“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was.”
II Timothy 3:1-9 NKJV
By the headlines in the news and on social media, one would think that we were in terrible times, as the fabric of the nation, no, the world is unraveling. If I didn’t know any better, I would think we were in year three of seven awful years called the tribulation. I think of that period as a pot of water on a stove, getting gradually hotter until it comes to a boil.
We are in perilous times. The listing of the charactoristics in the passage I read this morning, are like a direct reflection of what is going on today. It is like the zombie apocalypse is upon us without the brain eating. People have been swept away by their lusts, and driven mad. Our culture is awash with so much sin and lack of concern for others. We are hearing the anguished cries of dying humanity.
I spent last evening watching a multilivestream of protests from ten cities simultaniously. I was amazed at the thinking of the people I heard. There was no logic, no sense of cause and effect, just a constant drum beat of offensive slogans, and f-bombs galore. I also read some of the comments of those watching, many in disagreement with the cause. They were just as vile.
Taken along with all the other things going on in our world, and I see that everything is coming to a head. There is no middle ground any more, no place will people can meet and find some kind of peace. One of the protestors I saw held a sign that said it all: “F *** Peace”.
Sadly, a lot of the troubles that are infecting the culture of the world, have crept into the church. Pastors everywhere lay aside the message of the Gospel, and preach the message of self, or the message of social justice. They seek to be relevant to the lost, to build congregations of dead people, bound for hell, but in church on Sunday.
I am thankful that I know the Lord.
It is easy to look upon all the things happening in our world and lose hope, but I know one thing: change is coming. In the passage it talks about Jannes and Jambres, who went against Moses before Pharoah. They sought to use black magic to emulate what Moses did. Their encantations only went so far, as the curses
of God brought them shame.
Last night I saw self described witches, talkiing of summoning the powers of dead civil rights pioneers, to give them strength for the struggle. They are caught unawares that demons are what they are really summoning. Like Jannes and Jambres, God’s judgement will stop them. That is what is going to happen soon in this world. We are seeing so many who are embracing their own brand of godiness, but having no power.
Full stop. The judgement of God is coming, like a Bright Morning Star.
Believers, be about the Father’s business. If there are people in your life that you need to reach, reach them. If you are not sure you know the Lord, get assurance today. Ask Jesus to forgive your sins. If you are hoping for better days, only Jesus will bring those.
Read your bible and ask the Lord to help you apply it. Don’t be one who is constantly learning and never coming to the knowledge of the truth. This is not time for professional students of the word. We are called to use the knowledge and the gifts we have to reach the lost and edify the saints. Eternity is calling. As I write this sentence 45,664 people have died in the world today, most have gone to hell.
Eternity awaits, but God will not.
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