The seventh sign of the end is increasing lawlessness. Jesus said, “And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold” (Matt. 24:12). The word “lawlessness” (anomia) means “sin as a frame of mind” (Gingrich); “an individual violation of law sin, wrong(doing)” (Friberg). To be lawless is “‘to live as though there were no laws,’ ‘to refuse completely to obey the laws,’ or ‘to live as one who despises all laws.’” (Louw-Nida).
I drive every day and I see lawlessness on the road every day. A driver stopped his jeepney in the middle of the road to get passengers. He was blocking traffic. When I told him to move forward, he said, “Just transfer to another jeepney, sir.” Drivers don’t stop at the white lines for the pedestrians. People always run when walking on the white lines, fearing that the cars will hit them.
There’s lawlessness everywhere. People will violate traffic rules so long as there are no traffic enforcers. Some people will not issue receipts to avoid taxes. In the recent war against drugs, suspects were killed like pigs. There is no respect for human life. That’s lawlessness.
Some people will keep on sinning. They know that God is against graft and corruption, but they just keep on doing it. They know that same sex marriage or divorce is against God’s will, but they keep on pushing it. That’s lawlessness.
John wrote, “Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4). The practice of sinning is lawlessness. Lawlessness is the practice of sinning. Lawlessness is the lifestyle of sinning against God. Lawlessness is the attitude of disobeying the law of God.
If you keep on sinning, you are lawless. If you do not care whether you offend God, you are lawless. If you do not care if your sin will cause others to sin, you are lawless.
When Jesus comes, He will throw lawless people into hell. In the parable of the weeds, Jesus said,
Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the close of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matt. 13:40-42).
Jesus said lawlessness will be “increased.” The verb “increased” (plethuno) literally means, “be brought to the full.” (Hagner) It is like filling a glass of water until the glass is full. It is like filling the chairs with people until the room is full. It is like filling the car with people until the car is full. It will be a “filled up” lawlessness at the end of the age.