Jesus said, “Let your loins be girded about, and your lights shining, and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. Blessed are those servants whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching; verily, I say unto you that he will gird himself, and make them recline, and will come forth and serve them”.
To ‘wait for the Lord’ has two primary meanings, one about our personal relationship with Him, and, the second is about His time in history. In a personal sense it means to look to the Lord and trust in him. He has infinite wisdom, and one believes all good comes from Him. He knows what we need, he knows that our outer self needs to be cleansed and regenerated from evils, and that this gradual regeneration comes through the development of the inner self. The Lord teaches this in Matthew chapter 23 from beginning to end.
A ‘door’ signifies admission and entrance to the internal self, thus that which leads to heaven. He seeks to prepare all, but only those who are ready He brings to this place. The external in general is a container and protector of the internal. For instance, the Word is divine truth; the external of the Word is the Bible, the physical published form of the Word on earth. The internal of the Word is the divine truth from heaven that God brought down and manifested by His will. What comes from the will of God is divine and eternal by nature. The internal sense is the ‘treasure’ that is inside. The external protects the treasure from those who would profane it. Those who are in the external self are not brought in for their own protection (until they are ready, that is, when the Lord knows they will abide and never turn away from the love of the Word. It is also for the protection of the Sacred internal sense. Everything that exists, in order to exist, has an internal and external, such as us human beings. To the degree the two are brought into harmony we are more heavenly. In this state the light and loves of our soul shine through our face and countenance. To the degree they are separate we hide our evils and so they remain.
“Behold I stand at the door and knock’ signifies that the Lord is always present with every one in the Word, but we, of our own will (and with humility), have to turn to Him to be received and to receive it. It is essential to understand that this is a reciprocal process.
In the historical sense ‘waiting on the Lord’ refers to the Lord’s coming into the world, that is, being born here when the time was right to save the world. In this sense it also refers to His reception by those that were in the good of love and were ready to receive the treasure of life from Him. The Lord’s coming is signified by “I have waited for Jehovah, my soul doth wait for the Lord, for with Him is much redemption, and He shall redeem Israel.” This refers to His reception by those that were in the good of love; it signifies those then and now who are the ‘watchmen for the morning.” “Morning” signifies the radiant and nurturing light of the Lord after trials and suffering, the presence and light from Him that brings regeneration and peace; it refers to coming into the internal sense and thus His kingdom and church.
The “watchmen for the morning” signifies those who wait for the Lord’s coming. These people know that all good comes from him so they put this in preference to all worldly good and submit to His will of what is good for us. These people can be content in the lot that they have, and work in cooperation with him in building a good life. They trust and believe the Lord is present and always ‘coming’, meaning always here in their life and the results of this good comes in His time.