Review of the previous post titled  When Are The Last Days?

In the previous post, I began to explore the topic When Are The Last Days?  My initial findings indicate that the term ‘last days”   refers to future events in specific contexts.  However,  I am yet to explore the meaning of the term in other writings of Apostles Paul, Peter and James.

More from Apostle Paul on the last days

I previously referenced one of Apostle Paul ‘s writings on The Last Days  in which he used the term to refer to revelation in the time of the  prophets versus the time of Christ.  The Apostle also warned Timothy that  “in the last days perilous times shall come, for men shall be…”  (2 Timothy 3: 1). 

When we examine the context of 2 Timothy 3, we see that our dear Apostle gave a prophesy about changes in the human condition or behavior. This is further confirmed by the twinning of  the words in the last days with the use of the future tense for men shall be

This prophecy about the change in the human condition is further confirmed by the usage of  Chalepos, which is the Greek word that Apostle Paul used in the text for perilous.  Chalepos is used only in one other text in scripture to describe the extremely fierce behavior of  two demon possessed men who terrorized everyone that dared to pass by the tombs in which they lived in the Gergesenes/Gadarenes.  Apostle Luke writing also about the event in Luke 8, must have focused on one of  these men, describing him as naked, physically strong and wandering about:

And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierceG5467 so that no man might pass by that way – Matthew 8: 28.

Therefore, when we reexamine Apostle Paul’s prophecy with this new understanding,  we can truly say that his words have been fulfilled:

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: 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 lusts,

Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as their’s also was.

Apostle James on the Last Days

I had to read the preceding scriptures in order to understand the context in which Apostle James wrote about the last days. The Apostle wrote to the to “the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad” (James 1: 1).  James rebuked these believers because they were awed by wealth, showed partiality to rich people and more importantly, were guilty of hoarding their riches instead of investing in the Kingdom of  Christ:

Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:

10 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away – James 1.

1 My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism.

Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in.

If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,”

have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? – James 2.

The Apostle warned the brethren about the corruption of  their riches, then gave a prophecy about the FUTURE miseries that would come upon them. This letter is not a warning about wealth, but rather about the corruption of riches which had been HOARDED for personal use rather than invested into the Kingdom of Christ.

Apostle James also warned the brethren that they should invest their treasures in heaven instead of storing them up unused on the earth, because misery would come on them, like the rich man in the parable. They were so mean towards the Kingdom of  Christ that the symbols of wealth had become rusty and moth-eaten:

1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.

Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.

Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days – James 5.

It seems that Apostle James prophesied about economic and financial collapses.  His  warnings about the world focus of the believers came from the teachings of  His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal

But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also – Matthew 6: 19 – 21.

It seems to me that the warning of the Lord to the church of the Laodiceans could apply to these believers:

15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see – Revelation 3.

More to come from Apostle Peter.

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