My Calculation for When Jesus Returns

There are many ideas about when Jesus will return to the earth in his second coming, and no one knows when that will be. There is no calculation you can trust, no dream, no prophecy giving an exact date that came from God; there is nothing because Jesus said, “But of that day and that hour knows no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.” (Mark 13: 32) Jesus himself said he did not know when his return will be. So, having said that, I have calculated a possible year of his return. It does not mean I am right, and I make no claim it is correct, but I do believe their is some symmetry involved in the date when he returns.

Hal Lindsey came up with a theory about the seven churches John was told to write to from the Lord. They were the churches of Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea. He said the seven churches represented a certain period of years in history beginning when John wrote to those churches. The first on the list was Ephesus and it represented the first period of years which existed from the time Jesus was crucified and resurrected to the year A.D. 100.

The second on the list was the second church John was told to write and represented the period of years from 100 A.D. to 312. The third church John wrote to was Pergamos and its period of years was 312 – 590. Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea represented the time periods of:

590-1517 A.D.

1517-1750  A.D.

1750-1925  A.D.

1900- tribulation


Salem Kirban had similar time periods for the seven churches which were:

30- 100 A.D.

100- 313  A.D.

313- 590  A.D.

590-1517  A.D.

1517-1790  A.D.

1730- 1900  A.D.


He basically was the same as Hal Lindsey except for when we transition into the Philadelphia period’s beginning. I am wondering if the 1790 A.D. year or possibly even the 1730 A.D. might have been a misprint since those periods overlap. Hal Lindsey also had one overlapping period at the end which I do not believe is a misprint. The question becomes, are they right?

The belief that such time periods are represented by these churches John wrote to is based upon what was said to them by the Lord to them. The passages describe what is going on in that particular church at that time. It is believed that this was what God’s church went through during each of those time periods as the centuries passed. They could be correct. However, I believe there is symmetry in everything God does. So, based on these observations, I have made a calculation on when I suspect Jesus will return which includes the symmetry of which I have been speaking.

First, let me give an important scripture to you.

Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is nigh: so likewise, when you shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.  Verily I say to you, this generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. (Matthew 24: 32-36)

This passage is telling us we will know the season Jesus will return but not the hour. Now, let us talk about the Feast of Trumpets or Yom Teruah as it is called by the Jews.

Yom Teruah is the only festival that no man knows when it will begin. It has to do with the appearing of the new moon. Two reliable witnesses have to see the moon crescent. If it is not seen on the 30th of the month then the new moon is celebrated on the 31st day. [1]  This means there is two day period (48 hours) in which the celebration of the new moon can begin which goes back to the passage we just read about not knowing the day nor the hour when Jesus returns. It is believed that Jesus will return during this two day period. The question becomes; what year will he return? I will delve into that by showing you my calculation.

First, let me say that everything is based upon what year Jesus was crucified and resurrected. Some say 28 A.D, some 30 A.D., some 32 A.D., and some 33 A.D. as the most likely years. I have studied this intently and have come to believe lately that it is most likely 28 A.D. when he was crucified. However, the year I will give you from my calculation will be A.D. 30. That means the year I think he may return could be two years before the day I list from my calculations. Just consider which year you believe Jesus’ resurrection was and adjust the dates accordingly.

So, starting from the year A.D. 30, we will have a period of time that will end the first church period sometime in the second century of the common era. I know that numbers have great significance with God. Seven is symbolic of perfection for example. Six is symbolic of man. Eight is symbolic of a new beginning. Twelve symbolizes God’s power and authority, as well as serving as a perfect governmental foundation. It can also symbolize completeness or the nation of Israel as a whole. Hang on to that last statement about the number twelve.

The number two symbolizes  a union, division or the verification of facts by (two) witnesses. There is that mention about two witnesses, again. These two numbers are combined in my calculation in regard to the day Jesus will return. So, we have the number twelve which has a meaning of a completeness of Israel as a whole, which can symbolize the end of the age for Israel apart from God and joined finally to God for eternity, and then the number two which is a witness to this completing of time for God and Israel to be joined together for eternity. Now what did I do with those two numbers?

Seven is a sign of perfection. In fact, God had John write to the seven churches of Revelation about which we have been talking. I believe these time periods must add up to the number seven to represent a perfect closure of sinful man’s time to dominant the earth. When Jesus returns, sinful man’s time of dominance on the earth will end. So, what I do is represent one period of time by multiplying 12 twice times the number two. That is, I multiply (12) (12)(2) = 288. I believe that one time period is 288 years.

The number of years represented by the first church listed which is in Ephesus represents one-half a time period. The second, sixth and seventh on the list of churches also represent one-half time periods. That means each of those periods are 144 years long. The third and fifth churches on the list are represented by a full time period of 288 years. There is symmetry around the middle time period represented by the church at Thyatira. It covers three full time periods or 864 years. As a result we get:

½ + ½ + 1 + 3 + 1 + ½ + ½ = 7 time periods.

There is the symmetry to which I was referring. So the years these time periods refer to on the calendar assuming a beginning year of A.D. 30 is the following:

30 – 174  A.D.

174 – 318  A.D.

318 – 606  A.D.

606 – 1470  A.D.

1470 – 1758  A.D.

1758 – 1902   A.D.

1902 – 2046   A.D.

If Jesus was crucified in A.D. 28 like I suspect, then his return would then be in 2044 instead of 2046. The years I get are close to the years Hal Lindsey and Salem Kirban got except for the end of the first period. They had that church period ending in the year A.D. 100 while I get the year A.D. 174. Since so little is actually known about what was happening in the church in those early years, any date could be chosen and no one could really argue about that date. So, the year A.D. 174 could be correct since it does allow for symmetry, and I know God does like symmetry. He knows when the church period was really changing to a new period in the history of the church.

When I was writing my book, I kept getting the year 2037 coming to me. What was on my mind at the time is when the events in my book actually begin the Great Tribulation as described in the book of Revelation. If Jesus is pre-determined by God to return in 2044, then 2037 would be the year the Great Tribulation begins. It was only recently that I came across evidence that suggested to me Jesus was crucified in the year A.D. 28. These calculations were done years ago, and the year of 2037 came to me when I was writing my book back in 2009. So, I am not talking myself into making a connection to make the years match. This is simply an observation by me.

I have one other calculation based on when the Exodus occurred and in that calculation I got a year in this same decade of the 2040s. Unfortunately, I cannot remember the year I got or the calculation I made. However, I did try to recreate the calculation and ended up with the year 2055 for Jesus’ return. I will not bother with that calculation here, but whatever year Jesus returns, we will have to stop assuming it is now, because I know there are more things that need to occur before Jesus will return. So, as Christians we must not stop and wait for some anticipated rapture. That is a lie Satan tells us to stop us from doing what God has called us to do. It is our job to spread the Gospel to all creation until Jesus’ return. We cannot assume he will return in any particular year or date. That is the wrong thing to do.






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