by A. Freeman, guest writer
Matthew 24:36 But of That Day and hour knoweth no [man], no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
The above verse seems to be one of the most misquoted and misunderstood verses in Scripture. It is often taken out of context to imply that no one knows when the Second Coming of Christ will be, which is simply untrue. Christ told us exactly when and where to expect Him, IF we are awake, paying attention to the signs of the times and searching the Scriptures for the Birth-marks of the REAL Christ.
Just a simple review of Matthew 24:36 in context PROVES that the reference to That Day and hour is NOT talking about His Second Coming. Please see the verses below, with a few notes provided in [ ]:-
24:27 For as the lightening [TRUE Enlightenment directly from the Sun of Righteousness (Mal. 4), Who is The Light of the world – (John 8:3 King of kings’ Bible/John 8:12 KJV)] cometh out of the East, and shineth even unto the West; so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be.
24:28 For wheresoever the carcase is [the body that He uses during His Second Coming to enlighten the world and gather His Sheep – John 10], there will the eagles [the heavenly host] be gathered together.
24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the “sun” [Psalm 89:36 – the British/Davidic Throne] be darkened, and the “moon” [the British Commonwealth/ten “lost” tribes of Israel, which reflect the light and power of the Throne as the moon does with the sun] shall not give her light, and the “stars” [U.S.A. (50 on the flag, “STAR spangled banner”, etc.] shall fall from heaven, and the “powers of the heavens” [the political systems, which sit over the “mountains” (governments – see Micah 4:1)] shall be shaken:
24:30 And then shall appear the Sign (“Star”) 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 [when Christ sheds the human-body that He uses during His Second Coming and comes in the “Clouds” with the heavenly host to begin the REAPING (NOT the “rapture”) – which is why ALL of the tribes of the earth MOURN].
24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet (7th.), and they shall gather together his Elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
24:32 Now learn a parable of the Fig tree (Jews – Jer. 24:5, Matt. 21:19-21); When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves (1948), ye know that Summer [is] nigh:
24:33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it (the end) is near, [even] at the doors.
24:34 Verily I say unto you, THIS generation [from 1948 to the end of the age] shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
24:36 But of That Day and hour knoweth no [man], no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
24:37 But as the days of Noah [were], so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be.
24:38 For as in the days that were before The Flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark,
24:39 And knew not until The Flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be.
There is also the account from the Gospel of Luke of Christ’s Second Coming:-
17:24 For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one [part] under heaven, shineth unto the other [part] under heaven; so shall also the Son of Man be in his day.
17:25 But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of THIS generation.
17:26 And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of Man.
17:27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
17:28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
17:29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed [them] all.
17:30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.
It should be self-evident that these days (now) are just like the “days of Noah”, exactly as Christ described in the verses quoted above. Sodomy, homosexuality, paedophilia, promiscuity, lewdness and scoffing are RAMPANT, and yet people remain self-absorbed with their temporary human existence, as if this insanity can continue indefinitely and we have no personal responsibility to put a stop to all of this evil.
We have it, directly from Christ, that He will be here INSIDE A NEW BODY with a NEW NAME (Rev. 19:12, Rev. 2:17, Rev. 3:12) to publish the Gospel TRUTH (Mark 13:10) explaining the “mystery of God” (Rev. 10:7-10) to ALL Nations. He also prophesied that most will reject Him and His FINAL Warning that this is our LAST opportunity to get things right with God (learn The Way home, to heaven) or suffer the consequences (face The Fire), just as everyone except for Noah’s immediate family rejected Noah’s warning about the flood, and refused to REPENT and do as he told them to do for their own benefit, and they ALL died.
Many will find it difficult to believe that Christ could be here right now without their knowledge, even though that’s precisely what Christ Himself said. Perhaps that’s because most haven’t taken the time to LEARN some real humility or the parable of the Fig Tree.
The disciples asked Christ, the Spirit-Being within the human body called Jesus, when He (Christ) would come again, and what would be the sign?
Christ replied that when they saw the Fig Tree (Matt. 21:19-21) put forth new shoots, and begin to grow again, they would know that “Summer” (the new age – Sabbath Millennium) was near (Matt. 24:32), after 6 millennia – (6,000 years) of Satan’s mis-rule, known as “Winter”.
The Fig Tree that was cursed and withered before the disciples eyes because it brought forth no fruit, unto God, was the Jews. The “Fig Tree” is the symbol of the Jews in Scripture. Jesus cursed the Fig Tree and it withered away, symbolizing what was going to happen to the Jews (the House of Judah) for rejecting their rightful King (Matt. 27:21-25).
The Jews were kicked out of Palestine, had no homeland and were persecuted for 2000 years as God’s punishment for rejecting, persecuting and murdering their Rightful King and rejecting the New Covenant referred to in Ezekiel 34, culminating in the Holocaust under Adolf Hitler (the Anti-Christ – 666 – who was blessed by the Pope and called “the envoy of God”).
The Fig Tree then began to awaken from its withered state and began to put forth new shoots in Palestine on 22/4/1948 when the Jewish State in Israel was set up and David Ben-Gurion announced in the Museum Hall in Tel-Aviv to the world, under the umbrella of the United Nations, that the Jews had established a Jewish State in the land of Israel on 14th May 1948. From that year the desolate, cursed land began, through irrigation, to flourish and put forth new shoots, with immigration of Jews from all over the world, the “Fig Tree” revived and put forth new shoots, but will never bear fruit (for God – Matt. 21:19).
