It seems the prophetic moment has arrived that the apostle Paul warned about in more than one epistle: “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived” (2 Timothy 3:13); and “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, stand” (Ephesians 6:13).
Unfolding events of recent days make clear the accuracy of God’s Word in foretelling things to come. Paul, in his perilous times prophecy of 2 Timothy, speaks to some very specific characteristics of end-times mankind that will mark the very end of the Age of Grace–the time just before Christ calls His church into Heaven (John 14:6; Revelation 4:1).
He writes in that 2 Timothy, chapter 3, forewarning, as I’ve picked and chosen, the following: “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves…proud, blasphemers…unholy, without natural affection…false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good” (2 Timothy 3:1-3).
Issues and events, as they have developed in very recent days, are accurately described and defined by words I’ve chosen from Paul’s “perilous times” prophecy. It’s almost as if the public carrying on of one individual in particular epitomizes all of the characteristics that Paul prophesies for the very days in which we find ourselves.
More about that individual momentarily.
It’s as if we see personified the end- times characteristics of Paul’s prophecy manifested before our very eyes and ears in the cultural decay taking place minute by minute. Specifically, I see these characteristics displayed: unholy, blasphemers, false accusers, fierce, and despisers of those that are good.
The individual –the human subject which leaped to my attention–displays the last- days evil that has become a manifestation of America’s decline in my view. Media –both news and entertainment– proudly put this and other debauchery in the limelight for the eager eyes and ears of the American public. The nation’s naive, gullible, youth is the prime targets for the evil’s allurement-focus.
One “entertainer” who is infamous for his blasphemous references to God, Jesus Christ and anything considered “holy,” was “inspired” to take things to near the limits.
The following account describes the debased “art” as it is called by some.
“Kanye West’s infamous music video for “Famous” is now available to on YouTube. After its world premiere, live-streamed on Tidal, it was available exclusively on the streaming-music service for a week. Of course, that didn’t stop it from being the talk of the internet.
“The NSFW video features Kanye buck-naked in a big bed with life-like nude, prosthetic bodies of celebrities, including Donald Trump, Rihanna, Bill Cosby, Taylor Swift and, of course, Kim Kardashian-West.
“They all silently lie still in bed, seemingly breathing, tangled together in a white sheet. Grainy, unflattering VHS-quality footage focuses on random (sometimes NSFW) body parts and faces from different angles for about 6 minutes before the video cuts to a vivid, picturesque overhead HD shot of the same sleeping Kanye. The camera then slowly zooms out into a wide shot that reveals the full tableau of bodies in the bed.” (http://www.cnet.com/news/kanye-wests-infamous-famous-music-video-now-on-youtube/)
In this selfie generation, where reality and delusion, where light and darkness and good and evil are indistinguishable because of the spiritual dumbing-down of particularly the youth, the lines of morality aren’t just blurred. They are erased.
Of the above debased presentation, more than just a few “fans” on social media agree with one post that defended the video as “one of the most valuable pieces of art in our time.”
We are indeed in Paul’s perilous times. This generation is facing a most evil day. We had better gird for the evil men and seducers–which include the mainstream media–who are out to remove every trace of morality from the face of America and the world. But, the same apostle who forewarned of this very hour was given the following from the Holy Spirit to comfort and reassure Christians alive in these troubling but exciting days: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).