How Long Will the Wicked Triumph?


The righteous have been asking this question for thousands of years now.

Psalm 94

3 LORD, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph ?

4 How long shall they utter and speak hard things? and all the workers of iniquity boast themselves?

5 They break in pieces thy people, O LORD, and afflict your heritage.

6 They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless.

There are various lengths of time that the wicked can seem to be victorious over the righteous.

1. Short term

2. Long term

3. Somewhere in between

4. Not at all

The power of the wicked can be related to a few things

1. Sin in the life of the believer, who has not repented yet. This gives the enemy authority over the circumstances of affliction.

2. Sin in the life of the believer, who HAS repented. This power of the enemy will weaken but the believer is suffering from the natural consequences of their actions.

3. A believer who has not done anything wrong, but is ignorant of their authority over the enemy.

4. A believer who has not done anything wrong, but is undergoing testing by the Lord.

5. The person IS wicked, and is allowed to have power for a set time, for a purpose determined by God, which will produce, ultimately, a good result. This may be the most painful experience, as the true purpose of the suffering may not be revealed to the believer, and the believer cannot understand why God is allowing this.


The degree of suffering by the believer seems to increase with each category above.

In the meantime, the wicked boast of their victory, a sign to them that they are right, the believer is wrong, and that God is blessing them, the wicked, instead of the believer.

It looks like we are defeated, and that the wicked is “favored” by God.


But the fact is, God always knows the end from the beginning, and He sees what the wicked has done:

8 Take notice, you senseless ones among the people;
you fools, when will you become wise?

9 Does he who fashioned the ear not hear?
Does he who formed the eye not see?
10 Does he who disciplines nations not punish?
Does he who teaches mankind lack knowledge?
11 The Lord knows all human plans;
he knows that they are futile.

God is not mocked.

He knows our situation and needs.


It is time for us to realize that “success” or temporal victory is not the real blessing we need and seek.

The true blessing is know God personally, and having his law in our hearts.

We must have faith that ultimately God will come to support us.

12 Blessed is the one you discipline, Lord,
the one you teach from your law;

17 Unless the Lord had given me help,
I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death.
18 When I said, “My foot is slipping,”
your unfailing love, Lord, supported me.
19 When anxiety was great within me,
your consolation brought me joy.


Until the final redemption, there will be evil that attacks the believers, to overcome them.

But the temporary victory they have cannot last, and cannot have the power that God has in the situation:

20 Can a corrupt throne be allied with you—
a throne that brings on misery by its decrees?
21 The wicked band together against the righteous
and condemn the innocent to death.


God’s divine justice will prevail in the end:

22 But the Lord has become my fortress,
and my God the rock in whom I take refuge.
23 He will repay them for their sins
and destroy them for their wickedness;
the Lord our God will destroy them.


For those who are being defeated by the wicked, know this:

Do not give up.

The end of what you are going through has not happened yet.

Hold onto your faith.

Submit to God, and continue to resist the enemy.

You may be losing battles, but God will win the war for you, and for His purpose.

Do not give up!

The key to final victory is surrendering to God.  Let Him do it.


43 Responses to “How Long Will the Wicked Triumph?”

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  3. Ecclesiastes 8:14
    There is something else meaningless that occurs on earth: the righteous who get what the wicked deserve, and the wicked who get what the righteous deserve. This too, I say, is meaningless.

    There are many references just like this one in the Bible that says that things like this have NO meaning. Trying to answer this question can be exhausting and confusing.
    I just TRUST in God to know all and to deal with the injustices done to the righteous on HIS DAY.
    American King James Version
    Righteous are you, O LORD, when I plead with you: yet let me talk with you of your judgments: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? why are all they happy that deal very treacherously?

    • bradford

      it seems meaningless to us, because we do not understand it.

      but god understands the meaning, and that is why we have to trust him.

