The Character and End of Wicked People
Verse 12-15 – The character and end of wicked people.
Verse 12 – A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.
It doesn’t sound very bad to us to say a person is “naughty”, but to God it is a terrible thing.
According to verse 12, a naughty person is also a wicked person.
The word “naughty”, according to Strongs, refers to a follower of Belial.
This is a person who is lawless, because he is a law unto himself.
This person is no good for God or man, for he only thinks of himself.
Examples of followers of Belial, emphasizing their wickedness of heart.
Judges 19:22 – During the early years of the judges, certain sons of Belial, certainly they were sodomites, desired to “know” the Levite who was staying overnight in a home in Gibeah of the tribe of Benjamin. Because the Benjamites would not turn the sons of Belial over for judgment, the tribe was practically destroyed, only to be rebuilt by the other tribes of Israel.
I Samuel 2:11-17 – Here the Bible describes the character of the followers of Belial.
I Samuel 1:16 – Hannah gives us the character of the daughters of Belial by stating she was not drunk, but silently praying to God for encouragement.
I Samuel 2:12 – The Bible describes the sons of Eli, who were disciples of Belial, therefore not saved.
I Samuel 25:25 – Abigail told David not to consider her husband, Nabal, because he was a follower of Belial, and was, as his name described – folly is with him.
II Samuel 20:1 – Sheba, a man of Belial, convinced Israel to follow him instead of David when David returned to Jerusalem following Absalom’s coup.
II Corinthians 6:15 – And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
The naughty or wicked people are the forerunners of the chief naughty or wicked one, the anti-Christ, which as revealed in:
II Thessalonians 2:3 – Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
II Thessalonians 2:8 – And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
Both the naughty person and the anti-Christ speak with one voice – and that voice is against God and his people.
The word “froward” means distortion, or crookedness.
Therefore the wicked person twists or spins the facts away from the truth toward whatever the prevailing lie is.
The desire of the wicked is to deceive all who will listen.
They will call abortion, which is the murder of the unborn, “the right of the mother to privacy”.
They will call homosexuality, which is an abomination to God and man, an “alternate lifestyle”.
They will call euthanasia, which is the murder of the so-called “unfit”, “dying with dignity”.
They will blame God for all the wickedness in this world, never recalling that wickedness is caused by sin and rebellion against God and his laws.
I John 3:18,19 speaks of the forerunners of the final Anti-Christ as many “little” anti-Christ in the form of rebellious people.
These many people are not the final Anti-Christ, but prepare the way for that last and final Anti-Christ.
Revelation 13:5,6 declare, And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. 6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
The reason the Anti-Christ will be accepted when he opens his mouth to blaspheme God is because his forerunners have done such a good job in convincing the world that God is dead, is not relevant to the real world and cannot do anything about the problems the world is facing anyway.
Verse 13 – He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;
This description has nothing at all to with the person who is teasing, or has sparkling eyes because of joy, or uses his hands to describe and enhance his speech.
Some Godly people use all these characteristics without thinking of deceiving.
They do not deceive with their eyes, their feet, or their hands.
The things we can see is the result of a wicked heart, described in verse 14.
Here are the physical characteristics of the wicked person.
There is a deceitful wink or sneer at their friends while they speak to another who does not understand.
There is a secret design they are silently passing on to those that understand their “language”.
This is not teasing, but intended deception.
They have no intention of helping or causing knowledge to increase.
Their wink retains the secret among the select group, excluding all others.
It might be said that feet have no speech, but that is not what the Bible declares.
The stamping of the feet speaks of rage.
The secret touch of the foot against another could give a hint of acknowledgment or encouragement to continue the deception, or direct another individual to be silent, or speak or do whatever was previously agreed.
The secret movement of the fingers give information not stated orally.
Baseball plays have secret hand movements that have nothing at all to do with the verses before us, but do teach us the principle of “secret fingers”.
A mime uses hand, body and facial expressions to get across their point – but not oral language, but mimes have nothing to do with these verses, although they do teach the principle of the verses.
