SIGNS OF THE TIMES

Mt. 24:1-14

Ever since our Lord’s first coming, men have been concerned about His Second Coming.

The disciples of Christ were curious about the time and events connected with the end of the age.  On at least two occasions they asked Him about these matters. Mt. 24:3; Acts 1:6.

The disciples tried to get the Lord to commit Himself to a fixed time when He would set up His Kingdom.  Mt. 24:3.

In answer to their question, Christ was quick to fill in the details concerning the conditions of His coming, but He gave absolutely no hint of the date this would take place.

In Acts 1, Christ gives them a strait-forward answer. He simply told them that they were not to be so concerned with the date of His coming, but that their real concern should be to remain a faithful witness for Him until He comes. Acts 1:7-8.

The Second Coming of the Lord is imminent.  He could come at any moment.

SOME GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE LAST DAYS

I. THERE WILL BE RELIGIOUS SCOFFERS AND APOSTATE TEACHERS PRIOR TO OUR LORD’S COMING

A. Peter informs us that in the last days scoffers would come.
II Pet. 3:2-4.

1. Religionists would come minimizing the Word of God, spiritualizing its message, and denying its authority.

2. These Bible-denying individuals walk after their own lusts, they substitute reason for revelation, and man’s opinion for God’s sure authority.

3. They reveal their own ignorance of God’s Word in what they say.

B. Jude emphasizes that the age is concluded with religious apostasy.
vv. 5-8.

1. Unbelief is set forth in the illustration of Israel.

- This is the first state of apostasy. v. 5.

2. Rebellion against God is illustrated by the angels that left their first estate. v. 6.

- This is the second step in the downward trend of apostasy.

3. Moral degeneration is illustrated by the condition of Sodom and Gomorrah. v. 7.

- This is the last and final state.

- This is always followed by the judgment of God. vv. 14-15.

II. THERE WILL BE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL CHAOS IN THE DAYS PRIOR TO THE LORD’S COMING  Jas. 5:1-9.

III. THE LAST DAYS WILL BE CHARACTERIZED BY PERILOUS TIMES  II Tim. 3:1-7.

Here are 21 different descriptive evidences, which remind us of the day in which we live.

1. Men will be “lovers of their own selves” v. 2.

- Man is in love with himself – self love.

- Man is exalted and God is dethroned.

= This is the day of big men and little God.

- Self is worshipped instead of God, and humanity instead of deity.

2. Men will be “covetous”, or lovers of money and things. v. 2.

- Today men are making money their god, they think that it is the key to happiness.

- They think more of their houses and cars than they do of God.

3. Men will be “boasters” v. 2.

- Boasters are selfish – they have centered their lives on themselves.

- This is certainly a characteristic of our day.

4. Men will be “proud” v. 2.

- To be proud actually means to be haughty.

- Pride hinders people from seeing their own sin and need for a Savior.

- Pride delights in the ability of the flesh and has no use for God.

= This was the sin that caused Satan to fall.

- Pride is one of the sins that God hates and will merit His judgment.

5. There will be “blasphemers” v. 2.

- These think nothing of taking the Lord’s name in vain.

- It is blasphemy to handle the Word of God irreverently.

 

6. “Disobedient to parents” v. 2.

- We see much of this today.

- Rebellion against God’s authority is naturally followed by rebellion against God-constituted authority.

- Thus many young people today rebel against human government and the divine order in the home.

7. “Unthankful” v. 2

- This is a lack of gratitude.

- This is the attitude that the world owes me a living.

- An unthankful spirit towards the things of God is a forerunner of spiritual deterioration.

8. “Unholy” v. 2

- This has to do with loving the filth of the world.

- Our society is being flooded with dirty movies, videos, and open pornography.

9. “Without natural affection” v. 3

- This is a lack of personal love.

- It has to do with relationships without love.

= The Playboy philosophy.

- Free love without moral obligation.

- This includes the homosexual crowd.

10. “Truce breakers” v. 3

- This has to do with making promises without any attempt to keep them.

- Crooked leaders of nations are good at this.

- This is the response of many that we invite to church.

11. “False accusers or slanderers” v. 3

- This has to do with those who make charges without any basis.

- This includes those that gossip.

12. “Incontinent” v. 3

- This refers to no self-control.

- This is the attitude of if it feels good, do it.

13. “Fierce” v. 3

- These are the sadists of our day.

- Ill.  Leaders of some Moslem and Communist countries that take family members out and torture them to death before their loved ones.

14. “Despisers of those that are good” v. 3

- Mocking and ridiculing those who serve the Lord.

15. “Traitors” v. 4

- Persons who have no real commitment to their word except when it is beneficial to themselves.

16. “Heady” v. 4

- This means to be reckless and wild.

- This is illustrated in our day by the rock music and the drug culture.

17. “High minded” v. 4

- This emphasizes man’s pride.

- This person is never satisfied with what he has but is always seeking more.

18. “Lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God” v. 4

- This has to do with those who put worldly pleasures ahead of faithful service to God.

19. A form of godliness, without the power v. 5.

- This is religion without salvation.

- There are more church members today than ever before but fewer people living for the Lord.

- There are more professing Christians yet our land is being overrun with crime, perversion and wickedness.

20. Feminist movement v. 6.

- Today women are even becoming ordained ministers.

- Many of today’s heresies and cults were started by women.

21. “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth”
v. 7.

- This is education without God.

- There is a tremendous increase in education and knowledge, yet there is a sad lack of knowledge of God and His Word.

- There are so-called professionals trying to rewrite the Word of God, who don’t even know the God of the Word.

Truly we are living in the last days.