Has the End of the World Come Upon Us? (Part 1)

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TEXT: 2 Timothy 3:1-9

1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

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

4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.

In recent months and years, scientists and scholars have expressed concerns about the future of mankind on this planet. Nearly every scientist agrees that the Earth is running out of resources and the human race is running out of time. Many have presented the earth as a ticking time bomb that is slowly winding down. If the Earth continues on its course, at some time in the future, our entire ecosystem will eventually implode. Some predict a new ice age will come, or a huge sunspot will flare out from the sun and engulf this planet in flames. Others say that man will be the instrument of his own demise: we will eat ourselves out of food, drink ourselves out of water, pollute ourselves out of healthy living conditions or blow ourselves to pieces. Whatever the case, nearly everyone agrees that the world will end someday, someway, somehow.

Most people put the end of the world at thousands of years in the future. But, when we look at Scripture, we cannot help but consider that it seems as though things are shaping up for history to draw to a close sooner rather than later.

Today, we are going to look at some of the signs spoken of in the Bible that indicate that we are rapidly moving toward the close of history. While Scripture does not give us a date for Jesus’ return, it does give us some sign posts that indicate that the return of Christ is close at hand.

Paul begins by saying, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” Let me share with you what he means by ‘perilous times.’ The word perilous carries with it the idea of serious trouble, difficulty, precariousness, and stressful circumstances. If a person is in danger, they can be said to be “in peril.” John R.W. Stott said, “The word was used in classical Greek both of dangerous wild animals and of the raging sea. Its only other New Testament occurrence is in the story of the two Gaderene demoniacs who were as savage and untamed as wild beasts and whom Matthew describes as ‘so fierce that no one could pass that way’.”

Every day we hear of home invasions, shootings in schools, college campuses, and other public places, abductions, bombings, floods, earthquakes, snowstorms, and other disasters that ruin people’s lives. Now, when you go to the store, you have to be extra vigilant because someone may be lurking in the parking lot ready to rob you of the stuff you bought when you come out. We are living in perilous times.

We need only to look at the violence in Ferguson, MO, this past week to know that we are living in perilous times. We need only to look at the bombing of a mosque in Nigeria that has left over 120 people dead and 270 people wounded to know that we are living in perilous times. We need only to look at the wars in Ukraine, in Iraq, and in Syria to know that we are living in perilous times. We need only to look at the constant uprisings, protests, and overthrowing of governments in the Middle East to know that we are living in perilous times. We need only to look at the tensions in Jerusalem and the constant threat of war hanging over the nation of Israel to know that we are living in perilous times. We need only to look at the sad news about Bill Cosby and realize that you can’t trust even the people who look and appear to be the kindest and friendliest folks in the world to know that we are living in perilous times. We need only to recall the repeated shootings on high school and college campuses to know that we are living in perilous times. We need only to look at the spread of Ebola around the world to know that we are living in perilous times. We could go on and on with more examples, but I think you get the picture — we are living in perilous times.

Speaking of these perilous times, Dr. David Jeremiah, wrote in his book, I Never Thought I’d See the Day: “There has always been a stark difference between life as the Scriptures describe it and life in our fallen world, but lately the contrast has grown even more stark. The changes we have experienced in the United States and the world have been more numerous, more consequential, and more threatening than any in my lifetime.” As evidence of these perilous times he goes on to cite the rise of atheism, the intensifying of spiritual warfare, the increase of homosexuality, the attempts to redefine marriage, and the rise of radical Islamic terrorism. Dear friends, we don’t have to look far and we don’t have to look long to know that we are living in perilous times.

Thankfully, we have the Lord Jesus Christ to cling to during perilous times like these. As the hymn, “In Times Like These”, says:

In times like these you need a Savior
In times like these you need an anchor;
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

This Rock is Jesus, Yes, He’s the One;
This Rock is Jesus, the only One!
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

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If you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to share with you how you can trust Him for salvation so that you can be ready for His return.

First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve eternal punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell. That is the bad news.

But here is the good news. John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and right now I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

 



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