This was the introductory topic:
Here were each of the specific topics:
I later added this topic:
And so, this thread adds yet an additional topic to this series:
There will be an Increasing of Lawlessness.
It is open to anyone who wishes to try to set forth evidence to prove that 1914 is the start of a significant change in Lawlessness in human affairs.
Just a few things to set up the 'gauntlet,' though:
The phrase, "increasing of lawlessness" occurs in Matthew 24:12 in the Olivet Discourse. One of the things arguing against the phrase having a modern fulfillment is the Jewish context that the phrase finds itself in. Mt 24:15 describes an "abomination of desolation" that would start standing in a "holy place" with the instructions that "those in Judea" were to start fleeing. They were to pray that their flight did not occur on a Sabbath or in the winter, which would also argue for a Jewish setting as well as one locality, since worldwide, it would always be winter (or winter-like conditions) somewhere.
Jesus also said that "these things" would, beyond any doubt, happen to "this generation," arguing, again, for a Jewish context ("this") and one soon after Jesus spoke ("generation").
But all that aside, can those who hold for 1914 as the start of a bigger fulfillment present their reasons why.
One other piece of evidence I'll present on this topic is a article written by Carl Olaf Jonsson on this topic. It can be seen here. (The english portion of the parent website can be seen here.)
Keep in mind what is being asked for: Clear evidence that leads to the conclusion that things have changed since 1914. If people are expected to believe that 1914 is a 'turning point,' and if they are to be judged as unfaithful and skeptical and as scoffers if they don't agree, then, it is only fair that clear evidence be given. So merely showing that a bad crime happened since 1914 is not proof that 1914 saw a dramatic change. You have to show that 1914 saw a 'sign worthy' change. Otherwise, it is you, the one preaching this idea, who become "false witnesses of God." (1Co 15:14-15)
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