in a series on what the Bible says about the End Times.
2 Timothy 3:1-5
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
It is with great urgency that the Holy Spirit attempts to draw our attention toward these last days, not only through the mouth of Paul, but other authors of gospels as well. Although some in the church may be ignorant as to the importance of the times in which we live, God knew full well their true relevance, for this, the time of which Paul speaks, is the end of the age, the shutting up of the door of grace, and last but not least, the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
It is during this time that the enemy will make one final assault on the children of God, sending into battle every last spirit of deception, every last spirit of temptation, and every last spirit of wickedness. He knows his time is limited, he knows this is his last chance to deceive if possible even the elect, and will by no means hold back his offensive.
–Michael Boldea, The Signs Within, part 2
Throughout the Bible, a very clear picture is painted as to what the last days–the End Times–will look like. The times will be perilous: dangerous; actually, dangerously deceptive.
And so they are.
All about us, the signs spoken of thousands of years ago are manifesting before our very eyes. These signs are no longer a few years apart: they are occurring every week.
In some cases, day by day.
Yet, many Christians remain blissfully asleep.
Still others appear hopelessly deceived about what is about to befall them–and so they remain woefully unprepared for the coming hard times which the Bible makes clear is to challenge believers in Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 3:1-5 informs Christians of the conditions of the men around them. Not just the men who are rooted in this world, but the men within the church itself.
There have always been, and always will be men who are lovers of themselves, lovers of money, who are boasters and proud, but in the last days these spirits will have dominion over much of earth’s inhabitants, and even some of Christ’s followers who have grown complacent in guarding their hearts.
You are the watchman, the guardian of your heart, beware that you not slumber in these final hours before the dawn is to break, that you not grow indifferent and complacent as so many have in your duties, for an unguarded heart is an invitation to all manner of foul vice, darkened thoughts and sin.
–Michael Boldea, The Signs Within, part 2
These men about which Paul speaks are men who have become harsh. Men with hardened hearts. Lovers of themselves and money; despisers of all that is good.
Men who will persecute those who point out the need for a savior in a lost and dying, sinful world.
Christians need to prepare spiritually: persecution is beginning.
It will get worse. Much worse. The Bible assures us of that. But the Bible also comforts believers with the words of Jesus, “…lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” [Matthew 28:20]
As Jesus warned, “Take heed that no man deceive you.”
- This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (lissakr11humane.com)
- The Signs Within Part 1 (hand of help.com)
- The Signs Within Part 2 (hand of help.com)
- Persecution, Tribulation, Troubles, Trials: What the Bible Says to Christians (endtimesprophecyreport.wordpress.com)
- They Claim To Speak for God (Part Two) (pilgrimpassing.com)
- Are We Supposed to Know When the Return of Christ Is Near (jpfinn7.com)
- Is There a FALLING AWAY or a RUNNING AWAY? (randomsaltandselahs.wordpress.com)
- And yet we slumber! (handofhelp.com)
- What Ever Happened To Humility? (theliberatedheart.wordpress.com)
- 2 timothy 3:1-5 | This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come (lissakr11humane.com)
- Twenty-Five Characteristics of Man in the Last Days (revivehope.wordpress.com)
- Do You Know if You are going to Heaven? Be Sure!
by Jeremiah J. Jameson
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