“toward the north.” Israel had been carried away from their homeland to Assyria, which was north of the land of Israel, so God instructed Jeremiah to speak his prophecy to the north. Although this prophecy is still not fulfilled, it will be, and Israel will return to the Promised Land in the Millennial Kingdom (Jer. 3:18; Ezek. 37:15-28). [For more on the Millennial Messianic Kingdom on earth, see Appendix 3, “Christ’s Future Kingdom on Earth].