Summary: The Bible describes the generation of the last days to be wicked, are we that generation?
This Wicked Generation, Proof We Are In The Last Days
One of the most obvious prophecies that are being fulfilled today is the description of the last days generation. Let’s take a look at 2 Timothy 3:1-9 which says, "But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its powers. And from such people turn away! For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith: but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all as theirs also was.
Some say that this can describe any generation. However, our generation is by far more prominent in these things. Let’s so over these and see.
Men will be lovers of themselves
This Scripture is referring to the selfishness of mankind, not homosexuality. Although every generation has had men who were like this, it has gotten worse in recent times. There are men that will be nice to a woman just to have sexual intercourse. There are women looking for a rich man so they can live in luxury. Back in the early church days the Romans would try to have abortions with unwanted babies. Because of lack of technology they would not fully succeed and the baby would come out deformed. Christians of the day would hide in the woods and when these babies were dropped off in a field to die, the Christians would come out of the woods, take these babies, and raise them as their own children. Now days many so-called Christians would rather sit at home and watch TV than tell people of the everlasting Gospel. They will go to their fleshly feel good revivals yet won’t be persecuted for the chance to save someone’s soul. There is no denying that today this Scripture is being fulfilled.
Men will be lovers of money
It’s not hard to see men being lovers of money today. Many people are in competition today at being rich. Everywhere you look somebody is trying to sell you something. Telemarketers try to manipulate people into buying their products. One time we got charged over $200 for something we don’t remember ordering because somehow we were manipulated by a telemarketer. Credit card companies are continually sending junk mail so they can make money off of us. You go on the Internet and it is next to impossible to escape e-mails or pop-ups that are trying to sell pornography. Pornography is big business and worse than useless. Fairs, carnivals, and theme parks sell things at very high prices to get your money. I remember a while back going to Six Flags Darien Lake and needing some water. They refused to give us tap water so we had to pay over $2 for bottled water. Everywhere you look there are people trying to get your money. Churches aren’t much better. I remember Trinity Broadcasting Network selling a Bible for $200. They also sell other items at overly high prices such as video tapes, teaching cassettes, anointing oil, books, and many other things. Christian bookstores sell videos at $20 or $30, more than most Hollywood and Disney movies are sold for. I sometimes listen to a Christian prophecy radio broadcast online and the speakers spend half the broadcast either trying to sell their products or get donations from people. When my wife and I were going through a financial difficulty in our life, our pastor at the time threatened to remove me from leadership on the worship team because we weren’t able to give at least 10% of our money. Another woman that claims to be a full-time Christian tried to turn in Desert Cry so she could get $500 out of us. The accusations were false and no action was taken. There will be more on this type of action later in this issue.
Whether it be boasting about themselves, the things they sell, the things they accomplished, and so on, people are certainly boasters today. Have you ever ran into someone that constantly talks about themselves? Many of these people you will hear boasting about something. They will tell you what they are good at, what good they have done for others, and so on. Certain ministries love to boast about the products they sell. I heard one preacher boasting about a tape series he has saying that his series is needed by everyone to be able to understand these last days. Have you ever gone to a church event and have a guest speaker boast about all the healings he has performed and the strength of his faith? Paul of the Bible called boasting foolishness. Boasting has come into the church and needs to be repented of.