“You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times”. – 2 Timothy 3:1
We are not required to transform this age. Matthew 24 tells us that until the end of the age there will be wars and troubles; people will be attacked and killed for their faith. God’s people will be called upon to endure hardship.
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
“But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” – Matthew 24:13
As we carry the gospel into all the world, we are not to expect unqualified success. Undue emphasis is sometimes laid upon the perilous character of the last days. The visible Church, we are told, is to be completely leavened by evil doctrine.
The last days will indeed be evil days, but —
“And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe.” – Hebrews 1:2
God has given us a gospel of salvation for the last days, a gospel embodied in One person – the Son of God. Furthermore God declares —
“In the last days,’ God says,
‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy.
Your young men will see visions,
and your old men will dream dreams.” – Acts 2:17
God has spoken for the last days; God has poured out His Spirit in the last days to empower His people to proclaim the Kingdom as a testimony to all nations.
When the world has been evangelized —
“And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come.” – Matthew 24:14