Don Guthrie
Radio Broadcast Messages
Aired week of Aug  28 - Sept 3, 2011
“The Last Days”

    Greetings in the name of Jesus! Hi, I'm Don Guthrie and I want to thank you for joining me today as we look into
God’s Holy Word to learn how we can become a better witnesses to the world and a more faithful followers of Christ.

      Father, I come before you this day in the name of Jesus. I ask that you anoint me with your Holy Spirit that I
might speak the words you would have me speak. I ask that you open our ears and our heart to hear your message
and to understand your Holy Word. In Jesus name I ask these things: AMEN.

      Today I will be speaking again on the last days. This is the third message in this series and the third from 2
Timothy, chapter three and verses one through seven. Listen closely to the word of Paul from this passage.

2 Timothy 3:1-7    
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.
6.  For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with
   sins, led away with divers lusts,
7.  Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

      May God bless the reading and the hearing of his Holy word.

      When one takes the time to study these words of Paul, it is very easy to see that we are indeed living in the last
days. Three weeks ago when I started on this series, I spoke of the perilous times in which live. Last week I spoke
on how men have become lovers of self. Those two things alone are enough to show me that the time for Christ to
return is quickly approaching, but there are many more signs we are given as well as these two.

      I won’t be spending a lot of time on the other signs Paul wrote of, but I will touch on them briefly to reaffirm the
fact that we are indeed living in the last of the last days.

2 Timothy 3:1
1.  This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

      When one looks around them, it’s obvious that we are living in perilous times. The Church is breaking down,
families are deteriorating, our government is turning against Christianity, and mankind in general is refusing to follow
the teaching of Almighty God.

Then in 2 Timothy 3:2 we read

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

      In our society, more and more people are living above their means. They are buying expensive homes and
autos they cannot afford. They want the finest things money can buy. For lack of a better description, they have
become lovers of self. People refuse to help others, and often they cannot even help themselves. They have
become covetous of what others have, and they boast about things they do have. Many are proud of themselves,
flaunting what they have over those who have not.

      Never in history has children been as disobedient to their parents as they are today. It is not uncommon for a
child to tell their parents what to do, instead of the parent telling the child. It is not uncommon for a child to refuse to
do something and get away with it. Parents have to be concerned when they correct their children, for if the child
complains to their teacher, the parent might be arrested.

      As a result, children are growing up disobeying their parents, with no regard for authority, or for God, and they
are unthankful, and unholy.   

2 Timothy 3:3 states
3.   Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of
    those that are good,

      Another sign of the end is a loss of natural affection. In our society, there are many men who want to marry
other men, women who want to marry other women and when they can’t they holler and fuss and try to make it
rough on those who refuse them. In the last ten to fifteen years, homosexuals have crawled out or the woodwork,
which tells us that we are living in a time when there is a lack of natural affection among the earth’s inhabitants.

      Contracts and promises mean very little anymore. Few will honor a contract, or for that matter even their
marriage vows. We have become a society of trucebreakers. Add to that the way people blame others for their own
mistakes, the anger they show and so on and we can see even more of the signs of the end being fulfilled.

2 Timothy 3:4 states   
4. Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

      Traitors, heady and high-minded are all a part of the other things I’ve been talking about, but I do want you to
take a look at the last part of verse four, “lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God.” When I was a youngster,
church was important. Folks went to church, and then they went out to play and have a good time. Today, it’s the
other way around. It seems that seems only come to church if there is nothing else for them to do. There was time
you couldn’t purchase anything on Sunday, today, almost every store is open, and you can buy just about anything
you desire, even an automobile.

      Ballgames, sporting events and other things, take place on Sunday mornings keeping a lot of people out of
church. Add to that TV and there is no time for people to read their bible or to attend weekday services such as bible
study or prayer meetings.

