The Last Days

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The Last Days

Michael Pickford

There is a great deal of talk about the last days among religionists. Especially the Premillennialists. Some would have us believe the last days have only recently come upon us, while others claim they will begin in the near future. What does the Bible say?

Men speak of the Stone age, the Ice Age, the Space Age, the Information Age, Etc.. The Bible, however, speaks of only three major divisions (or, dispensations) in the history of man. The Patriarchal Age was the first. During this time God dealt directly with the heads of families; like with Adam, Abraham, Isaac, Etc.. The second Age was the Mosaic Age. This age began when God gave the Law of Moses to Israel. Jesus Himself lived under this dispensation. The final Age is known as the Christian Age. It is this age which is referred to in the Bible as the “last days.”

The Last days began at Pentecost (Acts 2). When the apostles were gathered in Jerusalem, the Holy Spirit came upon them just as Jesus had promised (Jn. 16:13; Acts 1:8). A visible sign of this came in the form of tongues of fire which sat upon each of them. The apostles then began to speak in languages which they had never learned. Among the audience were “devout men, from every nation under heaven” (Acts 2:5). They were all amazed at what was happening and began to ask among themselves, “whatever could this mean?” (Acts 2:12). Peter stood up and began to explain what was taking place. He said, “...this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God...” (vs. 14). Notice Peter told them this was the beginning of the “last days” as prophesied by Joel.

Yes, we are now living in the last days, and we have been since that Pentecost almost two thousand years ago. But, what does this mean for us? It means we are now living under the direction of Christ and His Gospel! “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son” (Heb. 1:1,2). It means that these are the days salvation is offered (2 Cor. 6:1,2). There'll be no other age which presents us with a second chance to get saved. It also means we must deal with many false teachers, “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons...” (1 Tim. 4:1). We also learn that these can be perilous times, “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come...”(2 Tim. 3:1-9). Peter wrote, “Knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts,...” (2 Pet. 3:3).

After reading all of this one would think we are living in the worst time in human history. Ironically, however, this is the best time of all! Because we live under a time when the resurrection of Christ and the forgiveness of sins are a confirmed historical fact. What a blessing! And remember, as we struggle through all the trouble of the last days, Jesus has promised that He will be with us until the end of this age (Matt. 28:20).

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