Nuggets from An Urgent Call to a Serious Faith by Dave Hunt – Are We Living in the Last Days? |

Dave Hunt

How near to the end of time are we living today, or is it possible to tell? Unfortunately, there have always been enthusiasts who were convinced that they knew exactly when the end would come and who were able to persuade a multitude of followers to sell or give away their possessions and perch in trees or stand on hilltops to await the Second Coming. Apocalyptic theories flourish at the turn of every century, and especially at the end of a millennium.

Skeptics argue that the early Christians and even the apostles, as well as countless others down through the centuries, all thought they were living in the last days, and that the term is therefore meaningless. It is true that in his sermon on the Day of Pentecost (Acts:2:17) Peter seemed to apply an Old Testament prophecy about the “last days” (Joel:2:28-32) to the outpouring of the Spirit upon the disciples at that time. However, reading carefully the context in Joel along with Peter’s words makes it clear that Peter was not declaring that what was happening at that moment was the fulfillment of Joel’s promise. Rather, it was a sample of what could have occurred if Israel had repented of her rejection of Christ: She could have experienced the millennial reign of her Messiah that Joel went on to describe. It was an offer that Israel refused (as it had been prophesies she would) but which she will accept at a future time, after God’s judgment has been fully and finally visited upon her.

The apostle John, writing in about A.D. 95, declared: “Little children, it is the last time; and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now there are many antichrists, whereby we know that it is the last time” (1 John:2:18). Yet John was by no means declaring that the “last days” had fully come, as some assert. He made it clear that although there were already many antichrists, the Antichrist was to appear at a future time.