"The last days!" I'm sure the first ancestor I know about, Thomas Dexter of Lynn, Massachusetts (c. 1630), was constantly bombarded with assurances that he was living in those last days.
I don't know who "Peter" was, but he pompously and know-it-all-like arrogantly wrote in II Peter 3:3-4: "...there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking in their own lusts ... saying Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation."
Then, he goes on to label them ignorant! You can read the rest of the nonsense if you wish. I had enough of it thundered in my ears over twenty plus years by old Herb and his sychophant lackeys.
A lot of subsequent "fathers," including Thomas Dexter, have since fallen asleep, but that stupid put down is being parroted endlessly as if "Peter" wrote it yesterday. I'm soon going to "fall asleep" and that breathlessly awaited second coming is going to be no more real a possibility than it has been in the intervening two millenia!
It's never going to be real! It's never going to happen for Christians anymore than it happened for worshippers of Horus or Mithra who are two of the templates from which our Jesus the Christ was manufactured.