2 Timothy 3 lists 18 very explicit behaviors that we will witness in the time of the end. Never in my lifetime have I seen such rage and hatred everywhere we look.
1. People will be lovers of themselves
2. lovers of money
8. without love
11. without self-control
13. not lovers of the good,
17. lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God
18. having a form of godliness but denying its power
He also says children will be disobedient.
Paul says: “Have nothing to do with such people.”
Such division today leaves me without a description. There are no words invented to describe the magnitude of people trying to ruin other people because of jealousy, greed, narcissistic attitudes, and vengeance reigning in peoples hearts even Christians. Christians who think they are the only ones who have knowledge while exhibiting stiff necked, all about me and my knowledge making others out to be fools, are raising a huge sword of division and yet refuse to recognize the root of the problem.
In this case its the yeast of the Pharisees.
In the other cases such as social media bullying and public humiliation, its satan and his sharpest swords of lies, greed and jealousy.
After all he tricked Eve into feeling these very emotions by pointing out the beautiful fruit in the garden that God had forbidden. He placed a seed of jealousy and greed in her heart and it grew, condemning all of mankind. But satan didnt know that God would not leave His creation condemned. When he found that out he set out to do the same to all men. Satan is elated with the recent internet developments because now he can sow a simple seed and that seed will travel the world causing pain and shame in a matter of seconds. Hell will be infinitely filled with this rage, hatred and deceit. All of the rage and hatred in the world and our communities we see today can be linked to jealousy and greed, breeding contempt, deceit and division. It stops with you.
“In psychoanalysis, Freud
defined hate as an ego state that wishes to destroy the source of its unhappiness. More recently, the Penguin Dictionary of Psychology defines hate as a “deep, enduring, intense emotion expressing animosity, anger, and hostility towards a person, group, or object.”
From a Biblical perspective: “The Old Testament (also known as the Jewish Bible, the Tanakh) also contains condemnations of hatred. For example, “thou shalt not hate thy brother in thy heart”. The New Testament emphasizes that evil intentions can be as serious as evil actions. Thus John counted hatred as serious as murder: “whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer and you know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in himself” (1 John 3).So if your harboring hatred in your heart God considers you a murderer, thats how serious this is.
If your facing hatred and division, lift your eyes to the Lord, trust in Him, and choose not to let someones sinful behavior affect your life. Give it to God. Vengeance is mine saith the Lord. Keep your eyes focused on Jesus!
Credit to wikipedia, Bible Gateway, photo credit: wikimedia commons public domain