What Does God Say About the Wicked Rich?
Jer 12:1 Righteous art thou, O LORD, when I complain to
thee; yet I would plead my case before thee. Why does the way of the wicked
prosper? Why do all who are treacherous thrive?
Jer 12:2 Thou plantest them, and they take root; they grow and bring forth fruit [prospered]; thou art near in their mouth and far from their heart.
Jer 12:3 But thou, O LORD, knowest me; thou seest me, and triest my mind toward thee. Pull them out like sheep for the slaughter, and set them apart for the day of slaughter.
Jer 12:4 How long will the land mourn, and the grass of every field wither? For the wickedness of those who dwell in it the beasts and the birds are swept away, because men said, "He will not see our latter end."
Jer 12:5 "If you have raced with men on foot, and they have wearied you, how will you compete with horses? And if in a safe land you fall down, how will you do in the jungle of the Jordan?
Jer 12:6 For even your brothers and the house of your father, even they have dealt treacherously with you; they are in full cry after you; believe them not, though they speak fair words to you."
It is as if God is saying, get ready, for what is about to come next, "competing with horses" and "jungles" will occur soon, for even now, members of your very own family "cry after you". Instead of God saying "why", He instead gives a loving word of warning. This speaks, therefore, of the fact that the Tribulation to come, and the increase, to that day, is the larger picture in view in this mystery age that will culminate in great devastation, as described in the following verses, Jer. 12.7-13, of the Lord's reply that began at verse 5.