The following scenario will not happen. “Now concerning that day and hour no one knows – neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son — except the Father only” (Matthew 24:36).
I don’t anticipate the Lord going back on such long-laid plans. After all, the prior verse says, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away” (v. 35).
But humor me for a moment, and consider this hypothetical exchange:
Church: “Lord, we faint. We long for your presence. Please, please tell us when you’re coming back.”
Jesus: “Oh, very well. The Father has relented and authorized me to tell you. I will be returning on…”
Global bated breath. People in every village, city, region, and nation await the next words. One of the most significant, weighty questions ever pondered on earth is about to be answered.