"Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh."
As you can see, God is very specific about dates and prophetic events. He seems to do things in a manner of graciousness so that all who wish to see can discern His work. (Just as another point--did you know both temples were destroyed on the same day? Both temples were destroyed on the 9th of Av by the Jewish calendar.) Yet, Jesus assured us that no man knows the day nor the hour of His return. This, by the way, is an allusion to the catching away of His church. How do we know? The last period of the tribulation is seven years long. It will start with a peace treaty with the anti-Christ and the treaty will involve peace between Israel and her enemies. It will most assuredly have something to do with Jerusalem; furthermore, it may bring a way for Israel to resume the Levitical sacrificial system. Even if a believer could not detect, at first, the signing of the treaty, the events of the tribulation are well mapped out in scripture. One could easily trace back and find the treaty and then calculate forward seven years. Jesus will be returning when Jerusalem is surrounded and the Kings of the East are advancing. It will take place seven years after that treaty. In other words, you can determine when He is returning.
His secret coming is, then, the catching away of the saints. However, His statement that no one know the day nor the hour is also an interesting hint--possibly! The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana began when the moon cycle was correct. No man knew the day nor the hour in which the new moon would appear. It was during a two day/night window. Two witnesses were sent out of the city and they had to concur that the moon was in the right position for the feast to commence. When they signified the beginning, the feast started. No man knew the day nor the hour when the feast began. It was the only feast that began this way. The very last trumpet blast of this feast, also known as the feast of trumpets, was called "the last trump". Is this what Jesus was alluding to? No one can know for sure, but God is very precise in His methods and manners. Whenever this event occurs we need to be always ready for in such an hour as you think not the Son of Man will come. Are you ready?
Israel, the Middle East and the Coming of Messiah
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