The stretching and clinching of the fingers into a fist reveals tension, rage, or uncertainty.
The Masonic order has secret handshakes and other secret ways they transfer information to those “in the know”.
Scriptures showing some would rather die with a lie than live with the truth.
II Thessalonians 2:10 – And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
Revelation 13:11 – And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
Verse 14 – Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord.
The reason the wicked winks with his eyes, speaks with his feet, and teaches with his fingers is because his heart desires to deceive the simple – those that have not asked God for his wisdom.
Matthew 15:19 – For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
The context of this passage is the Pharisees believed Jesus was defiled because he ate with unwashed hands.
Jesus told them washing with unwashed hands did not defile a person.
It is what comes out of the heart that defiles a man, not failing to wash his hands before he eats.
Proverbs 23:7 states, For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
The context of the passage reveals that true believers need to be well aware of the difference between what the wicked says and what is in his heart, which he will soon do, as opportunity presents itself.
Verse 6 instructs the righteous to not partake of the dainties of the wicked, for he will use our participation as a wedge to destroy us.
Isaiah 10:7 – God used the deceitfulness of the Assyrians to destroy Israel and Samaria because they had rejected the truth of God.
God sent prophets to Israel and Samaria to reveal to them what God desired of them, but they would not listen.
Therefore God sent chastisement in the form of the deceitful Assyrians.
God allowed Israel and Samaria to be deceived because they did not like the truth the prophets preached to them.
The wicked continually devise mischief.
The word “devise” means to plough, as in preparation for future planting.
The word “mischief” means wickedness, hurt, trouble, and affliction.
This word “mischief” has nothing to do with playfully teasing.
Both parties are involved in that kind of mischief and both enjoy it.
The thought of the wicked is continually trying to think of some way to get ahead and hurt others.
Gambling is a prime example.
The gambler thinks he shall gain from the loss of others.
There is seldom a thought about all the people that had to lose so the one could gain.
The gambler seldom thinks of all he loses before he ever gains anything.
It is said we live in a “dog eat dog” world, which indicates every person is looking out for “number one”, and nobody is looking out for the other person.
The wicked continually sow discord.
The wicked is happiest when his neighbors are unhappy and are feuding about something.
It is likely the meaning here is more that the wicked are causing disagreement between God and man, not just between neighbors.
Verse 15 – Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.
His calamity, as the calamity of the Anti-Christ he is forerunner to, shall come suddenly.
The sudden destruction of the Anti-Christ and his kingdom will come suddenly, but it will not come without ample warning.
II Chronicles 36:16 – But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy. God wanted the nation of Judah over and over, but finally there was no place to repent.
God has warned individuals over and over again, sending literally hundreds of thousands of prophets, preachers, and saints to speak God’s truth to those that need salvation.
God warns nations over and over again by using circumstances, plagues, wars, rumors of wars, prophets, and preachers.
God never eternally destroys without warning, even though the destruction comes suddenly.
The destruction of the Anti-Christ shall come suddenly because God’s continual warnings are not believed.
1 Thessalonians 5:3 – For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
Revelation 18:7,8 – How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. 8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.
Revelation 18:10 – Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.
The wicked will fall into their own pit.
The wicked think harm shall never come to them, but will always come to others, especially those he has devised evil against.
Proverbs 26:27 – Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.
Psalms 7:15 – David prays to God, who is his ever present help in time of need, to deliver him from the one who has dug a pit for him. In verse 15, David praises God that the wicked has fallen into the pit he dug.
Proverbs 28:10 – Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good things in possession.
There is no remedy.
There is no second chance for salvation after death.
There is no Biblical record of any person being saved once they die and go to hell.
Proverbs 29:1 – He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
Daniel 11:45 describes the end of the Anti-Christ - And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.
God gives the people in the Anti-Christ kingdom ample time to turn from their wickedness, but most will not repent.
II Corinthians 6:17 – Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
Revelation 18:18 – God pleads with his people ...Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.