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No One Can Know the Day Or the Hour...Not Even the Son

Matthew 24:36 KJV

36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no the angels of heaven, but My Father only.

Matthew 24:36 NASB

36 But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, NOR THE SON, but the Father alone.

This verse has been the topic of much controversy among prophecy teachers and prophecy adherents as to the original meaning - is it possible for the end-time Church (the true Church not the religious thing disguised as the Church) to know the very time of the Lord's coming and our gathering together to meet Him in the air on the Posttribulation Day of the Lord? 

Some believe we can know for two reasons: (1) Jesus said His return would be (just like in the original Greekthe days of Noah. Well, God told Noah the precise day the world-wide flood would commence upon the earth:

Genesis 7:4-13 NKJV 

4 For after seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and I will destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made.” 5 And Noah did according to all that the Lord commanded him. 6 Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters were on the earth.

7 So Noah, with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives, went into the ark because of the waters of the flood. 8 Of clean animals, of animals that are unclean, of birds, and of everything that creeps on the earth, 9 two by two they went into the ark to Noah, male and female, as God had commanded Noah. 10 And it came to pass after seven days that the waters of the flood were on the earth. 11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the monthon that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. 12 And the rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights.

13 On the very same day Noah and Noah’s sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark—

The second month during Noah's day was in the Hebrew month of Marcheshvan (our October - November) because the world at that time was operating on the Civil Calendar. The 17th day of the second month would have been in early November when rain descended upon the earth both from the heavens and from the bowels of the earth for 40 days and 40 nights.  Noah and his family knew the precise day they would enter the ark and the start of the great flood (the judgment of God upon wicked humanity). 

If we believe what Jesus said about the days of Noah compared to His return, then it may be possible for the overcoming elect (those who have died to the flesh) to know the very day of the Day of the Lord when the resurrection and real rapture occur. 

(2) The word knoweth in Matthew 24:36 is in the present tense in the Greek language of the New Testament. Watchman Nee in his commentary on the Book of Matthews says, Furthermore, the word, knoweth in no one knoweth is cast in the present tense, which means that the Lord does not know today. It cannot mean that He will never know. 

Additionally, notice in the KJV of Matthew 24:36, the phrase, Nor the Son, is omitted. The Old King James version of the Bible was based on the Textus Receptus manuscript - one of the oldest sources and for many the only reliable one. It is also rather absurd to think the Lord Jesus who is at the right hand of the Father (He said many times that He and the Father were one) would not know the day of His return. The modern translations interpreted the phrase, but the Father alone to mean Jesus didn't know either.  The context implies that neither man or angels know the day, but in contrast to them, the Father knows. The Holy Trinity - Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one and the same in spiritual nature - they all have the same mind. 

The following statement I have made many times and it gives some Christians heart-burn and angst, but ONLYthe first-fruit overcoming saints are going to be resurrected and raptured on the Day of the Lord - a posttrib event. The carnal non-overcoming saints are going to be outside the Kingdom in the realm of the outer darkness. In fact, in the tribulation period, God is going to give all believers the opportunity to be overcomers, which means dying to self and overcoming the world, the flesh and the devil.  Those who fail to do so will not take part in the First Resurrection - will not receive their glorified bodies (spiritual flesh), but will have to wait a thousand years to the 8th day (the Day of God) when the Son (Yeshua - Jesus) turns His kingdom over to the Father - that is the time of the Great White Throne Judgment and the start of the Eternal Age - one that never ends. 

Therefore, it is possible the overcoming elect of Christ will be given the knowledge of the time they will be called to the presence of the Lord (at the very beginning of the Day of the Lord during the Feast of Trumpets). 

One prophecy teacher who believes he has been given ALL the dates having to do with the tribulation period and the Day of the Lord, is of the opinion the Day of the Lord lasts for one-year during which time the overcoming saints will be spiritually wed to Christ, that is, the Bride of Christ will be in full fellowship with the Lord, while on the earth, the angels are carrying out the Bowls of Wrath on Satan's kingdom and those who followed the Antichrist and took his mark. 

I have been reading some very interesting commentary on the year 2017 and the United States as the head of the Beast - Mystery Babylon.  The same prophecy teacher who believes he has been given all the dates in conjunction to the events of the tribulation period and the Second Coming, exhorts his readers as well as all Christians to study the Day of the Lord as it is the key to all end-time prophecy. I do not know him and never had any contact with him before I wrote my book, The Day of the Lord, The Key To Understanding End-Time Prophecy, but we no doubt are on the same page about the importance of the DOTL.

I stand behind my article on the 120-Year End-Time Generation and believe it may have begun in 1897 and ends in 2017 because Jesus said the last generation to which He would return will be like what happened in Noah's day. We know from Genesis 6:3 the last generation before the flood judgment was 120 years (it was not a reference to mankind's life expectancy). Jesus also said in Matthew 24:32 we are to LEARN THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE and to consider its buds (the beginning spouts - new growth as well as the mature leaves). We know from several passages in the Old Testament, the Fig Tree is the nation of Israel. The first budding of the revived secular nation was in 1897 when the Balfour Declaration by Great Britain gave the Jews the legal right to return to the land of Israel after a 2500 year hiatus. 

What the Lord actually told the disciples (the forerunners of the Christian Church) was the same unbelieving Jews of their day would reappear in the end-time and last generation before He returned and establish the physical spiritually blind Fig Tree nation of Israel. The Balfour Declaration did not specifically grant the Jews the right to become an independent nation or state, but to return to the land of Israel and live alongside the Palestinian Arabs in peace and safety. I once met a Palestinian Arab who fled the refugee camps imposed upon them by the new state of Israel and he told me before the Jews declared statehood, the Arabs and Jews got along quite well. It was only after the Jews declared statehood and stole and confiscated Arab lands and property that tensions escalated between them. 

