Sunday, April 15, 2012

Are we in the last days?

It is certainly one of the last times, and there are those who tell us it is the last time.  I am not prepared to argue with them; my own personal position is that I am not convinced.  I would not like to say whether they are right or wrong.  I know that many times before, people have said that it was the last time, but it was not so.  Every age is liable to think that it is the last time; every period of trial and of difficulty and turmoil in the Church and world tends to make people say, 'This is the end.'  So let us be careful.

--Martyn Lloyd-Jones, sermon on 1 John 2:18-19, 22-23 entitled, "The Antichrist"


Anonymous said...

Dear Kent,
The New Testament takes the view through the Apostle, Paul, that, basically for the past 2012 years, we are in the end times (1 Corinthians 10:11).
The Lord clearly taught that the signs of the times were clearly given as warnings for us to prepare our selves to meet Him. Consider, for example, Amos 4:12 where God warned Israel to prepare to meet Him! Wow! And then there was Solomon’s son, Rehoboam, of whom the Bible says he sinned against the Lord in that he did not prepare his heart to meet God! Wow! How very negligent can people get regarding their ETERNAL DESTINY with or without God? In Luke 21:28 Christ taught that the signs of "the end" are encouraging to the believer. And in John 14:29 the signs of the soon-return of our Lord are meant to increase faith. But, on the other hand, those who disregard them place themselves in danger of eternal peril:
Luke 12:42-48,
42 The Lord [said], "Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time? 43 It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns. 44 I tell you the truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 45 But suppose the servant says to himself, ‘My master is taking a long time in coming,’ and he then begins to beat the menservants and maidservants and to eat and drink and get drunk. 46 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers.
47 "That servant who knows his master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what his master wants will be beaten with many blows. 48 But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.
Thus, Kent, the New Testament cautions the most overly zealous (Matthew 24:36) and the most lackadaisical regarding the end times. Daniel was to seal up the prophecies the Holy Spirit wrote through him in that they would not be occurring for yet a long time. But even what Daniel wrote with that thought is indicative of our days. Consider if you will, Daniel 12:4 "But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased." So in a word, Kent, I would say, "YES," I think we are in the last days. –Dad

Kent S said...

My choice of title for this blog post was probably ill-chosen. I too believe we are in the last days as you've defined them. So did Martyn Lloyd-Jones, for he saw the "last days" as covering the entire period from the resurrection of Christ to his second coming.
I asked the question in the post title assuming the popular definition of the "last days," i.e., that Christ will most likely come back in the next few years.
In the same way, the issue Lloyd-Jones was addressing was whether Christ would come back in his lifetime or not.
Could Christ come back soon? Yes, I believe he could. Should I be vigilant and watchful now? Yes, I should be. Will he come back in the next 50 years? I have no idea.