Does Anyone Think We're Getting Quite Close to the Last Days?

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  1. Sarah Price

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    Hi,

    If you had asked me ten years ago when I thought Christ would be coming back, I would have said, "probably in 1,000 years". In the past few years though I have seen a lot of shocking changes in our country. Of course, Israel is THE major player in the Last Days and there have been significant changes for them as well. I hang my head in shame as to the lack of support for them that is being shown by our current administration. Has everyone forgotten the terrible atrocities that were committed against the Jews back in the 40s? The entire world went to war to save these people. Now the world is turning away from them again. I do think the American people overall, support Israel but our administration is definitely pro-islam and anti-Israel. So this seems to me to be a sign and I see a lot of "right is wrong" and "wrong is right" which is also supposed to be part of the Last Days.
     
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    The feeling of impending doom has always been around and it is certainly not unique to us right now. Back when Rome was the world's number one super power, people noticed a decline due to corruption and turmoil from within. Their natural conclusion was that the world would end with the fall of Rome but of course that didn't happen. I completely understand that you have this feeling that the world could end but if you look at history one could argue that the world will be just fine. Empires come and go, they always have.
     
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    I'm not a religious person, so I've never really thought about this issue from that point of view, but purely from a practical point of view it sees that mankind is set of destroying the world and I can't see life going on as it has for much longer unless things change for the better really soon.

    I have a neighbour who is a religious Christian though, and he brought this topic up one day. He's very certain that the Last Days are very near.
     
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    I feel much more positive about things today. I think things are better than they have ever been. Looking back to the 20's, 30's, 40's or 50's when things were supposedly "better" - they were - as long as you were a straight white male. If you were African American or Gay or Lesbian or Jewish, or a woman things weren't so great.

    So, no, I don't think it's the end of days. It's just the beginning of freedom for many of us.
     
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    Let me first say that in part I agree with Kevin (above). Some things are better than they once were; but even so, these are troubled times. There are things going on that just defy explanation they are so bad. Biblically, though, these things all seem to be falling into place.
    I know the pastor of the church my husband and I attend is convinced that we are indeed in the last days as is most of the congregation. According to them, we haven't long to go.
    That's the part I get hung up on.
    Things are getting pretty bad and I do agree that we are in the last days. How long the last days will last, though, I couldn't begin to say even in the most general way; but I do know that we're not supposed to be overmuch concerned about it.
    Still, it bears noticing.
     
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  6. Bobby Cole

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    The question concerning "coming upon the last days," is the operative part.
    The "last days" started at the cross in a technical sense. Some folks would argue a time issue but let us not forget that time is all consuming to us, but a thousand years is as a second in the spiritual world.

    All things are pointed in the direction that the prophets (including Jesus Himself) wrote about and indeed we should still not worry. It seems that the wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes, and general mayhem have happened many times before in the sequences they were supposed to appear and nothing dramatic happened.

    That being said, there are more wars now in the middle east than ever before (the known Biblical world ) and more earthquakes and volcanoes than ever before. Is this just another phase or is this the real thing? "Not even the angels know day nor the time," as Jesus said.
    Again, we have no need to worry If............the lanterns are prepared and the wicks are trimmed at all times.
     
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    I agree with Bobby, the signs are in place for the return of Jesus. I follow Anne Graham Lotz's teaching most days online, and she has prepared several videos for those persons who will be left behind after the rapture of the Church. It is a very fascinating time to be alive, and to prepare our hearts in our relationship with the LORD Jesus.
     
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    Such an assumption is not absurd. With more and more prophecies become realized, it can be possible that the end is near. Such realizations are on the way to if not already becoming true. Uprising wars and civil unrests are the least of our problems, with fault lines and polar shifts the living truly remains blessed.
     
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    I have no idea but I doubt it. We are not supposed to know but rather live as if it were close. People have been debating this for centuries and we are still around. I remember in the 60's during the Christian Revival era, it seemed as if every other word spoken was "Rapture!"
     
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    As an exercise in Bible college, we were assigned, in teams, to a millennial position, or a view on the rapture, and given one week to defend it Biblically. As these were not, in many cases, positions that we actually held to, it was enlightening to find that they all could be defended. As a Christian, if I am raptured and spared a great deal of grief, great, but I'm not going to pin all my hopes on it.
     
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    I am new here. My name is Joe, and I hope to find a place among you, and feel at home. I have a few thoughts.

    I feel that the World is not only changing, but that it is dying. The only preparations we are told to make are personal ones. We are to watch and pray...and to be ready when the Lord returns. No one knows when, but when it comes, it will be "today". My prayer is "Come quickly, Lord"! I think we can get distracted, trying to be "right" on the subject, instead of trying to be ready.
     
