The scripture is inundated with prophecy, and Jesus told us that we should watch for the prophetic signs of the time so that we do not stumble in them. When prophecy is ignored, the Church goes to sleep and becomes disobedient to Jesus’ commandment to keep watch!
I am, therefore, compelled to bring our attention to the following prophetic utterance regarding the generation of the end time:
There is a generation that curses its father and does not bless its mother. There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, yet is not washed from its filth. There is a generation—how haughty its eyes and pretentious its looks. There is a generation whose teeth are swords, whose fangs are knives, devouring the oppressed from the land and the needy from among mankind.
But know this: Difficult times will come in the last days. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, proud,blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, without love for what is good, traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to the form of godliness but denying its power. Avoid these people!
~2 Timothy 3:1-5
First, let me speak this word of encouragement to my brethren; you’re not alone in this wicked world, neither has God abandoned you! There is a great multitude, even if that multitude is small when compared to the great sea of people around it, that has kept themselves unpolluted from the filth of this world. If you hunger and thirst for righteousness, and you worship God in the beauty of holiness, do not be discouraged, for God is faithful forever!
This generation, foretold in Agur’s prophetic utterence, and revealed again by Paul, portrays a self-righteous and haughty generation who disregards its parents and treads underfoot the helpless!
PURE IN ITS OWN EYES
In this generation they will deny their own guilt and claim to be innocent, but they never turn from their iniquities! Paul called them an “irreconcilable” people who “hold to a form of godliness but deny its power”.
John Calvin once wrote, “the gospel is not a doctrine of the tongue, but of life. It cannot be grasped by reason and memory only, but it is fully understood when it possesses the whole soul and penetrates to the inner recesses of the heart.” This is a people in whom the gospel did not take root, but was stagnated by the traditions of men, as the LORD spoke through the prophet Isaiah, “these people approach Me with their mouths to honor Me with lip-service— yet their hearts are far from Me, and their worship consists of man-made rules learned by rote— therefore I will again confound these people with wonder after wonder. The wisdom of their wise men will vanish, and the understanding of the perceptive will be hidden” (Isaiah 29:13-14).
But how can we cleanse our ways?
“How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word” ~Psalm 119:9
“Just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of the water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.” ~Ephesians 5:25-27
HOW HAUGHTY ARE THEIR EYES
This generation greatly esteems itself; it scoffs at God and thinks it can chasten Him! This generation has not walked humbly with God, but became boastful and proud in heart, even disregarding the judgments of God!
They do not heed the prophets, nor listen to the preachers; they drowned out the voice of their teachers with flatterers and charmers! They refused to humble themselves before the judgments of God, but sought those for hire who would speak smooth words to them, despising God’s way as too harsh!
WHO DEVOUR THE POOR & HELPLESS
This is a generation who consume the poor to satiate their wretched lust to accumulate more!
They buy for cheap what was built on the empty stomachs and unlivable conditions of the poor- and they did not want to see their suffering, so they moved them to far away lands!
Therefore, “thus says the LORD:
For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not turn away its punishment, because they sell the righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of sandals! They trampled the heads of the poor on the dust of the ground and pervert the way of the humble.” ~Amos 2:6-7
There is no fear of God to be found among this people- nothing is found in their presence to halt this swarm from consuming the whole world!
Wherever the righteous are, whoever esteems pure things, avoid all such as these and have nothing to do with them! They despise whoever is righteous, and betray them for gain.
Let not the righteous man harden his heart, but hear the prophetic utterance and live!