Any Millennium

How do we know that Jesus believed He could return at the end of any millennium from the creation date? In Old Testament times the night was divided into three watches. In the Old Testament an entire 24-hour day was comprised of the three watches and the 12 hours of daylight.

Of course, this cycle repeats itself every 24 hours. Judges 7:19 speaks of a "middle watch" which in this case would be the middle watch of the night. First Samuel 11:11 speaks of a "morning watch" presumably referencing the third watch of the night.

The relevant text is Psalm 90:4:

For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night. (Psalm 90:4)

The text states that each watch in the night is a thousand years and so is the day. A 24hour day in God's sight equals 4,000 years— three 1,000-year watches, and a 12-hour day that also equals 1,000 years.

In reference to the Second Coming, Jesus clearly taught that this event might occur in any watch of the night or even during the day. In short, it could occur in any millennium. The Gospels concur on this point. Luke 12:36-45 states:

And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding: that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately...And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and finds them so, blessed are those servants..But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken: The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him.

In this passage, the phrase "when he will return from the wedding," presumably references the first watch of the night. Then Jesus states that the servants should also watch for Him during the second and third watches. Finally, He states that in addition to the three watches (i. e., 3,000 years) Jesus might return during the day. This is the 12hour day also equated with 1,000 years. This completes the entire 24-hour cycle.

Similarly, Jesus spoke of His return occurring during any watch in Matthew 24:43:

But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch [i.e., millennium] the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. (Matthew 24:43)

Later in that passage He states that if that servant "shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming" (Matthew 24:48), Jesus will then come during the 12-hour day:

The lord of that servant shall some in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of. (Matthew 24:50)

Clearly, by understanding that Jesus was discussing the repetitive cycle of the three watches of the night followed by the day, we know that the world could end at the expiration of any millennium from the creation date.

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Did the Bible Predict when Christ would Appear?

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The Millennium Chronology

Christ in the Clouds (1)

Christ in the Clouds (2)

Christ in the Clouds (3)

By Doug Peterson

In the article The Millennium Chronology I have argued that New Testament writers would not have believed Christ could return in our lifetimes. In this article I will take a radically different approach and argue that perhaps he already did return in our lifetimes. Is it possible?

In this article I will examine two events Ohare Airport UFO 11-°7"06

which I believe New Testament writers likely would have viewed as appearances of Christ in the clouds of heaven. The primary reason why these two events are likely candidates is due to the timing of the events. They occurred in a timely manner in relation to the biblical creation date in 3852 BC and in relation to each other. These two cloud comings were to serve as "signs" for when to watch for the end of the world. I will discuss this more in part 3 at the end of this article.

Two passages reveal when these two comings would occur: Matthew 24:38-51 and Acts 1. Both passages discuss the coming of Christ. Matthew 24:38-39 reads:

For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

One could argue that the passage means Jesus would return on the calendar date when Noah entered the ark. According to Genesis 7:11-13 that was the 17th day of the second month. This date is Marheshvan 17 when Tishri is the first month. According to Genesis 7:11 this was the 47th day into the year (this will become important in part 2). Matthew 24:50-51 will be cited in part 3.

Acts 1 describes Jesus' ascension into heaven. It states that he appeared to his apostles for a period of 40 days (v.3) until he ascended into heaven. The total time he appeared is likely 41 days. He rose from the dead on the first day of the week (Luke 24:1). After the Ascension, his disciples returned to Jerusalem-- a Sabbath's day journey (v. 12). This suggests they left the day following his ascension which was a Sabbath; mathematically this yields a 41-day period.

Acts 1:9-11 reads:

While they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

What is meant by the statement that he would return in "like manner"? Likely it means he would return in a cloud. But it might also indicate a time when he would return.

Apply the principle that a day is a thousand years (2 Peter 3:8). When applied to the 41 days it yields 41,000 years. Compute this time from a creation date in 3852 BC (see The Millennium Chronology) but divide it by 7. Why? So Jesus' return won't coincide with the end of a millennium (when the world would otherwise end) but rather with a Marheshvan 17 date in the midst of a millennium. The Bible does not forecast a precise time when the world will end.

Our millennium (from AD 1149 to 2149) or "watch" is likely divided into seven hours. As I will show later, the millennium in Christ's time presumably corresponded to a 12-hour "day." If so then our millennium corresponds to the middle or second "watch" of the night. The Old Testament does not indicate how many hours comprise each of the three watches. Christ would return at some hour:

And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. (Luke 12:39)

A proper interpretation of Mark 13:35 reveals the number of hours in each millennium. It reads:

Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:

These times likely correspond to specific Roman hours which reflect the following times (by our standards): evening (8:00 p.m.), midnight (12:00 a.m.), cockcrowing (7:00 a.m. —since cocks crow at dawn), and morning (8:00 a.m.). These hours imply that the second watch, from midnight to when the cock crows, is seven hours in duration.

This chart reflects the number of hours in each millennium:

# of hours in each millennium based on Mark 13:35

millennium

hours of day

total hours

852 BC - AD 149

8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

12

AD 149-- AD 1149

8:00 p.m. to midnight

4

AD 1149-- AD 2149

midnight to 7:00 a.m.

7

AD 2149-- AD 3149

7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.

1

This cycle continues and repeats itself for every subsequent millennium until the world ends.

When dividing 41,000 years by 7 the total is 5,857.142 years (5,857 years and 52 days). This interval is almost precisely the time from Rosh Hashanah 3852 BC to November 7, 2006 (particularly if you include some days of creation pre-Adam). November 7, 2006 was Marheshvan 17 when applying biblical principles that the first day of the month coincides with a new moon. This was the sixth hour of our millennium.

On November 7, 2006 a UFO appeared over Chicago's O'hare airport and vanished in the clouds. This was not a typical UFO incident since it was the only UFO story to make national news in some time. Could it have been a fulfillment of Bible prophecy? Probably you're skeptical. However, the strongest argument supporting this theory is that a simple formula, using numbers found in Acts 1, is used to compute the November 7, 2006 date measured from the creation date. A UFO incident certainly might have been viewed as a coming of Jesus in the clouds.

The Bible would not have been more explicit about the timing of this possible appearance of Christ because the world might have ended much sooner in AD 149 (see The Millennium Chronology).

continued part 2

Did the Bible Predict when Christ would Appear?

Christ in the Clouds (2

Christ in the Clouds (2

Seventy Sevens Prophecy (pt. 1)

Seventy Sevens Prophecy (pt. 2)

The Millennium Chronology

Christ in the Clouds (1)

Christ in the Clouds (2)

Christ in the Clouds (3)

And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars: and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory... Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled. (Luke 21:20-32)

In part I of this article, I speculated that Christ appeared in the clouds on November 7, 2006 (Marheshvan 17, 2006). In this second part I will show that in Luke's Olivet Discourse Jesus might have also predicted his return in 2006 after the expiration of the "times of the Gentiles."

Supposedly Luke also wrote Acts. So it would make sense that the cloud coming foretold in Acts would be the same one described in Luke. In Luke's gospel it follows the period designated the "times of the Gentiles."

In Matthew 26:64 Jesus made the following statement to Caiaphas the Jewish high priest at his trial in AD 30:

Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

Jesus' statement that they would see him coming in the clouds of heaven was almost certainly referencing Caiaphas personally and those present. In the verse Jesus used the pronoun "thou"-- directed at Caiaphas himself. One cannot imagine that Jesus would have then shifted his perspective away from Caiaphas when he used the term "ye." This was indeed a prediction that those present would witness him returning in the clouds.

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