The Hebrew Bible phrase that is translated as “last days” is Achra'it Ha’Yamim (אחרית הימים). In Hebrew, it is a broad term that can mean tomorrow morning, next week, or 2,000 years from now. It is a point in the future. When Jacob called his 12 sons together to bless each one and give some insight into his future, the patriarch said: “Come that I may tell you what will happen to you in the last days.”
In the Christian mindset, the term is often viewed through an apocalyptic lens, and thus interpreted literally in nearly all instances. But the last days that Jacob spoke of with his sons are already partly behind us, they are history.
The most popular prophecy in the Bible is that of the prophet Isaiah (2:2-5), which reads:
It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be lifted up above the hills; and all the nations shall flow to it, and many peoples shall...