“We cannot know the timing of the Return of Jesus” is the popular interpretation. And also the most misunderstood Bible verse (and the most damaging because of that misunderstanding) is Matthew 24:36: ‘But of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my father only.’
Truth is it is not what Jesus means!
My friend, Today, the Christadelphian community taught “No one know the day or hour” doctrine by take one verse out of the whole context of Matthew 24 to justify their belief that everyone included Jesus and the angels do not know when the second coming of Christ will happen.
This practice are twisted to say things that are not accurate by just take one verses out of Matthew 24 without even poring over its whole context and at times not going through the whole Bible! When you take bits and pieces of the Bible and rearrange them to make a different picture of what’s going on, you can make the Bible say just about whatever you want. Misunderstanding a portion of the bible can lead to teaching wrong to others.
It is a dangerous thing to take a single verse from scripture and make a doctrine from it. False teaching swerves anyone away from the truth which is only way man can be saved. The stakes are eternal!
I simply ask you to re-examine your beliefs about Matthew 24 which is referral to the timing of the Daniel’s 70 “weeks” prophecy that Jesus prophesied the events lead up to the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70. It is so important to keeping in whole context what Jesus is intending to talk about.
According to Luke19:41-44 – “Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, “if you had know, even you, especially in this your day……. you did not know the time of your visitation.”
Jesus wept because they failed to understand the “Seventy weeks” prophecy of Daniel! The precise day that God had fixed in Daniel’s prophecy.
In fact, Jesus and the angels knew when will the terrible judgment that would come on Jerusalem! Remember who told Daniel the seventy weeks prophecy ? The angel Gabriel!!!!
Daniel is told about the future as the angel Gabriel describes 70 prophetic “weeks” (490 years) as God’s timetable for the Jewish people and the city of Jerusalem (Daniel 9:24-27). Gabriel explained that the city of Jerusalem and its people would be given another opportunity. The city, temple and walls would be rebuilt. At the very end of this period (Seventy weeks (490 years)), God would even send Messiah the Prince who would make a final urgent appeal to Israel. But this appeal would fall upon deaf ears and as a result the theocracy would come to an end, Jerusalem would be destroyed, the temple demolished and the people scattered among the nations.
Like the religious leaders in Jesus’ day, it’s entirely possible to have a thorough knowledge of scripture, yet miss what God is doing in the earth at a given time. In fact, God reveal a specific 490 years timetable of events in the Daniel’s Prophecy which was made more than 500 years before Christ’s first advent.
Daniel’s inspired record regarding the “seventy weeks” is a profound demonstration of the validity of scriptural prophecy. It foretells the coming of the Messiah, and details His benevolent work. The prophecy pinpoints the very time of Jesus’ crucifixion. Finally, it reveals the disastrous consequences of rejecting the Son of God.
The prophecy of the Seventy Weeks was critically important for the people of Israel to understand. The religious leaders and people of Israel should have known the EXACT timing in history when Jesus was to be presented as their Messiah according to the timetable, but they missed him totally! They failed to understand the seventy “weeks” prophecy! If they were to know the time through the study of Daniel at the fulfillment of the prophecy written in Daniel, they were to escape (Matt. 24:15,16). The Jews misinterpreted and misapplied the word of God. Many died because they knew not the time of their visitation.
It is undeniable scripture proof that God already answered in the book of Daniel when the Messiah come as a first coming and the Roman armies will come to surround the city of Jerusalem! It is totally contradicted what Christadelphian claimed “No man know the day or the hour”.
Now, What does “… about that day or hour no one knows” actually indicate? The obvious conclusion from what Jesus described is that it would be best to pack a bag with your coat, your cloak, some frozen mother’s milk, and leave early, in faith, rather than wait until you actually see the Abomination before you get moving!
Therefore, people of understanding and faith will already be gone by the time the Abomination of Desolation happens. No one knew (in the first century) exactly what time the Temple would be destroyed and the Jewish age of sacrifice finished. But they did have parameters for about when it would take place: within the generation of the first disciples.
So If we want to understand Matthew 24, we must not take things out of context. We must not choose some verses randomly and think that they are the teaching of the Bible!
it is not a good idea to use a single verse in isolation just to come up with a doctrine of “No one knows” that contradicts everything in the scripture. The truth is the whole “No one included Jesus and the Angels knows the day or hour” doctrine is a nonsense, and has no bases in the Bible. It’s a false teaching.
Jesus Christ emphasized how important it is to understand the significance of the times we live in. He told the religious leaders that they were good at reading the weather signs in the sky but they couldn’t read the obvious signs of their times. Can we today read the obvious signs of our times?
We can see from Scripture that Jesus rebuked the religious leaders of His day for not understanding the times that they were living in, for not knowing the time of His first coming.
If He called these people hypocrites and expected them to understand the times that they were living in and what they were going through prophetically at the time, what does He expect of our generation today and the times that we are living in? Are we hypocrites for not heeding Bible prophecy concerning when exact the second coming of Christ will happen?
