“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
One topic of conversation growing more popular these days seems to be “How bad things are getting!”
IF one could only arrive at what people mean when they say “bad,” (this also applies to the meaning of “things“) one might have a fairly good idea of what it is that has so many end times people concerned.
When people use the words “bad” and “things,” they appear to be referring to three separate parts of their life; i.e., three arenas/spheres of their life.
By far, the three “things” most seem to be referencing are:
- Financial/economic matters – Tied with the second group for number of people worried.
- Cultural or spiritual matters – Tied with the first group for number of people worried.
- Various and sundry matters – By far the smallest of the three groups. The matters concerning these folks range from poor upkeep of the roads to the poor nutritional value of school lunches to the number of helicopters overflying their area. All these matters elicited “Boy, things sure are getting bad!” (or some equivalent expression).
Let’s look at group number two: those who are concerned with various cultural/spiritual matters.
As befits a nation fixated on the material, groups one and three appear to be voicing natural responses to the planned obsolescence of country once known as the United States of America.
Group two however: what do they mean when they say “bad” and “things“?
Many in group two (at least from hearing their full discussion) seem to be mean “perverse” when they say “bad.”
“Behaviors” or “actions” = “things.”
One person may be referring to the sewage which passes for popular entertainment; another, to the common, public use of vulgar terms or “cussing;” still another, to the “terrible” behaviors exhibited by the youth–“and in public no less!”
“Sex, drugs and rock n’roll” is no longer a rallying cry for hippies from the 1960s.
NOW, it often appears to be the mission statement of Big Government, Big Business and Big Entertainment.
It appeared that those who complained of “things” becoming “bad” could have meant the behavior which one sees; not only on the movie screen and TV, but in public as well.
Not one person attributed the low morals they saw everywhere around them to the times in which we now live.
Not one person attributed the various common perverse behaviors to what the Bible specifially describes as happening in the time before Jesus returns.
“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.”
Several referred to the Bible, but in a general manner, such as “You know, the Bible says things will get bad/worse.”
Yes, the common discourse–in all of its manifestations–has coarsened and grown worse.
BUT to any who study the Bible, this is to be expected (and looked for!) as that which happens before the return of Jesus Christ.
To those who can remember when “things (life) were different,” it has been a case of the perverse being normalized by the culture and ALL of society’s institutions.
Although not mentioned directly, it is interesting that ALL of the activities (which concern man’s various uses of demonic power) which God’s Word calls “abominations” in Deuteronomy 18:10-12 have become fairly commonplace in the World’s Most Christian Nation–EVER™!
“There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD”
Idol worship, astrology, enchanters, witchcraft, animal charming, diviners, wizards/sorcerers and talking to the dead: the Bible refers to those who engage in such activities as “abominations.”
Moderns might call them something completely different: anything from the latest church activity to the subject of a popular book/movie to an idea for a compelling reality TV show to “a little fun.”
The perverse becomes so normal in the end times, men do not believe they are doing anything wrong when they engage in such behaviors.
Throughout the Book of Revelation, the various end times judgments of God Almighty right before the return of Jesus are described. IN the midst of these judgments, God pauses to allow man to repent (change direction/change his mind) and be saved.
Man refuses to repent of behaviors which, only a few hundred years ago, were commonly referred to as “unthinkable” or “heathen.”
“And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.”
Idols, devil worship, murder, sorcery/witchcraft, fornication, theft: all are behaviors end times man REFUSES to repent of.
“Abominations? That’s just your opinion!”
All are behaviors more or less acceptable in public in a nation which has been told, retold and then told some more that it is the World’s Most Christian Nation–EVER™!
Now THAT is the direct result of the normalization of perversity.
IS the reader of the mind that the coarsening of public morals is nothing to get worried about?
HAS the reader adopted the attitude that “every generation believes public morals are getting worse“?
WHAT, exactly, would it take for the reader to admit that perversity is now the new normal in the USA?
It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
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DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
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THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: July 23, 2018.]
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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier
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