This is a new series from Dr. Aikens entitled “Revelatory Words and Concepts” These revelatory nuggets are curated by Jane Babich from Bootcamp Teachings and Podcasts. All of these concepts are rooted in Apostle Aikens heart toward equipping ministries and ministers for the work of the end times.
The revelatory concept “Perilous Times” found in 2 Timothy 3:1-7 signifies set seasons of improper times of evil present with us using men to inconvenient opportunities do this that sift and plan into our fears.
2 Timothy 3:1-7 (KJV)
This also knows that in the last days, perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good; Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Perilous times are seasons we feel our strength tested so beyond that we ultimately feel helplessly hopeless, for they are the difficult, fierce, dangerous seasons of times that seem to be unleashed with no appointed end set or foreseen.
Perilous times are complex imminent, unavoidable times of hazardous dangers, disasters, and signs pointing to substantial risk and ruin. Some of us do not fear or avoid risk, which can be good as long as the risk is ordered by obedience to God because God protects us when we walk in obedience.
Proverbs 3:6 tells us of God’s powerful guidance when we yield to Him. “In all our ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct our plans.” Being in the path God gives us, even if it looks like a risk. It is a safe place.
But the risk with ruin is perilous and not God because ruin is defined as the physical destruction or disintegration of something or the state of disintegrating or being destroyed. But 2 Corinthians 4 promises us that “we will not be destroyed.” This is still true in perilous times.
2 Corinthians 4:7-9
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
Perilous times are full of contrary shifting, stormy winds of adversity, proving so disconcerting, draining, and disturbing they wear out the strongest saints. They also perplex most hearts and minds with difficulty, yet; they still are not new, anywhere under the sun.
Ecclesiastes 1:9 (KJV)
The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
Yet our but God is in remembering Isaiah 26:3 that declares to us: “God keeps in perfect peace, those minds remaining “stayed” on Him.” No matter what our perilous times are, the promise stands true. Our peace is found only in trusting and leaning on God. Selah!
It is my privilege and honor to curate these revelatory concepts but to hear the podcast “Perilous Times,” taught by Dr. Audrey Aikens, click here.