According to Scripture, religious leaders failed to analyze the time they were living in. It’s the same today: people fail to see when exact will Christ returns?
To discern the end times prophecies and the biblically revealed timetables of the 7,000 years plan concerning when will the second coming of Christ is an important command of Christ. It is the spiritual responsibility for children of God to discern the times they are living in. Jesus couldn’t make this any clearer to us today.
The Bible is not like a bag of trail mix that you just pick the pieces you like then ignore the rest. With so much of the Bible devoted to prophecy, why do most people fail to understand the many end-time prophecies? Because Christianity (included Christadelphian) who misinterpret and misapply Scripture, or who undermine its authority with their intellectual speculations.
Hope you realize that it is not a good idea to use a single verse in isolation just to come up with a doctrine of “No one knows” that contradicts everything in the scripture.
As you go through your Bible reading or studies, it is critical to understand how Greek verbs are used in the New Testament in order to accurately understand and interpret what is being communicated.
Greek verbs have five aspects – tense, voice, mood, number, and person, with the major aspects being tense, voice, and mood. A Greek verb is placed in a sentence, you can tell who is performing the action, when the action is done, whether it is just one or more than one person performing the action, whether it is a single event that is being described or a process that continues, whether it is an actual happening, a command, or something wished for, or whether the subject of the verb is active, passive, or both. A single Greek verb typically needs a sentence or more to convey the same idea in English and other languages. Tense plays a very crucial role in the study of New Testament exegesis.
Failure to understand how verbs are used in the Greek language can and will resulted in improper scientific rules for interpretation, which will almost certainly produce faulty critical explanation of the text.
Lexicon for “No one knows the day or the hour……”
DAY – (G2250) – Greek word – “hēméra” means day, i.e. (literally) the time space between dawn and dark, or the whole 24 hours
HOUR – (G5610) – Greek word – “hora” means a definite point of time, hour
YEAR – (G1763) – Greek word – “eniautós” means year
MONTH – (G3376) Greek word – “men” means month
The “day and hour” is a very specific point in time.
Now the word “knows” (οἶδεν (oiden) in the Greek) which is technically the perfect active verb tense in Matthew 24:36 and Mark 13:32. The perfect tense denotes an action as already finished at the present time, as, I have written; my writing is just now finished. It also expresses the continuance of the result down to the present time; as the formula “It is written,” is literally, it has been written, and implies that it now stands on record; the door has been shut, that is, it so remains till now. In summary, the perfect tense is something that was true or completed in the past and is still presently true, but not necessarily true in the future.
Let me emphasize that in Greek corresponds to the perfect tense in English, and describes an action which is viewed as having been completed in the past, once and for all, not needing to be repeated. Jesus’ last cry from the cross, TETELESTAI (“It is finished!”) is a good example of the perfect tense used in this sense, namely “It has been accomplished, completely, once and for all time.” Certain antiquated verb forms in Greek will use the perfect tense in a manner equivalent to the normal past tense.
Understanding the expression “No man knows the day or hour” is not possible by simply taking the English translation literally, because in the book of Daniel, we are given EXACT descriptions of timing, relative to KEY events – such as the shutting down of the altar sacrifices in Jerusalem at the MID-POINT of the 70th week. The key passages in Daniel that mention the term “abomination of desolation” are Daniel 9:27, 11:31 and 12:11. The “day and hour” is a very specific point in time.
When it comes to the interpretation of Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21, Jesus confirmed Daniel’s prophecy about a literal prophecy of the A.D. 70 judgment against Jerusalem and the destruction of the Temple.
Unfortunately, despite the real contradiction with the other passages, today almost everybody have taken this one “No one knows the day or the hour” and have ignored the prophecy and the evidence of the rest of the word of God that teaches that in the Last days we WILL know that day and the hour, IF we are watching.
If the believers in Christ understood the prophecy concerning the second coming of Christ, they should be able to see the Day of the Lord coming. It should not be surprise at all (1 Thessalonians 5:1-6, Matthew 24:43). The Day of the Lord will come as a thief to the unbeliever or anyone not in the light of truth. We are actually to watch and be ready in anticipation of not being surprised or caught off guard.
God is not intended to leave His people “in the dark” about what is going on around them in their own days, nor to provide ideas for speculation about the future!
Prophecy gives us a glimpse into the future, so that we will know how to live in the present. That’s why prophecy is so prominent throughout the pages of the Bible. It protects us from deception and prepares us for Christ’s return. Prophecy is not only an academic exercise; it’s practical for everyday living. Then at the end of our lives, we will receive a great prize of blessing if we heed prophecy’s instructions.
We are blessed that Yahweh has shared many details concerning the times and seasons through the pages of the Holy Scriptures. Let us re-examine the Scriptures and to refine our understanding given the prophetic events which continue to unfold right before our very eyes. I suggest you to take a look at “Understanding the times – Yahweh’s 7000 years plan” or “Why 2020” article. These article will enlighten us on the Biblical revealed timetables. In this way, we will know when Jesus will return! The time is short!