Special Teaching 001 – The ‘No-One Knows’ Verses (Matthew 24:36 and Mark 13:32 )


Many in the Body of Christ who understand the biblical truth of Messiah’s return for His church (at the Rapture), are in eager expectation. The Book of Hebrews (in the New Testament) speaks of those who are waiting:

Hebrews 9:28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

The Bible also teaches that the person who waits and watches for the Lord will be blessed:

Proverbs 8:34 Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.

Luke 12:37 Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat and will come and serve them.

Despite Messiah’s most urgent call to ‘watch’ (for His return), however, there are those in the church who have doubts and ‘shy away’ from seeking, searching and enquiring of the Lord’s return (at the Rapture).

Messiah’s emphatic command, however, in this very serious matter, is to ‘watch’!

Matthew 25:13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming”.

Mark 13:33 Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is.

Mark 13:37 “And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!”

If the Body of Christ is not ‘watching’, she is surely asleep.

What is the Church ‘Watching’ For?

The command to watch was issued by Jesus on several occasions in scripture. Essentially the meaning of ‘watching’ is to ‘be awake’, ‘vigilant’, ‘alert’ and ‘fully on guard’. The believer is called to watch and pray in all aspects of his or her daily walk of faith.

Matthew 26:41 “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

In relation to the Lord’s return (at the Rapture), however, the commands of Messiah ‘to watch’ are more than being ‘awake’, ‘vigilant’ and ‘alert’ because they have a specific focus. This focus is ‘the hour the Lord is coming’.

Matthew 24:42 “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.”

The Greek verb ‘to watch’ (in Matthew 24:42) is ‘grégoreó’ (γρηγορεω – Strong’s number 1127) and as well as meaning ‘awake’, ‘alert’ and ‘vigilant’, it also means to employ the most ‘scrupulous’ or ‘meticulous’ care in a matter. Given the context of Messiah’s command, the ‘matter’ about which to exercise ‘scrupulous’ and ‘meticulous’ care, is the hour of the Lord’s return. This is the focus of the biblical ‘watch’.

The message to the church of Sardis, in the Book of Revelation, confirms this focus (of the Lord’s return at the Rapture) because Jesus Himself states the consequence of ‘not watching’. If the church does not watch, she will not know the hour of the Lord’s return.

Revelation 3:3 Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore, if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.

In other words, only watching will give ‘knowledge’ of the hour of the Lord’s return. Just being ‘awake’, ‘alert’ and ‘vigilant’ (in the context of the Lord’s return at the Rapture) is, therefore, not enough.

The command from Jesus (for His disciples to watch) is because the ‘hour of His return’ is ‘unexpected’ and not revealed on the surface of scripture. A biblical watch for the ‘hour of His return’ is, therefore, required. As the Apostle Paul taught the Thessalonians:

1 Thessalonians 5:4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.

Matthew’s Rapture

The Gospel of Matthew fundamentally targets a Jewish audience. However, within the chapters which address the ‘signs of the times and the end of the age’ (Matthew 24 and 25), Jesus introduces a curious ‘parenthesis’ from Matthew 24:32 until Matthew 24:51. (Please read the ‘crescendo’ of Matthew 24:1-31 to identify this parenthesis which begins at Matthew 24:32.)

By verse 30 (Matthew 24:30), the timeline of events is already at the ‘Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory’ (at the end of the Tribulation and at the beginning of the Millennial Kingdom):

Matthew 24:30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

After this text, however (at Matthew 24:32), the narrative reverts to the parable of the ‘Fig Tree’ which is a reference to before the Tribulation. The fig tree is a type of Israel and the parable prophetically speaks of the re-establishment of Israel as a nation state in 1948, ‘when its branch becomes tender and puts forth leaves’.

Jesus is describing the momentous event of the re-establishment of Israel, in metaphor, and is stating that the generation who witnesses it will by ‘no means pass away’ until all these things (namely the signs of the times, the Tribulation and the return of the Son of Man in glory) have taken place!

Matthew 24:32-34 “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So, you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near – at the doors! 34 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.”

By referring back in this way, Jesus is resetting the timeline of His narrative (in Matthew 24) back to 1948. As such, the events which Jesus then goes on to describe, in the same chapter, work forward chronologically (from 1948) and include the Rapture.