  4. I completely Agree as I stated above. We can only Use our TRUST and FAITH that GOD knows what we do not and will always take care of us. There are many other scriptures like this one below that says that We should rejoice when trials and troubles come upon us. One says the Father Devil is the Father of the earth and therefore we “God’s Children” will be subjected to Satan’s fury. I have absolutely driven myself crazy in the past trying to answer this question my self. Like you said, It is OUR TRUST in GOD that gets us through. Bless You.
    Scripture says:
    “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy” (1 Peter 4:12-13).

    • Yes, the verse says it and so much more in the Word concerning our fiery trials as believers. It seems the “wicked” feel blessed due to their success, riches and living life with ease, yet God and HIS Word says no. We as believers cannot know why, we cannot contain HIS mind, but HE asks us to give HIM ours.
      Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of [your mind.] Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is– HIS good, pleasing and perfect will. ROMANS 12:2
      Amen, don’t give up!

      • amen

      • The word ‘wicked’ does not always mean ‘evil’ but can mean “impious, arrogant, disrespectful, impudent even doubtful of the Word of God.”

        In this context, the wicked do not know the treasure of the Lord (“fear of the LORD”) and they don’t seem to be inclined to search the field (Matthew 13:44), never to find the treasure.

        Psalm 140

        • Brother DJ, the Derek Prince vid you provided and his books I have been reading are a solid tool for deeper understanding of God’s Word. Thanks & bless you.

  5. I think it will happen when the collective fruit of patience (from all of god’s people and those who are meant to be his people) will be fufilled

  6. Sometimes the power of the wicked is simply warfare. We belong to HIM and they just hate us and demons are on assignment by any means – even normal humans are used by them. So sometimes we didn’t invite anything nor open any doors. Sometimes you just gotta know that they attack us simply because we are in God’s army and are their natural enemy until the end of time. It’s just battlefield tactics sometimes and nothing about anything we did or didn’t do. We are believers and we are in God’s kingdom and belong to Him and that alone makes us targets for the unseen forces to bring wickedness against us.
    I refuse to take the blame for all the wickedness. It exists and it has its purpose and that is to destroy us by any means for any reason and no reason.

  7. Yes, good reply, Steven, and all the replies are good. We have to trust Him even in times we do not understand. More all the time I do not understand. But I have enough reason to believe in Him and what He promises in the Bible, so I hang on, and ask Him to hang onto me.

    I have had a few visions, and these help…maybe God sent them because He knew how much I would be challenged in my secular humanist environment and family.

    I have been given explicit miraculous answers from the Bible when I have asked. I believe we should not ask just any old time, of course, but when I did ask, I was answered explicitly. So the Bible is very precious to me, and I don’t let anyone in my secular humanist family drag me away from the Bible.

    I can’t attend church, because the churches I want to attend use toxic rug cleaner and will not stop. The fact that they will not stop, and will not use steam cleaning instead, shows me that either God does not want me to attend those churches, or the people there are, well,….choose your expletive. So I am forced to get scripture study online or just reading the Bible by myself.

    Can I understand why God does not want me to attend the churches in my community? No. I trust He has a reason. He is magnificent and over all, so His reason is there. Some day I will know.

    • mariel

      you have a church right here…. 🙂

      • Amen Muriel and Marianne, there are many of us that cannot attend church for many reasons, I have mine and they are for health also, many believers are reaching out online. Yes, when we share the Word and fellowship uplifting on another; we have a church here. Bless All!

  8. Hi Marianne,
    Good post! I’ve been struggling with some things for reasons I don’t always
    understand…some times we let the enemy in w/o realizing it at first. I have praying for God to speak to me & show me where He wants me to be or do in my walk with Him, to
    really be in His will to receive His full blessings….Below, I posted a link that I felt the Lord led me too earlier today. I thought it was interesting because He is telling me to fully surrender, my body, soul and spirit..I thought I was surrendered, but He wants more of me!! I went through some prayer time, etc, and already feel a deeper blessing on my life…so I just wanted to share this link if any one
    wants to read it. It has very helpful scriptures..Blessings be yours!!

