Are We Living in the Last Days?
By: Chris Schang
A common question asked by many new students of Bible prophecy is "Are we living in the last days?" The answer is a resounding YES!
Oftentimes people will ask me what makes me think we are living in the last days? There are several signs posts that we have passed over the last 70 years that show that we are indeed living in the last days. For example, the rebirth of the modern state of Israel is perhaps the biggest sign of all. No country or nation in the world has existed, been destroyed, and then reborn a second time to take its place among the world community. And not only did Israel do this, but the Bible foretold that this second rebirth would happen in ONE DAY!
That day was back in May 14th, 1948 when the U.S. recognized the newly established State of Israel. And what happened? Israel was immediately attacked by the surrounding Islamic countries and she dealt them a devastating blow and won the War of Independence against all odds. It would be nearly 20 years later when her enemies would try again in 1967 and finally in 1973. Each time Israel dealt them a defeat that was certainly a miracle!
Another sign that we are living in the last days is that Jerusalem is now under Jewish control again for the first time in over 1,900 years. When the Romans destroyed the city and sanctuary in 70AD, Israel was dispersed among the nations of the world. But during the 1967 war, Israel was able to re-capture Jerusalem from the Islamists and she has remained in unified Jewish hands since then. The reunification of Jerusalem under Jewish control is the second major sign that we are living in the last days.
While these two signs are very large in the scheme of Bible prophecy, there are plenty of other signs that the Bible warned would get progressively worse. The Bible warns that in the last days lawlessness will increase, morals will sink, a movement towards a world government, increases in disease, pestilence, famine, a global economy will develop, as well as many other negative developments. One needs to just look at the passing of same-sex marriage in the U.S. to show that we have hit rock bottom.
With all these developments we can see a large picture from Bible prophecy that we are living in the last days. And not only that, we are getting closer and closer to the blessed hope of the rapture of the church as well. I would encourage anyone reading this article that has not made a decision for Jesus Christ to make one today! We are running out of time and the signs are all around us pointing to the soon return of the Lord Jesus Christ. Make your decision today, tomorrow could be too late!