Q. Jesus IS God. How could He not know what day or hour His return is? (the rapture) Thank you!
A. In Matt. 24:36 Jesus said the following. “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” The day and hour He spoke of is His 2nd Coming, not the Rapture. We know this because the phrase “that day” refers back to verse 30 when all the nations will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds with power and great glory.
By the way, notice that technically He didn’t say that no one would know the day or hour, but that no one would know “about” it. The general time of His return will be known to believers on Earth at the time.
In Revelation 1:1 we’re told that God had revealed these details to Him. This must have happened sometime between His ascension and His appearance to John on the Isle of Patmos. How could this be?
When Jesus agreed to become a man to save mankind, He had to set aside His Godliness, to step out of the Trinity, so to speak. The whole idea behind the Temptation Wilderness (Matt. 4:1-11) was to get Him to use powers reserved for God alone, thereby violating the conditions of His mission. All His miracles were performed through the power of the Holy Spirit. That’s why He told His disciples, and us, that we would do even greater things than He had done. (John 14:12). Since during His time on Earth He confined Himself to doing only those things that can be done by man, He couldn’t reveal the details of the day of His return, because those details had not yet been given to man.