Luke 12:45-46 “But if that servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and be drunk, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.”
Jesus is explaining a few things to His disciples about His return and then said that He will be coming at an hour that is not expected in verse 40. In verse 41 Peter wants to know if that applies to the disciples or to all the people. It is in this context that Jesus tells of a wise steward and a second steward who is not watching.
Matthew 25:13 “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”
This verse is in the context of the story of the five wise virgins and the five foolish virgins. Just before He says to watch He is addressing the five foolish virgins who ran out of oil and returned too late.
How did the five wise virgins know how much extra oil to carry with them so that they would not run out of oil? Is it possible that they were watching, studying the scriptures and noticing the signs of the times? Is it possible that they knew the day?
But what about Mark 13:32 where Jesus says, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father” Does this mean that we can not know when Jesus will return?
Keeping in mind that Jesus, being a Jew, was speaking to Jews and this statement was very Jewish. There was one feast that was based upon the new moon. The Jews would know that it would be one of two days but would never know which one until the new moon was revealed, not knowing the day nor the hour. This was the Feast of Trumpets.
Could the Jews have understood Mark 13:32 as if I were to say that I’m not going to tell you what day I am coming to visit you but I’ll be bringing the gifts for the tree? If this is true then is it possible that it is not a matter of knowing the day and hour but a clue to knowing the season?
Therefore, it would seem that we can be searching the scriptures and watching the signs of the Lord’s return.
Paul says in 1 Tessalonians 5:2, For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. Then in verse 4 he writes, But you brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.
It would seem that Paul does not wish that believers be taken off guard but that Jesus will come back as a thief in the night for the nonbelievers.
Luke 21:34 says that we are not to be caught unexpected or unaware as the rest of the world is, verse 35.