Wednesday, March 5, 2014


Have you ever recognized a similarity between the evening news, and how the Bible describes things during the last days?  Jesus told His disciples that the last days would be pretty much the same as the days leading up to Noah's world-wide flood, and as it was where Lot lived (Lk 17:26-29)!  Today, children are suing their parents for "stuff"; the new Pope says there is no hell; it is hate-speech to preach against homosexuality; the "Arab Spring" continues long into the harshest winter in many years; gambling and drugs are legalized to increase state income; abortion kills more than a million children every year in the U.S.; more than fifty percent of marriages end in divorce; births to un-wed mothers out-number those of married couples; pastors of mega-churches suggest joining up with Islam to form "Chrislam"; and, every American President since Truman, has bullied Israel to trade land for peace.  I am sure I have missed many of the equally depressing news items, but these are enough to make my point.  Compare these things with the Bible's picture of the last days:

"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;  having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." (2 Tim. 3:1-5 KJV).

Just to make sure there is no mistake due to the seventeenth century English, here is a modern version:

"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 Tim. 3:1-5 NLT).

Regardless of all the Bible prophecies concerning the "signs of the times,"
one thing is absolutely clear:   the events predicted will come to pass
due to the character of men in the last days!

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