Strong’s Concordance, translated the Greek word Prosecho, as take heed (KJV), Be on Guard (AMP), watch yourselves (ESV) in v.34 meaning “to turn the mind to, attend to be attentive; to devote thought and effort to”.
Christ’s Return is one of the major theme’s of this Chapter in Luke 21:25-28. This must have been very confusing to the disciples since Jesus was sitting among them at the time and yet telling them of His own return. In order to explain His point Jesus sets out beginning in v.29 to tell them the Parable of the Fig Tree.
And take heed to yourselves, – Simply put Jesus is telling His disciples Be Prepared, to devote time and effort into preparing their minds and…
lest at any time your hearts – Their hearts, out of which spring froth the true intent of man
be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, – Being self-indulgent or gluttonous on the excesses of worldly things (here probably food) but any excess to the point of nausea.
and cares of this life, – Weight down by the care of this world or have your burdens been cast upon the broad yoke of Christ?
and so that day come upon you unawares. – Jesus back in Luke 18:8 had asked a question, here he gives the answer to it or the answer to how to avoid it. Only the prepared will be ready and acceptable upon Christ’s return.
Men since the death of Christ have attempted to predict the date of His return, all have failed miserably. All those who claim to know this are false prophets and LIARS, the bible clearly states not even Jesus Himself knows.
What the Bible does tell us to do is Watch and Pray and as our text shows Jesus Himself encouraged His disciples then and now to Be Prepared. We do this by guarding our hearts, studying daily to show ourselves approved, and praying daily for wisdom and guidance.
Are you a Bible Prepper?