Many think severe earthquakes are on the rise. Christians naturally wonder if this is what Jesus spoke of in the Olivet Discourse about the sign of “earthquakes in diverse places” preceding his coming (Mt 24:7). But are normal, scattered earthquakes like this a sign of the end? A reexamination of this passage is now possible to find out what type of earthquakes are indicated which completely changes the usefulness of these difficult words of Jesus.
When Jesus said, “no man knows the day or hour,” he nullified the past use of the Bible (or anything else) to “set dates” or predict when end time events will happen. But his words are not clear enough today alone to silence prophecy speculation. Some people think “day or hour” allows for knowing the year or is only code for the Day of Trumpets. On the opposite extreme, some think Jesus meant that his return could happen at any moment or that we could learn nothing about timing and therefore not even study his prophecies. Find out what Jesus really meant by looking at what he said in context…and also by considering what he did not say.