Unfortunately, Satan has deceived the WHOLE world (Rev. 12:9) into believing his worldly institutions and organized religions instead of Christ (Matt. 7:13-14). Christ Himself prophesied and warned us about the many false christs (and religious teachers) and false prophets, who, under Satan’s control, would be here at the same time, in order to deceive as many people as possible (everyone except “the very Elect”), to keep them away from the REAL Christ, Who would at this time be upon the Earth, in human form, inside a new body from Joseph/Ephraim. If this were not true, Satan would have no need to make false ones (II Cor. 11:13-15) to keep the people away from the REAL One. The best place to hide a tree is in a wood/forest.
13:5 And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any [man] deceive you:
13:6 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am [Christ]; and shall deceive many.
24:24 For there shall arise false christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very Elect.
24:25 Behold, I have told you before.
24:26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, [he is] in the secret chambers; believe [it] not. (Search the Old Covenant Prophecies for where I will be).
This statement was NOT meant as a warning to people not to believe the real Christ Who would be, as He said, on the Earth at this same time, but only against being deceived by the false ones, and by the false religion-teachers and prophets. If you think YOU haven’t been deceived, or that your organized religion is somehow different than all the rest, you are calling Christ a liar (Rev. 12:9) and are still spiritually asleep (I Thess. 5:2-9, Eph. 5:14).
Apparently very few, if any, have put these two crucially important points being made by Christ together; i.e. that many, many people will believe and be deceived by false christs; false prophets and the false religion-teachers of every religion but almost no-one will believe the real Christ, just as almost no-one believed Noah. That is what Christ really was saying, to YOU, that people would choose to believe anyone rather than believe Him, and would take the “Quick and Easy-path” of Organized Religions, instead of The Way (2 Peter 2:14-15, 21 & 3:15-17). Remember what happened to everyone that didn’t heed Noah’s warning to repent and return to obeying God ONLY: they ALL died. Only this time, unlike the “days of Noah”, the consequences for continued disobedience will be carried out by Fire (killing both body/branch and soul/root) instead of by water (which killed the body only), meaning there will be no more second-chances.
So what Day and hour was Christ referring to in Matthew 24:36 when He said “But of That Day and hour knoweth no [man], no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only”?
If we turn to the last page of the Old Covenant, we find the answer:-
4:1 For, behold, THE DAY cometh, that shall burn like an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the “I AM” Lord of hosts, that it shall leave of them neither root nor branch (nothing).
4:2 But unto you that fear My name shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.
4:3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in The Day that I shall do [this], saith the “I AM” Lord of hosts.
4:4 Remember ye and return to The Law of Moses My servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, [with] the Statutes and Judgments.
4:5 Behold, I will send you EliJAH the Prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful Day of the “I AM” (Sura 43:61):
4:6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse (see verse 1 for the details of the curse).
The Day and hour Christ is referring to in Matthew 24:36 is the Day and hour of Judgement; the time when everyone (II Cor. 5:10) will be judged according to their WORKS (Matt. 16:27, Matt. 25:31-46). It obviously is NOT referring to Christ’s Second Coming because, as shown above, Christ Himself told us exactly when He would return.
If Christ specifically knew when Judgement Day was due to arrive, Satan could use that information and have his henchmen (lawyers, politicians, judges, priests, etc.) murder the body Christ is currently using in an attempt to keep Him from fulfilling all of the prophecies, or torture him to find out the date.
As it stands, Satan knows if he is foolish enough to do that, i.e. murder the human-body that Christ (the Spirit-Being) is currently using, he would effectively be accelerating his own destruction, because the instant that Christ sheds that body/carcase, the Reaping WILL begin (Matt. 24:28), and Satan will be the first one to go into The Fire (Matt. 25:41, Rev. 21:8). Please note well that when everyone sees Christ (the Spirit-Being) and His Army coming in the “Clouds” ALL of the tribes of the earth mourn and wail (Matt. 24:30, Rev. 1:7) because everyone will know it is too late to change sides or one’s fate.
This should help explain how Christ could be here right now in a human-body UNNOTICED by most (like a “thief in the night” – 1 Thess. 5:2-9, II Pet. 3:10, Sura 86 – when everyone is spiritually “asleep”) and yet be seen by everyone when He comes in the “Clouds” as His TRUE Spiritual Self (AFTER He has shed the body He is temporarily using). It should also emphasize how little time remains to repent (stop sinning/breaking The Law – I John 3:4) and learn The Way home.
That’s why Father – the “I AM”, Who is THE One TRUE Omnipotent, Omnipresent and OMNISCIENT God and King Ruler of the Universe – is the ONLY One Who knows the Day and the hour of Judgment. The great and dreadful Day of the “I AM”.
If you would like to make the best use of what little time you have left, and learn the TRUTH about why God created humans (was He bored?), the REAL reason for life on planet Earth (why in the world are we here?) and how to communicate directly with Father so He can guide and protect you 24/7 through this tribulation, then you’ll need to read, study and put into practice The Survival Plan, which is the “little book” (Rev. 10:7-10) entitled The Way home or face The Fire by JAH. The title is self-explanatory.