Summary: Paul is mentoring Timothy about the signs of the second coming of Jesus Christ.
PAUL TEACHES ON THE SIGNS OF THE SECOND COMING…
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
SAUL HAD A PERSONAL ENCOUNTER AND EXPERIENCE WITH JESUS CHRIST THAT FOREVER CHANGED HIS LIFE. HE WAS TRANSFORMED IN TO A NEW MAN… HE WAS NO LONGER SAUL HE BECAME PAUL…
No man can ever be a success without a successor. Paul had the to pass on the spiritual lessons he had learned. So Paul became the MENTOR, and he adopted a young man named Timothy to become a STUDENT and carry the message of Jesus to the next generation. The story of TIMOTHY IS BEAUTIFUL AS 3 GENERATIONS FOLLOWED WHOLE HEARTEDLY THE PLAN OF GOD… The Grandmother LOIS, the Mother EUNICE, and TIMOTHY.
SEEMS SOME PEOPLE CAN SHOUT AND NOT REALIZE GOD HAS DEPARTED.
We find many very sad stories of men of God that their children did not maintain a GODLY ATTITUDE. Eli had two sons, HOPHNI and PHINEHAS… His sons were evil and disrespectful of their Dad’s teachings. They cheated in taking the best offerings and they chased women. God warned ELI… both ELI and sons would die the same day. One day is a critical battle HOPHNI and PHINEHAS grabbed the ARK OF THE COVENANT and ran into battle. THE ARK WAS A TYPE THAT THE LORD IS WITH US…
1 Samuel 4:5 And when the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth rang again.
JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN SHOUT DOES NOT MEAN GOD IS WITH YOU.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO BE SO LUKEWARM YOU REFUSE TO ACKNOWLEDGE YOU HAVE LEFT GOD AND NOT EVEN KNOW IT?
Samson flirted and flirted with sin and WIST NOT the Lord had departed?
Judges 16:20 And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the LORD was departed from him.
PAUL HAS ONE LAST LESSON TO CHARGE TIMOTHY TO BE READY… PAUL LOVES TIMOTHY AS A SON. PAUL SEES THE POTENTIAL IN THIS YOUNG MAN AND STARTS TEACHING YOUNG TIMOTHY THE SIGNS OF THE TIME OF THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST JESUS.
2 Timothy 3:1 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. 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
1. DON’T BE IGNORANT OR CAUGHT OFF GUARD. BE AWARE! Listen learn. Timothy you SHOULD KNOW THIS… Learn, apply, study to show yourself approved a workman unashamed of the Gospel.
WRITE THIS IN YOUR NOTES, PUT THIS IN YOUR HEART… MARK THIS… So many want to talk about the mark of the beast, that they cannot acknowledge they are already marked.
Job 10:14 If I sin, then thou markest me, and thou wilt not acquit me from mine iniquity.
We can’t allow a lukewarm spirit of the enemy rub our belly until we are so spiritual asleep that we are BLIND and PAYING A DEAR STUPID TAX. DO WE KNOW? CAN WE SEE JESUS IS COMING, ARE WE READY?
2. PERILOUS: THE LAST DAYS WILL BE TERRIBLE TIMES ARE AHEAD. At best the last days will be hard, difficult… RIGHT NOW…
There will not only be hard times, there will be hard people, cruel and mean. Godlessness WILL BECOME THE NORM
Matthew 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
PERILOUS: grave, hazardous, jeopardy, dangerous, risky, threatening. Great possibility of hurt, harm, or bad things happening. There will be a great probability that you will be injured, destroyed, in pain, or suffer great loss. DANGER, DANGER. Seems people will be exposed to be so vulnerable, easily wounded or harmed. (read Matthew 24:10)
3. I DESERVE MORE, BETTER… I WANT IT NOW. ADDICTED TO SELF, AND ALLERGIC TO GOD? LOVERS OF THEIR OWN SELVES… I hear Christians so absorbed in life that their GOAL IS TO BE HAPPY. We hear the whole world is a stage? TO YOUR OWN SELF BE TRUE? (What about being true to God and his word?) God bless us four and no more?
IF WE CAN READ THE SIGNS OF THE LAST DAYS WE WILL SEE PEOPLE SO BUSY IN SPORTS, COMPUTERS, GAMES IT WILL TURN INTO A DOG EAT DOG LIFESTYLE. Seems we will be SO IN LOVE WITH THE FLESH THAT WE WILL NOT GIVE, BUT HOARDING. Love of self will kill a giving heart. We will be so selfish that we will be cruel and thoughtless. People are going to be self-absorbed, money-hungry, self-promoting, stuck-up, profane, contemptuous of parents, crude, coarse.