In 2 Timothy 3 Paul says that men will act certain ways in the last days. He then goes on to list certain characteristics that men will have and in verse 3 Paul says they will be “malicious gossips”. This is an unfortunate translation from Greek into English. In the Greek Paul actually says this, men will be “diaboloi”, which if translated as it stands means, “devils”. I can understand why they translated it into “malicious gossips” because that is included in the word “devils” because Satan and his children are slanderer’s by nature. Even though this is true, “malicious gossips” does not use the full force of what Paul was actually trying to say. ”Devils” has much more to say than “malicious gossips”.
The meaning here is plain is it not? ”In these last days men will be devils”, means two things:
a) Men will look like their father in the last days. Men will be devils, not that they themselves are devils, but they will highly resemble their father, the devil. Just as believers are growing into the image of God as they grow, so too Satan tries to mature and increase the image of himself in the lives of his own children. This is not hard for him to do because he is the ‘god of this world…’ (2 Cor. 4:4). The verse which points me to this is John 8:44, “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
From this I draw: If men in these last days are going to be devils, they will be:
1) Little images of their father, making sin a lifestyle. (1 John 3:8)
2) Do the desires of their father. (John 8:44)
3) Murderers and every evil thing. Just as a Christian grows into the likeness of ALL of Christ, so too the lost person slowly grows into the likeness of ALL of Satan. (Any verse that shows an attribute of Satan would be appropriate here, since all of Satan’s attributes will shown to varying degree’s in his children: Rev. 12:9, Gen. 3:4, 1 John 3:8, 2 Cor. 4:4)
4) Not in the truth because there is no truth in them (as their father).
5) Untrustworthy, because whenever they speak, you can know for sure that somewhere in there, they are lying. Their father only speaks lies, because his nature is to lie as the father of lies. Thus, lies will be all over the speech of his children, because that is their nature as well and therefore they ought to be called, the children of lies.
b) The second thing in this thought we should see is that we not only will see these things in the men around us or just in those people who do not know Jesus, we will see these attributes in ourselves as well, because of our sin and corruption. But believers will recognize them as what they are, evil passions that must be hated and warred against. The lost will not recognize them because that is the only thing they’ve known.
Feeling a little like the world just got a little bit darker? I have for sure. Is there hope in such a dark world where millions of people are walking around as “devils”? Yes, there is hope! How? God is in the business of reversing the blindness Satan puts on his children. Satan may blind us (2 Cor. 4:4), but when God chooses to say “LET THERE BE LIGHT!” in our hearts as He did in creation (Genesis 1), we will see the “glory of God in the face Jesus Christ” and be saved, treasuring Him above all things! In this darkness, there is hope, cling to it, and pray that God would shine this light through you.