Last Days

{ERA OF FULFILLMENT}
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  1. The "Last Days" in the Book of Acts - (According to Peter, the "last days" began with the outpouring of the Spirit on the Day of Pentecost) - {PDF Copy}
  2. The Fulfillment of the Feast - (Acts 2:1-4 -The long-anticipated time of fulfillment arrived in Jesus. The time of shadows and types ceased with his resurrection and enthronement) - {PDF Copy}
  3. The Prophecy of Joel Applied in the New Testament - (According to the New Testament, the outpouring of the Spirit coincided with the commencement of the "last days") - {PDF Copy}
  4. The Ends of the Ages - (According to Paul, with the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, the “ends of the ages” have arrived for the church  1 Corinthians 10:11) - {PDF Copy}
  5. The "Last Days" in the Letters of John - (According to John, the presence of deceivers in his congregations constituted evidence the "last days" had commenced) - {PDF Copy}
  6. The Season is at Hand - (Revelation 1:1-3According to Revelation, the “last days,” the “season of the end” began with the Death and Resurrection of Jesus) - {PDF Copy}
  7. Upon the Last of these Days - (Hebrews 1:1-2 - God has "spoken" His final Word in His Son in these "last days") - {PDF Copy}
  8. Rescued from this Evil Age - {PDF Copy} - (Galatians 1:1-5 -By his Death and Resurrection, Jesus delivered believers from the present evil age)
  9. The Spirit and the New Covenant - (The Church and the gift of the Spirit have been integral to the redemptive plan of God from the very beginning) - {PDF Copy}
{SIGNS AND SEASONS}
  1. Key Sign of the End of the Age - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus declared the “end” will not come until “this gospel of the kingdom of God is proclaimed to all nations” – Matthew 24:14)
  2. Paul, Signs and Seasons - {PDF Copy} - (Paul did not provide a detailed outline of “signs and seasons,” but instead, exhorted believers to live righteously here and now)
  3. Deceivers in the Church - Sign of the Last Days - {PDF Copy} - (The presence of false teachers in the church provides a clear sign that we are in the “last days”2 John 7-8)
  4. Concerning Times and Seasons - (1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 - Paul has no need to write the Thessalonians about the “times and seasons” because they understand fully that the Lord is coming “like a thief in the night”) - {PDF Copy}
  5. Must We Know the Times and Seasons? - (Jesus did not command his disciples to know and calculate the “times and seasons” of his return in glory - Acts 1:6-8) - {PDF Copy}
{DECEIVERS AND PERSECUTORS}
  1. The Final Antichrist - (The “spirit of antichrist” already is raising up deceivers within the church, though a final “antichrist” will also appear in the world  1 John 2:18-22) - {PDF Copy}
  2. The Ravenous Beasts Inside the Church - (Throughout the present age, the Church has been plagued with deceivers bent on misleading the saints and causing apostasy) - {PDF Copy}
  3. The Antichrist - What Kind of Leader? - {PDF Copy} - (Will the Antichrist be a global political leader or the ultimate deceiver sent by the Dragon to destroy the Church of Jesus Christ from within? )
  4. The Apostasy - {PDF Copy} - (Repeatedly and consistently, the New Testament warns of the final “apostasy” that will occur prior to the return of Jesus)
  5. The Son of Destruction - {PDF Copy} - (Prior to the return of Jesus, many Christians will apostatize when the “Lawless One,” the “Son of Destruction,” appears within the “sanctuary”)
  6. Seated in the Sanctuary - {PDF Copy} - (Prior to the return of Jesus, the “man of lawlessness” will be revealed while sitting in the “sanctuary of God” – 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4)
  7. The Mystery of Lawlessness - {PDF Copy} - (Already, the mystery of lawlessness is at work, preparing the way for the Man of Lawlessness and the Apostasy  2 Thessalonians 2:5-7)
  8. Lying Signs and Wonders - {PDF Copy} - (The final deceiver will be energized by Satan to cause many saints to apostatize, using “lying signs and wonders” to do so  2 Thessalonians 2:8-9)
  9. The Man of Lawlessness - Disinformation - (2 Thessalonians 2:1-2 - Disinformation fed to the Thessalonians about the “day of the Lord” alarmed many members of the congregation) - {PDF Copy}
