Bible Prophecy Revealed

The Day and Hour Unknown?

by Michael Fortner

At the end of the Great Tribulation, there will be a short period of several weeks that will kill more people than the previous 2000 years, which is the wrath of God. In Matthew chapter 24 Jesus describes the Great Tribulation and wrath of God in detail, then he gives several parables about being prepared for those events. Jesus said:

32 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. . . . 36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. (Matt. 24:32-33, 36)

Notice that Jesus said we will not know the day or the hour, but we will know for a fact that his return is very near, even right at the door. The Bible is very specific, and it means what it says. Do you know for a fact that Christ will return within 5 years? No, you do not. You can only say He might return in 5 years. If you know that his return is at the door, then you won’t be saying he might return and he might not, because you will KNOW that he is about to return. By looking at the signs, we can KNOW for a fact when to expect Jesus to return, we just will not know the exact day or hour. To extend out that statement to say we will not know anything about when he will return, is just plain Scripture twisting and is just as bad as the nuts to profess to predict an exact day and hour, like Harold Camping.

One of the worst beliefs that has been propagated within Christianity is that we cannot know when Christ will return. If we listen to most prophecy teachers Jesus was soon to come for the past 150 years, but that is not true. Matthew 24 continues:

37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. (24:37-41)

In this passage people are living their lives as usual when the flood came and killed them all. Even though Noah warned people of the coming flood they did not believe him. The reference Jesus makes here does not refer to being spiritually ready, but to being physically ready for the coming destruction. This refers to those who do not go in the Rapture at the end of the tribulation, which is most of Christianity. (The full unrestrained wrath of God will take place at the end of the tribulation.)

Those who are taken, in the above verses, do not go in the Rapture, they are killed in the global destruction at the return of Christ. We should be ready like Noah so we will not be killed like the man in the field and the woman grinding grain who are going about their lives as usual. Most people not prepared like Noah, will die. Noah did not know what day it would start to rain, but he did not wait until it started to rain to start building the ark.

Jesus could have worded the above passage like this, “I’m coming with destruction as great as Noah’s Flood, therefore you should watch the signs and be ready like Noah, otherwise, you will die.” People who are watching the signs and the world events will know when to seek shelter.

This shows that even though we will not know the day or the hour in advance, we can know the year well in advance so we can prepare like Noah. And when that year arrives we can know when we must seek shelter for a short time in order to be protected from the natural disasters of God’s wrath. Even though the Bible proves this point, there still will be many people crying and screaming that we cannot know when Christ will return, because they believe what they want to believe rather than what the Bible says.

UPDATE:

Spiros Zodhiates Th.D. in, The Complete Word Study Dictionary New Testament, says:

In Matt. 24:40; Luke 17:34, 35, paralambano in the passive form is used as the opposite of aphiemi (863), to let be. In these verses, those who are taken are not to be misconstrued as those whom the Lord favors, as if they were the same saints spoken of in 1 Thess. 4:17 who will be raptured (harpazo [726], to seize, catch away, as if by force) to meet the Lord in the clouds.

The verb paralambano in most cases indicates a demonstration in favor of the one taken, but not always. In Matt. 4:5,8 it is used of Satan taking Jesus up to tempt Him. In John 19:16 it is used of taking Jesus to lead Him to the cross. . . .

It is used to refer to those in the days of Noah who were taken away, not being favored but being punished, while Noah and his family were left intact. Therefore, in this passage in Matt. And the parallel passage in Luke, paralambano must not be equated to the believers who are to be raptured at the coming of the Loard for His saints. It refers rather to those who, as in the days of Noah, are taken to destruction. (Page 1108)

 

19 Thoughts on “The Day and Hour Unknown?

  1. “Those who are taken, in the above verses, do not go in the Rapture, they are killed in the global destruction at the return of Christ. “…I’m a little confused brother..Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left..says nothing about them being killed in a natural disaster…it says “taken”, not killed or destroyed, etc…help me out here.

    • As I stated in the article, the context of this passage requires that it refer to people dying
      in the Wrath of God, because the previous verses connected above it speak of Noah’s Flood. It says:

      . . . they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming
      of the Son of Man.
      40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. (Matthew 24:39-40)

      How can it be any clearer? Did the flood bring a Rapture? The flood took them away, they died. Then it says the same thing will happen at the coming of Christ, two men will be in the field, one will be taken, the other not. Therefore, THEY MUST DIE. That is what happened to those in the flood. Right?

