Our title might be intimidating for some, provocative for others, and because we think we are such an enlightened generation, it will perhaps be insulting to others because it speaks of a world full of violence, wickedness, and God’s judgment.  Then there are those that are not ashamed of being Christians and who read their bibles and worship God in the beauty of His holiness.

“But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power” (2 Timothy 3:1-5)

In the Church, “Because lawlessness is increased, most people's love will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12).  The Church, in increasing measure, is imbibing the doctrines of demons.  Error is becoming more popular than truth, and God’s truth is side-lined for the sake of modern interpretation.  And, as the love for pleasure is increasing the love for God grows cold.

Tough times require tough love.  It means making a stand for Jesus who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.  Love does not encourage sin and ungodliness.  Sentimentality might, but love does not.  We are not to change Scripture, Scripture is to change us.

“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Saviour, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.

These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you” (Titus 2:11-15)

The Referendum in June laid bare the heart of our nation.  Secularism and atheism have made deep inroads during the years of our membership in the EU.  The Referendum brought the worst out of our political leaders, with various politicians in the Remain camp describing those that wanted to leave the EU in various derogatory terms close to those listed here.

[Those that want to remain in the EU]

  1. Strong (spiritually)
  2. Active
  3. Intelligent (or capable)

he is a good person regardless of other “vices”.

[Those that want to leave the EU]

  1. Weakness
  2. Laziness
  3. Stupidity

are the only things [sic] that can be called vices

This actually was a list Joseph Stalin wrote (not about the EU) in the flyleaf of Lenin’s 1939 edition of “Materialism and Empiriocriticism”.  This age is no more ‘enlightened’ than any other age!

When Britain held a Referendum on joining the European Common Market, there were Christians that voted to join.  I don’t know how widespread this conviction was, but some didn’t vote to join because they thought Europe was our neighbour and it would be good for Britain to join Europe in this experiment.  They voted to join because they thought it would be bad for the world, and that it would hasten the Day of the Lord.  That was the deception of that particular era.  There are good people, intelligent people, concerned people today that voted to remain in the EU, and one of the cries from some Christians is that Europe is our neighbour; we therefore, according to this view, should love our neighbour by remaining in the EU.  This is as much a misuse of Scripture as those that wanted to hasten the Day of the Lord, and those that use Scripture to say that Jesus was the first Communist.  Deception is a sign of the times, particularly deception in the Church.  It is no good looking to those that claim to be prophets because they are more interested in profits and their bank balance than God’s truth.

Referendum or what?

There is a rising defiance against the result of the Referendum with petitions and thousands of people taking to the streets in protest.  Those, that I call underworld politicians, both home-grown and those overseas, are stirring the waters to defy the result so that Britain in effect remains in the EU.  The Remainers in general, are angry and upset.  Families have split apart with some voting one way and some another.  It appears to me that some have changed their minds since voting.  What has been happening in a few cases is that a number of those that voted to leave the EU are, due to pressure, changing their minds.  The change of mind is down to the fact that family, as they see it, is more important than our commitment or lack of it to the EU.  For this reason and for the sake of peace their conviction to leave the EU is secondary.

I wonder if the petitions and mass rallies are in fact defiance, not just against earthly government, but heavenly government also.  Should the politicians renege and underhandedly Britain remain in the EU, darkness will follow and not the prosperity, peace, and security that has been promised by the Remainer political elite, both elected and underworld.  Families will be livid with one another once again as the promised peace on earth fails in its delivery.  We have another example from Scripture how families divide: “They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law” (Luke 12:53).

Some among the political fold, and some in the Church have said that Britain should remain in the EU to change it from within.  That is an argument people used forty and fifty years ago about the Anglican Church, and look at the crumbling condition of that institution!  The Church of England is morphing into an ungodly alliance of minds and souls that have not the slightest resemblance to the ekklesia of God as revealed in Scripture.  There are times when it is right to come out of a situation.  Revelation 18:4 – “I heard another voice from heaven, saying, ‘Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues.’”  This isn’t speaking about the EU necessarily, but the principle of remaining, to influence and bring change from within is definitely not taught or encouraged here.  Remaining in the EU to change it from within is not necessarily a legitimate argument; indeed, from past experience of the EU it is a very unconvincing argument.

Changing Standards – for better or worse?

During a conversation between news commentators on TV speaking about how Britain has changed, one of them said that it is more disgusting to say that you are a Christian than to say that you smoke.  All agreed, but they didn’t linger on the subject, perhaps because it is not PC on TV.  On the subject of people being lovers of pleasure, a married couple being interviewed on TV news, spoke about the open relationship they have, and how they sleep with people they have never met before – to make their marriage stronger.  This is a deception.  Included in the love of pleasure is the need for entertainment; and entertainment is part of church life in many cases.  People are lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, inside as well as outside the church.  Perceptions of right and wrong, good and evil are changing; morality is changing.  The secular view of man is that when he dies that is it; there is no afterlife, and no God to answer to.  Therefore, “If the dead are not raised, ‘Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die’” (1 Corinthians 15:32).

