Updated: May 29
II Timothy 3
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.
9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.
We are certainly in the last days. I think most would agree. There is chaos all over the world. Citizens are uprising against corrupt governments. In the last 10 years or so the United States, where I am from, has gone into a downward spiral. I think the legalization of gay marriage was the possible tipping point. The undermining of Gods holy laws was taken to the point of no return. We have only gotten worse since. Human beings have always been wicked. We had Christianity shedding light on the world and shaming people for ungodly behavior. Making people act right in the eyes of God and making them proper citizens. In the last several decades though, people have gotten further and further away from God.
Look no further than the 1960s as a clear divide between the Judeo Christian values of the past and modern secular humanism. A decade where sex, drugs, and rock and roll replaced Jesus Christ. This was all by design. Satan had to collapse western Christianity in order to collapse the world. America was once the light of the world. We were great because we were good. We did a great part in the evangelizing of the world. The light of God that shined through us permeated around the world and helped maintain order. The majority of these people were Christ rejecters, but they all benefited from our obedience to the Lord. As this nation began to turn its back on God things slowly began to get darker. God is having less and less to do with this world and we are being turned over to Satan and our own wicked flesh. People unrestrained by God are immoral cruel creatures. Verses 2-5 above, list of few these traits. Do you know any people like this? The vast majority of people at least in the United State are exactly like this. Lets break down these verses.
Lovers of self. Ever hear of a selfie? Peoples lives seem to revolve around their social media image. People are incredibly selfish and any sense of community has been lost, it's you against me. Covetous, everyone wants money, cars, clothes, shoes, watches, etc.. This is the driving force behind many peoples lives. Boasters, proud, these two go hand in hand. People love talking about how great they are and no one had better say a bad thing about them. Blasphemers, everything in the entertainment industry seems to hate God and mock him. People casually take the Lord's name in vain. Disobedient to parents, kids are out of control, often telling their parents what to do. If you are not going to obey God why would you obey a human. Without natural affection, people simply don't care about each other, in fact they enjoy watching people fail. For some people watching others suffer is their favorite thing to do. Trucebreakers, can you trust people anymore? I have serious problems doing that after 40 years in this world, which makes me sad. False accusers, ever have people tell lies about you? Incontinent, people lack self control. They just say and do whatever they feel like. Despisers of those that are good. People do not want a Godly person around them ruining their fun. Making them feel bad about what they do. Good people are having less and less of a place in this world. Heady, high-minded, most people have a very high opinion of themselves no matter what they are doing. Lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. This one speaks for itself, God can not feed the flesh. Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof. This speaks to the masses of church goers who want to appear good and holy, but have no connection to Christ what so ever.
These perilous times will not end well. I personally do not see a sweeping revival happening, where masses of people accept Christ. Places like China and India have a revival going on, but there is also a genocidal war going on with it. I do not think this will have enough impact to change the direction the world is going in. Governments are clamping down and replacing God. People are at the mercy of these tyrannical men. Who are paving the way for the Antichrist to take over. Things are unfolding fast, I encourage you that if you are not a believer in Christ, that you would consider becoming one. It is simple, just believe in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, as payment for your sins and you will have eternal life in heaven. This is the gospel or the good news.
I Corinthians 15
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: