Prophecy

THE MEANING OF “PERILOUS TIMES”

The Bible states in 2 Timothy that the last days will be “perilous” times. When we think of that word “perilous”, we think maybe dangerous, maybe great in suffering, maybe terrible – and all of these would be correct – but there’s more.

The verse I’m referring to is:

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

The translated word for “perilous” in this verse is Strong’s G5467; chalepos, which means:
1) hard to do, to take, to approach
2) hard to bear, troublesome, dangerous
a) harsh, fierce, savage.

What do those words mean to you? Hard to do? Hard to take (physically? mentally?)? Hard to approach? Hard to bear? Dangerous? Harsh? Fierce? Savage? What do they speak to your heart?

The antichrist is prophesied to “wear out the Saints” (Daniel 7:25). To “wear out” means to wear away, wear out, to harass constantly. This is the beginning of our struggles in the prophesied time period. This would definitely fit hard to do, hard to take, hard to approach and bear, but could this term “chalepos” mean more?

To look at this a little more in depth, let’s look at the only other place this particular translated word was used in the Bible because that will give us more of an understanding of what we should be seeing in those “perilous times”.

I’m sure many of you know the story of the Jesus casting out the demons from a man into a herd of swine right? Well that little section of the Bible is where this “chalepos” was used again:

Matthew 8:28 When He had come to the other side, to the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two demon-possessed men, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one could pass that way.

So here we see the word “chalepos” translated as “exceedingly fierce”. So far we know that this stems from these men being demon possessed, that were living among the dead (the tombs), and that no one would pass by because this man/men (Mark and Luke record this event was one man) was so ferocious and insane. Luke’s description of this person is quite interesting:

Luke 8: 27 And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs.
30 Jesus asked him, saying, “What is your name?”
And he said, “Legion,” because many demons had entered him.

And Mark’s description gives us even MORE insight to this:

MARK 5: 2 And when He had come out of the boat, immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, 3 who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no one could bind him, not even with chains, 4 because he had often been bound with shackles and chains. And the chains had been pulled apart by him, and the shackles broken in pieces; neither could anyone tame him. 5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones.
6 When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him. 7 And he cried out with a loud voice and said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God that You do not torment me.”
8 For He said to him, “Come out of the man, unclean spirit!” 9 Then He asked him, “What is your name?”
And he answered, saying, “My name is Legion; for we are many.” 13 And at once Jesus gave them permission. Then the unclean spirits went out and entered the swine (there were about two thousand); and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and drowned in the sea.

It’s quite intriguing that the same word was used to describe the last days, AND this demon (2,000 of them!) possessed man.

What I find interesting about this is this man described in all 3 of these depictions seems to worship Jesus, yet says what do I have to do with You – implying possibly what we call today “multiple personality disorder”. He was a “cutter” as we call them today – cutting himself with stones. He was violent, and had amazing strength in his “psychosis”. He was naked and appeared to be non-caring or unaware of it. People were terrified of this man because he had no sense of “mental stability”. He was violently crazy, plain and simply if we are to put it into 2013 English Psychological terms. And as the mental health institution calls it today: a threat to himself and others.

No doubt today we are seeing more and more antichrists rise – those who deny Jesus and His power. No doubt today we see more and more people committing heinous acts of violence on others with no apparent cause, or such crazy causes that it’s hard to fathom. We saw that in the Black Knight theater shooting, the Muslim terrorism going on worldwide, government officials sharing photos of their private parts on the web thinking no one will notice or care, the rioting over the Zimmerman verdict, the chaos in the Middle East, the Jodi Arias story where she shot her boyfriend and stabbed him violently numerous times…the list can go on and on displaying the insanity that is filling so many to do such crazy heinous and ugly things.

I have never heard so much from the others “the world has gone crazy” as I have the past few years.

Back in the days of Jesus, this type of stuff was considered to be that of one “demon possessed” in which people witnessed Jesus casting demons out of people. Today we call it “mental illness”.

If we are headed for “Perilous times”, could this mean we are headed for more Jodi Arias’? More people like Charles Manson rising up? OJ Simpson? Or how about the NFL football player recently arrested for murder? Muslims beheading Christians, burning their wives’ faces with acid, raping and murdering others in the name of their god Allah? WHAT EXACTLY ARE WE LOOKING AT HERE?

The insane things people do today, and those murderous, hateful, vengeful, psychotic acts that are completely unreasonable and seemingly crazy is on the rise. Every day we hear of some new insanity that took place somewhere in the world. Could we really be looking at some type of demon possession in these stories? Are we facing perilous times that have everything to do with insanity, or demon possession?

