I don't like that part either. I've said in the past I wish they would have just stuck to the translating. If they'd done that, I believe the actual translation is very good. I've thought about going through and marking out much of the interpretation - though I believe some of it is excellent [Lazarus and rich man, for example]. In this particular quoted instance, I agree with part
of their interpretation, and part I don't. I agree that it's a next age - I don't agree that it's the start of the "Last Age". I could be wrong, but I believe there are ages
I know there are disagreements about it and various interpretations on the "last days/end times". Didn't some of them start with the 1940's Latter Rain movement? Also, I doubt most of us aren't going to be easily "talked out of" our personal views/understandings on it. Imagine that.
I also think there are many areas of agreement though, in the midst of the dis
agreements. I do agree we are growing more into His image, as He determines. I too believe He has appeared many times, and continues to appear - and that He appears in us and through us and lives
in us. I don't use the term "second coming". Yet, I personally believe in a literal appearing of Yeshua to usher in the next age. After looking at various beliefs on it, I tend toward a view that's somewhat close to what I
believe has been a "traditional" interpretation of Christendom through the centuries (until the last
one). For instance, going back a ways, I believe the apostles were looking for His literal return in their lifetimes, including Paul. So I certainly don't know when it will be - or even exactly what it will look
like. It will be miraculous.
The following isn't from the Christian Bible
I Cor. 15 - "..we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality.."