What Time Is It Now On the Creator’s Clock?
Many today have misinterpreted Mat 24:36 to mean that we cannot know the day of the Messiah’s coming, and which is even worse, some teach, we are not to study the end-time prophecy. And those who study the end-time prophecies and try to try to figure out the day of His coming are labeled as “time setters.” This, however, is far from the truth.
Learn the parable from the fig tree: When you see its branch and leaves sprouting know that he is near to the gates*. Truly, I say to you, this generation shall not pass away until all these things shall be done. Heaven and earth shall pass away. But of that day or that time, there is none who knows, not even the angels of heaven, but the Father only. (Mat 24:33-36) Hebrew Gospel of Matthew translated from an ancient Hebrew text by George Howard, Mercer University Press, 1995. *The Greek text says, “the summer is near”.
The reason no one will know the day, or the hour of the Messiah’s coming is “hidden” in the Torah concerning one of the appointed times and convocations of the Creator: The Day of Trumpet, Yom Teruah (Lev 23:24).
The distinctive thing about Yom Teruah is that this is the only appointed time that falls on the first day of the month when is the time of dark and when the first sliver of the renewed moon is to be sighted. All other appointed times fall in the middle of the month or close to it during the full moon when it is light. Yom Teruah cannot be declared until the renewed moon is sighted. Therefore, the uncertainty of the exact day of His coming comes from the fact that we must have the moon sighted first by two or three witnesses over Israel in order for this day to be declared. Until we do not sight the new moon, we will not know when the seventh month begins, hence, His return.
For more information on this and why the present author believes Yeshua will come on this day and in a Sabbatical year, the reader may want to read the book The Reckoning of Time.
We can know the season of Messiah’s coming
In the Parable of the Fig Tree, Yeshua the Messiah seems to tell us that we can know the general season of His return in advance, yet we cannot know the exact time [in advance] for the reason stated above. What is important to know, however, is that the Messiah was speaking to the generation of His disciples, not to us. It is given to us for knowledge and discernment, but it was not spoken to us.
When the Messiah made that statement, His disciples did not have the knowledge we have today, concerning the end-time. The Gospels and Epistles were not written yet. They did not have the Revelation either. Therefore, the Messiah was right when He said that day, “But of that day or that time, there is none who knows, not even the angels of heaven, but the Father only”.
The disciples would not know. Not even the angels in heaven would know whether the tiny sliver of the moon would be visible on that day, the Day of Trumpet, in the sky of Jerusalem, only the Creator of the universe.
But it is different today. We have today what they did not have then; moreover, we are the last generation that will see His return because we see its [the fig tree’s] branch and leaves sprouting [we] know that he is near to the gates. Yeshua was speaking to them concerning our generation.
That is not to say that we being the last generation have the knowledge Yeshua was talking about. However, the Creator has given us the knowledge to know when the Fall Festival Season approaches, but we must still wait for Him to show us the first crescent sliver of the new moon, which will be the beginning of Yom Teruah.
We can know the day and the our of Messiah’s coming
Now, let us consider what the present author believes is a “hidden” message concerning His coming. This message can be found in Rev 3:3 that states thus,
I shall come upon you as a thief, if then you do not wake up, and you shall not know at all what hour I come upon you.
How could this be indicative that we can know the day and the hour of His return? We will use a well-known method in mathematics which we will apply in the textual criticism of the above passage. The phrase “if then” is the if-clause of the sentence and like in mathematics, if we turn the negative form into positive and vice versa on both sides of the if-clause sentence, the meaning of the text will not change, and what actually we read is this:
I shall not come upon you as a thief, if then you do wake up, and you shall know at what hour I come upon you.
In other words, what Yeshua is saying to us is this: “You will not be taken in surprise, because you shall know the hour My coming.” Therefore, we are indeed able to discern the clues of His coming given in the Scripture, moreover, we have been encouraged to study the prophecy, since the Messiah Himself has said that we will find for Him in the Torah, the prophecy, and in the Writings, that is, the whole Tanak.
So, let us start.
6,000 years have been reckoned for mankind
The sages describe the whole human history as a seven-millennium week, consisting of 6,000 years of human labor in developing the Creator’s world and a seventh millennium that is “wholly Shabbat and rest, for life everlasting” that is the Era of the Messiah. Hence, we may find the Creation pattern: 6 days x 1,000 years = 6,000 years = 120 Jubilees. Also, Gen 6:3 says,
My Spirit shall not strive with Adam (mankind) forever in his going astray. He is flesh, and his days shall be one hundred and twenty years of time.
