(By Eddie Hyatt) Hardly anyone would expect terror to strike a small Baptist church in a small town in central Texas. But that is exactly what happened this past weekend during the Sunday-morning service at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. An individual, dressed in black and carrying a high-powered weapon, walked in the door and proceeded to slaughter 26 worshippers and wound numerous others. This heinous act came on the heels of the tragedy in New York City involving a Muslim jihadist who killed eight people with a rented pickup he drove into a crowd of people.
And don’t forget the recent evil and tragic events in Las Vegas, Orlando, and San Bernardino, not to mention the thousands of Christians in the Middle East who are being slaughtered for their faith. What is going on? In 2 Timothy 3:1, Paul says, “Know this: In the last days, perilous times will come.” The word “perilous” is translated from a Greek word that means “fierce,” “violent” and “dangerous.” It is the word used of the two demoniacs of Matthew 8:28 who terrorized that region until Jesus came and set them free. In other words, the violent character of those two demon-possessed madmen will be characteristic of the last days, the days in which we now live. CONTINUE