Either way, something or someone is seeking desperately to strike fear and terror into the hearts of others. For us Christians, we know that something or someone as Satan.

I think this is something for all of us to ponder on; these “perilous” times that are coming for the whole world.

If you aren’t protected by the blood of Jesus, how will these times affect you?

That’s my teaching for today. If you haven’t given your life to Christ yet, right now is a great time. Seek Him out. Seek His comfort and protection today.

Isaiah 41:10
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

John 14:6
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

John 3: 18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”

Peace to you all, today and every day.

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19 thoughts on “THE MEANING OF “PERILOUS TIMES”

  1. Good teaching, thank you Brandy. I’d add, it wasn’t the worshiping maniac who spoke but the demon heading up the huge stronghold. This becomes clearer when we read verses according to described sequence of events rather than in numerical sequence.

    That is, 1st v6 man worships – 2nd v8 (For) Jesus had commanded the evil spirit – 3rd v7 demonic replies with question – 4th Jesus demands its identity – 5th v10 fearful reply and request! – 6th v13 Jesus completes ‘order of the boot’.

    It is important to note the demonic always recognises who Jesus is and his holy authority over them – and they knew he’d overcome their chief right at the start of his ministry. All this is clear from first recorded encounter with the demoniac in Capernaum’s synagogue (Mark 1:24).

    I was immensely blessed to have heard this in my first church attendance, in a school of all places. The young man with a guitar round his neck asked who first recognised who Jesus Christ really is? Answer; not a disciple but the demonic! As I’d already had a night-time encounter with Jesus I realised this guy knew his stuff and hung around for more, much more…

    1. I would Richard but I’m not sure how to do that. I believe the colors have to do with the theme I’ve chosen. I’ll look and see if I can change that. Thank you for reading and commenting! 🙂

      1. Hold on pls Brandy. This is very, very odd for I’ve rechecked your site direct from your icon above (via Chrome) and it now shows a 2010 them with perfectly clear quotations!
        On IE10 I’ve returned to today’s history (your was 1st there) and opened it only to get the same ie not what was there this morning. Maybe it’s connected to the WP issues we’ve had in UK? So sorry to mess you around 🙂

      2. Not really, but TY Richard 🙂 I actually wanted to make sure the “quotes” were readable for all 😉 I thank you for bringing that to my attention. God bless my friend.

