Q. From what I understand, the Jewish people were given a pretty specific time/date as to when Jesus would appear the first time. And as the “being caught up” (I really don’t like using the term rapture) draws near or even tomorrow, I was wondering, since God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow, wouldn’t it make sense for Him to give us some clearer indications of the actual event? I’m not trying to predict anything with regards to the day, month, year, etc. but more trying to find in Scripture something that coincides with His being the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
A. The fact that God is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8) tells us that because the past unfolded the way He said it would we can believe what He says about the future as well. From reading Daniel 9:24-27 it’s clear He told Daniel the timing of the 1st Coming. But although He gave Tribulation believers several clear signs of the Great Tribulation (Matt, 24:15-35), He also told them they won’t know the day or hour of the 2nd Coming (Matt. 24:42,44,50, Matt. 25:13).
Paul said that being children of the light we shouldn’t be taken by surprise as the time of the end draws near (1 Thes. 5:4). That means if it’s coming soon, we should be able to look around us and see clear signs to that effect. Many serious students of prophecy believe the signs are very clear.
But I think the real question we should ask is this. If we knew the exact timing of the rapture, would we behave differently today? The knowledge of the timing of the 1st coming didn’t change most people’s behavior back then. What makes us think knowing the timing of the rapture would change our behavior today? Because just like God is the same yesterday today and forever, so are we.