Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires. They will say, “What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.”

2 Peter 3:3-4

 

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to a new year and a new season for the body of Christ. In 2020, many events unfolded, and many got to wondering and asking, are we in the last days that the Bible talks about? Over the next few episodes, I want to address this question.

As part of my study on what the last days before the coming of the Lord shall be like I found an interesting chart illustration of the 7 Days of the Lord. I have a copy of it on our Facebook page if you will like to look at it. This chart shows that the Bible promises 7 days to the second coming of the Lord. His first coming was when He came to offer Himself as an atonement for sin in our place. The chart further illustrates that 1,000 years is like a day in the sight of God. The chart shows from the time of Adam which represents the first day to the last day, the 7th day which is the sabbath rest of the Lord. The 5th and the 6th days are the latter days. Before the rapture of the Church comes the latter days, end times, last of the last days. According to the Church calendar, Bible noted signs, and the happenings in the world, we are now living in the last of the last days.

The issue is not the illustrative chart, the issue is this -If we are in the last of the last days, are you living out your full potential and living up to the anointing on your life as a born-again believer, an end time laborer born for such a time as this? 1 Thessalonians 5 it says that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. But this day will not take us by surprise because we are the sons of light. However, the Word of God admonishes us to be alert and sober. We need to get our hearts right and ready for His coming and we should be about our Father’s business.

People say we have been talking about the last days for a long time. 2 Peter 3:3-4 says that scoffers will come in the last days and will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.” And they are right. We have been talking about the last days for a long time. This is because it began over 2,000 years ago in Acts 2 when the Holy Spirit came on the day of Pentecost and the Church was officially born. Peter said in Acts 2 v16 that this (the coming of the Holy Spirit) was a fulfillment of the prophecy of the Prophet Joel that ‘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.

The last days is what we also call the church age or the age of grace. The word last, is the Greek word, eschatos. It means the very end of a thing with no more beyond

How do we know we are truly in the last days? Let’s look at the signs of the last days according to the Bible. 2 Timothy 3-5: (AMPC) For people will be lovers of self and [utterly] self-centered, lovers of money and aroused by an inordinate [greedy] desire for wealth, proud and arrogant and contemptuous boasters. They will be abusive (blasphemous, scoffing), disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, and profane.

[They will be] without natural [human] affection (callous and inhuman), relentless (admitting of no truce or appeasement); [they will be] slanderers (false accusers, troublemakers), intemperate and loose in morals and conduct, uncontrolled and fierce, haters of good. [They will be] treacherous [betrayers], rash, [and] inflated with self-conceit. [They will be] lovers of sensual pleasures and vain amusements more than and rather than lovers of God. For [although] they hold a form of piety (true religion), they deny and reject and are strangers to the power of it [their conduct belies the genuineness of their profession]. Avoid [all] such people [turn away from them].

Do you agree with me that we are seeing this scripture fulfilled in our lifetime? 2 Timothy 3: 1 predicts that the last days will be perilous. This is the Greek word, Calipas which means that they will be difficult days, dangerous days or days filled with risk. However, we have the promise of God in 1 Thessalonians 4:14, 16-17. Jesus will come to catch away His Church before the Great Tribulation. First, the Christians who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. As I said earlier, in 1 Thessalonians 5:1-4 the Rapture is likened to a thief coming in the night because it is not known exactly when it will happen; but the Bible says because we are not in darkness, we should not be surprised. Just like Noah escaped before the Flood, we will escape before the Great Tribulation and be with Jesus in heaven. No born-again believer who is watching for the Lord’s return will have to go through the Great Tribulation.

The scriptures were not written to cause us to live in fear but to preserve us. We need to examine ourselves and if we see any symptoms of these perilous times in our lifestyle, in our thinking, in our conduct, we need to get rid of it through the Word. There will be evil in the world but there will be glory in the church. This is because God has an identity created for the Church of the last days. It is in our spiritual DNA to live at this time and to live victoriously. We like Esther have been born and are being prepared for such a time as this. We are the Noah’s of our generation, the Nehemiah’s that will not be stopped. We are born for this last day world and society. Part of the enemy’s tactic is to try to intimidate us, to challenge our identity, to use scare tactics. There is a lot of pressure to conform and to compromise, and to live in fear. But we declare that the gates of hell will not prevail against the church.

In Romans 12:2, we are admonished to not be conformed to the world but to be transformed or conformed to the image of Jesus through the renewing of our minds. Why the admonition? It is because we are always conforming to someone – Jesus or the devil. The devil is represented by the world’s system. We are always faced with two kingdoms – the kingdom of God or the kingdom of this world governed by Satan. Did you know that you may be resolute in faith in some areas, and yet compromise in others? That you have chosen salvation does not mean you do not compromise. Romans 12:2 was written to the Church. The Bible says to not be ignorant of the devices of the wicked one, and one of his biggest devices is compromise. And it is not a new one. Let me end today’s podcast with a quote from Rick Renner’s book, No Room for Compromise.  In that book, he very aptly contrasts the consequences of compromise and the consequences of not compromising. He says, those who yield to temptation and try to accommodate the spirit of this age may avoid the pressure of overt persecution, but they will also lose the capacity to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit. Those who will not compromise must be ready to face the backlash of a world that grows increasingly intolerant of those who believe in and stand for moral absolutes. However, they (those who will not compromise) can expect to experience the empowering strength of the Spirit of might that will uphold them and see them through to victory in every situation.

Until next time, stay ignited and in fellowship.

 

Ayodola & the W2NM Team