PIERCING THE DARKNESS
2Tim. 3:1 ¶ This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
We are obviously experiencing a melt down in our society. Our Christian, Protestant heritage in our country has been eroded in my life time. We would never imagine the horrors that have crept in among us. Columbine marked the beginning of a new season, characterized by our godless culture. As many people have recently said, “America’s chickens are coming home to roost”. The recent debacle at the Batman movie in Colorado seems to have launched us into a new level of insanity. Perilous times have come. Paul’s prophesy is being fulfilled. Here are a couple of word definitions on the word perilous. Vincent emphasized it being a specific season.
Perilous times-Lit. hard times- denotes a definite, specific season.
Thayer spoke of the difficulty in facing and surviving perilous times
1) hard to do, to take, to approach
2) hard to bear, troublesome, dangerous
Matthew Henry exposes the self centeredness that precipitates this violent behavior. Obviously this man they call the Joker was only consumed with himself, he was miserable and no one else mattered. This was clearly a mark of the perilous times.
“Paul tells Timothy what would be the occasion of making these times perilous, or what shall be the marks and signs whereby these times may be known. Self-love will make the times perilous. Who is there who does not love himself? But this is meant of an irregular sinful self-love. Men love their carnal selves better than their spiritual selves. Men love to gratify their own lusts, and make provision for them, more than to please God and do their duty. Instead of Christian charity, which takes care for the good of others, they will mind themselves only, and prefer their own gratification before the church’s edification.”
For us who are His living in these dark times the opportunities are all around us. When these difficult seasons are pummeling the world, the lost have nothing left to put their confidence in. There is no where to hide, even the movie theaters are dangerous.
Today, during these prophesied perilous times, it is our time to present Christ to a traumatized world. As Jesus predicted, men’s hearts would be failing them for fear. For the Christian we have a shelter to run to in these dark days. The Lord is our defense and rather than hiding away in fear, we stand in confidence, presenting Christ to the world. Timothy lived in perilous times. Church members were being arrested and killed as he pastored the church in Ephesus. Paul told him to stir up the gift of God that he had received through the laying on of hands. He also said, God had not given him a spirit of fear but of love, power, and a sound mind. It is in times like we are living in that we discover who we are and what we believe. Darkness is covering the earth but the light of the gospel pierces the darkness.