Are we living in the final days of humanity? Will there be a secret rapture and a thousand year reign of Christ on the earth? What about “The Anti-Christ”? What does the Bible have to say about the End Times? Robert helps clarify what the Bible terms mean and what we should know about them in this introductory lesson.

ROBERT >> Is the popular teaching concerning Bible prophecy and the last days true? Will there be signs of the end times? Will there be a secret rapture of the church? Will the antichrist rise up and bring the great tribulation upon the earth? Will Jesus come, raise the righteous dead, and destroy him in the battle of Armageddon? Will Israel be restored to Palestine and rebuild the temple in Jerusalem? Will Jesus sit on David’s throne for a thousand years, bringing peace to the earth? Will the devil gather Gog and Magog for a final attack against Christ’s kingdom? Will there be another resurrection, this time of only the wicked dead before the final judgment and end of the world? Stay tuned. We’ll be right back.

SINGING>> Speaking the truth, speaking the truth, speaking the truth, speaking the truth in love.

ROBERT >> There are a lot of questions that we hope to explore in the coming weeks as we seek to examine end time teachings with the Bible. And this is going to be quite an extensive and difficult study, and it’s going to require a great deal of effort on our part. But I believe this is so important not only because so many are so confused about these things, but because to err here may cause some to lose their souls. Only the truth of God’s word will properly encourage us to prepare to meet the Lord and to give us the blessed assurance of eternal life. And so this morning I want us to dig into this idea of Bible prophecy and the last

I want you to go back with me in the Old Testament if you will to the book of Genesis, and here we’ll see back in the Old Testament many prophecies concerning the last days, or the latter days, as it is sometimes translated.

Let’s begin in that first book of the Bible, Genesis, and let’s go to chapter 49 and verse 1. And Jacob called his sons and said, “Gather together that I may tell you what shall befall you in the last days.”

You’ll notice down in verse 10 of this same chapter he says, “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet until Shiloh comes; and to Him shall be the obedience of the people.”

The coming of Jesus Christ and him ruling over the world is a part of the last days according to Genesis chapter 49. Now I want you to notice something else. Let’s turn to the book of Numbers. We’ll notice here in the book of Numbers again this little phrase, the last days, or the latter days.

Numbers chapter 24, let’s notice verse 14. “And now indeed I am going to my people; come, I will advise you what this people will do to your people in the latter days.”

Well, what’s he talking about?

Again, he points to Jesus Christ.

Look down in verse 17, where he says, “I see Him, but not now; I behold Him, but not near; a star shall come out of Jacob, a scepter shall rise out of Israel.”

And so here again we see when we think of the last days or the latter days it points to the coming of Jesus Christ.

Look at it further in the book of Deuteronomy. Deuteronomy 4:30. Here the Bible says, When you are in distress, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, when you turn to the Lord your God and obey His voice.”

Here we see in Deuteronomy 4:30 how that Israel will turn to the Lord in the last days.

And then let’s go to Isaiah 2:2. Isaiah speaks of the Lord’s house in this passage.

And you’ll notice here in chapter 2 verse 2, “It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow into it.”

So the Lord’s house is established in the last days.

Look at it in Jeremiah 23:20. The anger of the Lord will not turn back until He has executed and performed the thoughts of His heart; in the latter days you will understand it perfectly.”

The Lord has a great plan and a great purpose, and that includes Jesus Christ. If you back up in Jeremiah chapter 23 and look at verse 5 with me. Verse 5, “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, that I will raise to David a branch of righteousness; a king shall reign and prosper and execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.”

And so again we see the last days associated with Jesus Christ, the king of God’s people. Now we turn a little further in Jeremiah.

Go to Jeremiah 30:24. Here it says, “The fierce anger of the Lord will not return until He has done it, and until He has performed the intents of his heart. In the latter days you will consider it. Going a little further, look at Jeremiah 48:47.

Jeremiah 48:47 says, “Yet I will bring back the captives of Moab in the latter days, says the Lord. Thus far is the judgment of Moab.”

And then let’s go a little further in Jeremiah to chapter 49 and verse 39. “But it shall come to pass in the latter days I’ll bring back the captives of Elam, says the Lord.”

And so we see other nations coming back to God in the latter days. These passages speak of the restoration of Israel, the restoration of Judah, the restoration or the returning of many nations to God.

Look a little further in Ezekiel 38:16. Notice what Ezekiel says about the last days or the latter days. “You will come up against My people Israel like a cloud, to cover the land. It will be in the latter days that I will bring you against My land, so that the nations may know Me, when I am hallowed in you, O Gog, before their eyes.”

What we see in Ezekiel chapter 38 is an attack by one called Gog, and it’s an attack against Christ’s kingdom in the latter days. Look a little further.

