2 Timothy 3:1 (KJV) 1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
As someone once said, “It’s later than we think!” And how true this is and getting truer every minute!
So what are the “signs of the times” and should we know them and can we know them?
Matthew 16:3 (KJV) 3 And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?
Jesus was speaking to the Pharisees and Sadducees and called them hypocrites because they couldn’t discern the signs of the times. So that tells us that we are well able to discern the signs of the times because Jesus would not have rebuked them if it weren’t possible to do so.
2 Timothy 3:1-5 (KJV) 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.
Yes, brothers and sisters, we definitely are to discern – recognize – the times we’re living in because so much is happening at such a rapid pace and we need to be aware of it so we can prepare ourselves. And As Rick Renner says, God doesn’t tell us these things to scare us but to prepare us.
Looking at II Tim. 3:1-5 [above], we see that perilous times are upon us. It doesn’t take much observation to know how true this is. Rick Renner defines perilous in the Greek – chalepos – as vicious, ferocious, fierce, unruly, uncontrollable, and unpredictable. Sounds like the days we’re living in!
So what do we do? Read and meditate the following scriptures that show how graciously God has provided for our every need. Our part is to commit totally to Him in everything and watch His glory manifest in our lives! There a many more scriptures but these will get you started.
Romans 8:37 (KJV) 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
2 Corinthians 2:14 (KJV) 14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.
2 Corinthians 2:14 (AMP) 14 But thanks be to God, Who in Christ always leads us in triumph [as trophies of Christ’s victory] and through us spreads and makes evident the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere,
Psalm 1:1-3 (KJV) 1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
Hebrews 13:5b (KJV) 5 … for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
John 16:7 (KJV) 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
John 16:13 (KJV) 13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
John 14:26 (KJV) 26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Isaiah 54:17 (KJV) 17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.
James 4:7 (KJV) 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
1 Peter 5:8-9 (KJV) 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
Deuteronomy 28 – all
Last Days Survival Guide by Rick Renner – a must read