2 Timothy 3:1-5 Know this: In the last days perilous times will come. 2 Men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 without natural affection, trucebreakers, slanderers, unrestrained, fierce, despisers of those who are good, 4 traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness, but denying its power. Turn away from such people.
In Paul's letter to Timothy He gives him a list of the characteristics of what mankind would be like in these last days that are called “perilous times” which are guaranteed to come.
Are we headed down the road called "perilous?" Is the road called "perilous" upon us. Indeed!
PERILOUS=chalepos in the greek and means hard to bare, troublesome, harsh, fierce, grievous and dangerous.
Is perilous times upon us? Take a look around at the cities, states, countries, nations, communities, families, homes, neighborhoods and the world as a whole and compare it to what's written in scripture, for it is there that you will find the answer to this question.
In referencing "last days" the Apostle Paul is possibly speaking on the time period between the time that Christ first came and His promised 2nd coming.
The Apostle Paul is making it clear that the time before Christ 2nd coming will bring with it signs of chaos, confusion, danger, wars, rumors of wars, troubled in diver places and times throughout the world.
Paul says we can mark (realize, understand, know) for a fact that God's word concerning perilous times will come. Yes, the sure tell sign is that people will be SELFISH, SELF-CENTERED and SELF-ABSORBED and constantly pursuing SELF-GRATIFICATION.
Are we headed down the road of perilous times? Are these days quickly approaching us? Or, are they already upon us?
To drive home his point, Apostle Paul list the characteristics that WILL BE evident in the world that will show that indeed perilous times are upon us and we are living in them.
The good news in these evil times in which we live is the fact that Jesus is still saving "Lost" souls.
What must we as believers MUST do in these perilous time in which we live? Well, as the Apostle Paul told Timothy, I say to you that God has given us an answer in 1 Timothy 3:13-15 But evil people who pretend to be what they are not will become worse than ever, as they fool others and are fooled themselves.
But for we who have heard and believed by faith, the Gospel truth, we are reminded in vs# 14 Keep on being faithful to what you were taught and to what you believed. After all, you know who taught you these things. 15 Since childhood, you have known the Holy Scriptures that are able to make you wise enough to have faith in Christ Jesus and be saved.
People of God, we will feel the brunt of these perilous days which are guaranteed to come, but faint not. 1Peter 4:12-13- Beloved, don’t be surprised or shocked that you are going through testing that is like walking through fire. 13 Be glad for the chance to suffer as Christ suffered. It will prepare you for even greater happiness when he makes his glorious return. 14 Count it a blessing when you suffer for being a Christian. This shows that God’s glorious Spirit is with you.
The good news for us people of God is that if we suffer for Christ, we will one day reign with Him. Keep the faith, keep trusting and believing God for His Word and His promises concering you and I are true. God is not a man that He should lie nor repent. What He says, He will do and is well able to perform on our behalf.
People of God, the Word of God, faith, the leading of God's Holy Spirit and prayer is what we need to survive these perilous times that is guaranteed to come.
Without a doubt we know that the Word of God is true and faithful. It is given to us by God as a mean of not only for salvation, but survival in the earth.
2 Timothy 3:16-17-Everything in the Scriptures is God’s Word. All of it is useful for teaching and helping people and for correcting them and showing them how to live. 17 The Scriptures train God’s servants to do all kinds of good deeds.
People of God, remain faithful and true to the scripture that is written in God's word for by it we obtain wisdom that produces faith and reveals to man that salvation is available to all that would have faith and believe.
In the days of evil, stay connected to God and eternity with God the Father will be your promised destiny forever.
Are we headed down the road called perilous? Indeed! BUT, OUR GOD IS FAITHFUL!
Lift up your head God's People!! You are covered under the blood of Jesus Christ who is the Author and Finisher of our faith.