They Will Consider Nothing Sacred: The Last Days According To Jesus and Paul

I was reluctant to post this… But I am anyway.

Considering the world we inhabit today, with all the war, natural disasters, and fears of war or terrorist attacks, I have become increasingly curious about the very real possibility of the end of mankind. Many people are bewildered by the incredible suffering and darkness of our times, but the Bible predicted this long ago. I am not fanatical or paranoid, but, after reading what Jesus and Paul wrote, I realize that we are commanded to keep our eyes open to the state of our world, and to watch for the “signs” of the times. We are not to be consumed with terror, but rather live a life of urgency and purpose. We are to realize we don’t have all the time in the world to do what we’d like, and that we should consider what might be the best use of our time and life. Here is what the Bible has to say. Paul describes the world and the last days leading up to the apocalypse in his second letter to Timothy.

“…in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly… [their] teachers oppose truth… They have depraved minds and a counterfeit faith. But they won’t get away with this for long. Someday everyone will recognize what fools they are…

“…a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them what their itching ears want to hear. They will reject truth and chase after myths.” (2 Timothy 3:1- 4:5)

Does that not sound word for word like today? Ch 4:5 makes me think of the huge atheist movement and the mass success of books by Hitchens, Dawkins, and Harris. The rest sounds so much like modern pop culture today it’s spooky. These are prophesies that appear to be coming true. “They will consider nothing sacred…” just look at the market for pornography, and human trafficking, look at abortion, and not to mention the relaxation in morality in terms of any type of sexuality today. “…people will love only themselves and their money… They will betray their friends… love pleasure rather than God.” Isn’t that the truth? Daniel Chapter 12 talks about knowledge increasing greatly and people traveling the world a lot like today. Knowledge increases, in the modern world, faster in one year than it used to in a whole century. Here is the exact quote from verse 4 of chapter 12, “But you, Daniel, keep this prophesy a secret…until the time of the end, when many will rush here and there, and knowledge will increase.” Eerie am I right? That was written thousands of years ago…

Apocalypse by Vasnetsov

Apocalypse by Vasnetsov

As Mark writes,
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Jesus goes on to foretell the end times,

Don’t let anyone mislead you, for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. But all of this is only the first of the birth pains with more to come.

“Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers. And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other. And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people. Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24: 4-14)

The above passage mentions several things that are quite interesting. Interesting because it seems many of them have and are coming to pass every year. The 20th century was the bloodiest century in the history of mankind. More people died in that century from conflict than any other, and the 21st century isn’t having a great start either with dozens of wars going on this very minute, and millions killed through genocide. Millions more killed in famines, tsunami’s, floods, and earthquakes just in the last ten years.

Anti Christ

Anti Christ

Jesus continues to describe the last days, “… And pray that your flight will not be in winter or on the Sabbath. For there will be greater anguish than at any time since the world began. And it will never be so great again. In fact, unless that time of calamity is shortened, not a single person will survive. But it will be shortened for the sake of God’s chosen ones… false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones. See I have warned you about this ahead of time.

“So if someone tells you, ‘Look, the Messiah is out in the desert,’ don’t bother to go and look. Or, ‘Look, he is hiding here,’ don’t believe it! For as lightning flashes in the  east and shines to the west, so it will be when the Son of Man comes. Just as the gathering of vultures shows there is a carcass nearby, so these signs indicate that the end is near…

“…Now learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branches bud and its leaves begin to sprout, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see all these things, you can know His return is very near, right at the door…

“…However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven…

“When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day. In those days before the flood, the people were enjoying banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat. People didn’t realize what was happening until the flood came and swept them all away. That is the way it will be when the Son of Man comes…

“So you too must keep watch! For you don’t know what day the Lord is coming.” (Matthew 24: 20-42)

I think many Christians overlook verse 36 when they start trying to calculate Christ’s return. That is not my intent here. I am merely pointing out the spooky resemblances between these passages and today’s world. Many people point out that at any given time in history, people have tried to relate these apocalyptic passages to their surroundings, but I want to point out that in every way, our world is different from the way the world was even just 200 years ago. These are unprecedented times in terms of the development of man technologically, and scientifically. Man has also developed and honed his cruelty, violence, seeking after darkness, and sexual depravity. These are unstable, tumultuous times.  I think we should keep our eyes open, our hearts prepared, and not lose focus on what is important… Loving others, and spreading the Good News until we can’t anymore.

Readers Note: I am in no ways AT ALL thoroughly educated on preterism or dispensationalism nor do I know where I stand as of yet on either stance though I am leaning toward being a moderate preterist. With that said, this is just purely laying out the warnings found in scripture, and pointing out the similarities to today. I am not even listing many prophesies that have already come true. Maybe I will do so in another post at another time.

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