Lawlessness and Wickedness!

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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:

chalepos: hard (to do or bear)

Original Word: χαλεπός, ή, όν
Part of Speech: Adjective
Transliteration: chalepos
Phonetic Spelling: (khal-ep-os’)
Short Definition: hard, harsh, fierce
Definition: (a) hard, troublesome, (b) harsh, fierce.

HELPS Word-studies

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.

Matthew 24:12

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.

Luke 19:13

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!

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10 comments

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  2. Anonymous

    I’m from the UK, what is happening in America with the riots I feel that God is sending his judgement on the land. America I has become very materialistic and has turned there back on God. They don’t realise what is happening around them.

    • Gordon King

      Thanks for your comment Anonymous!

      I believe that you are right, but it goes even deeper than that. America has also instituted laws which are an abomination to God Almighty, fearing not the God of the universe, but sacrificing unborn babies, desecrating the sanctity of marriage, and worshiping false gods. And now, persecuting Christians for living out their faith!

      God bless!

  3. christine

    Thank you Gordon.
    As you know I am a Christian and a fairly old lady at that but I now believe we need to be able do what we can to protect physically if we have a call to do so. Only yesterday I was in a position that could of escalated out of control at a market where a younger man was verbally insulting another older man for some minor misdemeanour of walking in front of Him! He was being very racially abusive to this man and was very very aggressive goading this man to fight. The much older man was obviously frightened and very upset by what was happening I was praying hard and it did pass without violence but I was ready if it hadn’t, I would have acted to help protect this old man if the younger had attacked him.
    The evil in this world wants a fight and we need to fight spiritually, fighting with prayer and fasting but also when possible be able to physically defend should we need to against the lawless ones that do not care that they will be locked up or even killed they are determined and want to hurt, maim and kill and they are prepared to die for what they believe in and so must we be. I am expecting things to get much much worse there will definitely be terror on our streets and in our neighbourhoods in these perilous times !
    Maranatha!

    • Gordon King

      Thank you Christine!

      I agree, we must defend those who are being attacked and threatened by people performing evil deeds. I think about this quite often, just how will I respond, and what will I be prepared to do? Just how far will I be willing to go in order to protect an innocent victim? Would I be able to kill an attacker if they were threatening the lives of innocent people? I really don’t know the answers to these questions until the time comes, but I am prepared to do so if need be.

      These terror attacks that we have seen lately, and that’s exactly what they are, have taken the lives of hundreds of innocent people. I believe that it is our responsibility to stop them when and if we can. But like you said, other times it may not be a terrorist, but a lawless individual without morals and total disregard for human life.

      I think as you have said, it is not a matter of if it will happen, but when will it happen. We must pray the good Lord helps us, guides us, and protects us. Amen.

      The police are over burdened, and when an event such as this is occurring we don’t have the luxury of waiting for them to respond, lives are at stake. Let’s pray that we will be bold, courageous, and able to help those in such a crisis.

      God bless Christine! Maranatha!

  4. SweetJava

    Beautiful Gordon, cohesive and to the point.
    We are to come out of the world that is totally opposite of God’s ways. Our way of life must reflect His way of life as He gives it to us, shining His light. Set ourselves apart from the world while still living in it. Being in His goodness and grace. By the fruits of the Spirit we show who we belong to.
    What matters is Jesus Christ and doing all we can to be ready for His appearance!
    God bless my friend.
    God bless us all. Maranatha!

  5. heatherjo86

    Sadly, lawlessness will continue to go from bad to worse as we get closer to the end of this system of things and John 15:20 shows that they persecuted Jesus and they will also persecute his followers. Prayer will keep us strong, however walking by faith and not by site will be needed as well. We’ll have to trust that God will be there for us, take care of us and support us as long as we seek first the Kingdom and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33).

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