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Five Important Periods For Understanding Prophecy
Dr. Allen Barber

 

The Last Days                    

The last days begin with the first advent of Jesus and marked the beginning of the countdown to end Gentile world dominion - Gen. 49:1; Isa. 2:2; Acts 2:17; Heb. 1:2; I Pet. 3:13. 

Latter Days      

The last of the last days began when the Zionist Movement gave birth to the modern secular state of Israel and the controversy over who controls Jerusalem.  The Jews had to be back in the land and in some type of control of Jerusalem for the end time to arrive. Num. 24:14-25; Deut. 4:30; 31:29; Jer. 49:39; Ezk. 38:16; Dan. 2:28; 10:14. 

Time of the End                     

The mid-point of the seven-year tribulation - Dan. 8:17; 11:35, 40;   12:4, 9.  From this point the second coming of Christ can be known almost down to the day for is at this point that the last generation has only 42 months before it ends. 

End Generation                      

This is the generation that experiences the signs mentioned in the Olivet Discourse and is identified by the birth of the physical fig tree– the modern state of Israel and/or the bad figs of Jeremiah 24. For an explanation  of the good and bad figs of the tribe of Judah and what is the real tribe of Judah, read Jeremiah 24 with Matthew 24:34, Mark. 13:30 and Luke 21:32. As you recall, I believe this generation began in about 1897 and could end in 2017-18.   If I am wrong, then God in His mercy has given us more time and for that we will praise Him, but if not then we will also praise Him  that we will soon be with Him – the greatest of all joys. 

The End                                 

This is the Day of the Lord or the Second Coming of Christ at Armageddon - Dan. 6:26; 7:26; 8:19; 9:26; 11:27; Matt. 13:39-40, 49; 24:3, 6,13-14; Lk. 21:9; Rev. 2:26; 21:6; 22:13. This is when the mystery of God is finished and the final harvest – the gathering of the Jews and Gentiles included in the body of Christ.

Whenever you see the term “End of Days” it is usually associated with New Age and/or occult/cult writings.   It is not a Biblical term. 

In Matthew 24: 25 Jesus said that He told us in advance what would happen in the last days or the last generation.  Prophecy is history in advance.  Therefore, we have no excuse not to know the times in which we live.  The Bible is replete with much information, both Old and New Testaments, concerning the world in which we live and how we can recognize the “signs” foretelling the approaching tribulation and Second Coming of Jesus back to earth.

The Lord rebuked the Sadducees and Pharisees for not knowing the time of His first advent because the Old Testament Scriptures (prophets) gave precise details of his birth and ministry and even crucifixion and resurrection. They had no excuse.  We also have no excuse today if we do not know the prophecies of the Bible concerning the second advent.

1  The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would show them a sign from heaven.
2  He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, you say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.
3  And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and threatening. O you hypocrites, you can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?
4  A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonah. And he left them, and departed.