Daniel 2:28, “But there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and He has made known to king Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days. Your dream and the visions of your head upon your bed were these. Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, had a great dream, and it was about the latter days, and Daniel explained that dream to Nebuchadnezzar.”

It pointed to an everlasting kingdom in the days of the Roman kings. Look down at verse 44. “And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people. It shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.”

And so Daniel, too, looked to the latter days and to that everlasting kingdom that would be established.

Look at it in Hosea, Hosea 3:5. Here the Bible speaks of, again, the latter days. It says, “Afterward, the children of Israel shall return to seek the Lord their God and David their king; they shall fear the Lord and His goodness in the latter days.”

Here again we see Israel turning back to the Lord. And one more from the Old Testament.

Look in Micah 4:1. Here the Bible says, “Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the of the mountains and shall be exalted above the hills, and peoples shall flow into it.”

As Isaiah chapter 2, Micah chapter 4 reminds us of that day when the Lord’s house will be established when all people will come into his house, his kingdom that’s established there in the latter days. Now, those were a lot of passages that remind us about what God is going to do in the latter days. The old prophets looked forward to it, they saw it in vision and dream, and they pointed to that time when Christ would come, when a kingdom would be established, when people of all nations would turn to him. Now, we’ll flush those out in lessons to come, but I just wanted you to see how that this was one of the great themes of the Old Testament. Now, when we turn to the New Testament, we learn from the New Testament that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit prophesied by Joel, an Old Testament prophet, came to pass in the last days, but that it was not at the end of time.

Look in Acts the 2nd chapter, Acts chapter 2. By this time, of course, Jesus has come, he has died to pay for the price of our sins, he was buried in the tomb, he was raised up the third day, and then he ascended into the clouds back to his father to sit at his right hand until God would make all of his enemies the footstool of his feet. All of this had taken place, but it had not been announced. And so here in Acts chapter 2, the Holy Spirit is poured out upon the apostles so that they can pronounce this good news of salvation through Jesus Christ.

Let’s read it together. Acts chapter 2, beginning in verse 1, “When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

Here the gospel would go forth for the very first time in its fulfillment. And the people were of course wondering, what is happening? The Holy Spirit being poured out in this miraculous way upon the apostles, they having these things of fire upon their head, and you hear them speaking the language of all the people, and so they knew this was something powerful. So it’s right here that the apostle Peter explains to them what is happening.

Go down with me if you will to verse 14 of Acts chapter 2, and it says, “But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel.”

So Peter says, look, they’re not drunk. I suppose some were mocking them for speaking these different languages, and everything seemed very strange to them. But no, this was a demonstration of the power of the Holy Spirit. This was something that the prophet Joel had spoken of long, long ago in Joel chapter 2.

And so here, Peter quotes from Joel chapter beginning verse 28 right here in Acts 2:17. Let’s read Peter’s quotation of the prophet Joel. “And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy. I will show wonders in heaven above and signs in the earth beneath: blood and fire and vapor of smoke. And the sun shall be turned into darkness, the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. And it shall come to pass that whosoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Now, that’s what Joel had said long ago. But you’ll notice here in verse 17, “It shall come to pass in the last days, says God. This pouring out of the Holy Spirit and these miraculous things occurring were to happen in the last days. And so we can conclude that the last days began some 2,000 years ago with the pouring out of the Holy Spirit, per Joel chapter 2, In the last days I’ll pour out My Spirit upon all flesh. So the last days had their beginning, the last days were some 2,000 year ago, not at the end time; but it was the last period of history, the last age of mankind. It began on that Day of Pentecost after the resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ back into heaven. Now, those last days, these last days in which we are still living, they’re going to continue, and they’re going to continue until Jesus Christ comes again.

Let’s read in 1 Corinthians 10:11. Here the Bible says, “Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.”

You see, the ends of the ages had already come in the first century. With the pouring out of the Holy Spirit, that last period of history was introduced. They were living in it then, and we’re living in it now.

Look in 1 Timothy 4:1. Here it says, “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.”

And it goes on to talk about the falling away, the departure from the faith that had already begun here in the first century. They were living in the latter days.

And then we move on to Paul’s second letter to Timothy, 2 Timothy 3:1, where it says, “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come; for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy.”

Timothy, you be warned, we’re living in the last days, and there will be those who depart from the faith, and there will be those who will turn from God, and you’re going to be begin to see that.

Look in Hebrews 1:2. Look what the Bible says. “Has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.”

God in the past, according to Hebrews 1:1, “had spoken at various times and in various ways to the fathers by the prophets; but notice verse 2 again, Has in these last days spoken to us by His Son. God is now speaking to us through his son as he delivered his message through his apostles, as we have it preserved in the New Testament of Jesus Christ. These are the last days.”

