Colorado Theater Shooting — “Lawlessness will increase…”
In one of the most famous portions of the whole Bible, I have quoted this text from Jesus’ own lips regarding the conditions on earth at the end of this age:
• False prophets will mislead many.
• Lawlessness is increased.
• Most people’s love will grow cold.
• The one who endures to the end will be saved.
Jesus was predicting a world in turmoil and conflict, hating each other, at the end of this present age. Because of lawlessness increasing, MOST people’s love toward God will grow cold and die… Only the believer who “endures” to the end will be saved.
When I see on the news the tragic report about the deaths and suffering in the Colorado movie theatre I can only say that this must be a sign of lawlessness increasing.
The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines lawless as
“not regulated by or based on law; not restrained or controlled by law.”
Certainly what happened to those 70 victims in Colorado was lawlessness.
Of course the scoffers and doubters and the wisdom of this age says that we have always had mass killings and terror. “What is the big deal?”
Well, the big deal is that we now have Greece just default as a nation and is bankrupt. Syria is embroiled in a civil war. Egypt has recently had an overthrow of government and is pursuing a weak form of democracy – a prototype of “iron and clay” government that doesn’t mix.
Sadly the church is “asleep at the wheel” when it comes to understanding prophetic Scriptures. In case you have not read through the books of Daniel, Revelation or Isaiah much, you won’t get my point; for in Daniel 11 we read of a battle “at the end of this age” between the King of the North (Syria) and the King of the South (Egypt).
The Man of Lawlessness
The apostle Paul agreed with Jesus’ take on the end of this age when, in his words, he told of a future “man of lawlessness” that would appear on the world stage and try and turn all devotion and worship over to himself!
Let no one in any way deceive you, for it [the coming of our Lord] will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God… that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming. (2 Thess 2:3-4,8)
This stunningly and accurately aggress with the prophet Isaiah when, in writing about the coming future Millennial age on this earth, he prophesied of a “wicked one” who would be slain by the breath of Jesus’ mouth just before the animal kingdom reverts back to the way it was in the garden of Eden:
But with righteousness He will judge the poor, And decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth; And He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, And with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked.
Also righteousness will be the belt about His loins, And faithfulness the belt about His waist.
And the wolf will dwell with the lamb, And the leopard will lie down with the young goat, And the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; And a little boy will lead them. (Isa. 11: 4-6)
Lawlessness will increase until Jesus comes to take the throne here on earth for the last time. A “Dark Knight Is Arising” that will one day, Judas-like, receive all that Satan can give him and try to rule the world.
And the dragon gave him [the beast] his power and his throne and great authority… And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast; they worshiped the dragon because he gave his authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?” (Rev 13:2-4)
Yet we are not helpless victims of this “lawlessness” or the “man of lawlessness” but we can be active in praying for our cities to become like “Cities of Refuge” in the Old Testament (Numbers 35, Joshua 20) – a safe haven from the blood avenger!
After that Dark Night, called in the Bible a “great Tribulation”, a morning is coming without clouds (2 Sam 23:4) that will usher in the triumphant Day of the Lord and His Millennial Kingdom.
The Lord Jesus Christ has not yet finished His work on behalf of man. He will come again one day (and perhaps very soon) to set up a glorious kingdom, in which the consequences of sin shall have no place at all. It is a kingdom in which there shall be no pain and no disease, in which “the inhabitant shall no more say, I am sick” (Isaiah xxxiii. 24)… Where is the Christian heart that does not long for this state of things to begin? Well may we take up the last prayer in the Book of Revelation, and often cry, “Come quickly, Lord Jesus.” (J. C. Ryle)