9. You have taught the created beings so that they might know You, and You have made wise the nations so that You might minister all.
10. The heavenly armies stand ready to obey and minister for You.
11. Hear Your servant and listen to my petition.
12. For from birth to death is such a short time.
13. With You, hours as are many days, and days are as generations.
14. Do not be angry with mankind, for mankind is as nothing, and do not judge us for our works.
15. For what are we? for by Your gift of life have we come into the world, and we depart such life not of our own will.
16. For we did not tell our parents to beget us, nor have we notified Sheol to receive us.
17. How can we therefore bear Your anger? or how can we endure Your judgment?
18. Safeguard us in Your compassion and mercy.
19. Look upon little ones who obey You, and save those who draw near to You, destroy not the hope of our people, cut not off our help.
20. For this people are those that You have chosen, and these people are without like in the world.
21. For now will I speak my thoughts in Your presence.
22. In You do we trust, for Your commands are with us, and we do not fall if we keep Your law.
23. We have kept ourselves from the ungodly.
24. For we are all one people, and we have received the same law from You. The law You have given will help us, and the Conquering Wisdom within us will save us.
25. When I had prayed this, I felt very weak.
Baruch continues to intercede for his people. His intercession is great, and he makes a good example of an intercessor for us today. Today, it has been reported that the average minister prays eight minutes a week. This is horrible.
Mankind tends to get into excesses. It is a common tendency of people to binge or have some sort of excesses. Many seem harmless, and some are very dangerous and unwise.
Some become ALCOHOLICS, and they have an uncontrollable urge to drink liquor.
WORKAHOLICS can't stop working, and will go from duty to duty, and seem to have an insatiable desire to continue.
Some COFFEE ADDICTS need three cups before they are fit to converse in the morning.
DRUG ADDICTS will steal, lie, or do most anything to get more drugs.
GLUTTONS overdo the need for sustenance. Some are lazy, and rest 20 hours a day.
A WORRIER will spend all day worrying over many things which will never come to pass.
A recreation FAN ("fan" is short for "fanatic") will miss church, skip Bible reading and prayer, etc. all to see their Super Bowl, or World Series, etc.
Excesses can so distract us that the rapture will sneak up on us, our loved ones can remain in sin, or backslide to that state unnoticed, our own spiritual strength can slump, etc. without us noticing.
We are warned in the Bible to "take heed to ourselves":
"Take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares."
There are many who have become "overcharged with surfeiting, ... drunkenness, and the cares of this life." We may tend toward binges and excesses, but we most often tend toward the wrong binges and improper excesses.
This is why "temperance" is commanded:
I Corinthians 9:25
"Every man that strives for the mastery is temperate in all things (The text is speaking food-wise)."
"Let your moderation be known unto all men."
"Temperance" is a fruit of the Spirit. This means it is one of the natural bestowments upon us at salvation. It is either allowed to mature and grow, or can be hindered in our Christian lives. Mary and Martha were both Godly women, yet one tended toward being a "workaholic", and thereby missed some great lessons from the Lord. We need to beware of excesses, and need to control ourselves. Temperance often needs to be exercised.
One excess that is rare to see is one who becomes a PRAYERAHOLIC. It is easy to become a FAN, or an ALCOHOLIC, and many do become entangled in those excesses. Then, why is it so rare to find a PRAYERAHOLIC? It is one of several excesses that we are commanded to have.
Over and over in Scripture we are commanded to pray - "always, in everything, everywhere, for all things, and for all men."
"...men ought always to pray."
"Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit."
"Continue in prayer."
I Thessalonians 5:17
"Pray without ceasing."
I Timothy 2:8
"I will therefore that men pray everywhere."
"From the rising of the sun, unto the going down
of the same, the Lord's name is to be praised."
"Seven times a day do I praise Thee
because of thy righteous judgments."
Moses was a INTERCESSORY-PRAYERAHOLIC.
"Thus I fell down before the Lord 40 days and 40 nights... because the Lord had said He would destroy you."
Samuel was a INTERCESSORY-PRAYERAHOLIC.
I Samuel 12:23
"As for me, God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you."
Anna was an INTERCESSORY-PRAYERAHOLIC.
"She was a widow of about four score and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day."
26. He answered me, Since you have prayed simply, Baruch, I have heard.
27. However, My judgment and law will be executed.
28. I will answer your words that you have prayed.
29. For those who are corrupted, those who have sinned carelessly, those who forget My goodness, and those who are ungrateful for My longsuffering are as nothing.
30. You, Baruch, shall soon be taken from this life, as I have told you.
31. The time will come1. when there shall be great affliction, quick vehemence, and turbulent indignation.
32. In that time, all mankind will attack each other, not realizing they have come into the time of My wrath.
33. There will not be a wise man among them, and the intelligent will be few. Those who do realize what is come upon them from Me, will be silent.
34. Many rumors and reports will abound, deceptive wonders will occur, and many promises will be given, some true, and some false.
35. Honor will become shame, strength will become be humbled into contempt, truth will be scarce, and beauty will be hated.
