HOW IS TODAY DIFFERENT FROM PAST GENERATIONS?
Many times in the past people have thought theirs was the last generation. How is this generation different?
1. Those who are not gathered at Christ coming will be required to take a mark in order to buy and sell. The technology that can be used today to mark every person (the mark of the beast) is available and already in use for other purposes. (Microchips)
2. The antichrist will rule the world after the church is taken out. We are rushing toward a global system that can and will be ruled by the antichrist. (1 Thessalonians 2:3-11)
3. Those in the last days will blaspheme God. Today blasphemy is celebrated rather than understood as a deadly sin.(See Got Questions)
4. We are moving toward a cashless society. (A Cashless Society)
5. Religions seem to flourish, while Christians and Christianity are persecuted.
6. Our Lord stated that, ”And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed in the whole earth, for a testimony to all the nations; and then the end will come.” Matthew 24:14 God will know when this is accomplished. Some, religions, who actually do not teach the true gospel, like to say they have reached the whole earth. Christian missionaries have reached most groups. Whether there are remote tribes that have not been reached, God knows and He will send His people out until all are reached. In this age of advanced technology it could happen at any moment. See Post on End Times
LIFT UP YOUR HEADS!
Jesus said to all His followers, the multitudes who follow, that we are to watch for certain signs around us because when these things occur…
“…then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”
Luke 21:27-28 KJV
At Crosswalk there is a clear explanation of ‘redemption’ as it is used in the Bible.
“Redemption is used in both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. … In the Old Testament, redemption involves deliverance from bondage based on the payment of a price by a redeemer. The Hebrew root words used most often for the concept of redemption are pada, gaal, and kapar. The verb pada is a legal term concerning the substitution required for the person or animal delivered. The verb gaal is a legal term for the deliverance of some person, property, or right to which one had a previous claim through family relation or possession. The meaning of the third verb, kapar, is to cover.”
In the New Testament we learn that Christ is our propitiation for sin. He is our Redeemer. Job had faith that the day would come when the Redeemer of mankind would stand on the earth. Job 19:25 When we were lost and undone, Christ came and paid the price for our redemption- that cost was living a perfect life while enduring suffering, enduring temptations, fulfilling the law, and dying the death of crucifixion. He did all of these things in my place and yours so that He might bestow upon us His righteousness and eternal life. That is redemption. When Satan accuses us before the Father, and he will, Christ will be there. He will have clothed us in His righteousness and given us a white stone declaring us not guilty! While Christ has already paid the ransom for our redemption, our complete redemption will be realized when He returns to take us home that where He is, we may be also. Those who have died in Christ and saints who remain on earth until His coming will be gathered at this time.
WHAT WILL BE THE SIGNS OF HIS COMING
“And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. …And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.”
Luke 21:20-33 KJV
SEE ALSO – WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF HIS COMING
ARE THESE THE LAST DAYS?
Christ admonished the people to discern the times they were living in when He said.
“And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is. And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass. Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?”
Luke 12:54-56 KJV
Is our day any different from difficult days of the past?
History proves the world has seen many of the things we are seeing today before: pandemics, political and social unrest, natural disasters, injustice, and fear. All of these have happened before.
Jesus also said that as the days of Noah were so would it be when He returns. When Noah lived, those who would not be saved were completely blind to the truth. They mocked Noah for trusting God and believing every word of God. God said that the only way he and his family would survive the flood would be to obey God and build an ark. Noah had never seen rain. He stepped out on faith and built not knowing how this boat would be used. Faith requires trusting what we can’t see or fully comprehend. Also…
“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually….But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.”
Genesis 6:5, 8 KJV
Today those who are to be saved are those people who live by grace through faith, as Noah lived. Our faith must be in the truth, that God has sent His Son, Messiah, the Christ and that salvation is in Him alone. Those who will not believe mock God and go their own sinful way.
A further description of the end time was given by Paul in his letter to Timothy.
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 2 Timothy 3:1-7
It certainly seems this generation qualifies as the last generation.