‘Jesus Said, “It Is Not for You to Know”‘ (2016)

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I re-run this post every now and then because this poor fallen world seems to be growing worse by the day, with flagrant ungodliness everywhere we look, and it wouldn’t surprise me if those headhunters from the World Economic Fund were plotting to kill and eat us. So, yes, we have powerful incentives to long for Christ’s return.

Only we can’t know when it’ll be.

Jesus Said, ‘It Is Not for You to Know’

Even after He rose from the dead, even after He was just about to ascend to Heaven, Our Lord had to deal with what seems, today, like a really silly question: Now would He bring back the kingdom of Israel? Throughout His entire ministry He talked about the Kingdom of God–and they thought He just meant them?

God loves and honors us by admitting us into His labors–like a mother allowing her little girl to “help” her in the kitchen. But the cookbook is way out of our reach, up on the counter; and even if we could get up there to see it, we wouldn’t be able to read it.

“Watch.” And “Occupy until I came.” That’s what He said. That’s what we must do.

3 comments on “‘Jesus Said, “It Is Not for You to Know”‘ (2016)

  1. You’re taking all of the fun out of it, for Adventists. 🙂 Interpreting passages and trying to crack the math can be an Adventist pastime, and it goes around in circles, as predictions fail and interpretations are revised in an attempt to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. This has been going on, at least, since the days of William Miller, in the early 19th century.

    Jesus did give us signs of His return, but these were not intended to be a puzzle we could solve, and derive the date of this event. It appears to me that the events of Ezekiel 38-39, and Zechariah 12-14 seem to be shaping up, but that doesn’t necessarily imply a timeline.

    1. They’re **always** figuring out the day and hour of the Lord’s return! Sort of like Steve Turley’s “BOMBSHELLS” that are going to rid us of loony leftids but good… and they never go off. Never.

    2. Jesus’ words at Acts 1:7 are a mild reprimand. We can’t possess that information, anymore than the German High Command would have been notified, in advance, of the D-Day plans. When Christ returns, every eye will see Him. He’ll come, on a cloud and we were told that it will be like lightning, flashing from one side of the sky to the other.

      The return of Christ involves, not only the earth, but also has significant ramifications in the spirit realm. We do not have any way of monitoring what is happening in that realm, although I believe that events on earth may well reflect the power struggles among fallen spirit creatures. All of this is so far out of our realm, that we can’t really develop any insights, as to what is happening. All we can do is place our trust in God.

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