“The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to
heart: and merciful men are taken away, none
considering that the righteous is taken away from the
evil to come.
Those last two words in the above verse,
are only found in the English translation; these words
do not appear in the original Hebrew manuscript.
to the end of this verse, some translator was
attempting to add his own spin rather than allow the
original text to speak for itself. We’ll take a
look at this verse in a different light as those two
English words are removed.
When read in context,
this verse actually says that there are times when God
calls the righteous home, and this can occur before
their time. Why? Because they become consumed in evil.
The next question for many folks will be “What happens
to these individuals once God takes them home?”
shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds,
each one walking in his uprightness.”
Once we become justified in God’s eyes we cannot
become unjustified. It’s literally impossible to be
removed from God’s hands after justification. God
keeps the saved, saved. It’s His responsibility and He
takes His responsibilities seriously.
When the righteous
children of God fall into temptation they may continue
to fall until they are consumed with a lifestyle of
wickedness. When we read that first verse above in
context it’s a real eye opener. God decides to take
that person, or persons, home before they become fully
engulfed in wickedness. The merciful men are taken
away. Another way to read this verse is “godly men are
removed before their time.”
There are times that
the righteous perish and no one even gives it a second
thought. Those of us who knew this righteous person
may have thought that they weren’t born again (no
righteousness was ever associated with them in our
minds) because we only knew them after they were
enticed and absorbed in that now wicked lifestyle.
When we come into a person’s life we may not be privy
to their past, but God is fully aware of every detail
concerning His children. If they had been justified in
God’s eyes at some point in their past their salvation
would still be secure even if they had become overcome
and consumed in a wicked lifestyle. If we think we
know a person but they’ve never mentioned anything to
us about their conversion, and all we witnessed was
this person burdened with sin and wickedness, we would
only know one side of their life. God knows the truth
about everyone; many attempt to fool Him but that is
only a work in futility. What’s truly in a man’s heart
is known only to God, not to other men.
Our every move
has been known to God since before the creation and
God doesn’t forget. As one of His children moves into
the realm of total depravity, His only recourse would
be to remove them before they have a chance of further
infecting themselves and others around them.
We, with our limited knowledge and nonexistent ability
to see what God sees, might simply say they were
consumed by evil and that evil destroyed them – they
The verse above, which
contains the two extra words “to come”, may be hard to
comprehend, thus the addition of those two last words
to a well meaning scribe or translator might have
seemed necessary. But there is never a need to
embellish on God’s word. By including those two extra
words it gave the verse a whole new meaning. As it
reads, the reader might get the idea that the
righteous/merciful are taken away to avoid the evil
that’s coming on the earth.
“The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful
men are taken away, none considering that the
righteous is taken away from the evil to come.
Christ will remove His Ekklesia prior to the
Tribulation, but in regards to the referenced verse
above, that interpretation is clearly not in view
Surely God would not
just take a person home before their appointed time,
right? Actually, yes He would. When a child of God
becomes of no further use for the Kingdom of God, or
their testimony becomes of no effect and they lose
their witness, according to the verse in question
He’ll do just that.
Can the born again
become distracted and led astray by temptation and
sin? We not only can, but many have. How is this
possible? Mankind will never be without sin this side
of Heaven. We are held captive in bodies that are full
of sin; bodies that have the sin nature inherited from
humanities first parents. When we leave this earth for
our eternal destination we will be glorified, and at
some point thereafter we will be given glorified
bodies that will never be infected with the sin nature
Those who claim it is
impossible for the born again to continue in sin are
sorely lacking in biblical knowledge. Not only are
they lacking, but by making such a claim they’ve
called God a liar.
we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and
the truth is not in us…If we say that we have not
sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in
1 John 1:8 &
10. God never moves away from His children, nor
can He learn anything new about them. If the born
again become too wrapped up in sin will that be a
surprise to God? Not hardly. He’s known His own since
before He laid the foundation of the earth. He is
fully aware of our every inclination and it is His joy
to know us as only He can.
“Are not two
sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall
not fall on the ground without your Father. But the
very hairs of your head are all numbered. ”
10:29-30. God even has the hairs on your head
numbered. That’s a very intimate knowledge of which
only God can possess. Whether we like it or not, God
knows us better than we know ourselves.
The fact that God knows
us so well should be of great comfort, but to some it
goes without thought or care.
righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart”.
When read in English, the feeling from this
verse doesn’t come through. But when read in the
original Hebrew we get a sense of a lack of compassion
from that segment of the verse from Isaiah 57. Our
English word “heart” is translated from the Hebrew
word “leb”, which actually means understanding. What we see in this
verse is a total lack of understanding by those who
realize God has taken a soul home but have no clue as
to the real reason why. The righteous perish and
merciful men are taken away and the believers
remaining are left to ponder the reason.
We are told men won’t
even lay the sudden removal of these righteous people
to heart, and God tells us why. God, through His word
teaches His children all they need to grow close to
Him and to obtain understanding of His word. Why are
God’s children, in so many cases, disobedient when it
comes to studying their Father’s very words?
knew that thou art obstinate, and thy neck is an iron
sinew, and thy brow brass;”
Isaiah 48:4. Just as God proclaimed to His stiff-necked people,
Israel and Judah, that they were obstinate, what we
see today is that His Ekklesia is just as
stiff-necked. When it comes to following through with
studying His word to gain as much understanding from
Him as possible, as a whole His Ekklesia fall short.
shewed thee new things from this time, even hidden
things, and thou didst not know them.”
God has opened His word to all who have a desire to
understand. The key here is
misunderstand my intentions; I’m not here to judge or
to condemn. My purpose is to explain scripture verses
that God has placed on me to explain. I’m not
condoning wickedness committed by followers of Jesus
Christ. I’m simply explaining that God has a remedy
for dealing with His obstinate children. His remedy
is, in the case of that verse from Isaiah 57, final.
“Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I
have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction…Hearken
unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am
the first, I also am the last. Mine hand also hath
laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand
hath spanned the heavens: when I call unto them, they
stand up together.”
Isaiah 48:10 &
12-13. Our God has a name and it’s Jesus; He is
the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the
Almighty. Jesus is the God of Israel who
has refined in the furnace of affliction. There is no
difference or variation of any kind in the God of
Israel and the God of the Ekklesia of Christ. When God
speaks to Israel He speaks to His people. When He
speaks to His Ekklesia He speaks to His children. He
says “Hearken unto Me.” We would all do well to do as
He says. When we read, study, and learn His word we
move so much closer to Him. Who would you rather be
close to, especially in these last days?
Where have all the
righteous gone? They’ve gone to
rest in their
beds, each one. Walking in his uprightness, in
the bosom of their Lord Jesus who is to come.
God bless you all,
scripture is “theopneustos” God breathed
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