44 You too prove yourselves ready for at an hour that you (plural) do not think to be it, the Son of man is coming (Matthew 24).
The son of man comes upon the mushroom cloud of 1Kings18 in our understanding. So that cloud too will come at an hour that we do not think to be it. If only we had seen that before! If you think clearly about what this scripture means, you discover that the true Christians, those who will prove themselves ready for the return of the son of man, will indeed think that he is coming at a certain hour, but that hour will be wrong!
The scripture means that true Christians will attempt to calculate the 'hour' of the return of the Christ. For if you make no effort to calculate the hour of his coming then he cannot come at an hour that you do not think to be it since you are not thinking about any hours.
In verse 42 of the same chapter the Christians who are chosen or abandoned at a coming of the Lord, do not know what day the their Lord is coming (to appoint a new church and reject an old one). In verse 50, the Master comes to the evil slave on a day that he did not expect and in an hour that he did not know .
But in verse 44 the son of man comes at an hour that his followers do not think to be it. So by comparison we see that his ready followers do know the day of his return. But the hour that they think to be it, is incorrect. Now 'hour' means day here and 'day' means month. Nobody cares what literal hour of the day Jesus turns up at after we have been waiting for him for nigh on 2,000 years!
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