The Last Days, 2 Timothy 3:1-9

I came across this list of Characteristics of Non-Christians in the last days and wanted to present as some food for thought. We all see what is happening in front of our eyes and going on all around us throughout the nation AND the world. It doesn’t take a rocket-scientist to see that Bible prophecy is unfolding right before our eyes.

Remember, we are IN the world but no longer OF the world (John 17:14-16), and though we will be living in the midst of people like described in this list, we should continue to pray for them for our heart-tug should be just as our Heavenly Father’s, that “None should perish, but come to everlasting life!” (2 Peter 3:9).

1Twenty-five Characteristics of Non-Christians in the Last Days:

  1. Men shall be lovers of themselves (2 Timothy 3:2).
  2. Men shall be lovers of money, covetous (2 Timothy 3:2).
  3. Men shall be boasters (2 Timothy 3:2).
  4. Men shall be proud (2 Timothy 3:2).
  5. Men shall be blasphemers (2 Timothy 3:2).
  6. Men shall be disobedient to parents (2 Timothy 3:2).
  7. Men shall be unthankful (2 Timothy 3:2).
  8. Men shall be unholy (2 Timothy 3:2).
  9. Men shall be unloving and without natural affection (2 Timothy 3:3).
  10. Men shall be unforgiving (2 Timothy 3:3).
  11. Men shall be false accusers and slanderers (2 Timothy 3:3).
  12. Men shall be incontinent, without self-control (2 Timothy 3:3).
  13. Men shall be brutal and fierce (2 Timothy 3:3).
  14. Men shall be despisers of good and those who do good (2 Timothy 3:3).
  15. Men shall be traitors (2 Timothy 3:4).
  16. Men shall be headstrong, stubborn (2 Timothy 3:4).
  17. Men shall be haughty and high-minded (2 Timothy 3:4).
  18. Men shall be lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God (2 Timothy 3:4).
  19. Men shall have a form of godliness, but deny its power (2 Timothy 3:5).
  20. Men shall be the sort who creep into households and lead captive gullible and silly women, loaded down with sins and various lusts (2 Timothy 3:6).
  21. They shall always be learning but never able to come to the knowledge of truth (2 Timothy 3:7).
  22. Men shall resist the truth (2 Timothy 3:8).
  23. Men shall have corrupt minds (2 Timothy 3:8).
  24. Men shall be reprobate, disapproved concerning the faith (2 Timothy 3:8).
  25. Men will not progress forward, because their folly will be manifest to all (2 Timothy 3:9).

We are living at a time of history where we are actually witnesses to the Bible and Bible prophecy unfold right in front of us. We can be dismayed, perplexed and doubt, or we can embrace what we are seeing, seeking the direction of the Holy Spirit for our individual lives and purpose and continue to pursue God, our Father with all of our being!

To my fellow Brothers and Sisters, let’s determine to let the light that is within us shine forth the Glory and Brilliance of Christ Jesus that no man will ever be able to say, “I didn’t know.”

Come quickly Lord Jesus, Amen and AMEN!


1 Adapted from: Meredith’s Book of Bible Lists, Joel Meredith © 1980. All rights reserved.

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2 Corinthians 11:14-15


2 Corinthians 11:14-15, “And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.”

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Return O Lord, Rescue Me


PROLOGUE TO PSALMS:
There is one thing that a Child of God can always rely upon with their Heavenly Father; HOPE and ASSURANCE! His plans for the world may appear to be harsh, yet He is always thinking of ONLY the best for those Whom He calls by name! Remember that when you look around at the situations in the world then realize and remember, our Home is NOT of this world!

Psalm 6_1-5

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~~ Where You Are ~~

In the Secret Place I Find You

In the Darkness Filled with Light

For No Darkness Can Surround You

When You Come, It Takes to Flight

For You Are the Mighty Brilliance

That No Liar Can Withstand

Though They Feign to Have Resilience

Where You Are They All Disband

How the Great and Mighty Fall, Lord

Falling Blind and Mute and Lame

Our Tongue a Mighty Two Edge Sword

Coming in Yeshua’s Name.

