32 “But as for that day or hour no one knows it – neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son – except the Father. 33 Watch out! Stay alert! For YOU do not know when the time will come. 34 It is like a man going on a journey. He left his house and put his slaves in charge, assigning to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to stay alert. – Mark 13:32-34
Muslims often use this verse to prove that Jesus is not God. How come He didn’t know the end if He was God? They ask. (That’s of course, despite all the other clear evidences of Jesus claiming to be God)
1 – Did Allah ever even mention about when the end would be? Or did he forget to mention in the so called eternal words?
2 – Remember that Jesus hadn’t died yet at this time, so it was useless for Him to even mention it because His death is what will determine the end. He came to save the world; meaning without His death and resurrection, talking about the end of the world was not even appropriate.
Why? Because God wants everyone to be saved (2Peter 3:9)! And the world can only be saved through His sacrificial death (Mark 10:45, John 3:16, 12:32-33, 15:13, Romans 1:16, 5:8).
3 – Even though Jesus classified Himself among those who didn’t know the end, He gave us signs of the end (Matthew 24:15-44); which we can’t find anywhere in the Qur’an. How could He give signs of the end if He had no clue about the end? Interestingly, according to Jesus, it’s Him who will come at the end (Matthew 24:29-31).
4 – After His resurrection, His disciples asked Him again the same question: When the end will be? Let’s see how Jesus answered them:
1:6 So when they had gathered together, they began to ask him, “Lord, is this the time when you are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” 1:7 He told them, “YOU are NOT PERMITTED to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. – Acts 1:6-7
Here we see that Jesus didn’t include Himself like in Mark 13:32. He simply said “you” (the disciples) aren’t permitted to know.
Why did He say that? Why excluding Himself this time? Why didn’t He say, we are not permitted to know? This indicates that He knew the end, but was not permitted to disclose it to His disciples by the Father, “The Father has set by His own authority”. Nowhere did Jesus in this verse say He didn’t know. He simply said, it’s the Father’s authority.
How could His disciples keep on asking Him about the end if they were not sure that He was God and knew the end? After all, they called Him “Lord” when asking Him the question.
5 – Revelation 19:12 says that Jesus has a Name that no one but Himself (Jesus) knows. Does that mean the Father and the Holy Spirit don’t know?
1 Corinthians 2:11 says, “…no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.” Does this mean that the Father and the Son don’t know?
So what’s wrong if Jesus said that only the Father knows the end? Because clearly, if we have to use that logic, then the Father does not know what Jesus and the Holy Spirit know as our two verses above state.
The Bible clearly states that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are all God (Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19…). This oneness means that they do things together and thus know everything together. Apart from each other, they cannot do anything (John 5:30; 16:13-16…)
6 – Going back to Mark 13:32. Have Muslims ever thought about why Jesus elevated Himself above men and angels? If He was just a mere creature, why didn’t He just say, “…no one, nor the angel but the Father only”? Rather He said, “…no one, nor the angels, nor the Son…”And in the next verse (33), He said, “…YOU do not know when the time will come”. He didn’t say “WE do not know”.
Mark (the author of the book of Mark) was not with Jesus when He spoke these words; but Matthew was since he was one of the twelve. So let’s see how Matthew recorded the same verse:
But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. – Matthew 24:36
Matthew’s version excludes “Nor the Son” out.
Jesus, while on earth, was 100% God and 100% man, therefore, it could be that when He said those words, He spoke as the man Jesus. And as man, He was limited to certain things (including the knowledge of the end of time). As God however, He is the embodiment of all knowledge (Colossians 2:2-3); which means He knows all things. He is One with the Father (John 10:30) and He claimed that anyone who has seen Him has seen the Father (John 14:9). His is the one who will come in the end (Matthew 24:27, 30, 37). He will send the angels (Matthew 24:31); which a mere creature can’t possibly claim.
There are so many evidences to prove the Deity of Christ in the Bible, but Muslims have to ignore all those in order to prove that Islam is true since it denied Christ’s Deity.
Repent and come to your Lord and Savior, O Muslims! Stop resisting His love and call.