Future Choices

Disloyalty and Betrayal Is Just One Ominous Sign of the Times!

1 Thessalonians 2:10 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

10 You are witnesses, and God also, how devoutly and righteous and blameless we became to the ones believing.

Explaining the Doctrine of the Last ThingsWhat do Delilah, Absalom, and Judas Iscariot have in common? Yes, they were all disloyal. Delilah was disloyal to the man who loved her, Judge Samson. Absalom was disloyal to his father, King David. Judas Iscariot was disloyal to his Master, Christ Jesus. Each of these ones, by their disgraceful actions, inflicted havoc on others! But why should we be concerned about these persons who lived thousands of years ago? One of the most-common depravities today is disloyalty to others. In America, the chances that a marriage will end in divorce is somewhere between 42 and 45 percent. In describing the signs of the end of the last days, Jesus said,

Matthew 24:3, 10 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

As he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming,[1] and of the end of the age?” 10 And then many will fall away,[2] will betray[3] one another, and will hate one another. 11 And many false prophets will arise and will lead many astray.

second coming CoverTo betray” means “to lead astray especially: seduce 2: to deliver to an enemy by treachery 3: to fail or desert especially in time of need [betrayed his family] 4 a: to reveal unintentionally [betray one’s true feelings] b: show, indicate c: to disclose in violation of confidence [betray a secret].[4] Disloyalty is just one line of many in the fingerprint that establishes that we are living deep in “the end of the age” as Jesus out it or “the last days” as the apostle Paul put it. (2 Tim. 3:1-6) Disloyalty and betrayal have contributed to much pain and suffering in this end of the age or last days. Undeniably, such acts are just one ominous sign of the times!

[1] Presence; Coming: (Gr. parousia) The Greek word literally means,” which is derived from para, meaning “with,” and ousia, meaning “being.” It denotes both an “arrival” and a consequent “presence with.” Depending on the context, it can mean “presence,” “arrival,” “appearance,” or “coming.” In some contexts, this word is describing the presence of Jesus Christ in the last days, i.e., from his ascension in 33 C.E. up unto his second coming, with the emphasis being on his second coming, the end of the age of Satan’s reign of terror over the earth. We do not know the day nor the hours of this second coming. (Matt 24:36) It covers a marked period of time with the focus on the end of that perod. – Matt. 24:3, 27, 37, 39; 1 Cor. 15:23; 16:17; 2 Cor. 7:6-7; 10:10; Php 1:26; 2:12; 1 Thess. 2:19; 3:13; 4:15; 5:2.

[2] Lit be caused to stumble

[3] Or hand over

[4] Inc Merriam-Webster, Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. (Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, Inc., 2003).