32“But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
33Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come.
34It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake.
35Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— 36lest he come suddenly and find you asleep.
37And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”
Our Lord JESUS,
after speaking about the destruction of Jerusalem, which took place around 70
CE, the Great Tribulation and the need to remain faithful through it; calls his
listeners to be on guard in front of this prophecies. He set the fig tree as an
example. They could recognize the seasons by observing the changes in nature,
and the same way they should watch for the historical events that announce the return
of our Lord, so that we may know He is nearby and on the way.
However, the exact time, Lord JESUS said, we don’t know, and that should encourage us to remain watchful and alert for those signs, expecting the apparition of our Lord at any time once the conditions are in place.
Something interesting is to notice how Lord Jesus says that nobody knows the exact day and hour of his own coming, including angels and Himself (Mk 13:32). How could HE not know his own return, specially being God?.
This goes to show, the same as in other passages, that as ‘Son’, Jesus is subjected to the upmost authority of his Father, the eternal representation of God.
So, as Elohim, He knows everything, because there is no Father, or Son, or Holy Spirit, but only ONE GOD, All knowing and powerful. BUT AS THE ‘SON’ WITHIN THE HOLY TRINITY, the only way GOD has manifested Himself to us, Lord Jesus does not know it, but only Lord YHWH, in his supreme realm.
The call to remain watchful and alert, is not just to be aware of his return in Glory, but to remain faithful, which is really the purpose of this alertness.
To meet Christ in his second coming empty handed, or in sinfulness would only mean destruction for us. We are told to be alert, to be faithful and always be spiritually prepared to meet the Lord, anytime, anywhere, even at the moment of death.
For most of us, the Second Coming of Lord JESUS, will be at the moment of our deaths, and not in some distant future,
We must be always ready to give account to Lord JESUS of our lives.