Last Saturday was supposed to be the day according to some who predicted that Jesus was going to return on May 21, 2011. Obviously, it didn't happen as predicted. This isn't the first time that people have made such predictions that came up empty. Unfortunately, such futile attempts to predict the exact day only serves to cause people to question whether Jesus will come back at all.
Make no mistake. Jesus will come back. In John 14:1-3, Jesus promised His disciples that He would return when He said, "Don't let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God? Believe also in Me. For in my Father's house are many mansions. If it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself that where I am there you may be also."
40 days after Jesus resurrected from the dead, He ascended back into heaven as His followers looked up into the sky watching Him disappear into the clouds. At that point, two angels in white robes appeared and told them that this same Jesus would one day return just as they had seen Him go.
Yes! Jesus will come again. But when? The Bible makes it clear that no man can know the day or the hour. That's why such predictions as took place this past Saturday are foolish. Jesus did teach, however, that we could see the signs as to when this time is coming near. He talked about earthquakes, other phenomenon and wars increasing like a women's labor pains. In other words, these types of events will increase more and more in frequency and in intensity as the time draws near. Are we seeing that? Anyone who watches the evening news has to say we are.
So are we near the return of Jesus? Based on the signs we certainly could be. Can we know the exact day? Not according to Scripture. As a result, the "when" question is really the wrong questions to ask. The important question is not "when" will Jesus come back? The much more important question is, "Are you prepared for Him to come back?"
Is Jesus coming back? Absolutely! When? I'm not sure! Soon? Very well could be! Are you ready? Only you can answer that!