Proverbs 28: King James Bible
Prophecy in Proverbs – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty eight, Verse 2
2 For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: but by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Prophecy in Proverbs
Before talking about this prophecy in Proverbs, let me say a few things about verse 2. As I began to contemplate the above verse to try and get some bearing as to what I would be presenting to you, I realized something. This is one of the most well crafted and tricky verses we’ve reached thus far through these devotionals! The Lord is giving us a verbal head fake.
Please allow me to explain. Throughout Proverbs, we are given verses that compare one situation to another. For example we can look at Proverbs chapter 10 verse 4:
He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
We’ve got one scenario about one type of person, and another for a different type. This happens quite a bit. Because of this, we may subconsciously think of Pr. 28:2 (the verse above) in the same light. The land will be one way under foolish princes but another under a wise prince.
Though that idea may be true and makes good sense, that isn’t what the verse is saying at all. The example being given isn’t comparing apples to oranges like we may assume. With comparison verses, one set of circumstances is being compared to another. Above, the circumstance doesn’t change at all.
In fact, there’s no change that is explained to us as far as the land is concerned. Whatever the transgression could have been hasn’t gone away. The only difference we’re being given is that the man of understanding and knowledge will have the ability to prolong the state of the land.
He’ll know how to keep it from ruin, whereas those princes before him could not. He will prolong the amount of time that it would take before everything becomes unraveled.
The more I consider this verse, the more I find it to lean toward being of a prophetic flavor rather than being given personal instruction. Prophetic toward what I’m not too sure. Perhaps the future of Israel? Bear in mind, Solomon was only third of what would turn out to be many kings over Israel.
Is it prophetic concerning the end times? Only having enough of a solution to cause a nation to ride out for a while (again, concentrating on the “prolonged part), lasting a bit longer before ruin, leads me to assume that it isn’t a Messianic prophecy. When Christ comes to bear rule, he certainly isn’t going to prolong the status quo, but will change everything.
Could it be directed toward the anti-Christ? Well, there are other scriptures that would coincide with this line of thinking. He is going to have a good deal of understanding and knowledge of the wicked systems and ways of this fallen world.
Notice that wisdom is missing from the good attributes listed about this prince. The son of perdition will have a stretch of time to rule before the end, and he will prolong the wicked state of the world despite all of the Lord’s warnings, messengers, signs, and any other effort the Lord uses to lead people into repentance before cutting loose his wrath upon the world.
But this is what the scripture above “could” mean. I wouldn’t be too dogmatic about it, but rather take it to prayer and let the Lord fill you in on whether or not I’m full of bologna on this one.
Personally, I believe that the Lord has given me a revelation to share with you concerning this verse, as far as it being prophetic rather than instructional. But there is something else that needs to be noticed.
That would be the love of the Lord. Reason is, that prolonged period isn’t given for the prince ruling at the time, but is rather given as a space to give people a chance to repent and turn to the Lord. It is his love for his creation that he does this. After all, it is his will that none should perish.
Related New Testament Scripture
2 Thessalonians 2:
2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
2 Peter 1:
20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
Thank you for your patience and care, especially being extended toward those of us who are so undeserving. Open the eyes of our understanding, and fill us all with your wisdom and knowledge. May we extract and comprehend all of the things that you will for us to know and utilize throughout your Word, and keep us from rabbit holes that would remove our focus from you. We thank you for everything Lord. This we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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