“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, unyielding, slanderers, without self-control, savage, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away.” 2nd Timothy 3:1-5
“And even as they do not like to have God in their full true knowledge, God gives them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with every unrighteousness, sexual perversion, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, depravity; whisperers, defamers, haters of God, insolent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, without natural affection, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do them, but also approve of those who practice them.” Romans 1:28-32
The other day I was at a local grocery store picking up a couple of items. This grocery store is interesting, though not a small one, certainly seems to attract a crowd of people who are blatant about who they are. The store is busy, the lines are full and as I am waiting in line I have a couple of minutes to simply observe.
For a long time I have been trying to put my finger on exactly what seems to be wrong with a certain segment of society. Sure you have the obvious ills of society, sinful acts that show sinful lives, but there seems to be a portion of society who literally are robotic, mindless, zombie like. I’m not the only person who as observed this and perhaps, if you are a Believer, you have noted the same also.
I had a dear friend whom I would chat back and forth with, as we shared out experiences regarding interactions at Walmart. Several years ago he mentioned these zombie like people that he would notice at Walmart. Once he stated that, I too realized that I was not the only one noticing something wrong. Yet here in the grocery store, I looked around and noted that it seemed to be a group of people who seemed lifeless, ignorant to the world around them, ignorant to the things of God, filled with every wickedness, as if I was amongst a society of special needs.
An older heavyset man sat over by the counter, seemingly waiting for someone to help him make his purchase of beer. As he stood there, he appeared to be lost, just mindlessly waiting. People were walking in the store, seemingly mindless, covered in tattoos, their hair of every color of the rainbow, some dressed promiscuously. Others were still in what appeared to be their pajamas, with a couple of things in their hand, with a look of absolute complacency. These are those who probably wouldn’t notice a quiet drone flying right over their head. They sat their, almost without expression, empty eyes, as if they were blinded and some sort of spell cast over them.
I left the store and considered these things. I considered how such a society would be ripe to the Antichrist world government. How such a society will willingly take the mark of the beast (Rev. 13:17) and simply do as they are told. Such a society of special needs is a society who can be controlled, at least to an overall extent that is necessary to meet the desire of their masters, which right now might be a shadow corporate fascist type government, but one day will certainly morph into a world government during the “time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jer. 30:7), better known as the Tribulation. Do you think that we could have went from a society in the 1800’s of men, women and children who were go-getters, into a government that would enslave them?
While some would likely argue that statement and perhaps they are right, but I have pondered these things and have never seen how at a time when it took decades for the American West to be won, all of the railroad tracks laid, all of the treaties and wars with the Native Americans, just how would it be?
Take a look at the protests that happen due to police brutality in the streets of our major cities when some sort of ill doing by the local police department against a supposed innocent person takes place. It has been said that during the early 1900’s police brutality in New York City was infrequent because bystanders would not just sit and watch such brutal actions (when they were clearly unjustified), but would actually form a mob and stop the cop from his brutal actions. Truly, if that were the case, the fear of mob justice would prevent many police officers from wrongdoing.
The same could be said about the early days in Montana. When the local Sheriff couldn’t keep control of the bad guys, eventually miner courts shot up across the land. This was not just in Montana, but also in Nevada, Utah and California, probably more states. So for those bad guys, when the group of the good men posse went after the stage coach robbers and murders, justice was swift. They would appear in a miners court and the evidence would be presented. There, when found guilty, usually the same day, they would be ordered to be hung. The men would be given a bit of time to get their lives in order with God, should they choose to try and do so, and swift justice would find them hanging from the town square. Not too long after these miner courts in Montana were in full swing, suddenly the constant fear of innocent folks dwindled as the amount of men willing to take a chance to get rich through murder and robbery became few.
Likewise in Montana’s early days, men and women would fend for themselves. Should someone do them wrong, they might very well find themselves facing down the end of a barrel. This kept law and order. Our society is different now, certainly while there are still a good amount of decent people, we are becoming a society of special needs.
Now one thing to interject here, before looking at the opening passages of Scripture, in terms of our society nowadays, is to point out a couple of overlooked passages of Scripture, thinking of it in terms of the last days, thinking of it in terms of the future, during the Tribulation time period. As a reminder, those whose names are written in the Book of Life (Rev. 20:15), those who have repented and by faith believed into Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, will not be here during that time period (Rev. 4:1). A couple of verses regarding that would also make sense to add to this section.
