Has the End of the World Come Upon Us? (Part 8)

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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 their’s also was.

We have been looking at some of the specific signs which the Bible says will become increasingly evident in the behavior and lifestyle of people during the end times. In this series, we have looked at the following, all of which are mentioned in this passage:

1. The increased selfishness of man.
2. The increased lawlessness of man.
3. The increased religiosity of man.
4. Increased blasphemy or rejection of God.
5. Increased ingratitude or unthankfulness among men.
6. An increase in unholy living.
7. A lack of natural affection among people for their family members, others, and even themselves.

Today, picking up where we left off in this passage, we are going to look at the word “trucebreakers” — another evidence of the perilous times that we live in and a sign that the return of Jesus Christ is ever closer. The Greek word translated “trucebreakers” literally means irreconcilable: those who are unwilling to be at peace with others, bitter haters, unyielding, covenant breakers, implacable, unforgiving, and not capable of being appeased. The Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary defines a trucebreaker as one who violates a truce, covenant, or engagement. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition defines a truce as a temporary cessation or suspension of hostilities by agreement of the opposing sides; an armistice or a respite from a disagreeable state of affairs.

A person who is irreconcilable is one who refuses to lay aside division and disagreement even when a solution or resolution is being provided. These are people who are constantly at war with others. It is almost as if they cannot live without conflict.

People who break their promises, breach contracts in business, or break agreements in the political world fall into this category. Older people sometimes reminisce about the time when a man’s word was his bond, when he would tell you that he was going to do something, and the only assurance you got was a handshake. But, today, we are living in times where trucebreakers abound. Whenever you make a financial transaction or some other type of agreement, you have to read the fine print and sign on the dotted line today no matter how trustworthy you or the other party claims to be.

People even sign agreements regarding marriage. Some go into marriage promising to stay true to their spouse for life, yet they have already signed a prenuptial agreement stating how the couple will split money and property if they get a divorce. So before they have even said their vows, they are already thinking about breaking them. And we wonder why the divorce rate is so high. Dr. Bruce Hurt states, “The breaking of the marriage covenant between husband and wife and the consequent skyrocketing divorce rate is one good example of this sin [of trucebreaking or being irreconcilable], because in it’s ‘purest’ form, divorce is a resolute refusal to forgive the other party, producing an unforgiveness ‘set in cement.’ Both parties refuse to change, no matter how desperate their own situation becomes, and are determined to have their own way regardless of the consequences, even to the point of knowingly destroying their own lives and the lives of their families. They do not forgive and do not want to be forgiven. They are beyond reasoning and inevitably self-destructive. As far as they are concerned, there is no compromise, no reconciliation, no court of appeal.”

The sin of trucebreaking and being irreconcilable has wreaked havoc in families and across societies around the world down through history. We see several examples in the Bible from the very beginning of time: Cain and Abel, Lot and his children, Jacob and Esau, Joseph and his brothers, Saul and David, David and Absalom.

A recent popular History Channel miniseries was the “Hatfields & McCoys” — based on a true story of a family feud which ran for 25 years. In 1865, one member of the McCoy family joined the Union army and was branded as a traitor by others in the community. When he returned from the war, he was killed by one of the Hatfields, and from there the families and their allies got into a cycle of violence and retribution that ended with 12 people dead. There are some people who would live like that today — taking the law into their own hands when they feel they have been wronged — if it were not for the systems of government that we have in place today.

As we live in a world where many people break their promises, do not keep their word, and refuse to reconcile with others, we are reminded of Jesus’ words: “Blessed are the peacemakers.” Ask yourself: Are you a peacemaker in your home? In your family? On your job? In your church? In your community? Do you bring people together, or are you a source of division and enmity? Are you willing to forgive and reconcile with those whom you disagree? Do you keep your word?

In these last and evil days, Jesus Christ wants us to set an example before the world of being peacemakers as we await the return of the Prince of Peace.

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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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