- an amount of material (such as plutonium) that is large enough to allow a nuclear reaction to occur
- the size, number, or amount of something that is needed to cause a particular result
Scripture warns that near the end of the age mankind will reach a point of "critical mass" in his willful rebellion and rejection of revealed truth, that God finally sends a strong delusion to cause unbelieving humanity to outright accept (and even embrace) what is false - the opposite of God's absolute, revealed truth. In so doing, mankind advances to an unprecedented level of rebellion.
Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2 Thess 2:11-12)
As one surveys the global landscape today, we witness powerful delusions taking captive with astonishing rapidity multitudes who are blind to the truth ... the determination of governments to coerce and enforce false worldviews upon their constituents ... unprecedented greed and corruption ... a collaboration between mass media and entertainment to convince legions that right is wrong and wrong is right ... irrational judicial action ... growing lawlessness ... a devaluation of life ... increasing addictions that enslave (i.e., drugs, alcohol, food, sex, etc.) ... the insane blurring of genders ... a pervasive mentality of victimhood with a corresponding denial of personal responsibility ... the disappearance of common courtesy, manners and respect ... a suppression of the witness of the gospel in the public square ... the rising persecution of the faithful ... and a growing apostasy in the church by those who "make shipwreck of their faith" [1 Tim 1:19].
Indeed, one wonders if we have now reached critical mass in our rebellion against the Creator.
The good news is that the true church will stand firm - until the end - for the truth (2 Thess 2:15) no matter the cost in the midst of the descending darkness.