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Are We Living in “the Last Days”? Jehovah knows what the future holds. (Isaiah 46:10) Soon after he received Kingdom power, Jesus took action. “War broke out in heaven,” says the Bible. “Michael [another name for Jesus] and his angels battled with the dragon [Satan the Devil], and the dragon and its angels battled.” Satan and his wicked angels, the demons, lost that war and were cast out of heaven to the earth. God’s faithful spirit sons rejoiced that Satan and his demons were gone. Humans, however, would experience no such joy. Instead, the Bible foretold: “Woe for the earth . . . because the Devil has come down to you, having great anger, knowing that he has a short period of time.”—Revelation 12:7, 9, 12. Please notice what would result from the war in heaven. In his fury, Satan would bring woe, or trouble, upon those on earth. As you will see, we are now living in that time of woe. But it will be relatively brief—only “a short period of time.” Even Satan realizes that. The Bible refers to this period as “the last days.” (2 Timothy 3:1) How glad we can be that God will soon do away with the Devil’s influence over the earth! Let us consider some of the things foretold in the Bible that are happening right now. These prove that we are living in the last days and that God’s Kingdom will soon bring everlasting blessings to those who love Jehovah. First, let us examine four features of the sign that Jesus said would mark the time in which we live. •“Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom.” (Matthew 24:7) •“There will be food shortages.” (Matthew 24:7) •There will be great earthquakes.” (Luke 21:11) •“There will be . . . pestilences.” (Luke 21:11) (Read 2 Timothy 3:1-5.) Paul said that people would be lovers of themselves lovers of money disobedient to parents disloyal having no natural affection without self-control fierce lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God having an appearance of godliness but proving false to its power • “This good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth,” said Jesus Christ in his prophecy about “the conclusion of the system of things.” (Read Matthew 24:3, 14.) • The last days are marked by wars, food shortages, earthquakes, and pestilences.—Matthew 24:7; Luke 21:11. • In the last days, many love themselves, money, and pleasures but do not love God.—2 Timothy 3:1-5. • During these last days, the good news of the Kingdom is being preached worldwide.—Matthew 24:14. Learn how to survive these times. Ask for a free Bible study today! jw.org