See, a king will reign in righteousness and rulers will rule with justice. Each one will be like a shelter from the wind and a refuge from the storm, like streams of water in the desert and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land. Then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed, and the ears of those who hear will listen. The fearful heart will know and understand, and the stammering tongue will be fluent and clear. No longer will the fool be called noble nor the scoundrel be highly respected. For fools speak folly, their hearts are bent on evil: They practice ungodliness and spread error concerning the Lord; the hungry they leave empty and from the thirsty they withhold water. Scoundrels use wicked methods, they make up evil schemes to destroy the poor with lies, even when the plea of the needy is just. But the noble make noble plans, and by noble deeds they stand.” (Isaiah 32:1-8)
This is good news and it distinguishes a lot of what we see today. Today, fools are called noble, like those who proclaim the earth will continue heating up, mankind caused it, and can fix it. Scoundrels are highly respected in our media and society at large. A scoundrel is a dishonest and unscrupulous person, a rogue. This reminds me of a powerful politician who drafted voluminous legislation with hidden provisions and meanings, packed with lies, against the will of the People, then stated, “You have to pass it to find out what is in it.” Agreements and assurances were negotiated, but not kept after the bill passed. This was the way of a scoundrel. We think of fools merely being full of folly, but they are evil; practicing things opposed to and counter to God’s righteousness, and spreading erroneous thinking regarding God His ways and means. These people have ability to feed the hungry and give water to the thirsty, but they withhold sustenance from those in need. There is a powerful rich politician who lives in luxury, but the constituents in her district live in squalor and defecate upon the streets. Such scoundrels use wicked methods and evil schemes to destroy the poor with lies, even when the plea of the poor is just. For over seventy years many poor people have followed these particular politicians and believed their lies, not understanding that all the while these scoundrels were keeping them poor and plotting their destruction.
Early in this struggle the Lord raised up a ruler who was His disciple and he was like a shelter from the wind and a refuge from the storm, bringing peace amidst violence. His words were like streams of water in the desert and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land, which brought truth, hope of righteousness, and unity for all who seek the Lord. This ruler was killed, but the King of Kings is coming and He will defeat His enemies and establish God’s Kingdom on earth. (Rev. 19: 11-21; 20: 1-15)