As our world continues to fall apart it is only natural for Christian people to wonder if our generation is the last generation. Especially with the news media magnifying the weird Mayan calendar and its Dec. 21, 2012 date people are needlessly fearful, anticipating its arrival. Last year well-known heretic and false prophet Harold Camping made more false prophecies to his shame and the harm of those who believed him, but Jesus warned there would be many false prophets doing that. There have been scores of false predictions of the end of the world and the return of Christ over the last couple hundred years and they haven’t all come from the Jehovah’s Witnesses or the Latter Day Saints either.
The Real Last Generation
The real last generation will be a horrific time of unique problems unlike have ever occurred on this planet! It will also be CRYSTAL CLEAR as to when it arrives for the Lord Jesus gave the unique details 2,000 years ago:
But in those days, following that distress, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time men will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens. Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that it is near, right at the door. I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. (Mark 13:24-30)
The people who are alive to see the sun darkened, the moon not shining its light, the stars fall from the sky and the heavenly bodies being shaken are of the last generation. Only after that, will the return of Christ occur. It cannot happen and will not happen until those easy to observe cosmic changes take place. Do not be deceived.
The Spiritual Climate of The Last Generation
Much worse than the horrific natural calamities of the last generation is the sinful spiritual climate, which will permeate the entire world. Various Scriptures give the disturbing details, but most significant is Revelation 13. There it becomes apparent that the antichrist will have devoted followers and as they give their allegiance to him they will also worship the devil! At the same time, faithful Christians will be dying rather than take the mark of the beast. Since people from every tribe, people, language and nation will be martyred then (Rev. 7:9), we must conclude the reign of antichrist, during the last generation, will be worldwide. It is even more clear in Rev. 13:7. Hence, there will not be a worldwide revival. There will be a general increase in wickedness and more Christians departing the faith (Mt. 24:9-13; 1 Tim. 4:1; etc.). It is easy to observe how our society is in a downward trend compared to even 20 years ago.
During Jesus’ earthly reign, he taught about the last generation and the Christian life as a whole with these stirring words:
… Night is coming, when no one can work. (John 9:4)
When the antichrist reigns, the night will be here when no Christian can do the Lord’s work as is possible now! With today’s technology alone, not to mention what is down the road, surveillance will be tight. That will lead to this:
He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. (Rev 13:7)
To overcome the antichrist and the devil then, will mean going to your physical death rather than taking the mark of the beast (Rev. 12:11), but the grave is not the end. It is just the beginning of a brand new exciting phase of our existence in God’s holy presence. It will take heart purity to get there (Mt. 5:8) and only the minority will qualify (Mt. 7:13,14).