So, We Do Not Fear the Night Things

Were the Troublemaker Creeps

For We Dwell Under Your Great Wings

You’re The God That Never Sleeps

To the Secret Place You Call Me

It’s Both Deep and High Above

Where No Weapon Can Befall Me

As I’m Swept into Your Love

So Beloved Call Me to You

To My Heart You’ve Been Revealed

Only in You Is My Life True

And My Soul in Yours Is Sealed

where you are poem

Monika Langguth, August 19th, 2015©. Used with permission.
If you enjoyed this poem, check out Monika’s Facebook Page.
TGBTG (To God Be The Glory).
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Don’t Envy The World


As I was praying the other night, I was seeking the Lord for a word in relation to what is and has been going on around us lately. I wanted something that would be an encouragement and inspiration to my brothers and sisters in Christ and yet also, explain, at least to a degree, what we are witnessing in the world around us and not just in the world but in some religious circles. It truly is enough to make anyone discouraged and wonder where our Heavenly Father is.

Well, it just so happened that the last time I left off reading in the Book of Psalms was at the beginning of Psalm 73, the Psalms attributed to Asaph, and the part of Psalms in the Bible listed as Book Three.

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I’m sure it was no coincidence, but rather the Holy Spirit who was answering my heart’s cry for answers! First, before getting into the Psalm, I want to share with you some research on just who Asaph, the Psalmist, was.

[1]Who was the Asaph mentioned in the Book of Psalms?

ANSWER

There were a number of Levites that King David assigned as worship leaders in the tabernacle choir, according to 1 Chronicles 6:31–32. Asaph was one of these men (1 Chronicles 6:39). Asaph’s duties are described in detail in 1 Chronicles 16. According to 2 Chronicles 29:30, both Asaph and David were skilled singers and poets. Asaph is also mentioned as a “seer” or prophet. The “sons of Asaph” are mentioned in 1 Chronicles 25:1, 2 Chronicles 20:14, and Ezra 2:41. The sons of Asaph were likely a guild of skilled poets and singers, modeling themselves musically after Asaph, their master. The church musicians of our day can be considered spiritual “children of Asaph.”

Psalms 50 and 73—83 are called the “Psalms of Asaph” because his name appears in the superscription at the head of those psalms. Regarding Asaph’s role as a prophet, of particular interest is the imprecatory Psalm 83, which deals with God’s judgment of Israel’s enemies: Edom, the Ishmaelites, Moab, the Hagarites, Gebal, Ammon, the Amalekites, Philistia, Tyre, and Assyria. If we examine the psalms written by Asaph, we can see that all of them have to do with the judgment of God, and many involve the prayers of the people at the prospect or moment of a particular event.

Asaph was a gifted individual. He understood where the gift came from, and he used his music to praise the Lord and communicate His Word to a needy world.


[2]Identity of Asaph

Asaph is identified with the twelve Psalms and is said to be the son of Berechiah who is said to be an ancestor of the Asaphites. The Asaphites were one of the guilds of musicians in the First Temple. This information is clarified in the Books of Chronicles. In Chronicles, it is said that Asaph was a descendant of Gershon the son of Levi and he is identified as a member of the Levites. He is also known as one of the three Levites commissioned by David to be in charge of singing in the house of Yahweh. In 1 Chronicles 6:39 David appoints a man named Heman as the main musician or singer and Asaph as Heman’s right hand assistant and the Merarites at his left hand. Asaph is also credited with performing at the dedication of Solomon’s temple in 2 Chronicles 5:12.

As an officer within the Jerusalem religious system, Asaph would have participated in both the public and private side of that system. He served as an official for several years, starting with King David and serving King Solomon as well, if he is the same Asaph mentioned in 2 Chronicles 5:12. During his long term, Asaph saw the best and worst of other officials. His complaint against corruption among the rich and influential, recorded in Psalm 73, might have been directed towards some of those officials. The words he used to describe the wicked come from the same lexicon of words used by officers of the cultic/sacrificial system.

The articles related to the son of Berachiah and descendant of Kohath refer to the same person. Together with Heman, the grandson of the Israelite prophet Samuel, he and his male descendants were set aside by King David to worship God in song and music. He authored Psalm 50, and Psalms 73 to 83.


Psalms, for generations have always been a great comfort to God’s children and though they deal with rebellion and judgment, they also deal greatly with God’s mercy and grace as well as His Saving Character.

In Psalm 73, ascribed to the aforementioned, Asaph, it would appear to be a very personal cry to the Lord and yet, even while I was praying and reading, I sensed within the verses, a modern-day cry for answers and the admittance and recognition of how we as individuals can still fall short at times. Yet if it wasn’t for God’s unlimited mercy and grace, we would be lost on the slippery path and cliff of destruction that Asaph so aptly names.

