THE GATHERING

There is coming a final gathering when the saints will be assembled before Jesus in glory, but the wicked will be collected and cast from his presence.

The New Testament portrays the coming day when both the righteous and the unrighteous are “gathered” before Jesus, the former for vindication, and the latter for condemnation. And consistently, this event is linked to the “arrival” of Jesus at the end of the age and the resurrection of the dead.

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HOWLING IMPOSTERS

“Evil men and howling impostors will wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.”

Christ’s final block of teaching given on the Mount of Olives includes several warnings about coming “deceivers” and “false prophets” who will be intent on misleading the saints, warnings reiterated and expanded in the writings of the apostles. His discourse began with stern warnings to “beware lest anyone deceive you.”

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IN THE LAST DAYS

The outpouring of the Spirit on the Day of Pentecost signaled the arrival of the “last days,” just as prophesied by Joel – Acts 2:17-21.

Peter applied the prophecy from Joel to the outpouring of the Spirit that began on the Day of Pentecost. The receipt of the Holy Spirit by the fledgling church marked the onset of the age of fulfillment and the birth of the church. As he declared, the arrival of the Spirit was in accordance with Joel’s prophecy about what God would do in the “last days.”

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PREDICTED EVENTS

The Church has been plagued with deceivers and apostasy, just as predicted in the New Testament.

The New Testament warns disciples about several things that will characterize the period between Christ’s first and second comings, ones that will intensify as the end approaches. They include an army of deceivers, deception, apostasy, the rise of a horrific malevolent figure, and Satan’s final assault on the church.

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LAMB AND KING

The Bible declares that Jesus is both “Lamb” and “King of Kings,” present tense, and it is he who reigns supreme over the earth.

In Revelation, from the start, Jesus is the Lord and King who reigns over the earth and, indeed, the entire Creation. His present status as the “King of kings” is depicted in numerous ways, and it is based on his past death and resurrection. His royal role and supreme authority are inseparable from his identity as the “Lamb who was slain.”

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The Last Days in light of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus

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