Are These The End Times?
“You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!”
(2 Timothy 3:1–5 NLT-SE)
““But I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first!”
(Revelation 2:4 NLT-SE)
““Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers. And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other. And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people. Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.”
(Matthew 24:9–13 NLT-SE)
“He will be a master of deception and will become arrogant; he will destroy many without warning. He will even take on the Prince of princes in battle, but he will be broken, though not by human power.”
(Daniel 8:25 NLT-SE)
“But evil people and impostors will flourish. They will deceive others and will themselves be deceived.”
(2 Timothy 3:13 NLT-SE)
Long time readers know that I have endlessly mocked those consumed by end times issues, especially those in the dispensational camp that had to revise their predictions of the end times nations and identifications of the Anti-Christ endlessly as world maps changed and leaders came and went.
Most of my scorn came from an understanding that history is cyclical…empires rise and fall, plagues come and decimate the populace, then disappear to reappear later…all of this is under the sovereign control of God, but not necessarily an indicator of His return.
The rest of my scorn came from the understanding that rapture studies fill the pews and the bank accounts of teachers from those easily entertained.
Having said all that, I’m beginning to wonder whether or not we have entered a late stage of the end times.
This thought comes not from watching the news as much as watching the collapse of community and the degrading of simple human decency.
We are an angry and divided people who delight in consuming all manner of media that inflames and divides more…indeed, is created to do so.
We choose to isolate not just physically and politically,but spiritually as well.
We treat each other poorly on our roads and in our retail and medical establishments…anywhere where we have to interact with other humans.
A friend noted to me the other day that all of these “silos ” that we construct to enforce our differences will soon be built for one person only.
The other thing that gives me pause is the level of deception in all our media, regardless of political persuasion.
Technology has enabled. deception to reach levels unthinkable just a few years ago…and I believe that it will be (and is being) used as a tool for the enemy to deceive the masses.
These two things…the lack of love and the rise of deception…are marked all through Scripture as true signs of the times.
How should we respond?
First, understand you’re being played…and refuse to digest any media that makes you despise another human being.
You cannot be obedient to Christ and walk in division and despite to other people.
Second, question everything…go to source material and Scripture to form opinions and gain understanding.
Third…and most importantly…if at all possible be a vital part of a small church that practices table fellowship with understanding…whether they call it communion or the Eucharist.
We have to have fellowship with other believers…and it is in the bread and the blood where Christ is revealed and consumed.
These are just my brief and broad thoughts, along with a small selection of pertinent scriptures…discussion is always welcome and needed.