Prophecy in the News

II Timothy 3:1

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
For further study – II Timothy 3:1-17
II Timothy is the last book that Paul wrote, even though Titus follows II Timothy in the New Testament cannon.
Paul is actually continuing his training of young Timothy in the ministry. Timothy had been given the responsibility to travel to churches that Paul was unable to visit.
Timothy was to be of assistance to the church leadership and, in fact, he was to help the believers to set in place a good leadership team who would be responsible for making certain that the body of Christ was being taught correctly from the inspired Word of God.
Another of those famous “3:16’s” is found here in Paul’s letter to Timothy. II Timothy 3:16 is the absolute statement about scripture. Paul relates to Timothy, and to us, that all of the scripture was “breathed into” men for the purpose of revealing God’s love, plan and doctrine for the body of Christ.
Timothy was to help men, those in Jesus, to become mature, “thoroughly furnished unto good works,” verse 17. Our key verse, verse 1, is a direct warning to the Church at that time, around 65AD, and for the Church today as well.

Technically the “last days” began after Jesus left to go back to heaven, Acts 1. However, from a practical standpoint, today must be considered the “last days”, the period just prior to the Rapture, the Tribulation and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
Paul’s description of the “last days” surely fits our day. Verse 2, in our reading for today reveals that “men will love themselves more than they love Jesus,” and others. Notice the rest of the list, in verses 2-4 where Paul describes the last days. As we read through this list we can recognize our day, and the activities of people today.
As it relates to “love”, Paul says men, humankind, will “love pleasure more than God”, verse 4. That thought is a prefect description of our society today. Verse 5 describes much of the Church today, “having a form of Godliness but denying the power thereof.”
We are to “turn away” from all that Paul has listed in these verses that is contrary to God’s desired lifestyle for us. Paul warns each of us that in these “last days” it is not going to be all “roses”. There will be “thorns”, verses 10-12.
The Apostle exhorts Timothy to remember what he had been taught from the scriptures, as a child, and he was to do those things he had been taught. Timothy was to “live out” what the Word of God had taught him. We also must live a life dictated by the Word of God.
In our “post-modern” world some believe that the scriptures are “old-fashioned”. This is a lie from Satan. The scriptures are profitable, we must study them, II Timothy 2:15, and live them out in these the last days.

PRAYER THOT: Help me Lord, as I study Your Word to live by what it tells me to do in these the last days.