Wisdom In These Last Days Part 1
As we approach the end of the year, it is important for us to also contemplate the events that would herald the last days, according to God’s divine calendar. Many of such events are already occurring in quick succession.
These are indeed the last moments of the last days, when believers should be filled with the wisdom of God and come under His protection.
Unfortunately, many who claim to know the Lord do not accept or understand that we are living in the last days.
Just like the people of Sodom and Gomorrah in the Bible failed to acknowledge that they were living in the last days, many believers are unaware that we are living in the last days of this world. The times are dangerous, insecure, trying, tempting, corrupting, critical and unsafe because the devil is working overtime to get believers off the narrow path that leads to heaven. For this reason, we need wisdom in order to be secured and preserved.
Situations will try to hinder, limit, slow down and eventually stop or make us question what we have learnt. But Apostle Paul exhorts: “Continue thou in the things which thou hast learned”. He knew that it is the Scripture that makes us “wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” Therefore, we should read, study, believe and obey every part of it to be “perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” We must not use the Scripture to cover up or excuse our imperfections. God’s Word is our wisdom and protection.
Life in the last days would not be difficult to discern for those who observantly obey and follow the landmarks outlined in the scripture. For instance, the characteristics of the lives of transgressors in the last days would be utterly atrocious.
The Bible says that men shall be lovers of self, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers who think they are gods and possess the final authority over their own lives.
They would belittle and refuse to recognise God. They would be disobedient to parents, unholy and without natural affection. They would be so concentrated on self that they would not consider others. Even now, they break marriage covenant once they are not pleased. They are fierce and take delight in violence and fighting. They despise those who are more talented or better than them. They are traitors, heady, high-minded and lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God.
All they have is selfishness, self-exaltation, self-indulgence, self-seeking and self-centredness. They “seek their own (and) not the things which are Jesus Christ’s”. They are less concerned about morals, salvation, true worship and God’s demand. They live carelessly because they are given to pleasures. “But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.”
Other characteristics of transgressors, which are common in these last days include: (1) love of self; (2) love of pleasure; (3) love of money. If some people were not paid, they would decline to offer their gifts and talents for the work of God. Also, the love of money has made many to excuse false doctrines and compromise their faith. “The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money”; (4) love of the world; (5) love of darkness. Secret sects are on the increase today because people like to indulge in secret covenants.
Although they profess to know the Lord and identify with the church, they have pleasure in unrighteousness, false doctrine and the secrecy of their secret societies. (6) Love of strange women. Unimaginable things happen in the world today, as well as the church because of the love of strange women and unequal yoke in marriage. It happened to Solomon. “…Even him did outlandish women cause to sin” (7) love of violence. To escape the corruption of these last days, we must be convicted, converted and completely cleansed.
Further Reading (King James Version): 2 Timothy 3:1; 1 Timothy 4:1,2; 2 Peter 3:3-5; 1 John 2:18; Revelation 12:12; 2 Timothy 3:1,2,5,7,14-17; Deuteronomy 4:2,4-6; 2 Timothy 3:1,2,4; Philippians 2:21; Isaiah 47:8; 1 Timothy 5:6; 6:9-11; Micah 3:11; Luke 22:3-5; 1 John 2:15-17; James 4:4; 2 Timothy 4:10; John 3:18-20; 2 Thessalonians 2:10; 1 Kings 11:1-9; Nehemiah 13:26; Psalms 11:3-5; 52:3-5; John 14:30