The kidnapper in Cleveland, Ohio who abducted 3 women and kept them locked up in his house for ten years makes me want to puke. That guy is a monster. And we haven't even heard the half of it. Actually, I don't want to hear much more. I sure wouldn't want to be on that jury and listen to all that mess. They probably wouldn't let me on it anyway, because I'd say, "Guilty!", right off the bat!!!
With all that we see in the news lately, are things worse today than ever before? Maybe. But humans have always been really evil. Evil in the world is nothing new. It started with Cain and Able, children of Adam and Eve. Cain attacked his younger brother, Able, and killed him. Everything goes downhill from there. There was a time that evil became so predominant in the world that God decided to destroy the entire human race!
Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” (Genesis 6:5-7 NKJV)
So, God sent the great flood that covered the earth. Fortunately, Noah was found righteous in the eyes of the Lord. He and his wife, his three sons and their wives (8 in all) were spared in the ark. Everyone else was wiped out. You know what that means? We are all descendants of Noah!
Unfortunately, thanks to Satan, the great deceiver and destroyer, it didn't take long for evil to creep back into the world. And so it goes. Even today.
What's really terrible is the fact that there is a lot more evil going on in this world than just what we hear on the news. Just in the US, according to the Center for Disease Control, there were 16,259 homicides in 2010! That's 45 murders every single day of the year, just in our country alone!!! And just think of all the other crimes going on. Then think of all the atrocities and crimes going on all over the world. Yes, this world is a mess. Seems that since the fall of man, the world always was a mess, is still a mess, and will always be a mess. There are, however, three ways that evil could be eradicated from the world.
(1) The first way to get rid of all the evil in the world is to wipe everything and everybody out! Well, that's unlikely to happen, unless God gets totally fed up with this world again. Don't rule that out though. He must be getting close!
(2) The second way is to convince people to be transformed and live new lives. In other words, convert everyone to real Christianity. By Christianity, I mean real, obedient Christ Followers. Well, we've been working on that, but it's a real battle.
(3) The third and sure way to get rid of all the evil in the world is for Jesus to come back, as He promised, and totally annihilate Satan and all evil. Since Satan is the root cause of all evil, then destroying Satan is the only way to end evil. Satan and his followers will go to eternal damnation and Jesus and His followers will be take to eternal paradise. One thing for sure, when Jesus comes back, He's not coming back as a meek, humble servant.
Here's what the Apostle John saw in his vision of prophecy regarding the return of Jesus......
Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. (Revelation 19:11-16 NKJV)
Now that's power! And authority! And victory! The book of Revelation goes on to describe how Satan is utterly defeated, and is ultimately tossed into the eternal lake of burning fire. So, if it takes Jesus coming back to end all evil in the world, I repeat the words of the Apostle John, near the end of the book of Revelation, "Come, Lord Jesus!" (Revelation 22:20) The sooner, the better.