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By Pastor Roger Anghis
February 19, 2012
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2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
(2) For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
(3) Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
(4) Traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
(5) Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

We have begun to see unrest in our society in the last few months. Our new administration has begun to take the United States in a direction that our Founding Fathers never imagined. This last week we saw over a million people gather in different parts of the nation to voice their displeasure to the socialistic nature of our new president. There were many warnings prior to the election about the direction that he would try to take this country, but not many listened. He even stated himself that we need to ‘remake America’.

We have witnessed him attempt to force the citizens to embrace his views on abortion. He has reversed every executive order placed by the Bush administration that prohibited US tax payer’s dollars from being used on abortion, not just in this nation, but now we are funding abortions all over the world!

He has turned a deaf ear to the cries of the people concerning government spending and has indebted our children and grandchildren with massive amounts of debt. Every child born today will already owe $116,000 just to pay the interest on their portion of the debt he has incurred. All calls for him to let the free market correct itself have been ignored. FDR went down this same road in the 1930’s and it was an economical disaster. The policies that FDR followed believed that the only way to get the economy going again was to institute massive spending projects. This policy caused a worldwide depression that took 8 years and a world war to get out of.

The foundational scripture we started with needs to be analyzed closely so that we can see just what Paul was saying. The Greek word that was translated “perilous” is the word chalepos and it means hard to take, hard to bear, troublesome and even dangerous. (Black Blizzard) I can see that this aspect, dangerous, simply because all of the people that our president has put in his cabinet are pro-Arab and anti-Israel. In these last days it would not be very wise to leave Israel hung out to dry. Our president has stated that he is ready to give the Palestinians a state. The problem there is, there is no part of Israel that is his to give. Joel 3:2 “I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.” This is a very interesting verse. Where it says “and will plead with them” the literal translation says “and I will enter into judgment with them”. Back in 2005 President Bush and Ariel Sharon worked together and gave up the Gaza strip to the Palestinians. Shortly after that our nation was hit with the largest national disaster in its history, hurricane Katrina. Also shortly after that on January 4, 2006, Ariel Sharon had a stroke and is still in a coma. Let’s look at Joel 3:4 “Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine? will ye render me a recompense? and if ye recompense me, swiftly and speedily will I return your recompense upon your own head;” The literal translation of this verse is interesting as well “What are you to Me, Tyre and Sidon and all the regions of Palestine? Are you restoring payment to Me?

And if you are repaying me I will turn your reward on your own head, swiftly, speedily.” God does not take kindly to anyone who moves the borders of the nation of Israel. The land they have now is not anywhere near the land that God has given them. He gave them the land from the river of Egypt to the Euphrates River which cuts Iraq just about in half. Right now their land is about 12 miles wide and 200 miles long. For the US to back up the plan to move the borders of Israel, again, is foolish at best and very dangerous at any level.

Scripture tells us that these dangerous times will come. We can’t stop them, but we should not fear them either. He has promised that we will be kept apart from the dangers that will come upon us in the last days. These dangerous times are part of the world becoming darker and darker. As the world becomes darker, the church is to become brighter and brighter.

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

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

(4) Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;”. Read the papers daily or read the news on line and you will see all of these coming forth almost daily. Today people care more about themselves than even their family. For them it’s all about me. That’s why we see divorce rates skyrocketing, even in the church. The Greek word used for “boasters” is alazon and it means an empty pretender. How many times do we see people we know bragging about something and then you find out that nothing of what they say is true? People who pad their resume to make themselves look good. Denver’s first Air Quality Control Manager was on the job for almost 4 years before somebody decided to check his resume. Then they found out that he didn’t have the degrees that he said he had nor had he attended the schools that he said that he had. This kind of person is nothing more than a liar. Revelation 21:8 “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

The Greek word used for “proud” is huperephanos and means haughty, or treating other people with contempt. We can see that in the current administration. He has no use for anyone who disagrees with him. He disdains our Constitution and believes that our Supreme Court Justices need to make rulings outside the parameters of the confines of the Constitution. He has even stated that he is disappointed that they haven’t done so in the area of what he calls ‘social justice’, which is nothing more than wealth redistribution. Many of the people that he has put in the justice department believe the same way that he does. Solomon warns us about being proud; Proverbs 6:17 “A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,”

The Greek word used for “blasphemers” is blasphemos and means reproachful, abusive. We saw just in the last few days how some have described their feelings about those of us that are concerned about the spending policies of the new administration. There were tea parties all over this nation and some people were so offended at the parties that thy began referring to the people that attended them using vulgar sexual slurs. It amazed me at how abusive some of these people could get. None of the parent companies of these news organitions has even apologized for this type of abusive behavior from their so called reporters. Paul wrote about a couple that seemed to practice the art of blaspheming in 1 Timothy 1:20 “Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.”

The Greek word used for “disobedient” is apeithes and it means unpersuadable or contemptuous. We have major problems in the schools today because government has taken over the discipline of our kids. It is against the law to spank a child today. That so-called wisdom has been a complete failure. Crime in schools have risen exponentially since it became illegal to punish a child. Students talk back to their teachers knowing that they won’t get into trouble. We have violent street gangs that have no fear for punishment. Solomon wrote in Proverbs 13:24 “He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.” This wisdom was successful for millennia, but some think that they are smarter than God.