This ‘breaking’ (or ‘parenthesis’) of the chronological sequence fits well with other Gospel accounts of this discourse, especially the verses of Luke 21:11-12, which show how Jesus, in a similar way, ‘breaks’ the chronological flow of events:

Luke 21:11-12 And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven. 12 But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and rulers for My name's sake.

Moreover, given that Jesus had discussed the church (as opposed to Israel) earlier in Matthew 16:18, why would He leave it out now? It would be a surprising omission for such a significant event as the Rapture not to be mentioned (albeit ‘veiled’ in a Jewish context).

Matthew 16:18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

Therefore, the context of the parables and teaching from Matthew 24:32 (through to the judgement of the nations in Matthew 25:31) concerns the Bride of Christ (Jew and Gentile) and the Lord’s return at the Rapture. Remember that the Rapture would not have been a ‘mystery’ to His disciples because Jesus clearly taught ‘the way’ that His disciples would follow Him to the ‘prepared place’ in His Father’s house (John 14:2-4). The language in John’s Gospel strongly depicts a Hebrew wedding during which the Bridegroom ‘prepares a place’. In Genesis 24:31, the camels under Laban's care, in type, also depict this truth.

John 14:2-4 “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.”

Some would argue that the truth of the ‘Rapture’ was first revealed as a ‘mystery’ by the Apostle Paul. A careful reading, however, of 1 Corinthians 15:51, describes this particular ‘mystery’ as the method of ‘changing to immortal (incorruptible) bodies’ for those who are alive at the time of the ‘last trump’, and not to the overall ‘Rapture’ event itself.

No-One Knows the Day or the Hour

Having identified this ‘Rapture’ parenthesis in the ‘end-time’ narrative of Matthew 24, the infamous verses of Matthew 24:36 and Mark 13:32 (subsequently referred to as the ‘no-one knows’ verses) may now be examined.

These are the two verses which most believers turn to, when challenged with the issue of ‘watching’:

Matthew 24:36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.”

Mark 13:32 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”

The popular false message derived from these verses reads as follows:

Because no-on knows the day and hour (except the Father), what is the point in 'watching' for it?

There are many variations on this theme. Some are ‘happy’ with watching for a ‘time’ or a ‘season’ but not the ‘day’ or the ‘hour’.

How is this matter to be resolved? The ‘no-one knows’ verses appear to teach that the ‘day’ and ‘hour’ cannot be perceived or ‘watched for’ (because no-one knows when they are, not even the Son of God), however, elsewhere in scripture (including the same context of the ‘no-one knows’ verses) Messiah exhorts His church to ‘watch’ for the hour of His return by pursuing knowledge.

Revelation 3:3 Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore, if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.

As will be seen, the truth of this matter is that the return of the Lord for His bride (at the Rapture) is concealed. However, for believers not to watch for the day and hour, is unbiblical.

For clarification, the author does not believe that the Body of Christ will know with absolute certainty, the day and hour of the return of Messiah, however, the urgent requirement of the Lord’s ‘watch’ (within scripture) should be resolved and with at least the precision of ‘days’. This emphasis on ‘days’ (as found in the Book of Daniel) is detailed in the book ‘Unlocking the Biblical Watch of Messiah’s Return’ (UBW) pages 237-238 .

No-One Knows the End of the Tribulation?

Some say these ‘no-one knows’ verses refer to the period at the end of the Tribulation when the ‘days are shortened’, otherwise no flesh would be saved. The days of anti-Christ (in the Great Tribulation) are described (in Revelation 13:5) as 42 months rather than a period of days, most likely because the last month will be ‘shortened’ by God:

Matthew 24:22 And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.

The proposed remedy is that the duration of this ‘shortening’ is not specified and therefore no-one knows the day or hour.

This argument fails, however, because the context of the ‘no-one knows’ verses is not the end of the Tribulation. These are ‘Rapture’ verses. They describe a time when there will be ‘eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage’, as in the days of Noah before the flood.

Matthew 24:38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark,

Moreover, the end of the Tribulation will not be a time of normal social activity. As a pre-cursor to what it will be like at the end of the Tribulation, the recent 'virus' crisis of 2020 and 2021 triggered ‘lockdown’, measures which legally prevented weddings and other large gatherings from taking place.

