12…But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you!
He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.
Everybody already knows the answer. Hatred, exclusion, isolation, slights, insults, injuries, injustices—real or imagined—reprisal, revenge, violence, poverty, genocide….and that monster lurks outside, growing more desperate by the hour, waiting for the right moment, a weak place to enter, exactly the right person, place, and moment to bring Hell to Earth.
I don’t even have to check the news to see what goes on in other peoples’ minds, just drive down the street. Humans weren’t built to move a mile-a-minute, and the first thing we give up when we’re trying to cope is our pretense to civilization.
All these things haunt the edges of my consciousness, too, and possibly worse—ideas that might make all of this look like it works until it’s too late to escape. But I know these things won’t defeat me, nor any of those other evils see the light of day, because God Promised:
33I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
As evil as current events have become, they are likely to get far worse, as the imminent end of evil’s time drives it to greater outrages, more psychotic destruction, more perversion of law and justice and truth in its desperate, mindless last frantic attempt to avoid a defeat that was completed before any of us were born.
There is a Way off the road to Hell, an end to evil and a pathway to real justice, the complete Truth, mercy, grace, forgiveness, and peace beyond mere human comprehension.
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
But the “time is short”.