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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.
I was planning to publish the study I promised on Facebook of What Is Really Going On in South Africa At the Moment, but woke early this morning with Jesus’ parable of the five wise and the five foolish virgins in my mind. While I was pondering the parable; thinking of the many spiritual attacks I had to wrestle through to finish that study; convinced that all the political chaos and spiritual darkness in the world surely signify the last of the end times, the following thought came to me, “The time is at hand.”
This means, in the context of Jesus’ prophesies concerning the end of the end-times, in the parable of the Ten Virgins, (Mt. 25:1-11,) He issued a very serious warning to His sincere believers that concerns the time right before He returns to take His bride to the Wedding Feast in heaven, (1 Ths. 4:14-18.) All true believers together form the body and bride of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is an allegory of the Hebrew wedding feast, which was formalized in two stages: the engagement or the “betrothal” and the actual wedding feast when the Bridegroom comes to take His bride to their home, (Rev. 19:7-9.)
Jesus unmistakably explained in Mt. 25:11, “[When the Bridegroom comes,] the five ‘wise’ virgins who are ready will go in with Him to the wedding, and the door will be shut. Afterward the other five unprepared virgins will also come, saying, “Lord, Lord, open to us!” But He will answer them, “Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you. Watch therefore, [because there will be no second chance] and you know neither The Day [singular] nor the hour [singular] in which the Son of Man is coming.”
In the context of Matthew Chapter 24, where Jesus prophesied the exact sequence of how His return will happen, He solemnly warned in Mt. 25:1-11 that His bride must constantly “watch” for His return and “be ready” for That Day [singular] when He appears on the clouds. After Jesus’ one-off return, no one will be “left behind” to be fetched at another so-called “second return.” That Day of Jesus’ return the entire earth will be destroyed by fire, because His only “gathering of the saints” to go with Him to the Wedding Feast, is also Judgment Day, (2 Pt. 3:10-14.) It is a well-researched Biblical fact that the “rapture” doctrine or so-called “two-fold return of Christ” is a great Illuminati deception. It is based on the false Israeli Timeline and a terrible distortion of contextual, New-Testament Covenant Truth and real Bible prophecy.
In Mt. 25:1-11, the parable of the ten virgins, Jesus taught, when the news went out that the Bridegroom is on His way, [or that we are fast approaching the final end of the world,] ten virgins went out to meet Him.” In Scriptural context and according to God’s commandment in Rev. 18:4, we must all “come out of” all sinful habits and the false, enslaving, Babylonian church system from all denominations, (Rev. 18:4; Jn. 1:11-14; Gal. 4:6.) This commandment is not only to Roman Catholics and Judaists as church clergy say. It is God’s commandment to all true believers. This commandment to “Come out of her My people, lest you share in her sins… and receive of her plagues...” runs through the contextual truth of the whole Bible. “My People” clearly refers to true believers; the Scripturally and personally born again disciples or the Followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, (Jn. 8:12.) Paul said it correctly in Eph. 5:10-11 when He wrote, “Find out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather [flee from them and] expose them.”
All ten virgins had “lamps;” personal ‘light’ or spiritual discernment through adequate knowledge of the Bible, which proved that they have made a real commitment to Jesus. Thus, they were personally born again in Him through faith. Then, they must have demonstrated their faith by their obedience to His most important commandment to be water baptized as true believers as per He’s own example, (Mt. 3:13-17.) From there, the indwelling Holy Spirit taught them and led them as His disciple-followers to obey the precepts of His Moral Law of Love, (Jn. 1:12-14; 3:3-5; Mt. 28:15-20, Rom. 6, Col. 2:9-15; Jn. 13:34.)
Ţ Half of the virgins were wise believers. They were people of character who were “willing to forsake all else” to stick to their commitments and responsibilities, (Mt. 10:37-39; 24:44-51.) They were seeking “all truth” while trying to live by God’s Moral Law of love to honor Him.
Ţ The other half were unwise. They might even have left the false church system in obedience to the Holy Spirit, (Rev. 18:4,) but they still clung to the self-enhancing doctrines and the easy way of church Christianity, instead of forsaking every false doctrine and false church form and norm, to embrace only the contextual truth of Scripture, (1 Jn. 2:4.) This is why they were foolishly not fully committed to the Entire Truth of Christ and their personal responsibilities in Him.
“The five wise virgins took [extra] oil in their vessels with their lamps.” “Oil” signifies the ‘fuel’ we must continually ‘burn,’ or the constant, responsible effort we must all make to equip ourselves through expanding Scriptural knowledge, faithful stewardship, and obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit, (Mt. 25:14-30 — the parable of the talents or gifts that God entrusted to each of us, 1 Cor. 12:4-11.)
