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Violence in End Times
Do you think there has been an increase or a decrease in violence in the past few years?
by Amber Maccione
Some reports show that crime is on the rise and others show that crime is decreasing. As someone who watches the news daily, I would say crime has gotten worse over the years even though there are reports that crime is decreasing. In my area alone, more than one person dies a day because of robbery, domestic violence, homicide, and assault.
Scripture tells us that the end days will be like the days during Noah’s time. Noah was the man that God had instructed to build a boat taking his family and two of every animal on board because the world had become so evil that God was going to destroy it with a flood and begin again with Noah’s family.
Matthew 24:37 (ESV) – For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
Genesis 6:11 (ESV) – Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence.
In the past 10 years, there have been numerous school shootings around the globe:
2003 (3 shootings), 2004 (1 shooting), 2005 (2 shootings), 2006 (5 shootings), 2007 (5 shootings), 2008 (6 shootings), 2009 (2 shootings), 2010 (3 shootings), 2011 (7 shootings), 2012 (9 shootings)
In the past 30 years, the United States alone has witnessed 61 mass murders. 31 of those 61 mass murders have been at schools and have happened after Columbine. Since Columbine, there have been less than 5 each year. But in 2012, we had 9. Two of those 9 were in the same week. Is violence really declining?
Other reports say that school shootings are not the only area that is on the rise in the category of violence:
CNN reports that crime is on the rise: simple assaults, sexual assaults, aggravated assaults, rape, and robbery are all on the rise. Those committing the most of these are among whites and Hispanics – young men.
USA Today reports that crime is on the rise: burglaries, car theft, and simple assaults.
Christian News Network reports that crime has increased by 18% from 2011.
The Washington Times reports that just in the D.C. area homicides, sexual assaults, robberies, and assault with deadly weapons are on the rise.
MSN reports that crime has jumped up by 22 percent with simple assault, rape, and robbery.
In the United States government today (and probably in our conversations with co-workers, family, and friends) is the talk about gun control. Many say that the answer to cutting the violence down is by making more laws to restrict gun ownership or even enforcing the laws already in place. But how will this solve anything if God has already told us that in the end days there will be an increase in violence?
The reason we have violence is because of the first sin: Eve took of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and ate. She then gave some to her husband, Adam who also took and ate after God had told them not to (Genesis 2 & 3). Sin entered the world that God had made and deteriorated it. Sin deteriorated our hearts making them deceitfully wicked (Jeremiah 17:9). Why do we have sickness, disease, violence, different beliefs, imperfect bodies and handicaps, and death? Sin is the answer, my friend. Until Christ returns and creates a new heaven and a new earth, the world will only get worse. That is what Jesus was telling us about the end days. It will be like in the days of Noah when God was so fed up that He flooded and destroyed almost everything He had created. It will be like in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah when God sent sulfur and fire down burning the two cities until there was nothing left (Genesis 19).
As I watch the news every night, I am reminded of how sin has impacted our world. But it also reminds me that my King is coming soon and that I need to be ready because we may just be in the end days.
Added March 18, 2013
Today on the news there were two more incidents with guns at schools:
- University of Central Florida - man committed suicide in campus dorm. Guns (including an assalt weapon) and bombs were found in the room.
- Glenridge Middle School - 12 year old brought two guns to school.
On top of that, there is talk of having teachers carry guns in schools for student protection.
If violence isn't increasing and if youth are not getting out of hand and rebellious, why then are we talking about gun laws, more security to protect children in our schools, and teachers carrying guns and being trained as security guards?
Added March 19, 2013
Ohio School Shooter TJ Lane from the Chardon High School Shooting last year flicks his middle finger,laughs, and speaks vulgarly at victims families at his sentencing today.
The Bible says, "But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not iving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God," (2 Timothy 3:1-4). TJ Lane is just one example of the youth in our country that is living as the Bible says will be lived by many during the end days.
Added April 18, 2013
So some have commented saying that violence in the United States has gone down. According to some statistics it has and with others it hasn't (I will let each of you investigate that yourself and come to your own conclusion). For me, I don't look at things just here in the United States. I believe the Bible was for everyone all over the globe. Therefore, violence to me needs to be looked at globally. And to me, globally violence has gone up (the school shootings in the article looked at the reported shootings globally).
Recently in the news we had the Boston bombings and the poisonous letters. People are crying terrorism. I don't believe in terrorism. I beIieve in one God and people are either living lives that allow Christ to be their lord or they are living lives run by their own wills. I believe that everyone has a worldview and a belief system on how they think things should be run internationally, nationally, and locally. Some people are just more fanatic about it. Some plot and plan and others are spontaneous. Regardless of the how or the why, the Bible predicts that the world will become violent, people will be all about themselves, and it will be a scary time. I believe personally that we are living in that time period. I don't think we should live in fear, but I do think that we should be preparing ourselves for a lot of evil and thankful that our God is coming for His people very soon.
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