Is It Possible to Know the Date of the Lord’s Return?

   But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only (Matthew 24:36).

Just before the Lord Jesus ascended into heaven, His disciples asked Him about the timing of restoring the kingdom to Israel (Acts 1:6). His answer seems to confirm the message of Matthew 24, “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power” (Acts 1:7).

The message of the Scriptures seems pretty clear to me. It is not for us to know the timing of our Lord’s return. No man knows the day or the hour when Jesus is coming back. Date setters are usually upsetters, and in spite of the clear teaching of the Bible, some in history have attempted to prophesy the date of Christ’s return. Many such dates have been proposed, and every one of them have been wrong. Most, if not all, of those who have predicted specific dates for the return of Christ have had questionable doctrinal positions on other issues, some of them quite heretical. Many of these false prophets have no doubt been sincere in their thinking but unfortunately were quite misguided and mistaken.

Rather than developing unbiblical and speculative calculations when it comes to the time of our Lord’s return, the Word of God encourages us to, “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come” (Matthew 24:42), and, “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh” (Matthew 24:44).

The fact that the day and hour of our Lord’s return is unknown to any man should motivate us to live every day in light of the imminent (at any moment) return of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus IS coming again, and we believe it could be TODAY, although we cannot say for sure when He will come. So let’s live in a state of readiness in order that “we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming” (I John 2:28). Are you ready to meet Jesus?