trends of last days

We are living in a time period the Bible describes as the Last Days and perilous times. After mentioning the perilous times the Scriptures immediately begin to talk about people and the trends of their behavior. Part of the peril of perilous times is people. Paul in writing to Timothy is referring to the general direction people’s behavior would tend to move toward. Such trends have always been a part of the spirit of the world with its culture and will continue in the Last Days but the exhortation to Timothy was also about people in the Church. The context of 2 Timothy makes this clear (2 Tim. 1:14; 2:20, 21; 3:7, 17; 4:3) that it will be in the Church also. Those Believers being indoctrinated with and addicted to only “hype” and “happy talk” messages may find these trends hard to believe. The following is a word study of each of these trends of behavior. “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be….”

1. LOVERS OF THEIR OWNSELVES – philantos; lover of oneself; selfish; fond of self
2. COVETOUS – philarguros; loving money (arguros, silver) money loving; fond of silver; avarice or greed for riches and wealth
3. BOASTERS – alazon; a boaster; primarily signifies a wanderer about the country a vagabond, an imposter; braggart; an empty pretender
4. PROUD – huperephanos; showing oneself above others; appearing above others; preeminent; arrogant; disdainful; proud; overtopping; overestimating one’s merits while despising or treating others with contempt
5. BLASPHEMERS – blasphemos; abusive; speaking evil; a railer; one who spreads false, malicious, and harmful statements meant to hurt someone’s reputation
6. DISOBEDIENT TO PARENTS – apeithes; unwilling to be persuaded; spurning belief; disobedient; incompliant
7. UNTHANKFUL- acharistos; ungrateful; thankless and unappreciative
8. UNHOLY – anosios; unholy; profane, impious; defile and make common
9. WITHOUT NATURAL AFFECTION – astorgos; hard-hearted towards kindred; especially of parents for children and children for parents (from a negative prefix “a”, plus “storge,” love of kindred affection)
10. TRUCEBREAKERS – aspondos; lit. denotes without libation; without a truce; without being poured out like a sacrifice; a libation (a sacrifice) accompanied the making of treaties and compacts; one who cannot be persuaded to enter into a covenant or one who is implacable; can also signify untrue to one’s promise;
11. FALSE ACCUSERS – diablos; a false accuser; slanderer; to say untrue or malicious things about; to defame, slander or vilify
12. INCONTINENT – akrates; without self control; intemperate; without self restraint; powerless
13. FIERCE – anemeros; not tame; savage; wild; crude; lacking polish and civility; distasteful and of a violently cruel nature
14. DESPISERS OF THOSE THAT ARE GOOD – aphilagathos; hostile to virtue; opposed to goodness and good men; not lovers of good (opposite of philogathos loving that which is good Titus 1:8)
15. TRAITORS – prodotes; a betrayer; traitor; giving forward into or handing over to an enemies hands;One who betrays his country, cause, or friends; one who violates the allegiance owed
16. HEADY – propetes; lit. means falling forwards; headstrong – determined not to follow orders or advice but to do as one pleases; self-willed; reckless; rash; abrupt or curt in behavior or speech;
17. HIGH-MINDED – tuphoo; lit. to wrap in smoke; used metaphorically for conceit; puffed up; to inflate with self-conceit; to render insolent (boldly disrespectful in speech or behavior; arrogantly contemptuous; overbearing)
18. LOVERS OF PLEASURES – philedonos; loving pleasure (from hedone – pleasure); the self-indulgent pursuit of pleasure as a way of life; in psychology hedonism is the theory that a person acts in such a way as to seek pleasure and avoid pain
19. MORE THAN LOVERS OF GOD (a lover of God) – philotheos; fond of God; affectionate, tender,loving
20. HAVING A FORM OF GODLINESS – morphosis; a form or outline; an image or impress; an outward semblance
21. DENYING THE POWER THEREOF- arneomai; to contradict; to not accept; to reject something offered; to renounce, forsake or abrogate a thing.

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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