Can we know the day and hour?

June 1, 2019   |   Category: Ask Irvin   |   Tags: ,

Matthew 24:36, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.”

“Knoweth” is the present tense form of know. 2,000 years ago, they couldn’t know.

Acts 1:6-7, “When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.”

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3 Responses to “Can we know the day and hour?”

  1. J. David Coates

    There is a vast difference between knowing the day or the hour of the Rapture and knowing and understanding Bible prophecy. Jesus directly stated that no man know (that is still present tense now as much as it was when He spoke it 2000 years ago and when Matthew wrote it approximately 2000 years ago. It’s still present tense – if you want to make that argument. In v.35, Jesus said His words shall not pass away. Just because 2000 years have passed does not change the force and meaning of His words.) Jesus even said in Mark’s account that only the Father knows, the angels do not know and even the Son does not know. I just heard Brother Baxter on TBN this evening (07 Jun 2019) say that at that time, while Jesus was still in this earthly body (2000 years ago) Jesus did not know the day but then he asked, Do you really believe that Jesus does not know when He is coming back?
    I would point out that when Jesus rose from the dead He was still human, in an incorruptible but human body. He has not ceased to be human simply because He has ascended. I do take Jesus at His word and believe that the Son does not know the day but the Father knows.

    • Doug Norvell


      Jesus specifically told His disciples, concerning the Second Coming and the rapture in Mark 12:32, “But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.” As a result of this verse, many people have concluded a post-tribulation rapture is not possible because we would be able to know the day of Jesus’ return if it, in fact, occurs after the tribulation. In spite of this, this argument does not affect a post-tribulation rapture.

      First, we understand Jesus was speaking directly to His disciples, which means this could have been specifically for His disciples at that time. Jesus said the Son, Himself, did not know the day of His own return. Does that still apply today? Does Jesus, the all-knowing God, still question when He will return and gather His church? Of course not, which gives us reason to believe this verse was applying only to the disciples. There are other examples of prophecies being kept from those it was told to in Daniel 12:9 and Acts 1:7.

      Secondly, Paul spoke germanely to this subject in 1Thessalonians 5. In the fourth verse Paul tells the church of Thessalonica, “But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.” This was in reference to the day of the Lord which pertains to the Second Coming of Jesus and the rapture. Paul stated, those in the light will not be caught off guard by the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

      Finally, Daniel 12:11-12 gives us additional days spanning beyond the 1,260 days of the tribulation. These expansion of days, the 1,290 and the 1,335, are accompanied with no details which leaves us handicapped. What exactly happens during that time? We can only speculate since we are not given a concrete answer in the Scriptures. This may prevent us from knowing the exact day of the Second Coming and the rapture but we will definitely be aware of a close approximate time because we are not in the darkness.