What are the last days? The apostles thought that the last days were imminent. In fact, they advised people to prepare for these days as if they were tomorrow. They didn’t know when this final Epoch would begin so who can blame them for making sure that people are prepared? One could argue that the last days began when Christ Ascended to Heaven. It’s important to note also that the last days are not when Christ comes again, for nobody knows the day or hour of his coming. They are something else, the end of a specific epoch.
However, the apostles from St.Paul to Peter to Jude mention the last days as if they were something that was going to happen at a specific point in history. I believe those last days to have begun from the time of Fatima (1917). In the apparition of Fatima we see the fulfillment of what St.Peter preached in Acts chapter 2 where he is says (emphasis mine),
“And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:”Acts:2:17 King James Version
When the scriptures here say “men” they’re not targeting a specific gender. It’s worth noting that the Greek used here for men is “νεανίσκος” (neaniskos, neh-an-is’-kos) which means anyone from childhood right up to the age of 40. The children of the Marian apparitions of Fatima, Garabandal and Medjugorje were all given prophetic visions. Vassula Ryden, too, has had prophetic dreams and visions.
This sequence of apparitions and dreams seem to verify that this specific time we are living in now is the End Times. But there is definitely more to the story. When I read the 2nd letter of St.Peter, I see how he spoke of humanity denying God’s hand in the creation of our world. It is so painfully obvious, take a look for yourself. Again, the emphasis is mine.
Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:2 Peter: 3:4-6
Today the popular thought is that we didn’t just come into existence by the hand of God. According to these theories there was no Adam and Eve and we all come from a common ancestor that first morphed into fish, then into animals and finally into us. This supposedly took place over millions of years. They vehemently defend their theory that this evolution took place over millions of years even in the face of concrete evidence that it did not.
They simply choose to reject the story that there was a global flood. They try to explain it as a “local” flood or something natural that occurred and nothing miraculous. All of this they say no to even in the face of the evidence by science that shows them there was a major global flood. They reject the idea as St.Peter says, “that by the word of God the heavens were of old”.
We are living in the last times. This is the final epoch before the end. This Epoch only began 100 years ago. Epochs usually last 400 years so it’s probable that we could be waiting that long before we see an end to this culture. I’m always looking for tell-tale signs of the fall of the world. Is it the Coronavirus? Could the economy collapse and bring about a new culture in Europe?
I do believe that 2 Peter chapter 3 is a perfect match for today’s theories of evolution that reject the creation account found in Genesis. St. Jude and St. Paul also speak of the last days.
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, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.St.Paul to Timothy 2:3:1-5
But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.Jude:1:17-20
These saints are speaking about a specific time. This is a time when people who are irreligious will scoff at religion with a level of violence that has never been witnessed before. It is a time when the desire for pleasure derived from sex and pornography will be at levels of such ferocity it would make Sodom and Gommorah look tame in comparison.
These are the last days my brothers and sisters. Let us prepare.