-Coming as a Thief (Matt 24:42-44) (=Rev 3:3-5; 16:15; cf. Luke 12:35)
An hour that you do not expect - As enjoiningly seen here, Peter was actually taken aback by the ‘unexpected coming’ statements and parable of Jesus of Luke 12:35-38, 39-40 and asked Jesus if he was ‘addressing the parable only to them or to everyone else as well?’ Odd thing is, is that Jesus did the typical thing that He did throughout His ministry when trying to Spiritual deal with someone: He answered the inquiry with (another) parable. He did not answer Peter’s question head on, but just proceeded to tell (the below-discussed) Parable of the Two (Different) Stewards. This is manifestly because, as seen in the next passages of Luke 21:34-36, which in Luke 21 Olivet Discourse narrative is an equivalent section to Matt 24:42-44|Mark 13:33, it is seen that it is only then that Jesus, here in Luke 21:34-36, more than less directly, answers the question that Peter had posed up to 6 months before in Luke 12:41, detailing the various circumstances which may cause someone to be ‘caught off guard’ and thus not be ready.
was delaying - delaying or being delayed. Jesus does, and indeed has (Rev 7:1-3|EW 38.1-2) delayed His second Coming, pointedly because He saw/sees that His even more faithful people are not yet truly ready. It may seem better to say that Jesus is being delayed, but as seen for the Greek active, vs. passive voice, it is the Bridegroom who delays things here. While this may have been because His people were not ready, Jesus is still the one who sovereignly makes the decision whether to delay things or to go ahead no matter what. In Great Mercy He has chosen to delay, but that inherently involves that things will continue to Spiritually and Humanitarianly degenerate on the Earth, and that is why Jesus is looking for His Church to step up, indeed step up their faith and works, to meet the increased challenge of these “darker” times. Including for a man-made crisis storm....
* Indeed a straight prophetic line can be drawn from what befell on the U.S. on 9/11/2001 as the First “Plague/Wound” on the Babylonian Empire/World, -indeed right in/at its Emblematic (the WTC & Pentagon) and Nationalistic (=[NYC&D.C.] U.S.A.) Headquarters, to this “Fifth Plague/Wound’s” heightening in 2017+....-a “straight prophetic line” which also goes through the Second thru Fourth “Plague/Wound”. And while much has been pertinently and applicably said in detail in this dedicated post as to what has historically been and eschatologically is being/will be involved in the Fulfillment of the First 5+ (Series of Revelation, pointedly in the “Trumpets ~ Plagues”, it can now be retrospectively seen/perceived how indeed these “Plaguing/Wounding of Babylon” prophecies have been fulfilled/fulfilling since that 09/11/2001 Divine Judgement Event.
-the (warning/foreshadowing) Fifth Trumpet: was fulfilled in the striking, stakes-heightening, resurgence of Militant Islam in the 2011-2013+ establishment and warring activities of ISIS. With an attacks casualties total of ca. 5000+ dead and 15,000+ injured all over the world, it has in a very short time rivalled, matched, if not, at least pro-ratingly, surpassed what the Al-Quaeda militant organization had itself done since the 1990's....and Dognald Drumpf’s first year of 2017 was, (the then Caliphate-less), ISIS’s deadliest year, doubling its casualties of 2016. The Right Wing/Neo-Con reaction to ISIS has again been seen as it was from the 9/11/2001 event, in that election of Dognald Drumpf. The Fifth Trumpet actions of ISIS may very well be that 9/11 II fulfilling event...unless they are currently engaged in planning to execute an attack which will dwarf 9/11, but already the Fifth Plague/Wound “ Darkness befalling on those who had been “sorely” and ‘unhealingly/festeringly’ affected way back some 16+ years before in the 9/11 Event (=Rev 16:2, 10), and in the, especially Nuclear, confrontations being slowly simmered up by the chaotic Drumpf Administration against e.g. North Korea, Iran, ‘Palestine’ and Pakistan, even China, this (Atomicly) “Dark” Scenario of this Fifth Plague may indeed soon “warringly” befall the lone-ranging U.S., and inevitably the rest of the World.....
robed in white - That’s a real life detail that we do not see repeated/pointed out in the parable version. I would say that it is because Jesus did not want to involve this significant spiritual symbol, for white robes, which could be understood as the “fine linen” (=wedding-appropriate) garment) represent “the righteous acts of the saints” (Rev 19:8; cf. 6:11). But it is implicitly likely that all of the 10 virgins were uniformly dressed. Spiritually speaking, this would mean that they actually had a same level of (“sins of commission”) righteousness, (= the SDA obsession with the 1888 Message, but merely as commonly understood during the times of SDA pioneers), but the moronic virgins did not also have accompanying, and “sins of omission”, fuller righteousness acts, as represented in the flask of oil that they carried along.
be watchful - I.e. do not ‘sleep as unbelievers nonchalantly and/or ignoramusly do’ (=1 Thess 5:1-11)
recline at the table in the kingdom of God - It is interesting, even intriguing, to see how many pivotal statements and actions of/in the Gospel is, as in this verse, said to revolve around a “Supper” and/or the reclining at a table for a Supper meal. It has got to be more than because being able to give a banquet meal and/or being an invited guest at a meal was manifestly a socio-economical status indicator in those days. There’s probably some of that external element involved in here, but the manifest meaning is found in the substance of the Supper. Jesus Himself both used a Supper, i.e. the Last Supper, to present the pivotal theme of His New Covenant (e.g. Matt 26:26-29) and speaks of this as a crucial/saving/sealing activity for Laodicea (Rev 3:20). Manifestly Jesus is ‘(character-istically) recognized in the [‘eyes-opening’] breaking of bread’ (Luke 24:30-31, 35)...
12. Gathering of (Invited) Guests
-The Second Angel’s Message (Rev 14:8) is an announcement that (the world-prominent) Babylon and its ways are Fallen.
Luke 19:19 - "And he said to him also, 'And you are to be over five cities.'
P.S. On the flip side, see the 2014 “Ten Virgin” sermon by Peter Gregory who presents an acceptable, i.e. less-than-more “half-righteousness”, exposition & application of this parable.