If you knew for certain Jesus would return within the next ten years — what would you do differently?
We, the Body of Christ, entered the last stages of the Church Age, what the Bible calls The Time of the Gentiles in 1948 when Israel reemerged as the Sovereign State of Israel.
For the children of Israel shall abide many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred pillar, without ephod or teraphim.
Afterward the children of Israel shall return and seek the LORD their God and David their king. They shall fear the LORD and His goodness in the latter days. (Hosea 3:4-5 NKJV)
You may ask, how does this passage confirm we are in the Latter Days?
Standing alone it does not conclusively; however, let’s see what else God’s Word has to offer on the subject. Let’s look at Jeremiah chapters sixteen and twenty-three.
“Therefore behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “that it shall no more be said, ‘The LORD lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt,’
“but, ‘The LORD lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north and from all the lands where He had driven them.’ For I will bring them back into their land which I gave to their fathers. (Jeremiah 16:14-15 NKJV)
And if this wasn’t enough:
“Behold, I will send for many fishermen,” says the LORD, “and they shall fish them; and afterward I will send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain and every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks. (Jeremiah 16:16 NKJV)
Near the time Israel reestablished itself as a Sovereign State the Jews developed a campaign to return every willing Jew to their Promised Lands. Israel sent groups of professional to draw the Israeli people back to their homelands. They search far and wide in every nation on earth. Israel sent fishers to fish and hunters to hunt.
Then there is the parallel passage in Jeremiah 23.
“Therefore, behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “that they shall no longer say, ‘As the LORD lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt,’ but, ‘As the LORD lives who brought up and led the descendants of the house of Israel from the north country and from all the countries where I had driven them.’ And they shall dwell in their own land.” (Jeremiah 23:7-8 NKJV)
The anger of the LORD will not turn back until He has executed and performed the thoughts of His heart. In the latter days you will understand it perfectly. (Jeremiah 23:20 NKJV)
Let us not forget “Jacob’s Trouble” commonly called the Holocaust of WWII. The primary passages for Jacob’s Trouble is found in Jeremiah chapter thirty. The verses in Jeremiah 30:1-8 cover a portion of God’s plan for restoring the Israelites to their Promised Lands.
The advent of Jacob’s Trouble provided for the following circumstances and more to bring the Jews back from exile as a people.
Elements from (Jeremiah 30) Jacob’s Trouble:
- orchestrated the return of the Promised Land to the nation of Israel as well as freed the Jews from bondage to other nations (verse 8)
- placed the Jewish nation in a position to freely worship and serve the God of Israel once again (verse 9)
- released Israel from afar (verse 10) through the efforts of Great Britain, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, and the United States of America; God used these nations, “The Big Three,” to establish an alliance with Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Greece, Holland, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, South Africa, and Yugoslavia, to name only a few.
- provided a prelude to the Latter Days, the Great Consummation, and the Battle of Armageddon (verse 11).
Regardless of the pain and sufferings and lives lost, the Holocaust opened the doors for Israel to return to their homelands. Without the Holocaust the nation of the Jews would likely still not exist.
Jeremiah 30:24 is the last verse in the chapter. The verse reads:
The fierce anger of the LORD will not return until He has done it, and until He has performed the intents of His heart. In the latter days you will consider it. (Jeremiah 30:24 NKJV)
These verses represent only a few of the more conclusive sections within God’s Word which confirm the world is currently residing in the Latter Days. Collectively they are impressive. Later we will explore additional scriptural evidence which places an actual time-limit or mandatory span on the Latter Days.
I’ll give you a clue: the Biblical lifespan of a man is equal to or greater than that for the maximum length for the Latter Days.
So I ask again, if you knew for certain Jesus would return within the next ten years — what would you do differently? WELL, you better get to doing it!
Until next time…
To confirm the above information and much more on the subject of the Latter Days get your copy of: “This Side of the Whirlwind.”