There is something burning on my heart here today. I’ve been watching the news stories unfold about Jeffrey Epstein over the last two weeks. If you don’t know who that is, go and google him, or here’s a short article that will give you an overview.
Here we have a billionaire hedge fund manager who likes to pal around with other billionaires and notorious people, particularly people in the political arena. If you haven’t noticed – money, power and sex always, always, always go hand in hand. So get together some really filthy rich guys who also happen to hold a lot of power, and don’t believe for a second that their gatherings are not also going to include illicit sex, the more forbidden, the better. When you already have everything, what more can you have? Perhaps a 13-year-old?
Within this arena, there is the absolute sense that they are completely and totally untouchable. And in many ways, for many, many years, they absolutely have been.
There is a Hebrew word in the Bible for these godless, vile men: rā·šā‘
A summary from the Kohlenberger’s Hebrew Greek Study Bible explains the definition of rā·šā‘ as: bad, wicked, unrighteous, sinful, godless, lawless, vicious; a legal term describing the state of one who has broken the law. It is used to denote an entire category of people who have done wrong, who are still living in sin, and who intend to continue in it. They do not seek God but are hostile toward Him and His people. They violate the social rights of others through oppression, greed, exploitation, murder, dishonesty in business and twisting justice. This term is used parallel with practically every Hebrew word for sin, evil and iniquity. It signifies an objective fact, rather than a subjective phenomenon, pointing to the attitudes and intentions of people.
Enter Exhibit A – Jeff and his pals. Jeff and his pals are rā·šā‘, aka those whom the English translation of the Bible refers to as “the wicked.”
Does that sound familiar? Have you ever wondered who “the wicked” were as you read through the many laments of David? This is not referring to demons or other supernatural beings. We are talking about humans here.
Psalm 10 offers a pretty thorough description of the wicked:
2 In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak,
who are caught in the schemes he devises.
3 He boasts about the cravings of his heart;
he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord.
4 In his pride the wicked man does not seek him;
in all his thoughts there is no room for God.
5 His ways are always prosperous;
your laws are rejected by[b] him;
he sneers at all his enemies.
6 He says to himself, “Nothing will ever shake me.”
He swears, “No one will ever do me harm.”
7 His mouth is full of lies and threats;
trouble and evil are under his tongue.
These are men and women who consider themselves untouchable and have no room in their hearts for God (refer back to Exhibit A).
Please take a moment to contemplate what kind of humans we are talking about here. These are people who literally do not even view children as human. They have so given themselves over to evil that they have no conscience whatsoever. I suffered at the hands of men and women like this for two decades, and I can tell you – anything goes. I can also tell you that these activities do not happen in isolation. Yes, there are wicked men who act alone and cause horrific suffering to individual, precious victims.
But there is another class of wickedness where a brazen sense of becoming literally untouchable grows exponentially because their acts are done collectively in a bond of wicked comradery.
In isolation, wickedness can go unchecked and destroy lives. But in bonded, wicked collectivity, pride, combined with inconceivable evil, forms a nearly indestructible web of crushing, impenetrable strength. Men who have the power and protection that wealth and connectedness and political influence affords them are virtually unstoppable from human-only forms of justice. If you’ve read my blog for long enough, maybe this will help you understand some of the reasons why I have never even thought of pursuing earthly justice against my perpetrators. They are simply too powerful for that.
So where does that leave us with our thoughts about Jeff and His pals, who most definitely fall into this category? Where do we stand and pray if we consider the possibility that people like Jeffrey Epstein and his “co-conspirators” (aka other rapist monsters) may never be served justice here on earth without an act of Divine judgment coming early to this earth?
As I’ve wrestled personally and intently with this question in a life or death struggle to make peace with this reality in my own life, I’ve come to understand the heart of God in ways I likely would never have considered before.
Psalm 11 offers us a glimpse into God’s heart regarding these wicked men and women who say to themselves, “Nothing will ever shake me:”
4 The Lord is in his holy temple;
the Lord is on his heavenly throne.
He observes everyone on earth;
his eyes examine them.
5 The Lord examines the righteous,
but the wicked, those who love violence,
he hates with a passion.
6 On the wicked he will rain
fiery coals and burning sulfur;
a scorching wind will be their lot.
7 For the Lord is righteous,
he loves justice;
the upright will see his face.
I do not believe that our earthly justice system is capable of serving complete justice to these men. I do believe, however, that the Isaiah 61 God, who came to set captives free and who has a Day of Vengeance stored up in His heart for the wicked, can and will speed the day of their justice and cause a shaking on this earth in advance of the Day when He will return in full justice, and that HE ALONE is capable of beginning this now, here, on this earth.
We’ve begun to see this happen, first in Hollywood, then in the professional sports arenas, and most recently in the evangelical church – God beginning to move in justice within whole institutions who have become fortresses of oppression – rumbles of the earthquake that is coming – and I do believe and pray with all my heart that He soon intends to begin shaking these fortresses of wickedness in the highest places of our world’s governments. My heart is burning this week for it to begin now, right here, with the second arrest of Jeffrey Epstein.
There is a Day coming when Jesus will return to earth and establish justice forever. On that day, all things will be made right and there will be no more suffering or pain. However, I strongly believe that just as it is the prayers of the saints that hasten that day (Revelation 8), our prayers for justice in the here and now will not go unanswered. Any time God heals someone, or a victim is rescued out of the hands of traffickers, or a precious survivor is restored to health and life, or a trafficker receives a maximum earthly sentence, this is God’s justice coming to individuals in advance of that day. It is a taste of what is to come, and these displays of His justice in the now spur us on to hope and continue to pray for the Day of Vengeance that is stored up in His heart.
It is in this place of belief that it has been on my heart for awhile to add a prayer page with Scripture Prayers of Justice for the Wicked, and now seems like the right time.
If you question whether it’s right to actually engage in praying and calling down fire from heaven upon other humans, let me say this:
I suggest we always, always pray according to the heart of God. God is a God of justice and His throne is established on justice and righteousness. We do not have to read much of the Bible to see His heart towards either the wicked or the innocent ones they intentionally seek to destroy, and we should aim to pray in accordance with his heart and intentions for both, always. When we engage in praying for justice against the wicked, then we are engaging in prayer for full justice for victims and survivors of these atrocities. We can think of justice as a coin with two sides, with healing and restoration of survivors being one side of that coin, and with fiery coals and burning sulfur upon their oppressors being the other. If we are praying for the deliverance and restoration of captives, then we should absolutely also be praying for justice against their wicked captors, both the full extent of earthly justice available, as well as the justice that is coming for them in the end.
We can follow after David, who was often found praying for God to bring an end to the wicked. If you’ll head on over to this page – we can pray together.
** If you wish to learn more about this subject and consider further the validity of these kinds of prayers, as well as the requirements for those who pray them, I recommend this article about the imprecatory psalms of David as a starting place: https://bible.org/seriespage/13-psalm-109-prayer-punishment-wicked