    • god bless you elle, a faithful servant of the Lord

    • Our Father is calling HIS own. HE wants all of me, heart, body, and mind to be holy. TY for the link Elle. MATT 19 is now very personal to me and a scripture that [just] recently came to life.
      Over 14 yrs. ago I was called out of a State and area I was very blessed in to return to my home State and family of origin. God gave me the answer to move back in the most profound way, I could not deny(or I would not have gone.) All these yrs. have been full of loss after loss, jobs, family connections, health. I still ask HIM for answers and HE gives it in HIS time. I said,” Father I came back as you called me to and family has turned their backs!” HE said,”you came back to me.” : ) Just recently HE gave me MATT 19, and HE confirms HIS Word, again and again like now. : )
      Praise HIS Holy Name!
      All things in this life will pass, when we pass,(must be why death is called passing, lol.) Obedience to our Father will be eternal… Glory : )

      • I am now convinced God is in charge of my life, as I have exhausted All the strong will I have which was much! A good thing; HE chastised me because HE loves! These 14 yrs. of unspeakable trials including being in an major disaster> natural fire, has brought me to the end of me and truly to my Redeemer. Each day as I choose to die to myself and take up my cross, I am in utter awe of HIS love pouring in me! No longer will i ask why HE told me to leave a place/life I loved(and have to repent for coveting what was.)
        * Please keep me close to you Father, never leave of forsake, never; YOUR Will be done. MATT 19v 29

      • susan

        I hope you find what you are looking for in your home state. may you be blessed in Jesus name

        • Hello Marianne,
          Thank you for standing in agreement with me, I pray for you also. Living in these end times along what the Lord has brought me through I now only want to be in HIS [state of grace.] My life I choose to no longer question, allowing the enemy to take any more of it, in Jesus name! ROMANS 8:28
          Bless you so much! Again, thank you for providing this post and site: our trials and victories we can share, encourage & pray for one another as our Father intended, shalom.

  9. I too believe this. Well said.

  10. The Devil has gained a major FOOTHOLD in churches today so not being able to go may be a good thing. Many Christians are being misled or subdued due to spiritual warfare in them. You don’t have to go to church to commune with God or to learn. In fact, my communion with God is so much stronger at home because I don’t get that once a week feeling that my service to God has been served. I struggle everyday to obtain that feeling and work harder. Gove gives knowledge to all those who seek it. Bless You.

  11. Amen. Thank You. Inspirational.

  12. Psalm 140

  13. There are times that we see situations, or we find ourselves in situations, that we do not understand, and we ask for guidance and understanding, and something soon after, something enters our lives, or we find a passage from the Bible, and we have an “ah ha” moment, where we understand, it becomes becomes clear to us. And it is easy to continue on because God has shown us.

    There are also times that we see situations, or we find ourselves in situations that we do not understand, and we ask for guidance and understanding, and something soon after enters our lives we think is God’s answer and it makes absolutely no sense to us. But our faith allows us to continue on because our belief in God is ever firm, and we trust in Him.

    Then, there are those times that we see a situation, or we find ourselves in some situation in our lives that we have absolutely no understanding why God would put something like this before us, and we ask for guidance, for some kind of understanding, and . . . . . n o t h i n g. No response, no answer, no guidance, no understanding, and it might even seem that God has abandoned us – those can be the hardest times. Because it does require patience, it does require faith. It does require us to continue to try to see what we are not seeing, and to acknowledge that there are times that not all things or situations appear to make any sense at all to us whatsoever.

    In all three situations, God was and is always with us. The question I ask myself is, in any of those times or situations, did I abandon Him?

  14. When the day comes that the wicked achieve eternal life, then I shall have reason to query the reason why it has been so. But for them to gain the whole world and loose their souls is little concern of mine. Indeed, let the wicked be filled with the world and it’s concerns, lest they find occasion to repent and return to God. For the destruction of the wicked is guaranteed in their ‘blessings’ and in their ways.

