Summary: Of course, we live in perilous times.
Profile of End Time Man
Evolutionists speak of Cro-Magnon man and Neanderthal man, so I decided to use the term of End Time man for this lesson. Some Baptists call each other Neanderthals and I thank God that I am a Neanderthal and not one of the other group. It also seemed fitting since the evolutionists have the origin of man all wrong that I use a term they would relate to so that they will not get the terminal stage of man confused by their foolishness. (Rom. 1:19-23)
I am also calling this description a profile after the concept of profiling that is used by the police in attempting to track down a serial killer or other criminal. By the criminal¡¦s acts, they can determine that they are looking for a 25-year old white man that is a high school drop out and hates his mother. Employers also use profiling to assure that they hire good employees, by a series of questions or tests and comparing them to the ¡§stats¡¨ or profiles.
It is not an exact science. It does have some success because all criminal activity or bad behavior stems from the three root sins. These are the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life. Also, because the spirit of man can know the things of a man. (1 Cor. 2:11) Unfortunately, people who have hearts that are deceitful and desperately wicked are attempting to analyze people with the same problem. (Jer. 17:9) It is hard to be objective. You need a third party that can objectively analyze your statistics. God is the only one that can effectively analyze the data and they have thrown Him out of the mix thus becoming the blind leading the blind. (Luke 6:39) Actually, since He wrote the book on mankind, they could save themselves a lot of trouble and help more people if they would just use His protocols and salvation therapy. Thus to help these folks out, I submit God¡¦s racial profile of End Time man.
This has been our profile since the fall, but as a terminal illness progresses the symptoms increase and worsen until death releases the victim from its clutches so also is the experience of terminally mankind.
2 Tim 3:1-9
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
Have we ever lived in a more perilous time? Perils and wars were once limited to relatively small regions until WWI. Since that time, we have developed the ability to toast the planet by nuclear warfare. We can wipe out the race by biological warfare. Diseases that were confined to one area can know be spread around the world by one person on a world tour by air. Yes, we live in the most perilous times that the world has ever known.
While all this is true, I believe that Paul was emphasizing the peril that would come to true followers of Christ. We live in a perilous time for the general populace, but it is even worse for the believer. Many brethren are suffering persecution worldwide and we are seeing the beginnings of sorrows here in America. You can do and believe almost anything in this world and be ¡§tolerated¡¨ and even defended if your actions are outside the pale of societal normalcy unless you are a bible-believing Christian who wants to flesh out their faith. If you are a doer and a not hearer only, you are in for big trouble. You see the word perilous can also be translated as fierce and that is also very true.
Now, if you rewrite the Word and deny everything in it that offends your culture you will get along just find. If you are into a ¡§I¡¦m OK, You¡¦re OK¡¨ mode with all the other religions or non-religions you have nothing to worry about. If you are willing to accept the leaders and writings of the other faiths on an even par with Christ and the Bible then you are in the Ministerial Association and the local Wiccan leader will slap a big Earth Mother kiss on your cheek.
Ah, but preach the Bible as the verbal-plenary inspired Word of God that is the only source of wisdom and rule of life and you are asking for fierce trouble. Quote Acts 4:12 with zeal and conviction and you are an ignorant and intolerant person that is dangerous to unity. Call sins, sins, and name them one by one and you will counting many curses as well as blessings. No, being a Christian is not for sissies these days. It is going to take men and women of commitment and conviction to survive the perilous times we are in and those to come. Let¡¦s look at the folks we will have to deal with and see why times are tough.