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I would like to introduce the post this week with the words of Micah the prophet about the results of the evil acts of people in his day.

“Put no trust in a neighbor; have no confidence in a friend; guard the doors of your mouth from her who lies in your arms; for the son treats the father with contempt, the daughter rises up against her mother, the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house” (Micah 7:5–6).1

Evil deeds had led to the dissolution of the family and the society.

Jesus refers to this passage when he says that He has come to bring, not peace, but division. “Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. For from now on in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law” (Luke 12:51–53).

The context of Jesus’ prophecy about the divisions of families is what will happen before He returns. He tells two parables to warn us that servants should always be prepared for that event (Luke 12:35-47).

I have thought that His prophecy about the familial and societal divisions He will bring had to do with some members of a family who are Christians and others who are not. Certainly, there is truth here. It is clear that nations whose citizens are overwhelmingly of religions other than Christianity have divided families, even to the point where some believers are killed by their own relatives because of their faith in Jesus. However, I think we should delve deeper into Jesus’ teaching here. Again, the context of His prophecy concerns the last days. So, I would like to offer this additional aspect: The withdrawal of the Lord’s hand of restraint which must occur before the Lord returns is causing sin to rise. One of the results is family disintegration.  

“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 Thessalonians 2:6–7).

This nation is turning its back on the Lord, the One who created both it and its citizens. Lawlessness is increasing. This must occur before Jesus returns to pave the way for the man of lawlessness to appear. Moral darkness will increase. We are ignoring God’s moral laws, and it has gotten worse. These sins have brought the dissolution of the family and thus society. Millions of people do not marry but just live together. Twenty five percent of families with children have no father in the home.3  Families are divided as Jesus said they would be. Children murdering their parents is the fastest growing homicide in the United States.2 However, parents killing their children is more common than one may think. “It’s probable that a mother kills a child somewhere in the US once every three days.”4 We should add here that mothers have arranged for the murder of millions of their children since that sin was made legal in 1973.

However, there is hope for us. There is always hope in Jesus. He forgives. He is merciful. It is never too late to turn to Him.

Please intercede for this nation. Please ask the Lord to cause us to repent in massive numbers. We are in serious danger, not only from the disintegration of families and our society, but from the judgment of God.

1All Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (2016). Crossway Bibles.

2https://www.fatherhood.org/father-absence-statistic

3https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/children-killing-their-parents-is-fastest-growing-homicide-in-us.725179

4https://www.cnn.com/2017/07/07/health/filicide-parents-killing-kids-stats-trnd/index.html

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