The Tribulation will be a time of terrible judgement for Israel and the world. Before the global ‘trumpet’ judgements even begin (at the opening of the seventh seal in Revelation 8), the cosmic disturbances (when the sixth seal is opened) describe a time when no man is ‘able to stand’:

Revelation 6:15 And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains,

Revelation 6:17 “For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

Is this really a time of ‘eating and drinking’, ‘marrying’ and ‘giving away in marriage’? No, the ‘eating and drinking’ metaphor describes those who are 'oblivious' and in 'disbelief' before an impending judgement. It is not a picture of those already under judgement, such as those alive at the end of the Tribulation.

Moreover, the 120 years of Noah’s preaching (Genesis 6:3) strongly associate Noah with the completion of the first resurrection at the end of 6000 bible years (120 Jubilees), of which the next stage is the Rapture (please see UBW page 82 for further details).

The ‘no-one knows’ verses, therefore, do not refer to the end of the Tribulation, rather to a time before the Tribulation (as ‘before the flood’), which can only be the return of Messiah at the Rapture.

As such, the issue of ‘no-one knowing the day or the hour’ still needs an explanation.

The Son of God Did/Does Not Know?

Notice how the ‘no-one knows’ verses (particularly Mark 13:32) state that the ‘Son’ does not know the day or the hour.

Mark 13:32 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”

The ‘Son’, in this passage, is Messiah – the Son of God – fully human yet fully God. Did Jesus really have ‘restricted knowledge’ of these matters? It is clear that in Jesus’ humanity He became weary (John 4:6) and He became thirsty (John 19:28) and He became hungry (Matthew 4:2). However, did Messiah’s ‘humanity’ restrict His divine knowledge?

The following two verses (in John’s Gospel) teach His knowledge was not restricted. Note that the first of these verses was before His death and resurrection and states that Messiah’s knowledge was the basis of the disciple's belief.

John 16:30 “Now we are sure that You know all things and have no need that anyone should question You. By this we believe that You came forth from God.”

John 21:17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep”.

An objection (against Jesus knowing all things) is that He had to learn ‘obedience’:

Hebrews 5:8 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.

However, this does not mean there was something which Jesus did not know. It means that Jesus only exerted His divinity according to His Father’s will. Jesus only did those things which He saw His Father in heaven doing. It was this submission to His Father which represented His obedience. As Jesus grew up in wisdom and stature, He continuously chose not to do anything in His divinity according to His own (the Son’s) will. Rather, Jesus continuously chose to only act in His divinity according to what He saw His Father do:

John 5:19 Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.”

This did not mean that Jesus was not divine or without divine attributes.

This was the precise focus of the devil’s first temptation in the wilderness.

Matthew 4:3 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”

After 40 days of not eating, Jesus was very hungry, and in His humanity, under extreme pressure to eat food. The devil wanted Jesus to invoke His divinity (according to Messiah’s will) and convert stones into bread, which Jesus, in His divinity, could easily have done. However, if Jesus had done this, He would have invalidated his human walk and ministry by ‘leaning’ on His divinity to alleviate His human suffering.

At the end of His ministry, in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus vocally expressed this very same principle. Once again, under extreme pressure, such that his sweat became blood falling to the ground, Jesus prayer the following words:

Matthew 26:39 “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”

So, returning to the ‘no-one knows’ verses, what did Jesus mean when He said that the ‘Son’ does not know?

The Meaning of ‘Knows’

The key to unlocking these challenging ‘no-one knows’ verses is understanding the full meaning of the word ‘know’ (‘oiden’, Greek ‘οιδεν’ – Strong’s number 1492). Consider the use of this same Greek word further on in Matthew 25:12:

Matthew 25:12 But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’

The context is the parable of the ten virgins and Jesus is stating that He does not ‘know’ the five foolish virgins. Jesus is not saying “I have no actual knowledge of you and so cannot tell if you qualify for entry to the wedding”. Absolutely not! Jesus is saying that the foolish virgins are not worthy for entry because they are not perceived or considered to qualify for entry to the wedding as guests. In His divinity, Jesus fully knew everything concerning both the wise and the foolish virgins. Without this knowledge, He would have been unable to judge between the wise and foolish virgins in the first place.

