“These Last Days”
By Michael Zaucha
The Scripture makes the people of God aware of the dangers and perils of these last days. The Apostle Paul instructed Timothy in this truth – and not only to Timothy but to the whole household of God (Eph. 2:19) – to prepare them with understanding of the evil of this present world, to equip them to withstand in the evil day (Eph. 6:13).
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away” (II Tim. 3:1-5). Beware of the perils from without and perils from within the ranks.
Also, in these last days scoffers shall arise to mock the very God of Heaven and to discourage the people of God and quench their hope in God and in His Son Jesus Christ saying “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation” (II Pet. 3:3-4).
While these darkened comments may be garbed in religious language and doctrine, these are blind guides leading the blind (Mt. 23:16) and are recognized by the people of God for what they truly are – those who profess such things are walking after their own lusts.
Also, in these last days is revealed an adversary which walketh about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (I Pet. 5:8). Truly, the last days are perilous times for the saints of the Most High God, but our God and Father is greater than them all, for God IS NOT mocked – not then, not now, not ever, and will show forth this truth when Jesus comes again in the great and notable Day of The Lord. So, be not deceived by the ungodly and the scoffers (Gal. 6:7).
The Mighty Provisions of God in Christ. While the adversary is walking about, while the scoffers are walking about, “the eyes of the Lord RUN to and fro throughout the whole earth to shew Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect towards Him” (II Chron. 16:9).
Which means that even before the adversary and the mockers show up, God “running” has already prepared His people for the assault upon them, doing so by His Beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, being promised aforetime by His Holy Prophets. The prophets testified of the greatness of God’s Son declaring Him to be established in the High Places and exalted above all. All the strength of the Lord would be accessed in Him – in Christ Jesus – for according to the word of the Lord – in the last days – “all nations shall flow unto (Him)” (Isa. 2:2; 11:10; 60:11; Ps. 89:6; Mic. 4:1).
The provision of God would be realized in His people when Jesus was exalted to the right hand of God, and according to the promise of God made to Jesus, as the Apostle Peter proclaimed on the Day of Pentecost, God did pour out His Spirit, and great and mighty things did occur by them – by the Spirit within them - that the people of God would truly stand and withstand the perilous and evil times (Acts 2:14-24). Men and women would be declaring the wonderful works of God by, in and through Jesus Christ, the King which God has set upon His holy Hill of Zion (Ps. 2:6), strengthening their faith and encouraging their hope in God, even in the perilous times of these last days.
There is also the provision of the promised grace that the prophets said would come unto God’s people in the last days (I Pet. 1:10), and the gospel announces that it has come by Jesus Christ – grace to quicken us together with Christ (Eph. 2:5); grace to save us by faith (Eph. 2:8); grace that makes us a partaker of the promises of God (I Cor. 10:50); grace to teach us to navigate safely through these perilous times (Tit. 2:11-14); even to the reception of great grace (Acts 4:33), abundant grace (II Cor. 4:15), and grace for grace (Jn. 1:16), to the obtainment of eternal life: “being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life (Tit. 3:7). This is the grace wherein we do stand (Rom. 5:2) even in the midst of these last days because grace is reigning through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord (Rom. 5:21).
And greater still, in these last days, God is speaking unto us by His Son, “whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds; Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Heb. 1:2-3).
Conclusion. While we do know of the peril of these last days, let us also know that the provisions of God in Christ Jesus are exceeding abundantly greater than the perils that we all might stand and withstand the evil days. So we exhort you to flow unto Jesus, come unto Him, cleave unto Jesus with a purpose of heart, believe and trust in Him with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and the perils of these last days will have no everlasting effects upon you.