The Greek word used for “Without natural affection” is astorgos and mean the natural use of the sexes has been changed. Homosexuality, transgenderism, cross dressers. All of these are against God’s original intent. They may feel that God put a male in a females body or the other way around, but the truth is, they have been duped into believing that they are not the gender that God made them. Leviticus 18:22 clearly states that that lifestyle is an affront to God. Any variation of what He laid out in Genesis 1:26-28 is a perversion of His original plan. We must find out what that cause is and correct it, not encourage them in that lifestyle AND force moral, righteous people to accept it as viable.


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The Greek word used for “trucebreakers” is aspondos and means there is no way to make peace with these people. We see that in the great so-called religion of peace today. You can not make peace with them UNLESS you convert to their religion. If you won’t, they believe that they have the right to kill you. These people will, little by little, force their religious laws on whoever they are living among until they have the upper hand. In the UK there are neighborhoods in London where a non-Muslim does not dare to go. Not even the police will venture in there at night and will almost never go in there during the light of day. We have seen that when they have made a ‘peace’ treaty with Israel they have NEVER kept up one part of their part of the treaty. They were given the Gaza strip for peace and they used it to launch over 6000 rockets into Israel over the last 4 years. They WILL NOT abide by any treaty that they agree to.

The Greek word used for “false accusers” is diabolos and means Satan or false accuser. Proverbs 14:5 “A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.” Many people today are willing to say false things against someone just to get ahead. We all remember what ACORN did with voter registration in 2008. In this last election I saw the worst case of this that I believe that I have ever seen. Our economic problems were the cause of banks being forced to make loans to people that could not qualify for those loans. This insane procedure was signed into law by Jimmy Carter and was enforced by Bill Clinton. President Bush tried to curb it in 2002 but with a Congress that was majority Democratic he could do nothing to stop it. Again in 2005 another attempt was made to revise the law because some were able to see the writing on the wall, but again the majority would do nothing. They even chastised those attempting to correct the problem. When the ceiling finally collapsed on the housing market, the Democrats blamed the economic policies on the Republicans AND the main stream media did the same thing. Honesty and integrity in media died in 2008.

The Greek word used for “incontinent” is akrates and it means powerless, without self-control. In Mark chapter 5 we read about the man who was possessed by 2000 demons. He was powerless to control himself. He did what ever the demons wanted. We can see this same type of behavior at a gay pride parade. Men and women seem to be in a trans, they are, dancing wildly, gyrating uncontrollably. Paul wrote that these people would be given over to a reprobate mind (Romans 1:28).

The Greek word used for “fierce” is anemeros and means savage. In today’s politics we see one party that is utterly intolerable to anyone who opposes it and they will savagely attack their opposition. (Texas) If you don’t like abortion, you’re a racist, even though the woman who formed planned parenthood was a racist and formed PP for the purpose of eugenics concerning the black race. If you don’t like homosexual marriage, you’re a racist. The homosexuals in this last election became violent with those who supported the ban on gay marriage. Just recently they sent death threats to those who supported the ban.

The Greek word used for “despisers of those that are good,” aphilagathos and it means hostile to virtue: Moral goodness; the practice of moral duties and the abstaining from vice. This lack of character is the fault of the church. For far too long the pulpit has not taught virtue and has allowed the immoral things of the world to infiltrate the body of Christ. It is to a point now where the divorce rate in the church is actually higher than in the world! Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

The Greek word used for “Traitors” is prodotes and means to be a traitor. We see so many within our government any more that are willing to set our nations laws aside for the laws of the world. The nominee for the top lawyer in the new administration feels that we should override our Constitution and adopt the ‘world view’ on things like abortion, homosexual marriage even how we protect our own people. He believes that it should be up to the UN as to how we defend our borders.

The Greek word used for “heady” is propetes and means to be reckless. Our Congress just passed a spending bill that not one single member of Congress read. The sentiment was it had to be passed no matter what was in it. Only now we find that there are things in there that are proving to be very detrimental to our society.

The Greek word used for “high minded” is tuphoo and it means to make stupid by reaon of self pride. An example of this is where a person, because of his pride, makes decisions that are absolute blunders, yet he is so proud that he will not correct his mistake.

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The lovers of pleasure is very apparent in today’s society. We spend more money on entertainment than several nations combined. This is not all bad. God has given us this prosperity and we have the right to enjoy it, but all too often the entertainment take precedence over everything else to the point where there is no room for God any more, just the boats and ATV’s and dirt bikes, etc.

The worst part is those who act godly, quote scripture, attend a church, and try to impress with what they say, but there is no evidence of Christ in their lives. From those we are to turn away. They are nothing more than wolves in sheep’s clothing.

It is easy to be led astray by some of these people. Only those who are grounded in the Word will be able to discern the good from the bad and walk in victory in these last days.

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Pastor Roger Anghis is the Founder of RestoreFreeSpeech.org, an organization designed to draw attention to the need of returning free speech rights to churches that was restricted in 1954.

President of The Damascus Project, TheDamascusProject.org, which has a stated purpose of teaching pastors and lay people the need of the churches involvement in the political arena and to teach the historical role of Christianity in the politics of the United States. Married-37 years, 3 children, three grandchildren.

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Scripture tells us that these dangerous times will come. We can’t stop them, but we should not fear them either. He has promised that we will be kept apart from the dangers that will come upon us in the last days.