The reference here is to the coming of the Lord Jesus, and to the various events connected with his presence. The “times or seasons,” or periods when God’s will and purposes in specific affairs are to take place, were of great interest to his servants (Acts 1:7), who came to understand them as they were made known in stages, steadily.
The First Epistle to Peter was penned about 62–64 C.E., just some 6-8-years before the destruction of Jerusalem and an all-out attack on the Jewish people by the Roman Empire, which would include Jewish Christians. Christians today face a similar difficulty because the long time that has been given to Satan’s wicked world is now entering a very dark period of time in history. (Rom. 13:12) It would be very dangerous and quite foolish for any Christian to lose sight of the prize at this late hour!
How can Christians win the fight against wicked spirit forces? What are the pieces of spiritual armor? Why is it vital that we wear each piece? How much influence does Satan have? How does Satan try to influence you? Why is there no need to feel intimidated by Satan and the demons? How you can win the battle for the Christian mind. How you can put on the full armor of God?
Jesus Christ advised his followers: “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.”—Matthew 7:15.
The apostle Paul likewise warned Christians in Thessalonica: “Let no one deceive you in any way, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction.”—2 Thessalonians 2:3.
What conditions make us more exposed to attacks by Satan? When one falls victim to apostasy, who is to blame? What circumstances can influence a person to become a fool or dupe of apostasy?
Approaching the close of the first century A.D., a grave and treacherous, deceptive danger threatened early Christianity. Was it persecution from those outside Christianity? (Emperor Nero 64 AD., Domitian in A.D. 81, Trajan in A.D. 108) No, the greatest danger came from within the Church. The lurking enemy was apostasy.