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In the Last Days

In the Last Days

Paul wrote this letter to his student Timothy from prison in Rome 
in approximattely 66 A.D, while he was awaiting execution.
This was Paul's last letter. 

2 Tim 3 (TLB) 
You may as well know this too, Timothy, 
that in the last days it is going to be very difficult to be a Christian. 
{2} 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.

 {3} 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.
 {4} They will betray their friends; they will be hotheaded, puffed up with pride,
 and prefer good times to worshiping God. 
{5} They will go to church, yes, but they won't really believe anything they hear. 
Don't be taken in by people like that.
 {6} They are the kind who craftily sneak into other people's homes
 and make friendships with silly, sin-burdened women 
and teach them their new doctrines. 
{7} Women of that kind are forever following new teachers, 
but they never understand the truth.
{8} And these teachers fight truth just as Jannes and Jambres fought against Moses. 
They have dirty minds, warped and twisted, 
and have turned against the Christian faith.

 {9} But they won't get away with all this forever. 
Someday their deceit will be well known to everyone, 
as was the sin of Jannes and Jambres. 
{10} But you know from watching me that I am not that kind of person. 
You know what I believe and the way I live and what I want. 
You know my faith in Christ and how I have suffered.
 You know my love for you, and my patience. 

{11} You know how many troubles I have had 
as a result of my preaching the Good News. 
You know about all that was done to me 
while I was visiting in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra, but the Lord delivered me. 

{12} Yes, and those who decide to please Christ Jesus by living godly lives 
will suffer at the hands of those who hate him.
 {13} In fact, evil men and false teachers will become worse and worse, 
deceiving many, they themselves having been deceived by Satan.

 {14} But you must keep on believing the things you have been taught.
 You know they are true, 
for you know that you can trust those of us who have taught you. 
{15} You know how, when you were a small child,
 you were taught the holy Scriptures; 
and it is these that make you wise 
to accept God's salvation by trusting in Christ Jesus. 

{16} 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. 
{17} It is God's way of making us well prepared at every point, 
fully equipped to do good to everyone.

2 Tim 4:1-5 (TLB) 
And so I solemnly urge you before God and before Christ Jesus--
who will someday judge the living and the dead 
when he appears to set up his Kingdom-- 

{2} to preach the Word of God urgently at all times,
 whenever you get the chance, in season and out, 
when it is convenient and when it is not. 
Correct and rebuke your people when they need it, 
encourage them to do right, 
and all the time be feeding them patiently with God's Word. 

{3} For there is going to come a time when people won't listen to the truth
 but will go around looking for 
teachers who will tell them just what they want to hear. 
{4} They won't listen to what the Bible says 
but will blithely follow their own misguided ideas. 

{5} Stand steady, and don't be afraid of suffering for the Lord. 
Bring others to Christ. 
Leave nothing undone that you ought to do.


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