Last Days? End of the World? End Times? What’s It All Mean?

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Concerning the end times: this past week, several questions were encountered.

Those questions (as well as the answer, as best remembered) are now provided.

1 “You’re always talking about the ‘end times.’ Is there any difference between ‘end times’ and ‘end time’?

Well, the Bible never even once uses the phrase ‘end time.’

BUT (surprisingly enough), the Bible doesn’t use the phrase ‘end times’ either. HOWEVER, if you search God’s Word, there are instances where it refers to ‘end times’ WITHOUT USING THOSE VERY WORDS.

For instance, in Daniel, the phrase ‘end of years’ is used several times, specifically in Daniel 11:6.

For clarity’s sake, those who WRITE about God’s Word have declared ‘end times’ to mean ‘the time after Jesus was on earth THE FIRST TIME until he returns. So, by this definition, from about the middle of the first century until NOW have been the ‘end times.’

2 “Okay, then what are the ‘last days’?

This is a phrase which IS used in the Bible.

From reading all of the passages which refer to ‘the last days,’ it usually means the time IMMEDIATELY BEFORE the return of Jesus Christ to earth. Once or twice (I’m not sure), it refers to the time both immediately BEFORE and immediately AFTER Jesus Christ returns to earth. But USUALLY it refers to the time immediately BEFORE Jesus makes His return.

3 A few of those verses which refer to the ‘last days’ include Genesis to 2PETER–so it’s been used in both Old and New Testament–and ALWAYS refers to something prophetic.

“And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.”

A Fact of Life–Isaiah 2:2

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.”

–2TIMOTHY 3:1

“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.”

–2PETER 3:3-4

4 “Is there any preferred term when referring to the end of the world?

First, when Jesus returns is NOT the end of the world. But because an entirely NEW management is installed, the wicked–who now hold sway over the earth–almost ALWAYS refer to that as the ‘end of the world.’

And as far as the wicked are concerned, it IS.

The Bible is VERY clear that Jesus will rule the earth for 1000 years.

False teacher usually teach that Jesus’ reign of 1000 years is “not literal.” But God’s Word SPECIFICALLY contradicts that more than once.

The false teachers have NO evidence for their claims–other than the words of other false teachers.

“And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.”

–Revelation 20:1-3

“Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.”

–Revelation 20:6

“But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.”

–Revelation 20:5

There is no PREFERRED term. When referring to the last days use ‘last days.’ When referring to the end times, use ‘end times.’ When referring to Jesus’ 1000-years reign on this earth, some use the term “The Millennium.”

But, that is not preferred.

DOES the reader believe in the Bible’s many accounts of the last days?

WHAT does the reader think of those accounts?

It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

Make Your Calling and Election Sure: End Times Survival

DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

MORE: Eternal Salvation Through Jesus Christ: Salvation Messages from End Times Prophecy Report

[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: May 17, 2021.]

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