Jeremiah 21:3-9 (KJV)
Then said Jeremiah unto them, Thus shall ye say to Zedekiah:
Thus saith the LORD God of Israel; Behold, I will turn back the weapons of war that are in your hands, wherewith ye fight against the king of Babylon, and against the Chaldeans, which besiege you without the walls, and I will assemble them into the midst of this city.
And I myself will fight against you with an outstretched hand and with a strong arm, even in anger, and in fury, and in great wrath.
And I will smite the inhabitants of this city, both man and beast: they shall die of a great pestilence.
And afterward, saith the LORD, I will deliver Zedekiah king of Judah, and his servants, and the people, and such as are left in this city from the pestilence, from the sword, and from the famine, into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of those that seek their life: and he shall smite them with the edge of the sword; he shall not spare them, neither have pity, nor have mercy.
And unto this people thou shalt say, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of death.
He that abideth in this city shall die by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence: but he that goeth out, and falleth to the Chaldeans that besiege you, he shall live, and his life shall be unto him for a prey.
Though it isn’t a perfect fit and I would not be insistent upon forcing this interpretation, I see a foreshadow of the Tribulation in these verses.
It begins with God fighting them
The first half of the Tribulation is marked by every sort of natural disaster
The disasters are such that a fraction of the population of the world survives.
It is followed by Babylon being unleashed on those that remain
The second half of the Tribulation is marked by the aggressive and violent rule of Antichrist. The only real survivors are those who risk death by Antichrist.
Those who follow him will ultimately perish. In the end, only those who refuse his mark and risk their lives in it go to the millennial kingdom.
Christ taught the principle that those who save their lives shall lose it and those who give their lives shall save it.
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Jeremiah 21:3-9 A Tribulation Foreshadowing?
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