of Jeremiah.
Daniel was a refugee. But in the castle of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, the Jew from the tribe of Judah got his hand on the Prophetic scroll of the Prophet Jeremiah.
in the first year of his reign I, Daniel, understood by the books the number of the years specified by the word of the LORD through Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.
Jeremiah was called to be a prophet just before the city of Jerusalem fell into the hands of the Babylonians. He was called to tell the King of the southern Kingdom of Judah. He was troubled by a priest, who also was a false prophet called Pashhur. This priest told the King what pleased his ears.
Jeremiah 20: 1-6
Now Pashhur the son of Immer, the priest who was also chief governor in the house of the Lord, heard that Jeremiah prophesied these things. Then Pashhur struck Jeremiah the prophet, and put him in the stocks that were in the high gate of Benjamin, which was by the house of the Lord.
And it happened on the next day that Pashhur brought Jeremiah out of the stocks. Then Jeremiah said to him:
“The Lord has not called your name Pashhur, but Magor-Missabib. For thus says the Lord: ‘Behold, I will make you a terror to yourself and to all your friends; and they shall fall by the sword of their enemies, and your eyes shall see it. I will give all Judah into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall carry them captive to Babylon and slay them with the sword.
Moreover I will deliver all the wealth of this city, all its produce, and all its precious things; all the treasures of the kings of Judah I will give into the hand of their enemies, who will plunder them, seize them, and carry them to Babylon.
And you, Pashhur, and all who dwell in your house, shall go into captivity. You shall go to Babylon, and there you shall die, and be buried there, you and all your friends, to whom you have prophesied lies.’”
This priest Pashhur claimed to know “God”, but had corrupted him self. He told King Zedekiah what pleased the King. Even though the king did evil.
2 Kings 24:17-19
Then the king of Babylon made Mattaniah, Jehoiachin’suncle, king in his place, and changed his name to Zedekiah.
Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.
He also did evil in the sight of the Lord, according to all that Jehoiakim had done.
When Jeremiah was called, God told Him to write down the messages He received. These Words were later read by Daniel.
Jeremiah 36: 1-3
Now it came to pass in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, that this word came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying: “Take a scroll of a book and write on it all the words that I have spoken to you against Israel, against Judah, and against all the nations, from the day I spoke to you, from the days of Josiah even to this day. It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the adversities which I purpose to bring upon them, that everyone may turn from his evil way, that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin.”
Daniel knew that King Zedekiah had done evil. The King was also exiled to Babylon. Jeremiah escaped the captivity, but left His scroll behind. In the scroll Daniel found Gods warning to the King, which was completely overruled. Daniel also found the promise from God, that the exile would last 70 years.
Daniel repented, also on behalf of the Jewish people.
“O Lord, to us belongs shame of face, to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, because we have sinned against You.
Please read His prayer all over again in Daniel chapter 9.
The Jews were all punished. All of them were exiled. God can bring down nations, even destroy His own temple.
Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones and the light of the lamp. And this whole land shall be a desolation and an astonishment, and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.
‘Then it will come to pass, when seventy years are completed, that I will punish the king of Babylon and that nation, the land of the Chaldeans, for their iniquity,’ says the Lord; ‘and I will make it a perpetual desolation.
The prophet Jeremiah had risked His own life in a bid to call the King to repent, or face stern punishment from God.
So Baruch answered them, “He proclaimed with his mouth all these words to me, and I wrote them with ink in the book.” Then the princes said to Baruch, “Go and hide, you and Jeremiah; and let no one know where you are.”
The King Destroys Jeremiah’s Scroll
And they went to the king, into the court; but they stored the scroll in the chamber of Elishama the scribe, and told all the words in the hearing of the king. So the king sent Jehudi to bring the scroll, and he took it from Elishama the scribe’s chamber. And Jehudi read it in the hearing of the king and in the hearing of all the princes who stood beside the king.
Now the king was sitting in the winter house in the ninth month, with a fire burning on the hearth before him. And it happened, when Jehudi had read three or four columns, that the king cut it with the scribe’s knife and cast it into the fire that was on the hearth, until all the scroll was consumed in the fire that was on the hearth.
Yet they were not afraid, nor did they tear their garments, the king nor any of his servants who heard all these words. Nevertheless Elnathan, Delaiah, and Gemariah implored the king not to burn the scroll; but he would not listen to them. And the king commanded Jerahmeel the king’s son, Seraiah the son of Azriel, and Shelemiah the son of Abdeel, to seize Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah the prophet, but the Lord hid them.
(end of scripture).
The rejection of the Word of God by King Zedekiah had devastating consequences for the Jewish kingdom. God the Holy Spirit left the Temple in Jerusalem, and permitted it to be destroyed.
In a similar way, the Kingdoms of the World has no respect for the Word of God. Priests and false prophets of different kinds, tell lies to the leaders and the people. They have cancelled the judgment that is coming.
Let me give you all a prophecy:
Salvation is available for all who accept Jesus the Messiah as God and Master.
Those who delete the Word of God found in the Bible, shall not be sent in a temporarily exile for 70 years. They shall all face judgment. The penalty will be everlasting separation from God, and a horrific eternity in Hell. There is no exit to be found. Only pain and agony without end.
We wise. Surrender to the Word of God today.
Written by Ivar