By grace we are saved through the gift of faith. For centuries this basic truth of our life in Christ was hidden in man-made traditions of works. At the appointed time, this marvelous truth was restored by God’s Spirit to the Church.
We live in a time where another basic truth of our faith as listed in Hebrews 11:1-2 has laid hidden in a man-made tradition that we cannot know the times and the seasons of our Lord’s return. It comes from one of the most misquoted and misunderstood passages in the Gospels when Jesus taught about the end of this age and His literal return.
Standing on the Mount overlooking Jerusalem and the Temple with His disciples for the last time, Jesus answered their most pressing questions: (1) when will they see the events Jesus had just prophesied about the Temple and the people’s rejection of their Messiah, and (2) what will be the signs of the end of this age.
“Take heed that no one deceives you,” He cautioned them, giving them a list of events and signs they would see. From the parallel accounts of Jesus’ end-time teaching in the gospels and the book of Revelation, we can see the big picture:
The obvious question, then, is what did Noah know? Did he not know when the flood was coming? Was he surprised by it? No, he knew the generation in which it would happen, compliments of his grandfather. He knew he had to get the Ark built in a timely fashion. He knew the time was fast approaching when he saw the sign of the animals coming two-by-two. Finally, he learned the specific time when God said the rains would come in one week.
Noah knew. So if our Lord told us we would know like Noah, then He wants us to know. He wants us to see the signs and understand the times recorded in His sure Word of prophecy. Romans 16:25-27 says that God reveals at the appointed times. The Spirit of God is moving once again to restore the understanding of God's end-time sequence, for it is a pivotal principle of our faith.
It’s time to humble ourselves before the Spirit of God, lay aside our man-made traditions, and seek His revelation in His Word. God is not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33). We can know and we should know, for the sake of the lost.