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Wednesday, September 7 2016
1 Thessalonians 5: Who Knows The Secret Of Christ's Return?
"But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but My Father only"
The English-language word "secret" originated from a Latin word, secretus, that meant to set apart, with the applied meaning of knowledge that is not generally known. "Secretary" originated from that same word (the term "private secretary" is actually a redundancy because the two words mean the same).
"Secret" is used to translate the Greek word of the Holy Scriptures, pronounced kroop-tos, that means private, or enclosed. The Messiah used the word a number of times in His teachings. Examples:
"6:3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: 6:4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
The greatest "secret" of prophecy is when the return of the Messiah will happen - a secret that only the Father knows because He alone will decide when it happens (see also What Happened When The Messiah Arrived In Heaven?).
"24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only." (Matthew 24:36 KJV)
While no one knows when the Messiah's return will happen, paradoxically, it will seem, to every human that has ever lived, to happen "today" (see the Fact Fider question below). It was for that reason that the apostle Paul, and every other true servant of the LORD, emphasized living a full-effort Christian life, as though Jesus Christ were going to return today. At the heart of that principle are the famous Messianic teachings about "let your light shine" (reiterated in verse 5 below; see also Why Can't Light Be Hidden?), the armor of God (reiterated in verse 8 below; see also Why Does The LORD's Armour Attract The Devil's Fire?) and "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good" (verse 21 below; see also Prove All Things, Hold Fast What Is Good).
"5:1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
Fact Finder: How is it possible that it will seem, to every human that has ever lived, that Jesus Christ will return "today"?
This Day In History, September 7
70: Roman Legions (see also Legions Of Men And Angels) under Titus occupied and plundered Jerusalem (see A History Of Jerusalem: Titus And The Zealots and What Did Jesus Christ Say About Those Stones?).
1087: Norman King William I, known as "William the Conqueror," died. During his reign, he produced the Domesday Book, the first exhaustive survey of England.
1191: The Battle of Arsuf during the Third Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy). Richard I of England defeated Saladin at Arsuf.
1228: During the Sixth Crusade, Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II landed in Acre, "Palestine" ("Palestine" is merely a variant pronunciation of "Philistine"; see Where Is Palestine?). The Roman "Kingdom of Jerusalem" was thereafter briefly restored (see A History Of Jerusalem: Hadrian and Simon bar Kokhba and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1533: Queen Elizabeth I of England was born. The daughter of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, her reign began with the defeat of the Spanish Armada. During her time, Britain rose to international power and prominence, beginning colonization that produced its worldwide empire of commerce and civilization over the next 400 years. A golden age for Britain, Elizabeth's contemporaries were the likes of Francis Bacon, William Shakespeare, Walter Raleigh, Francis Drake, John Hawkins, Martin Frobisher and many others.
1543: Mary, Queen of Scots was coronated.
1630: The town of Trimontaine, Massachusetts, was renamed as Boston.
1714: The Treaty of Badan was signed. It was one of the Treaties included in the Peace of Utrecht which ended the War of The Spanish Succession.
1763: King George III issued a proclamation inviting citizens of the British Empire to settle in Canada. A large number of people did, including many patriotic, law-abiding conservatives (hard-working, successful people of all walks of life i.e. farmers, merchants, tradesmen, educators) from the New England colonies who saw no need for a rebellion. Totaling about 40% of the population of the New England colonies, they were later known as United Empire Loyalists. When the U.S. invaded Canada a few years later in the War of 1812 (1812-1814), United Empire Loyalists and their adult children and grandchildren served among the British Army and Canadian militias that successfully defended Canada from U.S. "annexation" (i.e. to destroy Canada as a nation and rule it as a colony from Washington) - the publicly-stated goal of U.S. President James Madison when he started the war.
A plaque in Hamilton, Ontario (as well as many others across Canada) commemorates them:
"This monument is dedicated to the lasting memory of
1812: Russian forces retreated from the army of Napoleon after the Battle of Borodino, near Moscow. Like Adolf Hitler 130 years later however, the invaders were eventually "stopped cold" by the Russian winter.
1822: Brazil declared independence from Portugal.
1860 "Red Shirt" forces under Giuseppe Garibaldi took Naples. The victory permitted Victor Emmanuel to become king of Italy.
1867: Adolphus abdicated as duke of Nassau and was granted 8.5 million thalers (origin of "dollars") and a few castles as compensation.
1940: During the Second World War, the Nazi "Blitz" of London began. The city was heavily bombed for 57 consecutive nights.
1953: Nikita Khrushchev became the leader ("First Secretary of the Communist Party") of the Soviet Union.
1979: The Chrysler Corporation requested $1.5 billion from the U.S. government to avoid bankruptcy.
1986: Bishop Desmond Tutu was enthroned as Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa. He was the first black head of South Africa's Anglicans.
1988: Abdul Ahad Mohmand, the first Afghan in space, returned to earth aboard the Russian Soyuz TM-5 after 9 days on the Mir space station.
1999: A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck Athens, Greece. Over 140 people were killed, 500 injured and 50,000 people had their homes destroyed.
2004: Hurricane Ivan killed 39 people on Grenada and destroyed 90% of the buildings on the island.
2005: Egypt held its first-ever multi-party presidential election.
2008: To delay further economic collapse of the housing industry, the U.S. Government took control of the two largest mortgage financing companies in the U.S., Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
2012: Canada cut diplomatic ties with Iran by closing its embassy in Tehran and ordering the expulsion of Iranian diplomats from Ottawa, over support for Syria, nuclear plans and alleged rights abuses.