Peter said something in todays reading that was very similar to what the Hebrew writer said. Since we just got finished Hebrews, a little bit ago, it was fresh in my mind.
Today we read Peter saying “He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.” (1:20)
The Hebrew writer says, “But in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son..” (1:2) and “But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.” (9:26)
I have heard some people say that the disciples were waiting for Jesus to come back in their life time so that is why they talked the way they did, that the return of Jesus was eminent. I don’t necesarily agree with that way of thinking because, Peter was present when Jesus was taking about “the end”. He heard Jesus himself say that a lot of things “must happen, but the end is still to come.” (Matt 24:6) Yet, Peter still writes that we are in the “last times”; meaning, after this period of time, Christ will return “with power and great glory (Matt 24:30) and judgment will be immediate (Luke 18:8, 1 Cor. 4:5, Rev.1:7).
On a side note, praise the Lord, believers have no fear of that judgement because “through faith (we) are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.” (1 Peter 1:5)
So, if we are in the “last times” now, then what Paul says to Timothy is meant for us now. “But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty.” (2 Tim 3:1) It is obvious by the context, that Paul too, thought “last days” (in his life time and ours) are the last days prior to Chris’s coming and then His immediate judgement.
In addition, we find in Acts, Peter quoting the prophet Joel, “And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy..” (Acts 2:17)
So, the forefathers of our faith, including Old Testament prophets (Peter, the writer of James, Paul, Timothy, Joel) all believed that the time after Jesus was crucified, raised and now reigning at the right hand of God (Eph. 1:20-22, Col. 3:1 & Heb. 1:3) are “the last days” prior to his return.
So, I gotta ask, for those of you who have read Revelation before, doesn’t that sound like, right now, we are then in the figurative 1000 year reign (meaning a long period of time) of Christ, mentioned in Rev. 20? Hmmmm….just some food for thought…..🤔😉☺️
Here are some interesting thoughts on the subject if you feel like diving in further on the topic of the 1000 year reign: http://www.bible.ca/ef/expository-revelation-20-4-6.htm