Many people blame God for the evil and suffering that is in the world. The truth is–it is men who commit evil acts upon others and the suffering that touches so many lives is caused by people, not God.
Isaiah 59:15-16 is one of those verses from the Old Testament that really gives us tremendous insight into the mind and heart of God. Looking from heaven at the plight of man, God sees what great suffering is taking place on the earth because of sin. From Adam onward, all men are born sinners with a tendency towards evil continually. The world which exists today has become a place of unimaginable evil, suffering, and death.
Isaiah 59:16a He saw that there was no man, And wondered that there was no intercessor; Therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him; And His own righteousness, it sustained Him.
In response to our suffering, The Lord sends His Son as the Messiah to redeem and eventually restore the earth and mankind back to their original perfection.
Each one of us determines who we will serve by our decision, either for, or against Jesus. God always considers our ambivalence as a decision. Those who have not received Jesus as their Savior are understood by God as standing against Him.
Matthew 12:30 (Jesus Speaking) Anyone who isn’t with me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me. (NLT)
Since most of the people on the earth chose not to submit their lives to God, and live according to the dictates of their own heart, this world suffers greatly under the effects of their selfishness. We cannot blame God for the hurt and pain which exists in this world that is caused by the evil and selfish actions of men and woman. It is not the Lord’s fault that people hurt, kill, and take advantage of others. It is not His will that we live in a world that is dominate by selfishness and greed.
God has a plan that is in motion today that is bringing to an end all of our suffering. When Jesus returns to earth as it’s rightful ruler, evil, pain, suffering, and death will be at an end. No longer will anyone hurt another person or take advantage of anyone. Jesus will make certain that everything that occurs on the earth is equitable, fair, and just.
The presence of evil
The answer to the abiding question of “why there is evil in the world—if in fact God exists,” is understood by the fact that people commit these acts of evil, not God. God has given us a period of time on the earth to make our own decisions about what we will believe, and how we will live. There is a time certain that is appointed by God when all of the acts of men will be under the complete rulership of God. Those who have submitted themselves to God’s chosen King, Jesus Christ, will rule and reign with Him. Those who have refused to obey the gospel and receive Jesus as their King, will be excluded from all of the good things that God has planned for this earth and all human beings.
A person who possesses true wisdom, will hear these principles and conform themselves into what God has commanded. A truly intelligent person will understand that God is abundant in love, exercising great kindness and mercy. He is also just and He will punish all sin and rebellion. We know these things are true because He has declared these standards to us throughout 3,500 years of scripture, which He has preserved for us to the present day.
A secondary answer to the question of evil’s presence in this world, is the fact that satan is described as a “ruler” of this world. He draws all those who will not receive Jesus, to receive him instead and his lies. Those who are not serving Jesus, are described by God as serving the devil.
John 8:44 44 For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies. (NLT)
Jesus said that satan is “the ruler” of this world:
John 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.
Paul said that satan is the “god of this age”:
2 Corinthians 4:4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.
For specific details regarding who has dominion over the earth, see the chapter: “Service Now, Rewards and Rulership: When Jesus Returns.”
When Jesus died and was raised on the third day, He won the right to redeem the earth and be her rightful ruler. That rulership will not take place until after the seven-year tribulation, when Jesus returns with His church. At that time, the Lord will set up a kingdom of righteousness on the whole earth, for one thousand years. Until that time, satan has been permitted a limited rulership on the earth. When we see suffering and evil we should remember that it is he who is responsible for many of the catastrophes and suffering that people suffer through on the earth. Those who are not in a personal relationship with God remain under the control of the devil, and they are guaranteed no protection by God.
John 8:42-44 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. 43 Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. 44 You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do.
Only those who have come into the family of God, through a relationship with Jesus Christ, are guaranteed protection by God against the devil. Though the Lord does allow satan some limited access into the lives of those who love God, He will not allow satan to destroy anyone who has given their entire heart to Jesus.
