Posted on September 30, 2015 Updated on September 30, 2015
This entry was posted in Holiness and tagged Relationships.
Thank you for this post! Am sharing it at a meet tomorrow. God bless you Sir!
“But you must know this: in the last days perilous times shall come” (2 Tim. 3:1). The following is from John Parsons, “Hebrew for Christians.”
“Notice that this knowledge is not optional, since the Greek verb is imperative (i.e., Τοῦτο δὲ γίνωσκε – “this you must know…”). In order to heed this commandment, then, we need to understand some of the language being used in this verse.
The Greek phrase “in the last days” (ἐν ἐσχάταις ἡμέραις) refers to the prophesied “End of Days,” sometimes called acharit ha-yamim (אַחֲרִית הַיָּמִים) in Hebrew. Eschatos (ἔσχατος) refers to the end point of a sequence, indicating its outcome or final expression. In the context of Paul’s letter, then, the “last days” ultimately refers to the period of the Great Tribulation (צָרָה גְדוֹלָה) just before Yeshua returns to establish His Kingdom in Zion.
Notice that Paul states that the time before the End of Days would be perilous (χαλεπός). In the entire New Testament, the only other place we find this Greek word is in Matthew 8:28, where it describes fierce demonic activity. Indeed, the word “perilous” likely comes from a Greek verb (χαλάω) that means “to let down from a higher place to a lower,” thereby creating a sort of spiritual “chasm” or rift, which again suggests that Satan’s activity will be increased upon the earth.
In the “End of Days,” then, a wave of fierce demonic activity will appear upon the earth that will menace and terrorize others.
Are we then to live in fear of these things? No. “There is no fear in God’s love” (φόβος οὐκ ἔστιν ἐν τῇ ἀγάπῃ). The Greek word translated “times” in this verse (καιροὶ) is also translated as “appointed times” (מוֹעֲדִים) in the Scriptures.
God has appointed this time to be one of judgment upon the earth, and we are therefore forewarned so that we can speak the truth and offer healing to the world… God will never leave us nor forsake us; He will walk with us through the waters, and through the fires, chaverim (Isa. 43:2). Our Good Shepherd knows how to calm the storms around us…” (John Parsons, Hebrew for Christians). Blessings, 2 Tim 2:10-13, Rev. 12::
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