According to my research into New Testament biblical chronology, Jesus was born in 15 BC. He began His Divine Ministry in the fall of AD 15, and the ministry of John the Baptist began about 6 months earlier, in the spring of AD 15. Jesus was crucified in the spring of AD 19, about three and one half years after He began His ministry.
These dates are much earlier than those given by other biblical chronologists, but I have found substantial support for this earlier timing. The explanation is too long and complex for a blog post. See my book: Important Dates In The Lives Of Jesus And Mary, available in print (paperback) and in Kindle format.
This post is not about the past, but the future. It is now winter in 2014. The spring of 2015 is the 2000th anniversary of the beginning of John the Baptist’s ministry to announce the Messiah. The fall of 2015 is the 2000th anniversary of the beginning of Jesus Christ’s Divine Ministry. Do you think that the grace and providence of God will allow this anniversary to pass uneventfully?
My belief is that God has in mind a series of momentous changes and blessings for the Church in the near future. I consider 2014 to be a year of preparation for that set of events. And I expect 2015 to 2019 to be a time of great turmoil and change. The ministry of Jesus was not all peace and joy. Many persons were in great consternation and confusion over His teachings; He brought them truths beyond what they already knew and accepted. He upset both the Pharisees (conservatives) and the Sadducees (liberals).
Pope Francis was chosen to preside over the Church at the start of this time period. And he intends to teach the Church new insights into the Sacred Deposit of Faith, and to reform the Church as She travels the path of holiness and truth. He will be an instrument of blessings and changes for the Church in this time. Pope Francis will teach profound truths, and as a result, the Pharisees and Sadducees of today will be very upset. Pope Francis will bring changes to the Church, perhaps approving of the ordination of women deacons. And his conservative successor will also bring change and teach controversial truths.
The blessings given by God to the Church during the 2000th anniversary of Christ’s ministry will include (as I understand it) the Warning of Garabandal, the Consolation, and the Miracle of Garabandal. These three holy and supernatural events are the same as the first three secrets of Medjugorje. These events occur in 2016. But before that happens, the Church will (temporarily) issue an undeserved disapproval for Medjugorje and Garabandal (two true private revelations), along with a well-deserved condemnation of many false private revelations.
By the end of the 2000th anniversary of Jesus’ ministry (2019), I expect that most non-Catholic Christians will be well along on the path to conversion to Catholicism. Then, as the 2000th anniversary of the earliest years of the Church (after Jesus’ Ascension) unfold beginning in 2020, the Church will be restructured so that all Christians can be united in one holy Catholic Church. The Pharisees will respond with indignation and anger.
Do not forget, though, that the ministry of Jesus ended with His Passion and Crucifixion. Therefore, we must expect this coming time period to include sufferings as well as blessings. For we are about to enter into the first part of the tribulation.