“What Are The Signs Of The Last Days?”

 

2 Timothy 3:1-5


INTRODUCTION: We CONTINUE our series on “The Rapture”…

 

Last week, we saw that Jesus is coming … He’s coming quickly … AND … it could be SOON…

We also discussed how that in the meantime, we have a RESPONSIBILITY, as we await His return with JOYOUS ANTICIPATION…

Folks the Bible gives us some SIGNS of what it will be like BEFORE the Rapture of the Church…

But we need to be very careful here church… Because so many times, people confuse the signs of the return of Jesus at the REVELATION, with the signs of the return of Jesus at the RAPTURE

With that in mind the Bible gives us many signs of what it will be like during the Tribulation Period, just before JESUS returns to set up the Millennial Kingdom…

But please, don’t confuse these with the signs of the coming RAPTURE…

While it’s true, we can see a foretaste of some of these now … church it refers to the Tribulation Period … where they will all be fulfilled then… (Amen)

• Listen church, the Temple will be rebuilt in Jerusalem … after the Rapture…
• And folks The Gospel will be preached throughout the whole world … after the Rapture…

In-fact church most of the signs of the coming of Jesus at the RAPTURE, don’t picture the world and political condition at all… RATHER … the signs of the returnof Jesus at the RAPTURE shows us the condition of the established CHURCH…

TURN to 2 Timothy 3:1-5.

HERE, we find the condition of the established CHURCH, just before Jesus returns… Now let’s see if these are an indication of present-day “Christianity”.
2 Tim 3:1

3 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
3:1 – “perilous times” – And church this describes the day in which we live, DOESN’T IT?

The GK. word for “perilous” means ‘hard, difficult times’… Now could it get worse? Absolutely!

BUT … Church just look how fast our society is decaying … AIDS … homosexuality … the acceptance of homosexual marriages … abortion … internet pornography … sexual promiscuity …  (Preach)

So what are the signs that will be present in the established CHURCH … just before Jesus returns?
2 Tim 3:2

2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
1st.- 3:2 - “men shall be lovers of their own selves” – “men” refers to‘mankind’, not just to the male species...

The Bible says that in the last days, it will be “every man for themselves” … the survival of the fittest … a “dog-eat-dog” world … you scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours… or stab it, depending on what’s best for me!!!!

It will be a world where everybody does what is right in their own eyes … not caring about what anybody else thinks…

Folks, this will also be seen in the CHURCH – see 4:3-4.

2 Tim 4:3-4

3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

During this time Church members will be satisfying themselves with THINGS

 

No time for prayer, witnessing, studying the Word, sacrifice, commitment, or Church attendance… No time for the Lord … only SELF… Someone once said,“The heart of the problem, is the problem of the heart.”

2nd. - 3:2 – “covetous” – church this means a ‘lover of money’

1 Tim 6:10

10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

Listen, There will be no lack of wealth in the church of the last days … but little power…

Now don’t misunderstand me… I’m not saying that every church is a rich church, I know were certainly not…

But just take a look at the buildings … the bank accounts … and the budgets…

Now, COMPARE that to how much is spent on the actual MINISTRY of some of these  churches!

I’ve even heard of people joining cretin Mega churches because it’s good for business … business contacts. … good for the corporate image…

3rd & 4th . - 3:2 – “boasters and proud” – Listen, there will be cliques within the Christian faith … I’m talking about denominationalism to the point of exclusion…

Some Christian denominations will look down on others, thinking that they are better than the rest…

And listen folks this BEGAN even in the early Church … “I am of Paul … Apollos … Cephus … Bless God I’m of CHRIST!” (Amen)

5th. - 3:2 – “blasphemers” – in the church?

And folks were even seeing them in some of our Seminaries & Bible Colleges … and there quickly filling the pulpits of this Nation…

Listen Church this will happen in the last days … and we see it even today…

Another word in the GK. for “blasphemer” is “slanderer” … one who destroys someone’s good name…

Listen it’s used, NOT JUST against God … BUT … also against other people … I’m talking about gossips, tale-bearers … in the CHURCH… (O-me - Amen)

6th. - 3:2 – “disobedient to parents” – certainly not in Christian families!

Listen folks the Bible says that in the last days, children will rebel against the authority and teaching of their parents…

Although raised in Christian homes, when they get out on their own, they will forsake God’s Word, church attendance, a relationship with the Lord… Make no mistake about it church, this is a sign of the last days…

7th. - 3:2 – “unthankful” – selfishness among professed Christians…

 

I’m talking about ungrateful to others … ungrateful to God, for His many blessings … and taking God for granted…

We pray, asking God for something… God grants our request … THEN … we forget to thank Him. WHY?

BECAUSE … we got what we wanted… If Christians were truly THANKFUL to God, we would have more Christians in church on Sunday and Wednesday night! (Amen)

8th. - 3:2 – “unholy” – Church Christians ought to be SEPARATED from that which is “unholy”.

Let me ask you a question… Where is HOLY LIVING among professed Christians today?

Many professed Christians think nothing of living for the Devil Monday-Saturday … AND THEN … coming to church on Sunday and sing the songs, and pray the prayers…

AND … what’s worse … is they don’t even see it as hypocritical! 1 Thes. 4:7 –“For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.”

Listen church “unholiness” will be a characteristic of professing Christians in the last days…

Now lets look at:

2 Tim 3:3

3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

9th. - 3:3 – “without natural affection” – we hear a lot about “family values”today don’t we?

