“Last Days”

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  1. The last days are not a future period of time leading up to the rapture of the church and the end of the world. The last days are not describing the full contemporary Christian era. It hardly seems consistent to associate the term “days” with two millennia of years! A closer look at the New Testament usage of the term will reveal that the last days represented a now historical period of time. It was a fitting description of the final days of the Old Covenant, a period lasting a little over forty years. The first century earthly ministry of Jesus ushered in these last days. In this way, the “last days” written about in the New Testament were actually the “first days” of the New Testament church.1

    The prophet Joel described some miraculous activities that would characterize the last days (Joel 2:28-31). The apostle Peter used the prophetic words of Joel to explain the miraculous events that were ocurring at that time (Acts 2:16-17). The fact that those events were ascribed as being a fulfillment of the words of Joel indicated that the last days had arrived. If the inspired prophet was referencing the entire Christian era from Pentecost until the present, would we not expect these same miraculous activities to still be genuinely ocurring — “in the last days”?2

    It is sometimes said that the whole period between the incarnation and the end of the world is regarded in the New Testament as ‘the end of the age.’ But this bears a manifest incongruity in its very front. How could the end of a period be a long protracted duration? Especially how could it be longer than the period of which it is the end? More time has already elapsed since the Incarnation than from the giving of the law to the first coming of Christ: so that, on this hypothesis, the end of the age is a great deal longer than the age itself.3

    1 John M. Buttrey II, The Book of Revelation – A Brief Commentary and study Guide
    2 Ibid
    3 James Stuart Russell, The Parousia – The New Testament Doctrine of Christ’s Second Coming*
    *Russel’s work teaches that Christ’s Second Coming took place in A. D. 70, at which time the dead saints were resurrected and caught-up to Heaven, and the living saints were bodily caught-up to Heaven :-o. Even so, it makes astute observations such as the above on what is indeed the “manifest incongruity” of the “end of the age” being longer than the age of which it is the end of; akin to the “last days” lasting for thousands of years.

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