When is the "last day" that is referred to in the book of John? The Rapture? The Second Coming? A series of "last days'?

John 6:39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day

John 6:40 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.

John 6:44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day

John 6:54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.


The last day in John refers to the second coming and the universal resurrection of the dead. It is the time in 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 (John 5:28-29).

"Why does He continually dwell on the Resurrection?" asks John Chrysostom (4th c.).

Is it that men may not judge of God's providence by present things alone; that if they enjoy not results here, they become not on that account desponding, but wait for the things that are to come, and they that may not, because their sins are not punished for the present, despise Him, but look for another life.

Now those men gained nothing, but let us take pains to gain by having the Resurrection continually sounded in our ears; and if we desire to be grasping, or to steal, or to do any wrong thing, let us straightway take into our thoughts that Day, let us picture to ourselves the Judgment-seat.

Homily XLV on the Gospel According to St. John

It does not refer to any kind of so-called "rapture", which is a doctrine completely foreign to the Church Fathers.


1 Thessalionians 4:13-18 gives an excellent answer to the question, "when are the last days" Jesus is referring to in John ch.6. This is the rapture of the church (Christians alive as well as dead) not to be confused with the second coming of Jesus at the end of the 7 year tribulation period.

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John 6:39, 40, 44 & 54 When Jesus used the term “the last day” in these verses, He is referencing the Rapture because He is speaking about people that believed in Him and all Christians are raised up at the Rapture, not the Second Coming.

KEY TO UNDERSTANDING Only Jesus knew of the Rapture when He was saying these words. Jesus used the phrase “raised up at the last day”, to assure the disciples (and all Christians) that they will have eternal life. Jesus is specifically referring to the Rapture, which is the last day of the Church Age. However when Jesus used this phrase, the Church Age had not yet begun and the disciples were unaware that there would be an event such as the Rapture. Therefore as opposed to explaining the Rapture, He is simply assuring them that they will be raised up and they will have eternal life at an upcoming date.

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Could the last day be the day of the Lord mentioned in 2 thess2:1,which cannot come till there is a falling away and the man of sin be revealed?

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I believe that the Last day refers to Jesus Himself. I think He is the last day and that took place at the cross when He paid for the sins of everyone that he came to save, and He said that Of All that the father gave Him He would not loose any. He told Martha and Mary when they said they knew that their brother would be raised on the last day, I am the resurrection, in other words I am the Last day. That's my thoughts guided by the Holy Spirit For many years now and He has not changed my thoughts.


Jesus is The Last. Which means he will not leave any behind, lest they not be restored into The Spirit.

The Last Day means the end of the world of the old self.

The Bible does not say The Rapture nor The Second Coming.

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