When you hear the expression "The Last Days" what does that bring to your mind?
Many people ask, "The last days of what?"
The Bible uses the expression “last days” to refer to the concluding time period leading up to a divinely appointed execution that marks the end of a system of things.
The Jewish system with its worship built around the temple in Jerusalem experienced its last days from 33 to 70 C.E. What occurred then was pictorial of what would be experienced in a greatly intensified way and on a global scale at a time when all nations would be facing the execution of judgment decreed by God. The present wicked system of things, which extends worldwide, entered its last days in 1914, many alive today will see its complete end in the “great tribulation.”
How do we know we today are living in “the last days”?
The Bible describes events and conditions that mark this significant time period. “The sign” is a composite one made up of many evidences; thus its fulfillment requires that all aspects of the sign be clearly in evidence during one generation. The various aspects of the sign are recorded at Matthew chapters 24, 25, Mark 13, and Luke 21; there are additional details recorded at 2 Timothy 3:1-5,
2 Peter 3:3, 4, and Revelation 6:1-8.
We will be examining the different aspects of the composite sign in our Theocratic Ministry School during the next few weeks. I will post the aspects one at a time on my sidebar every Thursday for any who may be interested. Like the early disciples, many today are keenly interested in where we are in the stream of time.