Signs of the Last Days

II Timothy 3:1-7 - This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

  1. When are the last days? I John 2:18 - Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

    1. From the time of Christ some 2,000 years ago until this present time.

    2. We are now living in the last of the last days.

    3. It is not wrong to try to discover when the last days are.

    4. Matthew 24:3-5 – Jesus answered the disciples question and did not rebuke them for asking when the world would come to an end.

  1. Signs of the perilous times. One thing Satan has to do is to get rid of all Christianity and replace it with his own form of religion and worship - Daniel 7:25 - And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

    1. Signs of the times.

      1. lovers of their own selves - The “me” generation has arrived! What’s in it for me? No thought for the welfare of others, but only of ones own self.

      2. covetous - Wanting that thing that someone else possesses. The thought behind covetous is a dissatisfaction with what one possesses.

      3. boasters - A braggart. Their possessions reflect what kind of character they are and what they consider important.

      4. proud - They think they are more important than others. They picture themselves as above others, which are below them in spiritual, social, economic and intellectual standards.

      5. blasphemers - They are against those that are around them, whether these are people or gods. They are impious (irreverent, ungodly, profane) and loudly complain against anybody and anything that doesn’t suit them. They are completely filled with bias and refuse to give any quarter to any person.

      6. disobedient to parents - They will not allow their parents to persuade them to any good work. They are a law unto themselves and will not listen to their parents. Toward their parents, they are unyielding, obstinate, perverse, stubborn, inflexible, and contrary. To their friends, they are exactly the opposite.

      7. unthankful - They are thankless, and ungrateful. They do not notice any good that others do for them, but take their goodness and expect more and more.

      8. unholy - They are wicked. This is on top of retaining their form of godliness, which has lost all power to them.

      9. without natural affection - Their hearts are hard toward those less fortunate than themselves. This is not spiritual affection, but the natural affection displayed by the human spirit. This natural affection for things right and good is lost.

      10. trucebreakers - They readily break all kind of agreements. In days gone by, a handshake sealed a verbal agreement. Both parties would take a loss rather than go back on their words. Today, signed contracts have very small print which takes away all that the large print gives. Then both parties try to get out of doing what they have agreed, yet try to get the other party to do what they agree to.

      11. false accusers - They are slanderers, taking Satan’s place in accusing the brothers, Rev. 12:10.

      12. incontinent - They are powerless to control their emotions. No self-control.

      13. fierce - They are a savage people, not caring about the welfare of others, or how much they are hurt, as long as the all important “me” is satisfied.

      14. despisers of those that are good - They are hostile to virtue of any kind. They love evil and hate the good.

      15. traitors - This is a giving forward into the hands of the enemy. Even if they know they are playing into the hands of the enemy, that is okay if the all important “me” is satisfied. Their future is doomed, but that is okay as long as there is contentment in the present.

      16. heady - They are rashly (wastefully) falling forward, or headlong, to destruction.

      17. highminded - They are inflated with self-conceit, lifted up with pride. The smoke of their destruction is all around them, but they cannot see their own soon coming destruction.

      18. lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God - This simply means that if they had their choice between pleasure and God, they would choose pleasure. Everything in their life boils down to satisfying the flesh and ignoring God. They make continual allowances to satisfy their body, but make no allowances to satisfy their soul.

      19. Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts - They have retained their religion, but it is powerless. Their religion has no force in their lives, even though they retain all the appearance or structure of worship.

      20. Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth - The more they learn, the farther away they get from God. Their religion doesn’t teach them about God, but about humanistic, fleshly religion, which has nothing at all to do with God and His service.

    2. Why do we need to know about the wickedness of the last days as described in II Timothy?

      1. So we can take warning.

      2. When we see the coming wickedness ,we will not be discouraged, as in Matthew 24:13, and let out love wax cold.

      3. See also the warnings of Christ to his church in Matthew 24:33,36, 42 concerning how they ought to be faithful even when they see all this wickedness coming.

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