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like labor pains

Jeremiah 49:23-27 (JDV)

Jeremiah 49:23 About Damascus: Hamath and Arpad are put to shame, because they have heard a bad report and are agitated, like the anxious sea that cannot be calmed.
Jeremiah 49:24 Damascus has become weak; she has turned to run; panic has gripped her. Distress and labor pains have seized her like a woman in labor.
Jeremiah 49:25 How can the city of praise not be abandoned, the town that brings me joy?
Jeremiah 49:26 Therefore, her young men will fall in her public squares; all the warriors will be silenced on that day. This is the declaration of Yahveh of Armies.
Jeremiah 49:27 I will set fire to the wall of Damascus; it will consume Ben-hadad’s citadels.

like labor pains

Damascus of Syria was a joy to the Lord, but he had to destroy it. He speaks of their time of distress before their destruction as a horrible time like a woman’s labor pains. Sound familiar?

Jesus described a time of global distress before his coming judgment with similar words:

Mark 13:8 (JDV)

“Because nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be disasters in various places; there will be famines. These events are just the beginning of the birth pangs.”

Lord, prepare us for your coming judgment. Help us to warn the people of all the nations of the coming destruction.

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About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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