In This World
Written by Michael Herbert
The word tribulation means a state of great trouble or suffering. Jesus stated since we are prone to being scared and although our minds, at times, go out of control Jesus wanted to assure us that 1. Not to be surprised when hard times come for they will come.2. Because Jesus is God he knows the precise time when events will happen. In fact, Jesus is never caught off guard. The times leading up to the end time will be full of trouble and suffering. This is not a standard message in today’s church but yet is true.
In 2 Timothy chapter 3, the Apostle Paul makes his case for the conditions that will be present in the end times. But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.
They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also do these teachers oppose the truth. They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone. In Romans 1 God gives these people over to Their deprived minds.
He not only is very specific but 100% accurate. Jesus said we do not know the hour of his return m, however, he lists the conditions and as the end draws near we can see the intensity to which events are happening. Jesus makes it clear we shouldn’t be surprised, but when troubles and suffering come, if it’s outside of willfully sinning, then we need to look to the skies from where hell comes from.
There are people who are not interested in the truth nor do they want to give up their dark lifestyles in order to come into the light. The Bible says that man loves darkness. Their actions of hatred of God and increasingly towards others express that so clearly. It is remarkable as a man may be in this state, yet God still pursues them to bring them to salvation. May the Light of the Good News of Jesus reach every heart.