|Sunday 9:00 AM | How to Protect You and Your Family in the Last Days||Pastor Rick Renner||02/12/12||buy|
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1 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; 9 but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was. 10 But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, 11 persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra--what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me. 12 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 13 But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. Timothy was the pastor of Ephesus, which was the darkest, most sinful, city in all of the known world at that time. There were thousands of statues/idols of generals and Greek gods and demigods. They were not marble white as we see them today, most were flesh colored, so they would be the ancient equivalent to pornography on the streets of the city. Many of the members of the church would have been from the slave community and forced to endure commands by owners that contradicted their now born again conscience.
2 Timothy 4
1 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.
"Know this..." is the Greek word Gnosis/Ginosko which means to know for sure without doubt, it's a strong word.
"Last Days..." is the Greek word Eschatos which means last of the last. Last day of a month, last month of a year, not the last half but the LAST.
"Perilous" is the Greek word Chalepos which means exceedingly fierce. (Dangerous, Perilous, High Risk).
The only way to properly define a word is to let scripture interpret scripture. The only other place you find this word in the New Testament is referring to the madman of the Gadarenes.
28And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils , coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.
So if we take a look at the things surrounding this entry of the word, we can see somethings that apply to the last days today, it's still the same devil doing the same things. Here are some words that stand out from the account of the madman taken from Matthew, Mark, and Luke, and what they refer to or mean for us today.
- Tombs - Death (Modern Preoccupation with Death, Goth, vampires, Ghosts, etc)
- Unclean Spirit (Always refers to a spirit of sexual uncleanness)
- Untamable - Unable to bring into order or proper behavior, in all realms
- Cutting himself - Self Mutulation
- Naked - Nudity and Dishonoring the Body
- Driven to the wilderness and cemetery- there is something driving people to evil
There is a preoccupation with death, vampires, ghosts, etc in today's world. Goth started as a fad, but there are whole stores now that cater to it. Movies about vampires, ghosts, dead people, witches, psychics, etc... These are point to this preoccupation with death. The mad man had the spirit of sexual uncleanness which drove him to be nude and they could not keep him clothed. He may vary well have opened the door to his condition through sexual things. This generation is obsessed with sex. Regular TV during prime time showing shows with people trying to get into each others beds. The Supreme Court ruled that it was free speech and allowed cable to produce shows during kid watching hours that promote sex, violence, and cussing. The land has become untamable. There is a "new" phenomena that has hit so hard that large numbers of Christian girls at Christian private colleges are cutting themselves to relieve pressure and stress. People everywhere are restless and taking anxiety pills. There is even a new condition for restless leg syndrome. These are all signs of a fierce and dangerous time!
Back to 2 Tim 3:2, The words "Shall Be" come from the word Eimi which is I AM, all about self and me, me , me generation. Lovers of Self is from two words that don't belong together:
Philautos - Phileo (Love toward others, intimate, like a kiss) and Auto(where we get automatic, toward self) They will take love meant for others and love themselves highest of all.
This generation will be thankless, they used to acknowledge God and chose to remove Him, forcefully, from their minds and society. Lack of thankfulness toward God will lead to sinful lifestyle. If you reject God your heart is darkened? What does a heart do? It pumps blood throughout the whole body. So if a societies heart is darkened it pumps sin and death into the whole society, and that's what is happening now to the USA, and the world. They proclaim to be wise/enlightened/better informed and become morons.
So it is with the Word of God. All scripture is God Breathed, THEOPNUESTOS. It was God's air that gave light to the darkened earth, and life to a lifeless Adam! It was God's air that gave the Word shape. He breathed some revelation and we got the first give books of the bible, and breathed again and we got some more. Every time He breathed more came. Eventually He was done and He tied a knot on the end and called it The Word of God/Bible.
If you take the balloon that Pastor breathed into... do you know what you would find? Air? Breath? You would find Pastor George! His DNA is all over the inside of that balloon. And so it is, that God's DNA is all over that Word of God and it is the very essence of what you are in your spirit as He breathed into you and your spirit was Born Again! We are a new creation! Any faith we have is God's faith. It's all Him! We faith with God faith!