Living in the end of times
Revelation paints a vivid portrait of the end times called the Great Day of the LORD.
It is a time that shows us the wrath of God being poured out upon an unbelieving world. Learn More: read the Revelation
The key for every believer is to understand where we are in these last days.
Dr. Joel Richardson writes:
Lets go all the way back to the Torah and letӳ look at one of the oldest, the most direct and one of the clearest prophecies regarding the coming of the Messiah. YouӬl be surprised at what you discover. This is the story of Balaam and Balak. Balak of course was the Midian King and Balaam was a Midianite Prophet of Baal. Balak had paid Balaam to speak a curse over the Hebrews who were camped out in a vast array in a large valley below. As Balak and Balaam stood together on a large precipice overlooking the Hebrew camp below, something powerful happened. Rather than speaking according to the demonic spirit of Baal, Balaam instead began to speak according to the Spirit of God. What he said should be very important to all of us who desire to know the truth regarding the nature of the End-Times. The passage begins with Balaam speaking words to Balak that Balak most certainly did not want to hear:
Ӆcome therefore, and I will advertise thee what this people (The Hebrews) shall do to thy people (The Midianites) in the latter days.” ؎umbers 24:14 (KJV)
What needs to be pointed out however, is that while most translations say something here like, ԩn the latter daysԬ the literal meaning is, Դhe end of daysԠ(ҡchariyth yawm see also Isaiah 2:2; Genesis 49:1; Micah 4:1; Daniel 10:14). If you are a good Berean, look it up to see if what I am saying is true. So Balaam is about to tell Balak what the Hebrew peoples will do to the Midianites in the End-Times. The chronological context of this prophecy is quite clear. But it is what he says next that we need to pay very close attention to. In one of the clearest and most direct Messianic prophecies of the Torah, it is Balaam the pagan prophet of Baal who gives us a glimpse into some of the specifics regarding the nature of the return of Christ:
ԉ shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth. And Edom shall be a possession, Seir also shall be a possession for his enemies; and Israel shall do valiantly. Out of Jacob shall come he that shall have dominion, and shall destroy him that remaineth of the city.Ԡ ؎umbers 24:17-19 (KJV)
Jesus Christ, the ruler of Israel will arise from among His people. As believers, we know that when Christ came the first time, His kingdom was inaugurated. But that which He has already inaugurated, He will also come back to establish visibly and physically on the earth. This will be accomplished at His second coming. But of all of the things that the Lord could have highlighted regarding His return (remember the context is the End-Times) what is it that the Lord focuses on? What is the primary action and mission of the Messiah as described in this prophecy?
ՉHe will smite (on the head, to shatter) Moab.
You can learn more about the end times by downloading Dr. Joel Richardson’s The Great Falling Away Study