Future Predictions - The End
36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
Below are my thoughts with respect to the items of prophecy yet to be fulfilled. We have been told plainly that we cannot know the day and the hour. One only needs to investigate the methods of determining the dates of Easter to understand why we cannot possibly know the day and the hour.
According to McClain (1940) and others, Jesus rode into Jerusalem on April 6, 32 A.D., Palm Sunday, and Easter was on April 13, 32 A.D. This means that the crucifixion of Jesus occurred on April 11, 32 A.D. and is the day that the veil in the temple was torn in half, thus ending Jewish temple worship from God's point of view. (Jesus is now the only way to the Father as his is the ultimate perfect sacrifice.)
The reason Easter makes sense is that the Easter of 32 A.D. ended the 69th week of Daniel and inserted the entire Church Age between the 69th and 70th weeks of Daniel. It also ended Jewish temple worship as a means of reconciliation with the Father. Therefore, it will require another Easter to begin Daniel’s 70th week (the great tribulation) and to restore Jewish temple worship. The question in my mind now is what is the date of this Easter/Holy Week? Below is an explanation of the timing.
The Timing of Matthew 24
Matthew 24:35 "… This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled…"
Jesus promises to return before the generation dies out
Jesus promises to return before the generation of Jews who witnesses the events of Matthew 24 passes away. So if we consider May 14, 1948 as the sign of the budding of the fig tree (Matthew 24:32) as the beginning of the generation of which Jesus spoke, then we would have 70 years from that date and the ending of the first generation. Therefore, 1948 plus 70 years is 2018. So in my opinion, Jesus is saying that beginning in 2018, we should take note that the generation which saw all the events Jesus mentioned in Matthew 24, will not disappear from the earth before his return.
In Psalm 90 (Prayer of Moses) the Bible says:
The days of our years are threescore years and ten;
and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years,
yet is their strength labor and sorrow;
for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
So from the above Psalm, we may conclude that the length of man's life is approximately 70 - 80 years. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that those belonging to the generation of those Jews who saw all the events mentioned in Matthew 24, are beginning to die off beginning in 2018 and continuing through 2028 and beyond. Jesus only promises that the generation will not pass until he returns. So, it is possible if some of the Jews of that generation live to be 120 years old, then we could see that Jesus's return will definitely be before 2068, or before the last member of that generation perishes.
Israel will be a nation 80 years in the year 2028. The year 2028 is important because this is the year that the Jews of Matthew 24 are beginning to die off. Easter was on April 13, in 32 A.D. The next time that Easter is on April 13, after 2028 is in the year 2031. In fact, Easter is not on April 13 between 1952 and 2104 except for the decade of 2030. See the following link to understand (Link). Notice that there are two occurrences of Easter on April 13 during the decade of 2030-2039. This is significant in my opinion, giving more credence to the idea that "But of that day and hour knoweth no man...". By 2104, Israel will have been a nation for 156 years and is way too long for a generation. I have chosen the year 2031 for my calculations because in 2031, Easter is on April 13 for both the Gregorian and the Julian Calendars, but in the year of 2036 the Gregorian and the Julian Calendars do not agree on the date of Easter. The Gregorian Calendar claims that Easter is on April 13, 2036 but the Julian Calendar claims that Easter is on April 20, 2036. See this Link for further explanation.
Found in the paragraphs below is only an EXAMPLE of how to use this math. The math is accurate, but we cannot know the starting date. Is the starting date, Good Friday in 2031? Or perhaps some other day. Also, if the starting date of the return to Jewish temple worship, is Good Friday, does that represent the beginning, middle or end of the Tribulation. This may depend on whether you believe in Post-tribulational Premillennialism, Pre-tribulational (dispensational) Premillennialism, Postmillennialism, or Amillennialism. Personally, I believe in Pre-tribulational (dispensational) Premillennialism. So even though we have this fantastic mathematical tool, we still cannot predict the day of the Rapture, because we do not know the starting point from which to count. Below is an example of how to use the tool, but it assumes that the starting point for counting is Good Friday, April 11, 2031.
For example, if Good Friday is the key date, i.e. April 11, 2031, then we may calculate back from that date, 301 + 452 + 12603 + 12604 = 2595 days is March 3, 2024. Knowing that no man can know the day or the hour, means that we can only use this date as an anchor. So let us say that we have a margin of error of 75 days. So 75 days before this day, or 75 days after this day, we may expect a significant prophetic event to occur, an event that we may not know is prophetic until 45 days after it occurs (see this link). This may be the day that Jewish temple worship begins again. According to Scofield (1969), from the signing of the Pact to restore Jewish temple worship, the Tribulation begins.
Significant Prophetic Events
There are significant prophetic events which are occurring but are not being mentioned enough in the recent news.
- May 14, 2018: The US embassy was officially opened in Jerusalem, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the Israeli Declaration of Independence. (Hint: Matthew 24:32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:) May 14 is rather close to summer!
- September 15, 2020: Abraham Accords Peace Agreement: Treaty of Peace, Diplomatic Relations and Full Normalization Between the United Arab Emirates and the State of Israel.
- ID2020: seeks to give everyone on the planet a digital ID, and vaccinations. Neither of those are evil in themselves, but when you look at the big picture, the world view of the players, and what the Bible says will happen in the future tribulation period--everything is lining up. Link
These events seem small to the world, but I suggest they are huge prophetic events with respect to the second coming of Jesus.