“So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him. And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the Lord.” – Isaiah 59:19-20
When wickedness (which is always rooted in pride and selfishness) floods the land, God will combat it with a preacher of righteousness. The standard that God raises up against this swelling tide of iniquity is a standard of righteousness. You see, biblically it is only Righteousness through repentance, and agreement with and submission to the word and will of God that can stay judgment (the consequences of sin).
“And God spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;” – 2 Peter 2:5
In essence, righteousness (or being in right standing with God) is a ticket into the ark that is available to every man because of what Jesus did at Calvary. He made a way of escape from judgment by taking our sin and offering us His righteousness. Through the washing of His blood we can be cleansed and through the infilling, leading, and empowering if His Spirit we can overcome sin and walk in His righteousness, His right-standing, or out quite simply… what He says is right.
When we do this we become righteous and are protected from the judgment of the wicked, for God hath not appointed the righteous unto wrath. Therefore, when the fullness of time had come and the wrath of God was ready to be poured out upon the earth and all, like sheep, had gone astray. God sent Jesus, that through His righteousness, He might lead us to righteousness and thus sprinkle the righteous through the earth like salt, preserving the land from wrath (Until the time of the great falling away), for wrath cannot fall upon the righteous.
We see this exemplified in Abraham’s plea to God for mercy over Sodom and Gomorrah. He states that God will not destroy the righteous with the wicked. So he ask God if there be 30 righteous sin the city, will He not spare the land for the sake of the righteous that are in it? And of course God says that He would, for He will not pour His wrath upon the righteous. The enemy may bring tribulation upon the righteous but God will never send His wrath upon them. Abraham asked if there be 20, or 10, and God said that He would spare it. So in this do we see that while sin brings a curse upon a person, a people, and a land, so does righteousness bring a blessing. The sin of one will effect many around them but so will the righteousness of one preserve many around them. In this do we see why Jesus called us the “salt of the earth”, because salt preserves.
So humble yourself, repent, acknowledge your need to be in right standing, ask Jesus to cleanse you and empower you to walk in it, and remain obedient unto righteousness. Reject sin and live a life in agreement with the word and will of God. Be the salt, less you be found useless to your purpose in this earth. Preach repentance, holiness, and righteousness that you and your house might be saved and those around you might have a little more time and opportunity to do the same.
“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.” – Matthew 5:13
“I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” – Luke 13:3
“That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” – Ephesians 4:22-24
“I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah. For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him. Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.” – Psalms 32:5-7