broken-clock02I received the following question:

So what is the “last days” of Hebrews?  It is my understanding that the last days here tells us that when the current age is ending and the new age is here (i.e. the great ingathering of Jews) that the book of Hebrews is the message to be given to those Jews.  If this is the case, the book could be dispensationally written in the Acts period or in the Grace period. Also it could be written by anyone who God inspired (likely one of the apostles).

Hebrews 1:1. God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2. has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;

Remember that eschatos days are the resultant days. They result from what has gone before. In this case, the reference is to all that the prophets spoke and all that they predicted, by the inspiration of God, would come. As a result of these words, and of the truth of God that they had expressed, the days had come in which God had spoken to the people to whom Paul wrote by His Son. The people to whom Paul wrote were Israelites living in the Acts period, which was the early part of the Kingdom of God. They were living in the time that all the prophets had promised would come…the days that resulted from God’s promise to bring them in. So yes, they were in the eschatos days.

I think the book of Hebrews carries much of the Acts period character in it, though it certainly does speak truths that will be in force when the full Kingdom of God is here as well.

I think the best argument regarding authorship is for Paul, since it closely matches his writings in many respects. The best argument other than Paul could be made for Apollos. I don’t think I’ve heard any good arguments for anyone else.

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