Five Reasons Why Our Generation Could Be the Last

René Malgo

Dear friends, in the September issue of this magazine, we warned against astrology and soothsaying. None of us can know precisely the what, when, and how of what will occur in the future.

But this doesn’t mean that, in view of the end of this world’s age, there are no signs at all. On the contrary. The Holy Scriptures reveal explicit signs, and our Lord Jesus said to His disciples, “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” (Luke 21:28).

On the one hand, we must beware of seeing signs of the end times at the drop of a hat. But on the other hand, we should also not go through the world wearing blinders, and ignore everything indifferently.

Although we cannot know in which generation and at what point in time the end will truly come, I would like to name five reasons why our generation could be the last before the glorious return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

First: the “mega-sign.” Since 1948, the people of Israel have declared a State of their own, in their own country, and next year it will be 70 years old. According to concurring statements of the Old Testament prophets, much will occur in the land of the people of Israel before the kingdom of God comes to earth (Zech 12, 14). With the sovereignty of the nation of Israel, the stage is set.

Second: The end will come when the gospel of the kingdom of God, open to all people in the entire world since Pentecost, has been proclaimed (Matt 24:14). Not all peoples have been reached yet. But the potential is close as never before: thanks to the Internet, modern telecommunications, airplanes and helicopters, and the largest number of missions organizations of all time. The fulfillment of this prophecy could be closer than we think.

Third: God will bring times of refreshing and send His Son, when the people of Israel repent and acknowledge Him as their Messiah (Acts 3:19-20). Today, more Jews in Israel are believing in Christ than were 20 years ago. There aren’t necessarily more believers by percentage, but they appear to be more present in society and are perceived as a “threat” by some religious Jews. Who knows how close a possible awakening in the people of God is already.

Fourth: For Paul, the goal of the Church is, “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Eph 4:13). This will happen in a perfect way when Christ draws the true Church to Himself. Paul also sees a development here. At first glance, the “unity of the faith” and “the knowledge of the Son of God” seem far from the goal in light of the thousands of denominations and churches splintered by infighting. However, the unholy ecumenism of nominal Christians with other religions, and the worldwide growing pressure on Christians who adhere to biblical teachings, can lead in the short term to the true believers drawing closer together; indeed, by necessity. The Reformation and past revival movements have already contributed to the maturing of the worldwide body of Christ. The current situation could lead to a further “maturing,” virtually forcing it.

Fifth: Paul also foresaw bad times for the Church (2 Tim 3:1-9). The growing wickedness and false piety in nominal Christianity is a sign of the last days. This end-time development can, on the one hand, cause the chaff to be separated from the wheat (and the true body thus comes to further maturity). On the other hand, the increasing tolerance toward godlessness, disloyalty, and lawlessness in the so-called established churches shows that the great falling away from the faith is increasing even more (2 Thess 2:3).

The end seems near. But we also know that the generations already before us shared this conviction. Nevertheless, we can hope like the apostles and believe that the coming of Christ is now near. Therefore, we will live wholeheartedly for and with Him, until He comes and takes us to His home.

Maranatha—Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!

Midnight Call - 11/2017

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