Verses 1-3 “The word that the LORD spake against Babylon and against the land of the Chaldeans by Jeremiah the prophet. Declare ye among the nations, and publish, and set up a standard; publish, and conceal not: say, Babylon is taken, Bel is confounded, Merodach is broken in pieces; her idols are confounded, her images are broken in pieces. For out of the north there cometh up a nation against her, which shall make her land desolate, and none shall dwell therein: they shall remove, they shall depart, both man and beast.”
The declaration is made that Babylon as been overthrown. She has been broken and overrun by her enemies, a nation from the north. The nation to the north was Medo-Persia. They have desolated her and nobody will live there again. Both man and beast will run from her. This was only partially fulfilled with original Babylon, so has yet to be fulfilled. While Babylon the Whore will not be overrun by a nation from the north, as for America that is Canada (and come to think of it, there are Muslims there, so we may be overrun from the north also), it says in other passages that she will be plundered and ravaged by the Medes, which correspond to the people north of the original Babylon, so we are still speaking of the same basic people. We are told in Revelation that the beast's counsel of cronies will burn Babylon with fire. As the conclusion was reached that this is an Islamic league, and this group comprises the lands that were originally part of Medo-Persia, the prophecy still is valid, although understood in a different way.
Verses 4-8 “In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together, going and weeping: they shall go, and seek the LORD their God. ( Editor's note. Something strange is happening with verse 4. Every time I try to paste it into the blog, it comes out in bold print. I cannot seem to change that no matter what I do. God must have some reason for that, so I will just leave it that way although I have no reason to know why it should be that way.) They shall ask the way to Zion with their faces thitherward, saying, Come, and let us join ourselves to the LORD in a perpetual covenant that shall not be forgotten. My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away on the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their resting place. All that found them have devoured them: and their adversaries said, We offend not, because they have sinned against the LORD, the habitation of justice, even the LORD, the hope of their fathers. Remove out of the midst of Babylon, and go forth out of the land of the Chaldeans, and be as the he goats before the flocks.”
At the time of Babylon's being desolated by the Medes, Israel (the ten lost tribes) and Judah (the Jews) will finally come back together as a single nation weeping and seeking the Lord. If, as suspected, America rescues some of the Jews, there will be some Israelis, American Jews, and people who may be descended from the ten lost tribes, who will seek to get back to Israel. They now turn to the Lord to get back to their covenant relationship with Him. God then relates their spiritual history. They have been lost because their shepherds (the Pharisees and other religious leaders throughout their history) have led them astray. They have been driven from their homeland, and all that persecute them say that they are not offending God by doing this. Their enemies say that Israel is only getting its just reward, because they have turned from the Lord their God, who is a just God, and this is their punishment which He pronounced upon them if they turned from Him. God then tells His people to get out of Babylon. Those who are listening and hear this instruction, (and not all will hear it) are told to be as the "he goats", who lead the rest of the flock. They are to gather the people up and get them out. It says that they will ask the way to Zion. In other passages of Scripture it also says that they are to go to Jerusalem. That is where they will be when the Lord returns and they will look upon Him and realize who He is and that they made a huge mistake.