James,

Maybe you would like to answer these questions, not for me but for yourself:

Questions

1. Matthew 5:18  For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

Have heaven and earth passed? Has all been fulfilled in the Law? If not, is the Law still in force? (I hope you won't look at this and think it means one physical jot or tittle won't fade or be ripped up until the end of time. That won't happen to the New Testament either, or to many other writings.)

2. What is the first resurrection? Has it happened yet? Is it happening now? Is it literal coming out of graves? Is it reigning on the earth? Do people come out of the graves and reign on the earth while others are living on the earth?

3. Daniel 12:1  And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
2  And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
7  And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.

Has this happened? If not is the Law still in force? If so, when did it happen? Is this literal coming out of the graves? If so, how can you tell?

4. Ezekiel 37:12  Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.

Has this happened? If so, was it literal coming out of the ground? If not, why do you think anyone will ever come up out of the ground?

5. 1 Corinthians 15:21  For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.

Does the phrase "resurrection of the dead" conjure up graves opening more so than "I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves"?

6. Revelation 20:5  But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

Who are the "rest of the dead"?

7. Revelation 22:17  And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

If this doesn't happen until the end of time when Jesus comes and the world burns up, who are the Spirit and bride asking to come? Are they calling people from hell?

8. Isaiah 25:8  He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it.

Has this happened? Is death swallowed in victory? Has God wiped away the tears from off all faces? If not, is the Law of Moses still in force? If so, then have the following also happened?

Revelation 21:4  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

Is there something about this passage that makes it somehow different from the Isaiah passage so that the Isaiah passage just has to be fulfilled in some sense but the Revelation one has to be fulfilled in every sense?

9. Matthew 16:27  For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. 16:28  Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.

2 Timothy 4:1  I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;

Are these verses talking about the same coming/appearing and the same kingdom? If so, has this happened? If not are these people still alive? And if not, how can you tell the difference?

10. John 21:22  Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.

Why would Jesus even suggest that someone could live until He came if that were impossible? He knew the end wouldn't come until there was a falling away. Did He not know when the falling away would be?

11. Revelation 2:25  But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.

Why would God inspire this if it were an impossibility for these people to do anything at all till Jesus came since Jesus wasn't going to come to them? Why didn't He say they should hold it fast till they died? Whether Jesus knew the hour or day or not, this was inspired by the Holy Spirit. Was He also unaware? If so, how can we trust anything in the Bible?

12. Romans 6:3  Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
4  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
5  For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

What kind of planting had been done to these people? Had they been buried in the ground or buried in water? Was this a physical planting of dead bodies or a planting of the spiritually dead? If it was physical planting of dead bodies, had these people died and been resurrected already? If it was a planting of spiritually dead people, was the resurrection also a spiritual resurrection? Or was the planting spiritual but the resurrection physical?

13. If God had wanted the people to whom Revelation was written to know that the things contained in it would happen shortly and that they were at hand, what words would He have used to convey that thought?

14. Matthew 23:34  Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:
35  That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.
36  Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.
37  O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
38  Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.

Revelation 6:9  And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
10  And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
11  And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

Revelation 16:6  For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.

Revelation 17:6  And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.

Revelation 18:24  And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.

Since Jerusalem was to pay for all the righteous blood shed on the earth and these martyrs were crying out for vengeance in the early part of Revelation and the woman in Revelation was later being avenged for this blood, is it possible that the woman is someone other than Jerusalem? Should we let the Bible interpret itself on this one or just guess that it sounds like Rome to us?

15. What language in Matthew 24 or 25 tells us that Jesus is discussing two different comings?

16. Revelation 14:13  And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. 14  And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. 15  And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.

Why would the dead be blessed from this time on? And why would people be living and dying anyway when the end of time has come? This is the reaping of the harvest, so who is going to be dying from henceforth--after the harvest?

17. Romans 16:5  Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Salute my wellbeloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ.

1 Corinthians 16:15  I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,)

James 1:18  Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

Revelation 14:1  And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads.
2  And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:
3  And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.
4  These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.

Are the firstfruits in Revelation the same people as the firstfruits in the other books? If not, why not?

18. Revelation 20:2  And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
3  And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
4  And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
5  But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

At some point, the devil is bound and certain people are resurrected. They live 1,000 years and reign with Christ during that time. They are RESURRECTED. That means, if tradition is correct, that the graves opened and their bodies came out. And they went to heaven to live with God while the rest of us are still living. When was that? Is Satan bound now? Have a bunch of graves opened and the bodies are gone?  If that COULD happen and nobody know it, then why couldn't it have happened at the DOJ and nobody notice? OR is it perhaps that the resurrection is not what we might think? (Remember, if the first resurrection is not bodily, we shouldn't expect that the "rest of the dead" will have a bodily resurrection.)

