“This know also, that in the LAST DAYS (capitals mine) 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: 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 truth (in Jesus).”
2 Timothy 3:1-7
Several weeks ago millions of people around the world celebrated the 75th anniversary of D-day, the single greatest military victory in the history of the world. The United States and many of her allies surprised the Germans at Normandy, France with a maritime landing that included over 160,000 troops and many boats and planes. Ultimately, this action allowed for the defeat of the Nazi’s, the primary instigators of World War II and resulted in the end of that war, the worst in the history of the world. But the fact this was the greatest military invasion is somewhat underscored by the fact it was the GREATEST GENERATION that fought and died for global freedom against tyranny. I am very proud both my parents served as officers during this war, enlisting early on in the U.S. Navy (mom) and U.S. Army Air Corp (dad). Many, including my father, stayed on or re-enlisted to fight the scourge of Soviet inspired communism during the Korean War. Not only did the GREATEST GENERATION fight and win WWII, they earlier had grown up during the Great Depression which saw so many dreams crushed by economic hardships. Yet they returned from the battlefields of WWII, went to work and/or went back to school, married and raised the Baby Boomers (of which I am one) with attempted dignity, hard work, religious beliefs, economic independence and social conservatism. Divorces were rare! Public displays of homosexuality were unheard of, tattoos were almost non-existent and abortion was comparatively rare. For all they accomplished they were the benchmark of what society should strive to be and thus they rightfully earned the title of the GREATEST GENERATION.
And then came their children, the Baby Boomers, who did not have to fight in a world war (although many brave soldiers did go to Vietnam for which they were later terribly vilified). They went to college in numbers never seen before but never expected someone else to pay for their continued education. However, for those of you old enough to remember, they also ushered in the era of “sex, drugs and rock and roll”! While many still identified as Christians, church attendance began to shrink. They married and had families but divorces became more normal with almost 1 of every 2 marriages ending in divorce. Their moral compass simply was not the same as their parents generation. Interestingly, it was the Baby Boomer generation (which began in 1946) who technically witnessed the rebirth of the Nation of Israel on May 14, 1948. What did Jesus tell us about this generation?
“Now learn a parable of the fig tree (Israel); When his branch is yet tender and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily, I say unto you, This GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS (capitals mine), till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”
Here, on the Mount of Olives, Jesus was responding to His disciple’s questions as to when the End of the World Jesus spoke of would occur and what would be the signs of His Coming. He told them all about the wars, rumors of wars, earthquakes, famines, pestilences etc. He told them about people spreading deceptions and lies. But, it is generally accepted by Bible scholars since Israel is often referred to as a fig tree and it will be young (which it wasn’t 2,000 years ago when He spoke these words), Jesus here is referring to a newly reborn Nation of Israel regathered from the four corners of the earth in the Last Days and THE generation which saw this happen “…shall not pass away, till all these things be fulfilled.” You know what else Jesus told His disciples about the people living in the Last Days?
“But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man (Jesus in the Last Days) be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark (an example of the Rapture of the Believers?), And knew not until the flood came , and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”
Perhaps even more important than the Wrath of God unleashed in the days of Noah is what the world had become in those days:
“The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt: for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth.”
Mankind had so corrupted the world God decided to bring death and destruction to all of them EXCEPT for Noah and his family because “Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” – Genesis 6:8. The parallels are uncanny! In the entire Bible God only twice brings His Wrath upon the entire world. The first time was in the days of Noah when the earth was filled with violence because of the sins of man and secondly, in the Last Days when Jesus Returns, kills the unbelievers and brings peace and righteousness to a very sinful world. The opening Scripture at the top of this post clearly highlights the traits of what mankind will be like just before Jesus Returns. From our perspective, this is not a change that has happened overnight but rather one those of us who have lived for 60+ years easily recognize as fulfillment of Bible prophecy TODAY!
