This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. 2 Timothy 3:1-4
And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. Matthew 24:12.
One of the worst signs of the last days is the merciless and coward acts of violence perpetrated by terrorists such as the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, and now after eleven years of silence on the homeland, at least 3 people killed and over 100 wounded in a terrorist attack in Boston, Massachusetts on April 15, 2013, which included an eight year old child.
There has been “a person of interest” stated by the FBI, but nothing conclusive as to any possible motives and no terrorist groups have laid claim to the attacks. What we do know is that this attack occured on “Patriots Day”, and also while Israel has been celebrating it’s independence this week and remembering victims of the Holocaust. Boston has a substantial Jewish population. Thus the terrorist attacks could have been initiated by anyone from groups such as Al -Qaeda to domestic anti- Semitic organizations. Some of opined that it could be disgruntled anti-government radicals, but these groups typically target government agencies, not civilians.
We also know that at least 5 bombs total have been found, and it has been stated that they appear to be similar to the IED’s used in Afghanistan and Iraq. However, it would be too soon to jump to any conclusions until the site of the actual explosions can offer clues to the explosives used. Terrorist groups normally invest quite a bit of time and planning in these events and it is highly unlikely that 3 other bombs failed to detonate implying that the other bombs may have been deliberately left undetonated as decoys.
The attacks also follow controversy with North Korea as numerous threats have been made by NK leader, Kim Jong Un to attack the US with nuclear-capable weapons, and military was placed on high-alert in preparation for any potential aggression from the Koreans against US or South Korean interests.
Before Audrie hung herself, she posted the following on her Facebook page:
“My life is over.”
“I’m in hell. Everyone knows about that night.”
“My life is ruined and I don’t even remember how.”
“I have a reputation for a night I don’t even remember and the whole school knows.”
The family has filed a class action lawsuit in an attempt to get a law passed entitled “Audrey’s Law” to combat the type of bullying that led to their daughter’s suicide.
It is truly amazing at the callousness of the 3 teenager boys not only in committing the act of raping an unconscious 15-year-old girl, but to have the audacity to post pictures of themselves with her on the internet.
As the scriptures foretold, in the last days the love of many would wax cold. The world as a whole has given up on God, economies are falling, the rich are trying to gain whatever they can before homes and business foreclose and go into bankruptcy, and families are doing what they can just to make ends meet. Politicians have shunned Biblical precepts regarding the life of unborn children and permit a definition of marriage that spits in God’s face.
The Department of Defense recently released a “watch list” of terrorist threats, and number 1 on the list was “Evangelical Christians”, beating out Al-Qaeda, Hamas, and the Ku Klux Klan. The Colorado State Police have even begun a program to train officers to watch for “sovereign citizens” who take the Bible “too seriously”. The government is pushing hard to take guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens in the United States, and as with Germany and other countries, when that is accomplished, total government control will soon follow.
The end is certainly drawing near. “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” Luke 21:28. This is no time for the church to be apathetic, complacent and callous. We still have a God who cares and wants His people to continue to reach out to the lost and the grieving. There is coming a time soon when a Christian will be the villain for preaching the word of God, and I believe that when the voice of the church has been forced into silence, God’s wrath will be unleashed on a nation that has virtually begged for His judgment.
Where will the Lord Jesus find you when He returns for His church? Are you praying for the lost and grieving? Are you visiting the sick and wounded? Do you pass out tracts or talk about Jesus wherever you go? Do you praise God in the storms of life, or do you complain for all the world to hear? Or are you consumed with the cares of this world, and distracted by its pleasantries? Is salvation just “fire insurance” for you, or are you willing to demonstrate your gratefulness to God by sharing the love of Christ to a world that desperately needs it in these last days?
Will you fight as a soldier of the Lord for sound doctrine or will you give up when the storms blow against your comfortable life style, and question God as to why all the bad things in life seem to happen to just you? The love of many is growing colder, and we may be the only Bible someone ever reads. Will you sing with the hymnist your need for Him and seek God’s face for a compassion to win the lost.
I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.
I need Thee, O I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
O bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.
I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby;
Temptations lose their power when Thou art nigh
I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain;
Come quickly and abide, or life is in vain.
I need Thee every hour; teach me Thy will;
And Thy rich promises in me fulfill.