When you hear the phrase “last days,” do you think of an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie or a series of novels about the Antichrist and Armageddon? Maybe you picture a dude in a suit behind a big pulpit on television using scare tactics about “how bad it’s getting out there” to raise money for his ministry?
The subject of the second coming of Jesus Christ is supposed to be a source of comfort, not anxiety, for God’s people. And while things may certainly get worse morally as time goes on in any civilization, I don’t think God’s intention was ever for the phrase “last days” to simply be a big red spiritual alarm button.
For example, when Peter stood up on the Day of Pentecost, which is recorded in the Book of Acts and happened almost 2,000 years ago, he told a large crowd that an ancient prophecy by Joel was coming to pass before their very eyes.
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. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.
Acts 2:17-18 NIV
So to reiterate, the “last days” started almost 2,000 years ago, and the “last days” will be over when Jesus actually returns. Could be tonight. Could be tomorrow. Could be sometime in the year 2020, or the year 3278, or thousands of years from now. It’s imminent, but completely unpredictable and totally in God’s prerogative.
Here’s what you DO need to know about the last days, according to Peter.
In these last days (which we’re currently living in), God is pouring out his Spirit upon all people, men and women, so that we can be empowered to share with the world the good news of the gospel, which God revealed to the world when Jesus died on the cross and rose again.
So the power you need to share your faith and live obediently while walking with Jesus is freely available in abundant measure! You simply need to receive his outpouring, and I’ll talk more about how to do that over the next few days.
Are you excited to be living in the last days, when God is actively pouring himself out on his people?