5 - Are these the Last Days (2 Timothy 3:1-5)
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…"
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines boasting as “to praise oneself extravagantly in speech: speak of oneself with excessive pride.”
The biblical illustrator defines as:
"So great a part of temporal felicity is conceived to depend upon riches, that the men of this world lie under the strongest temptations to this vine of any. If the case be such, that treachery and fraud, guile and hypocrisy, rapine and violence, may be serviceable to the end proposed; the blind self-lover will charge through all rather than he defeated of his covetous designs, or bear the uneasiness of a disappointment. Thus he comes to prefer his own private, present interest, before virtue, honour, conscience, or humanity. He considers not what would be good for him upon the whole and in the last result, but lives extempore, contrives only for a few days, or years at most, looking no farther. The height of his ambition reaches not beyond temporal felicity, and he miscalculates even in that."
We certainly live in an 'I did it my way world.' Teamwork and unity are OK as long as you agree with me. We have a divided country and world because of overemphasized self-interests. A sign of the last days.