ARE WE NEARING THE END OF TIME?
The Bible says that there will be grievous times in the last days. “But know this that in the last days grievous times shall come” (II Tim. 3:1). The expression “last days” is a term used a number of times in the scriptures, and it refers to “last era or dispensation.”
The Bible plainly tells us when the “last days” began. Peter, on the day of Pentecost, used the prophecy of Joel to say that it had started (Acts 2:16-17). The “last days” refers to that period of time from Pentecost until Jesus returns. What is described as to the conditions listed in II Timothy 3:1-9, these conditions would exist in the last days!
There will be those who are selfish, avaricious, boastful, haughty, abusive, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, irreverent, lacking in love for kinsman, irreconcilable, slanderers, having no self-control, savage, lacking respect for good things, treacherous, reckless, conceited, and loving pleasure more than God. Paul is here describing a society without God and who have turned away from Him.
This is a terrible picture of what the last days of human history will be like. And we can look around at society today and see these conditions. This passage discusses the godless marks of the last days, marks that come very close to painting a picture of our day and time in the 21st century. It is very possible that the Lord’s return is at hand!
In the last days, terrible times shall come. This means difficult, troublesome, trying, uneasy, hard, violent, threatening and dangerous days. The mark of the “last days” will be a godless society. Why will the “last days” be so terrible? Because the society will be godless!
In the last days, people will focus upon money, possessions, travel, stocks and bonds, and power to control others. People will be abusive, which means they will slander, revile and curse. Think of all the cursing and insults thrown against God and the church in our society today.
People will be ungrateful with no sense of gratitude or appreciation for what they have and give no thanks to God for all their blessings. People will be unholy (anosioi) which means profane, indecent and given over to base passions such as homosexuality. Just think of those who seek pleasure in the abnormal sex of man loving man and woman loving woman that is flaunted today. Think how far our society has fallen when it will not say “no” to what is sinful and wrong.
We are facing the end of time for our society when the family starts to disintegrate which is the backbone of our nation. The Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of same-sex marriages contradicts the Constitution (10th Amendment) which guarantees state’s rights and violates God’s law (Lev. 18:22). The rug of Bible truth has been pulled from under our society by this action of the Supreme Court, and the results will lead to complete moral decay!
---- Earl Sutton