This is the second in a short series on 2 Timothy 3:1-5, so I’ll repeat those verses here as we get going. Last time, we dealt with the phrases “last days” and “perilous times” shall come as we approach the end of the age. We noted that the Last Days actually began with the life of Jesus and certainly existed in Paul’s day as well. As time has moved us to this point, we are moving toward the end of the Last Days, which includes the Rapture, the Tribulation, the Millennial Kingdom reign of Jesus and the Great White Throne Judgment following that. We also noted that the coming Tribulation contains 21 judgments poured out by God Himself onto the earth and He will use those to judge the world and cull for Himself the final Jewish Remnant. That Remnant will go into enjoy the fullness of the Land that was originally promised through Abraham.
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. (KJV)
So let’s take a closer look at verse 2 in this article, which talks about exactly how corrupt humanity will become as we approach the end of days prior to the return of Jesus.
Notice Paul says “men will be lovers of their own selves.” What we are seeing today in society is exactly this fact occurring throughout society. With few exceptions, men and women have become far more self-centered than ever before. It is the desire to do what is best for yourself foremost, in spite of the needs of others.
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