  10. Man of Lawlessness - Missing Events - (Two events must occur before the Day of the Lord can commence – the apostasy and the unveiling of the Man of Lawlessness ) - {PDF Copy}
  11. Man of Lawlessness - Until Revealed - (The Mystery of Lawlessness is at work already in the world to prepare for the unveiling of the Man of Lawlessness) - {PDF Copy}
  12. Man of Lawlessness - Destruction - (Jesus will undo the evil works of the Man of Lawlessness at his Parousia or “Arrival") - {PDF Copy}
  13. Little Horn - Son of Destruction - (The “little horn” in Daniel is the model for the “man of lawlessness” described by Paul  2 Thessalonians 2:3-9) - {PDF Copy}
  14. Antichrists, Plural, in the Church - (1 John 2:18-22 - In the New Testament the Antichrist is a deceiver intent on misleading followers of Jesus into apostasy) - {PDF Copy}
  15. Spirit of Antichrist - Deceivers in the Church - (The Antichrist is a deceiver intent on destroying the church through deception, apostasy, and if necessary, persecution) - {PDF Copy}
  16. The Fourth Beast of Daniel is not Identical to the Beast from the Sea in Revelation - {PDF Copy} - (The single “beast from the sea” in Revelation is related to but distinct from the four beasts that Daniel saw ascending from the sea)
{HIS RETURN}
  1. Summary of the Return of Jesus - (The New Testament foresees a single event that will mean nothing less than the resurrection of the dead, the New Creation, and the final judgment of all God's enemies) - {PDF Copy}
  2. The Last Enemy - Death - (The resurrection, cessation of death, and New Creation all occur at the "coming" of Jesus at the end of the age - 1 Corinthians 15:20-28) - {PDF Copy}
  3. The Finality of His Return in Glory - (The “coming” of Jesus produces the final judgment, the resurrection, the consummation of his kingdom, the cessation of death, ultimate victory over all his enemies, and the New Creation) - {PDF Copy}
  4. The Single and Final Return of Jesus to the Earth - (The Parousia of Jesus will be a singular event of great finality, both for the righteous and the wicked) - {PDF Copy}
  5. Paul and the Revelation of Jesus - (At the “revelation of Jesus” on the “day of the Lord,” the saints will experience glory, but the wicked will receive “everlasting destruction”) - {PDF Copy}
  6. The Revelation of Jesus in First Peter - (Peter exhorts Christians to persevere in suffering and persecution, and to live holy lives in the knowledge of Christ’s impending return) - {PDF Copy}
  7. Hastening the Day of the Lord - (Prophecy teachers who have presumed to know what God alone knows have set up Christians for discouragement and, very possibly, apostasy) - {PDF Copy}
  8. The End of the Age - Parousia! - (The return of Jesus will be an event of enormous finality) - {PDF Copy}
  9. The Return of Jesus in the Corinthian Correspondence - (The return of Jesus constitutes the “Day of the Lord” at the end of the age when the dead are raised, the judgment occurs, his kingdom is consummated, and Death ceases to occur) - {PDF Copy}
  10. Rescuing Us from Wrath - (1 Thessalonians 1:5-10 - Even now, Jesus is “rescuing” his people from the future “wrath” that will befall all who do not turn from transgression before the Day of the Lord) - {PDF Copy}
  11. Crown of Glory - (1 Thessalonians 2:19 - The Apostle Paul looks forward to when he will receive a “crown of glory” at the return of Jesus, the salvation of the faithful believers from the city of Thessalonica) - {PDF Copy}
  12. Blameless Before Him - (1 Thessalonians 3:13 - Paul prays that the Thessalonians be found blameless on the day Jesus arrives in glory accompanied by his angels) - {PDF Copy}
  13. Meeting Jesus in the Air - (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 - Paul reassured the Thessalonians that both living and dead saints will participate in the arrival of Jesus from heaven) - {PDF Copy}
  14. The Revelation of Jesus from Heaven - (2 Thessalonians 1:5-10 - The coming of Jesus at the end of the age will mean vindication for the righteous but everlasting loss for the wicked) - {PDF Copy}
  15. His Appearing - (When Jesus “appears” again, faithful believers will rejoice exceedingly and participate fully in the glories revealed on that day) - {PDF Copy}
Courtesy Mary L. Maas (marymaas@comcast.net)
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