“The end of all things is at hand; therefore, be self-controlled and sober-minded…” (I Peter 4:7).
“Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore, we know that it is the last hour” (I John 2:18).
During the past eight months, I have been asked, time and time again, if what is happening in our country and in our world are signs of the Last Days. My answer is, “Absolutely!” But it is an answer that is tempered by the two verses that I have quoted above.
Please, bear with me as I discuss these two very telling verses. First, they were both written in the first century. Both Peter and John identified the day in which they were living as “the end of all things” and “it is the last hour.” John goes on to say that he knew it was the last hour because many antichrists had arisen. Note, that the word antichrist is only used four times in the New Testament, each reference found in the First Epistle of John.
The fact of the matter is this, the season called The End Times or The Last Days is the time between Christ’s Ascension and His Second Coming (Acts 1:11). Therefore, the entire history of the Christian Church has been and will be lived out in the Last Days.
A study of Church History will reveal that every generation of the church, from Peter and John’s day forward, has faced their own antichrist figures and their own times of trial and tribulation.
Are we living in the Last Days? Yes, indeed! And we need to be looking forward to the appearing of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, whose command to us is not to get caught up in End Times fervor and speculations but to occupy until He returns.