by Morley Evans
The popular and well-heeled brands of Christianity today claim to know when Jesus will return and with that when the kingdom of Israel will be restored. According to the Bible, which they claim as their authority, they do not know and can never know:
|The Ascension of Jesus|
The Ascension of Jesus
"So when they had come together, they asked him, ‘Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?’ He replied, ‘It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up towards heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up towards heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.’ Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers."
There are numerous times Jesus was asked this question. Everyone expected The Messiah, The Christ, to be like Alexander the Great. They expected and wanted someone who would defeat the Romans, take control of the world and put them in charge. Satan tempted Jesus with dominion over the world if Jesus would bow down and worship him. Jesus's answer was, No. Those who would have dominion over the world today, serve Satan, not God. Their motto is "Peace Through Strength" and they are armed to the teeth. They have killed millions of people since 1945 and have waged war incessantly to bring about world peace. "You will know them by their fruits." Matt 7:16