In thinking on Paul’s “perilous times” characterizations of end-times man, we have covered most all of them as they seemed to become most prominent in daily life.
Here, again, is the apostle’s forewarning of things to come in this regard:
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, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. (2 Timothy 3:1-5)
We have looked at each individually and collectively. Paul’s description of how humanity will be while the wrap-up of the Age of Grace nears its end has proven to be stunningly accurate. Of course, this shouldn’t surprise, because the apostle received the descriptive directly from the mind of the Living God.
Paul tells us that the nearer the Church Age comes to its conclusion, the more self-centered human beings will become.
We have discussed in these commentaries that–in my view, at least, the “selfie” –photos of one’s self–is such a manifestation of Paul’s prophetic characterization.
It is perhaps somewhat of a humorous example, but an example, nonetheless. Combined with social media and the desire of so many to one-up others in lifestyle creation -often fictional–the selfie becomes even more significant in fulfillment of this prophetic element.
We have gone over other characteristics of end-times man Paul lays out in this prophetic passage. Another example of these characteristics manifesting in our society and culture today is that men will be “without natural affection.”
My own view of this prophetic manifestation in our time is, of course, homosexuality and abortion.
My wonderment has always been: How can anyone consider sexual relations with a person of the same sex as “natural” activity? How can anyone believe abortion to be “natural” in a mother dealing with a baby in her womb? Yet these are two of the most prominent social and cultural manifestations of our day.
We know from our daily news of how “fierce” people can be in dealing with each other. This sort of murderous news seems to be the kind that most interests the viewing public–thus stimulates the news-reporting sources to broadcast it.
All we have to do is consider many of our congressional leaders and other governmental “servants”–such as those within our judicial system–to see the truth in Paul’s condemning words about mankind being “heady” and “high-minded.” These more often than not go against the will of the people in making decisions that “rule,” not “serve,” we the people.
Now we come to the title of the commentary–the characteristic Paul terms “false accusers.”
This characteristic of end-times man has, in my view, become the most manifest of all for this particular hour while the end of the age draws to its conclusion.
The 2016 presidential election has brought this one front and center for all to clearly discern. Any sound-thinking people can–if they simply open their eyes and ears–realize that the effort to destroy this president and his presidency has been the drive of the political left. As a matter of fact, I have characterized it as a satanic rage by both human and demonic minions that come against this administration’s efforts to get America back on track.
Certainly, America has been derailed, moving farther and farther away from God’s directions for life on earth as put forth in His Holy Word. Having been founded on godly principles by the Founding Fathers, it has been Satan’s plan to remove all tethers from those spiritual moorings. He has been phenomenally successful in doing so. The former presidential administration and its deleterious achievements are proof of the fallen one’s success in that regard.
The nefarious work of Satan and the minions continue. They do so through “false accusation.”
There are so many false accusers and false accusations that one commentary could not begin to cover them. So, we will look briefly at the most obvious of the false accusations.
I’m thinking here about Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence agent who, for payment, apparently, by the opponent candidate’s campaign against Donald Trump, wrote a fictional dossier, falsely accusing Trump of salacious activity while in a hotel room in Russia. This was done, it has been proven through many months of closely examining the facts, in order to give the FISA judge reason to issue permission to open investigation into Trump’s collusion with Russia in the defeat of Hillary Clinton.
It is all totally false, of course, but Muller’s investigation goes on. This is false accusation manifest for all the world to see.
No matter which channel or network that is giving news, this is the number-one story. And, it has proven to be totally “fake news.” That, friends and countrymen, is “false accusers” doing their minion work right in our faces.
This particular characteristic of end-times man, forewarned by Paul the apostle, threatens to create a constitutional crisis, threatens to tear apart the United States by dividing America in a way not even the Civil War could accomplish.
The only comforting thing those who are under the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ can take from all this is that seeing all this in our headlines today means that our redemption is drawing near.
Make that 2 Amens!!
Thank you Terry for being a Watchman on the wall.
Make that three amens. Don’t forget to pray for our leadership – for wisdom, strength, safety, etc. . . Whatever the Lord brings to mind.
What is really going to tear America apart is when team Trump finishes buttering up Israel with the embassy move, and reveals Israels expected concessions on Jerusalem. God has already spoken on what is in store for anyone that attempts to divide Jerusalem. It is hard for the bride to refrain from leaping up and shouting ” lets get on with the inevitable already!” But we know, we know: “God’s timing”.
Ever since Trump’s election a historically unparalleled defamation campaign led by the resentful msm in the USA is going on and most of the European msm gloatingly do the same. Never ever was Mobama criticized in such a vile way, although Mobama very regularly acted contrary to the interest of the USA and of the other Western nations.
Especially striking in this anti-Trump campaign is its diabolical vehemence and its incessant character.
In Europe we are deceived by the msm who portray Trump day-in-day-out as some sort of rude lunatic. Yet, the American people should be grateful to have a political leader who puts the interest of his people and his country first! God bless America and God bless president Donald J. Trump!
“Thou shalt not make to thyself any graven images . . . ”
I’m fairly certain that everyone who visits Terry’s website here already knows what follows. I don’t think it is any mistake that it appears at the beginning of the Ten Commandments because God certainly knows that human beings have a tendency to worship anything else but God.
The nature of human beings to need something to worship seems universal irrespective of time, culture, or location. In the dim past, people worshiped nature or the “gods” they figured controlled the natural elements. It’s hard to figure out why they did this because Adam and Eve knew who God was right from the start. Somehow, though the message got lost, at least until God revealed himself to Abraham and then progressively more to the Hebrews and finally most of all as God Incarnate – Jesus Christ.
Seems to me we don’t have any good reason to pick false gods to worship, but we do. What is true is all of us worship something, even though an atheist would no doubt vehemently deny it. Atheists, as I see it, can worship money, power, their possessions, other people (note the huge images of past leaders in Communist China, Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, or the former Soviet Union). And we still have nature-worshipers (Wiccans) and even those who pray to the devil himself.
But maybe the biggest error is a tendency for us to worship ourselves just as Terry pointed out here. There is a definite “all about me” attitude growing across the world today – something Terry reflected in the “selfie” reference above. Accompanying this growing selfishness is a tendency to get nasty with anyone who gets in the way of that. Just take a short trip in the car and I’m pretty sure you’ll see this for yourself.
Truth be told, I’m guilty of this self-worship and its negative actions more often than I no doubt admit even to myself.
I’m just grateful that Jesus is there not only to set the standards which let me know how flawed an individual that I am but also to forgive me for all those times I don’t measure up!
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