Michael Hopp (19
"The irony of those quoting "No man knows the day or the hour""
[I wrote this to reach people I know; but then I thought to send it to FiveDoves. I know this would be "preaching to the choir" here, but maybe you can use it to reach those you know.]
"No man knows the day or the hour" (Mat 24:36, Mar 13:32, Luk 12:40)
It is ironic that this quote from scripture is almost universally used by many Christians as a reason to stop any conversation about the end times. They don’t want to hear about it. They don’t want to think about it. So, they use this quote as an excuse not to watch for the return of Jesus Christ.
It is ironic because this quote is from those same sections of scripture where Jesus Christ Himself exhorts us to watch for His return! It is ironic because this quote, in context, was used by Jesus as a reason to watch for His return!
But don’t take my word for it: take God’s Word and see the truth for yourself. Here are the pertinent verses (but open your Bible and read the whole chapters for yourself):
Mat 24:33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things,
Mat 24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
Mat 24:42 for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
Mat 24:44 for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
Mat 25:13 for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
Mar 13:29 So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass,
Mar 13:32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
Mar 13:33 Take ye heed, for ye know not when the time is.
Mar 13:35 for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:
Mar 13:36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
Luk 12:37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find : ...
Luk 12:40 for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.
Luk 12:46 The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.
The primary focus in each of these chapters is the exhortation to watch. It is indeed ironic that people use the quoted verse as an excuse not to watch!
Now that you know the truth (that Jesus Himself exhorts you to watch) and you are without excuse (for not watching); know this: we are in the end times, and His return is near - very near, even at the door! Read the rest of those chapters and open your eyes to the world events around you. Israel is God’s time clock; and it started ticking when Israel became a nation again.
But don’t expect to be informed about this by the main-stream media. Shut off your TV and search the Internet for conservative and Christian news websites. Better still, read your Bible, starting with the New Testament, and pray for the Holy Spirit to guide you into all knowledge, wisdom, understanding - and salvation.
Many people think they can get to heaven on their own - but can’t.
Many people think they don’t need to be saved - and won’t.
Many people think they are saved - but aren’t.
Mat 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Are you saved? I’m not asking for an opinion - for that doesn’t count. I’m asking for a certainty, with evidence of a changed life according to God’s Word.
Mat 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
Mat 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Did you know that that verse (Mat 7:23) contains the scariest words ever written? (That is, if you truly understood them... Reconsider: "Many people think they are saved - but aren’t.")
Don’t use these few quotes only, but use all of the New Testament Scripture to lead you to salvation and to prove your own salvation.
2Co 13:5a Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. . .
If you are one of those few who are saved, then you should be praying according to:
Luk 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
If you agree, pass this around. If you don’t agree, pass this around - you might just save someone else and . . .
Jas 5:19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;
Jas 5:20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.