The Last Days….Biblically Defined

by Ryan McKittrick
All Prophecy Fulfilled

#1: Establishing Agreement

Why this series?

I know, just what we need, another….

Well, there seems to be a chasm/great divide among Christians as to exactly what the “Last Days” actually are. I would like to clarify, and maybe even help bridge this gap of misunderstanding between Christians in regard to the “Last Days”.

You see, I have a lot of friends/family/acq., who just do not seem to have a grasp on exactly what the full-preterist, or fulfilled perspective actually believes in regard to many things…the LAST DAYS being one of them. All they seem to think is it’s that crazy notion that “everything’s been done” in the past, so there’s nothing left for us today to do or hope for….

The truth is, I think when entering into any kind of theological discussion or Biblical topic, doesn’t it always seem that everybody enters into the discussion from almost radically different starting points, each person coming to the table with differing presuppositions, biases, paradigms, from different traditions, etc. So when we do enter a conversation, right out of the gate we’re already heading in different directions.

So, before the discussion of Last Days begins, I think all Christians should establish some kind of agreed upon common ground… that is, a place from which to start from and work with. If we could agree on a few basic, essential, Biblical truths, and START there, TOGETHER, and then walk together, step by step toward the truth of what Scripture teaches…together, we might just might some progress!

So that’s what I need to do in this opening video, establish common ground, and then use that as a starting point.

So…Let’s establish common ground, right here.

I’ve got 3 questions I would like you to answer…which I believe will produce an agreed upon starting point for our discussion. This will be our common ground.

  1. Would you agree that The Bible defines its terms?

In other words, Scripture itself/alone is able to explain the very message it conveys. The Bible itself make clear the meaning of the very words it uses. Commentaries are helpful. Books/articles are interesting, but onestly, outside sources are not necessary to determine truth contained in the Bible. The Bible does that itself.

The Bible itself is God’s word…God’s word is truth…we simply need to interpret the internal evidence contained within Scripture itself by allowing the Bible to speak for itself. I’m not suggesting external and historical evidence is not helpful. It can confirm many things in the Bible, but that’s not what I’m focusing on in this series. We are only looking at or in the Bible itself.

Example: When we see a word/phrase/concept such as: Regeneration, Sin, Resurrection, Israel, Disciple, Redemption…how do we know what those things mean? How do we come to define those words? The Bible alone defines those for us! How?

-Sometimes through clear, direct, explicit statements.

-Other times we must read a bit further and deeper and allow the context to explain the meaning of things.

Or we must really roll up our sleeves and thoroughly interpret Scripture with Scripture which means we’re taking the sum teaching of all passages on a particular topic, allowing the more clear passages on to help explain or clarify the more uncertain or unclear passages. Scripture with Scripture folks!

So again, 1) The Bible defines its own terms. Would you agree? Fantastic, we just established our first point of agreement!

AND BTW, wouldn’t this be true of the “The Last Days”? Shouldn’t we be able to Biblically define the last days…together? This really shouldn’t be that difficult if we’re coming at it from the same agreed upon foundational starting point, an established common ground we’re establishing right now!

2) Would you agree: The Bible teaches that sometime AFTER the death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus, Jesus Himself would come again? Now most folks simply call it His “2nd Coming” or His “Return”…and that’s fine by me cuz like I just talked about, when we allow Scripture to int. Scripture.

So again, I ask the question: 2) Would you agree the Bible teaches a coming of the Lord that was future to the NT writers that those first century Christians were eagerly anticipating. And yes, I’m sure many of you watching this today are looking for His coming today as well.

Great! We have established yet another point of agreement…a place of common ground from which to begin the discussion

3) Would you agree: The Bible teaches this “coming again” or “return” or “second appearing” of the Lord would occur in the “LAST DAYS”…specifically at the END of the last days, bringing the Last Days to a close…AND along with it, or in conjunction with it, would also bring a few things connected with His coming:

1) a Resurrection, 2) a Judgment, 3) New Heavens and New Earth

So again, do you agree His coming would occur in the Last days?

I tell ya what…if you do, great! We have added the final stone to our common ground foundation! Now we are ready to drive through the Bible together beginning from this point and together define the Last Days Biblically, that using only what Scripture itself has revealed.

Now what do I hope to achieve…or maybe more honestly what do I hope to prove or demonstrate? Well…

What if I were to say the phrase “The Last Days/Latter Days” throughout the entire OT, ONLY refers to one, brief, specific time period in Israel’s history…a time that all the prophets foretold, a time when the Messiah would finally arrive, a time when a wicked and perverse generation would reject that very Messiah and ultimately came to their END…and with their end would come the end of that first covenant…in the last days of the Old Covenant…the covenant they were under. And this is the only “END” in sight…spoken of…taught…

What if I were to tell you that? You might say prove it!

And then what if I were to say the NT writers only knew of one such “last days”…and it was the exact, very same last days taught in the OT by all the OT prophets…and THEY (the NT writers) said were living in it….Because their Biblical (or scriptural) definition of the last days was determined by Scripture…the OT prophets!

What if I told you the only last days (biblically defined) are past days? You might say prove it. Well folks…let’s let the Bible do just that…prove to us what it means by the Last Days. Will you take this walk with me?

Now folks, for those of ya who are somewhat familiar with your Bibles, you might instantly recoil at this thought…because you know if this is true, it will have some serious ramifications on so many other things you thought you already knew!

Truth is, for many of you, just considering the possibility the Last Days are Past Days pushes you out way of your comfort zone.

So will you stick with me and allow me to demonstrate that? Or better yet, will you walk with me through this and allow the Bible to say what the Bible says and simply take it at its own word and allow Scripture to define the terms. If we do that, together I am sure we will reach an accurate, Biblical definition of the Last Days.

Please…walk with me on this one. If at any point, you think I am veering to the left or right of the truth, simply let me know, and I will address it in the next video. I’m looking forward to the conversation.

Acts 1:11: Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.

Some translate “this same” Jesus, although the word same isn’t in the Greek…but I think the implication might be a fair one. I think the point is that just as Jesus left…so too, Jesus would come!

1 Thess. 4:16: For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.

Speaking of the Lord Himself, Jesus Himself said:

John 14:3: If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.

That a pretty direct statement: I will come again. He also said:

Matthew 16:27-28: For the Son of Man will come in His Father’s glory with His angels, and then He will repay each one according to what he has done. Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.

I mentioned there’s no actual phrase “2nd Coming” but I don’t..

Hebrews 9:28: so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.

And look, the coming of Jesus; we all agree the Bible teaches this. It was not some secret known only to Christians. In Peter’s day, remember he spoke about scoffers? What were they saying?

2 Peter 3:4: Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since

the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.