“There were giants on the earth in those days. And also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them, these were the mighty men from antiquity, men of renown. And Jehovah saw that the evil of man was great on the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all day long.” Genesis 6:4-5
“But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and did not realize until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. Then two will be in the field: one is taken and the other is left. Two will be grinding at the mill: one is taken and the other is left. Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord comes. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief comes, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be dug through. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man comes at an hour you do not expect.” Matthew 24:37-44
“And as you saw the iron mixed with the miry clay, they shall become mixed with the seed of men. But they shall not cleave to one another, even as iron does not fellowship with clay.” Daniel 2:43
“But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who are asleep, that you sorrow not as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the Word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from Heaven with a shouted command, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together at the same time with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.” 1st Thessalonians 4:13-18
“Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed; in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” 1st Corinthians 15:51-52
“For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we watch or sleep, we should live together with Him.” 1st Corinthians 5:9-10
Could it be and I certainly suspect so, that some of these zombie like people are simply demon possessed people? We must not forget the amount of demon possessed people that Jesus cast demons from.
“And the unclean spirits, whenever they saw Him, fell down before Him and cried out, saying, You are the Son of God!” Mark 3:11
“And it came to pass, afterward, that He went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the gospel of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with Him, and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities; Mary called Magdalene, out of whom had come seven demons, and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others who ministered to Him out of their possessions.” Luke 8:1-3
“And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every sickness and every disease.” Matthew 10:1
“And when He had come to the other side, to the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two demon-possessed men, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one could pass that way. And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with You, Jesus, Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time? And a good way off from them there was a herd of many swine feeding. So the demons begged Him, saying, If You cast us out, allow us to go away into the herd of swine. And He said to them, Go. So when they had come out, they went into the herd of swine. And, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and perished in the water.” Matthew 8:28-32
Consider it and understand, just where are those demon possessed people nowadays. Hollywood has had a field day with movies that depict heads turning around, etc., but while it makes for a terrifying film experience, we don’t see heads spinning around in the Bible. Just how many of these people that we pass on a regular basis are demon possessed? One wouldn’t know but I certainly think that a portion of things I have dealt with, regarding interactions with people who I don’t know, as well as just glancing around the general public, to me is clear evidence that certainly this is a portion of this problem.
So let’s take a look at some of societies special needs:
Lovers of Themselves
How many computer programs and apps have the ‘My’ in them. We are certainly and without doubt a society that are lovers of themselves. All across this once great land, we as a whole are filled with people who care more about themselves, than they do about fellow mankind. This is in contrary to the Bible.
“And the second, like it, is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:31
Lovers of Money
Really how much needs to be said about this? From the impoverished mother in line buying a scratchy at the gas station, trying to win big, to those who are near the top of the income bracket and simply trying to figure out how to live larger and larger. Our culture in the United States, including the President that we elected who is trying to make America rich again, the love of money is deeply embedded in our society.
“Sheol and Abaddon are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.” Proverbs 27:20
“No one is able to serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. It is not possible to serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6:24
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world; the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life; is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and its lust; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” 1st John 2:15-17
‘Look at me, where I was and what I just did!’ If you have a Facebook account, you know that it could literally be renamed boaster central. We live in a society where boasting is the new norm. I once heard a pastor say that often when someone wins a big lottery and starts pouring money into their home (fixing it up, new cars, pool, etc.) that their neighbors see and start spending some money as well. The problem is that they didn’t win the lottery and often times end up bankrupt.
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that belongs to your neighbor.” Exodus 20:17
Simply trying to Make America Great Again, as a nation, shows some very serious underlying pride issues. Understand that we are to be humble, not boastful.
“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18
“Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or self-glory, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others as surpassing himself. Let each of you not look out for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider clinging, to be equal with God, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found comprised as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him a name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in Heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:1-11
Well the list here could go on and on. Claiming to be a Christian nation and having murdered over 50,000,000 babies would be a start. Having rock bands, rap and hip hop in the name of Christ, would be another. Then we could add what is done around the world in the name of America, the genocide of millions of people across the globe, the torture, the lies and well, we will just leave it there. However, our leaders and our people proclaiming the name of Christ while not living according to the Bible and with a pure heart would pretty much sum it up.
“They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and reprobate with regard to every good work.” Titus 1:16
Disobedient to Parents
Everyone has seen bratty kids misbehaving in the public. However, the simple fact of a total loss of control in the school system also sums it up. Disobedience to parents is so widespread that television reality shows have been made depicting the horrors some families go through with a total loss of control in their homes.
