The Last Days
James Herschel Lyda
What does the term the Last days refer to?
2 Timothy 2:24† And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
25† In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
26† And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
That is the way we are supposed to live our lives.† But
2 Timothy 3;1 ∂† This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
Perilous: means at great risk; hazardous; dangerous
2† For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3† Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4† Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5† Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
6† For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
7† Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
The Last Days are referring to a period of time in which things begin to grow exceedingly perilous and people are growing further and further away from Godís commandments and ordinances. Churches are teaching that you do not have to keep the commandments but that is not what the Bible says.
Hebrews 1:1 ∂† God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2† Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
Without the promise that Christ would come to die for our sins, the worlds would have been destroyed.
3† Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
Here we see† the days that Christ was on the earth were referred to as the last days. So the last 2000 years have been a part of the last days. In the beginning God created the earth and all that is in it in six days and then rested on the seventh day
2Peter 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
It seems, based on the creation that six thousand years were determined upon the earth for all things to mature and then the seventh (or seven thousand year) day was to be a day of rest. Christ and His church came into existence on the fourth day (four thousand year) which was the last part of the week or the last days. Ever since Christ was on the earth things have grown steadily worse. The closer we come to the seventh day they get even more perilous. I say that we are not living in the last days but in the LAST day.
Mathew 24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
37† But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38† For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39† And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
People today are eating and drinking (most people do this as the most common past time today). It is the same as when Noe was preaching of the end of the world.
40† Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
41† Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
42† Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
43† But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
44† Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
This last day is fast coming to a close. Be diligent for the† Son of man cometh very soon.
1 Thessalonians 4: 15† For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16† For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17† Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18† Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
I truly believe that before this day ends or very near the end of it (the six thousand year day), Christ will come back to collect His bride and we will be with Him wherever He is forever.
Isaiah 4: 1 ∂† The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
2† And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORDíS house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
3† And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
4† And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
Christ will set up a kingdom (Mountain) on this earth after the Tribulation (Jacobís great time of trouble), that shall rule over the entire earth and everyone that is left alive will be taught the pure undefiled Word of God.
2 Peter 3: 3 ∂† Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
4† 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.
I have heard people say that they have heard this all their life and it hasnít happened yet.
5† For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
6† Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
7† But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
8 ∂† But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
9 ∂† The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
The lord does not delay the fulfilling of His promises but is giving mankind as long as He can to come to the knowledge of the truth and repent.
10† But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
The earth and the works of man will be burned up but the foundation of the world will still exist and will be made new.
11 ∂† Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
12† Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
13† Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
This is referring to the making a new earth from the charred foundation that is left (never totally destroyed)
14† Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
15† And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
16† As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
After the Thousand year reign of Christ and His bride there will a judgement of all that was left after the bride was separated from the world. Those that are found lacking will be cast into the lake of fire and destroyed.
Malachi 4:1 ∂† For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
2† But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.
3† And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.
The righteous will walk upon the same ground on which the wicked will be destroyed.