Perilous Times Have Come. 07/22/2014 (Evening thought)

2nd Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

This brief statement of fact is not describing what will take place in the future, it is describing what is transpiring before our very eyes, as is manifested in the constant turmoil and irresolvable disputes between nations and individuals, with the accompanying violence that causes us to shudder. The dangerous times in which we now live are symptomatic of a much deeper spiritual problem, for the world at large is drawing further and further away from God, and the ideals He has set down in His word to govern our lives, our behaviors and our actions. As spiritual declension increases, there is also seen a corresponding lack of respect for human life, and individuals and nations will continue to slay each other in cold blood, as the law of God is removed from the forefront of our minds.

The perilous times we are now experiencing are a definite sign that Christ is about to put in His appearing, and as such we should be very careful as Christians not to let our minds be invaded by the prevailing godlessness. As Jesus sat upon the mount of Olives, His disciples came and asked Him what would be the signs of His coming, and of the end of the world, to which Christ replied by giving them several signs which would become prevalent as the day of His coming draws near. Let's read:

Matthew 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

The question then is, what should be the appropriate response to these undeniable events that are taking place all around us. Do we then reason them away on political or scientific grounds, in order to lull ourselves into a false sense of security, or do we begin to build doomsday bunkers so that we can survive the oncoming deluge of crime, violence and iniquity? The Lord Himself gives us the answer. Let's read:

Luke 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

While we are to be cognizant of what is passing on the earth in the light of prophecy, we are not to become consumed and fearful, by stocking up on nonperishable goods, or by purchasing guns and ammunition to protect ourselves. In these days of perplexity it is only God who can really protect us, and therefore our focus should not be on survival, but on surrender, so that Christ can complete the work He has begun in us, by removing our sins and fitting us for the mansions above. We therefore end with a passage of scripture that refocuses our minds on eternal realities, so that the cares and troubles of this present world do not become all-absorbing. Let's read:

2nd Peter 3:12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. 14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

Let us then do our part faithfully, in the up-building of Christ's kingdom, so that the eternal reign of righteousness can be ushered in. "Good night" and God bless!