Replacing God with Self
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves…highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. —2 Timothy:3:1-2,4,5
I often point to the above verses (when speaking to young people) as a fulfillment of prophecy that’s taking place in their lifetime. I also mention another prophecy that took place before they were born but only four years after I was born. That, of course, was the re-establishment of Israel as a nation in 1948 (Jeremiah:31:7-10).
Fulfilled prophecy is the number one apologetic for proving the supernatural nature of the Bible because God claims that He alone knows the future. Additionally, a diligent study of the various prophecies will give us a better understanding of how they will affect those at the time of their fulfillment.
For example, the prophetic verses in 2 Timothy 3 tell us that loving self will result in “perilous times” in the “last days.” No time period prior to our own has looked to self in order to solve the problems of society. That’s what the 300 billion-dollar industry of psychotherapy is all about. But that’s just the groundwork, the preparation.
The fulfillment is self being worshiped as God, which is at the heart of pantheism and Eastern mysticism and which is overtaking the world.
T. A. McMahon