When they finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. Then those from the peoples, tribes, tongues, and nations will see their dead bodies three-and-a-half days, and not allow their dead bodies to be put into graves. And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them, make merry, and send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth. Rev 11:7-10
Over the weekend a gunman entered a church with an assault rifle and fatally shot more than two dozen.
I don’t know why he did this other than the news reports he had a mental problem.
Society’s mentality about the church has changed much in my 40+ years of being a Christian.
I remember my old home church never locked the doors back in the late 1970’s. Anyone could drive up and go right on in. There was no alarm system. There was no guard.
No one ransacked the place. The church had respect and honor.
Those days are gone and they lock the doors today.
My church has always locked the doors but that did not stop thieves from breaking in seven times. We had taken from us computers, wireless microphones, instruments, security cameras, and a multimedia projector.
This change in attitude and lack of respect for the church is seen in a future event, described in today’s scripture.
The killing of two individuals for preaching the Gospel causes the whole of society to take a new and different turn.
The leaders of all nations allow their bodies to lie in the street for three-and-a-half days. People everywhere rejoice, throw parties, and send presents to each other because of their deaths!
On Sunday’s incident, I have already seen the reaction on social media. One man asked for prayer for the victim’s and their families. The onslaught of comments overwhelmingly condemned the need for prayer. Comments used expletives to describe the uselessness of prayer. Of course the gun-control advocates jump on this post to declare more legislature.
I believe the time is upon us when people stop caring and even rejoice over such tragedies.
Worse times are ahead. If you don’t think it can happen, then read today’s scripture again.