The New Testament writers seem to have understood the “last days” as a time that began with the ascension of Christ and would culminate with His second coming. That event would be preceded by specific signs indicating that the generation that would exist on earth at that time would be living in the last of the “last days.” It is exciting to note that no generation has ever had solid biblical reason for believing that it was living in the last of the last days preceding the second coming of Christ—no generation until ours.
Why could we believe that our generation, as opposed to all previous ones, is living in the last of the last days? Because so many of the major signs the Bible gives to warn of the nearness of Christ’s second coming could not possibly have applied in the past but have only recently become applicable. For the first time in history, all of the signs heralding the Second Coming could come together at any moment. In fact, the present generation—unlike any generation before it—has more than sufficient reason for believing that the Second Coming is very near.