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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:

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"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.

6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly." (Matthew 6:3-6 KJV; see also 12 Biblical Principles Of Personal Prayer)

"6:16 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6:17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; 6:18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly." (Matthew 6:16-18 KJV; see also The Biblical History Of Christian Fasting)

"13:34 All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them: 13:35 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world." (Matthew 13:34-35 KJV; see also The Meaning Of Parables)

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.

5:4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. 5:5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. 5:6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. 5:7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, 5:10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. 5:11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

5:12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; 5:13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves. 5:14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. 5:15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

5:16 Rejoice evermore. 5:17 Pray without ceasing. 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

5:19 Quench not the Spirit. 5:20 Despise not prophesyings. 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 5:24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. 5:25 Brethren, pray for us.

5:26 Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss. 5:27 I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren. 5:28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. The first epistle to the Thessalonians was written from Athens." (1 Thessalonians 5:1-28 KJV)

Fact Finder: How is it possible that it will seem, to every human that has ever lived, that Jesus Christ will return "today"?
See Could Jesus Christ Return Today?


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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?).

Fallen 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).

The Siege of Acre

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

THE UNITED EMPIRE LOYALISTS

Who, after the Declaration of Independence, came into British North America from the seceded American colonies and who, with faith and fortitude, and under great pioneering difficulties, largely laid the foundations of this Canadian nation as an integral part of the British Empire.

Neither confiscation of their property, the pitiless persecution of their kinsmen in revolt, nor the galling chains of imprisonment could break their spirits, or divorce them from a loyalty almost without parallel.

No country ever had such founders --

No country in the world --

No, not since the days of Abraham."

United Empire Loyalists

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.


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