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24th July 2016, mgh

 

2) Last days

Isaiah in his second chapter outlines the final destiny of the nation of Israel. Not only that, he gives a vision of the submission that will be required of the nations when Yahweh's law will go forth from the city of Jerusalem. In our war torn world today, surely we can understand the need for weapons to be turned into ploughs and agricultural tools, rather than the destruction caused by weapons of war! The following predictions depict a world that we have never yet seen on the earth.

The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD'S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Yahweh from Jerusalem.
And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.(Isaiah 2:1-5)

Micah also confirms this same destiny for Israel and the judgement of the nations in the Last Days. It is to the mountain of Yahweh, Zion, from which the Law will go forth and to which the people will go to worship the God of Israel. Micah also speaks of the destruction of weapons of war. A time of peace is predicted when men will no longer fear the evil that pervades our world today, whether in the wars that rage or the violence on the streets of cities.

But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.
And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken it.(Micah 4:1-4)

The New Testament also depicts what will happen in the Last Days. Paul writing to Timothy in strong terms describes a world where people are obsessed with their own selves, their rights their pleasures and their freedoms. It is a world that we can recognise as the twenty first century.

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. (II Timothy 3:1-5)

Peter also depicts what will prevail in the last days. In just a few words we have the description of a world that denies the return of the Messiah and rejects the power of the Creator or his existence.

Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. (2Peter 3:3-4)

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