Commentary By: Gordon King
2 Timothy 3:1
“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come.”
“Perilous” in Strong’s Concordance:
Original Word: χαλεπός, ή, όν
Part of Speech: Adjective
Phonetic Spelling: (khal-ep-os’)
Short Definition: hard, harsh, fierce
Definition: (a) hard, troublesome, (b) harsh, fierce.
5467 xalepós (an adjective, derived from xaleptō, “to oppress, annoy,” J. Thayer) – properly, irksomely hard to bear (LS); fiercely difficult to cope with because so harsh (even injurious).
Perilous times, difficult, hard, harsh, troublesome, fierce! Fiercely difficult to cope with because they are so harsh, even injurious! These are the times used to describe the last days, the end times, the times that we are now living in and getting worse. Isn’t that what we now see? Don’t we see times becoming so difficult that they are becoming injurious?!
Another tragic terror attack killing scores of victims and injuring scores more in France Thursday. People out celebrating Bastille day, from what I have read the equivalent of Independence day in America, run down by a mad terrorist. News reports did not confirm him to be a terrorist, but who else would do such a horrific thing?! This man was demon possessed, such as was the terrorist in the Orlando massacre. Now we read that the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The attempted coup of the government in Turkey, killing over two hundred and injuring over one thousand! Some say that this was a staged event by President Erdoğan, and perhaps it was.
The world is becoming darker each and everyday! Horrific events like these one are only the beginning my friends. Evil spirits are influencing and possessing people to perform heinous and wicked acts against other human beings! They are using their power to control the masses and to bring darkness over and throughout the world.
Do not be alarmed when these things take place, rather know that the return of Jesus Christ is even at the door!
The world is full of lawlessness, evil, wickedness, and tragedy.
1 John 3:4
“Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.“
“And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.“
These are the times we are living in, the times spoken of by the apostles two thousand years ago. They are dark and perilous times, times of destruction and desolation. The hearts of many have waxed cold, and the spirits of darkness have come upon them.
As time goes on and we witness more and more murder and mayhem it becomes more difficult, more depressing, and even hard to continue on as we must. Even as believers in Jesus Christ, we can become depressed, despondent, and apathetic towards life in general, we are after-all human!
However, we must not forget just who we are in Jesus Christ! We are holy and righteous saints of the Most High God of the universe! We have been made priests and kings of the kingdom of God Almighty. Once we were saved we were given a new life, a new spirit, and have become a new creation in Christ. Christ lives in us and we live in Him. We have been lifted up high in heavenly places, just as Christ now sits in the throne room of our Father in heaven!
We are no longer of this world, but of a heavenly kingdom, not partakers of the world, but here to do God’s will on earth as it is in heaven! We are not only to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ, but to be the salt and the light of the world. We are to occupy until Christ returns for us.
“Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Engage in business until I come.’ “
Just as in the parable of the ten minas, we are to live for Christ while we are awaiting His return. We are to do His will on earth, to perform how He would want us to perform, and to make a difference in the world around us. Not to sit back and be apathetic about the ways of the world, but to do what is right and that includes changing the world for the better. Shining our light into the darkness, making a difference in the world, and leading the lost to repentance.
We cannot change what is coming upon the world, but we can make a difference while we are still here. When believers are raptured out of this place, then the world will become very, very dark! Evil will abound much more than it already is today.
What we see happening in the world, the darkness, the evil, the lawlessness, is but a mere foreshadowing of things to come! They are the beginning of sorrows, the increase in birth pangs, and the signs of the times. They are leading to the beginning of the Tribulation period and the second coming of Christ. Do not be alarmed when you see much worse events take place than what we have seen in the past few months. Do not lose heart or be afraid, nor stop performing the will of God in your life.
We have God within us and around us, He will not let anyone or anything harm us if it is not according to His will. It is not by us or through us that we can do these things, but only by and through the power of Jesus Christ! Keep Jesus first in your life, seek the things of heaven up above not the things of this world. When you sin repent, when you fall get back up, and if you fall away return with a humble heart! Stay close to God and He will show you the way.
The paths of the world are many, but there is only one path which leads to eternal life. Those who choose to follow this path have the only one and true God of the universe on their side, Jesus Christ! Remain faithful and true, live a holy and righteous life, live as Christ would have lived, and seek first the kingdom of God! He will bless you, provide for you, and protect you! Amen.
Pray for the lost, pray for those persecuted, pray for the victims of heinous tragic events, pray, pray, pray! Pray against the enemy, pray against the evils in the world, pray for the Lord to protect His own. Prayer is a very powerful tool the good Lord has given to us, let us use it daily. We must continue in prayer, in supplication, and in thanksgiving!
God bless my friends! Maranatha!