19. 1 Corinthians 15:51  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

To whom was Paul speaking? Would they not all sleep? Don't we have to understand it that way? If he meant some people will be alive, what kind of sense does that make? God destroys the whole world, making everybody die, and THEN comes?  How many eyes could see that? Obviously SOME would be alive. But Paul said "we," and he had an audience who would think he meant them. Why would he do that if it wasn't so?

20. What was the old heaven and earth? What is the new heaven and earth?

21. John 12:31  Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.

What does "now" mean? Does it mean 2,000 years FROM now?

22. Hebrews 9:8  The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:

If the way into the holiest of all was not made manifest while the first tabernacle was standing, would that change when the tabernacle was no longer standing? What does this imply? That Christ's redemptive work was not finished until the destruction of Jerusalem? That once that was accomplished, people would have a way into the holiest, which would mean heaven? If so, then why do people still have to wait in hades to go to heaven?

23. 1 Corinthians 15:36  Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:

Why is something being sown when it hasn't even died yet? If this is a physical body, how does that make sense?

 

24. If the Law was taken away at Christ's death, what law was in effect from then until the Day of Pentecost?

25. Isaiah 51:6  Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished.

Has this happened, or is the Law of Moses still in effect?

26. Isaiah 51:6  Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished.

Isaiah 65:17  For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.

Isaiah 66:22  For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.

2 Peter 3:10  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
2 Peter 3:13  Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

Was Peter thinking of the promise in Isaiah when he wrote this? Has Isaiah been fulfilled? If so, has Peter's comments been fulfilled?


27. If the Law hasn't been completely fulfilled (heaven and earth passed away and judgment come), then it passed away without being fulfilled. If it passed away and is gone, it cannot now be fulfilled because it is GONE. So God said things would happen that now will not happen. That would make God a liar. Is God a liar?

28. Luke 21:22  For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.

27  And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

28  And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

We know this coming in a cloud is for the destruction of Jerusalem.  In what way did their redemption draw nigh at the DOJ?

29. Matthew 16:27  For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.
28  Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.

This says Jesus will come in glory and reward every man according to his works and that some would still be alive when He came. How does that fit with the idea that He still hasn't come? I hope no one is going to say these two verses are talking about two different comings. And remember, Jesus didn't come on the Day of Pentecost. The Holy Spirit did. And Jesus didn't reward anyone on the Day of Pentecost.

30. Hosea 13:14  I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.

If the Old Testament has been fulfilled, has this been fulfilled?

31. Luke 20:34  And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage:

Luke 20:35  But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:

Galatians 3:28  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

What are the criteria to take Jesus' words literally to mean that we won't marry but to take Paul's words figuratively or spiritually? And what does it mean to be "accounted worthy" to be a part of the resurrection of the dead? Isn't the thinking that everybody is resurrected?

32. If the Law of Moses ended before the destruction of Jerusalem, then doesn't that mean that God took the Law away, made it null and void, ended the covenant with the Jews, and THEN came back in and picked up where He left off and destroyed them? Is that legal?

33. 1 Corinthians 15:22  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

How did we all die in Adam, physically or spiritually? How will we be made alive in Christ, physically or spiritually?

34. 1 Corinthians 15:44  It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

45  And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

46  Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.

1 Corinthians 15:47  The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.

How was the BODY of Jesus any different from the body of Adam? Both were flesh and blood. Both could die. Is this really talking about flesh and blood or does "natural body" mean something else? (See 1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.)

35. 1 Corinthians 15:56 and the sting of the death [is] the sin, and the power of the sin the law; (Young's Literal)

If the sting of the death is the sin and the strength of the sin is the law, how can sin have any strength once the law is gone? And if sin has no strength, then does the death still hang over us? (Notice that's THE death.)

36. 1 Corinthians 15:31  I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

Was Paul talking about physical death here? Did he die physically every day? Or was he saying he died to his old ways daily or he died to the Law?

(See Romans 7:4  Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. And: Galatians 2:19  For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.

Notice that the Law is not dead but people are dead to the Law. And, yes, it also says: Romans 7:3  So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.

But they weren't married to Christ, were they? No, they were only betrothed. They couldn't marry Christ until the Law was gone, which happened in AD 70.

37. Daniel 8:17  So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision.

Daniel 12:2  And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

3  And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

4  But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

Daniel 12:6  And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?

7  And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.

When was Daniel's vision about the resurrection to happen?

38. Amos 8:2  And he said, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A basket of summer fruit. Then said the LORD unto me, The end is come upon my people of Israel; I will not again pass by them any more.

