Are We Living In The Last Days?

With all the unrest in the Middle East, particularly with the events surrounding Israel there is a lot of talk about living in the last days. It is said that wars, famines, droughts, and other natural calamities are signs that the end is near. So all of this hype begs the question, are we living in the last days? Yes! We are in fact living in the last days. However, we have been living in the last days for the past two thousand years. We know that by looking into the New Testament.

 

Consider Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2. We read “But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel: ‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.’” Peter is revealing to his listeners that when the Holy Spirit poured out on them in verses 1-4 it was a fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy of the “last days.” The phrase “last days” is an expression that is referring to the Christian age, the final dispensation of time that will last until the second coming of Jesus, not just days immediately preceding His coming. Another passage that will help us learn when the days began is found in Hebrews 1:2 that says,  “But in these last days, He has spoken to us by His Son…”  Based on this verse, it would be impossible to say that we are now beginning to live in the last days.

 

So, don’t look for any “last day” signs from world events. Do not listen to false teachers who set dates for the Lord’s return. However, do not conclude that based on this short article that you have plenty of time to make your life right with God. The Lord could return today, tomorrow, or a thousand years from now. We do not know. While we still have time, let’s heed the words of Peter when he wrote, “Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people out you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn!” (2 Peter 3:11-12)