First and foremost, I don’t know the answer to the riddle (yet).
Second, I do not let presumption impede new discovery.
Third, I am careful to say, “This is my current understanding, which is subject to change based on new discovery.”
eschatology (n.) 1834, from Latinized form of Greek eskhatos “last, furthest, uttermost, extreme, most remote” in time, space, degree (from PIE *eghs-ko-, suffixed form of *eghs “out;” see ex-) + -ology. In theology, the study of the four last things (death, judgment, heaven, hell). Related: Eschatological; eschatologically.
1. The circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement, or idea, and in terms of which it can be fully understood. ‘the proposals need to be considered in the context of new European directives’ 1.1 The parts of something written or spoken that immediately precede and follow a word or passage and clarify its meaning. ‘skilled readers use context to construct meaning from words as they are read’
logic (n.) mid-14c., logike, “branch of philosophy that treats of forms of thinking; the science of distinction of true from false reasoning,” from Old French logique (13c.), from Latin (ars) logica “logic,” from Greek (he) logike (techne) “(the) reasoning (art),” from fem. of logikos “pertaining to speaking or reasoning” (also “of or pertaining to speech”), from logos “reason, idea, word” (see Logos). Formerly also logick. Sometimes formerly plural, as in ethics, but this is not usual. Meaning “logical argumentation” is from c. 1600. Contemptuous logic-chopper “sophist, person who uses subtle distinctions in argument” is from 1846.
Genesis 1:1 (KJV) In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
John 1:1-5 (KJV) 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
John 1:1 (KJV) In the beginning was the Word [logos / λόγος (g3056)], and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Logic comes from the Greek word “logos”.
In the beginning there was logos, logic, reason. As we approach the end, likewise we find reason, logic, and The Logos—telling us of the last things, leading up to the next Age, and beyond—eschatology.
Eschatology, hmmm, let’s talk about Jesus’ comments on the events of the future. Don’t miss, that, though it’s commentary, it is in reality prophecy, the forthtelling of future events, eschatology.
Matthew 24:3 (KJV) And as he [Jesus] sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
Matthew 24:36 (KJV) But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
What is the context?
1. Jesus is fully God and Man
2. Jesus stepped down from His omnipotent infinite-dimensional nature to incarnate, to become man
3. In so doing, He temporarily gave up His omni-knowing, to become man, born a helpless infant
4. As He grew, God His Father “taught” Him
5. He exemplified our quest for full dependence upon God the Father
6. Jesus was able to forthtell that which was given to Him, by the Father, during His mission on Earth
7. Jesus did not have the full revelation until He ascended to Heaven, post death, post resurrection, and final days on Earth. He even said the Holy Spirit would come to teach his followers all things, after His ascension.
8. The book of Revelation (the Apocalypse), the word apocalypse means “revealing”, unveiling. It is the revelation of who Jesus Christ really is. Apocalypse has become the word of terror we know, because of the events forthtold in the book of Revelation. It’s not “Revelations”—there is one Revelation, the Revelation is the revealing of who Jesus Christ is — read Chapter One.
In context, what can we logically deduce?
Considering, all of the above, we can deduce that Jesus is now aware of the full timeline of Man’s history inclusive of the timing of the Second Coming and The Rapture. (If you have not done you homework on the pre-Darby pastoral preaching of the Rapture, a contiguous historical lineage all the way back to the apostle Paul, well, you have some work to do). The Rapture is the most maligned and misunderstood doctrine of Scripture — pointing to its significance.
In light of the understanding that Jesus’ comment, “of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only”, as being temporal, a moment in time, when it had not yet been revealed to Him by God the Father. We would be wise to ponder the possibility that the timing of the Second Coming (and the Rapture) may be concealed in Scripture, as was the First Advent, detailed in Daniel, and elucidated by Sir Robert Anderson.
Thoughts on timing, to be pondered with above in mind. In both the Old Testament and the New Testament. Both halves of the final seven years (The 70th Week, The Time of Jacob’s Trouble) of this Age, are numerically counted, as days, months, and years, linked with events that will be manifest for all to see. As such, merely, counting the days after such events leads to the end (of each half of the seven years), and return of the King of Kings —The Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Likewise, we are told in many passages and exhorted to watch for the return of The King. Are these markers not the evidence leading to the discovery of one of the most important revelations to man, ever?! And finally, that day, “that no man knoweth …”, is referring to a day that can be known by observation of lunar events, as part of the Feast(s) of the Lord detailed in Leviticus.
Too often, we are too comfortable parroting what we hear said by others. We do not search the Scriptures ourselves. We would to well to admit we don’t know, what we don’t know, avoid presumption that prevents deeper discovery—new truth, and preface what we say with, “this is my current understanding which is subject to change based on new revelation.”
Come search the Scripture with me to see if these things are so. For, it is the glory of God to conceal a matter, and the honor of kings to search it out.
God bless, Godspeed, and Maranatha!