As stated before, we would expect this as we draw closer and closer to the Tribulation, and we know from the prophetic scriptures that the Tribulation will be a period of unrestrained evil, as the presence and influence of the Church will have been removed.
It should be no surprise that, as we approach this era, we would witness the growing influence of evil - and indeed we are.
We see it around us every day - both in the U.S. and around the world. We see it in violence, flash mobs, riots, war, rape, mutilation, persecution, murder, oppression of freedom, forced labor camps, forced starvation, torture, and so many other human abuses; entire books could be written on this fact alone.
We see it in the influence of the media, as well described in the book The Marketing of Evil
Kupelian’s book, The Marketing of Evil was written to expose the fact that the moral decay which surrounds us is not mere happenstance and is not merely a product of the evolution of a higher society. Rather, evil and immorality have been carefully, deliberately and often brilliantly marketed to us. “Radicals, elitists, and pseudo-experts” have sold us corruption disguised as freedom. Through ten chapters, he exposes ten different areas of moral decay and the deliberate actions that have foisted them upon us.
Another review is posted here. In this review, we see the following comment:
But it is not just about money. There is also ideology. There are many who simply hate the West, who hate morality, who hate God, who hate the family. And they are doing all they can to subvert the West and recreate it in their own image.
In this line of thought, we turn to this article below. While I don't agree with every idea in this article, it does make some highly germane points that are worth considering:
Speculations on the Nature of Evil
First, these necessary realizations:
Evil craves power over others, to provide it a sense of superiority.
Evil overtly uses others, for its own security.
Evil enjoys hurting others. The desire and the power to hurt others is a thrill to Evil. (Harming includes everything from teasing, controlling, torturing, and of course, killing.)
Good, by contrast, feels that harming others is repulsive and wrong.
Evil has an aggressive agenda, enjoys planning/manipulating to get what it wants from others, or over others.
Evil pretends to look good in order to get what it wants, and therefore tells chronic lies.
Evil makes you doubt Good people in your life, in order to reduce the protection around you.
Evil pretends to do good, pretends to embrace good causes, socially. Evil pretends to help you, personally. But privately, Evil enjoys sabotaging individuals and causes, behind everyone's back.
It is hard to argue with any of those points.
The following comments are also worth considering:
Too many people are apparently still “too comfortable” and therefore don't comprehend mass suffering. Thus they don't bother to reflect upon and come to understand the Evil that's often behind it. Indeed, Good’s fatal flaw is the failure to grasp Evil’s enjoyment of doing harm and causing pain.
Thus, Evil has been free to rise to the top of our governments, corporations, military, religions, and many other institutions, as Good – good people – naively fail to acknowledge what’s really going on and “wonder why everything’s gone wrong.”
All the lack of earthly progress -- especially all reversals -- of peace, prosperity, authentic healthcare, clean/advanced technology, and universal brotherly love are most often caused by evil persons' deliberate delight at asserting power over others -- and provoking, disrupting, misinforming, assassinating, and otherwise blocking all fronts of human happiness -- for all but themselves and their allies. (Whom they eventually will betray.)
Evil people's tiny brains and shriveled hearts -- unfortunately, many of our leaders nowadays -- secretly delight in profiting from bloodshed, chaos, inequality, injustice, disease, poverty, and despair for humanity -- while they enjoy wealth, privilege, safety, freedom, and deeply perverted "fun" for themselves. This paragraph so painfully describes our suffering world today.
The article then becomes side-tracked and begins to dive into the 9-11 conspiracy, and I'd rather avoid that entire controversy because it isn't pertinent to this post and a completely different topic anyway, so lets stop at the quotes above and the points contained within.
It should come as no surprise that the darkness and the evil which will be the predominant factor on earth during the Tribulation is continuing its rise on earth as we approach that period.
With this in mind, we can turn to some of the mysterious symbolism of this growing evil - symbolism that has no apparent basis or purpose but clearly seems intent on sending a message - but a message to whom? And why?
Personally, I have no idea what these symbols (linked below) mean, nor why they have been appearing around the world. Perhaps there are innocent explanations, and these symbols are merely coincidence. But the consistency of the symbolism and the commonality in imagery is hard to ignore.
And lastly (before posting the links) - I am not saying that I agree or disagree with the commentary around these symbols, I cannot endorse these links or websites - and as stated before, we are all mature Christians with the ability to discern, so we can look at the world around us and discuss these things and their potential meanings, implications, possibilities, links to prophecy, etc., in a mature, adult way.
Additionally, I believe it is important that we look at the world around us and try and understand what is going on - rather than denial and a "head in the sand" approach. The risk of such endeavors, however, is reading misleading information and/or information which is disingenuous, untrue or intended for manipulation. But these possibilities shouldn't create a scenario of complete denial and ignorance either.
Again, we have to use our wisdom and rely on the Holy Spirit for guidance.
So lets see what is "out there" regarding the presence of evil on this earth.
The Denver Airport
...there are so many irregularities surrounding the DIA, that a voluminous book could be written on the subject. The facilities and the art displayed lead many observers to believe that the DIA is much more than an airport: it is literally a New-Age cathedral, full of occult symbolism and references to secret societies.
