Jesus Will Right All Wrongs
"Do not avenge yourselves, but . . . give place to wrath; for . . . ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,' says the Lord. . . . The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment." -Romans 12:19; 2 Peter 2:9; emphasis added
Did you know that the earliest prophecy in the Bible was from the first known prophet in the Bible, one who lived before the Flood? There were three categories of people involved in the Flood: 1) the one who was taken out before the Flood came--Enoch; 2) Noah's family which was preserved through the Flood; and 3) the earth dwellers who perished in the Flood.
The earliest recorded prophecy in the Bible was by Enoch, who was seven generations from Adam. He had a son, Methuselah, who lived the longest of anyone; he was the one whose very name in Hebrew means "when he dies the judgment will come." And so it seems to have happened at the very same year that Methusaleh died--the Flood began! Methuselah's son was Lamech, and he fathered Noah. In Noah's six hundredth year, the Flood came.
Have you ever thought about how many people perished in the Flood? If the families were the same size as biblical families, and they kept having children as long as was usual back then, there may have been a billion people on this planet when the Flood came. One creationist, Henry Morris, believes that there were four to six billion. If you want to know about God and His justice, how many people survived the Flood? Only nine--one was taken out just before, and eight went through it. If you think that the majority of the world is going to get to heaven, then you are not thinking like God does. God offers salvation to all, but so few come to Him.
Just as it was at the time of the Flood, in the Tribulation we see the same type categories of people: the saints of the church age who will be pulled out just before the Tribulation; the Tribulation witnesses-the 144,000 and the two witnesses-who will be preserved through it; and the world that will perish under all the horrors of God's wrath in the Tribulation.
To His saints, He offers assurance that He is faithful and true. That is important to grasp, especially when it comes to the matter of executing vengeance. If someone harms you or despitefully uses you, God promises that Jesus will execute vengeance, so He says, "Wait for Me to handle it." The ungodly are punished in this life through never experiencing Christ, but they will also be punished in the life to come. Therefore, we don't need to personally add to their punishment.
Jesus will repay every evil--He asks us to trust Him: " ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,' says the Lord. And again, ‘the Lord will judge His people' " (Hebrews 10:30). Jesus has promised that He will repay every evil, so trust Him. Getting out of sorts spiritually through anger and bitterness expends vital energies that are better spent elsewhere. So the Lord says, "Trust Me. I will repay every evil if you will just give them to Me instead of trying to handle them yourself."
Jesus will reward the righteous--He asks us to work for Him: "So that men will say, ‘Surely there is a reward for the righteous; Surely He is God who judges in the earth' " (Psalm 58:11). God asks us to work for Him, hope in Him, trust in Him, and wait for Him. If someone oppresses you because you are a Christian, the most powerful thing you can do is leave vengeance up to the Lord. That will free you up to serve Him: "Rejoice . . . , for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you" (Matthew 5:12).
Are you assured that Jesus is really the Truth? Are you daily pouring out all your sadness, anxieties, and woes on Him? Only Jesus can give you the rest and peace that all will be well in Him (Matthew 11:28-30). Let Jesus be your pattern for how to respond to offenses. When He was reviled, He never retaliated. Revelation 19:11-16 bears witness that we can go through our earthly days trusting in the timing of Jesus to right all wrongs.
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