Signs of the Times

Violence

Another condition that Jesus indicated would be prevalent immediately prior to His return would be pervasive violence: “As the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matthew 24:37).

How were things in “the days of Noah?” The book of Genesis tells us “the earth was corrupt before God, and was filled with violence” (Genesis 6:11).

Political violence is the term used to describe the violence perpetrated by governments on their own or conquered people, or violence committed by political and ideological groups.

Violence is a universal scourge that tears at the fabric of communities and threatens the life, health and happiness of us all. Each year, more than 1.6 million people worldwide lose their lives to violence.

For everyone who dies as a result of violence, many more are injured and suffer from a range of physical, sexual, reproductive and mental health problems. Violence is among the leading causes of death for people aged 15-44 years worldwide, accounting for about 14% of deaths among males and 7% of deaths among females.

That’s Entertainment?

Why this unprecedented violence among today’s youth

By the time the average US schoolchild leaves elementary school, he or she will have witnessed more than 8000 murders and 100,000 other acts of violence on television. If the child also has access to violent computer games or films, or cable TV, these figures will be far, far higher.

The Virginia Tech, Montreal, Erfurt, and Columbine killers were avid fans of violent computer games. “Software for a massacre,” ran the headline in the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on the Erfurt massacre. “The killer was trained by a computer game.” Though media violence is not the only, or even necessarily prime, motivator in the school killings, nevertheless their high level of exposure to violence desensitizes children and makes them comfortable with such behavior.

The “Me” Generation:

Matthew 24:12

“Because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall [grow] cold”

This is how Jesus described the callous condition of people’s hearts in the days before His return. In a related passage, the apostle Paul writes,

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God” (2 Timothy 3:1-4).

Selfishness and cold-heartedness seem to be prevalent almost everywhere we look.

During the past generation, our families have come under intense pressure, and many have crumbled. Neighborhood and community ties have frayed. Many of our streets and public spaces have become unsafe. Our public schools are mediocre for most students, and catastrophic failures for many.

Our character-forming institutions are enfeebled. Much of our popular culture is vulgar, violent, and mindless. Much of our public square is coarse and uncivil. Public trust in our leaders and institutions has plunged.

ABORTION

Another scripture in 2nd Timothy says that in the last days mankind would be “without natural affection.” In the Old Testament times, some of the pagan nations were also “without natural affection,” so much so that it was a common practice for mothers to do what the Bible describes as “cause their children to pass through the fire”…

This was referring to their practice of offering up their babies to the devil-god, Moloch, a huge idol which had moveable arms, hinged at the elbows, & a big yawning mouth with a roaring fire built inside. It was their method of selfishly getting rid of unwanted babies.

Today’s methods, in our “enlightened” modern generation, are no less cruel or barbaric. Although modern fetology has made it undeniably evident that human life begins at conception, every year millions of unborn helpless children are murdered within their mother’s womb in hospitals & clinics!--God Word says ...

“In thy skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents: I have not found it by secret search, but upon all these!” (Jer.2:34). ...

Estimated current global monthly average is 1,017,000 abortions

Planned Parenthood clinics did 327,653 abortions in its fiscal year 2014 (which ran from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014), according to Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s newly released annual report.

That works out to an average of 37 abortions per hour or nearly 1 every 90 seconds.

The 327,653 abortions Planned Parenthood reports that it did in its organizational fiscal 2014 exceeds by 487 the number of abortions it did the previous year.

2014: 948,000,000 reported abortions, estimated 1,032,000,000 total abortions

The Pagan Revival & Witchcraft

“Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day [of Jesus’ Second Coming] will not come unless the falling away [from faith and belief in Jesus] comes first” (2 Thessalonians 2:3).

In Jesus‘ discourses about the signs that would precede His return, three times He told His disciples that numerous false prophets would arise on the world scene, and that they would attract large followings. “Many false prophets will rise up and deceive many” (Matthew 24:11).

Two fields in which paganism and witchcraft have made tremendous inroads are the popular music business and the computer gaming industry. Just take a look at the number of album covers and rock videos that come complete with all the symbols, liturgies, and rituals of witchcraft and the occult. Many computer games involve role playing with open worship of Satan and the netherworld.

The sights and sounds of Hell have seduced and driven countless people into lifestyles of drugs, perversion, violence, and sometimes suicide. The most shameless acts of blasphemy and desecration are now socially acceptable in the name of audiovisual and multimedia entertainment and “freedom of expression.”

Paganism is flourishing.

Would-be witches are being offered government grants to learn how to cast spells. … Now they can take up home study courses in the ancient art of Wicca run by the British School of Yoga.

The subject list [includes] Spell Casting, Divination, Spirits, The Book of Shadows, and Moon Magic. Successful students are awarded a Diploma in Wicca/Witchcraft of the New Age Foundation.

Witchcraft & the occult is one of the World’s fastest growing religions!

In December 2014, one of the hottest Christmas Gifts for young people was the Qugi Board well known for opening up people to the dark side of the spiritual world.

Unfortunately, one reason a lot of people get caught up in the dark side of the spirit world is because they’ve been disillusioned by the apparent absence of spiritual reality in traditional religions. A South African expert on Satanism attributes youth involvement in the occult to spiritually dead churches.

In the Book of Revelation, the Apostle John foresaw that in the last days the world would turn away from God in order to worship and follow Satan.

REVELATION 13:4 And they worshipped the dragon (Devil) which gave power unto the beast (Antichrist): and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

Such a prophecy would have seemed unbelievable to previous generations, but not so in our day