“At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another and many false prophets will arise and will mislead many. Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold, but the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.” (Matt. 24:10-14)
“Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction…” (2 Thess. 2:3-4)
Some years back I wrote the quote below in an article entitled A New Pope in the Wings. I will begin this update focusing on these words coming to pass due to C-19, then discuss the rapidly increasing state of lawlessness in our society, for that is also a portent of the beginning of the birth pangs signifying the end times now upon us. First, from the earlier article:
“I believe in the coming collapse of world financial markets our reconstruction of Old Testament temple worship will suffer a catastrophic failure. Its prized edifices, in which modern American Christendom has taken every bit as much pride as the Scribes and Pharisees of Jesus’ day did theirs, will go to foreclosure, be confiscated by governments, or otherwise be destroyed by God’s enemies in a symbolic effort to display their power. These monuments to man’s pride will take their rightful place in the ruination of all worldly things man has built for his comfort and aggrandizement. I have written many times over the years, I believe such a decisive defeat of the industrialized world must take place if we here in the age of Laodicea are ever to give up our love of money and hope arise for a true church once more. “
Covid-19 is indeed bringing our venerated temples down, as her leaders now suffer from an inability to gather people in the numbers they need to support them. Even our mega-temples are laying off staff and facing bankruptcy. Many smaller temples that were struggling to keep doors open before the pandemic have now closed them. Furthermore, as God continues to convict His true believers of the critical need for fellowship [as all they hoped for in the world is shaken], they are discovering the blessings of the sort of community Jesus came to foster. Man’s temples are falling, and God’s marketplace communities are arising, just as it was when Jesus brought the kingdom to us initially. That He would make all things look similar the second time He comes to the way they did when He first came was also a revelation He gave to me many years ago, one I have also written about extensively.
As to lawlessness and the verses above, who could argue we are seeing a drastic trend towards lawlessness in our society, as the hands of law enforcement officers everywhere are now being bound by lawless politicians and organizations under Satan’s spell who want to do away with authority of any kind. Authority and lawlessness are mutually exclusive concepts that cannot co-exist. Governors, who have spearheaded using C-19 as an opportunity to exert control over us all, are signing into law draconian measures to punish and fine our law enforcement officers, while at the same time continuing to reduce consequences and shorten sentences for the lawless. It seems many of them are trying to “out-politically-correct” one another in punishing those who protect us and exalting those trying to bring chaos and anarchy.
Groups now joining the lawlessness bandwagon are promoting violence against anyone who rallies behind law enforcement, and those same departments are being told they cannot arrest or even confront the rioters and anarchists for fear of being labeled racist. Many decent men and women who wanted to join police departments are changing their minds, and many already employed are looking to get out. Who among us who knows God has not been reminded lately of Isaiah’s words, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil—who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness?” It seems this is the theme song for America these days. Likewise, what decent person, saved or not, has not wondered how things got so crazy so fast? If you are among them, consider reading my Why the Insanity series on this blog page. There you will find a simple answer, and it’s not mass hysteria of some sort.
God’s name is connected to justice too many times in the Scriptures to count. Satan, the great counterfeiter’s, paradigm is lawlessness. Indeed, his “christ” on this earth, who will soon come in the flesh, will be called “the son of lawlessness.” And, true to the verses above, what is all this lawlessness we now see rampant in our society leading to if not “hearts growing cold?” Does anyone see love, mercy, and compassion on the rise? Rather, do we not see our citizens arming up and readying for civil war? Sadly, many Christians are being sucked into this vortex, falling to the deception that fighting fire with fire is what Jesus would have us do [see article Choosing our Weapons Wisely on this blog].
This trend towards lawlessness is not going to decrease, rather it is going to increase to where no God-fearing or even just man in America will be safe. As the verse from Matthew above says, many claiming Christ will fall away and hate and deliver up the faithful, and many false prophets will arise. And, lawlessness will continue to increase until “the son of lawlessness is revealed.” What is the answer for the kingdom saint, but that which even now perfects him [see article The Pursuit of Perfection on this blog]? Endurance, suffering, and a patient and trusting faith in God’s plan regardless of the outcome in the flesh.
Who will you be counted among? Those who submit to the lawlessness thereby fearing, joining the chaos, and suffering a heart grown cold through hoping in your money and looking to the world for answers? Or, will you be the kingdom saint who, through it all, endures the suffering the world will bring patiently, faces losing everything and “counts it but rubbish,” trusts only in God for deliverance and strength, and endures to the end and is saved? All this talk of “who will we be when the heat is on?” used to make for interesting discussions of future times. No more, as they are now becoming real questions, with real consequences, to be asked and answered in our actions every day.
I close with the words of Moses to the children of Israel shortly before his passing, “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So, choose life in order that you may live.” (Deut. 30). May we all, indeed, chose wisely for our responses will carry eternal consequences.