by Paul Benson
Two Comings Of Christ: Fact Or Fraud?
But of that day and hour knoweth no man… – Jesus Christ
How many times have we heard the words ‘of that day and hour knows no man’ spoken in connection with the pre-trib rapture theory? It is one of the most commonly used phrases in promoting that doctrine. The notion we are expected to swallow is that Jesus was specifically speaking of the supposed pre-trib event when he spoke those words. But just what day was Jesus actually referring to? Some might be quite surprised by the answer to that question!
Open And Shut Case?
Frequently cited as ‘absolute proof” the Rapture and the Second Coming are two separate events is a portrayal of two days called the ‘Known Day’ and the ‘Unknown Day’. This depiction has become quite popular among those who espouse the pre-trib theory. Their story usually sounds something like this:
There is a day which is absolutely known and a day which cannot be known; two separate days that cannot be the same day. The first is the day of the Rapture before the tribulation, of which (they claim) Jesus said ‘no man knows the day or hour’; this is the ‘Unknown Day’. The second is the day of the Second Coming which (they claim) the Bible says will be exactly 1260 days after the Antichrist begins to rule. Therefor if we can figure the day of Christ’s Coming by the 1260 day countdown it is a ‘Known Day’.
THE CONCLUSION: Since an unknown day and a known day cannot be the same day; and the day of the Second Coming is known whereas the day of the Rapture is unknown the two cannot be the same day. End of story. Case closed!
I have heard this preached very convincingly with the enticing words of man’s wisdom. (1Cor. 2:4) And for many this sounds like a solid open and shut case. But is it? Or has some deception taken place here? Let’s engage the safeguard of Critical Examination, and see if we can discern the truth of this matter.
The Jury Deliberates
And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. Revelation 12:6
The entire validity of this ‘known day / unknown day idea rests upon an assumption the day of the Return of Christ can be pinpointed exactly (supposedly by the 1260 days given in the above Scripture coupled together with references to 42 months and 3 1/2 years spoken of elsewhere). But Is this assumption valid? We shall see it is certainly not!
Having had for many years a deep interest in Bible prophesy the time-spans of 3½ years, forty two months, 1260 days, 1290 days, and 1335 days found through out the Scriptures have always caught my attention. There is no doubt they are given to us as a framework in which end-time events are to transpire.
FOOD 4 THOUGHT: Who knows absolutely when this 1260 day period will start? Or that the final day of it is absolutely the day of the Second Coming? I sure don’t! (Who’s to say Jesus doesn’t come before the 1260 days of the woman hiding in the wilderness are over? Wouldn’t she stay hidden until after Armageddon? The Antichrist rules for that 1260 days /42 months. Armageddon and the destruction of Antichrist don’t necessarily happen the very day of Christ’s appearing. The armies have to gather together to fight against Jesus. Don’t you think that will take a bit of time to accomplish?)
And is the start date the day Antichrist takes control, the day he announces his control, the day the abomination is set up (this could take several days! Which one is the day?), or maybe the day it’s revealed to the world? Or maybe the day people are required to begin worship of him? To claim to know for sure the start date of the 1260 days, or that Jesus will even come on the last day of that 1260 days, is a quite presumptuous! Without a firmly fixed start date there is no firmly fixed end date; and we don’t even know that end date is actually the day of Christ’s return anyway! This ‘rock solid proof’ is jiggling like a bowl of Jello dropped to the floor!
But as to this ‘known day’ and ‘unknown day’ theory there is another serious flaw in the reasoning of those touting this supposed ‘proof’ of two separate comings of Christ. Let’s look at the context this snippet ‘But of that day and hour knoweth no man’ was pulled out of.
Heisted Jargon: Evidence Of Deception
But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of Heaven, but my Father only. 37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Matthew 24:36-37
But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. Luke 17:29
The major problem with this ‘absolute proof’ they’re asking us to ingest is this: The phrase ‘of that day and hour knoweth no man’ is a snippet stolen from a passage we can prove is definitely referring to the Second Coming! Jesus, in the Olivet Discourse, ties the unknown day to his Return. His pointing to the sudden destruction of the days of Noah and Lot as a picture of his Return proves this. I urge you to read these verses in your Bible and see the context. Even pre-trib theologians admit Matthew 24:36-37 is a passage about the Second Coming!
To steal this snippet out of its true context, and apply it to a pre-trib event, is nothing short of outright deception!
Jesus labeled, here in Matthew 24, the day of his Return as an unknown day! And that makes all the wrangling and fussing over counting 1260 days (or is it the 1290 in Daniel 12:11? or the 1335 in Daniel 12:11?) a completely moot point. It is a non-issue! Why attempt to pinpoint a day Jesus clearly said was an unknown day? What folly! I’ve seen some pretty *‘fancy footwork’ dancing around this problem with their theory, but nothing that stays on its feet after close scrutiny. Once again, the context of this verse plainly rebukes their usage of the verse. The day of the Second Coming is an unknown day. PERIOD!
* (I am referring here to a notion some put forth of a systematic ‘dual reference’ in Matthew 24 pointing to two comings of Christ in the end-times. I have read page after page of theological ramblings on this subject but nothing that is anything more than supposition forced by the pre-trib rapture theory. What greatly amazes me is they ignore the fact that even if Matthew 24:36 was a dual reference (and it’s not) it would be referring to TWO unknown days! It would still be declaring the Second Coming an unknown day! What kind of ‘proof’ is that? More of their proof that proves nothing at all!)
The Verdict Is In!
I don’t care how rock solid any assumptions seem about reckoning the days from Antichrist’s arrival to Jesus’ Coming; we see Jesus was absolutely not referring to a prior event, but to his Return in Matthew 24:36. The day of Christ’s Return is an unknown day; and this makes their ‘proof” go ‘poof’! Calling the day of his Return a ‘known day’, and saying Jesus was speaking of the pre-trib rapture when he said ‘of that day and hour knoweth no man’ are both a lie. The context in which this phrase belongs clearly makes that accusation. The portrayal of a known day versus an unknown day proving two separate comings of Jesus is a bucket full of holes.
This known day / unknown day farce is just one more example of the cunning craftiness employed to promote the hoax of a pre-trib rapture. This subtle deception seemed quite plausible until we stepped back and gave it some close scrutiny. When we apply that scrutiny to each aspect of the pre -trib theory it is exposed as the deceitful fable it really is! There is only ONE coming of Christ in the last days. The Second Coming (immediately AFTER the tribulation). And that is when we are caught up to meet Jesus. There is no prior event!
I hope you have found this study insightful (and useful).
Blessings upon all those who love our Christ;
For more insight on the error of the pre-trib theory here is a list of my articles to date on this subject:
Articles On The Pre-trib Rapture Theory -by Paul Benson
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