In the old days, fringe cranks who wanted to declare the coming judgment had to walk the sidewalks with a sandwich board saying “The end is near!” These days, they do it on popular websites like the Worldnutdaily. Here’s Joseph Farah’s version of that ridiculous old claim.
“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
“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; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” – 2 Timothy 4:3-4
We may have survived Dec. 21 and the end-times predictions of the Mayan calendar, but time’s still running out on business as usual in this world of ours.
The signs are everywhere.
God is sitting on His throne in heaven, but He’s about to act…
For instance, is there any more apropos description of the time we live in than the one described in 2 Timothy?
Turn on the television and you will see the evidence.
Read the news and you will see it.
Yeah, and if there was television in 1800 or newspapers in 1300 or 700 or any other time in history, one could say the exact same thing. There has never been a time in history where one could not point to the existence of people who are “covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents” or of “wars and rumors of wars” or of “false teachers” and other such vagueries. In every single age for the last 2000 years, including the days of Paul and the first disciples, Christians have believed they were living in the end times. They’ve always been wrong.
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