Sunday, July 26, 2015

No Man Knows The Day Or Hour, Does Not Mean What You Think It Means......

No Man Knows The Day Or Hour, Does Not Mean What You Think It Means

But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father." 

                    Mark 13:32

But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only." 

                                                                                                                                  Matthew 24:36

For the last two thousand years, there has been much theological interpretation of what Jesus was saying in these verses recorded by the men who sat at Jesus feet: "And as he sat upon the mount of Olives,the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?" 

As you read either chapter found in the gospels, Jesus explains to His disciples what the signs will be of the end of the age and His return. Note one thing as you read this chapter: Jesus was living as a mortal man -- God in the flesh, a Jewish man that was speaking to other Jewish men who had customs and idioms that modern men must come to understand, in context of what Jesus was teaching to His followers.

His disciples were going to have to teach these very things to the rest of the world, so they would have to be able to grasp what these signs were. So Jesus used familiar speech patterns of that day or idioms that each were easy to understand to convey their meaning to the people of that day. I want you to focus on one passage that Jesus spoke of and it starts the sermon off with what can only be described as an idiom that any Jewish man of those times would have understood immediately because it was part of their culture─their very life─and unless we understand these idioms of speech, then the meaning gets lost in translation.

What was Jesus referring to when He made the statement, "no man knoweth the day or the hour?"

Our Lord was saying that He was going to return on a certain day of the Jewish calendar that was celebrated each year. It was a phrase that was used to illustrate a certain day, a Jewish Holy day that each man listening would clearly and completely understand. It was a most Holy Day and a special Sabbath of worship that was celebrated in the fall of the year and was signified by the blowing of trumpets, which was to mean the "return of the King.

"Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are MY feasts. These are the Lord's appointed feasts, the sacred assemblies you are to proclaim at their appointed times" Note that God says that these are the "Lord's" feasts not belonging any one people, not the gentile nations, not the Jews, not the Hebrew children, not any other people but they belonged to Him. 

In another Scripture this emphasized, "These are MY feasts." Now some think that the word "feast" denotes something with food. It has nothing to do with food, but denotes a commandment for a gathering of His children, His people to acknowledge and worship Him, as a "Holy Convocation" or commanded meeting time/gathering.

To the people of the time of ancient Israel these "feasts" meant one thing, which was descriptive of their relationship with Jehovah post Exodus leading into their agricultural life and had specific date events that were connected to each day or set of days.

But to the modern day church of Almighty God, it has been interpretted, wrongly, to mean something entirely different. We are not Israel, but each of these days point to one thing and One Person─Jesus Christ. To His church it points to the historically completed events that God has already accomplished or one-half of His plan for the salvation of mankind.

The spring feasts are:

THE SPRING FEASTS USHERED IN THE SAVIOR MESSIAH. 

THE PASSOVER   FULFILLED BY HIS DEATH

THE FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD   FULFILLED BY HIS BURIAL

THE FEAST OF FIRSTFRUITS     FULFILLED BY HIS RESURRECTION

THE SUMMER FEAST

THE FEAST OF PENTECOST     FULFILLED BY THE OUTPOURING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT


THESE FEASTS WERE IN PLACE PRIOR TO JESUS COMING TO EARTH. ALMIGHTY GOD FULFILLED EACH OF THE ABOVE EVENTS IN CHRISTS LIFE EXACTLY ON THE DAY OF THESE FEASTS!

He waits to complete His work and fulfill His plan to redeem His creation and to live with Him for all eternity,Through the fall feasts.

THE FALL FEASTS WILL USHER IN THE KINGDOM MESSIAH.

THE FEAST OF TRUMPETS  Rosh HaShanah  WILL BE FULFILLED BY THE RAPTURE OF THE SAINTS

THE DAY OF ATONEMENT  
Yom Kippur         WILL BE FULFILLED BY THE SECOND COMING

THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES  
Sukkot          WILL BE FULFILLED BY START OF THE MILLENNIAL REIGN

These feasts are prophetic rehearsals of God's Son coming into the world the first time as a suffering servant and ultimately our Savior and High Priest, but the second time or in the fall feasts, He will return as the Groom to remove his Bride and then return as the conquering King and Lord of Lords.

