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Spoke 2

Matthew 24 chain Jeremiah

And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

Matthew 24.1f

The Book of Jeremiah records God's last great call for repentance and warning before the imminient destruction of Jerusalem. Lying prophets had been denying the truth of God and prophesying falsehood, saying "peace, peace" when there would be no peace. All of this deeply integrates with Christ's revelation of the end of days found in Matthew 24.

The opening verses of Matthew 24 correlate directly to the call of the Prophet Jeremiah as recorded in the opening verses of the Bible's 24th Book (Jeremiah 1.10):

Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.

In the KJV, the set {see, throw*, down} forms a first order projective KeyLink between Matthew 24.1 and Jeremiah 1.10:

keyKeyLink Set: {see, throw*, down}
PMatthew( 24, 1 ) chain PBible( 24, 1 )

This KeyLink is "weak" in the sense that similiar ideas are expressed elsewhere (notably the parallel passages from Mark and Luke). It is sensative to minor translational choices such as the use of "behold" in Luke rather than "see" in Matthew. The thematic link is, of course, found in all translations because it is a property of the Bible. But the the mystery of the King James Version is that many of its thematic links are transformed into KeyLinks by seemingly minor, theologically insignificant translational variations - the most stunning example being the distribution of the phrase the everlasting God which is found once in each book of Spoke 1 in the KJV.

The links between Matthew 24 and Jeremiah are incredible to behold. The common theme integrates with great themes of the Word and Prophecy found on Spoke 2:

Matthew 24.11,24 Jeremiah 14.14,29.8
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before.
Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.

For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not your prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of you, deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause to be dreamed. For they prophesy falsely unto you in my name: I have not sent them, saith the LORD.

The Lord Jesus told Jeremiah the same things He told His Apostles in Matthew 24! Note the degree of correlation - the same phrases deceive you and in my name occur in both Jeremiah and Matthew 24. Yet this is but the beginning of the wonders of God's Word. Consider these verses from Jeremiah 5.25f:

Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you. For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men. As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich. They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge. Shall I not visit for these things? saith the LORD: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this? A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land; The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof? O ye children of Benjamin, gather yourselves to flee out of the midst of Jerusalem, and blow the trumpet in Tekoa, and set up a sign of fire in Bethhaccerem: for evil appeareth out of the north, and great destruction.

There are many links between these verses and Matthew 24, where we find Christ's warning to flee Jerusalem (Matthew 24.9f):

Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

Again, note the common phraseology: in Jeremaiah the wicked evildoers wax fat and so do not care for "the cause of the fatherless." In other wordds, their love waxed cold, as declared by Christ in Matthew 24.

The fate of true believers, who will be hated for the Word of God and the Testimony of Christ is precisely what happened to Jeremiah. He was thrown in prison because "the word of the Lord" was "a reproach unto them." They had "no delight in it" (Jer 6.10).

Matthew 24 and Jeremiah are also deeply integrated with Isaiah 24. Near the end of the Olivet Discourse, Chirst described the end of the age, when He would return to reign forever and ever:

Matthew 24.26f Isaiah 24.17f
Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth. And it shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that cometh up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do shake. The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again.

And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth. And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited. Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.

And now we can see a little more of the infinite depth of the Wisdom and Glory of God our Father! Searching all seven versions of the Bible for the set {sun, moon, within 1 gather} yields exactly three verses: Isaiah 24.22, Jeremiah 8.2, and Matthew 24.28. The verses from Isaiah 24 and Matthew 24 are quoted above. Here are the verses from Jeremiah:

At that time, saith the LORD, they shall bring out the bones of the kings of Judah, and the bones of his princes, and the bones of the priests, and the bones of the prophets, and the bones of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, out of their graves: And they shall spread them before the sun, and the moon, and all the host of heaven, whom they have loved, and whom they have served, and after whom they have walked, and whom they have sought, and whom they have worshipped: they shall not be gathered, nor be buried; they shall be for dung upon the face of the earth. And death shall be chosen rather than life by all the residue of them that remain of this evil family, which remain in all the places whither I have driven them, saith the LORD of hosts.

Consider what this means! We have a triple KeyLink:

KeyLink Set {sun, moon, within 1 gathered}
PBible( 24 )  chain PIsaiah( 24 )   
PBible( 24 )  chain PMatthew( 24 )
PIsaiah( 24 ) chain PMatthew( 24 )

This triple set of KeyLinks exists in six of the seven versions used for comparison in this study. It is missing from the NIV (big suprise!) which exhibits only the KeyLink between Matthew 24 and Jeremiah.

Yet there is one more correlation I must note. As I was researching the relation between the "woes" of Isaiah 5 with those of Deuteronomy, I noticed these verses from Matthew 24 (vs. 15f):

When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

All the highlighted words and phrases find their counterparts in Book 24, Jeremiah:

A sound of battle is in the land, and of great destruction. How is the hammer of the whole earth cut asunder and broken! how is Babylon become a desolation among the nations! I have laid a snare for thee, and thou art also taken, O Babylon, and thou wast not aware: thou art found, and also caught, because thou hast striven against the LORD. The LORD hath opened his armoury, and hath brought forth the weapons of his indignation: for this is the work of the Lord GOD of hosts in the land of the Chaldeans. Come against her from the utmost border, open her storehouses: cast her up as heaps, and destroy her utterly: let nothing of her be left. Slay all her bullocks; let them go down to the slaughter: woe unto them! for their day is come, the time of their visitation. The voice of them that flee and escape out of the land of Babylon, to declare in Zion the vengeance of the LORD our God, the vengeance of his temple. Call together the archers against Babylon: all ye that bend the bow, camp against it round about; let none thereof escape: recompense her according to her work; according to all that she hath done, do unto her: for she hath been proud against the LORD, against the Holy One of Israel.

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