This is a parallel sonnet about Bible prophecy.
This poem discusses three types of people: those who will be taken from the earth before the Great Tribulation (see Mark 13:18-20), those who will suffer and leave the earth by the end of the Great Tribulation, and those who will live through the Great Tribulation and begin a new age of peace afterwards. The three quatrains (four-line stanzas), the three lines of the triplet (the three-line stanza), and the three Bible quotations below the poem discuss these three types of people in the same order.
I don’t believe that God punishes people for their sins. I believe that he allows people to experience the results of their actions so they will learn to make better choices in the future.
The Perfect Plan
The pillars of society are those
Who kept the Word and dutifully endured;
They will depart from earth without their woes;
Their deeds’ reward in heaven is assured.
The wicked will continue in their sin
And will not learn to change their evil ways
Until they burn with terror and chagrin:
A painful lesson till the end of days.
The few and undefiled will be refined,
They’ll call on God, and he will answer back;
He’ll test them with a fire that’s designed
To put the earth upon a peaceful track.
The righteous first are taken from distress;
The wicked feel a pain till they progress;
The faithful find a joy they can’t suppress.
(written December 2019)
Three Bible verses about the three types of people in the poem:
Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. (Revelation 3:10, NASB)
Sinners in Zion are terrified; Trembling has seized the godless. “Who among us can live with the consuming fire? Who among us can live with continual burning?” He who walks righteously and speaks with sincerity, He who rejects unjust gain And shakes his hands so that they hold no bribe; He who stops his ears from hearing about bloodshed And shuts his eyes from looking upon evil; (Isaiah 33:14-15, NASB)
“It will come about in all the land,” Declares the Lord, “That two parts in it will be cut off and perish; But the third will be left in it. “And I will bring the third part through the fire, Refine them as silver is refined, And test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, And I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are My people,’ And they will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’” (Zechariah 13:8-9, NASB).