36. May will say at that time, Where have the intelligent hidden themselves?
37. While they ponder such things, zeal will arise in the thoughtless, passion will come in the peaceful, anger will make them to hurt many. The armies of such will shed blood, and they will all perish together.
Baruch will someday return to serve the Lord again, and it will be at the end times. The Lord will give Baruch many details of the future events...
The greatest single theme of the Bible is the second coming of Christ. The saints in the early church were so excited about it that they often used the greeting - "MARANATHA" - which means - "the Lord cometh." All of the Scripture points to the coming of Jesus.
The first prophecy given to mankind was Genesis 3:15:
"I WILL PUT ENMITY BETWEEN THEE (Satan) AND THE WOMAN, AND BETWEEN THY SEED (Antichrist) AND HER SEED (Christ Jesus); IT (Jesus) SHALL BRUISE THY HEAD (Satan's), AND THOU (Satan) SHALL BRUISE HIS (Jesus') HEEL."
Jude reveals in his book that even Enoch, the seventh generation from Adam, knew about the second coming of the Messiah and preached about it in his day:
"AND ENOCH, ALSO, THE SEVENTH FROM ADAM, PROPHESIED OF THESE SAYING, 'BEHOLD THE LORD COMETH WITH 10,000'S OF HIS SAINTS.'"
John, the revelator, ended his apocalypse with:
"EVEN SO COME, LORD JESUS."
So, what is your attitude toward the coming of Jesus? The sick, dying, and persecuted are anxious for the Lord's return. What about the rest of us? Are we anxious? If you were on your way to claim a 10 million dollar prize, would you be anxious? If you would be more anxious to do that than to see the return of the Lord, then you love money more than you love the Lord.
38. And it will happen at that time, that events of the past will be corrected, for the times of pollution, of oppression, of self-willed walk, of ignoring the law of the Almighty shall end.
39. A fire will consume the thoughts, and flames will try their meditations, and the Judge will not delay His coming.
40. Each person of the earth, knew when how to sin, but pride kept them from knowing My law.
41. Many in that day will weep, more for the living ones than for the dead.
42. I answered: O Adam, what have you done to your descendants! And Eve, what can we say to you who listened to the serpent!
43. For many are going into destruction, and uncountable numbers will be destroyed by fire due to your sins.
We need to be anxious for the Lord to return. Like a father and mother await the return of a long lost child, we should await even more anxiously the return of our Savior. Those parents would not want to delay the child's return to enjoy their favorite television program. No, nothing would be more important to them.
Yet, people, too often, think that they should just casually await the Lord. It is not, definitely not, a sign of spirituality to casually act as if one doesn't care if the Lord returns now, or later.
The five foolish virgins expected to have time to get more oil. The wise ones were ready to see their Lord. Anxiousness is a compliment to our Savior, not an insult. They were so anxious that they made extra sure they would have enough oil.
Unfortunately, all ten of the virgins in the parable fell asleep, all slumbered. The five wise ones woke up in time, but today we find many still slumbering and sleeping in the time of the signs that the "Bridegroom" is approaching.
44. Again, do I want to ask the Lord.
45. For only You, Lord, know what is in Your creation.
46. Long ago You commanded dust to produce Adam. You know the number of those who have descended from him. You know how each has sinned against You. You know those who do not confess You to be their Creator.
47. In the end, they shall be convicted, and the laws they have broken will come upon them on that day.
48. But let us forget now the wicked, and discuss the righteous ones.
49. I will recall their blessedness, and not be silent in celebrating their glory which is reserved for them.
50. For as the righteous have endured much labor in this world which will soon end, so in the eternal world to come, you will receive great light.
In the end times, one of the signs predicted will be like the "great affliction, turbulent indignation... (vs. 31) ...mankind will attack each other... (vs.32) ...armies of such will shed blood. (vs.37)"
The Bible is full of warnings of WARS AND RUMORS OF WARS:
"YE SHALL HEAR OF WARS, AND RUMORS OF WARS."
Since 1945, not a single day has passed without a war raging somewhere in the world. The world is acting like the prophecy of Joel is now proclaimed:
"PROCLAIM YE THIS AMONG THE GENTILES --PREPARE WAR. WAKE UP THE MIGHTY MEN, LET ALL MEN OF WAR DRAW NEAR. LET THEM COME UP. BEAT YOUR PLOWSHARES INTO SWORDS."
Armies of today contain 32 million soldiers, with a potential of 570 million. Fifty per cent of all scientists in the world work on developing weapons of war. The Arab nations have 500,000 more soldiers than NATO. The United States has submarines named TRIDENT. They each cost billions of dollars. Warheads can be shot to within 100 yards of a target while 10,000 miles away. Each warhead is 5 times more powerful than the one dropped on Hiroshima. Each sub can destroy 408 cities. Each sub has more destruction power than all the bombs dropped in WW II. There are 60,000 nuclear warheads in the world. Russia still has enough to wipe out the United States totally three times and have 8,000 warheads left over. Russia could send a warhead to every town of 1500 or more people, each warhead 80 times as powerful as the one dropped on Hiroshima.