In his last days on this earth, one thing in particular weighed heavily on the mind of the Apostle Peter. He desperately wanted to make sure that the Church did not forget one very important truth. And he tied that truth to the fact that God’s promises are true and that God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
What was the one thing Paul didn’t want believers to forget? “That with the Lord one Day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one Day” (2 Peter 3:8). Really, Peter? That’s the one thing—not salvation, forgiveness, or grace? Yes, because of the times Peter was living in and we are still living in. The latter Days. Peter understood the despair of watching lawlessness accelerate. He knew the mind-numbing effect that the words of the scoffers could have.
Sadly, the Church in general has forgotten this one thing, what we call God’s great prophetic Week. It’s the key truth to understanding Christ’s return. We need to recognize that God counts time differently than we do. His prophetic timetable is based on 1,000-year Days. This was what the apostles taught and what was commonly taught in the first few centuries of the early Church. It was lost during the so-called Enlightenment. Sound familiar?
It regained popularity in the latter part of the 20th century, only to be forgotten once again when the Y2K buzz passed without any sign of Christ’s return. We should have known better. For the pivotal marker between the early and latter Days was not the Child being born in Bethlehem, but the Messiah being anointed for ministry in the River Jordan when He was 30 years old.
This “one thing” is why God raised up Chronos Ministries. It’s the chronos. In the Greek language, two words are used to describe a certain time period: chronos and kairos. Chronos refers to the length of time while kairos emphasizes the features that characterize that time. In terms of Christ’s return, we need both—the specific chronos set time and the kairos signs that correspond to that appointed time.
Many churches and ministries avoid teaching about the end-times because of the confusion surrounding the various views. Since God is not the author of confusion (1 Cor. 14:33), how can this be? We’ve ignored the one thing we were not supposed to forget concerning Christ’s return. And to make matters worse, we divorced His coming from the last Day, which the Bible calls the Day of the Lord.
Some of the ministries that do focus on the end-times focus on the kairos signs based on Jesus’ parable of the fig tree. Still others simply say He is coming soon, yet we cannot know when because He can come anytime, at any moment, without any signs. They even suggest that Jesus can come secretly in the rapture and catch all of us—even believers—by surprise. Again, we have to ask, how can this be? What about the one thing? Why did Jesus tell us to look for the signs?
Oh I know, many will respond that we cannot know the time of His return because Jesus said so. Really? Read the passage in Matthew 24 carefully, in the context. He tied the unknown Day and Hour to the passing away of this earth and the heavens. The Scriptures refer to this as the Perfect Day, the Day of God, which comes at the end of God’s prophetic great Week. It is eternity future, or what we call forever and ever.
The reality is that Scripture gives us five time-specific chronos elements that tell us when Christ shall return. They are detailed in our video, “When Will the Rapture Occur? Is It True No One Can Know? What Do the Scriptures Really Say?”
Here’s the summary: (1) at the Last Day of the Great Week; (2) after the signs of the Day of the Lord; (3) the Fig Tree signs of Israel and the Nations; (4) at the Last Trump of the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah); and (5) at the 70th Jubilee.
Jesus said we can know like Noah knew. Noah knew the specific timing of the Flood. He preached a merciful warning to the people. In these last Days, this must be our priority as well. God is calling all the Noahs to issue a merciful warning and get people into the Ark that is our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. God will deal with the nations.