The Unknown Day And Hour

Matthew 24:36-44

36 "But no one knows when that day or hour will come. Not even the angels in heaven or the Son [of God] know [when it will happen], but only the Father [does]. 37 As it was during the days of Noah, so it will be when the presence of the Son of man [arrives]. 38 For in those days before the Flood, people were eating and drinking [i.e., partaking of ordinary meals], men were getting married and women were being given away in marriage [right up] until the day Noah entered the ship. 39 And the people [i.e., of Noah's day] did not know [when it would happen] until the Flood came and swept them all away. It will be the same way when the presence of the Son of man [arrives]. 40 At that time there will be two men [working] in a field; one will be taken [i.e., to be with the Lord. See I Thess. 4:17], while the other one will be left [i.e., to be punished by the Lord. See II Thess. 1:7-9]. 41 Two women will be grinding grain at a millstone [Note: This was a hand-operated device where two persons sat across from each other and rotated a circular stone over kernels of grain]; one will be taken, while the other one will be left. 42 Therefore be alert, for you do not know on what day the Lord will come. 43 But you should know this: if the owner of a house had known when a thief was coming, he would have been watching so as not to allow his house to be broken into. 44 Therefore, you also should be ready, for the Son of man will come at a time when you least expect Him.

Mark 13:32-37

32 But no one knows when that day or that hour will come; not even the angels in heaven or the Son of God know, but only the Father does. 33 "You should pay attention; be alert and pray, for you do not know when the time will come [i.e., for the Lord to return]. 34 It is like a man who left his house on a trip to another country. [Before leaving] he put his servants in charge of his affairs, giving each one a [particular] job to do, then he ordered the gatekeeper to stay alert [i.e., while he was gone]. 35 So, be alert, because you do not know when the owner of the house will return, whether [some] evening, at midnight, at dawn, or at [mid-] morning. 36 [Be alert], for he might come unexpectedly and find you asleep. 37 And what I am telling you, I am telling everyone. Be alert "