That term “Last days” is not used too frequently in the Old Testament. I found only four references using that term. They are:
- Genesis 49:1
- Nehemiah 8:18
- Isaiah 2:2
- Micah 4:1
The first one (Genesis 49:1) uses the same Hebrew word as Isaiah and Micah; having to do with a prophetic prediction, or latter time. Nehemiah has to do with the last day in the event in which they were participating “hindmost” or last day of the event.
In Genesis 49:1 we read;
And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days. Gen. 49:1 (KJV)
In the prophecy of Isaiah we hear the prophet say…
Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it. Isaiah 2:2 (NKJV)
And the prophet Micah inspired by the same Spirit of God said,
But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. Micah 4:1 (KJV)
Just a note: Latter days of the NKJV, and Last days of the KJV are the same.
There are more references in the New Testament. There are at least twelve, seven of which are found in the gospel of John, and Jesus Christ speaks the words in those references.
What is the meaning of the term “Last days” or “Latter days” in the Old Testament. To Jacob he was looking prophetically to the future for each of his sons, and their place in the kingdom of our Saviour. For Isaiah and Micah they saw the “Last days” as a time when people of all nations would gather around the throne of the King [Messiah] in Jerusalem – “The mountain of the house of the LORD”. That is a day which has yet to come.
Be ready. Jesus is coming again. It may be very soon.