A prophecy of perilous times

The Apostle Paul warned in 2 Timothy 3 of perilous times in the last days. He lists some 19 types of people that cause and allow these dangerous times. He says that these people “creep into houses and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led with diverse lusts, ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” They “resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.” Paul was most likely describing what many generations have seen as mankind rushes toward the time when people will not be able to accept good doctrine and want to hear and live by what tickles their ears. We are seeing this today, and it gets worse with each passing minute.

An indicator of such times is seen all around us. In America, on January 14-15th, an estimated 100,000 of pro-terrorist demonstrators tried to break down the security fence around the White House. Let me repeat, thousands of pro-terrorist demonstrators. They chanted “Free, Free Palestine” and “Palestine will be free” and “Genocide Joe Must Go,” among many other hate-filled chants and slogans. Similar demonstrations occurred in London, Paris, Dublin, Milan and Rome. These pro-terrorist demonstrations were well-organized and global. Herein, the ancient prophets’ words are being played out in layers before our very eyes.

On October 7—Islamic terrorists attacked, killed, kidnapped, dismembered, maimed, raped Israelis similarly to what is prophesied in Zechariah 14:2, “the houses rifled, and the women ravished, and half the city shall go forth into captivity.” And the prophets foretell that all the people of the earth will be gathered against Jerusalem. When we see these things happen with such frequency, even here in our nation, know that time of the end is approaching even faster. Around the world, the murder of the innocent has turned into a battle cry justifying the actions of the murderers. These are violent people with violence and hate in their hearts. They seek to see an entire people exterminated. Heaven forbid!

Those who disagree with these hate-filled mobs will be severely treated. Captivity lies in the traps of ignorance and willful disobedience to God’s word. Who will be able to stand in the gap? The Apostle Paul writes in 2 Timothy 3:12, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” It will be upon us. We can see it coming as the nation that prides itself on religious freedom continues to tighten the vice on Christians and Jews, and public opinion is swiftly turning against the people of God. Paul writes in verse 14, “But continue in the things which you have learned and have been assured of…” As in Galatians 5:1, “Stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free,” and Ephesians 6:13 “put on the whole armor of God” and “having done all, to stand.” Suit up. Perilous times are ahead.

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Bill Wilson