“The last hour is here.” John wrote that about 17 million hours ago, in 1 John 2:18. Many Bible experts say he wasn’t talking about end times, but that he was talking about Jesus. As the theory goes, God started his marathon plan of salvation with one righteous man, Abraham. Then one nation devoted to him, Israel. The last stage of the plan starts with the first coming of Jesus and ends when he comes again. Complete Guide to the Bible, p. 489.