2 Timothy 3:1 – “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” KJV
I often see eyes roll and heads shake when I mention the LAST DAYS whether in a church service, casual conversation, or on the streets. I have had preachers tell me, “We don’t need any more of that gloom and doom preaching, we need a positive message.” I agree that we need a positive message but we dare not omit reality and the proclamation of God’s Word regarding the End of Times and the condition of men’s hearts. If we do, we do so at our peril endangering the eternity of others and for me to be silent when I see destruction or danger coming would be a violation of everything I believe regarding God, the Bible, humanity, and my calling. I feel an obligation to not only warn but defend lives as best I can in the natural and spiritual.
The Bible does not say IF or MAYBE perilous times could possibly mark the Last Days but that “Perilous Times SHALL Come…” There is no “maybe” or “if” in that statement there is an absolute guarantee from the Word of God that IT IS COMING and in many ways IS NOW, HERE. This is not the only passage in the bible regarding the perils coming to our world. Peter warned, “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming?” (2 Peter 3:3-4) Jesus addressed the End of Times in Luke 21:25-26 giving us the signs in natural calamities and conditions. Paul told the Thessalonians that the Day of the Lord would come suddenly like a thief in the night. (1 Thessalonians 5:2-3). Joel prophesied that in the Last Days there would be a massive outpouring of the Spirit of God causing the elderly to dream dreams and the young to see visions and that God would empower and anoint mightily His servants and handmaidens. Daniel told us that understanding of many of the mysteries of God would be sealed UNTIL the Time of the End. (Daniel 12:4).
Therefore, PERILOUS TIMES are coming so what do we do? Violence is increasing here in America and around the world. The flames of hatred are being fanned to the point wide scale violence could erupt at any moment. Islamic Jihadism is rampant as they pursue their Caliphate. We have groups calling for the total destruction of other groups largely based on skin color, religious, or social preference. Our society is being poisoned by hate, fear, and distrust, morality is ebbing into nothingness, and the level of depravity is endangering our entire world and way of life.
Consider the conditions described by the apostle Paul which are characteristics of THE LAST DAYS:
- Pride filled Braggart and Boasters. Narcissistic Behavior.
- Blasphemers – Fearlessly decrying the truth and reality of God, morality, the Bible and right living.
- Disobedient and Rebellious.
- Hate filled, Unloving, Unforgiving, Bitter, Resentful, Revengeful, and Vindictive.
- Slanderous Behavior, Anything Goes – No Self-Control and an expansion of a page out of the 60’s, “If it feels good, do it.”
- Elevating Pleasure and the Flesh rather than God and Holiness.
- Faux Christians following a doctrine of man rather than serving God with a whole heart. Eliminating the Cross offering hope other than Jesus and polluting and diluting the Gospel of Christ.
In the condition of this present world, I believe that we will soon see riots on an epic scale. There is coming a time, soon, when it will not be safe to leave your home and you will not be unscathed even in your home. There is coming persecution to all who take a stand on Biblical Principles and seek to follow the directive of Jesus in Matthew 6:33, “…seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness…”
Two conditions or streams will occur and flow simultaneously. There will be Peril, Destruction, Chaos, and Corruption on a scale never witnessed before and there will be Revival, Renewal, Harvest, and Power in the Spirit like never seen. There is going to be a Scorched Earth and a Blossoming Eden at the same time. Some, no many, will lose their lives and die as victims of violence or martyrs for the faith. Some will rise up as powerful witnesses for Christ and the underground, unseen church will rise in power and at the same time sweeping destruction will prevail. That I see coming!
Now, that I have sufficiently presented a message in which some will only hear the Darkness of the Hour let me say that God is still God and will always be God. He has not and will not leave us nor will He forsake us. God is our shield and buckler. He is our defense, covering, and protection. I do not want anyone to take this message and allow the devil to instill fear in the heart. Rather I hope that you will understand that by DISCERNING THE TIMES you will be able to prepare and even pluck some as “brands from the burning” and walk in the fullness and power of the provisions of our LORD! We are MORE THAN CONQUERORS through Him Who Loves Us! Hallelujah!
God bless you as you go through this day!