The great thing about the Psalms, even though they were written pretty much to extol God’s character of mercy and grace towards the Israelites, His chosen people, because of their inspiration, they can be individually personalized for each of us as well as for the Church of Christ corporately.

psalm 73_1In verse one, we see Asaph proclaiming the goodness of the Lord towards Israel and towards those of us whose “hearts are pure.” But he then goes on to explain some of his own personal misgivings in light of the circumstances happening around him.

1 Truly God is good to Israel,
to those whose hearts are pure.
2 But as for me, I almost lost my footing.
My feet were slipping, and I was almost gone.
3 For I envied the proud
when I saw them prosper despite their wickedness.
4 They seem to live such painless lives;
their bodies are so healthy and strong.
5 They don’t have troubles like other people;
they’re not plagued with problems like everyone else.
6 They wear pride like a jeweled necklace
and clothe themselves with cruelty.
7 These fat cats have everything
their hearts could ever wish for!
8 They scoff and speak only evil;
in their pride they seek to crush others.
9 They boast against the very heavens,
and their words strut throughout the earth.
10 And so the people are dismayed and confused,
drinking in all their words.
11 “What does God know?” they ask.
“Does the Most High even know what’s happening?”
12 Look at these wicked people—
enjoying a life of ease while their riches multiply.

Much like what most of us are seeing and experiencing with what is going around us today, so it was with Asaph. Evil (and I don’t use that term lightly) and corruption are ever present and so very blatant. The Lord warned us these times would be as “in the days of Noah,” and certainly enough, we see the depravity and self-centeredness abound in the world around us.

The arrogant pridefulness and seeming lack of care for others, the lack of service towards others and the concern for self-prosperity is astounding for being so blatant and in your face. To top it off, there appears to be an air of bragging concerning the deeds that some are able to get away with. A total rejection of God and anything related to His character and nature is bad enough, but the things that so many say, as if God doesn’t exist and of course, in most of their minds, He does not. Yet we in the United States, hail from a nation that was founded on His blessings, grace and mercy, yet just like God’s chosen in the past, turned their backs on their Father when things were good, so America has done the same thing today.

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At times, in our self-pity, when we allow the flesh to rule over the spirit, we can feel as Asaph and wonder.

13 Did I keep my heart pure for nothing?
Did I keep myself innocent for no reason?
14 I get nothing but trouble all day long;
every morning brings me pain.

This is something we ALL fight. It is the proverbial war of the spirit with the flesh, yet because we wear this mantle of carnality, we must determine in our spirit to seek the truth and meditate on the true Sovereignty of our Almighty, Heavenly Father!

Of course, we don’t often mention this to our brothers and/or sisters because it would appear to be a fall into doubt rather than a forward journey of faith. Yet when we seek the Lord and His wisdom, He is quick to show us the truth and reveal the true tragedy of such world belief and behavior.

15 If I had really spoken this way to others,
I would have been a traitor to your people.
16 So I tried to understand why the wicked prosper.
But what a difficult task it is!
17 Then I went into your sanctuary, O God,
and I finally understood the destiny of the wicked.
18 Truly, you put them on a slippery path
and send them sliding over the cliff to destruction.
19 In an instant they are destroyed,
completely swept away by terrors.
20 When you arise, O Lord,
you will laugh at their silly ideas
as a person laughs at dreams in the morning.

The short span of time in which the wicked believe they have the upper hand is nothing compared to the eternity of joy and peace that await God’s children, the chosen of His Heart! The wicked may brag and seem to prosper and get away with corruption today, but at what cost to their peace, not to mention their eternity?!

God Almighty, our Heavenly Father is so very gracious through His Holy Spirit to each of us. He is so willing to guide us, our thoughts and meditations to the truth and let us see the flaws of being envious of those whose lives are nothing more than what the Apostle Peter describes as the “grass and the flowers of the field.” (1 Peter 1:24). Their lives may appear beautiful today, but tomorrow the flowers fade and the grass withers away into nothing!

Thank God for His unfailing love, mercy and grace towards us individually!

21 Then I realized that my heart was bitter,
and I was all torn up inside.
22 I was so foolish and ignorant—
I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you.
23 Yet I still belong to you;
you hold my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel,
leading me to a glorious destiny.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
I desire you more than anything on earth.
26 My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak,
but God remains the strength of my heart;
he is mine forever.