The phrase one hundred and twenty years of time could denote a type of the Jubilee cycle since the Hebrew word for “year” also means a division of time, or the interpretive understanding of this verse could be 120 Jubilees.
In other words the Sabbath represents the rest in the coming Messianic Kingdom. There is a good reason for this parallel, for the Psalmist writes (Psa 90:4):
For a thousand years in Your eyes are like yesterday that has past, or like a watch in the night.
The Creator’s clock is based on the six days of creation, with each day corresponding to 1,000 years on His calendar. A cycle based on seven is used frequently in the Bible, such as the Sabbatical year,
Six years you sow your field, and six years you prune your vineyard, and gather in its fruit, but in the seventh year the land is to have a Sabbath of rest, a Sabbath to Yehovah. (Lev 25:3-4)
And the seven-year agricultural cycle, and its extension, the Jubilee year (Lev 25:10), that occurs at the end of seven Sabbatical cycles.
And you shall set the fiftieth year apart and proclaim release throughout all the land to all its inhabitants, it is a Jubilee for you. And each of you shall return to his possession, and each of you return to his clan. (Lev 25:10)
A Hebrew servant is also released after seven years of servitude (Exo 21:2).
When you buy a Hebrew servant, he serves six years, and in the seventh he goes out free, for naught. (Exo 21:2)
However, everything began with “In the beginning…” The verse found at the end of each day in the story of the creation of the world “And there was evening and there was morning”, is the basis for beginning each day at sunset.
Further, each day is divided into two equal halves – night and daylight. Each half is then divided into 12 hours (Joh 11:9). From sunset to sunset, 24 hours of the day are divided up. We find this in Joh 11:9.
Yeshua answered, ‘Are there not twelve hours in the day?’ (Joh 11:9)
Applying the concept of time, one full day is 1,000 years. Therefore, one 12 hour period equals 500 years. If we further divide 1,000 by 24 hours, then each hour on the Creator’s clock equals 41 years and eight months, or 500 months.
500 months, which are one hour on the creation clock, when divided by sixty minutes equals eight months and ten days, therefore, one minute is eight months and ten days. Further dividing the Biblical minute by sixty gives one second: 4.17 days, or five days.
Based on the days of creation, the fifth day of the week, or Thursday on the Roman calendar, has past or 5,000 years on the Creator’s clock. We are now in the sixth day of the week, or Friday on the Roman calendar, or in the sixth millennium. From Thursday sunset until Friday morning is half of one day, or as the night equals five hundred years, Friday morning at sunrise would be the year 5500.
If we keep going on, noon on the sixth day is year 5750. What remains is a quarter of the day, or six hours from Friday noon until sunset, when the Sabbath begins, or on the Creator’s clock: the beginning of the seventh millennium.
What Time Is It Now On the Creator’s Clock?
Again, where are we now? Most certainly, we are sometime between year 5750 and year 6000 on the Creator’s calendar. But where exactly are we on the Creator’s calendar?
We know that the last hours of Friday are entirely given over to preparations for the weekly Sabbath. When related to the 7,000-year clock, this time refers to the preparation for the Sabbatical millennium known also as the Messiah’s Kingdom, thus the time leading to the beginning of the seventh Millenium will be the time for preparing for the Messiah.
We also know that as the weekly Sabbath is approaching, the preparation for it is intensifying and seemingly the time is being accelerated or hastened. It is especially true for the time known in the Tanak as “between the evenings”, which is about thirty minutes before the beginning of the Sabbath. This is the time when all preparation for the coming Sabbath must come to an end.
What is “between the evenings?” In Biblical Hebrew, the word עֶרֶב erev means “evening.” In the expression “between the evenings” the first “evening” is the sunset when the disk of the sun disappears below the horizon, but there is still light. While the second “evening” is the onset of total darkness. The expression הָעַרְבַּיִם בֵּין beyn ha’arbayim “between the evenings” is used interchangeably with the term בָעֶ֔רֶב ba’erev (literally: “at evening”) which itself refers to the “onset of the evening.” For example, we can see both expressions in Exo 16:11-13:
I have heard the complaints of the Children of Israel; speak to them saying ‘Between the evenings (beyn ha’arbayim) you shall eat meat’… And it was at evening (ba’erev) that the quail rose up and covered the camp.