“As for My people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O My people, those leading you cause you to go astray, and they swallow the way of your paths.” Isaiah 3:12
Truly we live in very strange times. We live where the average lower class family has a roof over their head, running water, a variety of food, heat/air conditioning, electricity and a car to get around. Even it were a bike, the quality of life for the average America in comparison to the numerous poor around the world is staggering. Today the average middle class American food found in fridges and cupboards in their home would have made a king blush back in the Middle Ages. Yet we have a segment of society who prefer to do less and less, desiring more and more handouts. We have a segment of society who receives federal, state and local assistance and wouldn’t even think to be thankful regarding what they consider to be an entitlement.
The same could be said of employees who work for many employers. Even though an employer might bump the pay a bit, providing a snack or a meal and some other fringe benefits, many employees can not stop bickering amongst themselves about what else this employer could be paying for or arguing about a lack of pay.
Perhaps this should be an example:
“Likewise the soldiers asked him, saying, And what shall we do? So he said to them, Do not intimidate anyone or accuse falsely, and be content with your wages.” Luke 3:14
“For we brought nothing into this world, and it is evident that we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.” 1st Timothy 6:7-8
Just a simple view of the regular prime time television lineup could serve as an example of just how unholy our society is. On so many cases, we have what is becoming the norm of sinful examples throughout our land, from both small towns to large cities, the unholiness should be obvious to anyone who understands the holiness of their Creator.
“But we know that the Law is good if one uses it lawfully, knowing this: that the Law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for slayers of fathers and slayers of mothers, for murderers, for prostitutes, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust.” 1st Timothy 1:8-11
Without Natural Affection
Recently I’ve took a couple of jabs at this, so I will sum it up once again. Is not the ‘liking’ of someone’s post, the texting back and forth a sign of unnatural affection? Certainly you couldn’t say it is not affection, but it is definitely not natural. Now we have a society of our younger generation who feels more lonely then those who are forgotten in the nursing homes across this land, despite the fact that they are well connected via social media and receive numerous text messages per day.
I can add one example. Years ago I ran across a high school buddy working at a local pizza joint. I hadn’t seen him in years and we used to hang out somewhat frequently. He joined the military and went oversees. When I saw him in the pizza joint I told him we should get together and go bowling. I told him that I would give him my phone number and get his. His reply was simply, ‘you know how to get a hold of me’, referring to Facebook.
I’ve had Facebook in the past, an interesting way to ‘friend’ numerous high school classmates, whom I suppose I would never have likely run across again in my life. Yet not once did any of these ‘friends’ engage in anything besides a comment on Facebook or a ‘like’ on a post. So where these really friends or simply acquaintances?
We live in a society where by and large people are not willing to yield to God. This is why we have churches from one end of our nation to the other that cater to the needs of the people, rather than the people meeting in a biblical Church. They do not want to know the things of God, they do not want to have to yield, rather they want to hear what they want to hear.
“I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the Word. Be ready in season and out of season. Convict, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own lusts, desiring to hear pleasant things, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to myths.” 2nd Timothy 4:1-4
“But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, through whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with well-turned words; whose judgment of old is not idle, and their destruction does not slumber. For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to Tartarus and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing the flood on the world of the ungodly; and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those intending to live ungodly; and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the lustful behavior of the wicked (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, his righteous soul was tormented from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds); then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust for the day of judgment, to be punished, and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of defilement and despise authority. They are presumptuous, self-willed. They are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries. Whereas angels, who are greater in power and might, do not bring a reviling accusation against them before the Lord. But these, like natural brute beasts made to be caught and destroyed, speak evil of the things they do not understand, and will utterly perish in their own corruption, and will receive the wages of unrighteousness, as those who consider it pleasure to carouse in the daytime. They are spots and blemishes, delighting in their own deceptions while they feast with you, having eyes full of adultery and that cannot cease from sin, enticing unstable souls; having a heart exercised in covetousness; accursed children. They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; but he was rebuked for his iniquity: a dumb donkey speaking with a man’s voice restrained the madness of the prophet. These are wells without water, clouds being driven by a tempest, for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever. For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through wantonness, the ones who have actually escaped from those living in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage. For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the full true knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the end is worse for them than the beginning. For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: A dog returns to his own vomit, and, a sow, having been washed, to her wallowing in the mire.” 2nd Peter 2
This is more common than one might think. Whether it is the person who is telling lies behind your back at a job or even people who appear to be lying (at least some of them) against the President of the United States, slandering is certainly very common. Why? While I don’t have all of the answers, certainly the person who does the slandering seems to get a bunch of attention, whether at work or in the national press.
