Why does the Way of the Wicked PROSPER?
As it Was in the Days of Noah and Lot
Jesus prophesied in Luke 17:26-30 “And just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man; they were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. It was the same as happened in the days of Lot: they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building; but on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. It will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed.”
What was so wicked on the earth in the days of Noah and Lot? It sure sounds like things were quite normal with the general population. They were eating, drinking marrying, given in marriage, buying, selling, planting and building. In fact, you might say they were HAPPY. On the other hand, there indeed was something both historical times had in common, namely the Giants. However, if you wish to read more about this topic, I invite you to read the following hubs about the pre-flood (Noah) and post-flood (Lot) Giants:
What is the world like today? Are we living in the last days? I happen to live in the United States of America, so my perspective of the ‘world’ is surely from a “Western” point of view, though I make an effort to pay attention to world news. Many, many Christians have ‘prophesied’ that God is judging America because She has turned away from Him. We saw God judge the nation of Israel all throughout the Old Testament, whenever She forsook Him, so would He not do the same to any nation that claims His name (or not)?
The Way of the Wicked
As I pondered this “prophesied” JUDGMENT of God upon America, I found myself asking the very same question Jeremiah did in 12:1 “Righteous are You, O LORD, that I would plead my case with You; Indeed I would discuss matters of justice with You: Why has the way of the wicked prospered? Why are all those who deal in treachery at ease?”
From my perspective, I see many things, and it appears to be quite the paradox. If the United States is being judged because of Her godless, wicked ways, why does there appear to be a red carpet rolled out for all this wickedness to prevail, trampling the righteousness of God without consequence?
Here are just a few examples:
What used to be “in the closet” is now to be openly embraced and accepted by all.
While it’s bad enough portions of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was overturned, homosexuals may now marry and raise the children of heterosexual couples. The U.S. Federal Government recently mandated public school (K-12) gender-specific restrooms cater to Transgenders. The media is infiltrating our homes with the GLBT agenda. There is since a special interest move to normalize Pedophelia as yet another “sexual orientation”. I just saw a story this week about males in their 20’s raping dogs. What else will come out of the closet this coming year?
Since the Roe v. Wade ruling in 1973 nearly 57 million babies have been aborted in the United States alone (and counting). Since 1980 nearly 1.4 TRILLION babies have been aborted worldwide (and counting). Prior to becoming President, then U.S. Senator Obama pledged in 2007, “There will always be people, many of goodwill, who do not share my view on the issue of choice. On this fundamental issue, I will not yield and Planned Parenthood will not yield."
Besides the domestic issues above, the world is witnessing an escalated influx of Muslims into non-Muslim countries, resulting in radical violence and murder. It was shocking to see Obama’s involvement in the removal of Hosni Mubarak from power in Egypt, only to have him replaced by a Muslim Brotherhood radical. Despite the fact that in ONE year, Mohammed Morsi destroyed Egypt’s five-man General Council, abolished their Constitution, BROKE the PEACE Agreement with Israel, fired 70 governors and replaced them with Muslim Brotherhood governors who went around in each City, rewriting their laws to implement Sharia Law, put three Cities on lock-down with Martial Law, allowed honor killings to go on in the streets without reprisal, allowed Coptic Christian churches to be burnt to the ground, and allowed Christians and opposition journalists to be crucified in the trees of his palace (hanging for six hours), the Obama Administration yet attempted to force Egypt to release him and restore him to power!
Surely, Egypt was tested, resulting in a revolution and overthrow of that tyrannical leader and his regime. If you want INSPIRATION, just listen to the Egyptians praising Jesus for over 10 minutes straight in the video below!
Shall we also address the issue of Iran developing nuclear capability? Are we to sweep their life-long, chanted vows of “Death to Israel!” and “Death to America!” under the illusion of “world peace”? After all, “Islam is the religion of peace”, right?
And speaking of pedophelia, in Islam, adult males are permitted to marry infant girls.
