The Beginning Of a Lawless World, Persecution On The Rise
The bible describes what society will be like before the return of Christ Jesus. The picture drawn by the bible is not a pretty one but it is the true one. The bible says,
2 Timothy 3:13 NKJV But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.
Society will continue on this downward spiral.
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Though Jesus spoke of events that will happen before His return, we will look at verses that are about societies attitude as His return approaches.
In Romans 1:18-23, God tells us that when people no longer worship God as the Creator society comes apart. In Romans 1:24-28, God finally gives them over to a "worthless mind to do what is morally wrong." Then in verses (Romans 1:29-32) the attitudes of the people are described.
The same is true for 2 Timothy 3:1-4, where the attitudes of ungodly people and false Christians are given. Why is this important? Let's see:
2 Timothy 3:1 NKJV But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:
1. perilous or difficult - 5467-xalepos (a) hard (b) harsh, fierce (Strong's Concordance)
2. fiercely difficult to cope with because so harsh (even injurious)
It is attitudes that are leading to the persecution of Christians and is causing a rise in anger and violence in society in general. China, India, and others have stepped up their aggression against the spreading of the message of Jesus Christ.
... If the war on religion in China seems familiar, it’s probably because the same thing is happening on social media right now, in America. Facebook and YouTube have both come under fire for silencing Christians for sharing their beliefs. Banned videos, censored Bible verses and flat-out ousting of Christian users from public platforms is frighteningly common place in the U.S. today...
“Radical Hinduism and Indian nationalism are driving factors in the increasing levels of unrest and instability Christians face,” Open Doors reported. “In 2014, India scored only 55 points, while during the 2018 reporting period, [WWL] researchers assigned 81 points to the nation—one of the fastest and most intense increases seen.”...
God has warned believers of the attitudes they will encounter. Now let's take a closer look.
They say: I don't need a Savior because I don't need saving because there is no sin, no hell, and no God or my self righteous works are enough. This is where everything clashes.
Ezekiel 18:4 NCV Every living thing belongs to me. The life of the parent is mine, and the life of the child is mine. The person who sins is the one who will die.
John 8:24 NKJV Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”
God says: We will die in our sins if we do not believe in Who Jesus is. The unbeliever says,
1 Corinthians 1:18 NKJV For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
They say: God killing His Son and some man dying for the sins of the world, come on what a bunch of foolishness. What is God saying,
1. foolish-3472-moria-absurdity (Strong's Concordance)
2. 3472-comes from-3474-moros (the root of the English terms, "moron, moronic").
Them: The attitude of unbelievers toward God, His Son, His Word, and believers is; God and all who fall for His lies is a moron.
God: Gets interesting now because in
1 Corinthians 1:20-25 HCSB 20 Where is the philosopher?aj Where is the scholar? Where is the debater of this age?ak Hasn’t God made the world’s wisdom foolish? 21 For since, in God’s wisdom, the •world did not know God through wisdom, God was pleased to save those who believe through the foolishness of the message preached. 22 For the Jews ask for signsal and the Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified,am a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Gentiles.an 24 Yet to those who are called,ao both Jews and Greeks, Christ is God’s power and God’s wisdom, 25 because God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.
God gives us His viewpoint and attitude toward unbelievers. He does this by asking questions, Where are the learned, where is the man of religious learning, and where is the one who argues to look important? God answers His questions, I have made the world's system of intelligence and philosophy to be moronic. In other words they are no where because man does not have the wisdom to understand the cross of Christ.
And there you have it, the reason believers and unbelievers have nothing in common.
Unbelievers think Christians are stupid and weak and God says the ways and thoughts of unbelievers, which are worldly ways, is stupid and leads to eternal destruction. This is the war, and the rift will grow further apart and become more violent. However, believers know this is a spiritual war.
As bad as it seems it will get worse in what is called The Tribulation. During that time,
Matthew 24:21 NKJV For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.
Luke 21:25 NKJV “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; 26 men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
At this time things will be so violent and destructive, people will faint. Their fear will overcome them and as they see what is coming they will pass out. This kind of violence upon people and the earth has never happened and will never happen again.
As a believer what is happening to children, elderly, and the helpless is very hard to take sometimes. Pray to be lead to the lost to tell them an absurd message about the cross of which I am not ashamed. There are hearts prepared to hear, pray your heart is prepared for Christ's use to give His good news.
My hope is in Christ Jesus as the world consistently lines up with God's word, because we know what is coming. Persecution must come are you ready? Jesus, Lord and Savior will come, are you ready?