Knoweth the Day or the Hour
How many times have we heard preachers say that "Jesus Christ can come at any moment, he may even come before the end of this service! No man knoweth the day or the hour, therefore he can come at ANY moment, we need to be ready for him to come at any time." Well let's see if that's really true.
Let's go to that scripture that they bring up, that says "no man knoweth the day or the hour." It's found in Mathew 24. And the Bible reads in verse 36, "But of THAT day and hour knoweth no man, no not the angels of heaven, but my Father only", and then if you go down to verse 42 he says "watch therefore for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come."
Now these verses are very clearly telling us that no man knows the day or the hour of Christ's coming, therefore we should watch and be ready. Now, if you just back up a few verses though, it says in verse 29, "Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken, AND THEN shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven, and THEN shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory, and he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other", then he says AFTER that, "but of THAT day and hour knoweth no man". So it's funny, that a pre-trib person would point to this verse to say "See? He can come at any moment, it says that no man knoweth the day or the hour, but they don't bother to read the context, that it comes after the tribulation, according to verses 29 through 31.
And if you read 29, all the way down to 36, you can come to no other conclusion than when he says "but of that day and hour knoweth no man", he is referring back to the day that's talked about in verses 29 through 31, that comes AFTER the tribulation. So, do we know the day or the hour of Christ's coming? No. But one thing we do know for sure... Christ coming in the clouds, with the trumpet, to gather his elect, that we will be gathered together unto him, it's coming AFTER the tribulation, that's what we know for sure.
We don't know the day or the hour, but we know it's coming after the tribulation. It's hypocrisy for someone to take that verse, about "no man knoweth the day or the hour", and try to use that to promote a pre-trib rapture, when a few verses earlier he finishes telling us that that day is AFTER the tribulation.
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Pastor Steven Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church