Revelation 3.3 says "Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee."
Therefore, the reason why someone doesn't know when Jesus returns is because they are not watchful. So when does Jesus return?
Jesus returns in Revelation 19 at the end of the 7 year Tribulation. Like all Daniel's sevens, the 70th seven is 2,520 days also. 2,520 is 7 years x 360 days per year, and it is the smallest number divisible by all numbers from 2 to 10 as God's basic prophetic working unit.
Every 7 out of 19 years, there are 2,520 days from Feast of Trumpets to the Tisha B'Av when the 1st and 2nd temples were destroyed. The other 12 out of 19 years, amazingly enough, there are 2,550 days from Feast of Trumpets to the Day of Atonement. 2,550 is broken down into 1260 days for the first half of the Tribulation PLUS 1260 days for the second half of the 7 year Tribulation PLUS 30 days more for Jesus to judge the nations to the 1290th day of the Great Tribulation.
What are the signs before His return?
"And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood" (Rev. 6.12).
I will tell you these 3 signs in order are from 2010 to 2015 (explained below) which have never happened before in history and will never happen again.
The first event: "there was a great earthquake." In 2010 Haiti experienced an earthquake that killed 320,000 people. That is the 2nd most deaths of any earthquake on record anywhere on the planet earth. In 2011 Japan experienced an earthquake 9.5 in magnitude, the 4th greatest anywhere on the planet on record.
The second event: "sun became black as sackcloth of hair." There are 4 types of solar eclipses. The rarest is the Hybrid occurring 5% of the time. And there are 3 types of Hybrids, the rarest which is the H3 which occurs 5% of the time of that 5%. It is even more rare NASA says when it is a "long version" lasting more than 1 minute and 30 seconds. The 4th long H3 was Nov. 3, 2013.
The third event: "moon became as blood." Red blood moons are the most rare when they occur in the forum of a Tetrad which is 2 red blood moons per year for 2 years straight. They are even more rare when they land on Passover and Tabernacles then again on Passover and Tabernacles over 2 years. The 8th time since Christ this will occur is 2014/15 and it won't happen again till 2582/83. Incidentally, there is no unique solar eclipse attached to the 2582/83 feast Tetrad.
What are the ordering of events before Jesus returns?
First the events in Rev. 6.12 take place. But since the implant under the skin to buy and sell will not be pervasive enough this decade and the 3rd Temple won't be completed in time, we know there must be a 7 year preparatory period.
The story of Joseph may predict a seven year period of abundance given to prepare for the Tribulation.
Joseph was told that there would be seven years of abundance to prepare Egypt for the seven years of famine that would follow. Genesis 41:25-49. This may be a prophetic type of a seven year period of abundance that will precede the Tribulation as a time for the Church and Israel to prepare. This principal of Divine warning to make preparation for a specified period of tribulation is seen in other Biblical examples:
- Noah was warned to prepare food and enter the ark 7 days before the flood began.
- Rahab was warned 7 days before the battle of Jericho and so made plans to safeguard her family. She was taken out by the two spies after the 7th trumpet on the 7th day.
- Israel was warned to prepare provisions 7 days before they crossed the Jordan to Jericho.
- Elisha warned the Shunamite woman about the 7 year famine that was about to occur.
- Israel was promised abundant crops before the land was rested on the Sabbatical Year.
And the first rapture according to readiness would be Sept. 26, 2022 "before the throne" (Rev. 7.9) before the first trumpet of the Tribulation begins (8.7).
If you are a Christian, you may not be included in the first rapture Sept. 26, 2022 if you don't keep the word of His patience (Rev. 3.1), are not prayerful (Luke 21.36) and not watchful (Matt. 24.40-42) to escape all these things that shall come upon the earth, the hour of trial of the Tribulation itself. Though a Christian is saved, born-again "they shall never perish" (John 10.28), he or she can lose the reward of being first raptured as well the reward of returning with Christ (Jude 14,15) to reign over the nations (Rev. 2.26,27) for 1000 years as kings and priests (20.4-6).
Edited by Parture, 02 January 2014 - 06:52 AM.