While this is a direct quote from Jesus himself,
indicating a seeming lack of his ability to know the exact time of
his prophesied return; we would do well to recognize that
Jesus, as the "Son of God" left his Eternal state of
abode with the Father (outside of Earth-dimensional
time) and became manifest in the flesh as a second
Adam. (John 1:14) This confined Jesus to time-space
limitations. He never had the omni-present capability
while in the flesh; that he had back in Heaven. This
is why he said in John 16:7, that it was expedient
for us, that he go back to the Father, thereby once
again regaining the capacity of omnipresence he had
previously held. In his stead, he sent the Comforter
(holy spirit) to perform that omnipresent function
within all believers.
Need more proof that Jesus does indeed know
the Day of his own return?
Taking a look back in Zechariah 14:1-7. Here the Lord is
describing the future "Day of the Lord". Jesus is pictured as
fighting against the nations that have gathered against Jerusalem. When his feet have
touched down on the Mount of Olives east of the
city of Jerusalem; it in turn causes a great earth
quake. Notice though the line in verse 5, by the way, ( all
the saints come with him ).
But, look at verse seven. It says that it shall be a
Day which shall be known to the LORD. "Read
It was a Day known unto the Lord. So,
we see that in the Old Testament, Jesus knew
all the minute details about his prophesied second coming
long before he had ever even came the first time.
So then, how is it that Jesus seemingly did not know
these same details when He was here in the
flesh as portrayed in Matthew 24:36; where Jesus states that, “No man knows the hour or the day, not even the angels of heaven, and that only his FATHER alone knew the day”?
Looking at Acts 1:6-7, the disciples again
are asking Jesus about prophecy. The question they ask
this time comes after Jesus crucifixion and
resurrection. Question: “Will you now at this
time restore the Kingdom to Israel”? In verse
seven, Jesus response here seems entirely different
from his reaction back in Matthew 24:4. He
says this time, "It is not for you to know the
times, or the seasons which the Father has
put in His power. The reason JESUS responds thusly is simply because he
had not yet ascended back up to his Father in Heaven.
With Jesus having already expounded on
many prophetic themes in the Olivet mount
message, you may ask why it is that he now seems to
take an about face in answering their questions.
Jesus knew that the disciples would die out
before all these things were completed or even
remotely approached their ultimate fulfillment.
True, the answers Jesus gave to their question
about the Temple were relevant to their life
span; but the rest of the things to take place
were beyond their capacity to comprehend, as
it was 700 years earlier for Daniel.
But, lets go forward about 60 years to the point in time after
Jesus has ascended back to his Father. John
wrote in Rev. 1:1-3, that the Father then
revealed to Jesus all the detailed aspects about prophecy,
and the imminent return of His Son. Jesus,
in turn revealed all of this information to his Angel, who then
brought that information to John. And John
has written it down for revealing to Us!
Can you imagine God and Jesus having
secrets from one another, when they are one-
and-the-same. That would be preposterous!
Jesus was found Worthy to open up the book
that had been sealed shut back in Daniel.
Isn't it nice to know that the Father, and
Jesus wanted us to know things about the
future and revealed them in the Bible?
When people say that even Jesus does not
know the Day of HIS return; they show an
ignorance about historical revelation, and also
undermine the intention of God to warn as
many people as possible about the coming
time of his great wrath, which they need to avoid.
Jesus said "I tell you all these things now,
beforehand", so you can escape the consequence
of his Wrath.
The Devil would like to fool all the people
all of the time, but he cannot do so. The
True Word of Bible Prophecy guarantees that some
of the people cannot be fooled all the time if
they simply read it. So, when you hear speakers or
writers indicate that even Jesus de-emphasized the
prophetic word, that even Jesus himself does not even
know when He is coming back...............Just
do what the disciples did; ..."Just Ask Jesus"
Utilize your enquiring mind and let the Holy Spirit guide
you unto all prophetic truth!
The subtle implication that even Jesus himself does
not know when he is to come the second time
carries with it the underlying theme, that the
people of the first century could be excused
for not being aware that he was supposed to
appear when he came the first time. Nothing
exempted first century people from the clearly
proclaimed prophecy that the Messiah would
come at the end of Daniel's 69th week.
The Devil hates the prophetic word of
the Lord, because it exposes him as a super
fraud. He will distort the plain, clear, simple
inspired words of prophecy, with the intention
of changing its understanding.
And, what better way to disengage people
from studiously connecting themselves from a
"beforehand" announcement about the imminent coming of Jesus; than to promote
the idiotic notion that even JESUS don't know
anymore about his great advent than you.
Be forewarned, Jesus knows all, and it is
he that is about to signal to his Angel to
"Sound the Trumpet" to announce his arrival!