The nearness of the Seventh Millennium, the thousand-year reign of the Lord Jesus, was shown in the last lesson. It seems certain that we are in the time known as the Last Days.
Seemingly as further confirmation of this certainty are the words of the Apostle Paul.
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” – II Timothy 3:1I know I have commented on this before, but it is so very fitting. The word “perilous” in the above Scripture is chalepos in the original Greek (Strong’s G5467). This Greek word is used only one other time in the Bible, and that is the account of Jesus and the Gergesene demonic. This man was demon-possessed and fierce. I like to say “ragingly insane.” To paraphrase Paul, “The last days will be ragingly insane times.” This fits our times today.
And, of course, the world does not believe that “the God of love” would ever execute judgment on their rebellion. Peter said it best.
“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.” – II Peter 3:3But we must realize that the purpose of the “Last Days” is to open the blind eyes of Israel.
“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.” – Romans 11:25 (my emphasis)Hosea the prophet spoke for the Lord Jesus.
“I will go and return to My place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek My face: in their affliction they will seek Me early.” – Hosea 5:15The much prophesied “man of sin” will rule the world and Israel. In some manner he will gain the respect and honor of Israel. But he will be a false messiah, as prophesied. Then Israel will seek the face of the true Messiah, the Lord Jesus.
The Return of the Lord Jesus (Zechariah 14:2-3, Revelation 19:11-16) will be an awe-inspiring and majestic event. His majesty, King Jesus, will reign over a world of peace. Hallelujah!
The many kingdom promises made to Israel in the Old Testament will come to pass. Israel will be the head and not the tail. The nations that enslaved them will be their slaves. And the House of the Lord on Mount Zion will be the preeminent edifice of all on the face of the earth. The prophets Isaiah and Micah made the same proclamation, almost word for word identical.
“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.” – Isaiah 2:2
“But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.” – Micah 4:1Hallelujah! Praise the Lord forever! Amen!