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    Welcome to the forum, Joe. It's good to have you. It does indeed seem to me that there is very little left that needs to be fulfilled before the Last Days, but I also realize that this is not the first generation that has believed this.
     
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    I never climb into bed at night, and blow out the lamp....expecting that the thief will come during the night. The Lord will come, as a thief comes...unexpectedly. Course there's no harm done being ready...if I die before His return. Thank ye, for the welcome Ken!
     
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    I am not a Christian per se, Joe, but i do feel that before we decide to do something, whether good or bad, we do have the option to choose correctly!
     
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    Howdy Joe! Nothin" much to it around here, so far as feeling at home goes! Glad you're here!
    It is too true that we do have a tendency to debate about spiritual matters more than simply live them. It's funny, but not funny as in "ha ha" when I hear and study with people who seem like they are literally trying so hard to make Biblical premise difficult. God may not be easy, but He made it easy for us. KISS....Keep it simple Saint!
     
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    That is so true Richard. I have been trying to steer my "choosing" towards responding, and away from reacting. I still have a ways to go!
     
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    Thank you for the "howdy", Bobbie. I agree that keeping our faith walk simple is key. I remember an old gent, who was a very humble and quiet man. He was not educated or wealthy, and became a Christian late in life. I only heard Frank pray aloud one time. His simple prayer was "God is love". Keep It Simple Saint, is new to me. Thanks!
     
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    Welcome Joe, I am fairly new to the forum...careful, it can be addicting.:D Based on my knowledge of the Bible, no one knows the day nor the hour when the "Son of Man" shall return but to answer the question, I do believe we are closing in on our final days on this planet. Just turn on the news a couple of nights per week and try to digest what's happening in the world. War, rumors of wars, disease, hatred, evil, planet changes, lack of love for humans by humans, politicians (oops...did I just say that). The time we live in speaks for itself! I am not a Bible scholar by any means but I do believe the Word of God and understand that, that which is in the Book of Revelations is quickly coming to past. I don't sit around waiting for impending doom but I try to stay aware of what's going on around me. I somewhat agree with the post that states things have gotten better for some cultures but at what cost. Evil still manages to show it's destructive and ugly face and it will continue to do so until Jesus returns. For those who do not believe as I do I apologize ahead of time if this offends you however I prefer to believe rather than take the chance in dying and not believing.
     
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    Maybe yes, maybe no.
    It's too hard to guess, and I think that it's better being it a mystery, so we can live peacefully without worrying about such.
    If we really knew when our world would come to an end we really would will in a stress and keep counting the days out of it.
     
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    Hi Sheryll! I feel that all of the things you mention have been happening for thousands of years. Why we think the are something new is that we now have the media, such as television and especially the internet to "advertise" them.
     
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    I don't think about death or the world ending. I figured long ago just as I had no control over being born I equally have no control over dying. We all get to check out sometime. Sure we can make some plans that may extend or shorten our life span, but no matter how you slice it one day our time will come. Sounds pretty bleak don't it?

    I think for me once I let go the whole dying concept it was much easier to get on living. I have a deep appreciation for the world, nature and all of it's cycles. To me it is the little things that matter. I don't care about mansions, money or things like that, I would rather watch the stars shine in the night sky. I have noticed as I have grown older that less is really better, there is something truly freeing about that. Modern times are stressful, and if there is one thing I can control in this world it is how much stress I want to deal with. Simple is okay by me.
     
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    Hello Joe,
    Actually, I believe you're correct these things have been happening for years except for maybe the disintegration of the planet. With that being said, do you think at some point God is going to get tired of our disobedience?
     
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    I apologize for calling you Joe, Richard!
     
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    Hi Sheryll! No problem calling me Joe! In my 69 years I have been called many names! That is a tough question for me to answer as I don't envision God as a human looking deity but more as a higher power that I am unable to describe or even perceive. If He is indeed tired of us, then he will probably make the end come, but I am sure that He will just let us go on about with our nonsense and perhaps someday we (collectively) will get our act together.
     
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  25. Joe Riley

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    There's nothing wrong with being called Joe.;) I have know the Lord Jesus as my Savior for fifty years, and have lived with God's love and Word in my life every day. His Spirit is in me and my hope is in the Lord. Even though we do not know the day, the signs are many, and unlike any time in the past. Sin has always been around, but like labor pains and contractions increase in number and intensity, as the birth approaches, so do the signs of Christ's return. The Bible is very clear on this. The empty cross is full of hope!
     
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