Parable #41 ~ Matthew 24:32-35 ~ Signs From a Fig Tree ~
“Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and
its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all
these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. I tell you the truth, this
generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
The Day and Hour Unknown
“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the
Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the
coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating
and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark;
and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took
them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men
will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be
grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will 42
come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of 43
night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his
house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will 44
come at an hour when you do not expect him.
Parable #42 — Matthew 24:45-51 — Wise and Wicked Servants
“Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in
charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time?
It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he
returns. I tell you the truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.
But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a
long time,’ and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink
with drunkards. The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not
expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and
assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing