Last Day of the Era
Q: I am a pretribulationist believer, so could you please explain and tell me what John 6:38-54 means when it says that He (Jesus) would raise us at the last day? I'm confused.
A: I was a little stumped on this one too. So I called Chuck Smith & Chuck Missler on KWVE national radio live today and got your answer on the air.
Chuck & Chuck basically said "be careful to not let just 1 scripture throw you off from your belief in a PreTribulaton Rapture. Anyone who reads the Bible with a literal interpretation in mind can only come to the conclusion that the timing of the Rapture is before the Tribulation. The Last Day referred to in John 6:39 is the Last Day of an Era, not the Last Day of the Tribulation."
Now that I think about it, its more clear to me why Chuck & Chuck's answer is correct. The end of the era that is referred to is the Church Era! This era that we're in right now, what is often referred to as the 'Parentheses' in the Prophetic Timeline when discussing the 70 Weeks of Daniel (the 70th Week hasn't happened yet, its the 7 years of the Tribulation). Its also interesting to note that the word in Greek for 'Last Day' in this passage is eschatos, where we get the word Eschatology which is the study of the End Times of course.