Look at it in James, James 5:3. James says, “Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire; you have heaped up treasure in the last days.”

1 Peter 1:20, He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you. It was God’s plan from before the foundation of the world to send Christ to die, to be raised on our behalf; and Peter says that’s taken place now, and it’s being made known now in these last days.

2 Peter 3:3, again, look what the Bible says about the last days. “Knowing this first, that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts and saying, Where is the promise of His coming?”

He’s explaining why there are many that are there wondering, Where is Christ?

Why has he not yet come?

These are the last days.

1 John, look at chapter 2 and verse 18. “Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.”

We’re living in the last hour, in the last period of history, the last time.

Look in Jude 18 finally here. In Jude 18 it says, How they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lust. So when you think about the last time, the last days, the latter days, remember that that all began in Acts chapter 2 with the pouring out of the Holy Spirit, that we’re living in the last days in the first century, we continue to live in those days now.

When Christ comes again, it’ll not be the beginning of the last days, but the end of the last days, when the last enemy, death, is destroyed.

Let me read it to you from 1 Corinthians 15:23. At the end of that verse it says, Christ’s at His coming, and in verse 24 it says, “Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. So you see, when Jesus comes, he is going to come and destroy his last enemy on that last day of the last days.”

And that enemy is death. Everyone will be raised up from the dead when Jesus comes again at the end.

At the very last trumpet, it says, if you read down in verse 51 of chapter 15. Here the Bibl”e says, Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, that is, we’re not all going to die, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruption must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruption has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.”

That last enemy, death, is destroyed at the coming of Jesus Christ on the last day on the last trumpet. John chapter 6 tells us over and over again that it’s all going to happen on the last day.

Look there with me in John the 6th chapter. Here the Lord Jesus Christ is wanting them to know that there will be a resurrection that’s coming.

In John 6:39, “This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me, I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day.”

He says all of those who are given to Jesus Christ, who belong to him, these are going to be raised up in the last day. And he emphasizes that again and again.

We also see it in verse 40, “I’ll raise him up at the last day.

In verse 44, “I’ll raise him up at the last day. And in verse 54, “I’ll raise him up at the last day.”

So you see, the last days that you read about in your Bible, they’re associated with the first coming of Jesus Christ, with the pouring out of the Holy Spirit, with the going forth of the gospel into all the world. That happened about 2,000 years ago. It was then that Christ established his kingdom, the church. And he’ll turn that kingdom over to his Father when he comes again. When he comes, that’ll be the end. That’ll be the time on the very last day of the last days when that last trumpet blows that all the dead will be raised up. Christ is not coming to reign on earth for another thousand years or for even one day.

No, he’s coming the very last day of the last days. And the only thing that will matter then is whether or not we’re right with God. So we hope that if you need to get right with God today that you’ll let us know here at The Truth In Love how we can help you towards heaven.

SINGING>> Each day I’ll do a golden deed,
by helping those who are in need.
My life on earth is but a span,
and so I’ll do the best I can.
Life’s evening sun is sinking low,
a few more days, and I must go to meet the deeds that I have done,
where there will be no setting sun.
To be a child of God each day,
my light must shine along the way.
I’ll sing his praise while ages roll
and try to help some troubled soul.
Life’s evening sun is sinking low,
a few more days, and I must go
to meet the deeds that I have done,
where there will be no setting sun.
While going down life’s weary road,
I’ll try to lift some traveler’s load.
I’ll try to turn the night today,
make flowers bloom along the way, the lonely way.
Life’s evening sun is sinking low,
a few more days, and I must go to meet the deeds that I have done,
where there will be no setting sun.

SINGING>> All hail the power of Jesus’ name,
let angels prostrate fall.
Bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown him Lord of all.
Bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown him Lord of all.
Oh, that with yonder sacred throng we at his feet may fall.
We’ll join the everlasting song and crown him Lord of all.
We’ll join the everlasting song and crown him Lord of all.

SINGING>> Sing to me of heaven, sing that song of peace.
From the toils that bind me it will bring release.
Burdens will be lifted that are pressing so,
showers of great blessing o’er my heart will flow.
Sing to me of heaven,
let me fondly dream
of its golden glory, of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall.
Sing to me of heaven,
sing the sweetest song of all.
Sing to me of heaven tenderly and low
till the shadows o’er me rise and swiftly go.
When my heart is weary, when the day is long, sing to me of heaven,
sing that old, sweet song.
Sing to me of heaven, let me fondly dream of its golden glory,
of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall.
Sing to me of heaven, sing the sweetest song of all.

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