      • Another point of view... on June 7, 2015 at 4:24 am said:

        Matthew 24:39-40 in Young’s Literal Translation (YLT) says:

        “39 and they did not know till the flood came and took all away; so shall be also the presence of the Son of Man.
        40 Then two men shall be in the field, the one is received, and the one is left;”

        Now I’m no Greek scholar, but the Greek word for “received” (“paralambanetai”) puts a new spin on things.

        See:
        http://www.apostasynow.com/topics/trib/pretrib05.html

        (I have no associations with this site, but this page makes a lot of sense)

        • Here is another passage like the above, and AGAIN, the context proves that he is talking about people being killed:

          Luk 17:28 Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot–they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building,
          Luk 17:29 but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all–
          Luk 17:30 so will it be on the day when the Son of Man is revealed.
          Luk 17:31 On that day, let the one who is on the housetop, with his goods in the house, not come down to take them away, and likewise let the one who is in the field not turn back.
          32 Remember Lot’s wife.
          33 Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will keep it.
          34 I tell you, in that night there will be two in one bed. One will be taken and the other left.
          35 There will be two women grinding together. One will be taken and the other left.”

          Was Lot’s wife Raptured? He is warning us to be watchful so we are not killed like those other people were. So you think he is warning us about the Rapture?

          I have also updated the article with a quote from The Compelte Word Study Dictionary which proves this.

          • Mindy on March 2, 2016 at 11:39 pm said:

            My understand reflects yours. Many scriptures indicate we will be here during tribulation , we are to be prepared for it. Food, water , shelter must be planned for. G-d didn’t write about trib just for the sake of doing it , He wrote it so we would be forewarned and because we know His truth, we will be prepared unlike those who continued on as if nothing out of the normal was happening. I take it we are supposed to be like Noah. I find in Matthew 26 Jesus Christ is quite clear in regards to the end and we , Christians , are there. 9“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. Jesus is talking about the end and is referring to not just to His disciples at that time but the saints that are living during trib.

        • Mindy on March 2, 2016 at 11:52 pm said:

          I have posted further supporting scripture which indicates there is not a pre-trib rapture. Feel free to provide your take on those scriptures. I have a question, why would G-d take all the Christians from earth at a time when their light , the light of Jesus Christ , would shine it’s very brightest? A time that many will receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior? G-d works thru the Holy Spirit who is in us, how can people receive Jesus Christ if G-d’s people and The Holy Spirit are not here to so that Christ’s light will the beacon in the darkest of times? Why would G-d rapture Christians? It would not to be to save them suffering because if that were true no Christian would have ever suffered. Look at our brothers and sisters in the middle east who were beheaded, they were not raptured. Look at our Lord and King, Jesus Christ , He was not raptured. There are many, many scriptures which specifically state Christians are here during tribulation. See what I posted further down, all comments are welcome.

  2. Greg May on March 24, 2015 at 4:54 pm said:

    When Jesus said ‘no one knows the day nor hour’ He was referring to the Second Coming – NOT the Rapture! Remember, the disciples asked Him a specific question on the Mount of Olives, “When will be the end of the age?” (Matthew 24:3) The ‘end of the age’ is the Second Coming when Jesus returns to defeat Satan, the Antichrist and the False Prophet. The Rapture is imminent.

    • Technically, the end of the age includes the Rapture, because the Rapture takes place weeks before the return of Christ, NOT pretrib.

    • No queiostn this is the place to get this info, thanks y’all.

    • Mindy on March 2, 2016 at 11:25 pm said:

      Greg I have posted a few scriptures further down which indicate if there is a rapture it won’t be until the very time that Jesus Christ returns, maybe a little before. Anyways if you would like to show me where you think I do not have a correct understanding I would gladly pray on and read your comments regarding these scriptures.

  3. As I began to attempt to unravel Revelation 13 and the number of the beast, I did a search for Walid Shoebat, as that was the sanest explanation I had heard. That does not mean I did not have questions, but it pushed me closer to answers. I am highly concerned with context and comparison, and Daniel’s prophecies give me much to chew on. The point here is, there is much to chew and little time to do so.
    Thankfully I stumbled upon your posts. I quickly scanned through two and I was hooked. It is rare for me to find someone that understands that Matthew 24 if referring to a time at the end of the wrath and His physical appearance. Oh, there is no doubt He is coming back, and with a vengeance.
    Anyway, thank you. I needed that .