According to Strong’s concordance, the contextual meaning of the verb ‘know’ is beyond plain ‘knowledge’ and is more to do with ‘awareness’, ‘consideration’ and ‘perception’. In the context of the ‘no-one knows’ verses, Jesus is saying that it is only for the Father to consider the day and the hour of the return of Jesus. This time, day and hour is not part of the role or consideration of the Son, nor the angels, but the Father alone.

Vitally, Jesus is not saying that His disciples should not watch or attempt to perceive the day or the hour because ‘no-one knows’; rather Jesus is teaching that the timing of His return at the Rapture is considered, determined and set by the Father alone.

This same principle is clarified when the disciples asked Jesus, after His resurrection, if ‘now was a good time’ for the kingdom to be restored to Israel.

Acts 1:6-7 Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.”

The disciples believed they had understood the ‘times and the seasons’ for the Kingdom to be restored to Israel, having just experienced the extraordinary preceding events of Messiah raised from the dead. The response of Jesus to their question infers the disciples were ‘over stepping the mark’ by pre-empting the restoration (of the Kingdom to Israel) in their own limited consideration. Jesus mildly rebuked them saying it was the Father who sets these times and seasons by His own authority. In other words, the restoration of the Kingdom to Israel is not based on the disciples’ knowledge of the times and seasons rather it is based on the Father’s authority.

The enemy of Christ has strategised hard for believers to be unaware and asleep regarding the return of Messiah as Bridegroom. The ‘no-one knows’ verses have been subtlety construed into an ungodly view within the church which discourages a watch. Beware this powerful untruth and take every thought captive for Christ. The Body of Christ must awaken and feed on the Living Word of God and watch!

Luke 21:36Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

The biblical understanding of the time and date is not being revealed to the disciples of Jesus, except by a careful and diligent watch. The Father alone has set the day and the hour, and for the disciples, the wisdom and understanding of the time of the Bridegroom’s return will only be derived by a proactive biblical watch.

Mathematical Narrative of ‘No-one Knows’ Verses

The underlying mathematical narrative of the ‘no-one knows’ verses contains a hidden message. The original Greek words for ‘of that day’ in Matthew 24:36, have a numerical value of 1169.

Matthew 24:36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.”

It is intriguing that this number ‘1169’ matches the numerical value of the original Hebrew of Amos 3:7, which states:

Amos 3:7 Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.

The numerical value of the Hebrew verse Amos 3:7 is also '1169' and the numerical correlation between these two verses (Matthew 24:36 and Amos 3:7) is striking. Note that there are only three verses in all scripture with a numerical value of 1169.

This numerical equivalence is an emphasis, within the ‘no-one knows’ verses, that the Lord God will reveal His secret to His servants the prophets. It supports the premise that the ‘no-one knows’ verses encourage rather than discourage a biblical watch.

Matthew 24:46 Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing.

There is one more significant number present in the Greek of the ‘no-one knows’ verses. It is the numerical value of the Greek word for ‘day’.

Matthew 24:36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.”

The numerical value in Matthew 24:36 (and Mark 13:32) of the Greek word ‘day’ is 354. This happens to be the precise number of days in a bible (lunar) year, the fundamental measure of time in scripture (please see chapter ‘Introduction’ in UBW for further details).

The Understanding of the Lord’s Return Requires the ‘Watch’

Continuing with the ‘rapture’ verses of Matthew 24, the Lord speaks of two men and two women who are separated:

Matthew 24:40-41 Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left.

This ‘separation’ event (the Rapture) is followed by the Lord’s command to watch:

Matthew 24:42Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.”

Next, the Lord tells the short parable of the ‘master of the house’. The parable simply states that ‘had the master known what hour the thief would come; the master would have watched’.

Matthew 24:43 “But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.”

The thief could have arrived at any time in the night and on any night, but if the master had known the hour, he would have watched. Jesus is not teaching that the master should have stayed up all night and every night. If this was the intended meaning, then when would the master get any sleep? For the master never to sleep is overstretching the context of this parable.

Jesus is teaching that ‘knowledge’ is necessary to watch. Essentially, the Son of Man is coming at an ‘unexpected’ hour and preparations are necessary. The master, in the parable, needed to acquire knowledge before watching because (as the parable states) if the master had known the arrival hour of the ‘thief’ (the Lord), he would not have allowed his house to be broken into. The Bride of Christ, therefore, must be ready with a ‘knowledge of the watch’.

