The last days is a common theme in the Bible.
In Genesis, the “last days” came upon Jacob’s sons.
Genesis 49:1-2 KJV - And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you [that] which shall befall you in the last days. Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your father.
Are the last days something in our past, in our distant future, or something anyone in time can experience?
Isaiah speaks of the “last days”. He compares the last days to the “day of the LORD”.
Isaiah 2:1-2, 12 KJV - 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. ... For the day of the LORD of hosts [shall be] upon every [one that is] proud and lofty, and upon every [one that is] lifted up; and he shall be brought low:
The last days are the days just before the “day of the LORD”. And it says those days come to those that are proud and lifted up, and it will bring them back down “low”. The “mountain” of the LORD will be higher than any mountain and it will be “exalted” above every hill (hill = ego driven proud mind). Everyone gets prideful at times, all have come short of humility. And pride must come before a fall… “Pride [goeth] before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. Better [it is to be] of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.” (Proverbs 16:18-19 KJV)
So we look for those days, those days that brings every piece of us that is lifted up in pride back to where we should be in humility (i.e. “upon every”); where the mountain of the LORD is higher than any one of our thoughts.
But what is this “day” that brings us down to full humility, and how will we know when we are in the “last days”?
Genesis 1:5 KJV - And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
“The light” is the definition of “Day” in the Bible.
1 Thessalonians 5:5-6 KJV - Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as [do] others; but let us watch and be sober.
1 Corinthians 15:34-36 KJV - Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak [this] to your shame. But some [man] will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? [Thou] fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:
The Last Days represents a light, a wisdom from within that wakes us up to “righteousness” or “right” minded thinking. But we must first “die” to for that seed within us to be “quickened”. It is then that we “awake” are able to “watch” the thoughts of our mind.
Ezekiel 30:3-4 KJV - For the day [is] near, even the day of the LORD [is] near, a cloudy day; it shall be the time of the heathen. And the sword shall come upon Egypt…
In Ezekiel it says that this day is near, and it comes with a sword. Is this the same “Sword of the Spirit” that destroys the carnal mind (heathen)? Because we all have a little “heathen” in us too. It also says it is a cloudy day (i.e. sun not shining, the light covered). [see previous post too]
Acts 2:17-18, 20 KJV - 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: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: ... The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:
The last days are a time of prophesying because the Spirit of God is pouring into your flesh. And before that “day” your sun shall be turned to darkness (i.e. cloudy day). The sun represents what gives you light, what gives you understanding, but keep in mind;
Matthew 6:23 KJV - But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great [is] that darkness!
The light (sun) is “in you”. And that light can indeed be darkness because its “light” gives you darkness not true light). The sun within you that actually brings “darkness” must be turned off or covered with “clouds” so that Christ (the true light) can replace that false light. The “sun” must die and this death saves you. And the moon within you must die also (i.e. turned into “blood”), so that your true life may live;
Isaiah 65:17 KJV - For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.
2 Peter 3:12-13 KJV - Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
The analogy of these ancient texts is this; you are the “heavens and the earth”, and God creates you anew from within. And therefore;
Matthew 5:14 KJV - Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Revelation 21:23 KJV - And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb [is] the light thereof.
Once the true light of God shines within you, there is no need for the “sun” or the “moon” that lights the “world” because it is actually “darkness”.
2 Thessalonians 2:3, 8 KJV - Let no man deceive you by any means: for [that day shall not come], except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; ... And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
The sun that brings darkness, the moon that reflects the false light, this “man of sin” must first be revealed by a “falling away” from your understanding and your beliefs. The “falling away” represents you losing your faith, the faith that is darkness. You must first “fall away”. Once your erroneous thinking is revealed [to you], the Lord will consume it completely with the “spirit of his mouth” the word of God (see previous post) that destroys all false light with the “brightness of his coming”.
John 9:39 KJV - And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.
Your light (i.e. sun or spirit of error) must be turn off (turned to darkness), so that the true Light of God can shine instead. You have to “see not” to truly see, but first you must be “made blind” (sun turned to darkness or covered with “clouds”). The ego mind must be clouded or foggy; which represents what happens when you begin “seeing”, and the light that is darkness is “revealed” to you. You have to first see false light as the darkness that it is, that has been deceiving you [and the whole world]. This is hard to do because the carnal mind is strong and steadfast as the manner of thinking of the world.
Luke 8:10-11, 15 KJV - And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God…But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
The Bible is full of parables where tangible external subjects represent the internal psyche. Where we are the ground (good and/or bad). And if your sun has not yet turned to darkness you are not yet in the “last days” and the day of the LORD is not yet near, and in “seeing” you will not see the true meaning of the parable of the words.
Matthew 13:37-38 KJV - He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked [one];
In one parable the seed is the Word of God, and in another this good seed are the children of God. And remember “the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.” In doing the “math” the seed = the word = children, and the seed works “in you” (not external to you) so the children must also work in you (“good or bad”). But your initial seed of light (false light) has to first die (sun turned to darkness & 1Cor 15:36), so that the true light can shine and your seed quickened.
Revelation 12:9 KJV - And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
If you think you are special and have not been deceived this false light, by this serpent that also lives within you, than you are mistaken. The carnal mind comes from this “old serpent” (Romans 8). The key is to admit you may not know it all (humility). And then the “tares - children of the wicked one” can be found and differentiated from the truth. This applies to both what we learn and what we think.
1 Corinthians 8:2 KJV - And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.
Galatians 4:19 KJV - My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you…
The little children of God are formed [in you] through implanting the “seed” and then later travailing in birth. The world and the things in the world are an analogy of the things of God. The “last days” have come and gone, yet are still to come for some.