Since John brought up some points on the changes that have occurred through the generations, I wanted to comment further on the topic.
A wonderful documentary comparing our modern time to the decline of Rome in what is aptly described as “The Age of Decadence” is available on Youtube. It’s called “The Four Horsemen” by Renegade, Inc. They are economists not evangelists so the analysis comes from a serious perspective and is very enlightening. All empires made up of imperfect humanity, at the height of their advancement, decline into immoral opulence, licentiousness, depravity, insensitivity, carelessness and selfishness. The decline is reflected not just among the ruling class but their subjects also.Think Belteshazzar in a drunken stupor partying with his grandees as the Medes are outside scaling the walls.
(This computer has a bad connection so I’m not sure if these links are working.) It has millions of views so it’s easy to find.
There is actually a good case in this for what Robert has said about 1914 and Satan not being hurled down then. I have never felt the true meaning of the Bible phrase “past all moral sense” until the past 10 years(2Peter 2:2). It has been maybe the past twenty that have shown an indisputable destruction of basic morality and the rise of insatiable greed. If you look into the mirror of humanity and see what is now acceptable through the media as entertainment (even for children) as compared to what was 50 years ago the degradation is jaw dropping. Think Lucy and Ricky Riccardo couldn’t even be shown in the same bed as a married couple.
2 Tim. 3 applies in the past 10 years with more indisputable prescience than in any time in human history. Men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, haughty, disloyal, disobedient, unthankful, self assuming….Those who strive to remain godly in this state of affairs are made to suffer even moreso in these critical times as such ones take undue advantage of their sense of responsiblity, goodness, willingness to trust and generosity. These times are critical for the reason that humans have become so selfish and depraved.
I am a teacher so I am able (in the microcosm of the classroom)to see how those who are self-centered and disobedient rob the mild-tempered, sincere and responsible ones. Teachers spend a large percentage of their time managing unruly uncooperative students at the great expense of sincere students who want to learn and need real help. It is a system where parents who can’t be bothered to discipline their children, children refuse to appreciate or respect authority and there are no consequences for actions. It is amazing that any learning takes place. The greatest losers are those who really want to learn. I’ve talked with many teachers who have spent their lives presiding over this decline.
Several decades ago, people knew their bibles. They attended church. They saw discipline as virtue. They were willing to sacrifice their personal welfare for the greater good. They had a modest view of their own value and importance in the world. That is gone. It is gone because God is gone in the hearts of this generation. The bible and a healthy fear of God, the great moral compass, has been craftily removed from mankind by Satan’s schemes and “The Age of Decadence”. What need does man have of God or his rules when they are living such grand lives in their own strength?
11“But that is the time to be careful! Beware that in your plenty you do not forget the Lord your God and disobey his commands, regulations, and decrees that I am giving you today. 12For when you have become full and prosperous and have built fine homes to live in, 13and when your flocks and herds have become very large and your silver and gold have multiplied along with everything else, be careful! 14Do not become proud at that time and forget the Lord your God, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt. 15Do not forget that he led you through the great and terrifying wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, where it was so hot and dry. He gave you water from the rock! 16He fed you with manna in the wilderness, a food unknown to your ancestors. He did this to humble you and test you for your own good. 17He did all this so you would never say to yourself, ‘I have achieved this wealth with my own strength and energy.’ 18Remember the Lord your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful, in order to fulfill the covenant he confirmed to your ancestors with an oath.<strong>
One news commentator once said about human nature, “if left to choose what they will do, most people will simply follow the crowd.” Ps 11:14 NASB
“Where there is no guidance the people fall.”
God is no longer the standard. Man looks to man for the standard and so degrades further and further with no one to check their fall. No man has the strength to stand up to depravity because they have no God or high moral standard to stand behind them.
Great distortions ensue.
As in the congregation of JW’s where elders are unsure if they should prosecute child abusers but are absolutely staunch in their stand against tight pants.
Or in the world….where the rights of a few transgenders to have their own bathrooms takes front page over the right of millions of children to daily have enough food to nourish their growing bodies. It’s “follow your own (treacherous) heart” (Jeremiah 17:9)and care only about what it’s popular to care about.
The Great Depression and the austerity of WWII shaped a generation of Americans. That generation was the last of those with a balanced sense of self and a strong sense of duty. After that, affluence increasingly bred indulgence and indulgence bred more and more selfishness. The impending economic collapse is recognized by many thinking economists as the direct result of the dying off of the WWII generation who were the last to comprehend the necessity of sound money management. I often refer to Harry Dent who studies demographics and can show through charts how it is that every 70/80 years we have a major economic crash because the generation that had learned the lesson of the previous collapse had died off and the new generation repeats the same reckless pattern as the former. It’s documented economic science.
The accumulation of “snowflakes” coincides with “The Age of Decadence”.
1Again a message came to me from the Lord: 2“Son of man, you live among rebels who have eyes but refuse to see. They have ears but refuse to hear. For they are a rebellious people.
Jehovah himself points out that he brought terrible destruction upon his own people due to their wickedness. Ezekiel was less disturbed about what happened to Judah when he met some of the exiles and saw their bad behavior for himself. he must have reasoned that they needed the correction. The same is true today.
21“Now this is what the Sovereign Lord says: How terrible it will be when all four of these dreadful punishments fall upon Jerusalem—war, famine, wild animals, and disease—destroying all her people and animals.
22Yet there will be survivors, and they will come here to join you as exiles in Babylon. You will see with your own eyes how wicked they are, and then you will feel better about what I have done to Jerusalem. 23When you meet them and see their behavior, you will understand that these things are not being done to Israel without cause. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!”