    Wonder therefore nor fret yourself o when the wicked prosper , for that is how their veil in darkness is maintained. They also shall have no excuses for having not sought the way of truth. For one may have an excuse that they lacked but never that they had too much. And incase they claim that they were not tried by lack and suffering, will it not be laughable to make any such claim. Rejoice therefore when you are in trials, for then you are accounted ffor sons, as it is stated how every child that is dearly loved is chastised for guidance uunto perfection and life eternal.

    The wicked may have that which the corrupt soul desires but will never achieve the incorruptible, nor the eternal peace of our Lord.

    I yet to see the Lord rushing to the deliverance of the wicked when they eventual fall into despair and destruction/death. to him

  15. I love some of the passages you posted, especially this one:

    “Unless the Lord had given me help, I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death. When I said, ‘My foot is slipping,’ Your unfailing love, Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, Your consolation brought me joy.”

    The part of this all that spoke most to me is this:

    “Submit to God, and continue to resist the enemy. You may be losing battles, but God will win the war for you, and for His purpose.”

    This is just where I am: God is leading me one way, but I don’t see a doorway. It’s like walking toward the face of a mountain and believing you’ll walk into a door that you can’t see with your eyes. The enemy is fighting; resisting him for me would be reaching out for the doorknob where I see no door and while he yells to me thay there is no door. Thanks for this article. arendale


  17. Part of what helps me in overcoming the sense that the wicked are “winning” is the realization of what is “real” and what isn’t. There are two kinds of reality: our temporal reality and our spiritual reality…. What the wicked gain is all temporal. It looks real but it isn’t. Once you see this world for the facade it is, you can see the verse in Hebrews 11 (I think) in a whole new light. “You have come to Mount Zion” . Anything that isn’t temporal Jesus can heal, restore and make new. He can restore temporal things but in order to do so it would most likely need to benefit the Kingdom somehow.

  18. God is not mocked that is for sure!

  19. I give thanks to the Lord for Derek Prince ministries. His teaching has been very helpful to me over the past 4 years. Look for a couple of newsletter posts tomorrow.
    I realized that someone who expels demons in the name of Jesus demonstrates that he (Prince) is a follower of the Lord.

    Psalm 20

  20. Susan,

    Here is a message from Derek in a newsletter format. It is very insightful. Especially the commentary regarding Revelation chapter 12.

    There is a book by Dr. Prince that I highly recommend – “Entering the Presence of God”. I think this will be a very helpful book to teach others in the coming months.

    This just came to mind and I think it is for you to read and hold in your heart.

    “The Lord bless you, and keep you; The Lord make His face shine on you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance on you, and give you peace” (Numbers 6:24-26, NASB).


    • Thank you DJ; esp. the blessing, the same blessing for you!
      I have ordered and am reading Derek’s books, I find his writings cuts to the chase= connecting the Word. I will add your suggestion to my list and ck. out the link. God bless.

      • Just read the link; much of it I read yesterday in Pulling down Strongholds, D. Prince. Also Satan was “trying” to use the guilties to defeat me, also in this link. I too believe and know the real testing of our faith can include: do we love HIM more than our life? Will we be killed like Stephen and others’? Comfort is in knowing HE will never leave or forsake comfort of the Holy Spirit is with us IF we say yes to eternal life to the end of our own…Dying to our self as we are tested prepares us. Your Will Lord, be done.

  21. The Book of Job is an allegory about the rise, fall and restoration of Israel. Israel, today, is far bigger than the Jews. Their are billions of Abraham’s descendants in the world today.

    To Love God is to obey God. From the Exodus till t,he fall of Judah in 587 B.C., God was King over Israel. God was going to build a great nation out of Israel. Because of Israel’s great multitude of sins (hatred for God), God ripped them out of the Promised Land. God handed Israel over to be ruled by secular power starting with king Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon to our present secular power rulers. Satan is man’s evil pride on earth especially man’s evil pride in secular power. Much of the scripture which we use today to define Satan comes from scripture talking about evil human pride in secular power.

