The news never ceases to amaze me. Every time I read it I become more convinced that we live in the last days. I recently read about a group of girls that lured another young lady to a house where they assaulted her. This group apparently videoed the assault so they could post it on the internet. What makes this even more disturbing is that this was done by children. In 2 Timothy 3 Paul gives his young protégé Timothy a description of what the end times will be like. We find this list in 2 Timothy3:1-9:
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. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.
This list gives us a description of the attitude that would be pervasive in the days leading up to the return of Christ. One honest look at the news today would convince any Bible believing Christian that we are living in the last days. The first thing that Pail tells Timothy is that the last days will be perilous. Matthew Henry said, “When there is a general corruption of manners, and of the tempers of men, this makes the times dangerous to live in; for it is hard to keep our integrity in the midst of general corruption.”
If I had to describe our way of life today in one word, dangerous or perilous would be a good one. We see danger in every area of our society. Not just merely a danger of dying or injury, but also of corruption. 1Timothy 4:1 “ Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;” We see false teachers abounding. What makes these people dangerous is that they creep in they disguise their dangerous teaching as Christian doctrine. Sometime ago a well meaning person gave me a small book called “The Secret.” This person told me that the book changed their life, and it lined up with the teachings of Jesus Christ. I read the book and found it full of New Age philosophy. What concerned me was the fact there are some who are teaching this book in Sunday Schools.
We indeed live in a dangerous time. Whether that comes from the outside or the inside we need to be vigilant. We must be in the Word of God on a daily basis, we must study it, memorize it, and give heed to it. The Word of God is a light unto our feet, it will keep us from stumbling, and give us direction in these dangerous time. In the next few post we will be looking at these characteristics in detail. It is my prayer that you come back and read the next posts.