Did the end come upon Israel when Christ died on the cross, on the Day of Pentecost when Peter preached, or at the DOJ?

39. Mat 13:39 and the enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is a full end of the age, and the reapers are messengers.

Mat 13:40 As, then, the darnel is gathered up, and is burned with fire, so shall it be in the full end of this age,

Mat 13:49 so shall it be in the full end of the age, the messengers shall come forth and separate the evil out of the midst of the righteous,

Mat 24:3 And when he is sitting on the mount of the Olives, the disciples came near to him by himself, saying, 'Tell us, when shall these be? and what [is] the sign of thy presence, and of the full end of the age?'

Mat 24:6 and ye shall begin to hear of wars, and reports of wars; see, be not troubled, for it behoveth all [these] to come to pass, but the end is not yet.

Mat 24:13 but he who did endure to the end, he shall be saved;

Mat 24:14 and this good news of the reign shall be proclaimed in all the world, for a testimony to all the nations; and then shall the end arrive.

1Co 1:8 who also shall confirm you unto the end--unblamable in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ;

1Co 15:24 then--the end, when he may deliver up the reign to God, even the Father, when he may have made useless all rule, and all authority and power.

Hbr 9:26 since it had behoved him many times to suffer from the foundation of the world, but now once, at the full end of the ages, for putting away of sin through his sacrifice, he hath been manifested;

1 Peter 4:7  But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

Revelation 2:26  And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

How many ends are there? Was the end at hand when Peter wrote? What about when Daniel wrote? And when John wrote Revelation? Was John to seal up the book like Daniel was or was the time near? Was it as long from what Daniel spoke to the shattering of the holy people as it has been since John wrote? (See: Revelation 22:10  And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.)

40. 1 Corinthians 15:42  So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:

43  It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:

44  It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

45  And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

What kind of honorable, powerful, glorious body are the evil dead going to have when they awake?

41. Romans 7:3  So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.
Romans 7:4  Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
Revelation 19:7  Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

If the Law was dead at the cross, why has the marriage to the Lamb not taken place yet? How long were they to have to mourn for that old husband (the Law) who wasn't good to them anyway?

42. God made a covenant with Israel. Paul said he was on trial for the hope of Israel regarding the resurrection.  If God promised a bodily resurrection to Israel, then doesn't that have to come to pass before the covenant can end? (See Psalm 49:15 and Job 19:25-27. See also Acts 23:6 and Acts 28:20.)

43. Acts 28:20  For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see you, and to speak with you: because that for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain.

Acts 23:6  But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.

If God promised Israel a resurrection and He ended that covenant without coming through with that promise, then how did He fulfill His promises to Israel and how could the Law pass when everything wasn't finished? Don't both the blessings and the curses of a contract or covenant have to be fulfilled before it can end?

44. Isaiah 65:17  For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.

Isaiah 66:22  For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.

2 Peter 3:13  Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

Has Isaiah been fulfilled? If not, has the Law passed? If so, what was Peter looking for?

45. Dan 9:24 Seventy weeks are decreed upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most holy. 25 Know therefore and discern, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the anointed one, the prince, shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: it shall be built again, with street and moat, even in troublous times. 26 And after the threescore and two weeks shall the anointed one be cut off, and shall have nothing: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end hereof shall be with a flood, and even unto the end shall be war; desolations are determined. 27 And he shall make a firm covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease; and upon the wing of abominations [shall come] one that maketh desolate; and even unto the full end, and that determined, shall [wrath] be poured out upon the desolate.

Zec 13:1 In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness. 2 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith Jehovah of hosts, that I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall no more be remembered; and also I will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land.

When did God say prophecy would end?

46. Ecclesiastes 1:4  One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.

How long will the earth abide?

47. 2 Peter 3:12  Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

What does the word "elements" mean? (It's the same word in "beggarly elements" in Galatians 4:9 and "rudiments of the world" in Colossians 2:8.)

48. Why did Peter tell these people to look for this day? Did the Holy Spirit of God think it was coming in their lifetime but He was just wrong? If so, what else might the Spirit have been wrong about?

49. Jude 1:14  And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,   15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
16  These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage.
17  But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
18  How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
19  These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.
20  But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
21  Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

Why was Jude talking about mockers in the last time that had appeared at THAT time if indeed that time was NOT the last time? He tells about these people, who were then present, as being the mockers that were to come in the last time. Why would he do that?

50. I John 2:18 (ESV) Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour.

What was John talking about? If the antichrist had come and it was the last hour, why are we still looking for the last DAY when we know the last HOUR has come and gone?

Tina