Revelation 3:2,3 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. This is just one of the many watch scriptures that seem to attach watching with not being caught off guard regarding Christ's coming. We don't know the day or hour of that coming, but we are also not in darkness regarding it either. So the medium point seems to be that we'll know just about everything as the day gets closer except the day or hour of this time. This is what I have found in my study of Bible prophecy, that God has not left us in darkness regarding the coming times. The key is to think in terms of the Bible and not the 21st century. There are so many opinions of scripture that confuse what it actually says so there is division and some just give up worrying about it. This is why I started from scratch taking the Bible for what it says and interpreting what is symbology with scripture.
In doing so, many foundational points became clear without which none of Bible prophecy would fit or make sense. First and foremost was the belief stated above that God means what He says. This destroyed the replacement theology deception that skews many peoples' view of Bible prophecy among many other issues.
I've found that the more I study Bible prophecy, the more I see that Yeshua truly IS the Word, and all that the prophets wrote was focused on Him. The more I recognized Israel when God spoke of her, the more clearly I saw that events of the end would focus around her. To study Bible prophecy accurately requires a love of God's Word and deep respect for it as written. It also forces one to learn the whole council of God.
To me, this shows a true love for God and our Bridegroom Yeshua. Many people out there have no idea what God's Word says. One important thing is that if we love God, we will obey Him and keep His commandments. If we don't know what He said or what His commandments were, how can we obey? If we aren't really interested in obeying, conforming our mind to that of Christ, how much love does that show for Him?
The bride of Christ is a group of people who love God, His ways, and His Word. Not everyone who says they are Christians obey His Word, and not everyone that says they are a Christian will enter the kingdom of heaven, even some who cast out demons in His name! The parable of the 10 virgins shows that half of those who were waiting for the Bridegroom (Christians) are shut out of the door because they have no oil to light their lamps. The Holy Spirit is that oil, without which there is no flame and no light. We only receive the Holy Spirit through Christ. Some "Christians" just aren't interested in acquiring said oil because they are content where they are...in the world.
Now I'm not judging anyone without placing myself at the top of the list because the majority of my life was spent in the world and focused on it over God. I changed my mind though (repent is 2 words in Greek, change mind), and God has been faithful to answer my prayers for understanding regarding His plans, not my wishes or vain imaginations. Again it boiled down to taking God at His Word, the Bible. Which again points back to Christ and God's plan for our future and layout of God's dealing in Israel's past in the world.
Christ's blood covers our sins, but if He doesn't know us, we will not enter the kingdom of heaven. How does He "know" us? Associating this to our relationships with each other, can we say we know someone if we never communicate with them? Of course God knows our innermost thoughts. I believe the thrust behind Christ saying He doesn't know someone is to point out to them that they never made an effort to communicate with Him. Today's world is hustle-bustle and nobody has time anymore it seems. How many Christians take time out of the world to make time for Yeshua? I have no idea, but my best guess would be about 50%. It's a struggle for believers more in this generation than probably any other in history.
This is not advocating "works," but rather recognizing relationship and unity in God's Word and obeying and following that Word. The blood of Christ is all we need to cover our sins, but true relationship with Christ begins right now and continues for eternity!
I think much of this is brought on by a lack of understanding, which is how God's people perish. I believe that lack of knowledge has been the result of millennia of Satan's attacks on God's Word and the continuation of the Babylonian system in it's myriad of forms. See History of the Mystery of Iniquity.
Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. This is where the church must speak up, repent, and obey God's Word. I think much of the church is asleep because the Word of God is not central to them. I know for me, I grew up in the world without understanding the spiritual influences of that world and much of my own selfish desires mixed in, a deadly combination without Christ. I never tried to outright disobey God's Word, but I never really studied it either. How do we obey what He said if we aren't sure what He said? I believe the bride of Christ is starting to wake up now and as prophecy is fulfilled more will recognize the signs of the times. At the same time, the Bible is clear that in the end there is a falling away from God, one of the prerequisites to our gathering to Him. The key is to have the Word of God as our foundation in these coming times because deception is one of the main warnings of the end times. Many will be deceived and teachers will tickle the ears of those looking for a belief system that will fit their desires rather than the Truth. So as the bride of Christ, let us be girded about with the Truth of God's Word and prepared with understanding of what God says is coming so that we can see through the deceptions and be a light in the darkness that is prophesied to take over the world.