Category Archives: Last Days

ENDS OF THE AGES

According to the New Testament, the Death and Resurrection of Jesus inaugurated the “last days”1 Corinthians 10:11.

In his letters, the Apostle Paul demonstrates his understanding that History’s final era, the “last days,” commenced with the Death and Resurrection of Jesus. For the church, that means that nothing can ever be the same again. Decisions and plans must be made with that knowledge firmly in view. For that matter, already, the forms and institutions of the present age are in the process of “passing away.”

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PEOPLE OF THE LAST DAYS

In Revelation, the church is the battlefield where the final battle is being waged between the Lamb and the “Ancient Serpent,” Satan.

The book of Revelation was sent to seven first-century churches in the province of Asia to address their real-life trials and tribulations. But in the process, it presents messages relevant to all churches throughout the present age. Their daily struggles were a microcosm of the cosmic battle that is being waged even now between Jesus and the “Dragon.”

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THAT SON OF MAN

The “one like a Son of Man” from Daniel is the source of Christ’s self-designation, the “Son of Man” – Daniel 7:13-14

In the gospel accounts, the “Son of Man” is the most frequent self-designation heard on the lips of Jesus, a term derived from Daniel’s vision of the figure “like a Son of Man,” who approached the “Ancient of Days” to receive “dominion.” For example, at the end of the age, “all the tribes of the earth” will mourn when “they see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven.” Jesus was “that Son of Man.”

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THE SIGN OF THE END

Jesus declared the “end” will not come until “this gospel of the kingdom of God is proclaimed to all nations” – Matthew 24:14

Inevitably, when the subject of the return of Jesus is raised, we ask: What “signs” will precede it? Will wars, earthquakes, famines, and similar catastrophes mark his soon return? Fortunately for us, Jesus provided a most definitive “sign,” an event that must occur before the “coming of the Son of Man on the clouds of heaven”; namely, the completion of the Church’s mission.

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RIGHTEOUSNESS, WRATH AND SALVATION

In the first half of Romans, Paul presents his “gospel” by arguing from plight to solution. It is the “power of God for salvation, both to the Jew and the Greek.” Because of sin, two forces are at work in the world – righteousness and wrath. In his Son, God has provided salvation for men and women, a solution to the desperate plight of humanity that is available to all, and on the same basis, both to Jew and to Gentile – “from faith.”

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THESE LAST DAYS

When we hear the term “last days,” quite naturally, we assume it refers to the final period of history just prior to the return of Jesus, a logical assumption. Yet the New Testament presents this period as the age of fulfillment that began with the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, In the epistle to the Hebrews, the “word of the Son” marked the end of one era, and the commencement of another and vastly superior age.

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