In the book of Revelation was John describing what he saw on the day Christ returned in the clouds in Iyar

1) Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. „.I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet. (Revelation 1:7-10)

2) And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. (Matthew 24: 30-31)

Compare these two passages. Notice the marked similarities. John describes Christ appearing in the clouds. He claims those who actually pierced Christ would see him in the clouds. He hears a trumpet. It all happens on the "Lord's day" which easily could be a term describing the return of Christ. John seems to be describing what he actually witnessed one day while on the island of Patmos. Doesn't this imply Christ might have returned in the clouds in Iyar, 66 and was this the day John was describing?

Continued in Part 3

Did the Bible Predict when Christ would Appear?

Christ in the Clouds (3

Christ in the Clouds (3

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)

1) " The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, and shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." (Matthew 24:50-51)

2) "The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful." Then he said to me, "The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues. And the ten horns which you saw on the beast, these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire. For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled." (Revelation 17:12-17)

3) Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour... And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.(1 John 2:18-28)

In part 2 of this article I argued that Christ appeared in the clouds over Jerusalem in Iyar, AD 66 as recorded by the Jewish historian Josephus. The three passages cited above are similar in that they describe events which all occur in "one hour." What is meant by this unusually short period of time in these passages?

As I discussed previously, each millennium from creation is divided into hours. The millennium from creation when Jesus lived (852 BC to AD 149) was divided into 12 hours. Assume for the sake of argument that Christ really did return in the clouds in the month of Iyar, AD 66. If a day is a thousand years to the Lord (2 Peter 3:8) and there are twelve hours in a day (John 11:9) then how long was one hour in Jesus' millennium? The answer is precisely 1,000/12 or 83.333 years. This happens to equal the precise interval from Iyar, AD 66 to Tishri 1, AD 149.

Jesus returned at the 11th hour, the last hour, of that millennium. Regarding #1 above, although Jesus will return when the world ends at the expiration of some millennium, this passage describes a day and hour when he would return and some Christians would not expect him at that time. In #3 John equates the last hour with Jesus' coming.

The theory then is that all of the above passages are discussing this one hour period.

If so, then we can confirm the accuracy of the prophecy in #2 above by listing the Roman

Emperors who came to power during that time period. Most scholars agree that Revelation 17:9 was discussing the Roman Empire since Rome supposedly sat on seven hills. So the ten kings are likely Roman emperors. The "beast" mentioned in #2 is probably Satan. Coincidentally, ten emperors came to power:

The Ten Roman Emperors who came to power from AD 66 to AD 149

Nero

(54 - 68)

1) Galba

(68 - 69)

2) Otho

(69)

3) Vitellius

(69)

4) Vespasian

(69 - 79)

5) Titus Flavius

(79 - 81)

6) Domitian

(81 - 96)

7) Nerva

(96 - 98)

8) Trajan

(98 - 117)

9) Hadrian

(117 - 138)

10) Antoninus Pius

(138 - 161)

This interpretation makes sense because Revelation 17:10 indicates five emperors or kings had fallen which would have been true before Nero came to power (if one counts Julius Caesar as one of the five). Thus, the ten kings came after Nero.

As I mentioned in part 1, these two cloud comings were to serve as signs for when to watch for the end of the world. Carefully read Matthew 24:30:

And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven:

Here it explicitly states that the appearance of Christ in heaven would be a "sign." How is it a sign? It must have been viewed as a sign of when to watch for the end of the world. One will notice in Luke's Olivet Discourse that the disciples asked Jesus "what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass?" (Luke 21:7) By "these things" they were talking about the end of the world. The sign of when the end of the world would come to pass was Jesus' cloud coming. Because both happened at a predictable time in relation to the creation date they therefore serve as signs for when to watch for the end of the world. The first appearance in AD 66 served as a sign that people should watch for the world's end in AD 149 and AD 1149. The second appearance in 2006, for which we have a date certain, is now the sign for all subsequent generations of when to watch for the end.

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