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No One Knows the Day or Hour?

May 3, 2019

Signs In the Heavens by Avi Ben Mordechai, explains that “no man knows the day or hour” is a figure of speech from a Hebraic perspective. It’s a bad translation for five reasons.

#1. The Greek word, eido, means be aware, consider understand. Christ was telling his disciples that they didn’t understand and each time he said it, he gave an example that explained why. For example it’s like a man traveling to a far country. Matt 25:13,14. If Israelites took a long trip and couldn’t get back for Passover, they were to keep it the 2nd spring month as provided in the law, Numbers 9:10,11

#2. The Rule of 1st Use says where a word or phrase is first found, it often has a meaning or context for end-times because Christ is the Word, the First and Last, the same yesterday, today, and forever. Using this rule for the cry at midnight in Matt 25:6, it was at Passover in Egypt, Exodus 12:29,30.

#3. Luke’s wedding parable has triple Passover imagery. “Loins girded” in Luke 12:35 is also first found at Passover in Egypt, Exodus 12:11. “Watching” means to be awake and in Egypt, they were to eat the Passover and leave nothing till morning. Christ asked his disciples to watch on the eve of Passover, Matt 26:38-41. Luke 12:37 has Last Supper imagery–that was also on the eve of Passover.

#4. God wont’ do anything without revealing it, Amos 3:7. So it is revealed, but not to us if we think that no one will ever know. The Bible says the wise will understand, Daniel 12:10. We should try to understand how and His appointed times (like Passover, mo’ed) are a clue. Paul said they “are a shadow of things to come.” Col 2:16. He kept those appointed times with Greek believers in Acts 20:6; 1Cor 5:8.

God “exercised judgment” on Egypt at Passover (Exod 12:12) and took Israel to a covenant, later saying, “I am married to you,” Jer 3:14. Paul said, “All those things happened to them for examples …ends of the world.” 1Cor 10:1,11. That’s the meaning of the wedding parables; not a rapture.

Ellen White understood this in her last definition of “church” as a covenant-keeping people” and “to them will be fulfilled all the covenant promises,” Prophets & Kings, 713, 714.

The covenant is not just how we get married, it’s how we become His kingdom. “if you keep my covenant, you will be to me a kingdom…” Exod 19:5,6. But for us, it’s a better deal–because it’s the New Covenant that He will write His laws in our hearts so we want to do them.

In marriage, there are some overlooked conditions that we don’t see at first, and we need to consider them, but they are beyond our scope here. In short, God got an ignorant bride at Sinai that worshiped a calf 40 days later. This must not happen to Christ and the wedding parables have a provision to prevent this.

We showed the Passover imagery above. Passover also has a Feast of Unleavened Bread, but it’s not about crackers. Christ said, “Beware the leaven of the Pharisees,” meaning their teachings, Matthew 16:12. The seven days of unleavened bread fit the biblical wedding week as seen in Genesis 29:27.

Union with Christ based on based on c ommunion with unleavened teachings is the same idea as union by covenant based on teachings that have a 7-fold emphasis as a mark of end-time truth, much like Revelation is a book of seven for end-time.

Elijah comes to “restore all things” (Matt 17:11) in the context of the statutes in Mal 4:4,5 and they have a 7-fold emphasis in Ezek 20:11-24 where they are linked to sabbaths as a sign of God’s people.

Since Bible covenants were linked to sevens like the 7 ewes Abraham gave Abimelech and the 7 annual sabbaths that God gave to Israel, we should be prepared for 7 topics as a basis of betrothal and the week of unleavened bread is a wedding week of betrothal for us to consider what God wants from us so there are no “calf surprises” for Christ.

The wedding feast or week of unleavened bread (teachings) are for us if we are ‘watching’ when He ‘knocks.’ “Blessed is that servant whom his lord finds watching. He will gird himself and must him sit down to eat and will serve him,” Luke 12:36,37.

The beautiful thing about this is there is no down-side. If we celebrate the Lord’s Supper on the eve of Passover as clued in His last parables, and then “watch and pray” by reviewing the closing scenes of His life and what He bore for us, we are blessed spiritually, even if He does not ‘knock.’ “As oft as you eat this bread and drink this cup” should not be taken as an argument for quarterly services anymore than Catholics might say it applies weekly. We should do so yearly at His appointed time.

#5. Christ closing parables all point to 2nd Passover “as the days of Noah.” The next parable begins “Then” which means the same time. When the evil servant begins to smite his fellows at the end of Matthew 24,  the next word is “Then” it’s like 10 virgins which ends “like a man traveling to a far country,” explained (#1 above) In the last parable the Master returns from His trip to heaven at His appointed time of 2nd Passover because of His law, a provision in Numbers 9:10,11.

So what should we expect? The above six clues pointing to 2nd Passover in May include the wedding parable of 10 virgins. Luke’s wedding parable offers more insight. Christ will  “knock” and the only other place He knocks is Rev 3:20, for a lukewarm church that ended in an earthquake circa 63 AD.

That lukewarm church was focused on materialism, like so many western churches now. For reasons beyond our scope here, we could expect the earthquake this spring. An easy example is the Trump Peace Plan May 15. “When they say ‘Peace and safety’, sudden destruction comes,” speaking of the day of the Lord that will have an earthquake, 1Thess 5:2,3.

Verse 6 says to watch. Watching is protective, like for the goodman in Matt 24:43. Christ said, “If you don’t watch, I will come on you as a thief,” Rev 3:3. A high destiny is promised to those who watch, Luke 12:37,44. Coming as a thief means loss of destiny for those who choose not to watch.

On the eve of May 20/21, why not share the emblems of Christ’s sacrifice as seen in DA 652.2 ?
“As He ate the Passover with His disciples, He instituted in its place the service that was to be the memorial of His great sacrifice.” In its place would suggest Passover in May for reasons considered.

And then we should “watch and pray.” This author has trouble staying awake to pray, but reading the closing scenes of Christ’s life in Desire of Ages and praying each chapter is eating Lamb spiritually. Why not on the evening of May 20/21 as far more biblical than weekly or quarterly services.

Wait and see” is conventional wisdom that needs no faith. “Whatsoever is not of faith is sin,” Rom 14:23. The wedding parables all show a sudden event beyond which there is no later times to get ready! “Wait and see” is a foolish virgin response. We should watch and pray as Christ said at His appointed time.

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