By Thomas Ice I often encounter people that want to talk with me or receive information in the mail about why they believe the rapture will come soon or on a certain date.They often have complicated schemes and reasons why they believe they are right, even though everyone has been wrong in the past.
If a believer could learn of the time when Christ will shout from the clouds, then the rapture would cease to be imminent.
God has fixed a specific day on His calendar when this longed for event will occur, but He will never tells us since we are told to always be expecting His return.
Just like a waiting bride is listening for the shout of the bridegroom.
The second coming will be dateable, once the rapture has occurred and the events of the tribulation commence.
It will be datable since signs and dates (days, months and years) will be a part of the events that will precede Christ's return.
If one becomes a believer in the tribulation, they will be able to figure where they are on the calendar of prophesied events and have a pretty good idea when Christ will return.This is why Luke tells believers at the end of the tribulation, "But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."No Signs for the Church When the disciples ask Jesus in Acts 1:6 "Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?" Christ had not yet revealed to them the mystery (i.e., secret) about the intervening dispensation of grace called the church.Christ's response set the tone for chronological matters in relation to the whole church age."It is not for you to know times or epochs [seasons] which the Father has fixed by His own authority" (Acts 1:7).Notice the "times and seasons" are set having been predestined by God, but for the church we are not to know them, they are a part of God's secret counsels. I think because "times and seasons," chronology, and signs all relate to God's earthly people Israel.