Today we’re back on the Mount of Olives overlooking the Temple in Jerusalem. Jesus’ heart is broken for His people because they refuse to see the signs of their visitation from God. Their rejection of the Lamb of God is about to set the New Covenant in motion as the Jews are “cut off” and the Gentiles (non-Jews) are grafted into the Vine. The generation of the disciples will see this come to pass when the Temple is destroyed in 70 AD.
Matthew 24:35 boldly declares the surety of God’s timetable: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” The statement echoes through God’s timetable all the way to the last two chapters of the Bible, where we see the new heavens and new earth that God creates, making all things new again as envisioned in Genesis 1.
So far, so good. Believers can rally around that glorious Day. Which brings us to Jesus’ next point in His end-time teaching. “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.” Ah, there’s the rub. We must interpret this statement in its context. Otherwise, when we remove it from the “text,” we end up with the “con” that we cannot know when Jesus will return.
Here’s our second leading question we can use to reveal the truth of God’s Word. What day and hour is Jesus referring to? If we take Jesus’ words literally, He is talking about the Day when God creates the new heavens (atmosphere) and the new earth. The Scriptures call this special day the Eternal Day and the Perfect Day. As Levelers, we know it’s the Unknown Day.
This makes sense because it jives with Jesus’ teaching of looking for the signs of His coming that mark the end of this age. That brings us to the third leading question we can use to reveal the truth of God’s Word. We’ll look at it in our next “gathering” (blog).
“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). In the meantime, check out these nuggets of truth.