For the law was not intended for people who do what is right. It is for people who are lawless and rebellious, who are ungodly and sinful, who consider nothing sacred and defile what is holy, who kill their father or mother or commit other murders. The law is for people who are sexually immoral, or who practice homosexuality, or are slave traders, liars, promise breakers, or who do anything else that contradicts the wholesome teaching that comes from the glorious Good News entrusted to me by our blessed God. (1 Timothy 1:9-11) NLT
The people who know their God will live victoriously in the days ahead. Darkness as black as night covers all the nations of the earth. We see and hear of wars and rumors of wars, nation rising against nation, earthquakes, tornadoes, severe weather threats, political upheaval, lawlessness (state of disorder due to a disregard of the law) in many nations.
Though darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, the glory of the Lord will rise among His righteous ones (Isa. 60:2). Our position in Christ is to be a godly example to other nations.
The birth pains have intensified as the end draws near. All creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time (Rom. 8:28).
I have pondered what is going on in the world with national upheaval in several nations. The Apostle Paul warned us that in the latter days a spirit of lawlessness would prevail in the entire world. Lawlessness, rebellion and violence have now become the spirit of the age. It has penetrated into every realm of human thinking. Good is seen as evil, and evil good. Lawlessness is the spirit of the times.
Never in the history of the world have we seen such a rejection of moral restraint. Things that a generation ago were considered shocking are now accepted as commonplace. All of the Christian social barriers and moral restraints have been broken down. People have little or no restraint. They refuse to be controlled. They insist on setting their own standards.
Human thoughts are futile. People don’t know what to do when they don’t know or accept the truth of God’s Word. So, every person does what is right in his or her own eyes. Having moral standards is seen as taking away a person’s rights. God is love! He will never take away your right to choose righteousness over unrighteousness, light over darkness. His hope is that you would choose righteousness.
God anger is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness. God’s wrath is consistent with His love for humanity. All His indignation is righteous. A reaction to moral evil. This is what the Lord says about choosing unrighteousness:
Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. (Romans 1:28-32) NIV
What is the spirit of lawlessness?
We are told that this spirit of lawlessness is the spirit of antichrist. The new Testament even warns that this spirit will invade the church and that the church must constantly be on her guard.
Governmental authority is questioned, moral standards are laughed at and the church is considered a useless institution. In the United States, even the Constitution is considered can be violated.
The spirit of lawlessness is everywhere. In the home, in the church, in our school systems, and in the work force. The truth is the issue in the United States at this moment is not political. It is spiritual. Morality cannot be improved apart from a revival of the church.
As the church goes, so goes the world! If the watchmen sleep, the enemy takes the city!
Leonard Ravenhill, Why Revival Tarries, 1959, 1987
God is not surprised at what’s happening in the world today. Human existence is futile (Ps. 89:47). Sin is futile because it achieves nothing (Jer. 13:10). God wants to deliver people from their futile ways. There is only one answer to the many problems that beset the world and that is Jesus Christ (Luke 4:18).