Monday, August 28, 2017

Fret Not, God Has a Different Plan

The internet is buzzing, in some circles, about the evil plans about to be put into place by our very own government. Plans that will basically shut down the easy flow of information on the internet, plans to go after anyone who speaks out against the current administration and its cronies. Plans for pure evil, that will make Nazi Germany look like a picnic and the Holocaust merely a small misunderstanding.

It is very easy to begin to get upset and fearful as one reads this. Even among followers of Jesus Christ they all too often focus on the rumors and spread the fear. Instead maybe they need to be looking at what God says:

Psalm 37 has much to say about the destruction of the wicked. In fact, 11 times we are told that the wicked will be destroyed, with 11 being the Biblical number of judgment. At the same time, we are told three times that the righteous will inherit the earth.

Psa 37:1  A Psalm of David. Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. First we are told not to fret about evildoers. That means we are not (to glow or grow warm; figuratively (usually) to blaze up, of anger, zeal, jealousy: - be angry, burn, be displeased, X earnestly, fret self, grieve, be (wax) hot, be incensed, kindle, X very, be wroth.)

And here is why we are not to get angry, grieve or fret:
Psa 37:2  For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

In fact we are told three times not to fret about the wicked. What I also find interesting is that this is the only place in the Psalms where we are told not to fret (the Psalms being primarily by King David), then in Proverbs 24:19, we see almost the identical words of from King David in Psa 37:1 by his son King Solomon: 
Pro_24:19  Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked;
So we are not to be getting angry, fretting, be zealous or jealous of the wicked. So when you start reading about what the Federal Government is planning to do in the very near future against us, the citizens of this country, you need to remember not to fret. God tells us that the wicked will be destroyed, while the righteous will be preserved:

Psa 37:7, 9-10, 12-15, 35-36, 38  Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. 

For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth. The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming. 

The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation. Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.  

I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.
Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found. But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off.


More promises or warnings to the wicked:
Job_8:22  They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame; and the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nought.

Job_11:20  But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and they shall not escape, and their hope shall be as the giving up of the ghost. Could this be where we get the term "give up the ghost"?

Job_18:5  Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine. 

Job_21:30  That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction? they shall be brought forth to the day of wrath. "Day of destruction" and "Day of Wrath" are both terms used to describe the end of the Tribulation where the Wrath of God is poured out on the wicked. It is possible that this is describing the ultimate Evil at that time being the Antichrist and the False Prophet, as well as Satan and all the fallen angels?

Psa_10:2  The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.
Psa_11:6  Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.

Psa_106:18  And a fire was kindled in their company; the flame burned up the wicked.
Psa_112:10  The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.
Psa_119:119  Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth like dross: therefore I love thy testimonies.
Psa_147:6  The LORD lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground.
Pro_2:22  But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.

Pro_3:25  Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. What's the promise here? In the next verse we see: For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken. So again protection is promised while the wicked are being destroyed.

Pro_10:30  The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.
Pro_12:7  The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.
Pro_16:4  The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

Pro_24:20  For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.
Pro_29:16  When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall.

Jer_23:19  Behold, a whirlwind of the LORD is gone forth in fury, even a grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked
Jer_25:31  A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the LORD hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the LORD. This is describing when the Wrath of God is poured out

Jer_30:23  Behold, the whirlwind of the LORD goeth forth with fury, a continuing whirlwind: it shall fall with pain upon the head of the wicked

Psa_91:8  Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Here the righteous, those sheltering under the Almighty, are promised that they (we) shall see the wicked get their reward. In the previous verse we see: "A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee." So it is obvious that along with the promise to destroy the wicked, that the righteous will be safe in the midst of massive death.

Promises for the Righteous

Psa_112:7  He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.
Pro_14:19  The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
Pro_20:22  Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.

Pro_22:3  A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.

Pro_24:19  Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked;

Pro_27:12  A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.

Joh_17:15  I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.


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