2 Timothy three and Verse 5 says

5. Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

      For the most part, this describes the church of today. We have a form of godliness, but we deny the power
thereof. We are afraid of the Holy Spirit, and we refuse to allow him to work in us or through us. Instead of letting
God take control, we are drowning ourselves in tradition and the way it has always been, never considering that
God might have something better for us to do. Instead of allowing God, we constrain him, and keep him penned up
in a box, to have only when we need him. As a result, the church has lost its power, and the world is walking all over
us, taking away our religious rights and forcing us to accept their ways, or else.

      Indeed folks, we are living in the last of the last days. I believe that Jesus is prepared to come at any given time.
All he’s waiting for is the Father to say, it’s time, and he will be here to rapture his people away.

      Sadly, not everyone will be going with him when he comes. Not everyone will be going with him to heaven.
When he comes, he’s coming for his followers, and for those who do the will of his father in heaven. Those who are
taken will be those who are washed in the blood of Christ, sought forgiveness for their sins, and allowed Jesus into
their heart and life. He will only receive true believers, those who are prepared for his coming and striving to do what
is right and pleasing to God.

Jesus said in Matthew 7:21-23

Matthew 7:21-23
21. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but
    he that doeth the will of my Father who is in heaven.
22. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in
    thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23. And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work

      There was time when I couldn’t understand why Jesus would make such a statement. I couldn’t understand how
people who apparently were doing the work of Christ, prophesying, casting our demons, and doing wonderful works
in the name of Jesus would not be allowed into heaven. I couldn’t understand how folks who were supposedly doing
these things, could be told by Christ, I never knew you, depart from me. Folks, that scares me.

      Yet when I look around today and study the signs of Christ coming, I am beginning to understand how this can
be. When men love themselves more than God, or more than their fellowmen, when they think only of themselves
and so on, when they are proud, and boastful, and do not want to hear the truth of the gospel preached, I can
understand how Jesus must feel. When he looks down at the church of today, and sees a week, powerless church
where there ought to  be a spirit filled, vibrant, growing church doing his work and winning souls for him, he has to
be upset. When he sees people praising him on Sunday and living for Satan the rest of the week, he has to want to
send lightning to devour them on the spot.

      He has to remember the hours he suffered on the cross. He has to remember how he took our sins, on his
sinless body, degrading himself with our sin and shame, taking them to the cross where he freely and willingly gave
his life as a sacrifice for our sins so we can have eternal life. How sad he must feel when he sees us abusing
everything he done for us, as we continuing in sin and disregard everything he did.

      I don’t know about you but I am ashamed of what I’ve done, the sins I have committed, and the times I slipped up
and sinned. Jesus did too much not to care. We owe him too much not to do His Father’s will.

      Listen again to what he said in verse 21of Matthew 7

21. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but
    he that doeth the will of my Father who is in heaven.

      The end is near. All the signs are pointing to Jesus coming soon. Even if it is longer than I think, one day, every
one of us will close our eyes in death, and Jesus will have come for us. If we are ready to go, he will take us, if not
we will be cast into hell.  

      The choice is ours. Becoming a member of a church will not prepare you for heaven. It will help, but that’s not
what’s important. Being baptized will not get you to heaven. It is something you are instructed to do, but alone it is
not enough. Asking for forgiveness is not enough. Asking Jesus into ones heart is not enough, unless, you are
sincere when you ask, along with seeking His forgiveness, and then giving yourself entirely to him.

      To be saved, one must be converted. This is a word we don’t hear much anymore, but if you want to go to
heaven, it’s something that must take place. To be converted is to change, to become different than the way we
were. It means that you are to become a holy and acceptable person instead of being wicked and unholy. To be
converted is to be born again, becoming new, as Christ gives you a second chance to live your life as a Child of God.

      It is not enough just to say you’re a Child of God, or that you are Christian, you must be one. There should be
evidence in your life, in everything you say and do.

      Jesus wants to save you. He wants you to be in heaven with him. Are you ready? Are you doing the will of the
Father in Heaven? If Jesus were to come right now, would you go with him?

      I pray that you’re ready, and that you will go when he comes. I truly believe that he is coming soon. Make your
arrangements, humble yourself before him, and be assured in your heart that you are ready and prepared to go with
him when he comes. AMEN