Could last days mean those of an individual instead of Armageddon?
Much of what is spoken about the Bible often includes the reference to the end of days or the rapture, as some like to say but all in all the final definition is called Armageddon. To better explain, many people have begun to quote 2nd timothy chapter 3 versus 1 through 5 and some who read it will actually believe it to be so. Funny how these same people can also quote the words that tells us that no man knows the date, hour or minutes that Jesus will return to earth, if indeed he returns at all. So what would be the purpose of telling and reminding people what Paul wrote to Timothy in a letter if not to pass on bad intelligence or it is truly what they believe. If it is truly what they believe then I can respect that but if it is for any other purpose then we all should stand up, step up and call them out. To help you do this I am going to type directly from my Bible 2nd Timothy versus 1 through 5 for you to read, then I am going to tell you what my truth is followed by another verses from this same chapter that should help you understand why the words written are not the words of God but something more simple and the purpose for which this simple writing is supposed to serve.
2nd Timothy chapter 3 versus 1 through 5 is written to say “You may know this too, Timothy, that in the last days it is going to be very difficult to be a Christian. For people will love only themselves and their money: they will be proud and boastful, sneering at God, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful to them, and thoroughly bad. They will be hardheaded and never give in to others: they will be constant liars and troublemakers and will think nothing of immorality. They will be rough and cruel and sneer at those who try to be good. They will betray their friends: they will be hotheaded, puffed up with pride and prefer good times to worshiping God. They will go to church, yes, but they won’t really believe anything they hear. Don’t be taken in by people like that”.
We are told this because some think we should know when the end times are near so we can try and make up for all the bad we have done before the rapture or Armageddon but because no one knows the exact time, many figure it may be too early to start doing the right thing or far too late. My truth is this, the message passed on to Timothy from Paul was not about the end of the world but about the end of your earthly existence. It was designed not for the entire of humanity but for each individual. When you find yourself doing the things Paul warns against in these verses, you have a choice to stop and change courses or continue. This is an individual call to action and if we all heed this lesson, image how much greater we will be as a people because those things designed to trick us will not trip us up.
Why my truth is also that the Bible is not the word of God can also be found in this same 2nd Timothy chapter 3 verses 16 through 17 were it is written “the whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives: it straightens us out and helps us do what is right. It is God’s way of making us well prepared at every point, fully equipped to do good to everyone”. In other words, use what you read here as a way of checking the directions in which you are headed, learn from the example that they set. You see where they may have gone wrong and you see where they may have gone right. Use the intelligence that God blessed you with to decide which is which and then choose your path. No one else can do this for you, this is one trip you have to arrange, schedule and take all on your own. Are you up to the challenge?