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The Time is at Hand: Five Wise and Five Foolish Virgins Waiting for the Midnight Cry
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Facebook post, March 21, 2018. Thinking that today I will publish the promised study on What Is Really Going On in South Africa At the Moment, I woke early this morning remembering Jesus’ parable of the five wise, and five foolish virgins. As I was pondering the parable; thinking of the many spiritual attacks I had to wrestle through to get to here with the study, the following thought came to me, “This time is at hand.”
In this parable, (Mt. 25:1-13,) Jesus warned, when the news went out that the Bridegroom is on His way, ten virgins, (not mere church Christians but those who truly accepted Jesus and were washed spiritually clean by His blood,) went out [from traditional religion] to meet Him. Half were wise (or seeking and obeying all truth, and living by His Moral Law of love,) but half were unwise. They all had “lamps,” (or personal ‘light:’ adequate knowledge of the True, Scriptural Gospel and all other truth at their disposal.) But at midnight, (when the world was at the peak of spiritual darkness and physical suffering,) a cry was heard: “Behold, the Bridegroom is coming; go out to meet Him!”
Then, just before the very last moment of the Bridegroom’s arrival, “the virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.” (They all did last preparations in what little time they had left. They began to repent from all moral sin and turned from all darkness to “do Jesus all honor and give Him all praise” in everything He had entrusted to them. But while the five wise virgins had enough truth about His Word and knowledge, (oil to keep their lamps burning,) the foolish five had their lamps, (knowledge to know and serve Him,) but they lacked “fuel” to avoid being overcome by darkness because of a terrible lack of knowledge about vital truths, which would have guided and sustained them to glorify Jesus’ Name until the very end.
The foolish virgins then, at last, tried to share in the oil of the wise virgins, but it was too late. Frantically searching for ‘oil’ at the last moment, they could not find ‘oil’ anywhere. When they had time to fill their lamps while enough ‘oil’ was still available, they didn’t care to truly and sincerely “enlighten” their hearts and minds, in order to keep their ‘light’ or faith and sincerity burning through the darkness, until that moment when they must meet Jesus.
So, “The door was shut, [and when they demanded entrance, Jesus said,] ‘I do not know you.’ Watch therefore, [He will come unexpectedly not secretly,] for you know neither the [exact] day nor hour in which the Son of Man is coming.” Jesus confirmed His judgment on false disciples in Mt. 7:21-24, saying, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only those who do the will of my Father Who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your Name, and in Your Name, cast out demons and in Your Name, performed many miracles?’ Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
We are so blessed that we have the internet for nearly everything we need and choose to know. Even most people without internet have libraries where they can find knowledge about nearly anything. God has made a way, during the last ten years or so, to let His True “Gospel be preached in all the world… [because] the end [is so very near.]” (Mt. 24:8-14.]
However, in this time “where knowledge is increased” like never before, (Dan. 12:4,) “many run to and fro” in search of signs and wonders, instead of searching, receiving, and living in “all truth,” which will shortly not be available anymore, as Jesus explained in this parable.
As I see the disappearance of many blogs and websites that taught “real truth” about the Gospel and exposed the lies of everything else – vital truths about the world as well; I realize that the parable of the ten virgins is already manifesting now, (Mt. 24:4-14; Mt. 24:1-51, Lu. 17:20-37, etc.)
Thus, it is no coincidence that instant, almost miraculous modern technology like the internet accompanies this last time. While God made ways for His believers to know and obey “all truth,” these technologies also brought terrible filth and the most dangerous deceptions we have ever seen. People are bombarded with knowledge from all sides, and they are becoming increasingly lazy to read even their own Bibles, because they can just watch everything on video. Of course videos are useful; but we cannot say that about all of them. Most false doctrine flood the internet and all other avenues unhindered. When we search for Godly, Scriptural truth, (and political and other truth as well,) we will most probably have to waddle through a marsh of deceptions to get to real truth.
That is why people, believers too, are saturated with information about everything – or so they think, (Hos. 4:6.)
Equipping ourselves (Jude 1:20,) and always praying in the Spirit for His Truth, Guidance, Provision and Protection to survive the dreadful darkness in this world, is what Jesus commanded in the parable of the ten virgins and all the relating parables that follow this one.
The study I have now done on what is really happening in South Africa connects to what has, and what is about to happen in the whole world. I would never have known the truth about the false doctrines and misinterpreted prophesies on which we all were raised if I did not study, in context, the history of politics, religion, (Christian religion in particular,) in the light of the contextual truth of the Bible. May God give us all the grace to fill our ‘lamps’ with enough ‘oil’ while it is still available in abundance, so we can have light (or spiritual sight) during these last days.
What will happen if hidden powers suddenly clamp down on all Bible-truth websites, messages, chats, Bibles, literature, and Jesus’ assemblies and fellowships, and all true knowledge about what is really going on in this world? (Rev. 13:5-9, 13-18.) Will we really have enough “oil” in our "lamps" to sustain us until that moment of the ‘Midnight Cry?’