Last Updated on September 7, 2020
2 Timothy 3 speaks of the Last Days and details the events and the men that will come. Paul lists the fruits or works of these last days men and sums it up in verse 13 with, “Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived” (2Tim 3:13). It is very important the word Paul uses here in 2Timothy — wax. Because he is not talking about men that get worse but that the true nature of these men is manifest over time, they come into light as to what they really are and have always been. The root that lies beneath that the fruit will eventually show forth.
Where we find men waxing worse and worse (2Tim 3:13) – that is, being revealed to be worse then we thought – 2Timothy is telling us that these men are identified as evil men and seducers — they are ‘deceivers’ (2Tim 3:13). They are not what they originally appeared to be – it was a deception. Likewise, even they themselves are under their own delusion – they have got to where they actually believe their own deception (2Tim 3:13).
This is in contrast to a true man of God. For a man of God is perfect and produces good works, “That the man of God… be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” (2Tim 3:17)
2Timothy gives instructions immediately following the identification of the deceivers so that you will not be deceived by them, and in Paul’s instructions, he shows the manner in which they deceive. Scripture says to – continue in what you have learned and are assured of because the seducers will teach you contrary to what you know is right (Pr 19:2)]. It is the scriptures that are what is able to make you wise and obtain salvation, not what these deceivers and seducers teach you (2Tim 3:14-15; 1Jn 2:27).
Waxing or Waning
As the Moon does not get bigger as it waxes towards full, so these men are not getting worse than they are. They are only being found out to be what they really are, what they have always been. They are waxing — as the Moon in having more light exposing the surface that is already there. Its size does not change – only its actual appearance is more exposed. This verse is not saying that these men are getting worse, but that the revelation of who they are is becoming clearer to more people.
Their fruit is becoming known, it is coming to light, more and more — as the waxing of the moon shows more of the hidden surface that has always been there. “Likewise also the good works of some are manifest beforehand; and they that are otherwise cannot be hid.” (1Tim 5:25)
It’s A Fruit Market
This is a good lesson in fruit identification that leads us to the identification of the person. Their waxing worse and worse is the fruit that is the sign that identifies them to be evil men, seducers, and deceivers. It’s that simple, that’s how it works. That is how Jesus’ fruit test works (Mt 7:16-20). It is the only way that you are to identify any man. It is the standard that even Jesus held Himself to, and Paul likewise (1Jn 1:3; Php 4:9; Acts 4:20).
Show Me Your Fruit
Are there revelations of your leader leaking out that there are questionable things going on? Beware, and do not ignore this. Burying your head in the sand is the surest way to deception and damnation. Where you have many declarations (or witnesses) of wrongdoing in the same area, there is likely something to it. Do not say, “They accused Jesus too”, to justify this. Jesus only had false witnesses against Him, and they had to be bought off to say it. They were false, “their witness agreed not together” (Mk 14:56). When you have an abundance of witnesses witnessing to the same things in agreement, it is telling you something is wrong. It’s actually how God designed it to work (1Tim 5:19-20). Remember PTL, Peter Popoff, and Jim Jones all carried a good front, but there were rumors, there were realizations, questionings, and surmisings of the evil that lie beneath the surface of what was witnessed, long before it came out to the whole world.
The Beginning From the End
These men are also not simply falling into error in their latter days, but as John said, “They went out from among us because they were not of us” (1Jn 2:19). They separated themselves from the body of believers. Jesus’s warning of the End Times deceivers was that they lure you into separating yourself to a certain place in the wilderness that they have prepared, where the body of Christ is to be kept safe and where God’s secret mysteries are (Mt 24:24-26; Lk 21:8). As Jude also said, “These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit” (Jude 1:19).
They are waxing worse and worse — their true nature comes more into light as time passes, they are not getting worse, the evil that has always been there is being made manifest. They are unable to hide it from you. They are raging waves foaming out their own shame, wandering stars (Jude 1:13).
The ministers of Satan are established by and walk in wickedness, they are not God’s servant. God’s servants “Sheweth forth righteousness” (Pr 12:17), and we follow them in their example (1Cor 11:1; Heb 6:12). Do not let these evil men “deceive you with words” (Eph 5:6) that they are still God’s servants no matter what you might see them do. The truth is so simple that even a child can understand it; “An evil tree cannot bear good fruit” (Mt 7:17-18; Lk 6:43).
Vessels of Dishonor
You do not find in scripture where God turned a blind eye to men He called, chose, and anointed; that went after their own sins — these men God no longer used. Not even David got a free pass on this. David paid for his sin for the rest of his life, and God never used him again. David lost his wife, his baby, had his throne usurped by his son and fled barefoot, was hunted by his son Absalom, his four sons caused him great trouble, and still, David sinned by taking a census. God is not going to go against His word, “whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul. A wound and dishonor shall he get, and his reproach shall not be wiped away. (Wounds and constant disgrace are his lot (TLB))” (Pr 6:32-33).
Adam, Noah, Aaron, Moses, Saul, David, Balaam, Jonah, Judas, Simon the soccer, Demas, Diotrephes, the list goes on — some of whom were once greatly used by God but lost their usefulness to God through sin. “A man shall not be established by wickedness” (Pr 12:3). Still, some men brag that they were schooled in their ministry (craft) under shysters. God only uses clean vessels that are “meet for the Master’s use” for His holy purposes (2Tim 2:20-21). Don’t try to put Peter in that list to ignore the truth here. Peter is not in that class as Peter repented and never denied Christ again. These men walked after their sin and or added sin to sin (Isa 30:1).
Some men are marked by one thing that hangs over them — they are waxing worse and worse. Their fruit is showing. Giving witness to their root. What then does scripture tell us of such an one? They are an evil man, a seducer, and a deceiver; according to Paul’s words in Timothy. Or do you not believe that we are in the End Times? Remember that Jesus said in Luke 21:8 that the message that ‘the End is Near‘ is the calling card of the End Time deceivers (“saying,… the time draweth near“). But it is what they do along with this message that fully identifies them — their fruit bears them witness (Mt 7:15-20).
The sign of the end times is that the good will get better and the bad will get worse (2Tim 3:13-14), and “the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand” (Dan 12:10). “For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” (Ecc 12:14)
There’s your Sign!
Stop listening to teaching that contradicts what you know is right.
A worthless witness cares nothing for truth—he enjoys his sinning too much.
Mockers and rebels shall be severely punished.
(Proverbs 19:27-29 TLB)
And a highway will be there;
it will be called the Way of Holiness;
it will be for those who walk on that Way.
The unclean will not journey on it;
wicked fools will not go about on it.
(Isaiah 35:8 NIV)