Bible teaches that the "last days" are finished. Many readers will find
this hard to accept as, I did. The reason we are
surprised is that we confuse the last days (plural) of the Jewish nation with the last day
(singular), that glorious day when Jesus will return. The last
days are really the period of time between the ministry of Jesus and
the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70.
An examination of the Scriptures shows that there are five
references to the last days (Acts 2:17; 2 Tim 3:1; Heb 1:2; James 5:3;
2 Pet 3:3) and two referring to the last times (1 Pet 1:20; Jude 18).
In four of the seven, the author considered that he was living in the
last days. For example, Heb.1:2 states that Jesus ministry on earth
was in the "last days". This does not make sense if the last
days come just before the Second Coming. However if this refers to the
last days of the Kingdom of Israel before it would be destroyed by the
Roman Emprie this makes a great deal of sense.
When we remember that Hebrews, James (1:1), and Peter's letters
were written to Jewish Christians and that Timothy was a Jew this
really makes sense; all the references to the last days were in
epistles written to the Jews. They would have understood that they
were in the last days of their nation.
The Last Days refers to the period between Jesus birth and the
destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70, when the Roman Empire would end the
Kingdom of Israel, destroy the temple and scatter the Jewish people
amongst the nations.
Of course, God promised to protect the Jewish people, and bring
them back to the land again, but that happens in the Times of Distress
(and has nothing to do with the Last Days).
This means that Scripture references to the last days have already
been fulfilled. They donít describe a future event, so it is futile to
believe that we are living in the last days.
The claim that we are in the last days is really quite arrogant
(especially in an age when the church is so flabby). It is saying
that the modern church is going to complete everything that God
has planned for the church in this age. We might be surprised at
what God has got planned for the Church.