Are We in the Last Days?
The Bible tells us that a time called "the last days" is coming. The end of life as we know it is approaching. As we get closer to the end, the hostility between the forces of light and the forces of darkness is growing. As the end of the age approaches, Satan will throw all he has against God and the people of God. The end will be full of wars, famine, and tribulation until God defeats his enemies and ushers in a glorious kingdom of light and goodness--a kingdom of peace and righteousness. The Bible says:
Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him
. . . that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God (2 Thessalonians 2:1a, 3b-4).1
The last days involve a time of tribulation and persecution when a wicked world ruler called "the Antichrist" will fight against God's people and set up a new religion with himself as God. Jesus, however, will intervene when he returns to defeat this wicked ruler and set up God's kingdom of peace and righteousness.
The question that remains to be answered is are we in the last days? Have the last days arrived? If we take the events mentioned in the previous Bible passage, then no, we aren't in the last days. Those events are still future, but just because they haven't yet happened doesn't mean that the end is not near. Jesus says,
About that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man . . . Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.(Matthew 24:36-39; 42-44).2
Just because we don't see these events doesn't mean the end is not near. We must listen to Jesus:
Keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.
Keeping my eyes on Jesus,
Pastor Steve Lorenz
May 5th, 2017
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2Matthew 24:36-39; 42-44
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