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"Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming"
First Sunday of Advent
No One Knows the Day or Hour
Mat 24:36 "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
[Matthew 24:36] The exact time of Christ's coming is not to be the concern of God's people (cf. also Jesus' parting words in Acts 1:6-8). That Christ, in His humiliation (incarnation), was not aware of the time is not a denial of His deity, but an evidence of His functional subordination and temporary surrender of the use of certain attributes while living a life of faith and dependence upon the Father.
[Luke 23:38] (vv. 37,38) Noah's day was characterized by preoccupation with trivial matters and neglect of spiritual concerns. Oblivious to the judgment of God, the inhabitants of the earth were caught unprepared by the Flood. Such a state of unpreparedness will exist when Jesus returns.
[Luke 23:43] (vv. 39-42) The context of the passage would seem to indicate that the judgment of Christ's return and not the rapture of the church is in view. The "one taken" (vv. 40, 41) is taken in judgment; the one remaining is blessed to enter with the Lord into kingdom blessings. Indeed, the rapture of believers (1 Thess. 4:13-18), it would seem, is not discussed in Matt. 24; 25.
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