Are These the ‘Last Days’?

(Melissa Barreiro/The Trumpet)

 

Look at world events, and it’s clear why many are asking this question.

Are we living in the “last days” described by the Bible? Some people will immediately answer: Surely not! Where are the supernatural heavenly signs? Where is the global cataclysm? This generation hasn’t even experienced a world war! So, because the biblical tribulation has not happened yet, neither is it going to happen. That’s how people reason.

But look at this world! Nuclear proliferation. Arms races. International terrorism. Mass beheadings. Sexual enslavement. Anti-Semitism. Racial division. Disease outbreaks. Economic implosion. Moral decay. Catastrophic storms, earthquakes and tsunamis. Then look at the Bible.

Compare the two, and you will begin to wonder: Are we living in the last days?

Westerners might soon forget about the unimaginable carnage of disasters like the Indonesia tsunami in 2004—but Indonesians haven’t forgotten. The people of China’s Sichuan province haven’t forgotten about the breathtaking loss of life caused by the massive earthquake of 2008. The people of Haiti still live with the scars of the 2010 earthquake that killed between 100,000 and 300,000 of them. The people of Japan won’t soon forget about the megaquake and killer tsunami that smashed the coast of Tohoku in 2011. A few weeks before that disaster, a devastating earthquake literally flattened the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. In America—a superpower many people view as immune to widespread suffering—the widespread flooding that followed Hurricane Katrina in 2005 buried the city of New Orleans and killed more than 1,800 people.

These are only a few of the “natural” disasters that have rocked our world in recent years. Think of the many man-made disasters you can stack on top of that! Just last year, isis raised its flag over large swathes of Syria and Iraq and announced itself a caliphate. Russia annexed Crimea and then thumbed its nose at the West. Pro-Russian separatists shot down a passenger jet over Ukraine, and the world did nothing. In America, Washington decided to open diplomatic relations with Communist Cuba. In the United Kingdom, Scotland nearly voted to dismember Great Britain from the inside out!

These are a few notable events from 2014. So far this year, we have seen Americans, Britons, Japanese, Jordanians, Egyptians, Iraqis, Jews and Christians gunned down, beheaded and burned alive. The barbarians calling themselves the Islamic State now control a territory larger than Great Britain. After gruesome attacks in Paris and Copenhagen, Israel’s prime minister has publicly urged Jews to flee Europe. Not Libya or Yemen—Europe.

Take a step back and what do you see? Over the past decade, several prophetic trends have continued unabated: The spread of terrorism. The rise of radical Islam and its number one state sponsor, Iran. The return of Germany as a world power. The political coercion by the Catholic Church. The moral, economic and political weakening of Britain, the Commonwealth and the United States. These are all specific, prophetic trends you can read of in your Bible!

There is nothing really to debate there. It’s just a time line of facts. But the question is, Are these normal times in which we are living? Or are we in fact living in what the Bible calls the “last days”?

More Than a Savior

The Bible is, without question, a fascinating book. Its writings have lasted for millennia. The entire Western world is linked to it on some level or another. This holy book has changed lives—it has shaped history. It’s the most unusual book there is, to have been compiled over centuries by all different authors in all different circumstances, to have a unified message throughout, and to be so influential among so many different nations—nations that aren’t even Hebrew!

There’s something about this book.

Even the non-religious must admit that the fundamental foundations of our Western society are built on the Bible and the revolutionary teachings of Jesus Christ. The supremacy of law. The judicial system. Morality. Virtues. The elemental role of family. It’s all tied to this book and to this man.

And this same man—God’s Son—talked about “the end of days”! Not some fringer. Not some wild-eyed prophet nobody took seriously. Jesus Christ Himself described what the world would be like right before He returned. Do His descriptions match up with the days we are living in right now?

He said in Luke 21:28, “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” Yes, Jesus Christ said He would return. And He said that He would do it at a definite time—“when these things begin to come to pass.”

The Prophet Jesus said the same thing. In Luke 17, He said the “last days” would mirror those of Noah’s day, just before the Flood. Wickedness was rampant in those days. Every imagination of the thoughts of men was on evil continually—and the Earth was full of violence (Genesis 6:5, 11). And yet, “They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that [Noah] entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all” (Luke 17:27). It was a wretched and miserable world, and yet people were living it up, partying hard—and oblivious to the existential threat about to destroy their civilization!

We are living in these same days.

Bible prophecy is spot on! It describes our world as being drenched in sin—filled with indiscriminate violence, sexual perversion and unimaginable crimes. And yet, because of our maddening addiction to selfishness and pleasure-seeking, most people have no idea that we are in grave danger!

Jesus Christ will soon return to Earth in the same manner He left almost 2,000 years ago (Acts 1:11). Only this time He’s not coming as a Lamb sacrifice for the sins of mankind. He’s coming to rule as the resurrected and glorified Son of God. He’s coming to forcibly put an end to human suffering and lawlessness and to set up the peaceful and happy Kingdom of God on Earth!

Full article: Are These the ‘Last Days’? (The Trumpet)

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