Jesus concludes this short parable with the following statement:

Matthew 24:44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

Both these parables (of Matthew 24) refer to the Rapture and both contain commands. First the ‘separation event’ of two men and two women and a command to ‘watch (and therefore know)’ (Matthew 24:42). Secondly the parable of the ‘master of the house’ and a command to ‘know of the watch’ (Matthew 24:43) and the biblical principles involved.

Clearly the knowledge of the ‘biblical watch’ (verse 43) and the biblical principles involved (see UBW pages 195-199), is a vital requirement for the ‘watch itself’ (verse 42) and so the knowledge should be sought first.

As a further affirmation, the numerical value of the Greek word for ‘hour’ (of the Lord’s return) in Matthew 24:43 is 969:

Matthew 24:43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.

This is the ‘hour’ of the arrival of the thief (the Lord) and the biblical number ‘969’ (the 17th pyramid number) represents the Rapture (as discussed in detail in UBW pages 198-199, also refer to Diagram 012).

The Hebrew Idiom – ‘No-one Knows the Day or Hour’

There may be a hidden meaning to the ‘no-one knows’ verses. The gospel texts occasionally present idioms which only make sense when understood against their Hebrew roots. For example, in Matthew 8:11, Jesus quoted a Hebrew idiom which referred to the Hebrew ‘Feast of Tabernacles’.

Matthew 8:11 And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.

Jewish tradition speaks of seven exalted guests invited into every tabernacle at the Feast of Sukkot (Tabernacles), which in turn relates to the Day of the Lord – the Millennium. So, when Jesus lists three of these guests (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) who ‘sit down’ together in Matthew 8:11, His Jewish audience would immediately recognise a reference to the Messianic age – a Hebrew idiom relating to the autumn ‘Feast of Tabernacles’.

With every word the Lord spoke, He imparted profound teaching. The words “but of this day and hour, no-one knows” (within the ‘no-one knows’ verses) may also allude to another Hebrew Idiom which, to a Jewish audience, spoke of the ‘Feast of Trumpets’.

Each month there was always ‘uncertainty’ (for the Jews) of when the month began because it was dependent on the observation of the New Moon. Because the day and hour of new moons (astronomically) varies from month to month, it was the responsibility of the Sanhedrin in Jerusalem to ‘validate’ the new month. The ‘Feast of Trumpets’ is the only feast which begins on the first day of a Hebrew month and so for this particular feast, no-one knew the day of the hour. On the basis of two witnesses of the new moon (see Rosh HaShanah Chapter 2, Mishnah 5 and 6), the President of the Sanhedrin would declare the new month ‘sanctified’ to all present in the Temple in Jerusalem. The news would then be quickly spread throughout the nation by the lighting of fires.

As such, the words of Jesus: “of this day and hour, no-one knows” may speak of the Hebrew ‘Feast of Trumpets’, by way of idiom, at which His return for His bride (at the Rapture) will conclude at the ‘last trumpet’.

1 Corinthians 15:51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed – 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

This ‘trumpet’ theme associated with the Rapture is also supported in the Book of Revelation by the two verses (Revelation 1:10 and Revelation 4:1) which textually surround the seven churches before John (as a type of the church) is called up to heaven. It is intriguing that this ‘call to heaven’ (Revelation 4:1) of the Apostle John is a strong type of the Rapture and both these surrounding verses contain a reference to a ‘trumpet’ as a metaphor of the voice of Messiah:

Revelation 1:10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet,

Revelation 4:1 After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.”


The hour of Messiah’s return (at the Rapture) is a concealed matter and therefore the Lord commands the Body of Christ to ‘watch’.

Daniel 12:9-10 And he said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. 10 Many shall be purified, made white, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand.”

The Bible clearly teaches that if the Body of Christ does not watch, she will not know the day or the hour of the Lord’s return.

Revelation 3:3 Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore, if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.

A correct harmonisation of all scripture teaches that Messiah knew and knows all things.

Colossians 2:3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Finally, scriptures which encourage a biblical ‘watch’ include the following:

Amos 3:7 Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.

Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter.

Daniel 2:22 He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with Him.

Daniel 2:28 But there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days.

1 Corinthians 2:10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.