Surely you have noticed the increase in lawlessness in the United States and the world. There is terrorism in Iraqi, Lebanon, Palestine, and many other places; there is the increase in lawlessness and corruption in our own lawmaking body of the US Congress with brides like from Abramnoff, with dismissals of congressman for corruption, and with the page scandal; there is the increase in corruption in big business with the stealing of the life savings of companies like Worldcom and Enron; and then there is just the plain ole increase in all kinds of crimes like murder, extortion, child abuse, and etc.
You may be surprise to learn, especially if you are a Jehovah Witness or other deceived post-millieumnists who believes that the world is getting better and better until there will be a thousand years of peace on this earth. You know a few years ago, before the outbreaks of violence, oppression, and inhumanity in countries all over the world this deception could be somewhat appreciated by looking at the news; however, not if you have any Bible knowledge at all of II Thessalonians and the Falling Away. True, there was a time at the end of the cold war when we heard of Democracy overtaking the whole world to the extent that world history would become boring. Even now the new democracies that we have in the world such as in Gaza and Lebanon and Iraqi are diasters of the rising tide of the mystery of lawlessness.
Listen to just a little Bible from II Thessalonians 2:7 on this mysterious and rising tide of lawlessness during the Falling Away that will usher in the Son of Perdition and finally the end of the Age.
"For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way." (II Thess. 2:7)
Right now we can start looking for any day the removal of He, the Holy Spirit of God; and with that removal by the same God who sent the Holy Spirit in the first place on the first day of Pentecost after the Ascension of Christ will mark naturally the loosing of Satan, which also marks the end of the indefinite and long period of history called one thousand years. What did you expect John and the Ascended Christ in revelation to call it, since as Jesus admitted while on earth that no man knew the exact time, not the Apostle John in the writing of Revelation, not the Ascended Christ who gave John the messages, only God the Father knows. Therefore the uncertainly of the variable one thousand years, except the certainly is added with the signs of the Bible and world news such as the rising tide of the mystery of lawlessness, the appearance on the scene of the Son of Perdition, and the Falling away among churches and church members. When Jesus spoke of how near the end "because sin would abound, the love of many would wax cold", that abounding sin is the rising tide of the mystery of lawlessness and that love of many waxing cold is the majority of church members.
For more on this subject, please read volume 4 of the LEARN CHRIST commentaries.