Let’s read the account of Christ’s last hour BEFORE the betrayal of Judas in Matthew 26:
“Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” (vv. 35-39)
There is one thing to consider though, Christ found His disciples SLEEPING while they were instructed to stay put and watch with him.
“And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, WHAT, COULD YE NOT WATCH WITH ME ONE HOUR?” (v. 40)
Could it also be true in this end time that even Christ’s own ministers even in the Philadelphia Church of God won’t be able to watch with Him during the climax of the last hour with the appearance of the son of perdition?
Jesus Christ emphasized what that last hour really is all about – THE LAST HOUR PERTAINS TO THE SPECIFIC TIME OF THE EMERGENCE OF THE ANTICHRIST (THE SON OF PERDITION) AND THE MANY ANTICHRISTS!
“BEHOLD, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going: BEHOLD, he is at hand that doth betray me. And while he yet spake, LO, JUDAS, one of the twelve, CAME, and WITH HIM A GREAT MULTITUDE with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people.” (vv. 45-47)
Notice carefully, what Christ said three times in three consecutive verses (the number 3 denotes finality): BEHOLD, BEHOLD, LO! (In Strong’s it also means, SEE). At the end of that ONE HOUR, Jesus Christ wanted His disciples TO SEE THE COMING OF THE ANTICHRIST FROM ONE OF THEM AND THE MANY ANTICHRISTS WITH HIM! Again for emphasis, as Mr. Flurry wrote in The Last Hour booklet:
1 John 2:18 in the Revised Standard Version (RSV) reads, “Children, it is the last hour! As you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. From this we know that it is the last hour”…
JOHN IS TELLING US HOW TO KNOW IT IS THE LAST HOUR. We know the last hour is here when we SEE ‘many antichrists’. Most of God’s own people, at least in spirit, are fighting against Christ. Don’t overlook this extremely critical point. (op. cit)
Mr. Gerald Flurry reiterated for us not to “overlook this extremely critical point.” And now, in this end time, have we listened intently to Christ’s instruction in Matthew 26 to STAY PUT and WATCH with Him ONE HOUR – especially during this LAST HOUR? Christ admonishes us in verse 41:
“Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
This ONE HOUR Christ was talking about to his disciples is indeed referring to the LAST HOUR before the betrayal of the son of perdition as the above verses indicate.
The culmination of the last hour in Christ’s earthly ministry was the betrayal of Judas Iscariot – the son of perdition!
How about the pinnacle of the last hour that the Apostle John has mentioned in his epistle?
There could be no doubt that there’s a duality in the fulfillment of the last hour in Christ’s time with respect to the last hour prophesied by the Apostle John; they both have a common denominator – the son of perdition.
THE CONCLUSION OF THE LAST HOUR WOULD BE THE FINAL BETRAYAL OF THAT ANTICHRIST (the son of perdition) TO THE ONE WHOM CHRIST COMES IN THE FLESH WITH! And with him are the MANY ANTICHRISTS – “the chief priests and elders of the people”!
What immediately follows is the prophesied famine of the word in Amos 8:11, which is the same prophesied spiritual drought in Jeremiah 14:1.