Three things that will happen to wicked people
Wickedness will not go unpunished. The wicked, corrupt, and immoral will face God’s wrath. They will not be remembered and die in “hopeless agony.” Their wealth will be given to others, and their lives will be cut short.
1. They will be forgotten
In various cultures, the memory of loved ones is remembered and even worshipped to an extent. But “evil people,” those who are hateful, greedy, immoral, and take advantage of the weaker ones, will be forgotten.
Although history remembers Hitler, Stalin, and Mao Ze Dong, we remember them as infamous examples of evil.
The face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
2. They won’t live long
An evil person has no savior but only a fearful expectation of unbearable death. While righteous people may also suffer to their death, they have hope amidst their affliction.
But the evil people have only fear because it is dreadful to fall into the hands of the living God (Hebrews 10:31).
The fear of the LORD prolongs life, but the years of the wicked will be short.
Evil shall slay the wicked, and those who hate righteousness will be desolate.
3. Someone else will benefit from their wealth
A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous (Proverbs 13:22).
Corrupt politicians or greedy businessmen won’t enjoy their wealth for long because death creeps on those who are godless. Therefore, ill-gotten gains will ultimately go to waste, suggesting that, eventually, righteousness prevails over wickedness in allocating wealth.
What happens to good people?
Those who strive for righteousness have God’s favor, and their enemies will not harm them (Proverbs 16:7). He hears their prayers and saves them from all of their afflictions. They will not be desolate and rescue them from their hopelessness.
15 The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.
17 The righteous cry and the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 The Lord is near the broken heart and saves those with a contrite spirit.
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivers him from all them all.
20 He keeps all his bones: not one of them is broken.
22 The Lord redeems the soul of his servants, and none who trust in him shall be desolate.
Hope for the wicked
Sinners who repent have forgiveness through Jesus and will inherit God’s kingdom in heaven. However, those “without Christ” will spend the rest of their existence without God’s presence—which is not in heaven but in hell.
Their names of those who love sin and hate God shall be blotted in the “Book of the Living” (Psalm 69:28), but those who belong to Jesus, even if they had sinned, will have their names written in the “Book of Life” (Revelation 3:5).