Because the timing of the end is known only to God, disciples of Jesus must be prepared every moment for his sudden arrival.
Jesus did not command his followers to know the timing of his return and the “end of the age,” nor did he provide them with keys by which they can decipher that information. Instead, he exhorted them to be prepared every day since his arrival will come just “like a thief in the night.” God alone possesses that knowledge.
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From the beginning, Revelation states that its purpose is to show God’s servants “what things must soon come to pass” – Revelation 1:1-3.
The first paragraph of Revelation details its purpose, themes, and main characters, and that purpose is to show God’s servants “what things must come to pass,” and it establishes their timing as “soon.” And the imminence of these events is emphasized by stating the “season is near.”
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According to Paul, with the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, the “ends of the ages” have arrived for the church – 1 Corinthians 10:11.
The term “last days” is not found frequently in Paul’s letters. However, in several ways, he demonstrated his understanding that History’s final era had commenced with the Death and Resurrection of Jesus. Practically speaking, for the church, that meant that nothing could ever be the same. Decisions and plans must be made with that knowledge firmly in mind.
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The “last days,” the age of fulfillment, began with the death, resurrection, and exaltation of the Son of God – Hebrews 1:1-3.
When we hear the term “last days” we assume it refers to the final short period of history just prior to the return of Jesus in glory. This is a logical assumption. Yet, the New Testament presents the present age as the era of fulfillment that began with the Death, Resurrection, and the Exaltation of Jesus.
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OVERVIEW – The Apostle coordinated the commencement of the “last days” with the Death and Resurrection of Jesus.
The New Testament coordinates the start of the “last days” with the Death, Resurrection, and Exaltation of Jesus. In him, the time of fulfillment had arrived. Now, all the promises of God find their “yea and amen” in Christ. God spoke partially in the prophets of old, but now, he now speaks fully in His Son – (Acts 2:17-21, 2 Corinthians 1:20, Hebrews 1:1-3).
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