“For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah.” (Matthew 24:37; Luke 17:26).  This verse is about the suddenness, and unexpected appearing of Jesus.  Those in the days of Noah were not aware of what was about to happen because they rejected the Word of God and the God of the Word. The heavens opened; the rain came down and the floods came up.  Only Noah and his kin were saved out of the Flood.  “God is a righteous judge, a God who displays his wrath every day” (Psalm 7:11).

God saw that the earth was corrupt and full of violence.  All the people of the earth had corrupted their ways (Genesis 6:11).  “God said to Noah, ‘I am going to put an end to all the people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them” (Genesis 913).  The word ‘violence’ (Heb = hamas) is used throughout the Tanakh, and denotes violence motivated by wickedness, not violence intended as chastisement for sin or to restrain sin.  There is much violence in the world today that is not of God, but is the wickedness of man which includes the worship of a false god and gods.  To many involved in this kind of violence it is an object of pleasure, they enjoy what they do while claiming they are doing their god’s will.  In the radical Muslim situation, John 10:10 can be applied to discover where the violence originates.

The earth is corrupt.  That which man is made from, and on which he lives becomes the object of his worship.  He makes idols of wood and stone; he worships nature, the moon and stars, anything but the Living God.  On the 1st June, the Gotthard Base Tunnel in Switzerland took place.  In attendance were some of Europe's most prominent politicians.  Writing for Charisma News about the opening ceremony of the world’s longest tunnel, Michael Snyder asked if the ritual was intended to honour Satan.  He mentions a ‘goat man’ that dies and is resurrected, is worshipped, and is crowned ‘the king of the world.’  Snyder suggests the goat-man resembles Baphomet, a key symbol used in times past to represent Satan; in modern times, Baphomet is considered the human embodiment of Satan in the occult community.

We noted in 2 Timothy 3:1-5 the condition of the human race in the last days.  These verses are a commentary on Matthew 24:37 and Luke 17:26, and the conditions during the days of Noah.  It speaks of things yet to come.  As it was in the days of Noah, the changing perceptions in the world today of right and wrong, good and evil are not just local; they are world-wide.  That is what is different in our day from one-hundred years ago.  In Noah’s day, as far as the people of the earth were concerned, God was dead and man was supreme.  The people did exactly whatever depraved activity gave them pleasure – if it feels good, do it.  There was no restraint, nothing to hold them back from their wicked, corrupt ways (2 Thessalonians 2:6-7).

To understand how we might enter a future that worships violence as a pleasure and something to savour, let us look at one example from the past.  A man called Sade believed that the universe is amoral and cruel.  Therefore, when humans are brutal to each other, they are acting in harmony with the cosmic order.  Sade understood that if materialism is true and the universe is amoral, there’s no reason to sacrifice one’s own pleasure for the good of anyone else.  Gaining pleasure through the suffering of others was a legitimate, trivial pursuit.  He said, “The action which serves me by hurting another is perfectly indifferent to nature.”  Perhaps we are seeing something of this pleasure seeking philosophy developing within the abortion and euthanasia clinics – the kick one gets from killing?  We get the word sadism from Sade; gaining pleasure in directly inflicting suffering and torture on fellow human beings.  In Sade’s world love between humans did not exist:

“It is false that one loves his father; it is false that one can love him; we fear him, but we do not love him; his existence irritates us, and does not please us; self-interest, the holiest of nature’s laws, invincibly urges us to desire the death of a person whose fortune we are awaiting; and in this regard, it is doubtless true that it not only would be easy to hate him, but still more natural to kill him.”

Sade’s pleasure and delight was to kill (John 10:10), torture, murder and sexual abuse, to harm and oppress others.  Might is right and war between humans was normal and natural.  This might be just a glimpse of one aspect of 2 Timothy 3:1-5, and where love for God has grown cold Matthew 24:12.

We think things are bad today, but we might be living in a kindergarten compared with what is to come.  But, what is to come might be the consequence of something that is growing in the world now – the love of most growing cold.  Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.  I repeat it so that it sinks in, cause and effect.

The world will be without excuse.  The Gospel will be preached in the whole world…to all the nations; and, “as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.   For as in those days which were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and they knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall be the coming of the Son of man” (Matthew 24:37-39).  Before the Flood, people were doing their own thing.  There is no mention of them calling on the name of the Lord.

Something quite remarkable happened a couple of days ago which I sensed was of the Lord.  Someone was speaking to me about their workplace.  It is a place of strong opinions and atheism.  During a conversation one man in particular was forcefully stating that there is no God.  The person speaking to me told him there is a God, and the man became enraged because he was contradicted and insisted there is no God.  It appears you can say there is no God, but you are not allowed to say there is a God.  The person speaking to me said that they were no longer going to hold back on their belief, but was going to speak out whatever the consequences.  This person had felt her job was secure during the years with the company, but in recent times with a change in the atmosphere, she feels it is not so now.  There is a new boldness in this person and I wondered if this is something God is doing amongst His people on a wider scale throughout the UK.  I leave that thought with you.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9; Deuteronomy 31:6).

Blessings and shalom,

Malcolm [06.07.2016]