As Godlessness Increases, Violence Increases
But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. (Matthew 24:36-39)
Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth. (Genesis 6:11-13)
Anyone who observes the world around us can see that violence is increasing in the world and in our own communities. Abuse is domestic violence and it would seem that it is on the increase as well. When human beings reject the Lord, He hands them over to their sin and withdraws from them (see Romans 1). It is one form of His judgment. “Alright, you want to live without Me, I will let you live without Me.” Off come the Lord’s restraints from evil and man experiences darkness unleashed.
As we read in the Scriptures quoted above, one of the chief characteristics of humanity in Noah’s day was violence. The earth was filled with violence. Man rejected his Creator, and the Creator determined to give the rebel what he wanted. That meant a return to the chaos which originally characterized the earth before God had said “let there be light.” The earth was then covered with water. That is what would happen in the flood. A “de-creation.”
Jesus said that in the last days it would be like the days of Noah. People will be partying on, disregarding God, rebelling against Him, living as if He had no relevance to them, refusing to give Him thanks. And this means that violence would once again fill the earth. Violence of all kinds. Domestic violence will increase. I do not labor in this field of abuse with some grand notion that if we all pull together and if we can just educate people enough, we can put an end to domestic violence and abuse. Nope. Not going to happen. What we can do is help victims and we can teach those with ears to hear. But this issue is not going to go away. In fact, as the visible church continues in its downgrade to apostasy, we are going to find even more evil hiding behind a masquerade of wool. But I don’t have to be duped by it, and neither do you. I don’t have to let it hide in and destroy my church. Christ calls us, His people, to use holy violence against this evil – the violence of the light of Christ’s truth. As it was in the days of Noah…there will be a remnant to get on the ark.