In this essay we will look at End Time Things, what they are, and what elements and themes in the bible can be considered end time things. Then we will look at some contrasts between the end time things and earlier ones. The Lord has kept the best for last.
First and foremost is of course the Second Advent, or Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
In the Revelation of Jesus Christ, chapter 19 depicts the Second Coming like this:
Re 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
Jude 1:14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
There are many other references to the second advent, especially those that speak of the Son Of Man coming in the clouds.
Another theme that is clearly an end time thing is The Last Day pouring out of the Spirit. It's mentioned in Acts 2 where we read of what will happen in 'the last days'.
Ac 2:16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
17 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:
18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:
21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Here the speaker, Peter, is quoting the prophet Joel from Joel 2, where the translators used the term afterward instead of the last days.
Joel 2:28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
Just prior to that we see Joel mentions something called the latter rain. In natural terms the former rain was the spring rain, and the latter rain was the fall rain. These were crucial to bring the spring and fall harvests. Wheat and barley were harvested in ancient Israel in the spring, just as we harvest winter wheat in the spring today. But in this instance there is a supernatural element involved as it tells of the former and latter rain coming both in the first month. That is a double rain!
Joel 2:23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.
Over in Hosea, we read that he will come to us as the latter rain and it will be in the third day! This clarifies what Joel is saying and makes it easy to see that the pouring down latter rain is another way of expressing the pouring out of the Spirit. And the mention of the third day lines up with the expression 'last days'.
Ho 6:1 Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.
2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.
3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.
The latter rain and the pouring of the spirit are the same thing basically and are clearly end time things. As rain enables a harvest in natural terms, the latter rain speaks of end time revival [or restoration] to precede an end time harvest.
Here in Matthew the Lord clearly identifies the harvest as an end time thing.
The context this appears in is a series of parables on the Kingdom of Heaven or the Kingdom of God. This also is an end time thing.
The Kingdom of God is a complex topic and the Lord has much to say about it. Some of what we know is what it takes to enter the Kingdom of God. [I go into this topic at length in my article Blowing In The Wind. I could repeat most of that here, but I want to move on to the next topic. ]You must be born again, you must be led by the Spirit, [John 3] and you must become as a little child [Mark 10:15].
The Kingdom of God is found wherever God is King. To speak of some future time when Jesus returns to earth to set up his Kingdom is a misunderstanding. The kingdom is not of this world, visible and political. The kingdom does not come in a way you can observe or see, it's invisible and spiritual. Those who are led by the spirit have entered the Kingdom of God. They have become obedient in all things.
The Latter Rain Outpouring of the Spirit is what leads us into the Kingdom.
Re 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
Consider the New Covenant as mentioned in Jeremiah and Ezekiel
Jer 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
This tells us of a new covenant that the Lord intends to make with his people. He will write his law in our hearts. And we shall all know Him.
Jer 32:40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me.
Here we see that this new covenant will make it so that his people will not depart from him. Ezekiel explains it this way:
Eze 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
The Lord is promising that he will cause us to obey him! And that by putting his Spirit in us. On other words, God says I will put my spirit in you that you might not sin against me. This can only come about during the latter rain outpouring.
The key factor in each of these themes is the Holy Spirit. He plays the leading role in the End Time Outpouring, the Kingdom of God, and The new covenant. Essentially all three of these are the same thing, and the same event. So the New Covenant or New Testament is an end time thing.
There have been individual cases of people who have been led by the spirit. Certainly many of the first apostles and disciples, and down thru history as well. Today as we approach the coming of the latter rain, and the coming of the Lord at the second advent, there are increasingly more such people. Still the full force of the latter rain, and it's impact are yet to be seen. I believe we are in the last days. You may call it the third day, the seventh day [of God's week], the millennium or whatever. It's in or on this day that these things will begin to happen. The end times and the end time things will come rushing at us.
Let's look as some important contrasts.
Was this article helpful?
Preparing for Armageddon, Natural Disasters, Nuclear Strikes, the Zombie Apocalypse, and Every Other Threat to Human Life on Earth. Most of us have thought about how we would handle various types of scenarios that could signal the end of the world. There are plenty of movies on the subject, psychological papers, and even survivalists that are part of reality TV shows. Perhaps you have had dreams about being one of the few left and what you would do in order to survive.