Please do not get me wrong! Please read the Last Days generation description again carefully. Do you see a comparison to the GREATEST GENERATION? Or, do you see a rampant description of what society is or is becoming TODAY? There have always been very good people and there have always been very bad people. I am not speaking specifically of any individual but rather of mankind generally. Man is sinful by nature. Whether you are a member of the Greatest Generation, the Boomers, the Millennials (who now outnumber both the Boomers and Gen X), Gen X or Gen Z, we/you are ALL sinful! My point here is rather to highlight the recent and continuing progression of moral depravity and civilly accepted sinfulness as prophesied throughout the Bible. Recent polling indicate the younger generation(s) no longer have the religious faith of those who preceded them. They endorse globalization over nationalism in a direct reference to the upcoming desired prophesied one world government of the anti-christ. They are less socially and personally active due to the advent of the internet. They endorse gay rights; transgender bathrooms and athletes; abortion on demand, even after a child is born; religious freedom for Muslims but not for Christians and/or Jews; government control over everything from housing and health care to education; and the younger the crowd, the more they favor socialism over capitalism.`
So, why are we NOT the Greatest Generation? After all, we invented the internet and the iPhone. We have not had a World War since 1945. Diseases which in the past killed millions are now mostly in control. The overall quality of life for people around the world has improved dramatically over the past 50 years even though many still suffer terribly. We are not the greatest generation simply because we as a people have lost our moral compass. We no longer allow the Bible in schools, persecuting those who elect to pray in public. We have become, as stated at the beginning, “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.” Would anyone actually disagree with this assessment of what society has become? Prophecy News Watch recently conducted/reported a number of surveys which substantiate these claims of progression towards THAT generation of which Jesus spoke:
“In 2017, Western Union surveyed more than 10,000 millennials from 15 countries, including the United States, India, and Russia. What they found provides a glimpse of where we’re heading in the years to come. Here are just a few of the results:
- 79% believe limitless movement around the world will empower them (open borders).
- 29% believe a single global currency will “foster great global unity.” (Mark of the Beast)
- 61% believe global institutions like the United Nations are more representative of them versus national (48%) or local governments (44%).(one world government under the anti-christ)”
“In the 2016 Global Shapers Annual Survey, more than 26,000 millennials from 181 countries gave their opinions on world issues. Results included:
- 48% of millennials see climate change as the most serious issue the world faces.
- When it comes to solving global problems, respondents say they trust international organizations (26%) more than they trust themselves (20%). (anti-christ?)
- 36% of respondents view themselves as global citizens. This is a higher number than those who view themselves as national citizens (22%) or members of a religion (9%).
- In 1948 68% of Americans viewed themselves as Protestant Christians (22% as Catholic and 4% as Jews), By 2016 those numbers dropped to a startling 37% (still 22% as Catholics and 3% Jewish). Church attendance has also dropped proportionately. This is a MAJOR difference between the GREATEST Generation and THAT generation! Faith and belief in God!
As Jesus said, THAT generation will be “…lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God.” With this exponential increase in the moral degradation of man, how far can we truly be to see all the prophecies of the Last Days fulfilled IF that generation that see these things will not pass until all is completed? The End is Coming! Jesus Christ is Coming!
Many may be frightened by the prospect of all the really bad stuff which will soon happen. There is no reason to be afraid! Just be aware! Our path to Heaven has clearly been laid out for all of us. Believe in Jesus Christ and accept He died for your sins. Repent of those sins and ask Him to come into your lives. By doing this you will escape His Wrath and will join THOSE previous generations to which He promised:
“And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children. In righteousness shalt thou be established : thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.”
If this is comforting to you, please remember we have ALL specifically been told by Jesus to “…therefore comfort one another with these words.” Passing on this message to your friends and family is but one way to let others know what is happening soon. It will be bad for those left behind BUT take comfort if you have accepted Jesus because the horrible events of the Last Days “…shall not come near thee.”
May God Bless you!