Every other Friday night here at “The Compound” where we live, the activities committee features a movie. Last Friday we saw, “Hello, My Name is Doris.” It’s about a spinster who lives on Staten Island and commutes to work on the ferry. She never married, lived with her mother, and is a hoarder. Then one day on her way to work, she gets crammed in the elevator nose-to-sternum with a very handsome young man who pays her some very nice compliments just to ease the awkwardness of the situation.
It turns out this guy is the new advertising director at her company. She immediately becomes infatuated with him. The rest of the movie is about how she learns to create a false persona on Facebook in order to find out more about him and then starts listening to his favorite music, going to concerts where his favorite group is performing, and hanging out with his groupie friends in an effort to get close to him. Inevitably, she discovers he has a girlfriend. Broken-hearted, she looks up the girlfriend’s facebook page and tells her how disappointed she is to find out her boyfriend is a two-timer. Of course that destroys the relationship between her heart-throb and his girlfriend. He finds out it was Doris he friended on Facebook and confronts her. She is so humiliated that she quits her job.
The director mixes passionate scenes from Doris’ imagination with real life situations throughout the movie so that the audience is never sure what is real and what is not. He is constantly toying with the notion of a romance between an elderly woman and a thirties-something advertising director who looks like a professional model. The whole point of the movie seemed to be, “Let’s see how far we can push the sexual boundaries.”
Sexual Boundaries Erased
That is exactly what is happening in our day. All the boundaries are being pushed back. It is so unusual because it is now happening with lightning speed. First there was gay marriage – the Supreme Court of the United States sanctioning something that was unthinkable only a few years ago. Then Bruce Jenner, a very masculine one-time Olympic Gold medalist, decided he wanted to become “Katelyn Jenner.” He/she was lauded by Hollywood at the Academy Awards. Then the President of the United States tried to compel all federal agencies to allow men into women’s bathrooms. Soon thereafter Sweden legalized necrophelia and incest and Canada legalized “non-penetrative” bestiality. It is all happening so fast nowadays that it makes your head spin!!
Today we are seeing every God-ordained restraint against evil being broken down in rapid fashion.
Social Unrest on the Rise
The number of days flags have flown at half mast is at a historical high. According to an article by Mark Hensch in The Hill, “Obama has issued a record 66 proclamations on lowering the flags at federal buildings since 2009, according to USA Today. Former President George W. Bush is second with 58 orders, while former President Bill Clinton ranks third with 50.” During Obama’s administration flags have flown at half mast for a total of 158 days, six percent of his entire time in office.
After decades of comparative peace, racial riots are once again breaking out all across the country under the auspices of the “Black Lives Matter” movement. You would think that electing a Black President would be a good thing for race relations, but it has turned out to be just the opposite. The President himself is fanning the flames of racial hatred by involving the Justice Department in local investigations of black shootings by white cops. When the Justice Department checks in, so does the media. Now every incident involving a white policeman and a black offender is on the network news. To make matters worse, bystanders are using their cell phones to record the confrontations and then releasing the video on social media.
The police now fear for their lives. They won’t even go into many minority neighborhoods because they are immediately confronted by a throng of jeering protesters waving cell phones. Consequently, violent crime in major cities has skyrocketed, rising a staggering seventeen percent in the past year. People are beginning to flee the inner city. Parts of Baltimore have become virtually uninhabitable. Traffic stops in the city of Chicago are down by over 130,000 this year. Sensing the lax enforcement, drivers are speeding up and driving dangerously, tailgating and darting in and out of traffic at high speeds. There have been numerous cases of shootings on the highways as a result of “Road Rage.”
National Security Compromised
Our president has pushed the border patrol forty miles back from the border, making it virtually impossible to catch illegal immigrants. He is dropping busloads of immigrants from the Middle East on States without any notice and then demanding they pay welfare benefits. Seventeen states are suing the Federal Government in response. There are ninety-thousand Somalis in Minneapolis near the Mall of the Americas. Count that – ninety-thousand! A number have joined Islamic groups to commit acts of terror. There are so many Muslim immigrants in Dearborn, Michigan that they are demanding Sharia Law.
The next shoe to drop will come in the fall when the administration demands that all these illegal aliens be given the right to vote. That will cause so much unrest that it may be necessary to enforce martial law. In fact, there are constant reports of heavy duty military hardware being moved into major metropolitan areas around the capital.
