by Robert Dawson

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Perilous Times (7 of 14)
Series: 1 John
Robert Dawson
1 John 2:18-29

I was not a bright child, not much has changed over the last 40 years. One of the hardest things for me to learn as a child was how to tell time - not on a digital clock but the ones with the arms and especially those with the Roman numerals - did not think I would ever get those down. Learning to tell the time is important and a lesson we all need to this one little boy I read about.

1. Little guy wanted to go play with his friend and so he asked his mom and she told him to go but make sure he was home by 4pm. He put his little watch on and went out to play. He would look at it occasionally but there was only one problem...he did not know how to tell time. After a few hours he asked his buddy who was time literate what time it was and he said 15 minutes after 4pm. The little boy said -it can't be. Momma told me to be home at 4 and I ain't.

2. Little boys need to learn to tell time so they can be where they are supposed to be when they are supposed to be there.

Learning to tell the times is also important for the believer. Here in our verses tonight John is going to give us a lesson on discerning the spiritual times around us and how we can stay on course as a Christian.
1 John 2.18-29 - 18 Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us. 20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know. 21 I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it, and because no lie is of the truth. 22 Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. ...

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