“It is the glory of God to conceal a thing, but the honor of kings is to search out a matter,” Proverbs 25:2. God has concealed the starting point of end-times by His embedding the basis of His clues in the law that Christians ignore, in spite of Christ’s saying that not a jot would pass from it ’till heaven and earth pass.’
The issue is broader than just a word or two misunderstood because of translation. From the first page of the Bible, God put lights in the sky for signs and appointed times. The Hebrew word is mo’ed, the same word found in Leviticus 23:44 where seven holy convocations are “the feasts of the Lord.” They were ‘statutes forever,’ but Christians think God forgot those laws would be nailed to the cross and they side with the papacy in abolishing them as Jewish when God said, “These are My feasts.” Leviticus 23:2. They taught truths in the plan of salvation.
When we read that a King makes a marriage for His Son and invites guests who scorn the invitation because they don’t understand, we should realize it’s not really about steak and cake, but unleavened bread, Passover. All three wedding parables have Passover imagery and they offer contrast in destiny, depending on readiness.
Readiness is event-specific. If Christ were to show up in the sky, every Christian would be ready for heaven, but before that, if He is going to “come and knock,” (Luke 12:36) we might need to know that the only other place where Christ ‘knocked’ was for a lukewarm church that ended in an earthquake in 63 AD, serious knock.
But if we are ‘watching,’ we are ready to open to Him for a feast of unleavened bread that begins at Passover as suggested in the above passage, and if so, “He will make [us] ruler over all that He has,” verse 44. Because it’s a wedding parable, it has the same timing as the ten virgin parable in Matthew 25 which also shows calamity. The cry at midnight is a link to first place we find a midnight cry (Exodus 12:29) as calamity fell at Passover.
When five virgins missed the wedding, Christ ended the parable by saying ‘Watch… you don’t know [timing]… it’s like a man traveling to a far country.’ The word eido means to consider or understand. We don’t understand.
#1. ‘Watch’ is translated from gregoreo; it means to be awake. We can’t be awake every night; that’s unfair.
#2. Passover was the only night in the year that Israel was commanded to be awake, Exod 12:10; Matt 26:40.
#3. ‘You don’t know… it’s like a man traveling to a far country’ is a clue for Passover in the 2nd spring month as shown in Numbers 9:10,11. Israelites didn’t travel in winter, and if they couldn’t get back to Jerusalem in time for Passover in the spring, they were to keep Passover in the 2nd spring month.
#4. This clue is a conjunction that connects Christ’s last two parables and it’s ALSO timing for the evil servant who begins to smite his fellow servants, because He said, ‘THEN shall the kingdom be like ten virgins… ‘
#5. ‘You don’t know, but if the goodman had known, he would have watched… ‘ Matt 24:43. The only reference that helps us is in the King James Bible, Proverbs 7:19. The goodman is on a long journey and he returns at the yom kece, full moon. Passover comes on a full moon, but long journey means 2nd Passover.
#6. ‘Learn a parable of a fig tree… when summer is nigh.’ Summer is not nigh in April, but it is at 2nd Passover.
#7. Two in the field, one taken, the other left. No one is in the field at Passover until after the wave sheaf is presented to the Lord, but they could be in the field at 2nd Passover. All seven parables, Matt 24:32-25:31 support a single huge 2nd Passover event, “as the days of Noah” when there was widespread loss of lives.
Why is 2nd Passover so strategic? Because a huge event then will be proof that Christ [His Hebrew name is Yahshua] was the Master who took the far journey. His return for a time of judgment and the wedding parables will fit Scripture. For the Jews to be building a 3rd temple to offer sacrifices is an insult to God who provided the lamb as Abraham said (Gen 22:8), as Isaiah foretold (Isaiah 53:7) and in the timing that Daniel gave at the end of the 70 weeks of years (Daniel 9:25) that began in 457 BC. They need the 2nd olive tree (testament) in Zechariah 4.