The Second Coming
The Second Coming
When is the second coming? Although we cannot know the exact date, we can get an idea starting by looking at when Jesus died. We then will look at time in God’s perspective by using Jubilee cycles. I want to warn you that this topic gets somewhat complicated. Please read the Lake of Fire and The Barley Overcomers before reading on, or you will get confused.
The Last Supper
First, let’s start with the last supper. Jesus had one last meal with his disciples the night before he was crucified. This took place on Thursday, Abib 13, which is the 13th day of the first month of the Hebrew calendar, the day before Passover. In our calendar it would be Thursday, April 2, 33 A.D. However, some people argue that the last supper was on Friday, the Passover, due to this verse:
Luke 22:15 – and he said unto them, ‘With desire I did desire to eat this passover with you before my suffering, (YLT)
I agree that this was a meal celebrating Passover, but it did not necessarily have to be on Passover day. Look at these verses:
Mark 14:26 – And having sung an hymn, they went forth to the mount of the Olives (YLT)
Exodus 12:22 – and ye have taken a bunch of hyssop, and have dipped [it] in the blood which [is] in the basin, and have struck [it] on the lintel, and on the two side-post, from the blood which [is] in the basin, and ye, ye go not each from the opening of his house till morning. (YLT)
The law in Exodus states that they were not to go out of their houses on Passover day. However, Jesus and his disciples went outside to the mount of Olives and sang a hymn after their meal. So, we can conclude it was actually Thursday.
Mark 15:25 – and it was the third hour, and they crucified him; (YLT)
Jesus was crucified on the third hour on Passover, which is 9am. Hebrew days started on 6am because this is when the sun rose. Later on there was darkness according to this verse:
Luke 23:44-45 – And it was, as it were, the sixth hour, and darkness came over all the land till the ninth hour, and the sun was darkened, and the vail of the sanctuary was rent in the midst (YLT)
So there was a darkness from the sixth hour until the ninth hour which is 12pm to 3pm. There are several explanations for this darkness. One is that it was a solar eclipse in which the moon passes between the Sun and the Earth. According to astronomers, there was no solar eclipse that day. Mathematically, a solar eclipse cannot last more than 7 minutes and 31 seconds. The longest total solar eclipse during the 8,000 year period from 3,000 B.C. to 5,000 A.D. will occur on July 16, 2186, which will last 7 minutes and 29 seconds. Therefore, three hours of darkness cannot be a solar eclipse.
People also use this darkness to prove that Jesus was actually Julius Caesar. This is because Mount Aetna erupted on March 15, 44 B.C., which was when Julius Caesar died. This is completely ridiculous because there are so many witnesses, historians, and artifacts that prove Jesus’ death in 33 A.D. For more on this topic, see my article Proving the Existence of Jesus.
I have yet to find a scientific explanation for these three hour darkness. There was no volcanic eruption, solar eclipse, or any other natural disaster to explain it. It very well could have been a supernatural occurrence that science cannot explain.
The next topic is the lunar eclipse. A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes behind the Earth, where it doesn’t get any sunlight, so basically we can’t see the moon. This is also called a full moon. Astronomers do know that there was a lunar eclipse that started at 3:01pm (Greenwich time) on Friday, April 3, 33 A.D. 301 is the number assigned to the Greek words for moon, Calvary hill, and lambs. Notice the symbolism here. Jesus died at 3:01pm, on Calvary (location), when there was a new moon, and when Passover “lambs” were being sacrificed. One reason that God caused a three hour darkness was to prevent people from sacrificing lambs until after Jesus’ death. Symbolically, Jesus was the ultimate “lamb” to pay for the sin of the world as we see in John:
John 1:29 – on the morrow John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, ‘Lo, the Lamb of God, who is taking away the sin of the world; (YLT)
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