LAWLESSNESS

Definition
History
Lawless Attacks on Divine Institutions
Modus Operandi
Lawlessness in the Church
Satan Sponsors Lawlessness
Lawlessness in Marriage
Idolatry
Final Judgment
Motto
Boundaries
Weather
Consequences
Misconceptions
Color

Definition

1.  Lawlessness is disobedience to the commandments of God.  The commandments were called the Law in the Old Testament (1 Tim 1:8, 9, 10).
2.  The Antediluvian Civilization was the most lawless in human history.  In that period Satan attacked Marriage and demons cohabited with women.  The Flood, which destroyed that civilization, began on the 17th day of the 2nd month, where 17 is for lawlessness, and 2 is for division (Gen 7:11).
3.  Lawlessness includes all manner of antinomianism and unrestrained behavior, including sin, evil, lasciviousness, promiscuity, fornication, criminality, and idolatry.
4.  Lawlessness is the opposite of legalism.

History

1.  Woman in the Garden:  The woman entered into lawlessness when she ate the forbidden fruit (Gen 3:6; 2 Cor 11:3).  Her husband later became legalistic and blamed his sin on her (Gen 3:12).
2.  Antediluvian Civilization:  The Antediluvian Civilization engaged in the ultimate lawlessness in human history in Satan's attack on Marriage.  Demons cohabited with women (Gen 6:4).
3.  Lot:  Lot's Righteous soul was tormented by the lawless people of Sodom (2 Pet 2:7).
4.  The Exodus generation died in the wilderness because of lawlessness (1 Cor 10:5).
5.  Jezebel and the Prostitute of Babylon led the Northern and Southern  Kingdoms of Israel in lawlessness in violation of the Four Generation Curse.
6.  Jezebel in the Church leads believers into lawlessness and idolatry (Rev 2:20).
7.  Man of lawlessness:  The Antichrist in the Tribulation will be the "man of lawlessness" who will obey Satan and reject God (2 Thess 2:3).

Lawless Attacks on Divine Institutions

1.  Church (Grace) Apostasy, antichrists, Jezebel
2.  Marriage harems, adultery, promiscuity, homosexuality, RM-RW rejection
3.  Nation Evil King, immigration
4.  Judicial system crime
5.  People world, flesh (OSN), devil

Modus Operandi

1.  Lawless people indulge the lusts of the Old Sin Nature (OSN) (Eph 2:2).
     a.  They are slaves of the OSN (Rom 6:12, 19), but are freed through the filling of the Holy Spirit (Rom 8:2).
     b.  They pursue various forms of reversionism, such as drinking, carousing, and adultery (2 Pet 2:12-22).
     c.  Lawlessness includes sexual sins of lasciviousness, sensuality, fornication, adultery along with a host of perversions like incest and rape.
2.  The Exodus generation was lawless and died in the wilderness (Nu 32:13; Deut 2:14; Heb 3:8-11).
3.  Lawlessness alternates with legalism.  It hides behind a cloak of legalism (Gen 3:7; Matt 23:25, 28).
4.  Unrestrained lawlessness results in Divine punishment, sowing to the wind and reaping the whirlwind (Hos 8:7).

Lawlessness in the Church

1.  Lawlessness in the church is evident from apostasy.
     a.  Apostasy is deviation from the Truth of Bible Doctrine (Rom 16:17; 2 Thess 3:6, 14).
     b.  Apostasy is lawlessness (1 Tim 6:3-5).
2.  Lawlessness in the church may be due to false teachers or members of the congregation who do not believe sound doctrine.
     a.  False teachers do not believe and teach sound doctrine.  They do not accurately interpret the Word of Truth (2 Pet 2:1-3).
     b.  Congregations may go astray by believing false teachers or by rejecting Truth taught by accurate teachers (Heb 3:12).
     c.  False teachers are recognized by their fruits, which should be Divine Good production (Matt 7:15-20).
3.  Satan attacks local churches.
     a.  He uses a counterfeit gospel and false doctrine (Gal 1:8-9; 1 Tim 4:1-3).
     b.  Satan appears as an angel of light in false teachers (2 Cor 11:14).
     c.  Satan's servants are people who are antichrists or Jezebels (2 Cor 11:15).
     d.  An antichrist or Jezebel is under the influence of Satan or a demon spirit (1 Jn 4:3).
4.  Apostasy and lawlessness in the church include lack of Grace in Salvation or in the Christian life (Eph 2:5, 8-9; Rom 5:2; 8:2).

Satan Sponsors Lawlessness

1.  Satan seduces people into lawlessness as he did the woman in the Garden (2 Cor 11:3; 1 Cor 7:5, 9).
2.  Satan tempts people into lawlessness (1 Cor 7:5; 1 Tim 6:9).
3.  Satan tempted Jesus Christ, but the Lord did not sin (Matt 4:1-10; Heb 4:15).
4.  Lawless people are Satan's slaves (1 Tim 4:1-3; 2 Tim 2:26).
5.  The Antichrist as the Evil King is called the "man of lawlessness" (2 Thess 2:3).
6.  Satan empowers the Prostitute of Babylon, who performs lawless, lascivious rites (2 Ki 9:22; Rev 2:20).

