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. (Jn 5:25; KJV)
Some people ask, how can this be? How can there be a time coming and one that is already here when the dead will be able to hear the voice of the son of God and live? Well, as sinners, we were already dead. The life we were living and the things we were doing had already sentenced us to death. I always see in the movies where a man who is condemned and sentenced to death is taking that final walk down the hall, they always announced, "Dead man walking." This might be just in the movies, but it is powerful. When you get right down to it, that is what we were, dead men and women, walking. But by the grace of God, we were given a chance to change all that. We were given the opportunity to live again by hearing the words of his son. When we really hear his words and act upon them, we are saying we want to live.
So yes, the time is now when the dead can hear the voice of the son of God and they can live. They can live a life of love and compassion, hope, and fulfillment, all because of the wonderful grace of God our Father.