Genesis 49:1 – “Then Jacob summoned his sons and said, “Assemble yourselves that I may tell you what will befall you in the days to come.” NASU
These words are spoken again in Isaiah 2:2 – “Now it will come about that In the last days…” The prophet Micah uttered in 4:1 – “And it will come about in the last days the mountain of the house of the LORD will be established as the chief of the mountains.” Paul declared in 2 Timothy 3:1 – “…in the last days difficult times will come.” Then we find in 2 Peter 3:3-4 – “Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, 4 and saying, ” Where is the promise of His coming?” NASU
That is just a small sampling of passages about THE LAST DAYS and frankly I am troubled! Anyone listening to Christian radio, watching Christian television, and reading Christian literature could easily become confused. If I were not solid in my beliefs having studied for 40 years I would not know whether to run and hide in a cave with my tribulation supplies fearing the antichrist or stand tall in the LIVING CHRIST! One could reach the point where they were so confused they would not know whether they can believe the Bible or not because of the vastly conflicting messages and signals being sent. No wonder Paul admonished church at Corinth in 1 Corinthians 1:10 to ‘speak the same thing without divisions’. That is not a reality in today’s church world nor will it likely be in the foreseeable future.
Some tell us that the devil is destroying everything and his antichrist is coming and it will be much worse. Their message brings incredible gloom and despair to the heart. Another declares that God is ‘restoring’, we have ‘authority’ and should be exercising our dominion in this present world. They all sound so convincing!
Some are more concerned about “The Man of Sin” than they are about ‘The Sin of Man’. To some, it seems, we do it all and to others we do nothing. Some declare that if I confess and declare it I have it and others say that is presumption and trials, tribulations and difficulties are required to bring us to maturity so bring on the suffering. They all sound so convincing!
Some seem more concerned about their brand of doctrine than they are about God’s Kingdom. Others are so concerned about the Kingdom of God they are willing to receive almost any doctrine. Some see the church as parenthetical (keeping God occupied until Israel is ready to resume her role), and others see it as the focus of God in these last days. They all sound so convincing!
WHAT is the answer? Let me be overly simplistic, there is no answer other than JESUS! If the Holy Spirit does not bring revelation, illumination, and enlightenment we will continue to grope around in human blindness framing our own ‘Doctrines of Men’ elevating them to a position higher than God as did the Pharisees. We will call it ‘doctrinal purity’ and out of that will spring forth ‘pride’ and even a ‘spirit of rebellion’ which produces spiritual death.
Matthew 13:29 – – “Jesus said: ‘The harvest is the end of the age…’”
Jesus said enough about the Harvest and the Last Days to easily conclude that the Harvest is an important dimension of the Eternal Purpose of God especially as it relates to the LAST DAYS! Let me suggest that based on my understanding of Scripture one of the things we can expect in the LAST DAYS is a ‘Massive Ingathering of Souls’ into the Kingdom or Harvest! So while things are dark and will grow darker I encourage you to look to the author and finisher of our faith and be encouraged that GOD IS GOD and ALWAYS WILL BE GOD! He’s not finished yet!
I have more I want to say but will hit the pause button here and wait until next time. Blessings as you go through your day! May you be fruitful in all that you do!