Perilous Times

Neil Girrard

Scriptures Referenced in This Article:
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Ezek. 33:11 π Mt. 7:22-23 π Mt. 8:28 π Mt. 15:14 π Mt. 24:10 π Lk. 8:14 π Lk. 16:13 π Jn. 8:33 π Jn. 8:41 π Jn. 8:48 π Jn. 14:21 π Jn. 15:5 π Rom. 12:2 π 1 Cor. 5:11 π 1 Cor. 15:33 π 2 Cor. 6:16-17 π Eph. 2:10 π Eph. 4:31 π 2 Ths. 2:3 π 2 Ths. 2:11-12 π 1 Tim. 6:9-10 π 2 Tim. 3:1; 2nd π 2 Tim. 3:2-9 π Tit. 2:1-15 π Heb. 12:2 π Jas. 1:17 π 1 Pet. 5:8-9 π 1 Jn. 2:9 π 1 Jn. 2:11 π 1 Jn. 3:15 π 1 Jn. 4:20
Greek Words Mentioned in This Article
Turn Awayapotrepo – [665] π Dangerous, Perilouschalepos – [5467]

Paul wrote, “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come…” ( 2 Tim. 3:1; top ) The word “perilous” in the Greek is “chalepos” [ 5467 ] and is rendered as “fierce or perilous” and carries the idea of “something hard to do, to take or approach, something hard to bear, troublesome or dangerous; something harsh, fierce, savage.” This is Paul’s prophetic warning for the last days.

It is interesting to note also that this word appears only one other place – in Matthew’s description of the two “exceedingly fierce” men who were so controlled by demons that they lived in the tombs and would not allow others to pass by. ( Mt. 8:28; top ) One picture that can be derived from this is that the demonic sits in the place of the dead and exerts its dangerous influence to prevent pilgrims from passing by them to the city of eternal life – the danger is that serious.

Paul goes on to list almost two dozen characteristics that will enable us to identify the last days:

“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 the power thereof: from such 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.” ( 2 Tim. 3:2-9; top )

While we could spend a great deal of time in tracking down each aspect – and there is value in doing that – let us simply list some of the more prominent features:

From those who bear strong resemblance to these characteristics, Paul commands us to “turn away.” The Greek word is “apotrepo” [ 665 ] and means “to turn one’s self away from, to shun, avoid.” There are some good reasons for this. Paul also wrote, “Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” ( 1 Cor. 15:33; top ) When we are around someone who, even though they claim to belong to Christ, are in truth like Paul’s descriptions of the end time apostates, we will become like them and we will come to share in their condemnation.

Paul, again speaking in the context of the end-time’s apostasy, warned us clearly that God would send strong delusion upon those who took pleasure in unrighteousness (anything not right in God’s eyes – 2 Ths. 2:11-12 ). Perhaps the most effective lie in operation today is that we can serve God apart from a life lived in union with Him. We concoct “good deeds” and “acts of kindness” which serve only our own self-image and not the kingdom of God. We can even forfeit our own eternal destinies by practicing any manner of religious deeds and works that are right only in our own eyes and not in the eyes of God. ( Mt. 7:22-23 ) Any work done apart from Christ – who alone is the Author and Finisher of everyone’s faith ( Heb. 12:2 ) – will amount to nothing. ( Jn. 15:5 ) God takes no pleasure in the life or death of the wicked ( Ezek. 33:11; top ) – our struggles and strivings to “fix” someone who refuses to come under God’s order and commands will, in the end, prove disastrous for ourselves and them. We will only enable the other to practice, without present consequence, their apostasy in the name of Christ and also assist them into the eternal consequence that follows disobeying Christ and God. Such actions add to one’s own eternal consequences as well.

Peter wrote, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.” ( 1 Pet. 5:8-9; top ) If the devil were completely harmless and incompetent, Peter, speaking under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, would never have written such a warning. If there were absolutely no danger to the true pilgrim from the devil and the demonic, this statement simply would not appear in the Scriptures.

“In the last days perilous times will come.” ( 2 Tim. 3:1; top )

Let he who has ears hear.

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