"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come" (II Timothy 3:1).
Bible prophecy speaks of what lies ahead in eternity for each individual, depending on their relationship to God's Son.  Prophecy also foretells the course of world events here on planet earth in the present age, leading up to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.  And in a nutshell, the short term prognosis is not good; We are to expect "perilous times".
The rest of II Timothy, chapter 3 goes on to expand on the meaning of this and teaches us that we may expect it to become progressively worse as people increasingly turn from the truth of the Bible on every side.  "But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived" (II Timothy 3:13).  Those called seducers are people in places of leadership or influence that would promote ungodliness as a viable and even preferred alternative.
The message of many today, in fact, is the exact opposite of the warnings of God's Word.  It is amazing to hear the many promises of happiness and peace being offered if we will throw aside all the moral and spiritual values found in Scripture.  Western culture has been pursuing this course now for some time, and yet the promised improvement is never achieved.  Still, people are not deterred from following the road another step, and another step, thinking satisfaction is just around the corner.
The Bible warns of the insanity of following such a carrot on a stick.  Any objective person can look around and see that the state of the world is getting progressively and consistently worse, rather than better, as God is being denied.  "We looked for peace, but no good came; and for a time of health, and behold trouble" (Jeremiah 8:15).  The problems that come from sin in this world, increasingly on a global level, are lessons from God.
We are left with only two choices.  We may continue on a global collision course with the displeasure of God or we may have a change of heart and mind and return to God His way.
These are sober words to have to write, but hoping for something better when it is contrary to what the Bible promises is not optimism; it is folly.
 


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