Can The Date Of Jesus’ Return Be Known? -- By: J. Gregory Sheryl

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 169:673 (Jan 2012)
Article: Can The Date Of Jesus’ Return Be Known?
Author: J. Gregory Sheryl

Can The Date Of Jesus’ Return Be Known?

J. Gregory Sheryl

J. Gregory Sheryl is a Bible teacher, Dallas, Texas.

On the Mount of Olives the disciples asked the Lord, “‘What will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?’ “(Matt. 24:3).1 And ever since then people have been trying to determine the exact time of Christ’s return and the end of the world.

Many times the Scriptures promise that Jesus will return to the earth (e. g., Matt. 24:27-25:13, 31; Mark 13:24-37; Luke 21:27; Acts 1:11; 3:20-21; 1 Cor. 1:7-8; 4:5; 11:26; 16:22; 1 Thess. 1:10; 2:19; 3:13; Heb. 9:28; Rev. 1:7; 22:20). The Scriptures also testify that the present heavens and earth will come to an end (Heb. 1:10-12; 2 Pet. 3:7, 10-13; Rev. 21:1).

When Jesus ascended to heaven and as the disciples “looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up,” two angels “said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven’ “(Acts 1:10-11). Just as the disciples saw Him disappear in a cloud, so He will return in the clouds, as the Scriptures state (Matt. 24:30; Mark 14:62; Rev. 1:7).

Believers differ in their views on various end-time events, including the tribulation, the millennium, and the identity of the Antichrist.2 But the Lord clearly stated that the time of His return to

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