Another Massacre: Where it’s All Heading

Posted on March 15, 2019


By David Ettinger

Another Bloodbath
On Friday, March 15, 2019, a gunmen opened fire in two New Zealand mosques and killed 49 people. Many more were injured.

What makes this bloodbath stand out from the growing number of others is its location. New Zealand is generally regarded as warm, peaceful, and inviting. But alas, this beautiful nation’s tranquility was shattered by mass execution, as this plague infecting our planet has spread its tentacles to a new venue.

No Pattern
The New Zealand massacre is being attributed to white nationalists. Other massacres are the work of Islamic extremists. Here is the U.S., massacres emanate from so many sources, it is almost impossible to discern a pattern:

  • In October 2018, 11 people were gunned down in a Pittsburgh synagogue.
  • In November 2017, 26 worshipers were slaughtered in a Sutherland Springs, Texas, church.
  • Just a month earlier, a lone gunman in Las Vegas snuffed out 58 lives at a music concert.
  • In June 2016, just seven miles from my home here in Orlando, Florida, another lone gunman gunned down 49 people in the Pulse nightclub.
  • And, of course, more and more teenage assassins are rising up from within our high schools as troubled youths are spewing their wicked frustrations out on fellow students.

Again, there is no real pattern to all of these mass shootings as their sources are rooted in different causes, political philosophies, and mental degeneration. But one thing is certain: The massacres will continue, and in greater numbers.

Where it’s All Heading
All of this is the result of a growing humanistic world which more than ever before is rejecting the God who created it. As evil and immorality spread to every level of society, we will see more and more the fulfillment of Romans 1:28: “Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.”

As the human race drifts further away from God and He allows them to behave according to the dictates of their depraved minds, the massacres will saturate society. Add to this that “the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8), and the potential for mass murder is profound.

When such incidents of evil grow so prevalent that nations can no longer control them, they will seek a lone, distinctive, god-like, powerful, charismatic world-leader who can protect this world from its innate wickedness. This man will promise to mend all of the world’s woes, root out all evildoers, and at last bring the global peace sought since the creation of the human race.

This man is referred to in the Bible as “the man of lawlessness” (2 Thessalonians 2:3), and he will “oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God” (v. 4). Furthermore, “The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing.” (vv. 9-10).

And why will this happen? Vss. 10-12 tell us: “They [those who reject God] perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.”

Still Time
More massacres are coming. Book it! However, for we who have embraced our Lord and Savior, there is still time to tell the lost about this wonderful and great Savior, and to “save some of them” (Romans 11:14).

May the Lord give us merciful hearts to share the message of salvation in this ever darkening and perishing world.