If you are into date-setting, be careful. The Bible gives any number of examples that no one, not even Christ knows when God will consummate all things in Him.
In the parable of the thief in the night (Mt. 24:42–44), Christ returns entirely unexpectedly. In the parable of the faithful and unfaithful servants (v. 45–51), he comes unexpectedly early. And in the story of the ten bridesmaids (25:1–13), he is unexpectedly delayed.
Christ returns unexpectedly.
Mt 24:42 Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. Mt 24:43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Mt 24:44 Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
Christ returns unexpectedly early.
Mt 24:45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? Mt 24:46 Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Mt 24:47 Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. Mt 24:48 But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed,’ Mt 24:49 and begins to beat his fellow servants and eats and drinks with drunkards, Mt 24:50 the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know Mt 24:51 and will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Christ returns unexpectedly late.
Mt 25:1 “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Mt 25:2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. Mt 25:3 For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, Mt 25:4 but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. Mt 25:5 As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. Mt 25:6 But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Mt 25:7 Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. Mt 25:8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ Mt 25:9 But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ Mt 25:10 And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. Mt 25:11 Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ Mt 25:12 But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Mt 25:13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.
 Blomberg, C. (1998). Eschatology and the Church: Some New Testament Perspectives. Themelios: Volume 23, No. 3, June 1998, 11.
Published on Thursday, September 10, 2015 @ 4:10 AM CDT