Those of us who understand that the "last days" as referred to in the bible is speaking about nothing more than the last days of the Old Covenant, also have the pleasure of being labelled a "scoffer".
I personally have been called "a scoffer that has come in the last days."
After all, the belief is that Jesus is coming "soon". Those of us who don't agree with that fit perfectly into the picture of those whom Peter warned would come in 2 Peter 3:4 saying “Where is the promise of his coming?" in the last days.
But clearly Peter was speaking to primarily the same audience that Jesus had spoke to just 30 years earlier or so. Peter was encouraging them because after all, Christ had PROMISED them that He would return before some of them died. (Matt 16:27-28) It makes perfect sense that after 30 years has gone by, these believers are getting a bit antsy. They are wondering when this would happen. They were also being mocked and laughed at by the majority of people who knew what they were told and knew what they believed but yet it hadn't happened yet. If I promised you that before you die I was going to give you a million dollars and 30 years have passed and I still haven't come through on that promise that you were really counting on, you'd be worried too.
During Jesus ministry around 30ad He warned those standing in front of Him that they would experience a lot of things before the end of the age and the destruction of the Temple.
They would be mocked, beat, dragged before councils, killed, laughed at, lied to, and on and on. Jesus says that it would be like the days of Noah when everyone was eating, drinking, laughing, having a great time, and then He would come as a thief.
Now we skip forward to the letter of Jude which was written sometime in the 60's. Writing to "the called" ones, Jude writes and warns them about certain men that were present at that time......
"Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ." Jude 1:3-4
We see clearly that these certain people were alive then and were causing some discord among the believers. Jude continues on in the first chapter and he compares these ungodly men to ungodly men of the old days like Sodom and Gomorrah. He even says "WOE TO THEM" in regards to these first century mockers. But look what he says just a few sentences later...
"These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage. But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit." Jude 1:16-18
Clearly, the mockers and scoffers were already THERE when Jude was writing to the believers. Jude was calling their remembrance back to what they were warned of 10, 20, 30 years earlier. The time had come. He wraps it up by saying...
"But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life." Jude 1:20-21
These believers in the 60's were still "looking for" the Coming of the Lord which would bring them to the full realization of their inheritance- eternal life.
Remember, Paul also says that at the coming of the Lord the dead would be raised out of Hades and the LIVING WOULD BE CHANGED. Changed from mortal to IMMORTAL. This is the eternal life that they were "looking for" and it would come at the end of the age and the Coming of the Lord in His Kingdom.
The scoffers and mockers that were predicted to come were also predicted to come before that generation passed away. All of this fits perfectly into the coming of the Lord in AD70.
Ps...hate to break it to ya but we are not the scoffers in the last days! :)
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