There is nothing in this world or that the world system has that is greater than the assurance and comfort of knowing we are in the Hands of the Almighty Who is proud to call us sons and daughters, His children! We live such a short time in this natural world when there is a whole lifetime of eternity just over the threshold that is beyond imagining; and it has been PROMISED to those of us who keep our hearts after the Lord! What possibly could the temporary riches or seeming pleasures of this world have to offer to us in the light of true LIFE everlasting?

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Sadly, to those who place their happiness upon the riches and pleasures of this world, those who openly reject and rail against the Name of the Lord, there is an eternity of darkness, loneliness and separation from the very God Who only desires them an eternity of peace and joy. Yet it is not God, Himself Who is casting them away, but rather it is their own decisions to reject Him and what He has to offer in the coming life. How utterly sad is that?!

27 Those who desert him will perish,
for you destroy those who abandon you.
28 But as for me, how good it is to be near God!
I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter,
and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do.

God Almighty is the ONLY source of true peace and joy. Eternal assurance and comfort has no price by comparison. It is no wonder that those who call upon the Name of the Lord shall not just be saved, (Romans 10:13), but shall rest in the present, assured of safety and belonging in the Hands of our Heavenly Father!

There is nothing in this world that compares, so there is nothing in this world worth envying!


[1] https://www.gotquestions.org/who-was-Asaph.html
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psalms_of_Asaph#
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Effort – What Purpose?


2 Samuel 15:6, “In this manner Absalom dealt with all Israel who came to the king for judgment; so Absalom stole away the hearts of the men of Israel.”

2Samel 18:14-15, “Then Joab said, “I will not waste time here with you.” So he took three spears in his hand and thrust them through the heart of Absalom while he was yet alive in the midst of the oak. And ten young men who carried Joab’s armor gathered around and struck Absalom and killed him.”

Matthew 6:14-16, “Then one of the twelve, named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What are you willing to give me to betray Him to you?” And they weighed out thirty pieces of silver to him. From then on he began looking for a good opportunity to betray Jesus.”

Matthew 27:3-4, “Then when Judas, who had betrayed Him, saw that He had been condemned, he felt remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” But they said, “What is that to us? See to that yourself!”

To No Useful End

During an overhaul in February, 1942, fire jeopardized the Lafayette, the former French liner Normandie. The water that was pumped in to save her capsized the ship at dockside. After eighteen months of intense salvage she was raised and placed in dry-dock – but to no avail. Her hull was so deteriorated and her machinery in such poor condition that further work was impractical. Although the allies thought the ship was worth the time, effort, and money necessary to raise it from death, it wasn’t. Too many months spent buried in the water had ruined it for any useful purpose.

Life without God is like the raising of the Lafayette. You spend enormous amounts of time, money, and energy, only to find it useless. It is so sin-stained and corrupted that it hardly serves any purpose in this life, let alone in the life beyond.


Courtesy of Speaker’s Sourcebook of New Illustrations by Virgil Hurley copyright © 1995 by Word, Incorporated. Used by permission.
*Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

Applicable Quotations

Our grand business is, not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies closely at hand. – Carlyle

Keep us, Lord, so awake in the duties of our callings that we may sleep in thy peace and wake in thy glory. – Donne

Let us have faith that right makes might; and in that faith let us to the end dare to do our duty as we understand it. – Lincoln

Let men laugh, if they will when you sacrifice desire to duty. You have time and eternity to rejoice in. – Parker

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Great Is The Lord – Ray Boltz


Praise the Lord continually with your WHOLE being!!

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Get Above The Clouds – Dwight L. Moody


Dwight Lyman Moody (February 5, 1837 – December 22, 1899), also known as D. L. Moody, was an American evangelist and publisher connected with the Holiness Movement, who founded the Moody Church, Northfield School and Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts (now Northfield Mount Hermon School), Moody Bible Institute and Moody Publishers. One of his most famous quotes was “Faith makes all things possible… Love makes all things easy.“

Scripture Reference:

Romans 12:1-2, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

The following is an excerpt from D.L. Moody’s sermon, Christ All In All:

