11 - Are these the Last Days (2 Timothy 3:1-5)
Updated: Jul 24
Luke 21:28 (KJV) "And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh."
"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, …"
Trucebreakers. The same word in Romans 1:31 is rendered implacable. It properly means, without treaty; that is, those who are averse to any treaty or compact. It may thus refer to those who are unwilling to enter into any agreement; that is, either those who are unwilling to be reconciled to others when there is a variance-- implacable; or those who disregard treaties or agreements. In either case, this marks a very corrupt condition of society. Nothing would be more indicative of the lowest state of degradation, than that in which all compacts and agreements were utterly disregarded. (Barnes)
A TRU'CE-BREAKER is a noun [truce and breaker.] One who violates a truce, covenant or engagement. We are long past the time where a man’s word is his bond. Every agreement has attached to it several pages of stipulations and penalties in order to force the parties to perform their side of the deal. Governments make promises they do not intend to keep in order to get legislation passed. Treaties are intentionally broken every day.
One of the biggest covenant broken is that of marriage. “Divorce in America has been falling fast in recent years, and it just hit a record low in 2019. For every 1,000 marriages in the last year, only 14.9 ended in divorce, according to the newly released American Community Survey data from the Census Bureau. This is the lowest rate we have seen in 50 years. It is even slightly lower than 1970 when 15 marriages ended in divorce per 1,000 marriages.”
“Fewer Americans are married today to reap the many benefits associated with marriage. Another piece of news coming out of the new Census data is that the U.S. marriage rate just hit an all-time low in 2019. For every 1,000 unmarried adults in 2019, only 33 got married. This number was 35 a decade ago in 2010 and 86 in 1970.”
“This sobering news about marriage puts a damper on our hope for the future of American families. With the rates of both divorce and marriage dropping in America, we expect to see the marriage divide deepen and poor and working-class Americans increasingly disconnected from the institution of marriage. The impact of this disconnection on our family lives can be destructive, which makes it an issue that policymakers, community leaders, and scholars should continue to pay attention to.” (Wendy Wang, Ph.D., is director of research for the Institute for Family Studies.)
When your government, employers, and even the legal system lies and are unjust you know you are in the Last Days.