Wednesday, June 13, 2007

What Last Days Society Will Look Like

In Paul's letter to Timothy (2 Timothy 3:1-5 NLV) Paul presents a thumbnail picture of what last days society will generally look like.

"You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly."

Jesus likened the times to the days of Noah (Matthew 24:37-44) when violence filled the land, and to the days of Lot (Luke 17:28-32) when homosexuality (Genesis 19) was a welcomed life style.

To those who would say that these are earmarks of many societies throughout history and that nothing has changed, the Bible has this to say:

2 Peter 3:3-8 "First of all, I want you to know that in the last days men will laugh at the truth. They will follow their own sinful desires. They will say, "He promised to come again. Where is He? Since our early fathers died, everything is the same from the beginning of the world." But they want to forget that God spoke and the heavens were made long ago. The earth was made out of water and water was all around it. Long ago the earth was covered with water and it was destroyed. But the heaven we see now and the earth we live on now have been kept by His word. They will be kept until they are to be destroyed by fire. They will be kept until the day men stand before God and sinners will be destroyed. Dear friends, remember this one thing, with the Lord one day is as 1,000 years, and 1,000 years are as one day."

False Teaching is another sign: "The Holy Spirit tells us in plain words that in the last days some people will turn away from the faith. They will listen to what is said about spirits and follow the teaching about demons. Those who teach this tell it as the truth when they know it is a lie. They do it so much that their own hearts no longer say it is wrong."

Some of these prophecies look like they could have been taken out of our newspapers.
picture is from Kings Creek in Lassen National Park

2 comments:

TXatheist said...

I've asked you 4 times why you are against evolution. Goodbye, take care and many answers to your concerns can be found at www.talkorigins.org

R. Hoeppner said...

txatheist, sorry it took me so long to get back to you about your question but I posted a response just now. Thanks for the website at talkorigins--I already had it bookmarked. Thanks