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From: Forthright Magazine <ba@...>
Date: Thu, 26 Aug 2004 13:50:16 -0500
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Straight to the Cross


COLUMN: Fidelity

Last Days
by Mike Benson

QUESTION: "Are we living in the last days?"

ANSWER: Carefully study the following passages:

1. The Old Testament prophets said, "the mountain
of the Lord's house (i.e., the church) would be
'established' (i.e., built) in the LAST DAYS."
"And it shall come to pass in the last days, that
the mountain of the Lord's house shall be
established in the top of the mountains, and shall
be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall
flow into it (Isaiah 2:2; cf. Micah 4:1).

2. The church Jesus promised (Matthew 16:18,19)
was established on the day of Pentecost following
the resurrection of the Lord (Acts 2:47), thus,
the LAST DAYS (i.e., the Christian age) began in
Acts 2, in fulfillment of Jesus' promise and Old
Testament prophecy. Compare Joel 2:28; Acts
2:16,17. Hence, the LAST DAYS began on Pentecost.

3. Thus, we are now living in the LAST DAYS (i.e.,
the Christian age), and we have been living in
them for nearly 2,000 years. The New Testament
says, "God, who at various times and in different
ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the
prophets, has in THESE LAST DAYS spoken to us by
His Son..." (Hebrews 1:1,2a; emphasis mine--mb).
Here the inspired writer makes it clear that the
last days were currently in effect.

Review

. The church was to begin in the LAST DAYS.

. The church was established on Pentecost; hence
the LAST DAYS (i.e., Christian age) began on that
occasion (Acts 2:17ff).

. Thus, the LAST DAYS continue to today and will
not cease until Christ returns (Hebrews 1:1,2; 1
Corinthians 15:24-26).

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