Keeping Alert wrote:
"But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.
This is probably one of the most quoted verse in eschatology.
But I am not sure what this verse means
One thing I've noticed in sermons and radio messages
is that many people, leave out the words "of that"
and in other translations the word "about"
from before the phrase 'day or hour'
giving the idea that people will not know
that moment in time.
Could the verse in it's passage context
have a different meaning...?
Could it be meant to say that concerning
(about) the events of that day
or what it will really look like on that day, no one knows?
I think that many people use this passage, this verse, to say something
other than what it was intended for.
“No one knows about
that day or hour,
not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
.... As it was in the days of Noah,...”
The passage in context goes on to describe what it will be like when Yeshua appears
not when it will be, drawing the reader towards a what, and not a when.
So is it safe to say that people will know "the when" Yeshua will return? Yes.
Is it unsafe to project a time frame (verses a specific day) for His appearing
based on the information given to us by biblical prophecy
and by interpreting the signs (or sign) of His coming and of the end of this age?
No. Or else He would not have given us the information to look up for our redemption.
So much information floods scripture and points to when He will appear in glory.
One specific sign clearly shows us when He will arrive.
Until that sign happens all others who claim to be Christ are false
and He gave us His word to prove it.
But, a following verse says to:
“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.”
The passage here is indicating that those who are not watchful will be caught unaware at His appearing.
Not so much that they will not know when He is coming in general terms of the when.
Those who are watching and preparing for His appearing will take what they have learned
and know that His appearing is near, soon, and they will not be caught off guard as a thief in the night.
The actual day or hour is not as important for us to know as the fact that He will appear.
In this we can say with confidence that He will be returning when and just as He said He would.