When Moses explains that 1000 years are as a day, he also includes a watch in the night. Jesus picks up on this and uses a watch in the night story to reveal the season of his return.
In a passage dealing with his own eventual return, Jesus gives us another interesting clue as to the time of his return. This one, unlike the others, is vague as to when exactly he is referring, but he is referring to our current period in history.
This time Jesus uses the other clue from Psalm 90, that with the Lord a day is like a thousand years, or a watch in the night.
35Let your belt be fastened on your loins, and your lamps lit.
36And be like men who expect their master when he will return from the wedding house; so that when he comes and knocks, they will immediately open the door for him.
37Blessed are those servants, whom their master, when he comes, finds awake; truly, I say to you, that he will gird himself and make them sit down, and come in and serve them.
38If he should come in the 2nd or the 3rd watch and find them so, blessed are those servants.
39But know this, that if the master of the house knew at what watch the thief would come, he would have kept awake and not allowed his house to be plundered.
40Therefore you also be ready; for the son of man will come in that very hour which you do not expect.
41Simon Peter said to him, Master, do you speak this parable to us or also to all men?
42Jesus said to him, Who is the faithful and wise steward, whom his master will appoint over his house to give supplies in due time?
43Blessed is that servant, whom his master will find so doing when he comes.
44Truly, I say to you, that he will appoint him over all his wealth.
45But if that servant should say in his heart, My master has delayed his coming; and begins to beat the male servants and female servants of his master, and then begins to eat and drink and get drunk;
46the master of that servant will come in a day and at an hour that he does not expect or know; and he will severely punish him, and place him with those who are not trustworthy.
47And the servant who knows the wishes of his master, and does not make ready according to his wishes, will receive a severe beating.
48But he who does not know, and does what is worthy of punishment will receive less beating. For to whom more is given, more will be required; and to whom more is entrusted, more will be required of his hand.
The gap between the second and third watch is the gap between the second and third sets of 1000 years, ie: around 2000 years from His first visit.
Like other passages dealing with his return, like Acts chapter 1, Jesus buries within the discourse a clue as to the exact date of his return.
Does this clue give us a specific date? No, we can only get that from other passages. This only echos what we already know from so many other places.
We’ve looked at various 1000 years stories that point at this immediate period in history. There are others, but you’ll have to find them yourselves.
We leave this style of story and turn our attention to a set of stories from the Book of Daniel. These stories are not of the same nature, they deal with a different set of math and point us at the same place. Once we’ve gotten through them we’ll be ready to look at the day for a year map.