Ţ The wise virgins exercised foresight and faithfully made extra provision to keep their lamps burning during the dark time ahead. They realized that the Truth of Scripture, and not self-satisfying church doctrine, must govern their commitment, responsibilities, and obedience to Christ to the end, (Acts 17:11; Mt. 24:13.) They were willing to submit to the authentic leading of the Holy Spirit, and even suffer for the Truth of Christ to glorify His Name, (Rev. 12:11.)
“The five foolish virgins also took their lamps, but they took no oil with them.” They probably still expected Jesus to return immediately after they heard that He is coming because that seems like an ‘easy way out’ of the terrible things, which they knew, are coming upon the whole world.
Ţ The five foolish virgins falsely believed Jesus will ‘rapture’ them out of all impending calamity before the ‘great tribulation’ could strike them, and so, they would not suffer for His cause. They professed Christ but sought Him more for their own benefits such as outward prosperity, than to glorify His Name through sincere obedience to the truth of His Word. They neglected their real gifts and responsibilities, and thus they “buried their talents” by not living the lifestyle of Scriptural obedience to, and trust in Jesus, which He had commanded them in the Truth of His Word to keep, (1 Jn. 2:4.)
Quite unforeseen by all the virgins, the Bridegroom tarried. Jesus said He is coming soon, but He will come at a time when we least expect His return, (Mt. 24:44.) This warning of Jesus should make us understand how faithful we must continually seek His face in all things. We must constantly search His Scriptures to understand His ways and to remain faithful to Him, and to do all things in His will. Should we fail like we all sometimes do, we must run straight back to Him to fall at His feet, (1 Jn. 1:8-10; Jam. 3:2.) We must literally stick with Him and our responsibilities “through thick and thin” despite our personal circumstances and the state of the decaying world, and not grow weary of “doing good,” (Gal. 6:9.)
Nevertheless, maybe because the virgins thought they heard wrong and He is not really returning soon to take them to the marriage feast, “they all slumbered and slept.” This might be why Jesus asked, “When the Son of Man returns, will He [still] find [true] faith on earth?” Or will we all lose heart, grow weary of doing good in an all-bad world, and lose our way in the impenetrable darkness that is descending upon the whole world just before Jesus’ return? (Mt. 24:36-39; Lu. 18:8.)
Ţ Jesus explained this spiritual slumber and sleep in Mt. 24:45-51. He asked, “Who then is a faithful and wise servant [or virgin waiting and readying her for His return,] whom [He gave the responsibility to remain a faithful steward over everything He had entrusted to him?] Blessed is that servant whom his Master, when He comes, will find so doing.
Ţ “But if the evil servant [or unwise virgin] says in his heart, “My Master is delaying His coming,” and begins to beat [or use, abuse, and neglect] his fellow servants to eat and drink with the drunkards [or disobedient Christians and total unbelievers of this world. But] the Master will come on A Day [at His one-off return] when he is not looking for Him and at an hour that he is not aware of, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth,” (Mt. 24:44-51.)
The push of human desire and need, and probably also deeply ingrained, false church doctrine, deceived the virgins to think they do not need to be vigilant against the schemes of the enemy; watching for Jesus’ return, obedient to the Moral Law and the Truth of Scripture, and faithful in everything God had entrusted to them; thus readying themselves for Jesus’ return on the clouds.
Ţ So, slowly the five unwise virgins again began to participate in disobedience to the Moral Law, grabbed onto itch-soothing false doctrine, chased ecstatic but false spiritual manifestations, and slurped up the sinful pleasures of the religious and political world. They justified their hypocrisy with the thought that Jesus did not secretly rapture or rescued them from calamity as they believed He would, so He is not returning at all.
Ţ Jesus even tarried longer than the five wise virgins expected Him to do, while it seemed their burdens in this world were growing too heavy to bear. They also began to loose heart and the enemy lulled them into hopelessness, lukewarmness, lovelessness, and passivity.
Yet, Jesus released neither of them from their pressing obligation to remain faithful to His calling and commandments, (1 Jn. 2:4; Heb. 5:8.) Instead, He delays His return because “He is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance,” (2 Pt. 3:9.) He is allowing all the virgins and even the whole world to be “tried and tested” to either convince them that they must turn to Him under all circumstances, or to show Him their faithfulness to their commitments and responsibilities under all circumstances, (Jam. 1:13-14 — Rev. 2:10; 3:10.)
Yet, a bone-chilling warning comes with this assurance of God’s love and patience. 2 Pt. 3:10, the next verse, proclaims, “But The Day of the Lord will come as [unexpectedly] as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and [even] the elements will melt with fervent heat. Both the earth and the works that are on it will be burned up.”
And then, suddenly at midnight, (when the world is at the peak of spiritual darkness, lawlessness, and suffering,) a cry was heard: “Behold, the Bridegroom is coming; go out [or wake up from your sleep and slumber] to meet Him!”
