The Hour Cometh and Now Is
But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.  John 4:23
Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.  John 5:25
What Jesus was pointing to in these scriptures is something that runs totally counter to current religious teaching and especially the branch of religious thought called “eschatology” or “end times” theology.  This theology focuses on a future outward event that will be glorious for believers and catastrophic for the ungodly.  What Jesus was saying is this: when you begin to hear My voice, in that hour, in that very moment, you will be ushered into a new place in Me of resurrected Life and spiritual intimacy. This is a necessary and crucial transition and the beginning of a process of spiritual transformation as we grow in that most holy faith that few Christians know anything about.  If the faith that pleases God comes from hearing, how can you please God if you cannot hear His voice?
I am talking about a place where you finally grasp that God is a Spirit, His Word is spiritual and must be fulfilled first in your spirit man.  As the Samaritan woman began to understand after her spiritual ears came open, “holy” cities or “holy” mountains are irrelevant.  The holy place is in our spirit and nowhere else.
In the hour that you truly receive that insight, you have risen from the realm of death and the grave of your carnal understanding and have entered into the realm of the resurrection Life contained in Him.  In that very hour is fulfilled the prophecy in the book of Revelation that speaks of the fall of Babylon (the type of dead religion).  In that hour, for you, Babylon has been judged and has fallen.  We can see here the crux of biblical prophecy.  When you get right down to it, all prophecy needs to be fulfilled in us or it does us no good.  The children of Israel had to come out of Egypt but until Egypt came out of them, they were still slaves to it.  What good would it do me if the world system, including the religious system, collapsed if I remain in bondage to those systems?  Moreover, what good would it do me to see Jesus in the sky or to be raptured away from the earth if I have not overcome in every area of my life?
Many Christians take great comfort in the scripture that says that when we see Him we will be like Him.  For those who are anticipating a magical event that does not require anything on their part, the only thing that awaits them is God’s fiery purification in the next realm if they try to avoid it in this realm.  No, that scripture does not refer to a magical event but rather to a process that begins with hearing Him and culminates with His Life totally taking us over so that we see Him in ourselves.
Until you have heard His voice, until your spirit has been quickened by this revelation, you are under the bewitching spell of a religious system that wants to point you to an outward future event and your soul will be utterly complicit with this deception.  The spell is broken in the hour that you finally hear His voice and begin to see His Word in a new light.
Until then, throughout every generation, He will patiently ask the question: Can you hear Me now?