For nearly 2,000 years, men have been trying to predict the date when Christ will return a second time, judge the world and usher in eternity. Some of the more well-known predicters have been among the Jehovah’s Witnesses, prophesying dates in 1874, 1914 and 1925 (among some of the dates they have suggested). A more modern effort was made by a man named Harold Camping who predicted May 21, 2011, and then moved it to another date when it didn’t happen that day. These are only a few of the myriads who have made such attempts.
Aren’t you glad that Jesus made this so simple? He plainly taught, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only” (Matt. 24:36). Therefore, whenever you hear anyone say they have figured out the date or even that they see “signs” that it’s nearly here, you “know” that “no one knows.”
Jesus then said, “Therefore you also be ready…watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is” (Matt. 24:44; Mark 13:33).