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Ask Dr. Youssef: "Are we living in the last days?"
Sep 3, 2022
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QUESTION:

"Are we living in the last days?"

Despite this great falling away, I believe there are many who remain faithful to Christ.

ANSWER:

I personally always live as though we are living in the last days, and I think every generation is called to do so—to live as though they are the generation that will see the return of Christ. The apostle Paul lived like this, and he exhorted his disciple Timothy to do the same (see 2 Timothy 4:1-8). In reality, the Scriptures tell us that this is how every believer must live (see Matthew 25).

At the same time, I know we are witnessing one sign of the end: the Great Apostasy. There is an unprecedented 'deconstruction' movement happening in which some preachers and Christian musicians are turning their backs on the faith. When I read such headlines, I always think of the words of Jesus: "[W]hen the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:8).

Despite this great falling away, I believe there are many who remain faithful to Christ. I turn 74 this month, and I don't know if I will live to see the return of our Lord or not. But instead of wondering, I look forward. Each morning I look up to the heavens and pray, "Lord, if You return today, I'm ready. I have my spiritual bags packed." So, each day, whether He returns or calls me home, I'm ready.



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