Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Characteristics of the End Times.

In 2 Timothy 3:1-9 Paul mentions a whole bunch of things that indicate what men would be like in the last days.

There is no doubt that we are in the last days. It is recorded as the entire period between the 1sy century and Christs second coming.

How many of these 19 that are indicated in the above verse ring a bell to either yourself or someone you know?
  • Loving oneself or loving money
  • Boastful and proud (Outward manifestations of how proud they are)
  • Scoffing at God
  • Disobedient
  • Ungrateful
  • Nothing sacred
  • Unloving
  • Unforgiving
  • Slandering Others (Gossip)
  • No Self Control
  • Cruelty
  • Hate what is good
  • Betraying friends
  • Reckless
  • Loving pleasure over God
  • Acting religious but rejecting Gods power
  • Not understanding the truth
  • Counterfeit faith
  • Depraved Minds
What does all of this mean. Well Paul mentions that there are groups of people (unbelievers, preachers of evil etc), that find a way to worm themselves into our homes and try to persuade us to become one or some of the above points.
These people are evil, Stay away from them, beware of them and keep their influence away from yourself, your faith in Christ and your family!
If I look at myself or other people I know, I definitely find many of these characteristics. We all gossip, Love please over God often, ungratefulness, reckless, betraying friends, disobedient etc etc etc.
This is something that we need to pray against. Ask God to change us inwardly through His Holy Spirit and HE WILL!
Through Gods grace, He will forgive us. But, we need to confess and try to turn away from doing these things. We cant just leave it all up to God and say, "Well you fix it!"
I certainly have some praying and confessing to do...

Blessings
Reading: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Tim%203:1-9&version=NLT

I found this website with a list of other things we can look out for.
Other Signs: http://contenderministries.org/prophecy/endtimes.php

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