GET ABOVE THE CLOUDS

I will tell you what happened to me some time ago when I was out West. I wanted to reach the summit of one of the Western mountains. I had been told that sunrise was very beautiful when seen from the summit. We got up to the half-way house one afternoon, where we were to rest till midnight, and then set out for the top. Soon a little party of us started with a good guide. Before a great while it began to rain, and then it became a regular storm of thunder and lightning. I thought there was little use in going on, and said to the guide, “Guess we’d better turn back; we won’t see anything this morning, with all these clouds.” “Oh,” said the guide, “I expect we’ll soon get through these clouds, and get above them, and then we’ll have a glorious view.” So we went on, whilst the thunders were rumbling right about our ears. But soon we began to get above the thunder-cloud; the air was quite clear, and when the sun rose we had a splendid view of his rays as they tinged the hilltops; and then, as the glorious sunshine began to break on where we stood, we could see the dark cloud far beneath our mountain height. That’s what God’s people want – to get into the clear air above the stormy clouds, and to CLIMB HIGHER away up to the mountain peak. There you’ll catch the first rays from the Sun of Righteousness far above the clouds and mists. Some of you may be in great darkness and gloom; but fear not, climb higher, get nearer to the Master, and soon you’ll catch His bright rays on your own soul, and they will sprinkle back upon others.

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Dwight L. Moody Website: https://www.moody.edu/about/our-bold-legacy/d-l-moody/
Dwight L. Moody Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/D-L-MOODY-226365557517824/

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Your Unfailing Love


PROLOGUE TO PSALMS:
There is one thing that a Child of God can always rely upon with their Heavenly Father; HOPE and ASSURANCE! His plans for the world may appear to be harsh, yet He is always thinking of ONLY the best for those Whom He calls by name! Remember that when you look around at the situations in the world then realize and remember, our Home is NOT of this world!

Psalm 5_7-8,11-12

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The Marine


It is true that Memorial Day has a different emphasis placed on it than Veteran’s Day. Memorial day commemorates and remembers those who went before and fought for our freedoms and are no longer with us. In that spirit though, I offer this article which I have held onto for years and I hope it will bless you as much as it has me!

THE MARINE

By

Corporal Aaron M. Gilbert
United States Marine

USS SAIPAN, PERSIAN GULF

March 23, 2003

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Sent: March 23, 2003
Subject: FREEDOM isn’t FREE

Subject: The Marine

This poem has been sent from a Marine to his Dad.  For those who take the time to read it, you’ll see a letter from him to his Dad at the bottom.  It makes you truly thankful for not only the Marines, but ALL of our troops.

THE MARINE

We all came together,
Both young and old.
To fight for our freedom,
To stand and be bold.

In the midst of all evil,
We stand our ground,
And we protect our country
From all terror around.

Peace and not war,
Is what some people say.
But I’ll give my life,
So you can live the American way.

I give you the right
To talk of your peace.
To stand in your groups,
and protest in our streets.

But still I fight on,
I don’t bitch, I don’t whine.
I’m just one of the people
Who is doing your time.

I’m harder than nails,
Stronger than any machine.
I’m the immortal soldier,
I’m a US MARINE!

So stand in my shoes,
And leave from your home.
Fight for the people who hate you,
With the protests they’ve shown.

Fight for the stranger,
Fight for the young.
So they all may have,
The greatest freedom you’ve won.

Fight for the sick,
Fight for the poor,
Fight for the cripple,
Who lives next door.

But, when your time comes,
Do what I’ve done.
For if you stand up for freedom,
You’ll stand when the fight’s done.

By: Corporal Aaron M. Gilbert
US Marine
USS SAIPAN, PERSIAN GULF
March 23, 2003

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Hey Dad,

Do me a favor and label this “The Marine” and send it to everybody on your email list.  Even leave this letter in it.  I want this rolling all over the U.S. I want every home reading it.  Every eye seeing it.  And every heart to feel it.  So can you please send this for me?  I would but my email time isn’t that long and I don’t have much time anyway.  You know what Dad?  I wondered what it would be like to truly understand what JFK said in his inaugural speech.

“When the time comes to lay down my life for my country, I do not cower from this responsibility.  I welcome it.”

Well, now I know.  And I do.  Dad, I welcome the opportunity to do what I do.  Even though I have left behind a beautiful wife, and I will miss the birth of our first born child, I would do it 70 times over to fight for the place that God has made for my home.  I love you all and I miss you very much.  I wish I could be there when Sandi has our baby, but tell her that I love her, and Lord willing, I will be coming home soon.  Give Mom a great big hug from me and give one to yourself too.

Aaron

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If this touched you as much as it touched me, please forward it on.  Let’s help Aaron to spread the word…FREEDOM isn’t FREE, someone pays for it for you and me.

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Update

Corporal (now Sergeant) Aaron M. Gilbert is a United States Marine who served in Iraq in 2003. He is now stationed in Jacksonville, N.C.

email address is gilbertam@2mawnr.usmc.mil

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