Jeremiah 30 - A Warning to the Palestinians and the Gentiles! -- By: Mal Couch

Journal: Conservative Theological Journal
Volume: CTJ 07:21 (Aug 2003)
Article: Jeremiah 30 - A Warning to the Palestinians and the Gentiles!
Author: Mal Couch

Jeremiah 30 - A Warning to the Palestinians
and the Gentiles!

Mal Couch

President, Tyndale Seminary

Everyone has experienced what I call “the great awakening” in which some passage of the Word of God suddenly becomes overpowering and relevant. We have to say, “I have never noticed these specific verses before!” This has happened to me recently. And the chapter that I cannot seem to get away from is Jeremiah 30.

Jeremiah 30 may be one of the most important prophecies in our Old Testament. It gives without apology the remarkable premillennial doctrine about the return of the Jews to the land. What do some of the greatest Bible teachers write about this chapter?

Old Testament Jewish-Christian scholar Charles Feinberg (who was one of my seminary professors) rightly observes that the prophet Jeremiah is not occupied with events in the near future in this chapter but with the distant consummation of Israel’s history. Jeremiah “predicted the permanence of the nation, the coming of the Gentiles to the truth, the institution of God’s new covenant of redemption, and the rule of [Christ] the Davidic King over cleansed Zion.” (Jeremiah: A Commentary, Zondervan, 202) In his great commentary (published by Tyndale Seminary through AMG Publishers), Unger calls this chapter the “Book of Consolation.” Along with chapters 31–33, together they “are indeed significant, since Jeremiah was so largely taken up with the message of judgment. But Israel’s bright hope issues from the grace of God guaranteeing a glorious future for the nation” (p. 1416).

Jeremiah is told to “Write all the words which I have spoken”

(v. 2) about Israel and Judah, and their future return to the land. God promises to “restore the fortunes of My people Israel [the northern kingdom] and Judah [the southern kingdom]” (v. 3). Note that God said all the words, plural, meaning every detail of what He says in a literal and normal sense. “I will bring them back to the land that I gave to their forefathers, and they shall possess it” (v. 3b).

The Lord then forewarns the Jews of the pain of the “birth pangs” that will take place before Israel is restored. He is speaking about the Day of the Lord that will fall upon Israel, and upon the nations as well. “Alas! for that day is great, there is none like it; and it is the time of Jacob’s distress, but he [Jacob—the Jewish people] will be saved f...

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