1 John 5:18-19 We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him. 19 We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one…
If you would like to see what the earth will be like when the Lord rules over the lives of men, see the chapter in this book: The Prophecies of the Messiah’s Kingdom. When Jesus rules the world from Jerusalem, the earth will be at peace, and no one will hurt or destroy any person or any thing. This will be an absolute rulership in which no opposition to Jesus’ righteous rule will be permitted. The Lord will rule under a Theocracy, where co-rulership is determined by the faithfulness of those who have served Jesus, before the Rapture occurs. Those who have been faithful over a little, during the time preceding Jesus’ return to earth, will be given greater authority during the Millennium, when His kingdom begins.
This kingdom will restore the earth to its former glory of complete righteousness, where there will be no suffering, pain, or death.
See the following chapters for further clarification on these issues:
Prophecies of the Messiah’s Kingdom
Principles of Rulership
The Kingdom of Light and of Darkness
Isaiah 59:16a, the subject of this 275th prophecy, describes the Messiah as an “Intercessor.”
An intercessor is a person who intervenes on behalf of another, especially by prayers. Someone who is both qualified to act in this capacity as well as willing to do so. Jesus was qualified to intercede on behalf of all human beings by His fulfillment of all of the Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah. Because Jesus is both God and a perfect man, He has the capacity to understand our struggles as human beings, as well as, God’s absolute requirement for moral perfection. Jesus is able to bring us both together in peace.
According to Isaiah’s prophecy, the Lord of heaven noted that there was no one to intercede on man’s behalf. No one to show him how to come to God. There was no one qualified to end the unbridgeable gap between the two, because of man’s sin. It is the sin of man that makes it impossible for him to approach God. Unless this intercessor could remedy the sin issue, there could be no possibility of bringing the two together (See Prophecy 254).
God dwells in light—unapproachable (1 Timothy 6:16). His perfection and righteousness would consume any person who has sin remaining within. The intercessor must be without sin and able to take the place of the guilty sinner and pay the penalty that is due for their sin. This intercessor must be able to bear all of the sins of all people—remove them, and thereby make reconciliation possible.
Only God could necessitate the removal our sin, but He could not qualify–Himself as God, as the redeemer of man. In order for this intercessor to be successful, God would have to take the form of a man—become the second Adam. His Eternal and perfect nature—dwelling within the flesh of a human being who had never sinned—was the only suitable solution for one who would be our intercessor.
All of the Old Testament prophecies that concern the Messiah describe how this necessary but seemingly impossible solution could be accomplished.
When we consider the qualifications required for any one person to be the Messiah, all candidates are eliminated except one. Only Jesus fulfilled all of the demands of the strict and Holy law of God. This is why we cannot accept any other person, church, or religious set of principles, to act as our intercessor. No one other than Jesus has ever met the requirements that God has established.
“For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.” —1 Timothy 2:5
The great love and compassion of our God is illustrated in this 275th prophecy, as He is seen gazing into our lives to observe that we are without anyone to help us. The Lord cares for you and I so deeply, that He could not sit idly by and fail to do what was necessary to rescue us from our hopeless situation. Those who see God as angry and vindictive, seeking to send us all to hell, have not understood that He has done everything that is possible to ensure that no person would ever have to suffer judgement for their sins. God sent His only Son to take the penalty that we deserve and remove them all from our record. If we will only come to Him and receive His forgiveness, we can enter a new life of amazing blessing and peace.
The Messiah, who is portrayed in these many predictions from the Old Testament and later fulfilled by Jesus in the New Testament, reveals a humble, loving Savior, who was willing to give up His life so that all of us could live forever. By allowing Jesus as our intercessor to bring us to God by His sacrifice, we can enjoy our lives, as they were meant to be lived.
 Matthew 25:34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, “Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
Matthew 25:41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:
 2 Timothy 4:1 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom:
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 1Corinthians 15:21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.
1Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
1Corinthians 15:45-47 And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven.