Just finished reading the following inspiring article. It pretty much examines the book of James 5:1-6, NASB and how it applies to the last days Church…
There are four basic, sinful behaviors which James tells us will be present in the days leading up to Christ’s return. In verses 1-3 we are presented with spiritual blindness to the signs of the times such that many will hoard for themselves all the earthly resources possible. Their sole concern is for personal comfort and pleasure.
In verse 4 this personal greed spins further out of control so that it results in stealing wages, a way of showing the utter disregard people will have for the commandment of the New Covenant to “love one another, even as I have loved you”. (Jn. 13:34) Mistreatment of others will be rooted in the pursuit of personal gain.
In verse 5 they are characterized as not being content with having their basic needs met but pursuing extravagant living. Using their hoarded resources and those garnered from fraud and theft, they become self-absorbed to the exclusion of everyone and everything else.
Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. (1 Timothy 6:17, NASB)
And all of this culminates in the final sinful behavior in verse 6 which can be labeled “injustice”. And not just injustice to people in general, but in particular for those still adhering to God’s Word and ways.
In other words, the Last Days are characterized by people focused on material things, a consumer-driven group giving no real thought to how their behavior in this life shapes the outcome of the next. Moriel Archive » Blog Archive » The Last Days: Not a Test of Knowledge But Faith
I thought it was a good read… anyways, you may want to check it out and see if the Word of God spoke to you about these days in which we live.