So, just before the very last moment of the Bridegroom’s arrival, “the virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.” They all did final 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 Is, and had entrusted to them. They checked their lives to see which priorities and responsibilities they have neglected. They sincerely sought to set their lives in order, (Mt. 10:37-42.)
But while the five wise virgins had enough experience and truth about His Word and their circumstances to accomplish these hasty preparations, (oil in their ‘vessels’ to keep their lamps burning through the impenetrable darkness because they were faithful stewards and made proper provision beforehand,) the foolish five had their lamps, (their commitment to know and serve Him,) but they lacked “fuel” to avoid being overcome by the darkness. Because of a terrible lack of knowledge about vital truths, and a lack of time to set their priorities straight and attend to their responsibilities, which would have guided and sustained them now to glorify Jesus’ Name until the very end, they realized they urgently needed more “oil” for their lamps.
In utter desperation, the foolish virgins then hurriedly tried to share the oil of the wise virgins, but it was too late. Now, the five wise virgins were not prepared to give them ‘oil’ anymore, (Mt. 25:9.) When the five foolish virgins had opportunity and time to fill their lamps and vessels while enough ‘oil’ was still available to carry them through the impenetrable dark times ahead, they were shunning their personal duties. Suddenly the moment they must face the returning Bridegroom was imminent, but they lacked the necessities to keep their ‘lights’ burning until that moment when they see Jesus.
This means, we will not have God or serve God when, as, and how it suits us, but as He warned in Heb. 3:15, “Today, [the moment] you hear His voice, [through the truth of Scripture and the conviction of the Holy Spirit,] do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion… The Lord will judge His people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God,” (Heb. 10:30-31.) In hard-hearted, headstrong disobedience the five unwise virgins forfeited the incredible grace of God over a long time, Mt. 25:1-11.
Ţ So, while they were frantically running “to and fro” at the last moment to try and buy non-existent oil for their lamps, “the Bridegroom came and the door was shut. [When the foolish virgins demanded entrance, Jesus declared,] ‘I do not know you.’ Watch therefore, [He will come unexpectedly not secretly as a thief in the night,] for you know neither The Day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”
Jesus confirmed His judgment on born again but disobedient, truth-lacking, irresponsible believers 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, [singular,] ‘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 [unrepentant] lawlessness [or disobedience to the Truth of the Scriptures, My Word!]’
Ţ Mathew Henry’s Commentary, (Mt. 25:14-30, p. 1748,) explained, “While [the five foolish virgins] went out to buy [oil for their lamps] the Bridegroom came. With regard to those that put off their great work [to Scripturally obey and follow Jesus Christ] to the last moment, it is a thousand to one that they have not time [or grace] to do it then. Getting grace is a work of time, and cannot be done in a hurry. While the poor awakened soul addresses itself upon [facing Jesus’ return on the clouds, or on] a sick bed to repentance and prayer, [and to the upkeep of responsibilities,] in awful confusion, it scarcely knows which end to begin at, or what to do first; and presently death comes, [Jesus comes,] judgment comes, and the work is undone, and the poor sinner is undone forever. This comes of having oil to buy when we should burn it, and grace to get when we should use it.”
We are so blessed to 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 fifteen 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 to effortlessly and without responsibility, give them wealth, health, prosperity, and ‘salvation’ - instead of searching, receiving, and living in Jesus’ “all truth,” which will shortly not be available anymore, as Jesus explained in this parable in Mt. 25:1-11. Thus, at their own peril, these believers are neglecting their true calling, personal responsibilities, and the commandments of Jesus, (Mt. 28:18-20; Jn. 13:34.)
As I see the disappearance of many blogs and websites that taught “real truth” about the Gospel and exposed the lies of everything in church religion and in politics – other vital truths about the world as well; I realize that the parable of the ten virgins is already manifesting now in our day, (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,” (Mt. 24:11-14; Dan. 12:4,) 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. Extremely 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 must already waddle through a marsh of deceptions to get to some truth — if we can find any truth at all. Soon, only deceptions will be available in this regard, as all Godly truth is slowly being smothered.
Many people, believers especially, are saturated with information about everything – or so they think, (Hos. 4:6.) Equipping ourselves (Jude 1:20,) and always praying and striving 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 in all the relating parables that follow this one in Matthew Chapter 25.
The study I have now published 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 political history, false church doctrines, and misinterpreted prophesies on which we were raised if I did not study, in context, the history of politics and 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’ and ‘vessels’ 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 religious and political powers suddenly clamp down on all Bible-truth websites, messages, chats, Bibles, literature, 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" and “vessels” to sustain us until that moment of the ‘Midnight Cry?’
“Sell your cloak to buy a sword.” What was Jesus really saying?