What the scriptures say about
LAST DAYS, LATTER DAYS
Day of Yahweh (of the LORD), end times, times

LAST DAYS in scriptures [BibleGateway Search]

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Isaiah 2:2 - In the last days the mountain of the LORD's temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and all nations will stream to it.
Hosea 3:5 - Afterward the Israelites will return and seek the LORD their God and David their king. They will come trembling to the LORD and to his blessings in the last days.
Joel 2:1 ff - ... the day of the LORD is coming, it is close at hand. (Joel 2:28 and Acts 2:17
2 Timothy 3:1-5 - But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.
Hebrews 1:1-2 - God, having in the past spoken to the fathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, has at the end of these days spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom also he made the worlds.
James 5:3 - You have laid up your treasure (gold, silver corrosion) in the last days.
2 Peter 3:3 - ... in the last days mockers will come, walking after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of his coming?..."


DAY OF THE LORD (YAHWEH) [International Standard Bible Encyclopedia]

(yom Yahweh; he hemera tou Kuriou):
The idea is a common Old Testament one. It denotes the consummation of the kingdom of God and the absolute cessation of all attacks upon it (Isaiah 2:12; 13:6,9; 34:8; Ezekiel 13:5; 30:3; Joel 1:15; 2:11; Amos 5:18; Zephaniah 1:14; Zechariah 14:1) It is a "day of visitation" (Isaiah 10:3), a day "of the wrath of Yahweh" (Ezekiel 7:19), a "great day of Yahweh" (Zephaniah 1:14). The entire conception in the Old Testament is dark and foreboding.

On the other hand the New Testament idea is pervaded with the elements of hope and joy and victory. In the New Testament it is eminently the day of Christ, the day of His coming in the glory of His father. The very conception of Him as the "Son of Man" points to this day (E. Kuehl, Das Selbstbewusstsein Jesu, 68). John 5:27: "And he gave him authority to execute judgment, because he is a son of man" (compare Matthew 24:27,30; Luke 12:8). It is true in the New Testament there is a dark background to the bright picture, for it still remains a "day of wrath". (Romans 2:5-6), a "great day" (Revelation 6:17; Jude 1:6), a "day of God" (2 Peter 3:12), a "day of judgment" (Matthew 10:15; 2 Peter 3:7; Romans 2:16). Sometimes it is called "that day" (Matthew 7:22; 1 Thessalonians 5:4; 2 Timothy 4:8), and again it is called "the day" without any qualification whatever, as if it were the only day worth counting in all the history of the world and of the race (1 Corinthians 3:13). To the unbeliever, the New Testament depicts it as a day of terror; to the believer, as a day of joy. For on that day Christ will raise the dead, especially His own dead, the bodies of those that believed in Him--"that of all that which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day" (John 6:39). In that day He comes to His own (Matthew 16:27), and therefore it is called "the day of our Lord Jesus" (2 Corinthians 1:14),"the day of Jesus Christ" or "of Christ" (Philippians 1:6,10), the day when there "shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven" (Matthew 24:30). All Paulinic literature is especially suffused with this longing for the "parousia," the day of Christ's glorious manifestation. The entire conception of that day centers therefore in Christ and points to the everlasting establishment of the kingdom of heaven, from which sin will be forever eliminated, and in which the antithesis between Nature and grace will be changed into an everlasting synthesis.

See also ESCHATOLOGY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT, I-V (OF THE OLD TESTAMENT AND NEW TESTAMENT ).

Henry E. Dosker


LAST DAYS [International Standard Bible Encyclopedia]

See: Eschatology of the Old Testament: IV. The Idea of Judgment - the Day of Yahweh


LAST DAYS [Thompson Chain Reference]
    * (of time)
    * Isaiah 2:2
    * Daniel 2:28
    * Daniel 12:9
    * Micah 4:1
    * Acts 2:17
    * 2 Timothy 3:1
    * 2 Peter 3:3 

What does the Bible say about the Earth's Last Days?
(under construction, January 2014)

Keyword definiations
Reveal, revealation
Heaven
Commentary Revelation 4:1-4
After these things I looked, and behold, 
a door standing open in heaven, 
and the first voice which I had heard, 
like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, 
said, “Come up here, and I will show you 
what must take place after these things.” 

Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, 
a throne was standing in heaven, 
and One sitting on the throne. 

And He who was sitting was like a jasper stone 
and a sardius in appearance; 
and there was a rainbow around the throne, 
like an emerald in appearance. 

Around the throne were twenty-four thrones; 
and upon the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, 
clothed in white garments, 
and golden crowns on their heads.

Jesus opens the third seal: 
worldwide grain shortage
Revelation 6:5-6
"When He opened the third seal,
I heard the third living creature say, 'Come and see.'
So I looked, and behold, a black horse,
and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand.
And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying,
“A quart of wheat for a denarius,
and three quarts of barley for a denarius;
and do not harm the oil and the wine.”
Also see: http://www.sacred-texts.com/chr/tbr/tbr028.htm
The Lamb opens the 7th seal (Rev 8 ) to silence. 7 angels are equipped with trumpets, and an angel with golden censer offers the saints' prayers on the altar before throwing burning coals from the altar fire at the Earth, causing "thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning, and an earthquake". The 1st angel's trumpet blast caused 1/3 of the Earth to burn up. 2nd: 1/3 of the sea becomes blood.] Revelation 8:10-11 [3rd trumpet: 1/3 rivers, waters turn bitter] "The third angel blew his trumpet, and a great star fell from heaven, blazing like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many people died from the water, because it had been made bitter."

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