The lawlessness referred to in the prophecy includes contempt for the known laws of God, a placing of self instead of God at the center of one’s life.
As a result of this attitude, divorce rates are skyrocketing, sex outside of marriage and homosexuality are widely accepted, and tens of millions of abortions are performed every year.
Such lawlessness is associated in Matthew 24:11, 12 with the influence of false prophets, those who set aside God’s Word in favor of their own teachings.
Heeding their philosophies instead of holding to the Bible contributes toward a loveless world.
Jesus prophesied that there would be an increase in religious activity: “Many false prophets will arise and mislead many.” Matt 24:11 On the other hand, he foretold that in Christendom as a whole, interest in God would be at a low ebb. “The love of the greater number will cool off.” Matthew 24:12
This truly describes what is happening today in Christendom. Mainstream churches everywhere are failing through lack of support. In the once strongly Protestant lands of northern Europe and England, religion is all but dead.
At the same time, the Catholic Church is suffering from a lack of priests and from shrinking support. On the other hand, there have been surges in fringe religious elements.
Cults based on Eastern religions proliferate, while greedy television evangelists extort millions of dollars.