Many Christians obsess over when the end times will begin. Others believe we're already in the end times. But when will the last days be or have they started yet
According to the Bible, we already are in the last days and have been so since Christ's incarnation. Hebrews 1:2 (KJV) says that God communicated with humanity in many ways in the past but, "Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;"
Peter also believed that the last days were in his time. Look at what he said in Acts 2:17 (KJV). "And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:"
This all happened in the first century, not some time in our future. Some preachers assume the promise in Joel is for today but it happened at Pentecost.
Of course the last days didn't end in the first century but will continue until Christ returns in his glory. Isaiah 2:2 (KJV) predicts, "And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it."
A time will come when the Lord destroys this old universe and all the wicked works of humanity. 2 Peter 3:10 (KJV) warns us against assuming that this world will keep on going. "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up."
We who trust in Christ will rejoice when Jesus returns as conquering king but it will be a terrible day for his enemies. That's why I'm writing a book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? God cut humanity a break in the past but a time will come when all people will answer for why they haven't surrendered their souls to Christ.
Next month, I'll be dealing with some ridiculous ideas preached by believers in the Charismatic and Pentecostal movements. I'm bound to anger adhearants to those unbiblical ideas but I must speak the truth.