Coming at an hour you do not expect.

“But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left.

Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

Recent events have been replete with predictions of rapture and judgment day. Many have responded with this passage saying that no one knows the day. But few go further and speak to the way that Jesus speaks in this passage about Noah and the ark. As a reminder I give you this passage concerning the times of Noah from the sixth chapter of Genesis:
"The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart."
In referencing the times of Noah our Lord speaks to the condition of humanity at the time of his return to planet earth. When he comes his mission will be one of judgment for a depraved humanity. Yet for some, like Noah who found favor in the eyes of the Lord, his return will be a mission of redemption and salvation from societal depravity.

Jesus concludes by telling his listeners, and us, to stay awake spiritually. He warns us that we must be ready. That, I think, is our central message - any day could be our last.. we could die or he could return much sooner than we think. In light of this we must treasure each day that we have been given and purpose to live in ways that are pleasing to God.

I confess that I am weak Lord. Help me to be ready and to honor you in everything I do.


  1. Oh I look and long for THAT day. I've always felt I would be living to see His return, even as a brand new baby in Christ in my early 20's. I still feel that way today, but whether I go in the rapture or before I just long to be with HIM.

  2. Love and long at the thought of His coming...Today would be OK!

  3. I am convinced the Lord deliberately did not tell us when so we would always live with the expectation of His coming.

    Even so come Lord Jesus.


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