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This is something I have encountered many times. Maybe you have too. The misuse of the saying: "But of that day and that hour knows no man..." (Matthew 25:13 and Mark 13:32).
There are some who take this scripture out of context which, in it's erroneous usage, attempt to put off those who with eager expectation, stemming from love and an obedience to God's Word, are looking for their Lord's Appearing. When confronted with a Christian who is speaking about our Blessed Hope with excitement, they would say: "Well no one knows the day or the hour" with a reproving tone, in an attempt to shut the door on the topic, as if your enthusiasm is incorrect and coming from some “end times fever”. And yet, when this verse is read in it's context, it tells us just the opposite of what they imply. It clearly states (for all who have eyes to see) that since we do not know the day or the hour, the believers are being exorted to be watching at all times.
Matthew 24:42 & 44
42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
Mark 13:32 -33 & 35-37
32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:
36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.
Even though, when Jesus spoke these words ("no man knows the day or the hour") He was referring to His Second Coming, the same principle would also apply to the Rapture of the Church (which will occur approximately 7 years earlier) since the Bible does not reveal the day or hour of that event either.
I once heard it put so well: "If we knew the day or the hour and, lets just say it was one week from today at 5pm. Would we be looking for Him to appear today? No! Of course not. But since we do not know the day or the hour, then we cannot honestly say that this will not be the day and this will not be the hour." It is actually because we do not know the day or hour that we should be looking for Him today and everyday until that glorious day...our motivation being because we love Him so. It is a very legitimate thing for a Christian to be looking for Christ's appearing. Even the believers in the first century who really loved Jesus were looking for His Appearing. The Apostle Paul and the Apostle Peter writing to the believers of their day said:
13 Looking for that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
2 Peter 3:12
12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, ...
1 Thessalonians 5:4-6
4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
How much more should those of us who will be alive* at the time of His appearing be in a state of readiness; watching and praying?
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