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Matthew 25:13 (NKJV) “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.

Is there any Christian sect which literally interpret this verse and say that even if there is no way of knowing the exact day or hour, there are some clues available from the scripture to calculate/know the season, year or century when Jesus will come again? If so, what are the basis of their calculation?

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@Caleb One can probably weed out a lot of cults; (I am guessing) many specify a day. Of course, one then gets the problem that on Dec. 31, one would know the day; but if Dec. 31 is not possible, does Dec. 30 become the last "possible" day (but not possible because one would then know the day)? This is an established "logic problem", but I do not remember how it is resolved. –  Paul A. Clayton Jun 3 '13 at 14:15
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I would argue that most churches accept this quite literally, and that the exceptions prove the rule.

Three great examples in the last 150 years of trying to pick a date are as follows:

  • The Millerites who, in following Miller, were convinced Jesus was coming back in 1844.

  • Ed Whiseant's "88 Reasons the Lord is Coming Back in 1988"

  • Harold Camping's date of May 21, 2011

In all cases, these predictions did not come to pass. (I realize that since all three dates have come to pass, this may come as a shock to some people - but so far the record is zero :)

In at least the later two cases, most Protestants dismissed the prophecies as heresy, using precisely the justification you state. Here, for example is a post from March 2011, using precisely the same justification.

The most interesting of the three, however, is clearly that of the Millerites. Like Camping, William Miller stuck his neck out and said the Lord was coming back in 1843. When that didn't happen, he recalculated and figured out it was 1844. When that discredited him, he slipped off the stage - but not before providing the essential ingredients to help launch the Seventh Day Adventists and the Jehovah's Witness.

But again, these are hardly indicative of the mainstream. Most of us just say, "Really?"

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Does Camping count since such is clearly a "day" setter and not specifying only a year or by a given year? ("Season" might be easy: the Last Days! :-) –  Paul A. Clayton Jun 3 '13 at 14:05
    
I think, the problem with most of them is trying to pick a specific date. Picking a century may be more promising if some good clues are found from the scripture and comparing them with historical events. –  Mawia Jun 4 '13 at 4:47
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Someone that adheres to open theism may go the other extreme and say God himself maybe not even know when the day or the hour is. –  aceinthehole Jun 4 '13 at 21:51
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