Jesus has been speaking about the end of the world and His return in glory. Now, He gives his disciples a critical warning.
“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is. It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch.” – Mark 13:32-34 (NKJV)
Jesus is indicating that in His earthly humanity, the Father had not yet revealed the time of His second coming when He spoke these words. However, today, the Son who sits at the right hand of the Father on the throne of heaven certainly knows when He will return.
When Jesus says that His going away will be like a man who leaves His house and assigns a servant at the door to keep watch, the purpose of the man at the door wasn’t to keep watching to see when the master would return.
His task was to stand at the door watching, protecting the house and its contents from thieves and damage. Jesus tells us that our most important mission until He returns is to look after His house. However, the most important thing that Jesus is warning about is the danger of predicting the exact time of His return.
After His resurrection, Jesus said to His followers: It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by His authority. Even when you cannot know them, are you willing to fully trust Jesus with the times and seasons of your life?