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Violence in End Times

Updated on April 18, 2013
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by Amber Maccione

Violence

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:

  1. University of Central Florida - man committed suicide in campus dorm. Guns (including an assalt weapon) and bombs were found in the room.
  2. 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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      Lula Bell 4 years ago

      what ....rape and sexual assault are not decreasing. it is rising galore. kenja comments that God will save us by actually destroying us ....wow. this person is so lost. You have no clue about holiness justice grace and mercy and love. God is all of these things and will not tolerate less. May the blind see.

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      Ken Taub 4 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Faith is faith, and faith is good, yet what one believes is another matter Amber.

      Revelations was not written by that great Galilean Rabbi, nor did he put much focus on End Times or a final showdown with the devil. My understanding is that he concerned himself with a new relationship with God, and of forgiveness, and kindness.

      Folks like Mel Gibson may want to focus on the last few hours of his life (his cruel death) rather than the 30+ years prior, and his glorious teachings, but that is not much in vogue today. Not in America.

      Fortunately (and with fingers crossed and calling forth that weak cane, hope) I think we may now have an actual Christian in the Vatican, one who focuses on ecumenical outreach, compassion for the poor and unfortunate, and on the unquestionable power of human kindness. I sense that is so, and for that I pray.

      As for your kind concern, thank you. I am one of the Chosen, or so we are told (and history tends to support the notion), and I fear not that I will be shunned, either today or on the last day.

      And not just because the Great Spirit is wise beyond our knowing -- yours, mine or Einstein's -- but because my favorite Jewish carpenter not only had (or perhaps still has) a unique genius for compassion, but because is not one to turn on his peeps.

      Me, I pray for Pat Robinson, Franklin Graham, and a thousand of those other Protesting charlatans and fools gone astray.

      There are of Christ as I am a pro basketball player.

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      Amber 4 years ago from Winter Park

      End Times is not about destruction. It is about the end war between God and those whom oppose Him. It is also God's last attempt to get our attention. The end of the world will not just happen over night like so many movies like to make it seem. It will happen gradually. Revelations tells us exactly what will happen. The anti-Christ whom will be loved by all will gain power, make world peace, and sign a 7 year treaty with Israel. Then after 3.5 years, he will break that treaty and all hell will break lose. After another 3.5 years, Christ will come again and overthro the anti-Christ and will reign for 1000 years until the final judgement will happen. At the final judgement those who accepted Christ astheir Lord and Savior will be brought into Heaven and those who rejected Him will be thrown into the Lake of Fire along with Satan and his angels. You may call this my faith and maybe a bunch of crap because of so many who have been wrong. But I do not claim that I know the day all this will happen. I am just sharing the sign s tat Jesus told us to be aware of. Maybe violence is down. Maybe it is not. As a teacher, I left teaching because of the youth of today which Christ said would become rebellious. And oh so they have. I taught for over 7 years and every year got worse and worse. You may not believe, but one day you will when you see it all come to pass and hopefully it will not be too late for you my Jewish friend.

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      Darkproxy 4 years ago from Ohio

      actually its decreasing literally rapes and violent crime are dropping in the case of women

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      Ken Taub 4 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Violent crime has decreased in America, according to every reputable statistic, not just the FBI. What HAS surely increased is the amount of continual news coverage, 24/7, plus a heightened awareness of danger since 9/11. 24 hour news on every single crime and celebrity divorce has increased, together with our fear. But, as always, people believe what suits their worldview -- not what's true.

      For example, you don't have to believe in gravity, or selective adaption, or that the world is over 4 billion years old. These are facts that have nothing to do with one's belief system. Their only dispute is willful ignorance, and religious dogma, most of it formulated from 2,500 to 1,000 years ago.

      Do we believe what the most primitive and least educated in the world today tell us today? Does shamanism or voodoo stand up to modern medicine or rigorous science?

      As for End Times: That did not happen in the year 1000, as feared. Or the year 2000, or in 2003, as predicted. Or last December, as many thought might come to pass. There have been more predicted End Time dates than Baskin & Robbins has flavors.

      No matter, blind faith (not unlike remarriage after divorce) remains the triumph of hope over experience.

      But then with End Times, what are we humans hoping for?

      That our problems will be solved once and for all by one giant, divine wipe of the slate of all history? That this First Cause that created us -- a great and loving God -- will save us by destroying us? Is that how you'd "save" your children?

      No, the appeal of End Times is that it is a lullaby before sleep. That instead of facing our problems, and engaging in compassionate acts, social progress and a working tirelessly for a better life for most, we can expect our dear Father to erase the grand etch-a-sketch and so doing, solve our problems for us.

      It's not just childish, at its core it is also lazy and supremely irresponsible, when you actually think about it for just 3 minutes.

      It is naught but a catalyst for deep pessimism, avoiding personal courage or social change, and doing not much of anything.