The answer is yes. But when did the “last days” start? Who decided this?
The “last days” began 40 days after Jesus Christ was resurrected – on Pentecost – when the Holy Spirit came into the hearts of the disciples.
They were gathered in Jerusalem during the Jewish feast of Pentecost. The “twelve” disciples became “eleven” when Judas, out of guilt, committed suicide. The Eleven along with Mary, Jesus’ mother, were suddenly surrounded by a wind and “tongues of fire” rested on their heads. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and they began to speak in different languages. Languages they had never spoken before — languages that just happened to be the languages of all the foreigners who had also arrived in Jerusalem for the feast.
The foreigners heard them speaking in their own language and thought they were drunk. Then Peter spoke, first saying that they weren’t drunk, it was too early in the morning. (Acts 2:1-16)
Then Peter said,
“‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. I will show wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood [sounds like some of the 2012 predictions] before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’…” ~Acts 2:17-21
So the “last days” started with Pentecost.
In Matthew 24, Jesus is asked by his disciples when will the end be.
You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains. ~Matthew 24:6-8
Sure there have been lots of wars and many nations have risen against other nations. And we’ve always had famines and earthquakes. But verse 8 is the catch. It says,
“these are the beginning of the birth pains.”
When a woman is giving birth, the contractions and pains increase in frequency and severity until the child is born.
Earthquakes are increasing in frequency and severity. As of this writing, there have been 819 earthquakes in the last 30 days. You can view a rather colorful map of the locations of earthquakes around the world here.
There is more famine and hunger in the world than ever before. There are more families on Food Stamps right now than ever before. I could go on.
“Immediately after the distress of those days…” [you could say the world is in distress right now]
…’the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken…’ [Where have we heard this before?]
“…At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect [True Christian Believers] from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other…” ~Matthew 24:29-31
Jesus later says,
“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him…” ~ Matthew 24:36-44
Basically, no one – No One – can predict when it will happen. Only God knows.
Jesus can come tomorrow, He can come in the next second, He can come on 12/20/2012 or He can come sometime after that. No One knows.
All we can do is be ready.
If you’ve ever lived in a state that tends to get hurricanes, like Florida, you learn to be prepared. As soon as June 1 rolls around you gather canned goods, gallons of water and you make an evacuation plan – either protect your home with shutters or go to a shelter. Usually, if a hurricane is heading in your direction you have some sort of warning – a few days maybe. Sometimes they turn at the last minute and you wake up in the middle of the night to thunder, lightning and a wind to beat all winds.
After Hurricane Andrew on August 24, 1992, I lived for 2 weeks without electricity. That was nothing compared to the destruction Andrew did in South Florida.
Are you ready? Are you part of the elect? Read Are you part of the chosen?
Since we don’t know when He’s coming, doesn’t it make sense to be ready? So how do you do that? Here’s the Good News – it’s really easy. You don’t need to go shopping and pick up gallons of water and tons of tuna. Just pray this prayer wholeheartedly:
Lord, I know I’m a sinner and cannot save myself. I need You as my Savior. Thank You for dying in my place and rising again. I believe in You. Please forgive my sin. I want to live with You in heaven someday.
I hope to see you there!
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