Violence – a hallmark of the Endtimes

A sure sign that we are close to the end is the amount of violence that seems to be in the land.

GENESIS 6:11-13

11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.

12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.

13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

Two issues that gained the attention of many this week were:

[1] The reaction to last weekend’s verdict in the George Zimmerman case:

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[2] The second was this:

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Marathon bombing suspect¬†Dzhokhar Tsarnaev graces the cover of this month’s Rolling Stone magazine, setting off a firestorm of protest and outrage that has retailers refusing to carry the magazine on their newsstands. What is the message that this magazine is sending? If you want to be famous and get recognition, “Do Some Violence!” Are they indirectly sending the wrong message to the youths? Do they want this young man to become some sort of anti-hero that is to be admired?

Yet it’s not the first time Rolling Stone has put a mass murderer on its cover. In 1970, Charles Manson was featured with the tagline “The incredible story of the most dangerous man alive,” which is somewhat more phlegmatic than Tsarnaev’s “How a popular, promising student was failed by his family, fell into radical Islam and became a monster.”

Other magazines have also put murderers on their covers. Time¬†magazine used O.J. Simpson’s mugshot after the murder of his former wife and a waiter, and it’s also made some controversial decisions for its “Man of the Year” covers, including Adolph Hitler, Josef Stalin, and Ayatollah Khomeini after the Iranian hostage crisis.

Is society becoming more immune to violence due to all of the “action” movies and video games?

There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that in spite of our best efforts, in these last days the violence will continue. But while it would take its course, we have a duty to pray like never before.

Psalm 140:1-4

1 Deliver me, O Lord from the evil man: preserve me from the violent man;

2 Which imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered together for war.

3 They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders’ poison is under their lips. Selah.

4 Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from the violent man; who have purposed to overthrow my goings.

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