The Signs of Society
Now that we’ve addressed the signs of nature, I’m going to show you three more categories: the signs of society, the spiritual signs, and the signs of technology. Let’s begin with the signs of society.
The second category of signs pertain to the nature of society. Again, in Matthew 24, Jesus said in verse 37 that “the coming of the Son of Man will be just like it was in the days of Noah.” He then begins to describe the days of Noah. What the Lord is saying here is, “I’m going to come back in a time when society is as evil as it was in the days of Noah.” In other words, He’s declaring that society worldwide will go full circle and return to being as deranged and debased as it was in the days of Noah.
Go back to Genesis 6 and read what it says about the days of Noah. You will be surprised to learn it doesn’t give much detail about those days. But, what it says is very bad. It says first of all that “men’s minds were focused upon evil,” and because of that, there were two major manifestations: immorality and violence.
If you want to know what Noah’s society was like in detail you have to turn to the New Testament. You turn to Romans 1 and start reading there with verse 18. The rest of the chapter tells in detail how horrible Noah’s society really was. What Paul does here, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, is describe what kind of society God pours out His wrath against; and when he describes it, he has to be describing Noah’s society because Noah’s society is the classic example in all of history of the pouring out of God’s wrath.
It was a society in which it says in verse 18, “men suppressed the truth in unrighteousness,” even as we are doing so here in the United States by refusing to allow our children in the public schools to be taught the true origin of the universe and the true origin of the human species. It goes on to talk about how it was a society in which they worshiped the creature rather than the Creator. They were Humanists. They worshiped Man rather than God.
We’re the same, and in the same way this country is today; we’re a Humanist society. We are worshiping Man rather than God. We believe that Man can accomplish anything he pleases, and we, therefore, do not believe we need God.
The passage in Romans 1 goes on to talk about how the people were futile in their speculations and imaginations, how they professed to be wise but were, in reality, fools. My friends, we are a nation just like that. We are a nation that worships at the altar of education. For example, whatever the problem is, we think it can be solved by education. If it’s AIDS, just teach the kids how to have safe sex, when what they need to learn is to learn the definition of moral sex.
In verse 24 it says that the society disintegrated to the point that God just stepped back and let evil multiply. The first evidence of that in America was the sexual revolution, which occurred in this country in the 1960s. And, when we did not repent, God stepped back further, and lowered the hedge around the nation a second time, allowing sin to multiply. The second manifestation mentioned in verse 26 was a plague of homosexuality. It was at that point that our society began to fall apart at the seams.
Turn over to 2 Timothy 3 and you will find a parallel passage to Romans 1. In Romans 1 Paul speaks as a historian. In 2 Timothy 3, he speaks as a prophet, and he uses almost exactly the same language to confirm what Jesus has already told us, namely, that the society of the end times is going to be like it was in the days of Noah. Look at what it says there in 2 Timothy 3, he writes, “Realize this that in the last days difficult, or perilous, times will come.” Paul continues and prophesies that people will love three things: self, money, and pleasure. Those three go hand in hand. If belief in Man is the religion, money will always be your god, and your lifestyle will always be the pursuit of pleasure. When you have Humanism, you will have Materialism, and that will produce Hedonism.
But, there is a fourth element in this equation, and that is the payoff, because God cannot be mocked. The payoff is what philosophers called Nihilism, which is just a sixty-four dollar fancy philosophical word for despair. Accordingly, look at the despair that is mentioned in this passage in 2 Timothy 3, where he writes, “Men will be boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.” Do I need to say anything to convince you that we have arrived? Not only has our society reached this despicable condition, but the whole world has, and one of the reasons is because of the impact that we, the United States of America, have upon the whole world.
Have you ever stopped to think about that? Have you ever stopped to think about the fact that we have been the moral polluter of planet earth? The whole earth has been impacted by our movies and television programs. Anywhere you go in the world, if you turn on the TV, the first thing you’re going to see are the most immoral and the most violent American television programs and movies.
And so it is that society is back to the way it was in Noah’s time. The signs of society point to the soon return of Jesus. We live in an age where people have forgotten how to blush. We live in an age where people call evil good and good evil.
In the sixth part of this series proving the fact that we are now living in the season of the Lord’s return, I will present as proof the negative end times spiritual signs.