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In the Last Days
2 Tim.3:1-5
2 Tim. 3:1-5
3 This know also,that in the last daysperilous times shall come.2For men shallbe(1)loversof their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,3Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,4Traitors, heady,highminded,(2)lovers of pleasuresmore than(3)loversof God;5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
NKJV
1But know this, that inthe last daysperilous times will come:2For men will beloversof themselves,loversof money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,3unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good,4traitors, headstrong, haughty,lovers of pleasureratherthanlovers of God,5having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
NIV
3 But mark this: There will be terrible times inthe last days.2People will beloversof themselves,loversof money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,3without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal,notlovers of the good,4treacherous, rash, conceited,loversof pleasureratherthanlovers of God—5having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people
Thewaythe expression: “last days” isused in the Bible
Isaiah 2:2And it shall come to pass in thelast days,that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
In prophecy:
Micah 4:1But in thelastdaysit shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it
Acts 2:17And it shall come to pass in thelastdays,saithGod, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
In Jesus Christ
Hebrews 1:2Hath in theselastdaysspoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
With reference to this present days in whichwe now live.
2 Tim.3:1-5
James 5:3Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.
2 Peter 3:1-11 Scoffers will come…
This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:2That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord andSaviour:3Knowing this first, that there shall come inthe last daysscoffers, walking after their own lusts,4And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.5For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
6Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:7But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.8But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.9The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.10But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.11Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
What do they say, and why?
1. Where is the promise of his coming?2. Since the early fathers have died, All things remain the same.Why?1. They walk after their own lusts2. They are walking after the dictates of their own hearts.(Jerm. 10:23)
What does Peter call these people?
1. Ignorant—(Hosea 4:6) Notice, they are ignorant willingly!2. Remember the flood? What happened to all the peopleOutside of the ark? (They all perished..!)3. The same “Word of God” that caused the flood, will alsoCause another Huge Event: The Great Fire! It shall burnUp the earth, the heavens (sky,etc) and ungodly mankind!
Then Peter answers the first question of those who scoff:
1. Do not be ignorant of this fact: One day with God is as a 1,000Years, and a 1,000 years as one day! God’s Calendar!2. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise: He has saidThat it will happen…and in His time…IT WILL!!!3. Why has it not happened: 2 Pet. 3:99The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward,not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
It Will Happen…and it will come ‘as a thiefin the night’…
2 Peter 3: 10But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat,the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
In the Last Days
Men shall be lovers of Self (Matt. 16:24)Men shall be lovers of Money (Matt.19:16-22)Men shall not be lovers of Good. (Gal.5:22-23)Men shall be lovers of Pleasure (Rom. 12:1-2)Few Men shall be lovers of God ( Matt. 7:13-14)
Lovers of Self
Selfishness will bereigningLuke 12:13-21
Lovers of Money
Matt. 6:19-21Ananias andSapphiraActs 5:1-11
Not Lovers of Good
Gal. 5:22-23Fruit of the Spirit
Lovers of Pleasure
Pleasureswill bereigningKing Herod Matt.14:3-12
Few will be Lovers of God
Some will truly love God…and serve GodfaithfullyTimothy: Paul said of him: I have no man like him…Phil.2:19-23
These are the “last days”…
In Politics….who can you believe?In Society…Cursing, taking the name of God in vainIn Families. .Divisions, hurting each other, seeking material thingsIn working…Many will not work who can….2 Thess. 3:10 (Eph.4:28,29)Inchurches..Noregard for what God has designed: No regardfor Godwants…No regard to Divine guidance…by God’s Word.6. In personallives..Killings, murders,
Where do we fit into all of this?
We have the Word of God to guide us…but many refuse to beguided Bytruth. John 8:32We have the promises that God has made to us…but so few believeThem. 2 Pet. 1:3-4We have the judgment of God before us…but we set that aside forSomething that will come later.2 Cor. 5:10
Where Is His Coming?WhenWill Hebe Coming?Who will be ready?“How do weknow? 2 Tim. 3:1-5 “In the last days”
We know He is coming again…but we don’t know when.We know time is limited to all of us. Psalms 90:10 3 score l0 or4 score, and we fly away!.Where will you fly? We are all going to leave the earth…where will we go?Who will be with you in the flight? For the Christian, Psalms23:3Matt. 28:18-20.
In the “last days”…God has declared:
God is not willingThatanyShould perish, butThat all should comeTo repentance!. 2 Pet. 3:9
What will happen to you if:
1. You have never heard the word? No faith Rom. 10:172. You have heard the word, but do not believe it. John 8:243. You are told to repent , but you never have. Acts 2:384. You are told to confess Jesus as Lord, the Christ, theMessiah , the Son of God. You have never confessed Him.Matt.10:32,335. You have been told to be baptized, given examples of many who have been baptized, but you have rejected being baptized. You havePut off doing what you can do…and you die in that condition.Mark16:15-16 … No faith, No belief, No repentance, No ConfessionNo Baptism… No Lord , Not in the church, Outside with all theCondemed… My friend, where will you be in eternity?
Erring Christian
1. Saved but fall from grace. Gal.5:42. Started out right…but then turn away. 2 Pet. 2:20-223. You have No Hope, and you are in a worse conditionAs you stand before God in the Judgment than you wereBefore you ever became a Christian!No wonder God says it will be worse off for you in the JudgmentOf the Lord, than those who have never obeyed the gospel!You put the blood of the covenant as a unholy thing,you are like a pig washed going back to wallowing in the mireYou are like a dog, turning to eat his own vomit again”In God’s sight, you have only one judgement: An Eternity separated from God,FromHis people and from Jesus Christ the Son of God.
But you will perish if youDon’t listen to God:These are the last days….no other plan, no other Christ, noOther time….It is now or never!.If you die today, what is the verdict that you will haveBefore God?
In the “last days”…God has declared:
God is not willingThatanyShould perish, butThat all should comeTo repentance!. 2 Pet. 3:9

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