Message 23 - By Jerry D. Green



Since Jesus hung on that cross almost 2000 years ago, there has truly been more written about Him than any other person who has ever walked on this earth. I can open my web browser and type in a word or two: Jesus, Bible, Christian, gospel, etc., and I am immediately flooded with more information than I could read, and/or, that my natural mind could ingest and decipher in ten lifetimes: Books, songs, articles, and stories; you name them, and they’re there in an instant. Much of this material is written by men and women whose names I’ve never heard. Many have long, important looking titles, some of which, I can’t even pronounce; and which, concerning their meaning, I know not. To be honest it’s all rather depressing to me, to see such a wonderful, simple, and powerful gospel, destroyed by those who have no idea what the true gospel of God, and of Jesus Christ is about. God did, however, forewarn us that this would be the case; and that is what this message is about. May we all take heed to God’s warning.


II Timothy 3:1-9 KJV

“This know also, that IN THE LAST DAYS perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof (the power of the true “…gospel of Christ: …[which is] the power of God unto salvation…,” a gospel which, believed, makes free indeed from sin; I Corinthians 1:18-24; Romans 1:16-18; John 8:34-36): from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers (many, and/or various) lusts, EVER LEARNING, (but) …never able to come to the KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH (that would make them free from sin; John 8:30-36). Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also RESIST THE TRUTH: men (and today, women also, who are) of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be (made) manifest unto all…, as theirs also was.”

In these passages Paul is forewarning Timothy, and unbeknown to himself, the church of Jesus Christ for all time, that perilous times were coming to the church in the last days. But when would the last days begin? Surely today, we are living in the very last of the last days before Jesus returns to “…smite the nations: and… rule them with a rod of iron…” (Revelation 19:15); but the last days began, with the first coming of Jesus and His earthly ministry. The writer of Hebrews tells us this. God “…Hath IN THESE LAST DAYS spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds” (the universe: Hebrews 1:2); while Jude tells us in verses 17 and 18 of his epistle, “…Beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of (by) the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should (would) be mockers (Strong’s #1702; this Greek word, which is translated scoffers in II Peter 3:3, means “a derider, i.e. [by implication] a false teacher,” or teachers) IN THE LAST TIME, who… (would) …walk after their own ungodly lust” (Jude 1:17-18). One of those great apostles of our Lord, of whom Jude was likely speaking, was the apostle John; who writes, “Little children, IT IS THE LAST TIME: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there MANY antichrists; whereby we know that IT IS THE LAST TIME. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they (it) might be made manifest that they were NOT ALL of us (I John 2:18-19). These scriptures tell us that the last days (or, the last time[s]) began with the ministry of Jesus, and continued through the inception of the church until now. They also tell us that the antichrists (the false teachers) were there from the very beginning of the last time. We can always know that the only antichrist (singular), or, antichrists (plural) we need to be concerned about are those found in the church, who were at one time, a part of the church of Jesus Christ. For, as John says, “They went out from us, but they were not of us. And the apostle Paul says, “…I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things (distorted, corrupted, perversions of the truth), to draw away disciples after them(selves) (Acts 20:29-30; Galatians 1:6-9; II Corinthians 11:3-13).

Let us therefore, not forget, that through the words of Paul, God is sending this message to the church for all time. Mankind (which is the present, evil, world), has for all time been lovers of their own selves; and, of their own. And because it is in man’s nature to be so, to some extent, all men are covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, and lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. There was nothing new in these words, as pertaining to the world (fallen mankind), but this message was (and is) to the church.

Also, because it is in the nature of man to do so, man always tries to rationalize that which pertains to God. He is EVER LEARNING, ever searching, ever seeking a way, some way, any way to God, except THE way, which is Jesus Christ and His gospel (John 14:6). “For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching (the gospel of Jesus, the Christ; Romans 1:16) to save them that believe (it). For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ (and Him) crucified (the most essential elements of the gospel of Christ), unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ (and His gospel, is both) the power of God, and the wisdom of God” (unto man; I Corinthians 1:21-24).

