Q. I have read many times in your articles that you believe the parables in Matthew 24 primarily have to do with tribulation believers, not the Church. You mention that the verse that reads “no one knows the day or the hour…” has to do also with the Second Coming and not the Rapture. But the Bible tells us that the Lord will return exactly 1260 days from the Abomination of Desolation, so how could no man know the day? Thank you so much for your site! I have learned so much from it and will appreciate your clarification on this issue.
A. A lot of people believe like you do, and for a long time I was one of them. Then I realized the Bible does not say the Lord will return exactly 1260 days after the Abomination of Desolation. It says that’s how long the Great Tribulation will last. After it ends, the sun and moon will turn dark, and the stars will fall from the sky. Then there will be a sign in the sky, and all the nations will mourn. Then the Lord will return. (Matt. 24:29-30) This will likely take place soon afterward, but the Lord told us four times that no one will know the day or hour of His return in advance (Matt. 24:42, 44, 50, Matt, 25:15).