16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
17 “‘In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
21 And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ Acts 2:16-21
This passage was written hundreds of years before Peter spoke it. Each generation has had to come to grips with its meaning for their generation.
“In the last days” is quite subjective since there is no time frame of reference given. We are seeing some of this prophecy being fulfilled in our day. Think of the Muslim men and women who have no physical witness in country dreaming vivid dreams about Christ and Christianity.
When Peter taught this, it was obvious that the Holy Spirit had been poured out on those in that house. They were living out some of these verses. As we continue our walk through this book we will see more visions, dreams, and prophecies.
So, were the disciples living in “the last days?” Yes they were, and they probably believed they were too.
Are we then living in the last days? Yes, and we believe we are, though most do not believe we are in the Book of Revelations territory for end times scenarios.
Each day we live is one day closer to His return. Every generation since Christ believed they were close to those final days. As societies change and devolve day by day, His return does seem imminent.
And as each day passes, we say, “Even so, Lord Jesus, come!”