2 Timothy 3:5 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.
The Apostle Paul writes this letter to his son in the Gospel, Timothy while he himself awaits an uncertain future in a prison in Rome. Paul knew that his departure from earth was soon approaching and he wanted to warn Timothy and encourage him on how he could survive the perilous days that WILL be coming ahead.
Does "perilous" describes the condition of the world in which we now live? Is the Apostle describing the characteristics that we see in humanity in our world today? Ponder this question for a minute as you reflect on your surroundings.
Jesus said in Matthew 24 that during the last days many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. There will be increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, wars and rumor or wars, but the end is NOT yet.
We are warned in scripture about the days ahead and since we are warned, it would be wise for us who claim to belong to Christ to stay ready and those who don't know Him to get prepared to one day meet Christ.
Perilous times! Are we living there yet? No doubt about it!
Jesus says this in Matthew 24:4 "Take heed that no man deceive you."
In knowing what we know through scripture about these perilous days that are quickly approaching and are guaranteed to come our way, how do we prepare to survive them as people of God?
People of God, Everything we need to know about going to heaven can be found in the Bible. God has not kept His Word hidden from us, but has revealed it to ALL who would trust Him and believe. We need add nothing to it nor take anything away from it. The Word of God is sufficient in and of itself!
People of God, it is through the Word of God that we have been equipped to survive and win the battles of life that are guaranteed to come our way.
Preparation for the perilous days ahead can not be done with out the Word of God. Joshua 1:8-Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
Stay alert people of God! The enemy is lurking, seeking whom he may devour. Please, please, do not let it be you!
God bless you all.