Moreover Yahweh’s word came to Jeremiah the second time, while he was still locked up in the court of the guard, saying, “Yahweh who does it, Yahweh who forms it to establish it—Yahweh is his name, says: ‘Call to me, and I will answer you, and will show you great and difficult things, which you don’t know.’ For Yahweh, the God of Israel, says concerning the houses of this city and concerning the houses of the kings of Judah, which are broken down to make a defense against the mounds and against the sword: ‘While men come to fight with the Chaldeans, and to fill them with the dead bodies of men, whom I have killed in my anger and in my wrath, and for all whose wickedness I have hidden my face from this city, behold, I will bring it health and healing, and I will cure them; and I will reveal to them abundance of peace and truth. I will restore the fortunes of Judah and Israel, and will build them as at the first. I will cleanse them from all their iniquity by which they have sinned against me. I will pardon all their iniquities by which they have sinned against me and by which they have transgressed against me. This city will be to me for a name of joy, for praise, and for glory, before all the nations of the earth, which will hear all the good that I do to them, and will fear and tremble for all the good and for all the peace that I provide to it.’ ”
Isn’t it interesting that while Jeremiah was locked up that God decided to give him visions of the future glory of Israel? I would imagine that Jeremiah’s face was changed in a way that the guards could see. Perhaps Jeremiah’s time in jail was one of the best times of his life. Isn’t it amazing how God can change things?
So here we have God’s plan to restore Israel stated again. God tells us that He “will cure them” and “will reveal to them abundance of peace and truth” and “will cleanse them from all their iniquity by which they have sinned” against Him. He tells Jeremiah that Jerusalem will be “for a name of joy, for praise, and for glory, before all the nations of the earth,” for God. God says that “all the nations of the earth” will hear about what is going on in Jerusalem and will highly respect God for it. It’s pretty obvious that this hasn’t happened yet. Right now it would appear that all the nations of the world are ready to control Israel for themselves. The time that Jeremiah saw has yet to happen but when it does, the nations will not try to do anything except get down on their faces before God.
At that time, there really will be world peace and it will come out of Jerusalem. We don’t have to worry about wars. We don’t have to worry about socialism. We don’t have to worry about global warming. Jesus is the one we should be worrying about because He will be the one to bring in the new world order.