There is a great deal of interest today in the subject of our Lord’s return. Mr. Graham believes that this divinely predicted event may well happen soon; and he is constantly urging believers to obey the scriptural injunction that “teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:12-13). At the same time, Mr. Graham is also aware that the Lord’s return may be thousands of years away. The Bible says that “with the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day” (2 Peter 3:8).
While there are indications that we may be approaching a crisis in history, and biblical descriptions of the last days fit our times, it would be unwise to make any prediction about the exact time of Christ’s return. When on earth, Jesus said, “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father” (Matthew 24:36). The important thing is that we should be ready for His coming: “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour” (Matthew 25:13). Read also 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 and 2 Peter 3:3-15.