==== ====The Truth About The Last Days, Antichrist, The Rapture, More.http://www.teachingfaith.com/content.cfm?id=304==== ====This brings us to the New Testament, of which times God says they were in "these" last days. Toproperly identify these last days we must consider the entire reference. "God who at various timesand in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets has in these last daysspoken to us by His Son." (Hebrews 1:1, 2)Thus Christs ministry was in the last days. Of necessity, this is the last days of the Law of Moses,for Christ did not live on earth or speak on earth at any time after the church began,(Galatians 4:4)His ministry on earth ended with his death before the church began.Hence, the last days cannot refer to our age, but to the Jewish age which was then present. Thisis the meaning of Jesus use of "this age" (meaning the Jewish age) versus the "age to come"which was the present Christian age. (See Matthew 13:39, 40, 24:3, 34; Hebrews 9:26)During this time, the Old Covenant was coming to an end, (Hebrews 8:13) The apostles saw theend of the age as occurring in their day. "Now all these things happened to them for examples,and they were written for our admonition upon whom the ends of the ages have come." (1Corinthians 10:11)They were not mistaken, misguided nor misinformed. The Holy Spirit led them into "all truth,"(John 16:13)With only one tribe in the covenant at the time due to the history cited above, Jesus ministry wasa warning to Judah to repent lest they would lose their rights to the kingdom, (Matthew 23:34-36).He is simply reminding them of the message Jacob gave to his sons in Genesis 49:1, 2, 10.The Jews refusal to heed Jesus words would end with the kingdom being taken from them andgiven to another nation (Christians) who would bring forth its fruit. See Matthew 21:43.The kingdom was taken from Judah in A.D. 70 at the fall of Jerusalem, the time which correspondsto the coming of Christ on his throne in glory within that first century generation, (Matthew 24:30-34).Peter wrote concerning Israel, the ten northern tribes who had been scattered throughout Assyria,identified in 1 Peter 1:1 as the Diaspora (Israel scattered among the Gentiles) that God was thenfulfilling the message of Hosea that in the last days Israel would be gathered.This gathering however was in the church where God would once again have mercy on them andcall them his people. Compare 1 Peter 2:9 with Hosea 1:7,8; 2:23). Thus, in the last days of Israel,(1 Peter 1:20) God regathered the 10 tribes through faith in Christ in the church.
Rebellious Judah, the one remaining tribe was cast out and only those who obeyed Christ wereconsidered children of Abraham and included in the saved community of the kingdom.Thus, the statements in the epistles of the endtime show clearly that it was imminent when theapostles wrote. They taught that the hour had drawn near, (Romans 13:11). The end of all thingshad drawn near (1 Peter 4:7)They knew that the last hour had come because the Antichrists were already present in their day,long ago in the first century. (1 John 2:18, 19)Therefore, the last days and the endtime are behind us by some 1900 plus years, not in front of usas modern-day prophecy pundits suppose. Judah was destroyed by the Romans in A.D. 70,resulting in their loss of kingdom rule.In connection with Jerusalems fall by the Romans, Jesus predicted that "These are the days ofvengeance that all things which are written may be fulfilled." (Luke 21:20-22). All came to pass inthat first century generation, (Luke 21:32).The rule of the kingdom is now in the hands of Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords. That isthe message which Jacob saw for his sons in their last days.Copyright (c) 2007 by William Bell. All Rights Reserved.William Bell speaks regularly on Fulfilled Prophecy and is the author of The Re-Examination, astudy of Christs first century return in glory. Find more articles on the endtime at http://lastdays-eschatology.net and http://www.allthingsfulfilled.comArticle Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=William_Bell,_Jr.==== ====The Truth About The Last Days, Antichrist, The Rapture, More.http://www.teachingfaith.com/content.cfm?id=304==== ====