Mark 13:32

No One Knows That Day or Hour

32 "But concerning that day or that hour, 1no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, 2nor the Son, 3but only the Father.

Mark 13:32 Meaning and Commentary

Mark 13:32

But of that day, and of that hour
Of Jerusalem's destruction; for of nothing else had Christ been speaking; and, it is plain, the words are anaphorical, and relate to what goes before:

knoweth no man;
nay, they that lived to see it, and have spoken of it, are not agreed about the particular day, when it was; much less did they know it beforehand, or could speak of it, and make it known to others:

no, not the angels which are in heaven;
who are acquainted with many of the divine secrets, and have been employed in the imparting them to others, and in the executing divine purposes:

neither the Son;
Christ, as the son of man; though he did know it as the Son of God, who knows all things, and so this; but as the son of man, and from his human nature he had no knowledge of any thing future: what knowledge he had of future things in his humanity, he had from his deity; nor, as man, had he any commission to make known, nor did he make known the day of God's vengeance on the Jews:

but the Father;
who has the times and seasons in his own power, for the executing of any particular judgment on a nation, or the general one; (See Gill on Matthew 24:36).

Mark 13:32 In-Context

30 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.
31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
32 "But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
33 Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come.
34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake.

Cross References 3

  • 1. Matthew 25:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:1, 2
  • 2. [Philippians 2:6, 7]
  • 3. [Zechariah 14:7; Acts 1:7]
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