Are these the Last Days?

Posted: September 22, 2013 in bible, christianity, faith, religion
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Are we in the End Times?  It is a question, which is on the mind of many people these days.  One only has to turn on the news and watch the conflict in the Middle East unfold.  Are these the last days?  Maybe.  Or maybe not. The book of Revelation is about God’s plan for future events and how they will be unfolding.

Hebrews 1:1-2 says, “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, whom he appointed heir of all things…”  I hope you were able to catch the words “last days.”  We are and have been living in the “last days” ever since Christ.  In God’s eyes these are the last days and He will come or Rapture His church before the day (1 Thessalonians 5:1-3).

What is next on God’s timetable of events?  I believe the next event is the Rapture of the church before the Tribulation.  The tribulation can only start once the covenant is signed between Israel and the Antichrist (Daniel 9:27).  However, the church is a mystery and was not on the radar of the Jews during Jesus’ time, which is highlighted by the parable in Matthew 22:1-14.  The Rapture can happen at any moment because it is not tied to any event or even what is happening in the world. God could rapture His church up and then twenty years from that point the Tribulation begins.  Or it be more time or less.  The point is the church needs to be ready.

As I look at what is happening in the world I do see events and things being set in place for Antichrist to come to power.  I was watching the news the other day and saw that the pope was taking a different approach or at least discussing a different stance on homosexuality than previous popes.  I thought this was huge.  This pope seems to be more about unity and bringing everyone together, which can be a good thing.  However, during the first three and half years of the Tribulation the world will be united under one religion.  Therefore, the pope’s statement to me is an indication of where religion is heading and will be during the first part of the Tribulation.  The last half of the Tribulation Antichrist will force everyone to worship him as a god.  The Antichrist will dispose of that faith one world faith (Revelation 17:1-14).

What does this mean for believers today?  We need to be ready for the Lord’s return (1 John 2:28).  We will not be in the Tribulation (1 Thessalonians 1:10).  Over the years I have run across a few pastors and Christian writers, who say that believers who are looking for the Lord’s return are only looking to escape.  They go on to speak about how believers should want to be in the Tribulation so they can make a difference.  While I understand their viewpoint, I believe they are misguided in saying that Christians should be looking to escape.  The Rapture is not about escaping, the Rapture is about God gathering His church to Himself.  The Lord made a promise to His people in John 14:1-3 and Jesus always keeps His promises.  Also since we do not know the hour or day He will return that means we need to be ready.  We should be out telling others about the Lord.  There should be a passion for His word and desire to go and tell.  This life can be mundane, however, God has called all believers to be the light in their corner of this dark world.  Therefore, in the moments, hours, days, weeks, months, or years we have left lets make the most of it.

We are in the last days and now is the time to live for Him.

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Comments
  1. Terry says:

    interesting read Dan Robb. i suppose it’s always seemed like the last times in whatever the present was, even if there was still prophecy to be fulfilled. but that was not always apparent to those in the present. one thing you said that “surprized” me was the concept of the rapture possibly being “twenty” years or more or less before the tribulation. i’m not saying it’s not possible, it’s just a new concept to me. i was just always taught rapture followed immediately followed by the antichrist/tribulation. that’s how it is traditionally depicted. anyway, good stuff, keep it up!

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