“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come” ~2 Timothy 3:1
We are seeing an increase in the frequency and intensity of natural disasters all over the world. The recent earthquakes in Chile, Australia, and Japan, as well as the flooding in China and India, record-breaking wildfires in California, the drastically increased hurricane devastation, and now, 2020 has passed 2005 for the most number of named storms. By September of this year, we had already doubled the average amount of tropical storms for an entire season. To say nothing of the whole year long Coronavirus fiasco.
All of these might make us begin to ponder this single question: Why does God allow these things to happen when He could very well prevent them?
Here’s a bit of eye-opening truth…God is not to blame for these things! Sin is what has caused all of this planetary devolution to occur. We are living in a fallen world, a corrupted, deteriorating planet, along with everything on it. God is starting to remove His restraining hand from this world. So Satan is now unleashing his fury because he’s fully aware that his time is short. In the Bible, God tells us of the coming of these end times events.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” ~1 Peter 5:8
“And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.” ~Luke 21:11
“So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near.” ~ Luke 21:31
The ultimate effect of sin is degradation. The falling apart of everything, from the breaking down of our physical bodies, (sickness, disease, pain, and suffering) to the degeneration of all existence, even to the planet itself. The degeneration of everything . . . all living creatures, animals and even plants. As well as the worsening of the weather and increase of planetary devastation are all the byproduct and the effect of a broken and fallen world.
Can God stop it? Yes. Will He stop it? Yes, but not until every person has made their decision either for or against Jesus. Not until everyone has heard of the gift of salvation through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ, and have made their choice, will this mess finally come to an end. Then, and only then will Jesus return!
“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” ~Matthew 24:14
The Bible is very clear on the order of end-times events. Jesus tells us what will happen and how to be on guard so we will recognize these things when they happen. Anyone who knows their Bible understands that these things must happen before the second coming of the Lord Jesus!
Jesus compares these excessive signs of the times to that of a woman going into labor, the earth must heave to and fro, and this is the beginning of birthing pangs. The apostle Paul wrote about the how and when all this will happen when he said . . .
“But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.” ~1 Thessalonians 5:1-3
Simply put . . . at the end of the age, the beginning of sorrows or birth pangs will take place. We need to know what the Bible says in order to understand that everything is happening right on time. God has told us exactly what to expect through His servants the prophets, and He will see us through to the end if we just hold tightly to Him, and His holy word!
“That you 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 and Savior, knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying; where is the promise of His coming?”
~2 Peter 3:2-4
Are we in the last days…?
You tell me! The following verses paint a pretty clear picture regarding every aspect of life as far as I’m concerned.
“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!” ~2 Timothy 3:1-5
”But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” ~Matthew24:37
“… In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.” ~Jude 1:18ESV
”For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful.”
”For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.” ~Matthew 24:7&21
Wouldn’t you say that this sounds exactly how things are in this very day and age? There’s such an enormous surge in wickedness of every kind. Crime is running rampant, murder and rape are at an all-time high. Sexual immorality, abortion, pornography, multiple sex partners, indulgence in unnatural lust, homosexuality/incest/transgenderism/child molestation as well as overindulgence in every possible thing. Pride and greed have become the all-consuming ruler of this present world. The pillaging and looting, rioting and burning of cities, the beating, even murdering of anyone that doesn't agree with these people have now become the new normal.
Oh yes, I’d have to say we are most definitely heading into the last days. God tells us that once this order of events starts, it will not end until everything that God has predicted happens. And this is all the more reason to believe that soon Jesus will come again. He will come to execute judgment upon the evildoers and restore order, peace, love, and justice upon this earth.
“Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.” ~Matthew 24:34
“And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.“ ~Luke 21:25-28
Clearly, the majority of the world is choosing to reject God and His grace- filled offer of redemption. However, there is still time for you to give your heart to Jesus. You will then receive the seal of God (Revelation 7:2-3) and be protected when the four winds are totally released, and Satan has full control of this world. Oh yes, God’s people shall be delivered, that's a promise!
“… And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation. Even to that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book.” ~Daniel 12:1
Q: Is your name in the Book of Life? Revelation 3:5
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