Q. I know Jesus said no one knows exactly when he will return to Earth again, but recently a friend gave me a pamphlet in which the author claims to reveal when the second coming will take place (about 30 years from now). Could he be right?
Jesus clearly taught that he will return to earth to set up his kingdom – but he also said the time of his return is hidden from us: “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the son, but only the Father” (Mark 13:32).
Jesus' warning hasn't kept people from speculating about the date of Christ's return. You may have read about people who believed they knew when Christ was coming, and even sold everything they owned so they would be ready – only to be proved wrong. From time to time, groups also have appeared who claim Christ has already secretly come – although the Bible clearly says that “At that time men will see the son of man coming in clouds with great power and glory” (Mark 13:26).
The Bible does teach that certain events must take place before Christ returns – and many scholars believe these are already happening.