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In the Last Days

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The outpouring of the Spirit on Pentecost signaled the arrival of the “last days,” just as prophesied by Joel – Acts 2:17-21. The application of Joel’s prophecy by Peter on the Day of Pentecost links the gift of the Spirit to the onset of the messianic age, the era of fulfillment following Christ’s ascension and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and the latter signals the arrival of the “ last days ” and the now impending “ day of the Lord ” - [ Photo by  Anthony DELANOIX  on Unsplash ].

The Antichrist

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The Antichrist is a deceiver intent on destroying the church and causing apostasy through deception .  In many interpretations, the  Antichrist  is a global political leader bent on world domination. Whether this proves to be the case, Jesus and his apostles expressed far more concern about the deceivers who would ply their trade in the church . And in the few passages that refer to the Antichrist , the concern is about deceptions that infiltrate the church - [ Chameleon - Photo by Pierre Bamin on Unsplash ].

The Last Hour

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The presence of false teachers in the church demonstrates that we are in the “last days,” and the “last hour” is almost upon us .  In his first letter, John declares it is  the last hour ,” the period elsewhere called the “ last days .” As evidence of his claim, he points to the false teachers that are wreaking havoc among the churches, all products of the “ spirit of antichrist ” that already is active in the world, and each a forerunner of the coming and final “ Antichrist . ” - [ Clocks - Photo by Andrew Seaman on Unsplash ]

Messiah, King, Spirit

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Jesus is the promised Messiah, the King who reigns on David’s throne, and the Son of God anointed by His Spirit . The second Psalm portrays the Messiah as the ideal king who is destined to reign over the nations from David’s throne. The Psalmist identifies him as “ Yahweh’s  anointed ,” “ my king upon holy Zion ,” and “ my son .” His enthronement marks “ the day that Yahweh has begotten you .” He is the “ anointed one ,” the appointed ruler and son of God to whom the “ kings of the earth ” will pay homage - [ Photo by  Carlo Borella  on Unsplash ].

The Ends of the Ages

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In several different ways, Paul coordinates the commencement of the “last days” with the Death and Resurrection of Jesus .  The Apostle Paul linked the start of the “ last days ” with the death and resurrection of Jesus. In him, the time of fulfillment has arrived, and all the promises of God now find their “ yea and amen .”  “ In these last days ,” God has spoken with finality in His Son, and his church is comprised of those upon whom the “ends of the ages have come.” - [ End of the Day - Photo by v2osk on Unsplash ].