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Does the Bible Say When Jesus Christ Will Return?

Contrary to what many people believe or claim, the Bible does not say when Jesus Christ will return. On the contrary, it clearly says that we do not know. Consider the following biblical statements:

Matthew 24:4-6 – "And Jesus answered and said to them: 'Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet."

Matthew 24:36, 44 – "But of that day and hour no one know, no, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only – Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not expect Him."

Matthew 25:13 – "Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming."

Acts 1:6,7 – "Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, 'Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?' And He said to them, 'It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.'"

All the above passages tell us that we are not to know the exact time of the return of Jesus Christ, and that we should not misinterpret events as indicating the end of the world is upon us. We will not know for certain they are signs of the end.

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