Was "no man knows the day or the hour" (Mt. 24:36) a reference to Rosh Hashanah?

Was "no man knows the day or the hour" (Mt. 24:36) a reference to Rosh Hashanah?

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Matthew 34:36[NIV] ~ “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,[f] but only the Father.

It's become common in Messianic Jewish circles and among others who have been impacted by the Hebrew Roots movement to say that Jesus' words in Matt. 24:36 are a clue that He would return on a future Rosh Hashanah. The reasoning is that Rosh Hashanah / Yom Teruah is a feast whose date was "unknown" in the sense that it was not officially begun until the moon was sighted and the new month declared to have arrived (be sanctified) by the Sanhedrin.

However, I wonder if this hasn't become a sort of Christian urban legend. There seems to be no source material for this belief. Was Rosh Hashanah really known as a day of which no man knew the date or hour? After all, must it not occur a set number of days after Passover?

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  • Reply September 26, 2022


    This believer must candidly admit here that he has been very deeply ‘impacted by the Hebrew roots’.

    As a matter of fact, my Lord and Savior Himself is The King of the Jews, and roughly 30% of the New Covenant I love refers to, or directly quotes the Old – and no wonder – most of its authors were Jewish!

    Would you suggest that some sort of reorientation or deprogramming regimen might be advisable for someone like me?

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