End Times and the Trinity


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I’m a little confused about Three Persons in one God. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. I do believe in the Trinity. Here is my confusion. This is in the Bible and Jesus is talking with his disciples and they ask him a question about the “end times”. Jesus replies, “As to the exact day or hour, no one knows it, neither the angels in heaven nor even the Son, but only the Father.” It seems to me that Jesus being God, that he would know that as well. It’s kind of like a person wearing different “hats” at work or having different job titles. Just becasue they are working one one project it does not mean they loose all knowlege of the first project when working on a second project. Wouldn’t Jesus know everything the Father knows. Secondly, if the Son does not know, then how will He know when He is supposed to return for the Second Coming? Maybe this falls into the category as one of the mysteries of Faith. I realize that we (humans) may not understand everything about God’s power and ability and it is beyond our human reasoning.


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From the Haydock Commentary on the Douay-Rhiems Bible:

Matthew 24: 36. No man knoweth … but the Father alone. The words in St. Mark (xiii. 32.) are still harder: neither the angels, nor the Son, but the Father. The Arians objected this place, to shew that Christ being ignorant of the day of judgment, could not be truly God. By the same words, no one knoweth, but the Father alone, (as they expound them) the Holy Ghost must be excluded from being the true God. In answer to this difficulty, when it is said, but the Father alone, it is certain that the eternal Son and the Holy Ghost could never be ignorant of the day of judgment: because, as they are one and the same God, so they must hove one and the same nature, the same substance, wisdom, knowledge, and all absolute perfections. 2. It is also certain that Jesus Christ knew the day of judgment, and all things to come, by a knowledge which he could not but have, because of the union by which his human nature was united to the divine person and nature. See Colossians ii. 3. And so to attribute any ignorance to Christ, was the error of those heretics called Agnoitai. 3. But though Christ, as a man, knew the day of judgment, yet this knowledge was not due to him as he was man, or because he was man, but he only knew the day of judgment, because he was God as well as man. 4. It is the common answer of the fathers, that Christ here speaks to his disciples, only as he was the ambassador of his Father; and so he is only to know what he is to make known to men. He is said not to know, says St. Augustine[5], what he will not make others know, or what he will not reveal to them. (Witham) — By this Jesus Christ wished to suppress the curiosity of his disciples. In the same manner after his resurrection, he answered the same question: 'Tis not for you to know the times and the moments, which the Father has placed in his own power. This last clause is added, that the apostles might not be discouraged and think their divine Master esteemed them unworthy of knowing these things. Some Greek manuscripts add nor even the Son, as in Mark xiii. 32. The Son is ignorant of it, not according to his divinity, nor even according to his humanity hypostatically united to his divinity, but according to his humanity, considered as separate from his divinity. (Bible de Vence)


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