Last Days-2 Timothy 3:1-5

2 Timothy 3:1-5 “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.”

2 Timoteo 3:1-5 “Or sappi questo: negli ultimi giorni verranno tempi difficili; 2 perché gli uomini saranno egoisti, amanti del denaro, vanagloriosi, superbi, bestemmiatori, ribelli ai genitori, ingrati, irreligiosi, 3 insensibili, sleali, calunniatori, intemperanti, spietati, senza amore per il bene, 4 traditori, sconsiderati, orgogliosi, amanti del piacere anziché di Dio, 5 aventi l’apparenza della pietà, mentre ne hanno rinnegato la potenza. Anche da costoro allontànati!”

 

     As you read these verses, doesn’t it make you feel like asking the writer, “Hey Paul, tell us what you really think?!!” This is one of the strongest and most direct commentaries on the last days before the Lord’s return. Paul wrote a list of 19 things to observe in a degenerated society. As you look at the list, it is hard not to see that this prophecy is being played out even now. Although it refers to terrible times in the last days, it seems clear that Paul was already seeing cultural decay during his day. It is true that these characteristics have always been present in societies but what is implied here is that the intensity of these evils will become more and more evident.

     The second part of this diatribe should be put into context. The church is called to preach the Gospel to the lost and it can’t be done by avoiding the world. So, what is being said here in the phrase “Have nothing to do with them.”? The answer is that this command is directed to those who have “a form of godliness but denying its power.” These people present themselves as religious or spiritual but in reality bring chaos and confusion within the church.

     We understand clearly that these are terrible times in the world but let us also be warned of the deception these persons create to sway the faithful and completely separate ourselves from them.

Pray with me: Lord, I know that society is deteriorating as more and more wickedness pervades. Help me to be prepared to fight against this subtle evil when it tries to infiltrate the church.



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