Lawlessness in Marriage

1.  Marriage is a Divine Institution for believer and unbeliever.  However, the rules of Marriage in the Bible can only be imposed on believers.
2.  The Spiritual basis for Marriage (Gen 2:24) comes from the Doctrine of Right Man Right Woman (Gen 2:21-23).3
3.  The Doctrine of Right Man Right Woman symbolizes the relationship between Christ and the Church (Eph 5:25-32; 2 Cor 11:2).
4.  The strict rules against divorce are because of the Doctrine of Right Man Right Woman (Matt 19:4-8).4
5.  Because of the importance of Marriage in the human race, Satan attacks Marriage.  He attacked it in the Antediluvian Civilization and throughout history.  When pastors deviate from the rules of Marriage in the Bible, Satan is usually behind it whether the pastor is smart or dumb.
6.  Satan also sponsors all manner of sexual perversions from adultery to homosexuality to destroy Marriage.  These sexual sins amount to idolatry (Col 3:5).
7.  The Right Man Right Woman and Marriage relationships are for life until death parts (1 Cor 7:39).  Violation of these relationships can lead to the Sin unto Death.

Idolatry

1.  Idolatry of the Canaanites was practiced under every green tree (Deut 12:2).
2.  Idolatry was prohibited by the Mosaic Law (Ex 20:4).
3.  Lawlessness of idolatry leads to the destruction of the family and the nation under the Four Generation Curse (Ex 20:5).
4.  Lawlessness in the Northern and Southern Kingdoms of Israel led to idolatry and the destruction of the nation.
5.  Jews burned their children to Baal (Jer 7:31; 19:5; Ezek 16:20).
6.  Lawlessness leads to idolatry in the final days of a nation (1 Tim 4:1).
7.  Prostitution, fornication, and other sins with the body amount to idolatry (Col 3:5).

Final Judgment

1.  The judgment for lawlessness is the Lake of Fire (Matt 25:41; Jude 1:7; Rev 19:20; 20:10, 14-15).
2.  Satan and his demons along with unbelievers have been sentenced to the Lake of Fire (Matt 25:41; Rev 20:10).
3.  Unbelievers, called sons of disobedience (Eph 5:6; Rom 1:18; Col 3:6), will be judged at the Great White Throne and sent to the Lake of Fire (Matt 25:41; Rev 20:11-15).

Motto

1.  Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die (Is 22:13; 56:12; Lk 12:19; 1 Cor 15:32).
2.  A period of unrestrained lawlessness is like sowing to the wind, but the whirlwind will be reaped (Hos 8:7).  The payment will come due.
3.  Periods of unrestrained lawlessness are opportunities to accumulate grounds for condemnation and judgment.
4.  Those who rejected manna and gorged themselves on quail were laid low in the wilderness (Nu 11:31-34; Ps 78:29-31).
5.  The displeasure of God is not worth the discipline that will follow.

Boundaries

1.  Lawlessness is overstepping boundaries.
2.  Legalism is unwillingness to cross boundaries.
3.  Lawlessness is too subjective about boundaries, and legalism too objective.
4.  In the Client Nation lawlessness comes from the wilderness across the southern border and legalism from across the northern border.
     a.  Reuben and Capricornus on the southern border symbolize lawlessness.
     b.  Dan and Libra on the northern border can fail in legalism.
Divine Dynasphere5.  In people lawlessness is an attack on the right (spiritual) side, and legalism is an attack on the left (temporal) side.
6.  Lawlessness and legalism are outside the boundaries of the Divine Dynasphere in the Cosmic System.

Weather

1.  Lawlessness may result in lack of rain and droughts (Lev 26:15, 19; Jer 3:3; 14:3-6).
2.  Promiscuity is symbolized by too much rain and floods (Gen 6:11-12, 17; Prov 5:16).

Consequences

1.  Pay now or pay later.
     a.  Pay now refers to the one who pays the price for resisting temptation.  Examples:  Prodigal son's brother (Luk 15:29); Uriah the Hittite (2 Sam 11:5-24).
     b.  Pay later refers to the one who accepts the pleasure of the moment and pays for it later.  Examples:  Prodigal son (Luk 15:13, 14-15); David and Bathsheba (2 Sam 11:2-4; 12:1-23; Psa 32:1-11).
2.  Opportunity to have illicit pleasure (Luk 15:13, 30).
3.  Examples:
     a.  Getting drunk in lawlessness and having a hangover the next day (Prov 23:31-35).
     b.  Fornicating in lawlessness and being demoted into Intensified Divine Punishment (Prov 7:21-23).
     c.  Committing adultery and destroying the marriage.
     d.  Jonah rejected the Lord's command in lawlessness and was swallowed by a great fish (Jonah 1:17).

Misconceptions

1.  Drinking is not a sin of lawlessness, but drunkenness is (Eph 5:18; 1 Tim 5:23).
2.  Smoking is not a sin of lawlessness, although it is unhealthy.
3.  Nudity is not a sin of lawlessness (Gen 2:25).
4.  Many expletives are not sins, but blasphemy is.
5.  Taboos that are not lawlessness include (ref. Col 2:20-23):
     a.  Wearing makeup, grooming.
     b.  Dress codes.
     c.  Diet, food and drink such as not eating pork or drinking wine or being a vegetarian (Acts 10:10-15).
     d.  Racial prejudice (Nu 12:1; Acts 10:28).

Color

1.  The color for lawlessness is green, for the green tree (Deut 12:2; Ps 37:35; Jer 2:20).
2.  The color for Happiness is also green, but lack of capacity for Happiness is symbolized by high swing failure (light green) and low swing failure (dark green).

References

1.  Larry Wood.  The Four Generation Curse, Sept. 23, 2016.
2.  Larry Wood.  The Divine Dynasphere, Aug. 31, 2015.
3.  Larry Wood.  Right Man - Right Woman, May 13, 2015.
4.  Larry Wood.  Scar Tissue of the Soul, "Scar Tissue and Divorce," May 3, 2015.

Author:  Larry Wood,   Released December 11, 2016

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