    The big message in apocalyptic scriptures, both Old Testament and New Testament, is the coming of Messianic Reign. When Jesus comes to Rule the world the wicked will be knocked down and the humble will be raised up. With Jesus, a descendant of king David, Ruling the world, Israel is restored and God’s Holy City of Zion is born.

    The Bible describes the fall of Israel as Israel falling from heaven. Israel was never in heaven; Nor was Satan ever in heaven. The fall of Satan from heaven, in the Book of Revelations, as the Two Witnesses are called up to heaven, is indicating a power change on earth. Jesus will depose Satan (man’s evil pride) as ruler of the world. Jesus will Rule with and through His Church, the Catholic Church, using the ‘keys to the kingdom’, which is Christ’s Power to bind and loost sins. Jesus blows the Holy Spirit upon His Apostles and swears to them, whom ever they call upon Him to bind or loost of sins on earth, He will bind or loost to sins in heaven. The walls of Zion will be built of auto-anathemas and the gates of Zion will be the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Baptism. Jesus is not King and Ruler of the world until His servants put His Laws into enforcement on earth. The angel reading the small scroll in the Book of Revelation is a Pope or Bishop reading a scroll of auto-anathemas, binding the wicked to their sins. This is the Battle of Armageddon and it takes about an hour. Then we go through the ‘three days of darkness’ where Jesus comes through and puts to death, what sounds like about a third of the population of the wicked on earth. After the three days of darkness the faithful walk out of their homes and into ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ of Messianic Reign. This is where Jesus wipes away every tear of those who reside in His Holy City of Zion.

    The Blessed Mother of Fatima, in the Third Secret of Fatima, along with other Apparitions, is indicating that Messianic Reign is coming soon. Both Pope Francis and Pope Benedict have indicated that they will be fulfilling the Blessed Mother’s request by, at least, 2017. I take this as meaning that the small scroll of Revelations will be read. Once the scroll is read, Jesus Rules! The wicked are deposed from ruling the world, Jesus takes over as King and Ruler of the world, and the faithful have their every tear wiped away by Jesus.

    Hallelujah! Let Jesus Rule! Let God’s Kingdom Come! Let the humble, meek and faithful inherit the world!

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  22. Righteousness gives you her response,

    Are they serious? Another major sign for the Vatican and Rome. ‘Man crushed to death by giant crucifix dedicated to Pope. It happened days before the planned canonization of Pope John Paul XXIII and the crucifix had been dedicated to him. The boy that died was only 21 years old, and the Telegraph report that he was living in a street named after Pope John XXIII. In a town called Lovere in Via Papa Giovanni.

    His name was Marco Gusmini, and he was posing for a photograph with a group of friends in front of the 100ft cross when it suddenly collapsed.

    So is it an act of God?

    Is it divine providence?

    Does it remind you of Leviticus 19:4, 26:1, 26;30. Deuteronomy 29:17, 32:16 Psalm 78:58, Psalm 97:7. Psalm 106:36, Isaiah 41:22.

    ‘I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols’. Isaiah 42:8. “When you cry out for help, let your collection of idols save you! The wind will carry all of them off, a mere breath will blow them away. But whoever takes refuge in me will inherit and possess my holy mountain’. Isaiah 57:13.

    Do you remember when the LORD shouted out ‘Giovanni?’. Giovanni message posted on the 19th December, 2013.

  23. “Hold onto your faith. Submit to God, and continue to resist the enemy. You may be losing battles, but God will win the war for you, and for His purpose. Do not give up!”

    Amen! I do believe that the time is short now and the enemy trembles because of this.

    “And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” 1 John 2:17

    The righteous will live forever and the wicked will NOT…

  24. Bride,

    Please keep posting comments.

    Psalm 20

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