Waning American Influence
Under this president America has relinquished its leadership role in the world, allowing terrorists to run rampant all over the Middle East and the rest of the world. Hundreds of thousands of military aged Muslim men are moving into Europe, raping women and children and terrorizing communities. Sweden and Germany are in a virtual state of collapse. London has its first Muslim mayor. Fearing for their survival, they have withdrawn from the European Union so they can regain control of their borders.
Our President is making good on his promise to “Fundamentally Transform” America by undermining our most cherished institutions. He has virtually destroyed the separation of powers by using his executive authority to force his will on the other branches of government and the states. He refuses to enforce laws he doesn’t like and denies federal funds to public agencies that will not meet the demands of a Justice Department, IRS, and Environmental Protection Agency that have redefined federal law to suit their own purposes.
Meanwhile, the other branches of government cave to the pressures of political correctness by surrendering their constitutional authority to rein in a rogue administration because it is run by a black man.
And now we have a woman running for president who has a long history of corruption beginning with the Watergate hearings during the Nixon administration. Back then the lead prosecutor removed her from the committee that was investigating the break-in at the office of Daniel Ellsworth’s psychiatrist because she couldn’t be trusted. Since then her list of shady dealings include Travelgate, Whitewater, Filegate, enormous gains from suspect trades in cattle futures, defiance of subpoenas for billing records at the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock, a subpoena to appear before a grand jury when she was first lady, a mysterious presidential pardon of convicted Puerto Rican terrorists in New York during her Senate campaign, abandoning our ambassador to Libya during a terrorist attack, funneling large sums of money from foreign governments through a bogus charity in exchange for political favors, and leveraging that investment with a private server in her own home where she could secretly process classified government documents to the benefit of her contributors.
If this woman is elected President, there will be utter contempt for the law in the highest office of our land. That can mean nothing less than an increase in lawlessness at every level of government.
What in the world is happening?? The Bible says that in the last days the restraints that hold evil in check will be removed, “Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, … And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way…” (2 Th2:3-7).
Who is it that restrains evil? John MacArthur makes the argument in his commentary on Thessalonians that it can be none other than God himself in the person of the Holy Spirit. It was the Holy Spirit that restrained evil before the flood. God said in Genesis 6:3 that “my Spirit will not strive with man forever.” John 16:8 says that it is the role of the Holy Spirit to “convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.” No one but God has the power to restrain Satan as is evident by Jesus’ interactions with Satan during his temptation in the wilderness, with Pilate at his crucifixion, and with the demons that he cast out.
The Last Restraint Removed
There is little doubt that we have already entered that period referred to as “the rebellion” in second Thessalonians. All of the restraints that God has put in place to protect us from evil are being broken down – the family, the government, and the church, which is caught up in all sorts of false doctrines and completely oblivious to the spiritual warfare taking place all around it. Sound Biblical preaching has been replaced by a feel good gospel that worships a benign God who wants nothing in return for sacrificing his Son on our behalf. A loving God would not send anyone to Hell, no matter how stubbornly he refuses to acknowledge God. The church embraces those who practice immorality in the name of tolerance and Christian charity. In the process she falls prey to the lies of Satan.
The Next Step
So what is next on the horizon? According to Second Thessalonians, it is the appearance of the Man of Lawlessness, a.k.a the Antichrist of the last days. The Bible describes this man as one who “…shall do as he wills. He shall exalt himself and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak astonishing things against the God of gods. He shall prosper till the indignation is accomplished; for what is decreed shall be done. He shall pay no attention to the gods of his fathers, or to the one beloved by women. He shall not pay attention to any other god, for he shall magnify himself above all“(Dan 11:36-37). In other words, he will be a blasphemer, irreligious, and a narcissist. He will be a secular man who denies the Creator, believes only in science, and takes counsel from no one. He will place himself above the law. And he will willingly accept worship from others.
This man is no doubt alive today and in a position of power. He is having his way in everything he does. Those who oppose him are powerless to stop him. He has utter contempt for Jesus Christ and His followers as well as the Jewish people and does everything in his power to oppose them. The full extent of his power has not yet been revealed because the Holy Spirit has not yet let him loose, but when that happens his fury will know no bounds because he knows his time is short, “But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!” (Rev 12:12).