This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come (2 Timothy 3:1 KJV)
We are living in the last days. Paul called these times “perilous” times. These are challenging times to handle. He went further to give us the characteristics of these difficult times in the following few verses :
“For people will love only themselves and their money.
They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred.
They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control.
They will be cruel and hate what is good.
They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God.
They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly.
Stay away from people like that! They are the kind who work their way into people’s homes and win the confidence of vulnerable women who are burdened with the guilt of sin and controlled by various desires” (2 Timothy 3:2–5 NLT)
The list is self-explanatory. The characteristic feature of what makes perilous times difficult will be the behavior of people. He did not talk about natural disasters, earthquakes, diseases, famines, wars, etc. These things will also be part of the end-time events. However, his focus here is on the way people will live in these days.
Perilous times are here. The Lord is at hand. Watch out and ensure you remain standing in the faith and not be swept away by the wind of evil blowing on the earth.
What does Paul call “perilous times” in the scripture above?
APPLY THE WORD
We cannot stop perilous times from coming. We can choose not to be part of it or not to allow those under our authority and influence in any way to be engulfed by it. Watch, pray, and remain faithful to the Lord who has called you.
Ask the Father to encourage and strengthen His people as we face the darkness on the earth in these last days.