Many people have been asking this question: Are we in the last days? There are others who don’t want to, for fear of coming to grips with the reality of who we are and what is the destiny of the human race.
It’s a question that is discussed more among believers, who can hardly wait for Jesus Christ to burst through those clouds with thousands of his angels and with a trumpet blast so loud it will wake the dead and send fear into unbelievers. Interestingly, the vast majority of sinning humanity ignore this pending fulfillment and live as if this society will go on forever. World without end. Amen!
But will our world, as we know it, come to an end one day? Our finite minds limit us to certain things, while revealed knowledge from the Divine gives us an understanding science cannot explain. Without the divine, one is apt to take on the mantle of agnosticism or atheism.
Whenever we ask the question about whether we are in the last days, it raises an alarm on two levels. At the level of those who pin their hope in the return of Jesus Christ, and the other level from those who dismiss quickly any notion that Jesus Christ is returning for a second time–the Second Coming.
When it comes to the divine, we have to turn our attention to only one source – The Holy Bible to find the answers. What then does the Bible say about the last days? What did Jesus say? Does it really matter what unbelievers think or desire regarding the times we live in? The truth is, if we are living in the last days, the return of Jesus Christ is upon us.
What if we are not in the last days though? What does that mean? We look around and we see sin being added to sin, evil being called good and good evil. Can this Earth continues its transformation of the moral into immoral or the immoral into moral, by man’s standards, and survive?
Can the social engineering and change in social and cultural standards survive the negative fall-out that are bound to appear, if they are not already appearing? Can the family unit survive as an institution when it’s being attacked and eroded left right and centre in the name of political correctness, post-modernism, the new normal, post-Christian era or what have you?
In Matt. 24:3, the followers of Jesus ask what would be the sign of His Coming or what will be happening in the last days of this civilisation. “And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? 4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows (or birth pangs).”
Jesus went on to note other signs such false prophets who will deceive many people, persecutions for the name of Jesus Christ.
The Word of God even gets clearer of what the last days will look like. We can look at these signs individually and compare them to what is happening around us and draw our own conclusions. 2 Timothy 3. 1. “But know this, that in the last days [a]perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, [b]unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” No one can deny we are living in dangerous.
Are we in the last days then? With guidance from the scriptures, we cannot stay blind or unaware of what is happening around us. We have a duty to be on guard at all times. With that said, here’s wisdom for the saints. If the last days don’t come, where then will be our hope for the return of Jesus Christ, for He himself tells us to be watching and praying for we know not the hour. He also tells us something else. These signs indicate greater things and events to happen, so look up because your redemption draws night. Keep your eyes open!
“But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of the darkness. Therefore, let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and that that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do” (1 Thessalonians 5:1–11). For more on this subject, download FREE our booklet, WHY CHRIST MUST RETURN!