One of the signs of the last days will be the breakdown of Biblical “family values”.

And we see this even in “Christian homes” today…

Parents are too busy to have a relationship with their children … jobs, careers, all sorts of things get in the way…

Listen church, this isn’t “natural affection”. (Amen)

In the last days, there will be an acceptance of ABORTIONS … in Christian families… There will be homosexual churches, Pastors and teachers…

Listen folks, Satan knows that “As goes the family, so goes the nation.” Truly, we are in the last days…

10th. - 3:3 – “trucebreakers” – there are some people that you just can’t trust to keep their word… (Amen)

I mean some people will straight up lie to you … break their promises … cheat you … and deceive you…

Do you know any professing Christians like this?

Church I think this also speaks of the divorce rate … and fidelity in marriage…

I mean Did you not make a PROMISE … or a VOW … when you got married?

Did you know that the divorce rate among non-Christians is around 50%... Now can you guess the divorce rate for professing Christians is? Around 50%!

11th. - 3:3 – “false accusers” – this is a real easy way to get money in our society…

All you have to do, is accuse someone, or some company of something, and you will either collect a settlement … OR … ruin their testimony or business… And the sad thing is that it doesn’t even have to be true!

Spread a lie or false rumor about a Pastor, and his ministry is through … whether it’s true or not…

Church, even Christian organizations can’t get along with each other…

I heard about one Christian school who disliked Billy Graham so much, that they threatened expulsion if they ever caught a student attending one of his meetings…

You no it’s said (though probably not true) that they wouldn’t even allow Graham Crackers on campus!

Listen, they were so narrow-minded that you could put 10 of them in the same bed… They were so narrow-minded that they would cut their fingers if they scratched their head!  It’s sad but true we live in the generation of lawsuits … even in the church.
12th. - 3:3 – “incontinent” – ‘without self control’… Does this characterize our society today?

Adultery, unfaithfulness in marriage … even in the church among Pastors and lay-people alike…

Prostitution is on the increase … pornography … child pornography … and pre-marital sex is common even at early ages…

Church were living in a day and age where men and women are driven by the winds of passion, like a ship without a rudder… (Amen) We have seen it in our public officials … on so called “family” television shows … and it’s all portrayed as a natural, and acceptable lifestyle… Church GOD says it’s sin!!!!!!

13th. - 3:3 – “fierce” – means ‘savage’

A generation ago, people didn’t lock their houses or cars… But today, we read about brutal murders, rapes, mass murders, and total disregard for the property of others…

Listen church, we see professing Christians bombing abortion clinics in the name of Christ…

I’ve known Pastors who have been threatened, and some who have been destroyed by those within their church… Make no mistake about it church, this is a sign of the last days…

14th. - 3:3 – “despisers of those that do good”

Listen folks our society today, not only accepts what God condemns … BUT … they despise what God says is good…

They don’t even want the mere mention of God on our coins, in our pledge of allegiance to the flag, or in public prayers…

Listen, they don’t even want the 10 Commandments displayed in public.

Church true Christianity just won’t fit into the society of the last days.

Now lets look at:

2 Tim 3:4

4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
15th. - 3:4 – “traitors” – or betrayers … simply put, people you can’t trust…

And we find them in politics, religion, and among “friends”…

Listen church, sometimes you have to stand alone, when standing for God…

Loyalties seem to waver with the whim…

As sad as it is even Christians today won’t take a stand for what’s right…

Instead there loyal to what’s best for them at the time … not for what is right in the sight of God…

16th. - 3:4 – “heady” = ‘headstrong”

Some people, you just can’t tell them anything! They are going to do what they want, even if it kills them (and sometimes it does!)…

Even if they KNOW it’s wrong … they’ll do it anyhow… There stubborn!

 

And church this is a sign of the last days … even among professing Christians…

They simply refuse to be open to the leading of the Holy Spirit…

17th. - 3:4 – “high-minded” – this is a little different than PROUD…

In the GK., it has to do with a PERMANENT state of pride through MUCH practice of it…

These are those folks who are too PROUD to be saved… What will their friends think?

See church to some, salvation means “weakness” … a step downward in society…

Jesus, many times, went to the poor, who were almost always more receptive of Him…

In the last days, people will think that they’re “too good” to be saved… OR … at the least, not “bad enough” to go to Hell…

They will believe that, since God is a God of love, He won’t send anybody to Hell…

I say again church, Truly, we are in the last days…

18th. - 3:4 – “lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God” – Does this describe the modern church or what?
They will sit at a ballgame in 30 degree temperature … BUT … won’t go to church because it’s too cold outside!

Or they will set at a race where it’s 100 degree in the shade but want come to church because it’s to hot out side! We could go on and on but I think you get the picture…

The problem is folks that too many professing Christians can’t let church attendance interfere with their pleasures.
Now lets look at:

2 Tim 3:5

5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
19th. - 3:5 – “having a form of godliness, but denying the power of it” – in other words just going through the motions…

Having an outward form of godliness, but lacking any real spiritual power in their lives…
• Putting on a religious mask.
• Hypocrites in the church.
• Professors, not possessors.
• External, but not internal.
• Tares among the wheat.
Christians are to be the salt of the earth … the light of the world…

In the last days, you will see less salt … less light.

CONCLUSION:

Truly, we are in the “Last Days” … before the Rapture … before the return of Jesus… We can see it in our society … we can see it in the church … we can see it in Christianity…

Next time, we will take a look at some prophesies that are being fulfilled in this generation, that point us to the soon coming of Jesus…

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