      1. Mental illness is real!!!. Just like breast cancer diabetes or any other physical ailment . To say that the demon possession the Gadarene demoniac had is the same as mental illness is error . I have had bipolar disorder for 39 years . I have only been able to live a normal and productive life because I accepted the fact that it was NOT a spiritual issue and stop going to the altar for prayer, blessed oil ,exorcism and went to the psychiatrist to get proper medications to even out the chemical imbalance in my body .i was saved at 7, accepted Christ as Savior, raised by a Pastor, Spent My WHOLE life singing and preaching the Gospel. When you’re filled with the Holy Spirit of the living God, there’s no space for a demon let alone demon possessed! The devil is a lie! But, it doesn’t surprise me because he will tell 1000 truths to float one lie ! Look what he did to E! ” Eve, girl, did God REALLY say you couldn’t eat from that tree”?Then that Liar had the nerve to step to JESUS the Son of God himself! “If you be the son of God…”They said Jesus was full of the devil called him “belzebub”! Called him crazy out of his mind! Be careful of the power of your pen as you may mislead people . One in four Americans are affected by mental illness and need to seek treatment proper medications and therapy in order to live life on a daily basis without causing harm to themselves committing suicide or hurting their families . Saying it is because of demons further stigmatuzes is it makes people a shame and causes others to look away and do nothing about it it is a reason why even though the United states is the richest country in the world we have the most impoverished people sleeping on the street mainly because of mental illness ; them trying to self medicate with drugs and alcohol whereas , if The country recognized mental illness as being equally important and devastating as say, cancer they would put the funds into it that is needed to rectify the problem. I am blessed to have family ; a husband that has loved and kept me safe over these 39 years otherwise I would be one of those on the street except by the grace of God! I now own two houses for women that are homeless because of mental illness. I don’t rebuke demons from them ! I do command and rebuke Satan to leave them alone! He can’t come in my house because it is covered with the blood of Jesus!!!I get them to the doctor, on the medication, show them love feed them ,care for them as he instructed us to do in Matthew 25:45-40. I don’t judge them or cast them aside. I help them get their self-worth back and back on their feet out of my house into their own place to make room for the next Lady who needs help . For years I sweated at the altar had people lay hands on me , rebuke the devil out of me rolling on the floor …fasted three days ,21 days ,40 days trying to rid myself of the demons until one day God told me it “was good that I afflicted you that you would truly learn My statutes.. that you would take MY you’re upon you and learn FROM me, your affliction was at my hand that I gave you The bread of affliction and water of adversity and it was for this day that you would be able to feel the infirmity of the weak so that when I come back and say “when I was hungry did you feed me did you clothe me did you visit me when I was sick as you do to the least of them “. Then he showed me that the least of them are those that did not have a voice; that people look down on push aside (namely the mentally ill that people even Christians look at as being demon possessed …those are the ones that he’s going to say “did you take care of them?”. As far as perilous times in the last days , you’re an error about that as well. People have been waiting for Jesus’ appearing since he left!! The disciples thought he was coming back in their Day! As you referred to 2 Timothy, they thought it was time and right that we had signs of his coming back men has been lovers of themselves and all that you describe that’s been going on since he left! Perilous times … juice Jewish encampments millions of them killed in the name of Christianity! The worse wars in the name of Christianity! KKK crosses burned on the front lawns in the neighborhood near mine to this day in the West coast. In the name of Christianity, Africans stripped from their mother land ripped straight from their families brought over to this country that was stripped from the Native American Indians and then on the backs of those blacks that they brought over here this country was built and then those blacks aren’t even to this day able to reap the benefits of the land that they built and they’re still being allowed to be beaten and killed in the streets today by President Who won’t speak up against it !!so yes Pierlous times but waaayyy worse than Timothy Spoke of. you point out what the Muslims are doing and what other religions do in the name of their God ;look at a travesty people have wreaked on others in the name of Jesus Christ ! Christians. no religion has done as bad as what Christians have done ! We must strive to be Christlike not so much be Christians. Jesus wouldn’t cal himself a Christian in the same breath Trump says he is one. Christlike. Give and love. WWJD. helping, mending , doing greater work for the good of mankind than he did …healing, bringing life what would Jesus do? that ‘s what we should be doing. all this stuff evangelicals purport even in getting this bigoted hateful misogynistic racist man boy in the White House on “” Christian “values like anti- abortion and same-sex marriage further stripping people of their rights instead of letting God handle those things and just being concerned about seeing to it that the constitution , carrying out if the law and civil liberties… the rendering of that which belongs to Caesar give it to Cesar as Jesus said there are so many errors in your Teaching. be careful be very careful, Brandy. really search the word and let God teach you don’t just say what you’ve heard and what you’ve been taught you’re a great writer but let God teach you. don’t let him have to inflict you with adversity or infirmity for you to learn His work and how to impart his Word today to a world filled with sin and injustice that you blame on people like me who have mental illness. People make choices. God made us free will beings. It saddens Him when some of His creation suffers because of the choices of others. I’m so glad to know that He cries when I cry and that my heart breaks for the things that breaks His. Like Paul, I asked to have my affliction removed, and He reminds me every day that His Grace is sufficient for me. That My Bi-Polar , My mental illness is a GIFT from my loving Father to keep me humble and In His presence always. He told me GRACE for me is God Right At The Center of E verything. So whether I was strapped (chained) to the bed in a Psych Ward or Singing at a Gospel concert or preaching behind a pulpit.. He’s right there in the middle of it all! Even if I make my bed in hell… which after 19 hospitalizations I feel like I’ve been to hell and back at least 3 times.. I have a T shirt and a hat, I could be a tour guide.. but he was and is always there!

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      2. I’m sorry for your troubles Coco. Through your VERY long rant and accusations, I had one question in mind: you say you are on all these medications…. which scripture refers to as SORCERY… could those medications be inhibiting you from really knowing the TRUE God? Could you possibly be the one who is under a demonic deception?

  2. Please I want you to clear me on this issue. Someone is arguing that perilous time is actually the brutal experience people will go through under the reign of the Antichrist which will take place after rapture, that what we are experiencing now is called Signs of the ebdtime and not perilous time. Please clear me on this.

    1. It seems pretty clear to me Helen. Are men today lovers of self? Lovers of money? Boasters? Prideful? Lacking self control? Lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God? I mean if you read 2 Timothy 3 it points out pretty clear what is being discussed and I would say it fits pretty well the times we are living in. It also states “in the last days” these times will come. I think this leads us to believe we are there. Also, I do believe what we are experiencing today will get a whole lot worse before it gets better. Understand that many people today are in denial or misinformed about last days prophecies because they don’t spend the time with God in scripture that they need to and instead listen to false teachers. I don’t declare to know all, but this one seems like a no brainer. God bless you Helen ❤

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