He came first as a Lamb but the next time He sets foot on this earth, He will come as a conquering warrior, the roaring Lion of Judah─full of the justice and the wrath of Almighty God.

To describe His plan in language that we can understand, God chose to bring His Son into the world to complete the first part of His plan on the exact days of His appointed times that the Bible calls, His "feasts" that were given to Moses. They were divided up into 7 observances: four in the spring of the year, and three in the fall of the year. 

The spring appointed days were Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, and Pentecost. 

These are called God's spring Holy Days and they have significant impact on the Christian's life and his understanding of what has happened in the past and what is coming in the near future.

What happened on these days that were completed on the exact date that these times of worship were given by God in the Old Testament and completed in the New Testament that affects the church? Note, that Jesus completed His act of salvation by His death and burial on the exact days of these original God-given appointed times. He sent God's Holy Spirit, as our comforter, counselor and advocate on the exact day that was given in the Old Testament and the church was born. 

Believe one thing, God is always right on time. He does nothing by chance, but gives His Word in power, to inform of us of His plans and to all those He has called in these last days to proclaim His truths. Does it not stand to reason that if He fulfilled His plan of salvation for all men on the exact appointed times on the exact days of these springs observances, that we should expect He will fulfill His plan for the end times, beginning with gathering His church, His second coming and then to set up His kingdom to rule and reign for 1000 years on these exact fall feast days?

He completed His redemptive acts on the very days appointed, so will He be right on time with His second entrance into the affairs of men on the chosen day appointed as noted by the coming fall feasts, known as Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and Tabernacles. 

God has a plan and he wants us all to know and understand what it is.

Let's see if the Bible and Jewish tradition support and make this most important issue crystal clear.

Returning to the phrase, "no man knoweth the day or the hour" we still need to answer the question:

What was Jesus saying that the apostles were completely familiar with?

From the explanation above, I think you can see how these days these words mean something totally different to the church, than it did to Israel when they were given on Mt. Sinai. 

What significance do the remaining Holy Days of God have to the church and how do they affect you and me? 

The three fall festivals start on the first day signified by the new moon on Tishrei, the seventh month on the Hebrew calendar. This is the only holy day marked by the new moon and is set apart for that reason as special. VERY SPECIAL AS YOU WILL SOON SEE!

All other festivals are set or counted by the full moon as Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, and even Pentecost are counted from the full moon of Nissan, which is in the early spring. So the Spirit of GOD is pointing to this festival as a certain day a day set apart like no other!  This one is separated by months from the last feast and it's arrival must be carefully witnessed by men of great authority in the land of Israel according to Jewish law and custom.

It was a very involved process that must be guaranteed by two witnesses at it's beginning and then reported to the Sanhedrin during the time of ancient Israel. Since it must be authorized, as they called it, "sanctified" before the month's activities could begin, the appointed time is stretched into two days, as "No man knoweth the day or the hour." They could not know because the first 24 hours of any new moon is hard sometimes impossible for men to see, with clouds etc. many times they missed the very first day and the witnesses would see it on the second or even third day. 

Of all the seven God appointed feasts it is the only one that can't be known exactly by any man. 

Even NASA who knows the precise time and date can't say when the witnesses will see the new moon. Only God knows which day the witnesses will see the new moon and declare the date of this feast!

And so we come back to the biblical verse: But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only" Matthew 24:36.

And we find that it does not mean what we think it does and certainly we don't understand it as God or Jewish custom intended it to be understood.

But it goes much further than that, what Jesus was saying is clearly connected to this day, the feast of trumpets. And Jewish men, which is who he was speaking to,understood him with complete clarity.

What he was saying was when I come back, I'm coming back at the feast of trumpets! 

