"John Chapter 6 Raised Up on the Last Day"

   In John chapter six, Jesus states, “that everyone that seeth the Son, and believes on him may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”  (Jn.6:40)  The entire context of the chapter is based upon the blood of the New Covenant, and how its kingdom is not one of a physical nature.  (6:15)   The physical priorities of flesh first, that is, the physical fish and barley loaves, was being corrected in the teaching of Jesus here.  The focus upon the desire for physical strength from bread, and the desire for power from an earthly king, were continually corrected here by Jesus as well. The disciples had to be renewed, in that His is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. And, that His kingdom was opposite of those kingdoms of the Gentiles who sought conquest, rather than service.  (Lk.22:24-27)  They sought His glory for themselves (Is.42:8) in seeking to perform similar miracles/works of God.  (6:14, 28)  Jesus continues to focus on the New Covenant, which is not by works, but by faith.  This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent.”  Jesus presents himself as the fulfillment of all life’s longings when He says that “I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” (6:35) Next, Jesus begins with everlasting life from himself being the life giving bread and water.  (6:40) At this point He begins using the phrase, “and I will raise him up at the last day.” (6:39,40,44,54) 

    What is the “last day.  1 John 2:18 states that, “it is the last hour.”  These must be referring to the same countdown of the same event.  Just one chapter before John 6, in John 5:28 Jesus says, “for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”   This last hour must be also revealed in Matthew 20:6, when Jesus says, “And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle,…  “But when the first came,…they murmured…Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou has made them equal to us,…”  (Mt.20:10,11,12)  The “others” are the Gentiles.  The first” are the Jews who murmured in the last hour as the Gentiles/others were being made equal with themselves/Jews.   

    The last hour of the last day is the last hour and day of exactly what?  What is the context of John six?  “Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.  Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.  For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.” (Jn.6:53-55)  The blood and the bread of the eternal life giving New Covenant is the clear context of this chapter.   Could it be that on the last day of the Old Covenant, which was the first day of the New Covenant, was when they would be raised up in the everlasting life of the New Covenant?  Were they not dead in their trespasses and sins (Eph.2:1) until they were given a new birth (Jn.3:3), in the New Covenant?  The last day of the Old Covenant system was fast approaching.  That system was on the eve of its final destruction.  A New Covenant, he hath made the first old.  Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away  (Heb.8:13)  It hadn’t yet officially vanished away.  That is, at the time that Hebrews was written.  When did it finally become desolate and removed entirely out of the picture.  “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.”  (Heb.9:8)  The New Covenant temple (Church) could not be seen clearly by all (made manifest), until the Old Covenant temple (first tabernacle) was brought down.  The temple in Jerusalem was yet standing.  Their was much murkiness as to who the real sons of God were.  (Romans 8:19)  The sheep and goats sounded the same.  The wheat and tares could not be distinguished until the end of the age, when the tares would be burned / judged.  (Mt.13:39, 40)  This event would transpire at the harvest and the end of the age.  Jesus and the first believers were the first fruits of the resurrection.  The harvest was very soon to follow at the end of the age.  What age?  It was the end of the Old Covenant age.  It technically ended at the cross, and the first fruits were raised in the New Covenant immediately after the cross.  The harvest was seen at the formal inauguration of the New Covenant in the final desolation and destruction of the Old Covenant house.  (Mt.23:38, 24:2, Heb.9:8)  Yes, the murkiness and blindness  (Rom.11:25) was lifted for Jews everywhere at this event.  Things would not continue as they always had.  (2 Peter 3:4)  Of these tribes, every eye would “see” (discern, perceive, and understand) Jesus’ coming in judgment.  And they would mourn in repentance in a death bed conversion at the destruction of Jerusalem.  (Rev.1:7, Zech. 12:10,11)  Even Caiaphas, the leader of the tribes would “see” Jesus coming in clouds of judgment. (Mt.26:64) The Greek word for “see” here is “Optomai”, which uniquely differentiates from mere mechanical seeing, and conveys discerning, perceiving and understanding.  As in, “I see”. 


