Many Americans read with disgust, the recent news out of Columbia, South America. Sources inside report that as many as 21 U.S. military leaders and Secret Service agents brought at least 21 prostitutes to their hotel rooms while on detail protecting the President last week.
The major issue for the U.S. is security.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, the top Republican on the Senate homeland security committee spoke of the concerns she has regarding the implications of this kind of behavior.
“There are 11 agents involved. Twenty or 21 women foreign nationals were brought to the hotel, but allegedly Marines were involved with the rest,”
“Who were these women? Could they have been members of groups hostile to the United States? Could they have planted bugs, disabled weapons, or in any others jeopardized security of the president or our country?” she said.
For those who watch the news daily for events that continue to indicate the soon arrival of Jesus Christ, this kind of behavior immediately captures our attention. The new testament is filled with verses of scripture warning of a marked increase in “lawlessness” as we approach the return of Jesus.
Matthew 24:3 Now as Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”
Matthew 24:12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
“Lawlessness” is defined as: “people who are not governed by or obedient to laws.”
In the years immediately preceding the destruction of the earth in the days of Noah, lawlessness was increasing until it reached a pinnacle. At Sodom and Gomorrah, the behavior of the people in the community became so vile and evil in the lawlessness of those cities, that God destroyed everyone who lived there, except Lot and his family.
A scripture that I think about many times in the present days that we live, is the text in 2 Peter chapter 2.
2Peter 2:6-8 and (God) turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly; and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)...
Lot lived in the last days of a culture of sin that had become socially acceptable and viewed as normal. Today there are those who claim that God never condemned homosexual activity in the Bible, only unfaithful men who cheated on their male lovers with others. The text of 2 Peter 2 is absolutely clear that the behavior of those in Sodom and Gomorrah was so horrible that God destroyed them all. If some were guiltless, then why did they all die?
A characteristic of the last days, is that those who love the Lord and are trying to live righteously for Him, will find that when lawlessness increases, their “souls will be tormented” by the behavior of those committing these acts. If you find that news such as what has come out of Columbia, is seriously disturbing to you, then you know what I mean. When the United States takes a group of leaders and those who protect them, to a foreign country with the President of the United States, and 21 government officials use that time to consort with prostitutes, we are living in the last days.
When sexual deviancy is considered “normal” and socially acceptable, then we are living in the last days.
Jesus reminds us that up until the day that the angels took Lot and his family out of Sodom and Gomorrah, people were going about their daily activities as if nothing was amiss. Then suddenly judgement fell on that city and they all perished.
Luke 17:28-29 Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.
In the present days that we live, lawlessness is abounding once again. People go about their daily lives as if nothing is wrong, while evil is increasing every year. Only those who are seeking to live a more righteous life themselves, notice and are bothered by the behavior of those committing these lawless acts.
Then suddenly, in a microsecond, the Lord will remove those who are living for Him, and the unrighteous will be left. Then will begin a times of unprecedented horror, the likes of which the world has never seen before. The days just before the return of Jesus for His church are now. The lawlessness that the Bible speaks of in the last days is happening all around us. To most of the world, they are not really bothered by the increase in evil. To those who love Jesus and eagerly await His return, we are tormented daily as we see the “filthy conduct” of those who care not for the righteousness of God.