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TANYA - In Sunday school today we were talking about the second coming of Jesus Christ. The teacher said that only Christ and Heavenly Father know the hour and day in which Christ will return...okay, but in Matthew, Jesus says ..."Only my father in heaven knows...so this sounds contradictory to me. I asked him afterwards and he said he would have to research it some more. It makes sense that they both would know just because they both know the same things, but I've always been taught that only Heavenly Father knows, not even Christ himself knows, which woudl not make sense since he knows all things. So, why in Matthew does it says this, what is your opinion? If something important was left out of Matthew like this, then what keeps other "informatin" from being kept out, how do we know what to believe?

JOEL - Since God the Father and Jesus are one in purpose and Jesus is God, Jesus Christ most certainly knows when His second coming will hapen just as well as the Father knows. The scripture in Mark is the only one that adds the phrase "neither the son".

"But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. (Mark 13: 32)

The other places where this is recorded do not contain that phrase:

"But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only." (Matt 24:36)

"Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh." (Matt 25:13)

"Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man acometh at an hour when ye think not." (Luke 12:40)

Christ knows all things; he possesses the fulness of the glory and power of the Father (see D&C 93:16-17).

The phrase "neither the son" is a mistranslation in the Book of Mark. The Joseph Smith Translation of this verse makes the correction, omiting the disputed phrase.

"But of that day and hour no one knoweth; no, not the angels of God in heaven, but my Father only." (JST Mark 13: 47)

If the Father knows, Jesus knows. Some have speculated that perhaps while Jesus was on the earth in His mortal body, He did not know the time. But even if that were true, He certainly knew it once He was resurrected and ascended to His Father.

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