*Pastor’s Note: We will continue, in no particular order questions posed from the excellent book by Mark Hitchcock entitled, The Complete Book of Bible Prophecy. My hope and prayer is that it will give some insight into much of the end-times prophecy the Bible speaks of and hopefully alleviates some of the fears and confusion people have about studying prophecy.
Bible prophecy ALWAYS points to God and His plans for this world that He created through Christ Jesus. Therefore, for true Christians, it is meant to be a comfort that God continues as always to have everything under control despite what it might appear to the average person.
Mr. Hitchcock’s teachings are informative and enlightening as well as inspirational and any book you can get for yourself from his writings will most definitely be well-worth it. I hope you are blessed AND informed and some of these questions and answers will give you a greater strength to walk in confidence and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
The following is the next in a line of questions I present to you from his book:
Is the Moral Decay and Lawlessness of Modern Society
a Sign of the Last Days?
There is little doubt for most people that our society is declining morally and that the downward slide is picking up speed. The extent and viciousness of crime, the abuse of drugs, the number of unwed mothers (many who are still children themselves), the rate of divorce, the proliferation of pornography, and the open acceptance of homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle all signal a major moral downgrade in our society.
Most of the passages in the New Testament that discuss the moral and spiritual trends in the last days focus on the spiritual apostasy that will occur in the church, not in society in general. The familiar passage in 2 Timothy 3:1–9 that gives a list of the kinds of behavior that will characterize “the last days” is primarily describing apostasy or a falling away that will take place within the church (notice the context in verses 5 and 8). Apostasy, or departure from the faith within the church, is a clear sign of the last days (1 Timothy 4:1–4; 2 Peter 3:3–4; Jude 1:18–19). Of course, we can safely assume that spiritual apostasy in the church will translate into moral decline in society as a whole.
The only passage that specifically mentions the increase of lawlessness in society as a whole as a specific sign of the last days is Matthew 24:12: “Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold.” God’s Word is clear that as the end draws near, the sinfulness of humanity will reach a fever pitch, and love for one another will grow cold.
We must be careful, however, in applying this sign of Christ’s coming. It is difficult to quantify the sinfulness of man. Sin has always been rampant in our world. At every point in history, people believe it is worse than it’s ever been before; no matter how bad things get, they can always get worse. Therefore, we should be careful not to point to every incidence of moral decay in our society as a clear sign of the last days. But we should recognize that as the end draws near, the Bible says that sin as a whole will run rampant in society, and the love people have for one another will grow cold.