Lesson 1: No Man Knows? Thief In The Night?
Do you remember the billboards that were displayed all over the world regarding Judgement Day that occurred on May 21, 2011? Did that day come and go without incident? Not hardly. Read on.
First of all, what does the Bible mean by Judgment Day? That was the last possible day that anyone in this world could have received salvation and everlasting life. If you heard a little about this in the days, weeks, months or years prior to that date but weren’t sure about it and you are not a member of any church, you should keep reading. There may be hope for you because God may have saved you by that date.
First of all, you may wonder, how can the Bible be pointing to that particular date as Judgment Day? Doesn’t the Bible say that no one can know the day or the hour when Jesus will come again?
Mark 13:4 Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?
Mark 13:5 And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you:
Mark 13:32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
Matthew 24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
But the Bible also says this:
Matthew 11:27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
Luke 10:22 All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.
Here Jesus makes clear that there are those that can know “all things” that are delivered unto the Son. Are there more verses that confirm this? Yes there are:
1Corinthians 2:11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
1Corinthians 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
1Corinthians 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
Ecclesiastes 8:5 Whosoever keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man’s heart discerneth both time and judgment.
Acts 1:7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Mark 13:23 But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.
John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
Thus Jesus revealed that his sheep can know the time of His coming because He has promised to revealed to His children “all truth” and “all things.” The Holy Spirit does not indwell the heart of an unsaved man to know this but it does indwell the heart of a true believer, one of God’s elect, to know this through the words that “the Holy Ghost teacheth.” One cannot be saved without the Holy Spirit:
Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
What thousands of Bible studying true children of God from around the world had learned about Judgment Day coming on May 21, 2011 was revealed directly from the Bible. There are numerous time clues God has placed within the Bible which point mathematically and scripturally together to point to the same conclusion: that there is absolutely no doubt that May 21, 2011 was Judgment Day. We erroneously believed that that would also be the date of the Rapture (more on that later). When I first heard about this, I was a total skeptic. I thought to myself, ‘I’d like to see them try to refute that the Bible says that no one can know when Jesus is coming (already refuted above) because He will come as a thief in the night.’ So now let’s address the verses that state that Christ will come like a “thief in the night”
1Thessalonians 5:1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
1Thessalonians 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
1Thessalonians 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.
2Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
Back to 1 Thesselonians 5. Look at verse 1 & 2 again.
But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
You might be tempted to conclude from 1 Thes 5:1-2 that we cannot know “times and seasons.” But actually, the verse is teaching just the opposite. 1 Thes 4:9 makes it clear what is meant by “no need that I write unto you.”
1Thessalonians 4:9 But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.
Paul states that there is no need to write about brotherly love because the Thessalonians had already been “taught of God” to love one another. So the phrase “no need that I write unto you” is language that indicates the information was already known. So Paul is stating in 1 Thes 5:1-2 that true believers know that, yes, Christ will come as a thief in the night. But now read verse 4:
1Thessalonians 5:4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
This verse also directly contradicts that “no man can know” the time of Christ’s coming. And here’s another one:
Amos 3:7 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.
The “prophets” refer to God’s elect: those that Christ died to save.
Christ will come as a thief to those that are unsaved because they do not have the guidance of the Holy Spirit and, therefore, they have no knowledge of when Christ will come. The knowledge and faith that a true child of God receives is not through dreams or visions or any “feeling” that we can sense, it is only through reading or hearing God’s Word, the Holy Bible, that faith is received:
Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
When I first heard about the possibility of Judgment Day coming on May 21, 2011, I performed an extensive Bible search on my own and what I first learned is what I have outlined above. Of course, I looked at the Biblical evidence pointing to that date, which I will get to but I want to point out something extremely important first. I felt that I was saved because I had accepted Christ as my Savior (so I had been told by multiple pastors in various churches I had attended over the years but this is not true as I will explain later). So I thought what difference does it make when The Rapture occurs? I had proclaimed Jesus as my Savior so I felt secure in knowing that I would be saved whenever Judgment Day and the day of The Rapture occurred. Yet, I couldn’t cast off such dire warnings as the date of The Rapture and the End of Salvation without being sure that the people that were proclaiming this were crazy. I had to make sure they were wrong for my own peace of mind and I didn’t think that would be hard to do. The following verses put the fear of God into me and I had to look at any proclamation that Judgement Day or the Day of the Rapture were at hand:
Ezekiel 3:17 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.
Ezekiel 3:18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
Ezekiel 33:6 But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.
Ezekiel 33:7 So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.
Ezekiel 33:8 When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
Ezekiel 33:9 Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.
God commands us to warn others if we see that Judgment Day is coming. So what is the Biblical evidence that May 21, 2011 was Judgment Day? There are many infallible proofs from the Biblical timeline that May 21, 2011 was Judgment Day, more evidence than I can present here (see Lesson 6 & 7). I would like to point one of the strongest pieces of evidence, which comes from the following verses:
2Peter 3:1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
2Peter 3:2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:
2Peter 3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
2Peter 3:4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
2Peter 3:5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
2Peter 3:6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
2Peter 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
2Peter 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
Peter, through the inspiration of God, was inspired to write this equation that a day is equal to 1000 years. This follow immediately after a discussion of the Great Flood. When did Noah board the ark? For thousands of years, no one knew when that was. But God has included a timeline in His Word, the Bible, and that timeline has recently been discovered (again look elsewhere on this web page in the near future for that information or links to that information). Here are the verses that give us a reference when Noah walks onto the ark with his family:
Genesis 7:1 And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.
Genesis 7:2 Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.
Genesis 7:3 Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.
Genesis 7:4 For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.
Genesis 7:10 And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.
Genesis 7:11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
Using the Biblical Timeline, it has been determined that the year that the flood occurred was 4990 B.C. God makes a point to warn Noah seven days in advance. Why seven days in advance? Why not a month in advance or a day in advance? Why doesn’t God say “in one week” the flood occur instead? God tells us the exact date that the flood occurred in the Hebrew Calendar: the seventeenth day of the second month. Now let’s use the formula God provided in 2Peter 3:8 that one day equals 1000 years. Seven days times 1000 years/day = 7000 years. If we add 7000 years from 4990 B. C. we get 7000 – 4990 = 2010 but we need to add one year because there is no year zero = 2011. If we then convert the 17th day of the second month of the Hebrew calendar to our Gregorian calendar for the year 2011, we find it landed on May 21st.