Fundamental Transformation of America
Since Obama took office of POTUS in 2009, one his biggest moves to “fundamentally transform America” was to legalize socialized medicine, a Law passed without a bi-partisan vote and behind closed doors. Though this Law was initially found to be UnConsitutional, to call it a TAX made it “lawful”. But did it? All tax impositions must originate in the House of Representatives, and since it DID NOT, this TAX is yet UNLAWFUL. Furthermore, the President does NOT have the power to choose who must comply and who is exempt, let alone choose to enforce or delay whatever portion of the Law he pleases.
Our current President knowingly LIED to the American people as quoted on June 15, 2009: "I know that there are millions of Americans who are content with their health care coverage — they like their plan and, most importantly, they value their relationship with their doctor. They trust you. And that means that no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what." While over 50 million Americans are estimated to lose their health insurance and their doctors, over a million Californians have already lost their coverage to date.
Sin that Leads to Death
All of the things above will bear the same fruit, according to Scripture, namely death. Homosexuals cannot procreate. If God had indeed created Adam and Steve, they would have died a long time ago = end of humanity. Abortion kills procreation. Had Adam and Eve aborted their babies, they too would have died a long time ago = end of humanity. Islam is proven to kill countless of its own and is responsible for the blood of countless non-Muslims. If Iran is allowed to develop a nuclear weapon, say good-bye to Israel, the United States and any other Country that does not submit to their religious beliefs. Socialism/Marxism/Progressivism/Communism is proven to be murderous ideology. Truly, we ‘see’ all this and instead of witnessing its JUDGMENT, it appears to be PROSPERING in the world today. Is God judging THEM? You might be surprised.
Judgment must Begin at the House of God
Thus, I decided to read more of Jeremiah’s prayer in Chapter 12. Let’s see WHO Jeremiah defines as the “wicked” –
Vs 1-3 “Righteous are You, O LORD, that I would plead my case with You; Indeed I would discuss matters of justice with You: Why has the way of the wicked prospered? Why are all those who deal in treachery at ease? You have planted them, they have also taken root; They grow, they have even produced fruit. You are near to their lips But far from their mind. But You know me, O LORD; You see me; And You examine my heart's attitude toward You. Drag them off like sheep for the slaughter And set them apart for a day of carnage!”
Where else do we see “You are near to their lips But far from their mind”?
- Isa 29:13-14 “Then the Lord said, "Because this people draw near with their words And honor Me with their lip service, But they remove their hearts far from Me, And their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote, Therefore behold, I will once again deal marvelously with this people, wondrously marvelous; And the wisdom of their wise men will perish, And the discernment of their discerning men will be concealed.”
- Mat 15:8 'This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far away from Me. 'But in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.'"
Do you see what I see? The WICKED in Jeremiah’s prayer are those who PROFESS with their LIPS to be children of God, yet their hearts are far from Him! They are following traditions and teachings of men, contrary to God’s Living Word! Does the “Prosperity gospel” ring any bells?
What ARE the “traditions learned by rote” or the “doctrines/precepts of men”? I’m not going to go into these things here (I’m certain God will continue to show me even more), but I will place some links below you can courageously read, for starters. God is not mocked – whether we like His ways or not – HE IS GOD and HE IS our CREATOR and KING! Who are we to question Him? We either obey Him or we DON’T. Will you allow Him to open your eyes, that you not fall under His JUDGMENT?
- 1 Pet 4:17-19 “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to Him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.”
Understand something – God created Satan (the Adversary) for a purpose. You, as a professed believer, will be TRIED by this “fire” (Greek: pur, defined as trials and afflictions), either REFINED by it or CONSUMED by it. Here are a couple more of my hubs to expound on these things:
Has God turned a blind eye to all the evil in the world, while He judges His household first? Absolutely not. We can go back to the HAPPY people mentioned in Luke 17:26-30, for indeed it will be “as it was in the days of Noah” and “as it was in the days of Lot”…the Day of the LORD is coming. (2 Thes 1:4-10)
- IRON and CLAY: HARLOT OF BABYLON
The Bible tells us Jesus was tried under the authority of Tiberius Caesar (emperor of Rome) and Pontius Pilate (governor of Rome). He was sentenced to death by Roman crucifixion. Likewise, Herod, the Roman emperor in 37 AD, was yet in bed with the Je