Bible Prophecy

No One Knows That Day Or Hour

The Bible reveals the reason Jesus did not know the day or hour of his second coming.

“No one knows about that day or hour [the second coming], not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” ~ Jesus Christ, Matthew 24:36

Jesus spoke these words during his first coming, two thousand years ago. They appear not only in Matthew’s Gospel, but Mark’s as well. They indicate that when Jesus was in human form, he had no knowledge of the date of his second coming. Why not?

The answer to this question is found a few verses later:

“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner [Satan] of the house [this world] had known at what time of night the thief [Jesus Christ] was coming [second coming], he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” ~ Jesus Christ, Matthew 24:42-44

If Satan knows the day and hour of the second coming, God loses the element of surprise, and Satan stands ready.

Garden Gnome with Flame Thrower

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But why did the Father keep this information from Jesus when he sent him into this world the first time? I mean, after all, the Father could have let Jesus know the date and time of the second coming and just told him to keep his mouth shut, right?

This is best explained using two military terms. The first term is “suicide mission.” This is a mission a soldier knows he will not survive. Jesus was placed behind enemy lines (this world) on a suicide mission, and as the crucifixion approached, this reality sunk in, and Jesus got extremely stressed:

He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. ~ Luke 22:41-44

People under extreme duress do things contrary to their nature. What if… bear with me here… just what if Jesus broke down under all that stress. What if he talked. Look at that passage again. It says Jesus was sweating blood. In your most stressful times, have you ever sweated blood??? I certainly have not. I know it’s a true medical phenomenon, but I don’t know anyone who has ever experienced it. How long will the mind hold up when the body is under that much stress?!

I personally do not know anyone who has been beaten to within an inch of their life, crowned with thorns, spit upon, crucified, mocked, stabbed in the side with a spear, and left to die the slow death of crucifixion.

Jesus on Cross in The Passion of the Christ

Jesus dies slowly on the cross, brutally beaten, scourged, crowned with thorns, spit upon, mocked, stabbed. The night before, he was so stressed that he sweated blood. (Image Source: http://www.thepassionofchrist.com/splash.htm)

I would not be surprised to hear that crucifixion victims babbled incoherently during their long deaths. I would not be surprised to hear that sanity often unraveled on those crosses. What might these victims reveal as they languish?

This brings me to the second military term, which involves cautious dissemination of information. This is the principle of telling troops information on a “need to know” basis. In other words, when a military drops a soldier behind enemy lines, they don’t first load him up with the most sensitive and potentially damaging information possible. Troops are told only what they need to know to complete their mission, nothing more.

Israeli soldiers briefed before Golan Heights assault 1967

Israeli troops being briefed before their 1967 assault on the Golan Heights. These troops would have been told only what they “need to know” to complete their mission. (Image Source: http://www.museumofjewishmilitaryhistory.org)

You can’t disclose what you don’t know. I believe the Father kept the date and time of the second coming from Jesus in case he broke down. The Father employed the principle of “need to know.” No other explanation has ever made sense to me. Commentaries do injustice to this verse the same way they do injustice to many other verses– they wax philosophical instead of letting the Bible interpret the Bible.

If there is something you don’t understand in the Bible, the answer is somewhere else in the Bible– not in philosophical conjecture. For me, the light bulb came on when I understood that in the following verses, the owner of the house is Satan, and the thief is Jesus.

“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner [Satan] of the house [this world] had known at what time of night the thief [Jesus Christ] was coming [second coming], he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” ~ Jesus Christ, Matthew 24:42-44

Those verses come soon after the verse about the Son not knowing the day or the hour, and fit with it like pieces of a puzzle. Once we snap those two pieces of the puzzle together, we see where these other pieces fit as well:

“Behold, I come like a thief!” ~ Jesus Christ, Revelation 6:16

 “…I will come like a thief…” ~ Jesus Christ, Revelation 3:3

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. ~ 2 Peter 3:10

But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day [second coming] should surprise you like a thief. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:4-5

…the day of the Lord [second coming] will come like a thief in the night. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3

Jesus jigsaw puzzle

The Bible is always proven true.

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