Am I the only one bothered by the excessive interest people seem to show in the timing of our Lord’s final return? I cannot count the number of times I have been asked, “Do you think we are living in the last days?” How can biblically literate people keep asking that question?
Paul expected that Timothy would experience some of the trials of the last days in his lifetime (1 Tim 4). John told his readers that the last hour had arrived nearly 2000 years ago (1 John 2:18). Jesus said, regarding his final coming, “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only” (Matt 24:36, ESV).
With plain statements like those in the scriptures, why would anyone seek my opinion on the subject?
Of course we are in the last days. We have been since Peter declared the gospel at Pentecost. The final era of history is well underway. The final era has arrived. This is it. There will be no revised plan, no new means of reconciliation with God. We either submit to the plan he instituted through Christ Jesus, or we die in our sins and are eternally lost (John 8:24; 14:6; Acts 4:12; 2 Thess 1:5-10).
The faith has been “once for all” delivered to the saints (Jude 3). There is and will be no alternate plan. That is why we must keep ourselves ready (Matt 24:44) and why we must strive to snatch others from the fire (Jude 22-23).