Living in the Last Days
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.2 Timothy 3:1
The world is changing all around us: the worldwide pandemic, the persecution of Christians, governments are changing, and media is changing. What Christians consider evil the world sees as good. Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. (Isaiah 5:20) The world is moving away from the ways of God and to their own fleshly driven desires.
People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God. (2 Timothy 3:2-4) The world is increasing with people as described in the verse above. Have nothing to do with such people. (2 Timothy 3:5)
The word “last” in 2 Timothy 3:1, in Greek, is the word “eschatos.” This Greek word indicates the very last of something, such as the last month of the year or the last day of the week. It also indicates that something is final. From the Word, we know what the future holds; however, the Word gives the events but not an exact timeline.
And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:14 ESV) Only the Lord knows when every soul hears the truth and makes a decision to follow Christ or to follow the ways of the world. This is good and pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:3-4). God wishes all to be saved and only the Father will make the decision when the end comes and Christ returns. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. (Mark 13:31-32 NASB)
In the last days, we have nothing to fear because we are saved through Christ and we live with peace and joy with hearts of love. We are secure because we know Heaven is our home. We need to pray and minister to lost souls because they are unaware of their eternal destination. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. (John 14:2-3) We are comforted by Christ who is preparing our eternal home and He will come back and take us home to be with Him.
Today, live with peace and joy and reflect this attitude to others. Joy comes to us at end times because our reward is soon — Christ will come to take us home to be with Him.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for your Word that tells me the future at end times and for the comfort you provide knowing you will come to take me home to be with You and the Father. In Jesus’ name, Amen.