Full text of renowned Bible teacher Derek Prince’s sermon titled “How to Face the Last Days Without Fear: Derek Prince”. In this sermon, Derek Prince shares how we can face the Last Days, that is talked about in the Bible, without fear. Something very relevant in this time, with the coronavirus outbreak.
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Derek Prince – Renowned Bible Teacher
Now the proclamation that we’re going to make today is taken from Titus 2:11–14:
“The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously and godly in the present age; looking for the blessed hope, and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ who gave Himself for us that He might redeem us from every lawless deed, and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.”
My theme today is a message I’ve never preached before, so it will be interesting to see how it comes out. It is: How to Face the Last Days Without Fear.
The Bible has a great deal to say about the last days or the end time. It starts in the first book, Genesis, and goes on from book to book through the last book, Revelation.
A few days earlier I was in a medical facility for some routine medical tests. And I had at one time a doctor and two nurses there. And they asked me: “What do you think about the condition in the world today?”
I said, I believe we’re living in the last days. And rather to my surprise all three of them indicated really that they believed that was true. It was quite surprising.
So, I want to speak to you today about how to approach the last days. We’ve already heard in prophetic messages that this will be a time of severe testing. I believe that it will be the time of the severest testing that humanity has ever experienced.
I just want to list, very briefly, some of the serious statements made in Scripture about the last days. Then I’m going to go on to the really practical issues: How can we face these last days without fear?
In 2 Timothy 3:1, Paul says to Timothy: Know this — It’s very emphatic. You can be certain of one thing, this you must not forget — …that in the last days perilous times will come. The word that’s translated perilous only occurs in one other place in the Greek New Testament. And that is used to describe two demon possessed men who came to meet Jesus on the east shore of the Sea of Galilee. And there it is translated fierce. It says they were exceedingly fierce.
So, what the Scripture is telling us is that in the last days fierce times will come. I think that’s a much better translation than perilous. And Paul goes on in that chapter to give the reason. The reason is the deterioration of human character, ethics and morals. And he lists eighteen moral blemishes that will be conspicuous in the last days. Three of them are things that people love.
The first is lovers of self, the second is lovers of money and the last one is lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God. And with unerring accuracy, Scripture pinpoints the great basic problem that faces humanity. And not least the people of this nation. It is love of self. Self-love is the cause of the breakup of marriages, families, churches, society in general.
The attitude is, this is what I want. I don’t care what you want. This is the way I’m going, you can go your way but I’ll go my way. I know what I want and I’m going to get it. And that attitude is really responsible for the breakup of the family. And the breakup of the family means the breakup of society. And really, the end of all structured order in society.
One of the other places where we are warned about what will happen in the last days, is Matthew 24:7–13. And here Jesus is speaking about the birth pangs, or the labor pains, that will issue in the kingdom of God on earth. And one fact about the kingdom of God is there’s only way into it. You cannot join it. You have to be born into it. Jesus said: Unless a man is born again, he can neither see nor enter the kingdom of God. That is true, not only of the individual. It is true of the earth. The earth can only enter into the kingdom of God through a birth.
In Matthew 19 Jesus calls it the regeneration. And like every birth it is preceded by birth pangs, by labor pains. And in Matthew 24:7–13, Jesus lists some of the main labor pains. The first is nation against nation. And interestingly, the Greek word there for nation is ethnos which gives us the phrase ethnic conflict, which is one of the conspicuous features of the present situation in the world.
Then it says kingdom against kingdom, which I would interpret as political wars. Then famines, pestilences and earthquakes. Now listen carefully, Christians to be persecuted and hated by all nations. Many Christians to be offended, in other words, to give up their faith. and to betray one another for the sake of their own life. Many false prophets, abounding lawlessness.
How many of you, who’ve lived in this nation for at least 10 years, would agree, that lawlessness has been on a continual increase? I’ve lived in Fort Lauderdale since 1968. And I tell you, it’s today a totally different city from what it was when I came to live here. It’s marred by violence and ethnic hatred and crime. That just didn’t exist 25 years ago.
And then it says the love of many Christians will grow cold. The Greek word there is agape, the word normally used for the special love of Christians. And then it speaks at the end about the need for endurance. Jesus says he who endures to the end shall be saved. But actually the Greek is more specific. It says: he who has endured to the end will be saved.
You’re saved now but to remain saved you have to endure to the end.
Let me just read that list again without commenting, because I think it’s very significant: Nation against nation; kingdom against kingdom; famines, pestilences, earthquakes; Christians persecuted and hated by all nations; many Christians offended and betraying one another; many false prophets; abounding lawlessness; the love of many Christians growing cold. And finally, the need for endurance.
Now, you’ll agree with me I think that that is not a pleasant prospect. One thing I’ve learned about the Bible is to be objective. I started to study the Bible as a believer about 52 years ago. And I made up my mind then that I would try to find out what the Bible really says. set aside human opinions, human interpretation, set aside my own prejudice.