Are We Living in the Last Days?

onfire4jesus's picture

Do you read any of the news? The Gaza Strip has been taken over by Hamas, the militant Islam group. The president of Iran has vowed to wipe out Jews and Christians and talks about the return of the Mahdi, the second coming of their prophet. If you read Matthew 24 where Jesus talks about the signs of the last days, many things have been fulfilled or are being fulfilled. Perhaps you believe in the pre-tribulation rapture of the church, or not? What does it matter but that we are ready like the wise virgins in the parable of the foolish and wise virgins? We must ask ourselves "What am I doing today that will have eternal value and make me a useful vessel for my Master, Jesus Christ?" Perhaps you are like I once was, many times 'caught up with the cares of this world'. Then one day I prayed 'do whatever it takes, Lord, to make me on fire for you again.' The Lord was faithful to answer my prayer in a way I never expected. My prayer is that I have challenged you to wake up and seek God's perfect will, or maybe even to be bold enough to pray the Lord will do 'whatever it takes' in your life to make you on fire for Jesus!

jroberts's picture

So, I looked into Matt 24,

So, I looked into Matt 24, and clearly, now, for the first time in 2000 years, these things are happening. Until recently, famines, earthquakes, and nation rising against nation hasn't really been happening. Christians, unlike in the past, are being martyred and persecuted. etc.

Look, all this stuff has been happening before. You think Iran is the first nation to hate the Jews? Political success of angry Muslim groups is hardly proof of the impending apocalypse. Haven't you heard of the Turks and the Saracens? Muslims have conquered the near East before. In fact, taking various crusades into account, I think they've captured it about 3 or 4 times, none of which has signaled the end of the world. Jerusalem has been destroyed at least 2 or 3 times since the Ascension. There's no more reason to think we're on the edge of the apocalypse today than there was 600 or 900 or 1700 years ago (the plague, the muslim conquest, and the Diocletian persecution, respectively).