The Last Days

“God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son…” (Hebrews 1:1-2).

Biblically speaking, we are living in “the last days”. According to Jesus’ inspired apostle Peter, we have been living in the last days as predicted by Joel (in Joel 2:28-32) since the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:17).

The previous eras/ages (i.e., the communication of God’s will to the patriarchs and the communication of God’s will via the Law and Old Testament prophets) are now over. The era of God’s final written communication of His will began when the baptism of the Holy Spirit occurred in Jerusalem and the apostles (who were to be guided into all truth by the Spirit of truth—John 16:13) were able to speak in languages they had never studied (Acts 2:1-4).

The coming of the last days signaled a wondrous accomplishment in God’s eternally purposed plan of human salvation—“whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21). The sacrificial death of God’s Lamb with His subsequent victory over death and Hades via His resurrection not only fulfilled David’s predictions (in Psalm 16:8-11 and Psalm 110:1), it climaxed in the assurance that “God has made this Jesus…both Lord and Christ” (Acts 2:36).

Jesus sits on David’s throne (Acts 2:30) as King and Priest. He is “a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek” (Psalm 110:4). This truth is at the heart of the book of Hebrews (cf. chapters 5-7).

This truth is the heart of the good news of spiritual victory in Christ. What a blessing it is to be living in the last days!

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