The Fig Tree (modern Israel) is a major END-TIME SIGN the last generation has arrived on planet earth. There are actually three major signs in Matthew 24 that are SIGNS this generation in which we all live is the END GENERATION - The Fig Tree, the Days of Noah and the Days of Lot. So we have the physical spiritually blind state of Israel in the Middle East, the rise of world-wide violence and militant homosexuality all at the same time. 

This month, August 21, 2017 the United States is going to be impacted by a total eclipse of the Sun that will last for 2 minutes and 40 seconds. About a third of the nation will have some measure of darkness at around 6:30 PM depending on what time zone you live in. Apparently it will cover an area from  Wisconsin and cutting across the nation diagonally toward the Gulf States   - Mississippi to Georgia and northern Florida and up the East Coast to include NY State. It also will be witnessed in South America.  

According to Jacob's End-Time Predictions, "there were tetrad (4) blood-red moons in 2014/2015 occurring on Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles. A total solar eclipse also occurred on March 20, 2015 that was in the middle of the blood-red moons. There will be 6 total lunar eclipses during the tribulation before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes":

Joel 2:30-31 KJV

30 And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, fire, and pillars of smoke.
31 The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come. 

Jesus said, IMMEDIATELY AFTER the tribulation of those days (proof the tribulation is a literal earth time)shall the sun be darkened and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars of heaven shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: and then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven:  (see Matthew 24:29-30).  Christ Jesus placed His coming soon after the seven-year tribulation ends, which leaves no doubt He spoke of His coming in a posttrib time frame not in a pretrib sense.  

It is interesting the Jewish Rabbi's believe 2017 is 120 jubilees from creation (every 50th year was a Jubilee year in the Torah- the Law books of the bible - Genesis - Deuteronomy). 

There is also an interesting astronomy occurrence on September 22/23, 2017 involving the Christ Angle (has to do with the angle of the Pyramid of Giza at 23.6 degrees, which is the very center of the earth and bisecting the city of Bethlehem where Christ was born.  

[Begin Quote: According to Jacob's End-Time Predictions, September 22/23, 2017 is the Revelation 12 SIGN: 

Revelation 12:1-2 NIV

1 A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. 

Psalms 104:19 

He made the moon for seasons; the sun knows its going down.

A great and wondrous sign is appearing and is announcing an upcoming event as Revelation 12 predicts. Virgoclothed with the sun and the moon under her feet is a regular yearly occurrence according to the suns elliptical through the mazzaroth of which Job spoke of. The sign of Revelation 12 must be extremely unusual, where it gets unusual is the fact that Mercury (1), Mars (2) and Venus (3) are positioned forming a straight line above Virgo's head with the 9 stars of the constellation Leo the Lion. This is an extremely rare occurrence and with Jupiter being birthed in her womb is truly a great wonder. What is even more amazing is that Jupiter is in retrograde months prior. When this occurs, it makes from our perspective an oval design like an egg and also a crowning effect. Jupiter is forming an oval shape within the belly of Virgo. In reality, a retrograde means the earth is moving past Jupiter. Thus we have 3 stars + the 9 stars of Leo = 12 (Revelation 12 - do you think it a coincidence the 12 stars are prophetic in Revelation chapter 12 - I don't think so?)

Regulus, meaning a king is the king star of Leo located within the king constellation Leo the Lion. What is she birthing  - the manchild which is Jupiter. Jupiter means righteousness, giving of rain and birthing of kings. It is the king wandering star which is called a planet. I challenge anyone (Jacob's end-time predictions) to find this alignment. Regulus means right, to direct with a straight line, resurrection. A straight line is forming with Regulus, Venus, Mars, and Mercury.   

Genesis 49:9-10 NIV

9 You are a lion's cub, Judah; You return from the prey, my son, like a lioness - who dares to rouse her? 
10 The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until he to whom it belongs shall come and the obedience of the nations shall be his. 

A scepter is a rod or staff. The sign of Revelation 12 is showing a staff in the heavens from Regulus to Saturn. 

Was the Holy Spirit showing me something about the year 2017 when I wrote the article on the 120-Year end-time generation on December 28, 2001. Was the Holy Spirit showing Jacob's End-Time Predictions of the significance of the year 2017 having to do with the tribulation period? Perhaps. We shall soon know. 

May I say that I am no fan of astrology, but astronomy is of the Word of God for there are many passages where the Constellations are mentioned. The late Dr. J.R. Church, a prophecy scholar, even though a pretrib believer, had an amazing presentation - The Gospel In The Stars in which he would project unto several large screens a simultaneously picturesque how the constellations, stars and planets actually told the gospel story.  The ancient biblical sages were observers of the heavens and knew first-hand this heavenly message. This is how the wise men knew where and when Christ was born - by watching the nightly messages of the celestial bodies. The modern world has obscured this wonderful phenomenon by all the pollution and haze that obstructs the vision of the nightly heavens. If you are fortunate to live in the country where there are no city lights to limit the clear visibility of the night skies, you can still see the stars and constellations as they move across the skies. 

Jesus is the Lion of Tribe of Judah, so it is no coincidence what is taking place within the Constellations Leo, Virgo and the aforementioned planets. End Quote]

Is God wanting us to know the end of this age is much closer than we realize. There is no such thing as the end of the world. The world is not going to end. There will be some major adjustments, but planet earth will exist on into eternity. I hate to be a party-pooper, but climate change is not going to destroy the planet. The Seals, Trumpets and Bowl Judgments as bad as they are going to be do not destroy the planet. If the planet was destroyed, then Christ would certainly not be coming back to setup His kingdom. Just need to use common sense.