Throughout my studying, I have found many issues to think about. One such issue that is weighing on my mind is the “End Times”. Most of us have a general idea of what this means overall. But have we really stopped and thought about what it all means right now? Are the things that we have read in the bible already happening? What does this mean for life in the present? Here are some things to consider….
Matthew 24:7 – “For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.” Does any of this sound familiar? Just in the last few years, how many reports of wars have you read or heard about? How many earthquakes have been reported?
II Timothy 3:1-5,7 “But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of god; holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” Unless you are living in a cave with absolutely no contact with the outside world, you cannot deny these things are happening. Society is full of this type of behavior.
I Timothy 4:1-3 “But the spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons. By means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron, men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth.” False doctrines can be found everywhere. With numerous people looking for pleasing words and the easy way out, this allows Satan to easily accomplish his mission of misleading.
Matthew 24:14 “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world for a witness to all the nations, and then the end shall come.” With television, radio, internet, and numerous translations of the bible printed in countless languages, you can be sure that this is happening.
Matthew 24:8-9 “But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs. Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations on account of my name.” Will you be willing to be persecuted for Jesus’ name? Will you take up your cross and follow him?
I believe it is very clear that we are indeed living in the last days. In these times, shouldn’t we as Christians be coming together, building each other up, searching the scriptures daily for the truth, and trying to live in a way that is pleasing to God? Satan wants to deceive us. That is his plan of attack. The only way to protect ourselves is with bible truth. Lets arm ourselves and make ready for the battle ahead 🙂