But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 Timothy 3:1 (NIV).
This section of 2 Timothy talks about the end times. It’s heavy stuff, not for the faint of faith. And it’s heavy stuff that people have been hauling, dreading, and contemplating for two thousand years.
Wikipedia defines “Christian eschatology” as “a major branch of study within Christian theology dealing with the “last things.” Eschatology, from two Greek words meaning “last” (ἔσχατος) and “study” (-λογία), is the study of ‘end things’, whether the end of an individual life, the end of the age, the end of the world or the nature of the Kingdom of God. Broadly speaking, Christian eschatology is the study concerned with the ultimate destiny of the individual soul and the entire created order, based primarily upon biblical texts within the Old and New Testament.”
Yep. What they said.
Even from the beginning of the Christian church, we’ve contemplated the end of it here. Not long before His crucifixion, Jesus spoke of it extensively in Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21. And He inspired John to write extensively about it in the Revelation. If you haven’t done so, go read these accounts for yourself. It isn’t for the faint of faith. Yet read them again and again and you’ll find your faith strengthened.
That’s a good thing because we’re in the last days. Face it, my friend: this life is a one-way death trip. Every day we celebrate life and live we are one day closer to death. Whether these are the last days of terrestrial history or simply the last days of our lives, we are living through them now. Do you think terrible things happen?
You know the answer.
Paul warned Timothy about it. He warned Timothy to teach that people should love Jesus every day, should live as God’s chosen followers every minute of every day because any day may be the last. Paul and Peter may have been talking about the end of time as the “last days” yet their advice pertains to both those last days of Earth as well as all of our days on Earth.
Scoffers gonna scoff; haters gonna hate. Those who are determined to be unpersuaded of this man Jesus will remain so. It’s their choice, their self-inflicted misery. They aren’t happy with that knowledge and are determined that you be as unhappy as they are. So they’ll insult you, ridicule your faith, persecute your actions, hate you for who you believe in. It was this way in 1st Century Judea and Asia Minor; it is the same way now. It’s heavy, not for the weak to bear even as they, too, must find a way to bear through it. That way is found only in Jesus Christ.
For further reading: 1 Timothy 4:1, 2 Peter 3:3, 2 Timothy 3:1.
Lord Jesus, come quickly. These times are as You predicted, full of evil scoffers. Come and remake all things new.