The rapture of the church will occur on some future feast of trumpets date. The feast of trumpets is the only festival that no man knows exactly when it will occur. This is due to the fact that it begins on the new moon. The new moon was sanctified when two witnesses see the new moon and attest to it before the Sanhedrin in the Temple. This sanctification could happen whenever they saw the new moon. Since no one knew when the witnesses would come, no one knew when the Feast of Trumpets would start. Jesus was certainly speaking and foreshadowing a future event on this day for some future generation.

A new moon is called "rosh chodesh" in Hebrew. As mentioned, new moons must be validated in Israel by two witnesses who will watch the dark black sky at the end of the moon cycle for the first glimmer of the moon to reappear. This is the beginning of the thirty-day cycle, which determines Israel's months. (Moon is the word from which we get months.) As soon as the new moon is sighted and verified by two witnesses then the Sanhedrin or the High Priest will send runners from the east to the west with signal lights to be lit on high mountains to inform the people that the day has been sanctified, and they can begin their counting for the month and the Feast of Trumpets and the worship of God can begin.

They are said to run "like lightning" This highlighted and bold statement "like lightning" is another Jewish idiom that any Jewish person of the time would instantly recognize and it is connected to the fall observance of the Feast of Trumpets.

Psalm 18.11-14: "He made darkness[the new moon on Feast of Trumpets]His secret place [the day no man knows the hour]; His pavilion round about Him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies. At the brightness that was before Him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire. The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave His voice [the sound of the trumpet – the shofar]; hail stones and coals of fire. Yea, He sent out His arrows, and scattered them; and He shot out lightning and discomfited them."

Luke 10.18: says

"And He said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven."

Which would make sense, as when God brings His people home, Satan is kicked out of heaven and comes down to earth with his demon hordes. How can the rapture be anything but pre-trib according to this verse. Christ comes for His Church, satan is kicked out of heaven and down to earth for the tribulation time.

Jesus said: Matthew 24.27: "For as the lightning comes out of the east, and shines even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be."

Luke 17.24: "For as the lightning,that lightens out of the one part under heaven, shines unto the other part under heaven (the east to the west); so shall also the Son of man be in his day."

These passages all describe the beginning of the Day of the Lord and the Feast of Trumpets.

Now if Jesus came in the clouds, in the twinkling of an eye, to receive His bride the church in the rapture, don't you think there might be a flash like lightening as it occurs. The bible is very clear if you bother to seek, study, pray and be led by the Holy Spirit. And amazingly satan is cast from heaven to earth and seen as lightening as he falls at the same time, just as the bible says. For the seven years following the rapture satan will roam the earth trying to destroy God's people and His plan, during the tribulation. Many will realize the error of their ways and accept Christ shortly after the rapture and the Jews which are the focus of Gods end times plan will still be on earth and satan and his agents will rage against both these groups for the seven year duration of the tribulation.

It is a wise man that seeks to understand His ways and His plans by making preparations to be ready when they are, "right at the door.

God said,"Surely the sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing it to His servants the prophets"

                                                                                                                                                     Amos 3:7

God said "nothing," and He did not exclude Christ's return. I take Him at His word.

Jesus said the Holy Spirit "will teach you all things"

                                                                      John 14:26.

He said "all things." Did Jesus make a mistake, forgetting to exclude when He will return? I don't think so!

Paul tells believers, "You are not in darkness, brethren, for that day to surprise you like a thief". In other words, if we are trusting in Christ and looking for His coming, even the very day does not have to surprise us.

Don't believe me, believe your Bible! 

Put this information next to the text. Look in the Strong's Concordance and find the original Greek and Hebrew words and how they are expressed. In other words, do you homework and your own study. 

AS THE BIBLE SAYS,STUDY TO SHOW YOURSELF APPROVED!

These commandments and verses give us God's appointments with the final salvation of mankind. They show exactly what has happened in the past, and will fulfill His final plan in the very near future.

"None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand"

                                                                                                                Daniel 12:10

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