What we have in the Judaic - Christian tradition is actual fulfilled prophecy as recorded in the text of the bible as well as an ancient people who remain intact to this day in the very land called Israel called by their ancient name.
Mesopotamia paganism does not. Also, it is Canaanite religious system is where the central focus and starting point of all the pagan deities story lines. Those nations are gone - so is Babylonian empire.
Israel remains. Nation born in one day in May 1948, regathered a second time.
1 Tim 3:1-4 perilous times - meaning insane perilous times are being entering in...
From my notes on 2 Timothy 3:1 NKJV, on Greek word - perilous - in text -
The word translated perilous in 2 Tim 3:1 is a difficult word to translate. The only other place in the NT it is found is in Matthew 8:28 concerning two demoniacs who violently-perilously approached Jesus. This lead me to trace how the word is used in the Greek Old Testament, the Septuagint.
From the etymology of the Greek word ‘chalepós – perilous’ – and its usage in the Septuagint, I discovered that this word indicates some sort evil insane, crazy ‘as in demonized crazy. Like the men who violently approached Jesus in Mat 8:28 are described. The best definition one gathers from the history of this word’s usage is: demonized as in evil/warped, diabolically (criminally) insane, crazy-perilous. That picture made is plain from Mat 8:28.
Now look at verse 1-4 and add the word insane before each word in verses 2-5 as that is best wat to comprhend what Paul was conveying: Quoted from the NKJV and incerted the word insane, etc, for you all
2 Timothy 3:1-4, “But know this, that in the last days Insanely perilous times will come…”
2Ti 3:2 For men will be (insane) lovers of themselves, (insane) lovers of money, (insane) boasters, (insanely) proud, (insane) blasphemers, (insanely) disobedient to parents, (insanely) unthankful, (insanely) unholy - means impious without right responsibility to God or each other
2Ti 3:3 (insanely) unloving - without affection – unsociable - unhuman, (insanely) unforgiving, (insane) slanderers means act the part of the devil to accuse- character assassinate, (insanely) without self-control, (insanely) brutal, (insane) despisers of good, (means – oppose goodness and good people make goodness evil and evil the new measure of goodness) Cultural Marxism does this
2Ti 3:4 People will become --- (insane) traitors, betrayers, (insanely) headstrong – means, rush forward out of control without thinking things through responsibly – (insanely) haughty-insolent-rude, an arrogant lack of respect
(insanely) lovers of pleasure (hedonism) rather than lovers of God,
Lovers of pleasure is a Greek compound word – Philos (Loves companionship with) and Hedononze where we get the word Hedonism from
Hedonism is a school of thought that argues that pleasure and happiness are the primary or most important intrinsic goods and the aim of human life. Hedonist strives to maximize net pleasure (pleasure minus pain) to achieve happiness.
Hedonism is the idea that all people have the right to do everything in their power to achieve the greatest amount of pleasure possible as that defines what intrinsic good is and guides the aim of human life – pleasure. Every person's pleasure must surpass their amount of pain or idea of discomfort or being offended is they rule such live by and push and even legislate on others. Text expresses this in translation - Insanely seeking to make others betrothed to hedonism.
2Ti 3:5 having a form (shape-image) of godliness (respect toward divine transcendence of God’s character) but denying its power (dunamis). And from such people turn away!
They deny the - dunamis power - of God
Thayer Definition: Dunamis
1) Infused endowed with strength power, ability or
1a) inherent power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature, or which a person or thing exerts and puts forth
1b) power for performing miracles
1c) moral power (Moral strength) and excellence of soul
1d) the power and influence which belong to riches and wealth
1e) power and resources arising from numbers
1f) power consisting in or resting upon armies, forces, host
Excellence of soul - in Thayer’s time meant:
Excellence - a transformed character (in the soul) made upright, whole, sound, by an accurate knowledge (of God) that produces soundness and durability that blesses society, God… does his will. To be above one’s former brutish state and affairs of life – not governed by these
2Ti 3:5 having a form (shape-image) of godliness (respect toward divine transcendence God’s character) but denying its power (dunamis).
We have this today in abundance. in and outside of churches...
No Ridetheclouds - the biblical records did not come from paganism of Canaan or Mesopotamia mythology. It is God setting the record straight in an actual spiritual war that still rages today as it is written in Rev 12:7.
He has confirmed his own word with fulfilled prophecy and the world will continue to deny him until the last of the last days. You decide which camp you want to be in on this one. Intellectualism will not save you. Empirically and there is enough evidence world wide that we are entering the insane perilous times Paul wrote about.
Also, chaos - was not slain - he went by the name Azazel in the bible and known as Leviathan and God has control over that one, sealed up in the abyss. Suggest you read Job chapters 38-42 to find out. He won't escape no matter what the pagan deities story line try to suggest otherwise...
God is taunting the fallen ones in Psalms 74... etc and etc...
Isa 27:1, "In that day the LORD with His severe sword, great and strong, Will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan that twisted serpent; And He will slay the reptile that is in the sea." NKJV
Sea is the pit of Hell known to you as the Abuz... In Enoch it plainly says there he remains till Rev 20:14 happens - which mentions him by his known Greek name by the way. note also 2 Peter 2:4 and Jude 1:6
Lake of fire is eternal - such lives eternally suffering... as they are utterly corrupt
The Legion account mentions this time in Mat 8:29, "And suddenly they cried out, saying, "What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?"
Don't believe in enemy propaganda... as the means to discredit the bible to build yourself up in own esteem....