We are very fortunate to have the written word of God to help us to see and understand how the world around us will be before our Saviour returns. We first need to know with all the talks of world peace that this will be the last thing we will view! Scripture gives us a clear picture of how people will be before the time of the end, and sadly there are signs of it being mirrored in our society today (2 Timothy 3:1-7) 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.
Notice anything that resembles our world today? Yeah it’s uncanny how those passages read like it’s on the front page of our newspaper. There is another thing we are seeing today, and that is people are buying more and more into false doctrines some churches are spewing out of the pulpit’s that have nothing to do with the holy and pure word of God. Sadly people hear the same message week after week and get a free pass to continue in their sin by placing a few dollars in the coffer. Does this sound harsh, it sure does but not as harsh as standing in front of God and saying Lord Lord we did this in your name and that and hearing Him say to you “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity”! (Matthew 7:21-23).
No man knows the hour of our Saviours return, but for those who truly love the Lord whether it be the end of days or not we are to continue the work of the ministry we have by the grace of God been called unto, and to do the work of an evangelist by preaching the word in season and out (2 Timothy 4:1-5) 1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3 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; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
Before the great and terrible day of the Lord is upon us may we repent of the sin which so easily besets us, and turn to the Lord before its too late. The day of the Lord will be nothing like anything we have ever seen! (2 Peter 3:9-14).