Matthew 24:37 says,
"For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man."
The days of Noah were when men were continually wicked and the thoughts of their hearts were only evil continually. (Genesis 6:5). It was an almost 100% saturated depraved era. Worse, though the people had a century of direct warnings of coming judgment from Noah, they were preoccupied only with the mundane things of life, such as marrying and given in marriage, eating and drinking. Jesus is saying in the days of His second global judgment, it will be of the same conditions as when Noah, a man of righteousness, preached. (2 Peter 2:5).
With that in mind, let's look at the following headlines and sub-heds. Which is the true headline and which was the April's Fool prank?
#1. Teenager Will Lose His Virginity in a Live Performance at Art Gallery. Clayton David Pettet, a 19-year-old from Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, has announced he will lose his virginity in a live performance at an art gallery on April 2, 2014 at The Orange Dot in London. Pettet reportedly plans to have sex with an anonymous male partner.
#2. Hulu's new original series, "In the Kitchen with Hannibal" Feast your eyes on dishes that are to die for in this new cooking show from Dr. Hannibal Lecter.
#3. "The View' hosts go nude. Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd shed their tops on The View to a live audience . Concluding the innocent frolic, McCarthy thanked everyone and said, “Have a great day everyone and take a little time to enjoy ‘our View,’" pointing to her breasts. Then she seemingly reached over and grabbed Shepherd’s breast.
#4. ‘Pastor G,’ Indicted on Child Sex Charges, to Speak at Richmond Church on Good Friday. Geronimo “Pastor G” Aguilar, the former head pastor of the Richmond Outreach Center who has been indicted on multiple counts, including aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14, is one of seven religious leaders scheduled to speak at Cedar Street Baptist Church of God on Good Friday.
It's kind of hard to tell, isn't it? The days are so evil, that any of them could be true, or all. Only #2 is false. The rest are true! Hulu's prank of a new original series featuring cooking by a well-known albeit fictional cannibal. But it sounds like it could be true, doesn't it? And Number 1, 3 and 4 are true. These things happened.
I didn't have to search far nor wide to find these headlines either. In my opinion, they represent a culture's remaining worst of sins that are actually called sins. These represent the last taboos a culture holds on to before caving in entirely to 'anything goes'. Homosexuality, cannibalism, child molestation, sexual depravity and immodesty/whoredom in women.
"But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people." (2 Timothy 3:1-5)
Paul knew what tribulation was, and as he advised the Romans, let us also take heed of his advice--
"Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer." (Romans 12:12)
And what is our Hope? JESUS. He overcame the world. He nailed every sin to the cross, including homosexuality, voyeurism, child molestation, perversion, cannibalism, whoredom. As long as it is the Age of Grace, each one of the people performing the sins and watching the sins and applauding heartily (Romans 1:18-32) can be saved through faith in Jesus and repentance! He exhibits that much grace and has that much patience. As for us, we wait to be released from the presence of sin
As AW Pink wrote in "A Fourfold Salvation"
"Now is our salvation nearer than when we believed" (Rom. 13:11)—not our salvation from the pleasure, the penalty, or the power of sin, but from its very presence. "For our citizenship is in heaven: from whence we also look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ" (Phil. 3:20). Yes, it is the "Saviour" we await, for it is at His return that the whole election of grace shall enter into their full salvation; as it is written, "Unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation" (Heb. 9:28)."
So... we wait. “And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you." (Psalm 39:7)
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