“But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, prostitutes, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8
Without Self Control
The simple fact that we have the largest prison population percentage in the entire world says a lot. We have a nation of people who are without self control, doing every evil under the sun. Murders, rapes, robberies, rampant addiction of alcohol and drugs, you name it, we have a nation of those who are without self control. Our nation is full of people who are severely overweight and have unhealthy habits. Our medical costs per person (the highest in the world) is a testimony to this.
Our schools are full of violence and mischief, from children who simply refuse to follow directions. Our workplaces are full of people who refuse to obey directions and do a ‘job well done’, but rather loft around being semi-productive. Just as the teachers often find it impossible to get a group of students under control, so too, many an employer faces the same problems.
People throw garbage on the streets, make messes and commit petty crimes constantly. They refuse to pay attention to the road and many unnecessary accidents occur because of this. They spend money that they do not have and can not get themselves to live within their means. Though some want to change, many simply go on without self control.
“A worthless person, a wicked man, walks with a perverse mouth, winking with his eyes, speaking with his feet, pointing with his fingers. Perversity is in his heart, he devises evil all the time, he spreads strife. Therefore his calamity shall come suddenly; he shall be broken in an instant without remedy. These six things Jehovah hates; yea, seven are an abomination to his soul: Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises evil plans, feet hurrying to run to evil, a false witness who breathes lies, and he who spreads strife among brothers.” Proverbs 6:12-19
“For You are not a Mighty God that delights in wickedness; nor shall evil dwell with You. The boastful shall not stand in Your sight. You hate all doers of iniquity. You shall destroy those who speak lies; Jehovah abhors the man of blood and treachery.” Psalms 5:4-6
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23
“Abstain from every form of evil.” 1st Thessalonians 5:22
“Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has established a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has appointed. He has given assurance of this to everyone by raising Him from the dead.” Acts 17:30-31
Why continue the list? Enough said. The very fact is we have an out of control, godless society who are primed to accept the Antichrist world government system during the Tribulation. We have people who care more about their ends and will gladly accept the mark of the Beast, turning those in who refuse to comply.
Just as we have our brown shirts hidden throughout many industries in this nation, secretly spying on their customers, we also have a society who has become complacent to the mechanisms that seem to be a necessary part of the upcoming Tribulation time period. A prime example is the government run program screening passengers at the airports. It wasn’t too long ago in this great country that making a child strip down to their underwear and be patted down by some sort of hired government brown shirt, wouldn’t have just led to some media outrage and official complaints, but would simply have not been tolerated by the general public.
The harsh reality is that we are a far cry from where we use to be as a society of men and women who by and large feared God, whether or not they accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. We have allowed a society where one’s wife might go through a naked body scanner at the airport with the snickering brown shirt grinning as she passes through. Complacency doesn’t happen overnight, it is like the frog in boiling water, turn it up slowly.
As a Christian, I know things are not going to get better in this society, but by and large worse and worse. While we might have some good things that happen, like the Supreme Court ruling that the baker does not have to bake a cake for a sodomite couple, overall things will continue down this path. Yet this is how people want it, they don’t want God, they don’t want Him in their lives. They want to live as they please, do what they want and try to ignore what will eventually be the inevitable as they stand before their Creator at the Great White Throne Judgment.
“And I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heavens fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God. And books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, out of the things which were written in the books. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one, according to their works. And Death and Hades were cast into the Lake of Fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the Lake of Fire.” Revelation 20:11-15
Be warned! Do not be partakers with these people, but come to Jesus Christ and accept the free gift of Salvation, through repentance and faith, believing the Gospel. Who knows how long we have until the Trumpet is heard, do you want to Left Behind? Repent and accept Him who Created you, yielding unto Him, not unto the things of this world. Sin is the origin of these special needs and Jesus Christ is the solution.
“For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” Mark 8:35-37
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that everyone believing into Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. The one believing into Him is not judged; but the one not believing is judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the Light and does not come to the Light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But the one doing the truth comes to the Light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been worked in God.” John 3:16-21
“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under Heaven given among men that is required for us to be saved.” Acts 4:12
“Jesus said to him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6