(20) Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (21) Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! (Isaiah 5:20-21 KJV)
I am one of those christians that truly believe that we are living in the last days. We are living in a time where wrong seems to be right and right appears to be wrong. We are living in a time where everything and everyone has to be politically correct. We are living in a time where if we don’t bow down to certain agendas. Such as bowing to the LGBTQ community then we are considered hateful and we are persecuted for standing on the word of God. We live in a world were certain entertainers are just down right defiant and disrespectful to the things of God. Scripture however, tells us woe unto them that call evil good and good evil. Woe simply means great sorrow or distress. They may not see it now, but those who are defiant to the word of God is only bringing on sorrow after sorrow on themselves. One of the things that I am commonly hearing is that times have changed. Meaning that it’s okay to accept certain behaviors. Time may have changed, but God however has not. He is the same God yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Meaning that if he called it sin yesterday. That it is still sin today and guess what it will still be sin tomorrow. I don’t care how much times have changed. Neither God nor his word has changed.
(1) This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2) For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, (3) Without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good. ( 2 Timothy 3: 1-3 KJV)
Scripture tells us that in the last days that it will be perilous times. Meaning times of risk or danger. Scripture lets us know it will be a time where people will be lovers of themselves. Meaning that people will have a me, myself and I mentality. We see that type of mentality even now. Just a few weeks back I watched on the news thieves who brazenly walk into stores steal and walk out with arms full of merchandise that was not theirs. We live in a world where we no longer look after our neighbors welfare. Instead we take from them because we think we deserve what they have. Scripture also tells us that in the last days we will be without natural affection. Meaning that there will no love between those in the same family. The first most natural bond is that between a parent and their child, but now we see and hear about mothers and fathers who murder their children. We hear about children who grow up and kill their parents or their siblings. We live in a world where children fight to be emancipated from their parents. Where families are not even talking. We live in a world where there is abuse within the families. We live in a world where sometimes the hardest place to be is in your own home. With the people who is supposed to love you. When we read the whole chapter of 2 Timothy 3 we don’t have to imagine what that time will look like. It is not in some far off distant future. It is here and now. All we have to do is turn on the news. It’s not even safe in some of the churches anymore. Cause when you read on in the chapter it talks about those who have the form of godliness but deny the power thereof. Meaning that they mean look the part, may even act the part but they deny letting God do the real work on the inside of them.
Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lust. (2 Peter 3:3 KJV)
The dictionary describes a scoffer as someone who mocks or makes fun of someone or something of religious or moral values. Scripture tells us that they walk after their own lust. Meaning that they chase after the things that pleases them. Scripture also tells us in 1 Corinthians 1:18 for the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For those who scoff at the word of God. The works that Christ did on the cross seems foolish to them. What also seems more foolish is the promise of Christ return. In 2 Peter 3:4 they ask where is the promise of his coming? Scripture called it right cause what is the main argument that we hear. People have been saying forever that Jesus is coming. That the world is going to end. They don’t realize that God is not slack concerning his promise (2 Peter 3:9) but that he is given us all the space to repent. Woe unto them that scoff at his word. Woe unto them that scoff at the very idea of his return. Soon, there will come a day where many will knock crying to be let into the kingdom of Heaven, but then it will be too late. I have learned that everything including scoffers and the ridiculing of God’s word and God’s people has an end date. In Isaiah 45:23 it tells us That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear (KJV) for the believer we will bow in awe and reverence and yes with some fear at the magnitude of who God truly is. However, those who scoffed at his word. Those who stood on the wrong side of God. Who bowed to things like LGBTQ or who afflicted those through racism or social injustices. Those entertainers who feel because they have stature with this world. That they could make a mockery of God and his word. The time is coming where they will have to bow before God. It will be in that moment when they realize that they were working on the wrong side. It will be in that moment when they realize just because they got by does not mean that they got away. Sin is pleasurable for a season, but it always has consequences. Woe unto them that call evil good and good evil.