    • I had a debate a number of years ago about Eternal Security, with a fellow who had a website called A Voice in The Wilderness, but that site is no longer up.

    • Mindy on March 2, 2016 at 11:23 pm said:

      I always ask G-d to help me understand, He does. Sometimes not when I want the understanding but He always gives me understanding , just at a time of His choosing , not mine. He has taught me patience along with many other things. 🙂

  4. I stumbled unto this website and this article in particular.
    I’ve always heard churches teach the rapture and the “one taken and one left” meaning the one taken was the one that was saved or raptured out of the situation.
    However, when Jesus gave the parable of the wheat and the tares…notice the order…FIRST the tares were taken to be burned BEFORE the wheat was gathered into the barn.
    Also, even in this article where you gave Jesus’ statement concerning Noah and the wicked who were eating and drinking until the flood came and TOOK them all way (they were taken) Noah was left and protected.
    I’m still learning and asking the Holy Spirit to lead me into all truth….but the more I study Scripture is the more I think, that when Jesus talks of two women grinding and one is taken etc….it’s possible that the taken one is like the tares, taken first and the wicked in Noah’s day…leaving behind the righteous who are protected by the Hand of the Almighty until the time when they are also gathered “into the barn”
    Besides, John 17:15 … Jesus praying “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.”….again, this supports the theory. I DON”T think it’s the righteous that are taken. I wish we were taken out of it all, but the Scriptures seem to be saying that we are left but PROTECTED.
    Just a thought. 🙂

    • Yes, you are right, those taken are killed, as one of the passages actually tells us. But the Rapture will take place before this global destruction hits Earth. But NOT all Christians will go in the Rapture, so those who are not taken will survive by the will of God because they have been chosen to live and repopulate Earth after the destruction. This is seen in other passages, and is all explained in Book 1.

    • Mindy on March 2, 2016 at 11:20 pm said:

      I have only been studying G-ds word for 4 years, but, He clearly showed me , we, Christians will be here thru out the tribulation. Scripture after scripture points this out, all thru the bible, new and old testament. I question everything I am taught, my brothers and sisters for the most part do not take offense. Their answers however are not always supported in the bible, rapture in particular. At what time can we be the conduit thru which Jesus Christ shines , at what time will we be needed the most so that the Holy Spirit can do His work? During tribulation , for even during this time people will be saved. It was suggested that the 144000 would do this work by themselves, yet, it appears to me the 144000 are the ones most likely to be raptured. Also, 144000 cannot do all the work that will need to be done to reach all those who will receive the gift of salvation during tribulation. Revelation even refers to the saints who have been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus Christ and that they did not worship the beast nor receive it’s mark. Who is beheading G-d’s people today? Were they raptured? No they were not.

  5. Mindy on March 2, 2016 at 11:04 pm said:

    This is exactly how I understand this verse. To date I have found no evidence of a rapture , unless it is when Christ returns to destroy the wicked, the enemies of Israel. Scripture shows me Christians will be here thru out tribulation. This scripture specifically states, that these multitudes came out of the great tribulation. Rev: 7:9 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” 11 All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying: “Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!” 13 Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?” 14 I answered, “Sir, you know.” And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

    This scripture states that all the earth will worship the beast except those whose names are written in the book of life, it also states that G-d’s people will need to have patient endurance and faithfulness during the tribulation, we wouldn’t need this if we weren’t going to be here and we most certainly would not be in danger of worshiping the beast. Rev 13
    8 All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world. 9 Whoever has ears, let them hear. 10 “If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity they will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword they will be killed.”This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people.

    The only people who would have reason enough to reject this mark will be Christians.
    Rev 13 16 It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17 so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.

    These saints were beheaded because the followed Jesus Christ, they were beheaded because they would not worship the beast nor did they receive it’s mark.
    Rev 20 4 I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5 (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection.

    There are many other scriptures in Revelation , Isaiah , Daniel to list just a few books that indicate there is not a rapture pre-trib. As of this time the understanding that G-d leaves me with is that we will be here for the tribulation. There are 144000 that are redeemed from the earth, this may have been a rapture though at this time I do not have a clear understanding of the 144000 in Rev.

  6. Travors on July 29, 2017 at 8:42 pm said:

    As in the days of noah.. Noah was 600 yrs old when he entered the ark. (6000yrs) on the 17th day of the 2nd month the flood waters broke fourth. (17th year of the 2nd millennium) (2017) see what im saying.. no one told me this. This is what I got about 5/6 yrs ago. Could it be…???

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