Has the End of the World Come Upon Us? (Part 8)

We have been looking at some of the specific signs which the Bible says will become increasingly evident in the behavior and lifestyle of people during the end times. In this series, we have looked at the following, all of which are mentioned in this passage:

end-of-the-world1. The increased selfishness of man.
2. The increased lawlessness of man.
3. The increased religiosity of man.
4. Increased blasphemy or rejection of God.
5. Increased ingratitude or unthankfulness among men.
6. An increase in unholy living.
7. A lack of natural affection among people for their family members, others, and even themselves.

Today, picking up where we left off in this passage, we are going to look at the word “trucebreakers” — another evidence of the perilous times that we live in and a sign that the return of Jesus Christ is ever closer. The Greek word translated “trucebreakers” literally means irreconcilable: those who are unwilling to be at peace with others, bitter haters, unyielding, covenant breakers, implacable, unforgiving, and not capable of being appeased. The Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary defines a trucebreaker as one who violates a truce, covenant, or engagement. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition defines a truce as a temporary cessation or suspension of hostilities by agreement of the opposing sides; an armistice or a respite from a disagreeable state of affairs.

A person who is irreconcilable is one who refuses to lay aside division and disagreement even when a solution or resolution is being provided. These are people who are constantly at war with others. It is almost as if they cannot live without conflict.

People who break their promises, breach contracts in business, or break agreements in the political world fall into this category. Older people sometimes reminisce about the time when a man’s word was his bond, when he would tell you that he was going to do something, and the only assurance you got was a handshake. But, today, we are living in times where trucebreakers abound. Whenever you make a financial transaction or some other type of agreement, you have to read the fine print and sign on the dotted line today no matter how trustworthy you or the other party claims to be.

People even sign agreements regarding marriage. Some go into marriage promising to stay true to their spouse for life, yet they have already signed a prenuptial agreement stating how the couple will split money and property if they get a divorce. So before they have even said their vows, they are already thinking about breaking them. And we wonder why the divorce rate is so high. Dr. Bruce Hurt states, “The breaking of the marriage covenant between husband and wife and the consequent skyrocketing divorce rate is one good example of this sin [of trucebreaking or being irreconcilable], because in it’s ‘purest’ form, divorce is a resolute refusal to forgive the other party, producing an unforgiveness ‘set in cement.’ Both parties refuse to change, no matter how desperate their own situation becomes, and are determined to have their own way regardless of the consequences, even to the point of knowingly destroying their own lives and the lives of their families. They do not forgive and do not want to be forgiven. They are beyond reasoning and inevitably self-destructive. As far as they are concerned, there is no compromise, no reconciliation, no court of appeal.”

The sin of trucebreaking and being irreconcilable has wreaked havoc in families and across societies around the world down through history. We see several examples in the Bible from the very beginning of time: Cain and Abel, Lot and his children, Jacob and Esau, Joseph and his brothers, Saul and David, David and Absalom.

A recent popular History Channel miniseries was the “Hatfields & McCoys” — based on a true story of a family feud which ran for 25 years. In 1865, one member of the McCoy family joined the Union army and was branded as a traitor by others in the community. When he returned from the war, he was killed by one of the Hatfields, and from there the families and their allies got into a cycle of violence and retribution that ended with 12 people dead. There are some people who would live like that today — taking the law into their own hands when they feel they have been wronged — if it were not for the systems of government that we have in place today.

As we live in a world where many people break their promises, do not keep their word, and refuse to reconcile with others, we are reminded of Jesus’ words: “Blessed are the peacemakers.” Ask yourself: Are you a peacemaker in your home? In your family? On your job? In your church? In your community? Do you bring people together, or are you a source of division and enmity? Are you willing to forgive and reconcile with those whom you disagree? Do you keep your word?

In these last and evil days, Jesus Christ wants us to set an example before the world of being peacemakers as we await the return of the Prince of Peace.

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