The Bible has a lot to say about the end times, but one of its most interesting predictions concerns what the culture will be like at that time. In short, it’s going to be really messed up. Although the world is already a pretty ugly place, during the period right before Christ’s return, it’s going to become much worse. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 outlines the situation in stark terms:
“But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.”
Does any of this sound familiar? We already live in a pleasure-crazed, over-sensitive selfie-obsessed and generally self-centered world. For instance, why are people constantly offended these days? It’s selfishness. They can’t believe that anyone would dare to disagree with them or criticize them. Unsurprisingly, the Bible says that the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil (1 Timothy 6:10) and that where there is selfish ambition, there’s every kind of evil (James 3:16).
Yet, arguably the most disturbing part of this prophecy is what it says about churches in the end times. Essentially, they’ll be filled with people who love pleasure more than God and have a form of religiosity but deny the Lord’s power. That’s not all. In another passage, the Bible describes that churchgoers in the end times won’t listen to solid teaching from the Bible. On the contrary, they will only listen to teachers who tickle their ears, telling them what they want to hear (2 Timothy 4:3). They will turn from the truth and believe lies (2 Timothy 4:4). Many Christians will even “fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons” (1 Timothy 4:1). To a certain extent, this has been happening for a while. That said, when the Antichrist is revealed, there will be a massive falling away (2 Thessalonians 2:3).
At and around that time, the world will be mocking the idea of Christ’s return (2 Peter 3:3-4). Certainly, this currently happens with regularity. At any rate, in the end times most people will not only reject Christ, they will receive the Antichrist with open arms. They will be deceived by false signs and wonders performed through the power of Satan (2 Thessalonians 2:8-10). Since they won’t have a love for the truth, the world will believe the lie that the Antichrist is God (2 Thessalonians 2:4, 11-12).
Putting all of these passages together, here’s the main takeaway. People in the end times will love themselves more than God, and to preserve their comfortable, sinful lifestyles, they will completely disregard the truth. They’ll be lovers of self and haters of the truth. These days, it’s not hard to see that many people already have this mindset.