What are the signs that we are living in the last days before Jesus Christ’s return? Are we in the end times? Are there signs in the Bible which we can read that tell us that we are living in the days just prior to His coming again? What Scriptures reveal that we could be living in the very last days before Jesus comes to judge the world?
The study of the end times is called Eschatology which basically means a study of the end things. The end things in this case is a study of the end times and deciphering the nearness of Christ’s return based upon Scriptures. Eschatology is concerned with the end of the present age and events that lead up to Jesus Christ’s return to judge the unsaved world and to reward believers for their good works or the lack thereof.
In the first place, we don’t have to look for any prophecy in the Bible to be fulfilled before Jesus can return again. The sad fact is that for those who choose today to not believe in Jesus Christ, that day will be a terrible one. For those who are not believers, they will face eternal judgment and have no second chance for salvation and escaping hell. For those who today have already placed theirfaith in the Lord Jesus Christ, they will receive their rewards. Today is the day of salvation for the unsaved because He can return at any given moment (2 Cor 6:2).
In Paul’s last letter to Timothy and having the knowledge that his death was imminent, he warned Timothy by telling him to, “mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people” (2 Tim 3:1-5). Certainly, Paul was right that “evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived” (2 Tim 3:13).
These verses have come to pass into their fullness today. Read these things written in 2 Timothy and you can see them already prevalent in society: greed is unbelievable, children are rebelling against parents, people are lovers of themselves, people are full of pride, boastful, abusive, ungrateful, having no natural love, unforgiving, no self-control (with sexual immorality rampant), brutal, and having a hypocritical look of godliness but living in duplicity. These appear to be more so today than in Paul’s day.
Scoffers of God
When someone scoffs at the idea of there being a God they ridicule believers even more when they say that people have been talking about Jesus’ coming for hundreds of years. This persecution has not been helped by the many false prophets who have claimed to have special revelations from God and set dates for Jesus’ return. Not one of them of course has been right because no one knows the date of Christ’s Second Advent (Matt 24:36). The Benny Hinns and Harold Campings of this world have served to only exacerbate the idea of Jesus’ certain coming as being a myth and they have, unfortunately, helped to create a world of skeptics. These false prophets are fortunate that they didn’t live in the Old Testament times because false prophets were stoned to death for such false prophecies then.
The longer the period of time of Christ’s return is, the more skepticism will increase, but Peter warned us about this natural tendency in 2 Peter 3:3-4, “Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” What Peter is saying in his last letter is that people have been saying this ever since his ancestors were around. It is much like in the days of Noah, prior to the flood, in which Noah spent 120 years warning people of an impending flood of judgment to come. If they laughed at Noah, they will laugh at believers. But believe God, judgment is coming as Peter warned by the comparison of Noah’s time saying, “By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the Day of Judgment and destruction of the ungodly” (2 Pet 3:6-7).
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