Thursday, August 26 2010
Who Knows The Day And Hour?
Numerous religious misleaders and false "prophets" throughout the centuries have claimed to know when Christ's return will happen (some even claimed that it has already happened - see the Fact Finder question below to understand why Christ's return will be no "secret" to anyone in the world). But all were proved wrong. Why? What was their error? Answer: They claimed to know something that only God knows. Even Christ doesn't know yet.
"24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. 24:37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 24:38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 24:39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 24:40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 24:41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left." (Matthew 24:36-41 KJV)
"But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only"
What therefore should we be doing while we wait? And what if Christ did return "now"? (see Could Christ Return Tonight?).
"24:42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. 24:43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. 24:44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
Christ's return will happen with all the world to see, after the 42-month ministry of the "two witnesses" has been completed (see When Will Christ Return?). Then, on that day, will be the first resurrection (see When Will You Be Judged?).
"4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep [see What Happens When You Die?], that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 4:15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God [see Christ's Feast of Trumpets; listen also to the Sermon The Feast of Trumpets: Birthday Of The Church from our Sermons page]: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, To Meet The Lord In The Air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 4:18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words." (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 KJV)
Fact Finder: What is the Messiah going to do on the day of His Return?
This Day In History, August 26
55 BC: Roman forces under Julius Caesar invaded Britain.
1278: Rudolf I (Hapsburg) defeated Ottocar II, king of Bohemia, at the Battle of Marchfeld Plain, north of Vienna. The victory was a turning point in the history of Central Europe in that it established the Hapsburgs as rulers in the region, from 1278 to 1918, 640 years.
1346: An outnumbered English army of 10,000 under Edward III defeated Philip VI's superior French forces in the battle of Crecy. It was the first battle at which the English used only infantry and longbowmen.
1498: In Rome, Italian artist Michelangelo, 23, was commissioned by Pope Alexander VI to carve the "Pieta" - Mary lamenting over the dead body of Jesus, Whom she holds across her lap. The work was completed in 1501 (see also What Would Mary Really Say About Idolatry?).
1541: Suleiman I of Turkey captured Buda and annexed Hungary after his dispute with Archduke Ferdinand over claims to the kingdom.
1824: Karl Marx, age 6, was baptized to "Christianity" in Trier, Prussia. He came from long line of rabbis and Jewish scholars, but without his "conversion" he would not have had the political freedom to publish his communist manifesto.
1883: An extremely powerful eruption of a volcano on the island of Krakatoa in the Sundra Strait between Java and Sumatra began. The two-day eruption and associated tidal waves killed some 36,000 people and destroyed two-thirds of the island.
1901: The New Testament of the ASV (American Standard Version) Bible was first published. That U.S. edition of the 1881 English Revised Version (ERV) comprised the first major American Bible translation. The Revised Standard Version (RSV) of 1952 is an update of the American Standard Version of 1901.
1936: The Anglo-Egyptian Treaty established Egypt as a sovereign state after 50 years of British administration.
1978: Cardinal Albino Luciani of Venice was elected as Pope John Paul I. He served only 33 days before dying of an apparent heart attack on September 28.