The warning “the time is coming” is put very frankly in 2 Timothy 4, a time when “people will not endure sound teaching … and turn away from listening to the truth …” (verses 3-4). How clear it is that that happened – as an unbiased study of the history of Christianity reveals. Finally, Paul is aware he is about to die, but how wonderfully he spells out his conviction of his future life in verses 7,8, a reward he will be given “on that day” (verse 8). Can we have the same hope “laid up” for us as for Paul? We must not let these perilous times discourage us.