Scripture Thoughts from Jeremiah and Revelation
From my Bible reading lists, the following observations from lists 7 and 8, Jeremiah and Revelation.
Jeremiah and Revelation feature many references to the future events associated with Christ’s return, including the gathering of the nations, and judgment.
Consider Jeremiah 16:19 — “to you shall the nations come from the ends of the earth and say: “Our fathers have inherited nothing but lies, worthless things in which there is no profit.” Then in Revelation 15:4 comes very similar wording about the nations: “All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.” The verses in Jeremiah 16 use global language (“all nations” and “from the ends of the earth”), promises in a section talking about Israel’s future restoration. The reading in Revelation 15, my very next reading selection, again emphasizes that all the nations will come to worship the Lord.
The MBC (MacArthur Bible Commentary) concurs with the natural reading of the texts, adding that Jeremiah 16:19-21 was partially fulfilled after the Babylonian exile when some Gentiles renounced their idolatry. But the final fulfillment awaits the Second Coming — events also described in Revelation 15. The MBC also gives additional references: Isaiah 2:1-4; 49:6; and 60:3.
A few chapters later, Jeremiah and Revelation continue the judgment theme, as in Jeremiah 18:21-23 and Revelation 16:5-7. In the first text, Jeremiah cries out for judgment upon those who have plotted against him, in words very similar to the imprecatory Psalms, with such lines as “deliver up their children to famine; give them over to the power of the sword; let their wives become childless and widowed,” and concludes with “deal with them in the time of your anger.” Lest anyone think Jeremiah’s words unduly harsh, that Christians should not think such things of their enemies who persecute them, note that Jeremiah does give the matter to the Lord: “Let them be overthrown before you; deal with them in the time of your anger.” Revelation 16:5-7 declares: “Just are you, O Holy One, who is and who was, for you brought these judgments. For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and you have given them blood to drink. It is what they deserve!” And I heard the altar saying, “Yes, Lord God the Almighty, true and just are your judgments!”
One more parallel from recent reading:
List 5 — Psalm 116:15 — Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.
List 8 — Revelation 14:13 — And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!”