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Saturday, September 19 2016
2 Timothy 3: For Men Shall Be Lovers Of Their Own Selves
"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves"
The English-language word "peril" originated from a Latin word, periculum, that meant to try, or to test. Interestingly, the English-language word "experiment" originated from the same Latin word as "peril."
"Peril" is used twice in the King James Version - once in the Old Testament and once in the New Testament. Notice however that the context and intent is the same.
"5:7 Our fathers have sinned, and are not; and we have borne their iniquities. 5:8 Servants have ruled over us: there is none that doth deliver us out of their hand. 5:9 We gat our bread with the peril of our lives because of the sword of the wilderness." (Lamentations 5:7-9 KJV)
"Perilous" is the adjective form of "peril." The apostle Paul (see Paul, The Apostle To The World) used it (the Hebrew and Greek words are identical in meaning to "peril" and "perilous" that are used to translate them; see also The Apostle Paul's Gramma) in describing how the time just before Satan's perverted world collapses upon itself will be "perilous": "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come."
Paul included the conditions that will make that time "perilous" - a near-complete falling away into iniquity - when all that is perverted and self-destructive is called "right," or even "a right," while the LORD's winning Way will be declared "wrong" (see the Fact Finder question below).
"3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
But while Satan is "trying" and "testing" the world as a whole, those who truly know the LORD have already found the Way: "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works" (see Which Way Is Right And Left? and Strait And Straight).
"3:10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, 3:11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 3:14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 3:15 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. 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works." (2 Timothy 3:10-17 KJV)
Fact Finder: What is "iniquity"? Why does it always result in self-destruction?
This Day In History, September 19
634: The Siege of Damascus (see also Damascus In History And Prophecy). The Rashidun Arabs (see also What Does The Bible Say About Arabs?) under Khalid ibn al-Walid captured Damascus from the Byzantine Empire (see also The Prophet Daniel: Kings Of The North and South).
1356: During the Hundred Years War, the English under Prince Edward defeated French forces under John II at Poitiers. The French king was captured in the battle and released 4 years later.
1665: In London, England, the official death toll from the plague (see Leviticus 13: Bacteria) was reported to be 10,000 people per week.
1676: The colony of Jamestown was burned by the rebel forces of Nathaniel Bacon during Bacon's Rebellion.
1783: After their first-in-history unmanned balloon flight 3 months earlier, Joseph and Etienne Montgolfier of Versailles, France, launched the first balloon flight with "passengers" - a sheep, a rooster and a duck.
1870: During the Franco-Prussian War, the Prussians began their siege of Paris.
1881: U.S. President James Garfield died of a gunshot wound from his July 2 shooting.
1893: Women in New Zealand were given the right to vote.
1918: Near the end of the First World War, British General Edmund Allenby won a crucial battle over the Ottoman Turks at the Battle of Megiddo ("Armageddon") in what was then called northern "Palestine" (see Where Is Palestine?, Jordan's West Bank Invasion, Israel In History and Prophecy: Balfour Declaration and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
1939: Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) decided to incorporate much of Poland into Germany, move 600,000 Jews from there (and those in Germany as well) into a Polish rump called the "General Government", and ghetto all Jews within it at convenient points along the railways. This brought into the coming holocaust the huge German railway system, the Reichsbahn.
1952: The U.S. barred English actor Charlie Chaplin from re-entering the country due to his political views. The comedian and Hollywood movie star later settled in Switzerland.
1957: The U.S. began conducting weapons of mass destruction tests at the underground nuclear bomb test facility in the Nevada desert.
1971: William F. Albright died at age 81. The history professor and archaeologist wrote extensively of many places of Bible history. He also conducted research digs at numerous locations including Bethel and Gibeah in Israel and Petra in Jordan.
1978: The Solomon Islands became a member of the United Nations.
1985: An earthquake killed thousands of people in Mexico City.
2006: Thai military forces staged a coup in Bangkok.