The art at the DIA is NOT an aggregation of odd choices made by people with poor taste, like many people think. It is a cohesive collection of symbolic pieces that reflect the philosphy, the beliefs and the goals of the global elite. The DIA is the largest airport in America and it has cost over 4.8 billion dollars. Everything regarding this airport has been meticulously planned and everything is there for a reason.
Another very detailed review is found here: Anomalies at Denver Airport
Interestingly and quite possibly coincidentally, we know that the CIA has moved to denver:
CIA Moving Domestic Headquarters to Denver
More sinister sites:
The Georgia Guidestones
The Georgia Guidestones is a mysterious monument on which are carved ten “commandments” for a “New Age of Reason”. The first commandment? Maintaining the world population under 500 million people. Another sinister fact: the authors of what we now call the American Stonehedge are still a “mystery”… except for those in the know. We will look at the numerous features of this monument, its message calling for a New World Order and explain how it is the work of an occult secret society.
The Georgia Guidestones is an enigmatic granite monument situated in Elbert County, Georgia.
Also known as the American Stonehedge, the gigantic structure is almost 20 feet high and is made of six granite slabs, weighing in total 240,000 pounds. The most astonishing detail of the monument is however not its size but the message engraved into it: Ten rules for an “Age of Reason”. These guides touch upon subjects that are associated with the “New World Order”, including massive depopulation, a single world government, the introduction of a new type of spirituality, etc. The authors of those rules have requested to remain totally anonymous and, until now, their anonymity has been duly preserved.
Illuminati Pyramid in Blagnac, France
Located in a suburb of Toulouse, the “Place de la Révolution” is probably one of the most blatant displays of Illuminati designs in existence: a huge pyramid hovering atop a map of the world. The symbolic meaning of this structure reveals a rather grim and elitist ideology and seems to confirm the conspiracy theorist’s claims
The Place de Revolution is situated on a roundabout in the rather quiet commune of Blagnac in Toulouse, and a constant flow of cars drive around the monument every day. As is the case in diverse parts of the world, most locals find the monument that adorns their town “nice” and “decorative” without having the slightest idea of its deep occult meaning. To those who have “eyes to see” however, the Place de la Révolution clearly and unequivocally reveals the hidden force which shaped the past and is relentlessly working to mold the future. In this apparently simple structure are embedded the goals, the aspirations, the philosophy and the beliefs of the hidden elite who guide the clueless masses towards a New World Order.
“How can the site of the most famous skating rink in the world be considered sinister? You know the one that’s in all romantic comedies…the best first date activity ever!? And what about that huge Christmas tree that we see in ALL holiday movies? That’s not sinister, that’s magical!”.
If that’s what you’re thinking right now, you should probably press pause on your “You’ve Got Mail” Deluxe Edition DVD and read on. If you’re not surprised that a center called “Rockefeller” contains tons of occult and even luciferian symbolism, as well as references to a New World Order, then you should also read on because I will reinforce what you’re already thinking, and everybody likes that.
Analysis of the Occult Symbols Found on the Bank of America Murals
Prominently displayed in the lobby of the Bank of America’s Corporate Center are “creepy” frescoes, filled with occult symbols. Even more unsettling is the fact that those images seem to predict events of a radical world change in the not-so-distant future. Are those murals predicting the coming of an occult New World Order? We will look at the occult meaning of the symbols found on the Bank of America frescoes.
(Also interesting and slightly related is this new ad: Visa's "Just Wave and Go" Commercial which seems to reveal our mindless, robotic society as we move to a cashless economy. Note how the one individual using actual cash is viewed with scorn as he isn't in "lockstep" with the rest of society. Granted, this ad is intended for humor and I doubt has any relation to the "sinister sites" listed above, but we do see how deeply integrated we are in this current society, without really giving it much thought - those who do not agree or those who dare step away from the mainstream are indeed viewed with perplexity and scorn)
These articles above just represent a few of the mysterious landmarks which contain vast symbolism. The question becomes: "What does this symbolism represent?" Perhaps way too much is being read into these structures and murals, and they are all completely innocent - while the various "conspiracy" ideas are just that - conspiracy theories which are sensational and unfounded.
As far as the Denver Airport - there are several commentaries and video links which profess to "debunk" the "conspiracy theories" around the airport. I have found such sites to focus only on a fraction of the overall imagery and their conclusions leave me unconvinced.
Having said that, I really have no idea what these images really mean. On an instinctive "visceral" level, they do not seem innocent or coincidental. Rather, they seem dark and disturbing. I present them so that prophecy watchers are aware that these structures and murals do exist and are under a lot of discussion relative to their meanings and purpose.
What is clear however, is the fact that the world is becoming more and more evil by the day as we approach the Tribulation, and soon, with the "restrainer" removed, such evil will be unabated on this earth and we know the result of this process.
Thankfully, Jesus has a plan for His Bride, and it is indeed a good plan. His plan involves removing all restraint from the presence of evil on earth - and that plan is identified as the "gathering up" of the Church as described in 1 Thessalonians 4.
We also have this:
"I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on earth"
That hour is approaching rapidly, but we know from the scriptures that we will be kept from this hour. The scriptures do not describe being protected during this hour of trial nor do they describe any expectations of having to endure this hour of trial or anything like that. The scriptures state that we won't even be present during the actual time of this trial.
Simply put - we won't be here. Period.
God has a plan and a promise to us.