    So, the final day of the Old Covenant system was approaching at the time of the New Testament writings.  You see it everywhere!  (1 Cor. 10:11, Heb.10:25, James 5:8, 9, 1 Pet.4:7, Rev.1:1,3, 22:6, 7,10, 12, 20)  The New Day of the New Covenant’s formal establishment was fast approaching.  The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.” (Romans 13:12)   We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts.”  (2 Pet.1:19) 

    The fleshly mindset is not able to interpret these things.  In John 6:48-54, what was brought to mind to the hearers when Jesus said “eat my flesh and drink my blood”?  Cannibalism!   They had no clue to the meaning of the words of Jesus.  This has not changed for the fleshly minded Bible Prophecy teachers of our day.  They have no clue!  It is the Spirit that gives life, the flesh profited nothing: the words that I speak to you, they are Spirit, and they are life.” (Jn.6:63)  But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can know them, because they are spiritually discerned.  But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged (understood) of no man.” (1 Cor.2:14,15)  “What are you talking about”, is usually the response of the natural, fleshly minded person. 

      In reality, the listeners of Jesus in John chapter six, were raised corporately from the Old, to the New Covenant made through the blood and body sacrifice of Jesus.  Corporate resurrection is very common throughout the scriptures.  Romans 11:15 (life from the dead), Ezekiel 37 with the dry bones, as well as Isaiah 25 and 26 are clear examples of this.  The passage in Isaiah 25 and 26 is the reference which Paul uses in 1 Cor.15, and Eph.5:14, in regard to the resurrection.  We see this corporate aspect to the resurrection in Daniel 12:3 as well, with its quotation in Phil.2:15.  Don’t launch your “H” (heresy) bombs, there is an individual aspect to the resurrection as well.  We see this in 1 Cor.15:41, the resurrection is not passed for individuals.  In John six, some would be raised to new life in the new covenant on the actual last day of the Old Covenant (The time of the cross.), while others would be so raised on the “ceremonial” last day of the Old Covenant at the end of the age.  Once the old temple and  covenant city headquarters, the Jerusalem that now is (Now is, in the first century) was destroyed, then the New Jerusalem, which is above, could be clearly seen to all as the true city of God.  (Gal.4:25,26, Mt.5:14, Heb.12:22, Heb.9:8)  The old city had become a harlot and a habitation of demons. (Mt.12:45, Rev.18:2, Mt.23:33)  The New city and bride, as opposed to a harlot, became the habitation of God through the Spirit.  (Eph.2:22)  Today, an abundance of Christian leaders are going back to the old habitation.  Come out from among them! (Rev.18:4)

  In conclusion, on the last day of the Old Covenant, the hearers of John chapter six would be raised up in the New Covenant, if they simply believed on him whom God hath sent.  (Jn.6:29, 40, 53-55)  Some would be raised at the first fruits, while others would be raised at the harvest at the end of the age.  (Rev.7:9)  The New Day of the New Covenant’s ceremonial establishment was at hand.  It finally came at the destruction of the Old Covenant temple, city, and nation. (Heb.9:8)  The last days countdown had a last hour  (Mt.20:6,12, 1 Jn.2:18), which ended on the last day. The last day, was the last day of the Old Covenant, which was the first day of the New Covenant, which is the context of John chapter six.  It was a very difficult transition for those living in the first century to go from the Old Covenant city, temple, and nation into the New Covenant city, temple, and nation (Yes, that’s right nation! –Mt.21:43, 1 Pet.2:9, Gal.6:16, Phil.3:20-a nation/kingdom-Heb.12:28 with it’s capitol city being The New Jerusalem-Heb.12:22, Gal.4:26). It is equally a difficult transition for those living in the twenty first century.