Matthew 24:36-51 Hour Unknown

36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,[f] but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.

42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46 It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. 47 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48 But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ 49 and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. 50 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. 51 He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Hour Unknown

Jesus, things aren’t really in place for you to come back, but maybe I don’t understand the signs.  I know that I would like you to come back now.  If children are saved by grace before an age of accountability, I would like you to come unexpectedly and take us all home with you.  This life lost its lustre a while ago.  The things that bring me joy are eternal things that will last, but I want my children to know you.  Does your grace cover them if they are unsaved?  I hope so.  You haven’t revealed it clearly in scripture and so your sudden return can’t be completely pleasant for me.  What is Daryl and Amelia were left here?  I know I have to long for you more than I long for them.  I should long for them for your sake, but I still long for you for their sake.  You are not high enough in my thinking for your return to be an event of complete joy.

I will trust you.  You are good and holy.  In this way, though, I am not worthy to be your disciple.  You said taht he who loves family more than you is not worthy to be your disciple.  Is it a happy day when you come back and sinners are washed away?  Is it a holy and terrible day?  Do we gasp, “God is good!” in stunned awe?  Do we weep for the lost for a moment?  Do we rejoice and laugh?

Your will be done.


  1. How is the day of Jesus’ return described?
  2. Why do you think Jesus couldn’t know the day?
  3. How should disciples act if they are unaware of when Jesus will return?
  4. How prepared are you for Jesus’ return?
  5. How much do you want Jesus’ return?

About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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2 Responses to Matthew 24:36-51 Hour Unknown

  1. Nena Harvath says:

    Hey Peter. Interesting thoughts – ones I’ve had myself. When Jesus said, “hinder not the little children to come unto me”, I believe this was not only a literal statement, but is also a prophetic one. The more we understand the rapture as the bridegroom coming for his bride, the more we understand the prophetic language used in all the parables of the kingdom in Matthew. I have been doing a lot of study about these parables and their deep prophetic meaning. I should probably blog on some of these topics, but i havent gotten around to it. Do not worry about your children they will be saved!!!

    • Plymothian says:

      I will look into ‘suffer the little children to come unto me’ and see what I find. I haven’t actually heard that interpretation before, so I’ll see if I can find it. Thank you.

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