We are all familiar with the following verses. Jesus was asked two questions in Acts 1 concerning his return.
Jesus replies, Mark 13:32, “But of that day (Jesus return to judge the world and fully establish His kingdom,) and that hour (a definite division of the day; as morning, noon, evening, night) knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take you (the disciples) heed, watch and pray: for you (disciples) know not when the time (2540) is.”
This verse is speaking to the Jews concerning the kingdom, not the “catching away” of the church. This was a Jewish question, a question to which Jesus gave no answer.
Matt.25:13, Watch therefore, for you (Jews) know neither the day (Jesus return to judge the world and establish his kingdom) not the hour (hour meaning the division of a day; as morning, noon, evening, night) wherein the Son of man comes."
Date setting by “date setters” for Jesus second coming have come and gone over the years. And because we are still standing here, obviously they have all failed. William Miller a Baptist preacher predicted Christ’s return on earth in the year 1843, this based upon his study of Daniel 8, concerning the “cleansing of the sanctuary.” He had concluded this phrase meant the cleansing of the world. And when the time came with no results, Jesus return was moved to 1844, but that also was another failed attempt.
Miller was followed by Taze Russell, the founder of the Jehovah Witnesses. Russel’s first attempt concerning the Lord’s return was predicted to be 1914. This was moved forward to 1918, then 1925 then 1975 and finally 1986. Today the Jehovah Witnesses scorn at any attempt to predict the time of the Lord’s return. But what can anyone expect from a cult that denies the person of the Holy Spirit and the denial that Jesus Christ is God, the Creator.
Some have based their predictions on the study of the stars, the planets, Pyramidology, the Incas predictions, the Bible Codes, and in many cases, verses have been explained out of context. Did these predictors of the future take enough time to examine the Scriptures carefully? Had they jumped to unprovable conclusions in order to sell books or make Television appearances?
Now, because of all the failed attempts, is it wrong to continue to examine scriptures with the idea of finding a possible month or year for the Lord’s return?
Many have pointed to the Second coming of Christ but not the “catching away of the body of Christ coming first,” in this they error. The false teaching that Jesus would send his bride into the time of His wrath and vexation is nonsense. The rapture 1 Thes.4:16-17, and the second coming of Christ (Zeck.14:1-4) are two different events taking place seven years apart. Today, most of us who study end time prophesy do agree, we are living in the last days.
Although Scriptures clearly places the occurrence of these prophetic events in the near future, a major component to understanding end time prophesy occurred in May of 1948. Israel became a nation in one day. May 14th in the evening, to May 15th in the evening as prophesied in 1948. This fulfilled many O.T. promises made by God Himself. The return of Israel as a nation clearly defines that we are now standing in the last of the last days.
Israel’s return to the land is paramount. Also prophesied was the return of the once dead language of Hebrew to the Jews; the return of the shekel; fresh water in the land; agriculture; the building of cities, etc. Israel is surrounded by it’s enemies. It has one friend left in the world, that being Christian’s. Once the Christian community is removed from off the planet, Israel will stand alone, and in their vexation, they will cry out to the Lord. He will hear them, then said, "I will be their God and they will be my people.”