In this passage the event is predicted to happen “between the evenings” and said to have happened “at evening.” The meaning of “at evening” itself can be learned from the verse in Deu 16:6:
but at the place where Yehovah your Elohim chooses to make His Name dwell, there you slaughter the Pesach (the Passover lamb) in the evening (ba’erev), at the going down of the sun, at the appointed time you came out of Egypt.
In other words, the Torah describes the time of “at evening” and “between the evenings” to both mean “at sunset” referring to the early evening, shortly after sunset or we may say: “twilight.”
In Israel during the fall feasts the twilight lasts about 24 minutes before the complete dark comes upon the land. Since one minute equals eight months and ten days, twenty-four minutes equal 200 months or 16 years and eight months.
Now, this is the hypothesis of the present author.
We all agree that September 11, 2001 changed the world and nothing has been like before. Since then, wars, terrorism, death, and moral decline have become a trend of this world. But that was not yet the beginning of “the twilight zone” of darkness.
The real turmoil of violent disturbances in the world began in December 2010 with the so-called “Arab Spring”: it first started as uprising in North Africa, but then it scorched like a wildfire raging and rapidly spreading in the Middle East.
The reader may want to read chapter Writing on the Wall from the present author’s book The Reckoning of Time and the article “Obama, ISIL, and the Bible Code” for more information on this controversial topic.
If we assume that December, 2010 is the beginning of the twilight and the first evening and if we count 200 months or 16 years and eight months which correspond to the latitude of the Middle East and North Africa, we will come to the second evening, that is, 2027: the year of total darkness.
That is not to say that the Messiah will come in that particular year, but the intent of the present author is to give the reader the knowledge that this is the last generation that will witness the Messiah’s coming. As stated in chapters Redemption Plan of YHVH and Two Scenarios for the War of Gog, there are two ordained times for the Messiah’s coming. The one is — the preordained time by the Creator at the beginning of Creation and — a hastened revelation before the destined time all depending on the Covenant requirement of repentance. This brings the uncertainty of the year of His coming, but not of the season.
This is a hypothesis that has been formed by speculating or conjecturing with little hard evidence, it is not a prediction. However, we can notice that this hypothesis fits into the time frame Yeshua has given us that the generation that will witness the establishment of Israel in 1948 is the generation that will see the coming of the Messiah.
That generation is still alive today and it will not pass away until all signs of the end time take place. As of today, we have little hard evidence to support this hypothesis, that is why it is just that: hypothesis. We are just like His disciples then: we do not know.
The countdown begins to the Messiah’s coming …
However, when the time comes and this generation sees the abomination spoken by Daniel the Prophet in Dan 8:13, Dan 11:31, Dan 12:11, and by Yeshua the Messiah in Mat 24:15,
So when you see the abomination that lays waste, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, set up in the set-apart place – he who reads, let him understand – then let those who are in Yehudah flee to the mountains. Let him who is on the house-top not come down to take whatever out of his house. And let him who is in the field not turn back to get his garments. And woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing children in those days! And pray that your flight does not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there shall be great distress, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. (Mat 24:15-21)
Then it will be made clear that the Messiah will come exactly after 1,260 days as we are told in Dan 7:25, Dan 12:7, Rev 11:2-3, Rev 12:6, and Rev 13:5 and we will know the day of His coming.
But for the disciples that was not very clear. Surely, they were fully aware of the prophecy of Daniel concerning the abomination in the set-apart place, the Temple in Jerusalem. Surely, they knew that that abomination had already been fulfilled the first time during the time of Antiochus Epiphanes, but the Messiah was here prophesying about the end-time.
For them the end-time came when the Romans devastated Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple in 70 A.D. The Romans ripped open pregnant women, did not spare the infant with the old. For them that was the end-time Yeshua was warning about. And when they saw the abomination taking place in Jerusalem, they fled to the mountain, in Petra, as instructed by Him. But that was not the end-time.
But Yeshua was prophesying about the end-time of the ten-horned beast that would be revealed in the Book of Revelation years later after 70 A.D.
In conclusion, the only thing we need to do is to count 1,260 days from the day the abomination will take place in Jerusalem and sight the renewed moon over Jerusalem for the Day of Trumpet, Yom Teruah. And of course, to stay faithful to the end.
And surely the seven angels will know when to blow their trumpets, as they will also count 1,260 days from the day the abomination.
Therefore, with all that being said, we can say: we can know the day and the hour of the Messiah’s coming.
For more information on this read chapter Signs of the Messiah from the book The Reckoning of Time.
May we merit seeing the coming of our Mashiach speedily in our days.