Will We Ever Be Free of Crime?
“Will Be No More”
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“Just a little while longer, and the wicked one will be
no more.”—PSALM 37:10.
OUR Creator, Jehovah God, is profoundly interested in his human
creation; he is not aloof, as some believe. (Psalm 11:4, 5)
What is more, he sees every crime and every injustice, including those
that escape human notice. “The eyes of Jehovah are in every place,
keeping watch upon the bad ones and the good ones.” (Proverbs 15:3)
So rest assured, the wicked are truly “on slippery ground.”—Psalm 73:12, 18.
However, the blameless and morally upright, even though they may be
materially poor and even downtrodden, have a wonderful prospect. “Watch
the blameless one and keep the upright one in sight,” wrote the psalmist
David, “for the future of that man will be peaceful.” (Psalm 37:37)
Those words can be of special comfort to us today, for we have the hope
of seeing them fulfilled worldwide in the not-too-distant future.
We Are Living in the Last Days
Some 2,000 years ago, disciples of Jesus Christ asked him a
far-reaching question. “Tell us,” they said, “what will be the sign of
. . . the conclusion of the system of things?” (Matthew 24:3)
Jesus’ answer is spelled out in detail in the Bible in chapter 24 of
Matthew, chapter 13
of Mark, and chapter 21 of Luke.
These complementary Gospel accounts describe the last days of the
present world as being characterized by wars, famines, diseases, great
earthquakes, and a significant increase in lawlessness.
The critical conditions that Jesus foretold began in 1914. As
historian Eric Hobsbawm states in his book Age of Extremes,
the 20th century “was without doubt the most murderous century of which
we have record.”
Concerning the present proliferation of evil, the Bible states: “When
the wicked ones sprout as the vegetation and all the practicers of what
is hurtful blossom forth, it is that they may be annihilated forever.” (Psalm 92:7)
Yes, the evidence is clear: Today’s bumper crop of lawlessness—like the
sprouting of vegetation in season—is, in reality, an indication that the
annihilation of the wicked is imminent! Is that not good news?—2 Peter 3:7.
SPIRITUAL HELP FOR INMATES
Over the years, Jehovah’s Witnesses in the United States have
received correspondence from inmates in 4,169 correctional institutions,
hospitals, and drug-rehabilitation facilities. Some inmates ask for
Bible literature; others request a free Bible study. Qualified Witnesses
follow up on these requests. Worldwide, in fact, the Witnesses
regularly visit prisons to conduct Bible studies with inmates, male and
female, who have sought spiritual help. A number of these have made
remarkable changes in their personality, have been baptized as
Christians, and have gone on to lead law-abiding lives.
“The Righteous . . . Will Possess the Earth”
“The righteous themselves will possess the earth, and they will
reside forever upon it,” says Psalm 37:29.
Every form of crime and injustice will then be a thing of the past.
Therefore, everything related to crime will be gone: security alarms,
locks, courts, lawyers, police, and prisons. “The former things,” the
Bible promises, “will not be called to mind, neither will they come up
into the heart.”—Isaiah 65:17.
Yes, the earth and human society will experience a transformation the
likes of which has never occurred before. (Isaiah 11:9; 2 Peter 3:13)
That is the valid hope Jehovah’s Witnesses have, and they invite you
to see for yourself that it will soon be a reality. Remember, the One
who inspired the Holy Scriptures “cannot lie.”—Titus 1:2.
Appeared in Awake! February