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Tammy, this thought you quoted from CET, is one of the ideas that needs to sink down into our “collective consciousness”, in my opinion. 🙂  — “Soon we heard the voice of God like many waters, which gave us THE DAY AND HOUR OF JESUS’ COMING. The living saints, 144,000 in number, knew and understood the voice, while the wicked thought it was thunder and an earthquake. When God spoke the time, He poured upon us the Holy Ghost, and our faces began to light up and shine with the glory of God, as Moses’ did when he came down from Mount Sinai.” { CET 58.1 }

 

With regards to the date, October 22, 1844, it is commonly thought that the Adventists must have missed or ignored the Bible text that reads —

“But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father”. (Mark 13:32.)

But no, they did not miss it, or ignore it. They explained [correctly, in my view,] that the words, “but of that day and that hour knoweth no man…”, are to be understood in the following sense —

no man, nor angel, nor even Jesus, MAKES KNOWN the day and the hour. It is the Father alone that will MAKE KNOWN the exact day and hour of the event.

James White explains more,

“An old English version of the passage, reads, “But that day and hour no man maketh known, neither the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.”

“This is the correct reading according to several of the ablest critics of the age. The word “know” is used here, in the same sense as it is by Paul in 1Cor.2:2. Paul well understood many other things, besides Christ and him crucified, but he determined to MAKE KNOWN nothing else among them. So in the passage first quoted, it is declared that none but God the Father, maketh known the day and hour; that is, the definite time of the second coming of his Son. And this necessarily implies that God makes the time known.” (Word to the Little Flock p.5)

Speaking of Mathew 24:36 (‘no man knows…’), Mrs, White commented that “a clear and harmonious EXPLANATION of this text was given by those who were looking for the Lord, and the wrong use made of it by their opponents was clearly shown.” (GC 370.)

The Advent people NEVER ignored the ‘no man knows’ texts.

However, the common understanding that once existed among our people, has, it seems, been lost.