Wednesday December 23, 2009
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
"Prophecy written to you"

2 Tim. 3:1 KJV begins prophecy written to you by telling you about your days, the days connecting you to prophecy:

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

This prophecy draws attention to the people responsible for these perilous times by defining their character; 2 Tim. 3:2 KJV continues:

For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy

Do you know anyone falling into one of these categories? In your lifetime, did you ever expect to see these days come to pass?

With Christ returning soon, Matthew 24:37 KJV helps you connect with this prophecy by reminding you that the days you are now living overlay the wicked Days of Noah:

But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Written to you, 2 Tim. 3:3-5 KJV continues describing the ones included in this self fulfilling prophecy:

[3] Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

“Without natural affection” describes homosexuals and more than ever they are making themselves known. Support from our government and certain religious denominations should convince you that these days are here.

[4] Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

Placing your own desires ahead of God’s is highminded and He has a right to call you on it.

[5] Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

From those God is describing, He instructs you to turn away and 2 Tim. 3:13 KJV reminds you that the worse is yet to come:

But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

Understanding prophecy is a blessing and 2 Tim. 3:14 KJV suggests that you use it, use it to stand firm against evil.

But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;

God uses prophecy to teach as 2 Tim. 3:15 KJV continues making the point:

And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able



to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

It has been from a very young age that you have known there is more to God’s Word that you have been taught.

2 Tim. 3:16 KJV reminds you that prophecy is the Word of God, your foundation, and your inspiration…the stuff that prepares you for these perilous days:

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Prophecy written to you is inspiration; inspiration that puts you in motion as seeing where you are in time reconnects you with God.

Is prophecy connecting you?


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