As long as I can recollect, the phrase, “the Bible says no one will know the day or time of Christ’s return” has been the mantra of most followers of Christ. I realized early in my research* that there is a basic reason that no one will know the day and time of Christ’s return- time zones. It is never the exact same day and time everywhere in the world at once. It is daytime in one place, and middle of the night elsewhere. Crossing the country, the time within the United States changes within 2-3 hours. Therefore it would be virtually impossible for any accurate depiction of the exact timing.
That’s not the actual reason that mantra is incorrect. The very scripture that is misquoted, via selective editing, disproves the statement. There is no secret that any statement taken out of its original context will change the meaning. The Bible is no exception and the greatest victim of this action. Here is what we have all heard:
“But of that day and hour, knoweth no man, no nor the angels of heaven, by my Father only” -Matthew 24:36
However if you take that scripture and put it back into the context of the verse before it- of which it is referring,
“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” – Matthew 24:35
Basically, Jesus is telling the disciples that at the time when Heaven and Earth shall pass away (end of time), that no one, except the Father knows when that will occur. Heaven and Earth passing away are AFTER the tribulations, rapture, judgments and end of days.
Jesus does state that the hour is not known, but we are to be watching for that hour.
“Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.” – Matthew 24:42
This further accentuates that the day and week are possible to know, but the hour is not possible. I again, equate this to the presence of time zones throughout the world. Time zones, by the way, which were not even known during the time of Jesus, create a variation of up to 24 hours making it impossible to pinpoint the exact hour of the Lord’s return.
It is possible to know, within a few days when the Lord will return. Throughout scriptures there are numerous directions to WATCH and to be ready. He will not surprise you, like a thief in the night, if your watchful and prepared. That is another misrepresented scripture.
“For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night” – 1 Thessalonians 5:2
But keep reading further down through the scripture and you will find that in reality the day of the Lord’s return will not take us as a thief unless we are in darkness (the lost).
“But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day should overtake you as a thief” -1 Thessalonians 5:4
Again this is a proclamation for the people of God to be watchful and ready so as to NOT be surprised as if a thief arrives. If we are in the light, and watchful; we will not be surprised and know when he will return.
To know the timing of the Lord’s return, we need to understand the concept of God’s timing. Days begin and end with evening. Look at scripture. Actual time did not begin until Adam and Eve left the Garden. From that point forward the concept and existence of time is referenced throughout scripture; but not before in any detail. However, even with all the changes to the calendars (Hebrew, Helal, and Gregorian) which create confusion as to the exact days of the year, there are specific time markers that do no change. God’s feast days. Yes, God’s and not Israel’s feasts. The feast days are the Lord’s and very specific times mentioned throughout God’s Word.
The Feasts of God:
Passover Unleavened Bread First Fruits
Pentecost Trumpets ` Atonement
Significant and historical events are tied to feast days. God appeared to Moses thru the burning bush on Trumpets. Both the deliverance of Hebrews from Egypt (Exodus) and Lot from Sodom, both occurred on Passover. Jesus died on a Passover. He was placed in the tomb on feast of Unleavened Bread. Jesus rose on the day of First Fruits. The Holy Spirit comes upon them the very first time on the day of Pentecost. Most theologians now agree that Lord will return on a future Day of Trumpets.
The feasts are a time when God does stuff in a grand or intimate way with the world and they also represent a script/pattern that God has and is following to this day. Additionally, God has instructed His people to watch for signs. God is big on signs. He uses the sun, moon, stars and constellations to give signs for the world, but especially for His watchers.
It is therefore possible to determine the approximate time of the Lord’s return based on God’s cycles and use of feast days. Keep in mind that A LOT of events have to occur, within a specific order and/or simultaneously in the world before the Lord returns. I will cover those events and signs in a future writing, including an account for prophecies filled and unfulfilled to this point in time.
Because I have found tons of scriptures and research that I have used in forming my ideas; I want to include what I can so that you, the reader, can research and study for yourself. Also, since I hate making footnotes or having to stop and format my writing to include actual references/scripture I am going to simply list a handful of scriptures and/or sources at the bottom of each writing to help with your own investigation.
Alas, since I have 2 very sore and hurt hands from building a chicken coop (a totally different writing/subject) I am going to conclude for now without the references- thus making me a fibber. I will however include them on next writing. I promise.
When I use the term research I want you to know what I am implying. I basically re–search the research finding of others and follow their footnotes and bibliography along with new sources I find. Just wanted to be upfront….
Yes, I am and will be signing off as your watchman because I could give a fat care less about gender identifying myself inappropriately. Watchwoman sounds stupid or lick a lazy female superhero. Watcher sounds like a creeper or stalker. I’m sticking with the Bible, always right anyway!
-Your Devoted Watchman