20th May 2020

No One Knows

“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”
Matthew 24:36 (NIV)

One of the most intriguing topics to exercise the minds of Christians through the centuries has been the time of Jesus Christ’s return. The Bible says no one can know the hour or day. However I can bring sensational news! After much study—almost half a day—I’ve calculated not the hour or day of course, but the very latest date for the arrival back on earth of Jesus Christ. According to my calculation, which took over 3 hours of sweat and intense study and thought, I am now ready to reveal this to the world. Are you ready, World? The very latest date for the return of Jesus Christ to this earth is—wait for it—November 1981.

Alright. I have to admit it, so far I’m 39 years out. In mitigation I did do this calculation sometime in the early 1970s when I was a fairly new and still immature Christian. The note I made at the time is still in the back of my old Bible. Every three or four years I revisit it to remind myself that I have a way to go as a prophet!

You might want to know how I arrived at this date? I’m too embarrassed to share that. It’s one of the silliest pieces of Bible study you’ve ever seen. I mention this now because in this dark and troublesome time it’s almost certain that somebody somewhere will be predicting the imminent arrival of Jesus and end times disaster. Jesus’ words in the header scripture, however, still stand. We do not know the day or the hour.

Nor, for that matter, do we know the year, the decade or the century. Nor do we need to. Before Jesus ascended into the heavens after his resurrection, He told them in Acts 1:7-8), “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Our priority is to love God and love our neighbour. Loving our neighbour includes telling them that Jesus loves them and will return one day. He’s promised! If Jesus comes back tomorrow, let Him find us doing these things. One thing I can say—I didn’t share my prediction with anyone else. My advice to my fellow false prophets is to follow my example in that!

Father, encourage us to direct our minds and energies where they should be: loving you and loving our neighbour.

Study by Doug Bass

About the Author:
Doug Bass is a member of Grace Communion International.

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Gracecom Coulsdon
Coulsdon Community Church
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Email: coulsdon@gracecom.church

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One Response to “20th May 2020”

  1. John Rodgers on May 20th, 2020 3:01 pm

    Hello Dough. I think it s time for us to wake up and realise that the time is short. The scripture you have quoted is for the Jews not for the Church. The instructions for the church are given in 1 Thessalonians 5 :1 to 11. I am surprised that you felt safe to add to Gods Word or to what Jesus said which was “no one knows the day or the hour” nothing about the year. Pay special attention to verses 4 to 8 in 1 Thess 5. KJV
    It says that the children of light will at least have an idea when the time is near. I was of the same mind as you are that there is no rapture until Matt 24 :31. Those instructions are for the Jews not for the church. There are a few good teachers on the rapture on You Tube. It is not a sin to study them and have the hope that we may escape the Great tribulation. God Bless from John Rodgers.

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