Friday, February 24, 2017

Last Days - Perilous Times (LG40)

2Thess 2:3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition.

How will Christians fall away in the last days?

2Tim 3:1-5 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!

rather than lovers of God

When Christians prefer or love worldly lusts and things rather than God then this is idolatry. Brethren, Christians in the last days are idolators in this evil last generation, which is just like that in the days of Noah.

Gen 6:5-6 Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.

We thank God that He reveals to us each and every one of our abominable practices and wickedness so that we can check our walk and love for Him whether in sincerity or in hypocrisy.

1. lovers of themselves - today almost everyone care or boast of his own family and no longer care for His kingdom.
2. lovers of money - not only are Christians lovers of money, the so-called men of God or the anointed televangelists, pastors and church leaders too are extremely covetous.
3. boasters - there is no fear of God in them
4. proud - pride led to the rebellion of Satan
5. blasphemers - these will use His name (including the Holy Spirit) to lie in their testimonies, prophecies, etc. for worldly pride, benefits, rewards, recognitions​, etc.
6. etc. etc.

From the list of their ungodly behaviours and indulgences, it looks as though most end time Christians are actually mockers hypocrites or unbelievers (not born again and without the indwelling of the Holy Spirit)

Jude 1:17 But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.

 having a form of godliness

These misled end time Christians have returned back to the old man, walking in the flesh and behaving worse than the heathens. These Christians though confess Jesus as Lord, pray, quote scriptures and testify of His goodness (having a form of godliness) but will not put themselves to trust Him for healing, deliverance, provisions, protection, nourishment, etc. (denying its power)..

Rom 8:13-14 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

Brethren, do not be conformed to the worldly and wicked ways of end time Christians. Overcome their normal sinful and abominable practices, walks and beliefs by your obedience and faith in the word of God and the transformation power of the Holy Spirit.

Jam 1:27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.