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Job 21:29-30



29 Have ye not asked [sha'al] them that go [`abar] by the way [derek]? and do ye not know [nakar] their tokens ['owth],

30 That the wicked [ra`] is reserved [chasak] to the day [yowm] of destruction ['eyd]? they shall be brought forth [yabal] to the day [yowm] of wrath [`ebrah]. KJV-Interlinear



29 'Have you not asked wayfaring men, And do you not recognize their witness? 30 'For the wicked is reserved for the day of calamity; They will be led forth at the day of fury. NASB



Job provides further evidence of his opinion, by means of the views of strangers.


'Ask any stranger, any traveler, anyone who has been around the territory, the world, the then known world, anyone who has traveled far and wide, just ask them and they will tell you what I have said.'


Namely that wicked people from all walks of life will die either rich or poor. That you cannot tell that a dead rich man was in fact good, or that a dead poor man died because he was wicked. You cannot tell whether a man suffering was suffering because he was wicked or for some other reason.


This is common knowledge. It is a fact of life known the world over. And that is Jobs position. That this principle of life was generally known by people all over the world. Just ask any traveler.


And then Job adds one additional principle of life, which is the destiny of all wicked people, after death.


He indicates here that both rich and poor wicked alike will die eventually, but after a time, there will be a judgment. And in that judgment there will be the proper punishment dished out to all who have been wicked, regardless of their worldly status.


That judgment is reserved for a future day. Since Job has indicated that all wicked will die, with some seemingly dying without punishment, then this reservation of judgment is for the hereafter.


Obviously, there has to be some sort of resurrection before this judgment can occur. And this too, was common knowledge back in Jobs day. Just ask any traveler.


In that day, in that day of calamity, catastrophe, misfortune, and ultimate judgment, those wicked will be 'led forth.' This leading forth is for a prisoner in chains or constraints, and is an obvious reference to wicked who have died, but must have some sort of afterlife in order to be led to their judgment.


As for believers who are classified as wicked in this life, their chains are the wood, hay and stubble they have within their souls. Their judgment is a cleansing before the Judgment Seat of Christ, and then the loss of their eternal blessings which they might have received if they had only advanced in their spiritual life. They will still be in heaven however.


Job has already made reference to his eternal advocate (the Son), who is God, who will present his case, Jobs case, before God (the Father), and thereafter he will have a great life in the hereafter.


As for unbelievers, their chains come from their unbelief, and that will cause them to be led before the Great White Throne of Christ at the end of human history, after the Millennium. Their judgment will be the Lake of Fire.


Now we should know that these principles of life were common knowledge in Jobs day. And even though they were distorted by many cultures around the world, what with many types of sacrifices, and priesthoods, witch doctors, or chieftains and such, these principles of life, death and the afterlife, were known.


And furthermore, we may not know the tokens or the observations, or the means by which these principles have become known to folks around the world, but the fact remains that they were known.


God has supplied information to all peoples throughout history by one method or another.


No one has an excuse.


Mans definition of history and destiny will never come to pass. Gods plan for human history will.

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