The Holy Bible, God’s Word, tells us in Matthew 24: 36: “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”
The expression Jesus used —“That Day,” is an Old Testament expression for the day of the Lord’s appearance, referring to the coming of the Son of man. “Nor the Son,” while on earth, means even Jesus lived by faith, and obedience was the hallmark of His ministry.
Actually, a map of the future would be a hindrance, not a help, to faith. We are to be faithful and to watch and pray for His return. Matthew 24 is known as the Olivet Discourse, in which Jesus warned His disciples of signs of the end of the age. The destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple, many coming claiming, “I am the Christ,” birth pains or severe sufferings that would precede the coming of the Messiah and the Abomination that causes desolation –– which is when an Idol is placed in the Temple.
Please read all of Matthew, chapter 24, to get the full explanation of Jesus.
According to the apostle Paul, in Romans, chapters 9-11, there is one other event that must happen before Christ returns. My understanding of what God did as indicated in these chapters is as follows: He knew the gospel would be preached in Israel and received by the people and they would keep it exclusively for them selves and not go to the Gentiles.
Because of this, He decided to harden their hearts, so they would not hear and believe and would persecute those who did listen — the remnant –– driving them out of Israel, to carry the gospel to the Gentiles. I base my thoughts on these chapters.
Please read all of these three chapters, especially 9:14, which says: “What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all!” Verse 15 says, “For He says to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” Verse 16 says, “It does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.” In chapter 10, verse one, Paul says, “Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. In chapter eleven, read verses 7 and 8: “What then? What Israel sought so earnestly it did not obtain, but the elect did. The others’ hearts were hardened, as it is written: ‘God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes so that they could not see and ears so that they could not hear, to this very day.’”
This is why the Nation of Israel today has its share of atheists and agnostics. But God is great and His mercy is everlasting! Praise His Holy Name! There still is a remnant, and God will use them and others to bring the gospel to all Israel, and they will be saved.
Romans 11:25-27 tells us: “I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the gentiles has come in. And so, all Israel will be saved, as it is written: ‘The deliverer will come from Zion; He will turn godlessness away from Jacob. And this will be my covenant with them when I take away their sins.’”
America must continue to support Israel and to be her ally. Politics and our foreign policy has not been friendly toward Israel lately, but we must change this and assure them we are together with them and support them. They are probably our only true ally in the Middle East. Please keep praying for them.
If you or those you know are not Christians, please accept Jesus as your savior today. I pray you will!