I want you to read and determine if you believe we’re in the “Last Days” based off Pauls letter to Timothy. Paul indicates to Timothy that in the last days…
- (v. 2) People will love only themselves and their money.
- They will be boastful and proud
- Scoffing at God
- Disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful
- They will consider nothing sacred.
- (v. 3) They will be unloving and unforgiving
- They will slander others and have no self-control
- They will be cruel and hate what is good
- (v. 4) They will betray their friends
- Be reckless
- Be puffed up with pride
- Love pleasure rather than God
- (v. 5) They will act religious
- They will reject the power that could make them godly.
So what do you think? Based on this list are we living in the last days? Of course we are! But so was Paul! So was Timothy! The discipled believed in their heart of hearts that they wouldn’t die before they saw Christ return in all of his glory!
Many have made predictions on a number of apocalyptic events, including:
- The End of the World
- The Rapture
- The Tribulation
- The Rise of the Antichrist
None of the predictions were as significant as the push made buy famous NASA engineer Edgar C. Whisenant.
The Significance of 1988
*Edgar C. Whisenant (September 25, 1932 – May 16, 2001)
Whisenant was a former NASA engineer and Bible student who predicted the Rapture would occur in 1988, sometime between Sept. 11 and Sept. 13. He published two books about this, 88 Reasons Why the Rapture Will Be in 1988 and On Borrowed Time. Eventually, 300,000 copies of 88 Reasons were mailed free of charge to ministers across America, and 4.5 million copies were sold in bookstores and elsewhere. Whisenant was quoted as saying “Only if the Bible is in error am I wrong; and I say that to every preacher in town” and “[I]f there were a king in this country and I could gamble with my life, I would stake my life on Rosh Hashanah 88.”
Whisenant’s predictions were taken seriously in some parts of the evangelical Christian community. As the date approached, regular programming on the Christian Trinity Broadcast Network (TBN) was interrupted to provide special instructions on preparing for the rapture.
When the predicted rapture failed to occur, Whisenant followed up with later books with predictions for various dates in 1989, 1993, and 1994. These books did not sell in quantity. Whisenant continued to issue various rapture predictions through 1997, but gathered little attention.
So What Do We Do Now?
The next big question then is this, so what do we do now? Well, to answer that, let’s look at what Paul instructed Timothy to do:
2 Timothy 3:14-17 (NLT) 14 But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. 15 You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.
So how do we live and navigate living in the last days? Simply put, read God’s Word and allow it to instruct your life. By daily reading God’s word you are preparing yourself not only for the day ahead, but also the week, month, year, and even eternity! So keep going! Don’t stop now, like Paul said, God’s word is useful to teach us truth and also serves as a mirror to help realize what’s wrong in our lives.
Think about this: God has you reading the word today in order to prepare and equip you to do every good work.