In the centuries which followed those first great (eye witness) apostles, the church steadily declined. And just as the apostles had warned, the scholars, the writers, the false teachers, etc. (the intellectuals), as well as those who walked “…after their own ungodly lust…, steadily diminished the power of the true church, through the destruction of the true gospel message. And, just as the apostles and prophets had warned, “…the time… (soon came) …when they… (would) …not endure sound doctrine; but… having itching ears…, …they heap(ed) to themselves teachers after their own lusts; And they …turn(ed) away their ears from the truth, … (which was, and is) …turned into fables” (II Timothy 4:34).

During the nineteen hundred plus years since those first eye witness apostles, there were also the many Monks, as well as other church sponsored men, who spent their entire lives praying, studying, teaching, writing, etc.; none of which is bad in itself; but why take something so simple and powerful, and make something so complicated out of it that it loses its power to save? As Paul tells the Corinthians, “…I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” (II Corinthians 11:3). And the proverb says, “In the multitude of words there wanteth (lacketh ) not sin…” (Proverbs 10:19). I’m not saying there’s always sin in a multitude of words; but I am saying that in the multitude of words there is always greater opportunity for the enemy to interject his beguiling words of man’s wisdom and deception.

“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to THE TIME OF THE END: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased (Daniel 12:4). Exactly what period of time this is referring to I can’t say for sure, but I believe it to be the sealed book which the “…Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, …prevailed to open…” (Revelation 5:5). Since there are still mysteries in the book not yet revealed in their fullness, I believe the days we are living in are the very last of the last days of “…the time of the end. It certainly fits the phrase concerning increased with knowledge.

We all know that the world has had an explosion of knowledge in the past two centuries. Before the eighteen hundreds, things changed little from century to century. But in just the last century alone, knowledge has increased many fold. The most frightening thing to me, however, is the increase of knowledge in the church. With the explosion of worldly knowledge, has also come an explosion of so-called spiritual knowledge. So many so-called men and women of God have their own revelation and their own truth which only comes to those you purchase their books, their tapes, their CDs, and/or support their TV programs, etc. I’m not saying there are not true men and women of God out there, but what troubles me is their spiritual revelations and answers which are so much like the world’s. They’re “EVER LEARNING, … (but) never able to come to the KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH…” which makes a person “…free indeed…” from sin (John 8:30-36). We should be very mindful of false teachers, even as Paul warned the Colossians, “Beware lest any man spoil you (that is, to subtlety lead you away as booty; to seduce you) through philosophy (the love and pursuit of wisdom by intellectual means and moral self-discipline) and vain deceit (empty delusions), after the tradition of men (truth which has been corrupted through small, subtle changes from generation to generation), after the rudiments of (that which has its roots in; or, stems from) the world, and not after Christ” (Colossians 2:8). How perfectly this verse of scripture portrays the condition of the church today. In every aspect, the church has adopted the worlds way of doing things. From the way it worships and conducts its services, to the answer for all its problems; the world’s principles and numerical step programs have all found their way into the church’s curriculum.  No longer do preachers and teachers in the church believe in the power of the true gospel of Jesus, the Christ. No longer do they preach and teach faith in the broken (bruised) body and shed blood of Jesus, the Christ, as the answer for anything; much less freedom from sin. We of the church are too wise to believe there’s power in the preaching of the cross of Christ (I Corinthians 1:18). It seems that with all of our vast knowledge and continual learning, we just really don’t have a need anymore for God, or for Jesus Christ, or for His gospel; for anything (Revelation 3:17). “The prophets (continue to) prophesy (preach, and teach) falsely, and the priests bear rule by their (own) means; and MY people LOVE to have it so: … (BUT) WHAT WILL YE DO IN THE END THEREOF?” (Jeremiah 5:31).

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