Desolation Of The Wicked

Q. I have a question concerning Proverbs 3:19-26. Could this passage be used to support pre trib? In verse 25-26 it states the desolation of the wicked will come yet the Lord will be our confidence and our foot will not be snared… Does “desolation of the wicked” mean the attacks from the wicked to others that will come or Gods attacks towards the wicked?

A. If we didn’t already know about the rapture, I doubt we’d see it in these verses. And even though we do, I think it’s a stretch to interpret Proverbs 3:25-26 as being rapture verses. I think it’s more likely a promise that when the desolation of the wicked comes, the faithful of Israel will be preserved.

This has happened numerous times in Israel’s history. I think it will be ultimately fulfilled when the believing remnant of Israel heeds the Lord’s warning to flee when they see the abomination of desolation standing in the Holy Place (Matt; 24:15-16) signaling the beginning of the Great Tribulation.

Desolation means “ruin” so “desolation of the wicked” describes the ruin of the wicked, not someone being ruined by the wicked.

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