End Times?

Posted: 31st December 2012 by Sam McDonald in Topical
End Times? Maybe not....

End Times? Maybe not….

(2Ti 3:1)
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:

(2Ti 3:2)
For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

(2Ti 3:3)
unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good,

(2Ti 3:4)
traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,

(2Ti 3:5)
having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!

By reading this, do you believe Paul thought he was living in the last days? Do you think Paul thought the rapture was going to happen in his lifetime, or shortly after? I was reading a commentary on this by Courson and he really made me think about it.

Here is some of what he “Courson” said.

“Knowing his death was imminent, I believe Paul nonetheless thought the Rapture would happen either in his lifetime or shortly thereafter. So do I. I believe the Rapture will happen in my lifetime.
“Well,” you say, “if Paul thought the Rapture would happen in his lifetime, and it didn’t—and if men of God throughout the ages have felt as though they were living in the last days and the Rapture would happen in their lifetimes, and it didn’t—doesn’t it seem foolish to think the Rapture will happen in your lifetime?”
Not at all. Throughout the history of the church, the greatest men and women of the faith have all lived their lives believing that the Lord’s coming was nigh. And even though the Lord didn’t come when they thought He would, looking for His return impacted their lives in such a way that they left their mark on history and will be rewarded greatly in eternity (2Ti_4:8). Luther, Calvin, Spurgeon, Finney, Moody, Torrey all felt the Lord’s coming was close at hand. Put me in their company any day!
I choose to live my life looking for the Lord’s coming. And if I am wrong, even if He doesn’t come back for another five hundred years, I would rather go through the days I have left looking for the sudden appearing of Jesus Christ because I know the effect it has upon the life of any man or woman who believes He could come today: One’s heart does not get troubled as easily. One is not prone to sin so readily. If you want to live a zealous, exciting, fulfilling, pure Christian life, live it looking for the Lord’s coming .” 1Jn 3:3  And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

I don’t really have anything to add to that.