In light of the increased terror attacks in the world, especially this year (2016), many are asking the question: what is going on?
Obviously, we know that terror comes from terrorist groups like ISIS and Al-Qaida, but what really is its source? We can say that it is the cause of false religious thinking. But again, what is the source of this false thinking? The answer, of course, is that it is of Satan and is evil—that which is opposed to God and righteousness.
And according to the bible this evil and lawlessness will continue to increase until Jesus Christ Comes. But until He comes we will continue every day to see lawlessness increase and evil men proceed from bad to worse.
These two sad realities can be verified in the following scriptures:
Matthew 24:12—Increased Lawlessness
And because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold.
The context of this verse is actually during the 7 year tribulation when lawlessness (or iniquity) is at its peak. We may assume that lawlessness for years before this period will be ever increasing. In fact, it has been steadily increasing ever since sin was introduced in the garden.
And if we think that lawlessness is at a high point now, we should know that soon there will be a point at which everyone will be lawless. The bible calls this juncture “the apostasy,” or the falling away (2 Thess. 2:3). I believe this apostasy will happen immediately after the rapture, when all true believers will be taken away to heaven, and subsequently the 7 years of God’s wrath will begin on the earth.
2 Timothy 3:13—Increase of Evil Men
But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.
There are a couple of things we ought to observe here. I think we can assume that there will be an increase in the number of evil men (and women); however, this verse says that the evil in men will be increasingly evil. And from this verse, that means that they will be more and more deceived and thus will also deceive others more. This sounds like some political figures I know!
Other parallel scriptures on this point indicate that the cause of such evil is due to their following deceiving spirits and things taught by demons (1 Tim 4:1). Such evil men have depraved minds (2 Tim. 3:8) and are scoffers (of believers), who follow their own evil desires (2 Pt. 3:3).
And along with scoffing comes persecution—which we see in the preceding verse (2 Tim. 3:12). This I believe is a reality that will always come as a result of evil. Hence, wherever there is evil, there will be a constant supply of scoffing and persecution going out to any and all true believers who are desiring to live godly lives.