Behold, days are coming, says the Lord


The new king of Israel, that will come from the House of David will be the Mashiach (The anointed), from the tribe of Judah,

The mashiach (Messiah) is promised to the Jews and will come from the Jews.

 

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah - Chapter 23
5. Behold, days are coming, says the Lord, when I will set up of David a righteous shoot, and he shall reign a king and prosper, and he shall perform judgment and righteousness in the land.

The new king of Israel, that will come from the House of David will be the Mashiach (The anointed), from the tribe of Judah,

It is also prophesied in Yirmiyahu – Jeremiah that G-d will form a covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, a new covenant.

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah - Chapter 31
30 Behold, days are coming, says the Lord, and I will form a covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, a new covenant.

Notice that the verse starts out with “Behold, days are coming, says the Lord” This is considered a prophecy because of the first words of the verse, “Behold, days are coming, says the Lord.”

The whole prophecy actually begins with verse 26.

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah - Chapter 31
26 Behold days are coming, says the Lord, and I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with seed of man and seed of beasts.
27 And it shall be, as I have watched over them to uproot and to break down, to demolish and to destroy and to afflict, so will I watch over them to build and to plant, says the Lord.
28 In those days, they shall no longer say, "Fathers have eaten unripe grapes, and the teeth of the children shall be set on edge."
29 But each man shall die for his iniquity; whoever eats the unripe grapes- his teeth shall be set on edge
30 Behold, days are coming, says the Lord, and I will form a covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, a new covenant.

However, the House of Israel, which was made up of the Ten Lost Tribes, have been lost and scattered around the world since the fall of the Northern Kingdom around 721 B.C.E.. The House of Israel, the Ten Lost Tribes, has not been around for thousands of years, that is why they are called the Ten LOST Tribes.

 This may sound strange, trying to make sense out of Anti-Semitism; but I think this could be a way for G-d to get all the tribes of Israel to come back to their land, to come home. Some may say that Anti-Semitism has been with us for over two thousand years, which it has. But for the first time since the destruction of the second Temple the Jews has a home to come to, the holy land of Israel. 


Now the Jews are going home to the land of Israel of which by itself is a miracle considering that Israel has fought eight recognized wars, two Palestinian intifadas, and a series of armed conflicts in the broader Arab–Israeli conflict, and Israel still exist. A day will come when the Jews will form into the ten tribes of Israel, and then G-d will form a covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, a new covenant.

But many Jews have become comfortable in their Diaspora. But as prophesied in the Tanakh, the Mashiach can only be anointed as king of Israel after the Jews have returned to their homeland.

There is much more to this prophecy as we shall see.

There is another reference, also in Jeremiah, in the 23rd chapter that describes the same thing, where all the Jews have returned to the Promised Land, and which also begins with the same words found in Jeremiah.

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah - Chapter 23
5 Behold, days are coming, says the Lord, when I will set up of David a righteous shoot, and he shall reign a king and prosper, and he shall perform judgment and righteousness in the land
6 In his days, Judah shall be saved and Israel shall dwell safely, and this is his name that he shall be called, The Lord is our righteousness.
7 Therefore, behold days are coming, says the Lord, when they shall no longer say, "As the Lord lives, Who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt,"
8 But, "As the Lord lives, Who brought up and Who brought the seed of the house of Israel from the northland and from all the lands where I have driven them, and they shall dwell on their land."

Notice verse 8

8 But, "As the Lord lives, Who brought up and Who brought the seed of the house of Israel from the northland and from all the lands where I have driven them, and they shall dwell on their land.

"and from all the lands where I have driven them, and they shall dwell on their land."

We are seeing this day, prophecy starting to come true.

And now to continue with Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah - Chapter 31

31 Not like the covenant that I formed with their forefathers on the day I took them by the hand to take them out of the land of Egypt, that they broke My covenant, although I was a lord over them, says the Lord.
32 For this is the covenant that I will form with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will place My law in their midst and I will inscribe it upon their hearts, and I will be their God and they shall be My people.

What these verses are saying is that everyone will no longer need to look in any book, neither a 'New Testament,' nor even the Hebrew Scriptures, to tell them what is Right and what is Wrong. They will know it instinctively because it will be in their hearts, truly making G-d their G-d, and in turn, truly making them G-d's People.


What, precisely, does it mean to have G-d's Torah written in our innermost parts?

I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy Torah is within my heart. [Psalm 40:8]

Because G-d's Torah is within us, we know what we are to do, and we are happy to do it.

Please also read carefully. Jeremiah 31:32 does not say 'I will put my NEW Torah in their inward parts' It says, 'I will inscribe my Torah upon their hearts.' The laws of G-d do not change or get changed, they are eternal as G-d is Eternal:

Devarim - Deuteronomy - Chapter 29
28 The hidden things belong to the Lord, our God, but the revealed things apply to us and to our children forever: that we must fulfill all the words of this Torah.

Tehillim - Psalms - Chapter 19
8 The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the Lord is faithful, making the simple one wise
9 The orders of the Lord are upright, causing the heart to rejoice; the commandment of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes.
10 The fear of the Lord is pure, existing forever; the judgments of the Lord are true, altogether just.

Tehillim - Psalms - Chapter 111
7 The works of His hands are truth and justice; all His commandments are faithful.
8 Steadfast forever, made in truth and uprightness.

As a matter of fact, Ezekiel 11:17-20 reflects the ideas found in Jeremiah 31:26-34: that G-d's laws will be in our hearts, not books, in the messianic age, which will last forever:

Therefore say, Thus saith the Etrnl G-d; I will even gather you from the people, and assemble you out of the countries where ye have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel. And they shall come thither, and they shall take away all the detestable things thereof and all the abominations thereof from thence. And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their G-d. [Ezekiel 11:17-20]

As I wrote above, this new covenant that G-d speaks about in Jeremiah 31 is not talking about a new covenant, a new contract, and He does not mean a new set of laws, a new Torah, a new scripture. It means the covenant between G-d and the Jews and the laws of that covenant are eternal.

Finally, the text from Jeremiah 31 reads,
33 And no longer shall one teach his neighbor or [shall] one [teach] his brother, saying, "Know the Lord," for they shall all know Me from their smallest to their greatest, says the Lord, for I will forgive their iniquity and their sin I will no longer remember

This new covenant means that no one will have say 'Know the L-rd,' because the whole world will already believe in G-d.

 

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