“But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.”
Paul was giving advice to Timothy about how to behave in the “last days.” This implies that Paul expected the last days to occur within Timothy’s lifetime. If the last days are the last days of history, was Paul wrong about when they would occur, or have they continued for at least 1900 years?