Ask a Bible Teacher ......From www.gracethrufaith.com
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.
I would not assume things based on a translation of the bible, the original bible was written in Koine Greek and Jesus spoke in Aramaic, when translating from one language to another some things are usually different from the original source. So just because he said no would know "about" it, the point of the message is to be that only the Father knows the date and time and only him alone. The Rapture is another issue, many Christians do not believe a rapture will even take place, you can Google "The Rapture Myth" if you are interested.
It always surprises me that some Christians take words out of Christ's message and start trying to find hidden meanings behind them, if that was the points the disciples were trying to make they would have written the bible in Aramaic in order to keep all the words of Christ unmodified. However they chose to write the scriptures in Greek, the most commonly spoken language of their time, the whole point of doing that was to get the message of Christ out to the most number of people. So trying to find secret codes and hints within the bible is fruitless in my eyes, instead focus on the message Jesus came to bring and live your life by that message.
This post has been edited by FreedomPower: 09 July 2008 - 10:14 PM