When will Jesus come back?

Question: When will Jesus come back? end time

“Does the Bible tell us exactly when Jesus will come again? Who knows when Jesus will come again?” 



Jesus said that His Father is the only person who knows when Jesus will come back. He said, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, neither the Son, but my Father only.” (Matthew 24:36 combined with Mark 13:32) 

No, the Bible does not tell us exactly when Jesus will come again, but it does tell us many of the events that will transpire just before Christ returns. Here are a few: 

  • Wars and rumours of wars. (Matthew 24:6) 
  • Famines, diseases and earthquakes in many different places. (Matthew 24:7) 
  • God’s people will be persecuted, killed, and hated by every nation in the world. (Matthew 24:9) 

Note: There will be no secret rapture that will rescue God’s people out of the world before the tribulation. God’s people will go through it, and “He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” (Matthew 24:13) 

  • The mark of the beast crisis will be fully engaged to persecute God’s people. (Revelation 3:15-18) 

Note: The mark of the beast crisis will involve worship, and therefore must involve the first four of the ten commandments. This includes the true worship of the Father alone as “the only true God,” and the keeping holy of the seventh day Sabbath (Saturday). Only those who worship God exactly as outlined in the first four commandments will receive the seal of God rather than the mark of the beast. (See John 4:23, 24; 17:3; Revelation 14:6, 7; and Exodus 20:1-11.) 

  • A system will be set up where only those who receive the mark of the beast will be allowed to buy and sell. (Revelation 13:17) 
  • Many false prophets and preachers will be in the world doing great signs and wonders and will deceive many people. (Matthew 24:11, 24) 
  • Sin will be very abundant throughout the world, and love will grow cold. (Matthew 24:12) 
  • The good news about God’s love will be preached in all the world. (Matthew 24:14) 
  • False Christs will appear throughout the world with great signs and wonders. The second coming of Christ will be so successfully impersonated that many people will be deceived into thinking that Christ has returned, even though it is Satan himself or one of His agents. (Matthew 24:23-26) 

Note: To ensure that God’s elect people will not be deceived by this impersonation of Christ, Jesus said, “If they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” (Matthew 24:26, 27) There will be no secret rapture, “every eye shall see Him.” (Revelation 1:7) 

  • Christ will come in the clouds of heaven with great power and glory. (Matthew 24:30) 
  • All the people who have openly rejected Christ, or who have been deceived by Satan, will cry for the rocks and mountains to fall on them to hide them from the presence of Christ. (Revelation 6:15, 16) 
  • When Christ comes, God’s faithful people will say, “Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us.” (Isaiah 25:9) 

Many of these signs have already come to pass, but some of them have not. By studying the Bible and looking at the condition of the world today, we can be sure that Christ will come soon, but He cannot come tomorrow, for several things must transpire before He comes. The mark of the beast laws must be enacted and enforced by all the nations of the world. (For a detailed study into the mark of the beast crisis, please request the booklet entitled, A Time to Choose, or read the March and April 2003 issues of Present Truth, available by request, or online at www.presenttruth.info.) 

I hope this helps to answer your question.