Molly, and actually, to get "technical", I've read the worms part is strictly an translator addition to the text. However, he's apparently talking about when his flesh is gone, decayed - as in DEAD - yet he would still see Him. Good summary on the actual context of the scripture.
Really awesome scrips, that do not sound parabolic. He knew his redeemer lives and that he would see Him in His power and glory! Hallelujah!
I've just read the whole chapter to get a closer look at the context. The more I read the more it "felt" like he was really sounding like what Jesus experienced which them would/may have indicated that what Molly is suggesting could be true . . .until I came to "this" verse in the middle of it.20My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.
21Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends; for the hand of God hath touched me.
That was "not" how Jesus experienced it. There may be "some" similarities but at no point in this does Job jump ahead to thousands of years later as what "we" perceive the latter day to be. In my eyes he's saying "when this is all over, I'll still proclaim him as Lord". That was Job's defense through this entire time. He was totally unaware of why these things were happening, but he knew one thing for certain, it wasn't because of any unrighteousness in "him".
22Why do ye persecute me as God, and are not satisfied with my flesh?
23Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!
24That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!
25For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
26And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:
27Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.
28But ye should say, Why persecute we him, seeing the root of the matter is found in me?
29Be ye afraid of the sword: for wrath bringeth the punishments of the sword, that ye may know there is a judgment.
I still think to jump to the end of "our" understanding of latter days is still taking it out of context, he's lamenting to his friends that are accusing him the terrible things that have befallen him are his own undoing and he's merely telling them, he knows who his redeemer is and he's regardless of how bad of a state he's in, in the end, which we now know the end for him was when the curse lifted and everything was once again not only restored but multiplied.
What is written here wasn't a prophetic word to "anyone". he's merely arguing with his friends as to who is at fault.
I'm not trying to denounce you on this, I greatly respect your understanding on things, as well as your usage of Scriptures and ability to put things together. But this context just doesn't seem to have anything to do with the end of the world as we know it.
So . . .having said all of that . . .are you then saying that Job is conversing with his friends, then the text takes us to the end of the world, and then it goes back to him arguing with his friends again?