Yeshua used the same phrase when he told his disciples about the timing of His return: “No one knows the day or the hour except my Father in heaven” (Matthew 24:36). As a Jewish man, Yeshua understood ‘no one knows the day or the hour’ to be an idiom for Yom Teruah like we understand the Fourth of July as Independence Day. While living in the flesh as the son of man, he could not know the year for the prophetic fulfillment of Feast of Trumpets, but he did know on what ‘appointed time’ it would occur. Paul did too.
I am not a doomsday kind of gal, but I’m also not someone who is willing to scoff at God’s Word either. After reading some of the comments today on an article about the meteor in Russia, my heart broke. There are those who are saying the ‘end of the world’ is upon us and those who scoff at the very idea of a judgment for our wicked behavior. The whole event and the response of people is ‘like the days of Noah’ when Noah prepared for a flood. As he built an ark, the people mocked him, his family, his unseen, unnamed God until the day he went into the ark and the rain started coming down. Clearly, we will each respond to the event of a meteor hitting the earth that injures many people in different ways.