34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Matthew 24:34-51 (above) speaks of 4 groups of people. Lets take a very close look at each group.
1. The whole of humanity
Verses 34-42 tell us that absolutely no human being nor angel knows the day (verse 36) or hour (verse 42) our Lord cometh and at the passing away of heaven & earth. There is no scripture that allows the Elect to know the actual day and hour of Jesus' return, this is clearcut. It is repeated numerous times numerous ways.
2. The unsaved of the Earth
Verse 43 specifically describes the unsaved individual. God here gives us a clear example of the goodman of the house. A question immediately arises. Why was the household broken up by the thief if this was a goodman's house? This word for "goodman of the house" actually means, head of the family or home owner. Why it was translated as goodman of the house is not known for it does not differentiate between good or bad. Perhaps because the thief is perceived of as the bad one. As we read this verse we find that the "goodman of the house" is actually an unsaved, non elect person. His house or treasure that is broken into is not stored in Heaven. Jesus will break through as a thief only unto the unsaved when He comes. The non elect will not be "awake" (spiritual eyes closed) and watching.
Matthew 6:19-21 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Revelation 3:3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.
It is also stated that the unsaved will not even know in what watch Jesus will come. The Church teaches that Jesus can come at any time. But they do not realize just how close that time is. A watch is a period of time consisting of several hours. There were 3 watches during the night. The beginning evening hours/the midnight hours/the before morning hours.
3. God's people/the Elect
Verses 43-47 specifically describe the Elect because it states, "Therefore be ye also ready...". But instead of saying that the Elect also can not know what watch, He reverts back to saying that the Elect can not know the hour. This gives us the impression that the Elect can know in what watch for they are the ones whom the Lord shall, "give them meat in due season" (verse 45).
4. The 10 Virgins (5 Elect/5 non-elect)
Verses 45-51 shows us a perfect example of the 10 Virgins. These 10 Virgins are most likely all the 2011 believers. Five are bewildered and confused as per Judgment Day and why the Earth still remains but know the Timeline seems to be correct and are still watching and waiting. And the other five have denounced the Timeline and denounced Judgment Day as a false prophesy, therefore are no longer watching nor waiting. Notice the distinction of how that final hour/day will come upon each of the 5 virgins:
44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not (G1380) the Son of man cometh. - 5 with oil
G1380 - to suppose, consider, imagine.
50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not (G4328) for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of (G1097) - 5 without oil
G4328 - to not anticipate, not await. G1097 - to not know in a concrete manner, to absolutely not know.
STUDY POINT: It appears as though the Lord is telling His Elect through these parables that they can not know the day nor hour but they can know in what watch He shall return.