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How did the
Saviour say it would be in the days of the Son of man (or when the Son of man
would be revealed)?
"And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of
the Son of man." Luke 17:26. Read also verses 27-30, and Matt. 24:37-39.
How was it in
the days of Noah?
"And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and
that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil
continually." Gen. 6:5.
How did Paul
characterize the last days?
"This know, also, that in the last days perilous times shall
come." 2 Tim. 3:1.
What will make
those times perilous?
"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, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than
lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power
thereof." 2 Tim. 3:2-5.
But will not
this state of things grow better before the Lord comes?
"But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and
being deceived." 2 Tim. 3:13.
Will it be easy
for those living at this time to serve the Lord?
"Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer
persecution." 2 Tim. 3:12.
According to the
parable of the wheat and the tares, how long are the good and the bad to remain
"The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom;
but the tares are the children of the wicked one;" "the enemy that
sowed them is the Devil." "Let both grow together until the
harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye
together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the
wheat into my barn." Matt. 13:38, 39, 30.
When does the
"The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of
the world; and the reapers are the angels." Matt. 13:39.
When shall the
"man of sin" (2 Thess. 2:3), also called "that Wicked,"
cease his iniquity?
"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." 2 Thess. 2:8.
How long is the
"little horn" (Dan. 7:25) to make war with the saints?
"I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed
against them; until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to
the saints of the Most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the
kingdom." Dan. 7:21, 22.
How many classes
of people will there be on the earth when the Lord comes?
"For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a
thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden
destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall
not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake
you as a thief." 1 Thess. 5:2-4.
What will those
who are in darkness say when they hear about the Lord's coming?
"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 creations." 2 Peter 3:3, 4.
What will be
popularly taught in the last days?
"But in the last days... 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 shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar
off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into
pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall
they learn war any more." Micah 4:1-3.
What does the
Lord say will be the actual condition of the world just before the end?
"Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles: Prepare war, wake up the mighty
men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: beat your plowshares
into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears: let the weak say, I am
strong." Joel 3:9, 10.
But are not the
heathen to be given to the Lord for an inheritance?
"Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance,
and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession." Ps. 2:8.
What will the
Lord do with them?
"Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash
them in pieces like a potter's vessel." Ps. 2:9.
When does the
Lord thus rule the wicked nations in wrath?
"And out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite
the nations; and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treadeth the
wine press of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He hath on His
vesture and on His thigh a name written, King of Kings and lord of lords."
Rev. 19:15, 16.
Then instead of looking
for the conversion of the world, what should be the hope of the church?
"Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great
God and our Saviour Jesus Christ." Titus 2:13. See also 2 Tim. 4:6-8; 1
Thess. 4:14-18; 1 Peter 5:4.