These are Perilous Times

4/1/13: These are perilous times or have you not been paying attention?  If you think not, then it may be helpful to look at the dictionary definition.

per·il·ous/ˈperələs/

Adjective

  1. Full of danger or risk.
  2. Exposed to imminent risk of disaster or ruin.

A look at the synonyms may help clarify the present day condition to make perilous times even more evident; grave, grievous, hazardous, jeopardizing, menacing, dangerous, risky, serious, threatening, unhealthy, and unsafe.

I joked yesterday that I have taken to reading the newspaper or the Internet instead of the Bible to more clearly learn about the present day evidence of the END TIMES.  Of all the things mentioned as precursors to the end times, perilous seems to sum it up best and be the most obvious and prevalent evidence.

Bible believers look to Mathew 24 for the list of evidence of the end of this age; false christs, wars, rumors of wars, nation (ethnic group) against nation, kingdom against kingdom, famines, and earthquakes in various places. (Mathew 24: 5-7)  Then there is persecution of Christians. (Matthew 24:9)  Many falling away from the faith and even hating one another. (verse 10) There will be many false prophets who will mislead many. (verse 11)  There will be lawlessness as loving mankind will be diminished. (verse 11).  Even the casual observer will see these signs in today’s news.

Further support for perilous times is summed up in the list of failed human characteristics in 2 Timothy 3:1-5.

“Mark this; there will be perilous times in the last days as people will be”:

  • Lovers of self
  • Lovers of money
  • Boastful
  • Proud
  • Abusive,
  • Disobedient to their parents
  • Ungrateful,
  • Unholy
  • Without natural affection
  • Unforgiving
  • Slanderous
  • Without self control
  • Brutal
  • Not lovers of good
  • Treacherous
  • Rash
  • Conceited
  • Lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God
  • Having a form of godliness, but denying its power

I then it says, “Avoid such as these”.  Not only should we avoid such people but it should be obvious to the reader not to be one of these.  So I have looked over the list and see what to correct or avoid in my life. These factors are so present in mankind today it is hard to argue against perilous times.  If we keep the expression Perilous Times in mind we will more clearly understand the signs of the times.

 

 

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