By Pastor Dr. Ronnie W. Wolfe
Literally this verse says that God will give the wicked a quitting time, a Sabbath, as it were, but not a Sabbath as our Heavenly rest, but only resting, or stopping, from their wickedness on earth. They will, in essence, come to an end of their wickedness and be thrown off as dross so that the saints of God can shine as gold in our heavenly home.
Matthew 3:12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
The earth will be purged, or cleansed, of all wickedness so that we as God's children and saints may live on this earth for eternity, a new earth made without man's hands, an earth like nothing we have ever seen, for we read in 1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
Therefore, we love God's testimonies, his word, the Bible; for it explains this to us in plain words, and we can rejoice in God's plan for us in his final triumph and the consummation of all things. Hallelujah!