End-time Lawlessness

Lawlessness: Many feel that violence and terrorism has increased in modern times. In fact, official statistics confirm that acts of terrorism have increased markedly in recent decades. Worldwide, the total number of people injured through terror-related attacks has increased from around 200 per year in 1970 to around 40,000 per year in 2016 (a 20,000 percent increase), link.

Examples of Lawlessness in France

  • January 2015: three days of attacks by gunmen in Paris left 17 people dead, starting with an attack on the office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and ending in two sieges
  • November 2015: multiple attacks on Paris by seven gunmen and suicide bombers killed 130 people and injured more than 350 in the deadliest terror attack in French history
  • June 2016: a man claiming allegiance to so-called Islamic State killed two police officials in Magnanville, near Paris
  • July 2016: a 19 tonne cargo truck was deliberately driven into crowds of people celebrating Bastille Day, Nice, France, resulting in 86 people dead and 458 injured
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Terrorism: The Bastille-Day-massacre July 2016

Random Doomsday Events, or Prophecy Coming True?

The truth is that we are seeing Bible prophecy being fulfilled before our eyes. The Bible refers to modern-day terrorism as ‘signs of the times’ and says in the book of Matthew that they will accelerate as the end of the age draws near. Intensifying terrorist attacks point to an acceleration towards the end of this sick world and the ushering in of a new age on this earth (the so-called Millennium).

In the 24th book of the Gospel of Matthew, starting from verse 12, Jesus actually predicts increased lawlessness:

Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come

In the gospel of John chapter 16, starting at verse 2, Jesus also says:

An hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God. These things they will do because they have not known the Father or Me

And in the 59th chapter of the book of Isaiah, starting at verse 6, the prophet says:

Their deeds are evil deeds, and acts of violence are in their hands. Their feet rush into sin; they are swift to shed innocent blood. They pursue evil schemes; acts of violence mark their ways. The way of peace they do not know

Is there Hope for the Future?

Knowledge of what is happening in the world makes us fear for our future and that of our families and friends. In these dark times in which we live, is there reason to hope? Yes! In contrast to our present-day rise of terrorism, the prophet Isaiah wrote of a beautiful future in the 60th chapter of his book, verse 18:

Violence will not be heard again in your land, nor devastation or destruction within your borders

This prophecy concerns the people of Israel and the land covenanted to them through Abraham. But it also concerns the nations who will one day walk in the ways of the one true God, the God of Israel. World-wide lawlessness will cease. As the prophet Isaiah foresees in chapter 11 verse 9:

They will not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain. For the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea

Go deeper to learn more about that amazing future.

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