This week, Franklin Graham, son of well-known evangelist Billy Graham, was interviewed by Christiane Amanpour of ABC’s program, This Week. He believes social media sites may play a large role at the second coming and that many of the recent disasters are proof we’re living in “the latter days of this age.”
Earlier today, I was listening to a Christian radio program. The question was asked: “Are we living in the last days?” The host kept reiterating we couldn’t know for sure since no one knows the day or the hour. Yet as I listened, several callers said they believe we are. This question is being asked more and more by people, it seems. So … how do we know?
I’m amazed when I hear pastors and self-professed Christians speculating on this issue. Well, let me say without hesitation: we are definitely living in the last days. I realize such a bold statement may seem shocking or foolish, especially in light of the current day-and-hour belief.
It is a sad, unfortunate fact that most people’s eschatology comes from books, movies, or from leaders who can’t see past the prophetic filter they’ve inherited. Does it not make sense – when asking questions like “Are we in the last days?” – to actually crack open the Bible to look for the answers? It doesn’t serve any purpose to ask questions without actually seeking answers, and in the right places. But if we’ve been convinced that we can’t know anything relating to prophecy and the last days with any certainty, speculation is all we have left.
The Bible gives many safeguards for proper exegesis. One key principle is the law of witnesses. This principle dictates that in order for a person to be put to death, there must be “two or three witnesses.” These witnesses would be thoroughly cross-examined before the death penalty could be performed. In the same way, for any matter of theological belief to be confirmed or rejected, there should be two or three witnesses. So, based upon this principle, if we are in fact, in the last days, there should be at least two or three scriptures to confirm it.
Actually, there are more than three.
For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
In Acts 2, Kepha (Peter) explained to the onlookers that what they were seeing wasn’t a crowd of drunks at 9:00 in the morning, but actually the fulfillment of a major prophecy found in the book of Joel. As Kepha gives his explanation of what they were actually witnessing, he quotes from Joel saying, “It shall come to pass in the last days …” Then he emphatically states, “… This is that …”
Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
The writer of Hebrews explains that “in these last days” that the Almighty has spoken to us by His son.
1 Peter 1:18-20
Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
Again, Peter says that the Messiah was manifest in these last times for you.
1 John 2:18
Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
John tells us that it is the last time and that one way that we know that it is the last time is because of all of the antichrists.
So the answer to the last days question seems to be quite clear: Yes, Virginia, we are in the last days. Based on what scripture has to say, we’ve been in the last days, last times for around 2,000 years now.
Isn’t that food for thought? 😉