Remember “88 Reasons Why Jesus Will Return in ’88?” I do. I didn’t buy it then and I don’t buy it now. And with good reason. Look at what Jesus had to say about knowing when He would return:
32 “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. 34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. 35 Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— 36 lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. 37 And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”
No one knows. And at that point, not even Jesus knew. He’d restricted certain parts of His omniscience when He took on our flesh, including the knowledge of the date of His second coming. The angels enjoy constant fellowship around the throne of God. But they don’t have a clue as to the time of Christ’s return. So why would we put our trust in Nostradamus, Mayan calendars, or some “sleeping prophet” from Selma, Alabama? Doesn’t make much sense does it?
The date is not what’s important. The importance is found in verses 33-36. Be on guard. Stay awake. The point of discussing the subject is to keep us on guard. We are to be doing the Lord’s work as though He could come back at any time. Like a servant given a task to complete in his master’s absence – not knowing when He will return – we are to labor for the Lord, with what ever task He’s given us, as though He will return any minute. Don’t get caught sleeping!
I don’t want to be caught sleeping. I want to be found faithful. You with me?