Wake Up Call: Matthew 25

aNNa’S NoTe:  I wrote this in 2003, and since that time have made some changes based on Biblical Truth that effect this post.  Changes are in purple.  Just a heads up.  Thanks.

I feel very led to do a thing on the parable of the ten virgins from Matthew 25.  It’s HUGELY prophetic, straight from Christ, and has an interesting twist in the middle that I never realized before.  You’ll like!

Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.  

Jesus was telling them about the future, using a well-known custom as His illustration.  By Jewish tradition, once a man and woman got engaged, the man would leave the woman with her parents. He would go back to his fathers house, and prepare a place for his wife.  The engagement lasted a long time, but there wasn’t a specific time length.  Meanwhile, the bride and groom did not see each other at all.

Now, when it was time to get married, the bride, who was always a virgin, would gather her unmarried frends together (who were also always virgins) and they would keep a vigil for the groom. They never knew exactly what time he was coming. The groom would gather together his friends, and they would light torches and form a sort of parade and go to the bride’s house.

Then, the bride and her friends would join the procession, and they would all go to the house. Once inside and the door was closed, the wedding supper would begin, and nobody else was allowed in. The supper lasted for 7 days.

And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.  They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:  But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.  

All ten virgins represent the Church.  The lamps are their souls, and the oil is symbolic of the Holy Spirit that indwells the souls of the Christ-follower.  Not everyone who is part of the ‘church’ is truly a Christ-follower.

While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.  

This includes the true Christ-followers.  All the virgins fell asleep.  They were waiting for a long time, and grew weary, that’s all.  We don’t know when Christ, the Bridegroom, will return, but it certainly has been a long time, hasn’t it?

And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.  Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.  

There’s a ‘wake-up’ call – someone (or something) is going to wake up the church – both the true Christ-followers and the lukewarms.  And according to Christ Himself, this is going to happen just before He comes.  We’re gonna be warned…

Now some of you just got on high-horses.  “Anna, the Bible says no man will know – it will happen like ‘a thief in the night’.  Right… and wrong.  The verse is in 1 Thessalonians 5: 2-5  For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.   For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.  But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.  Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.   We who are the church will know.  There will be a warning to us that we’ll recognize, although I’ll be darned if I know what it will be.  It has to be pretty big, if even the nonnies in the church recognize it.

the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.  But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.  

Those who aren’t true Christ-followers are going to turn to the true-bies and say help me out, here.  But Christ-followers can only show them the way and tell them how… they can’t ‘share’ their gift of the Spirit.  Each person must have their own.

And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came;

Note that although there is going to be a ‘wake-up call’ before the rapture, and everyone in the church knows its coming based on that call, there’s not enough time for those without the grace-given faith to get it and still be raptured.  Hence the twinkling of an eye reference.

…and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage…

There will be a celebration in Heaven in the future.  Revelations calls this the ‘Marriage Supper of the Lamb’.  It lasts seven years (interesting, since the traditional Jewish wedding feast lasts seven days).

…and the door was shut.  Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.  But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.  Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

Which is why I have, for ages preached the Truth.  You need to know – you need to be prepared.  Or you won’t be on the invite list.  And God forbid that happen.

Accepting Christ is a huge committment.  It isn’t a prayer you pray like a mantra to protect yourself.  It’s a walk – a promise that is daily lived out.  Placing your trust in Christ as Savior is a walk, not a mere ‘decision’.  He said ‘take up your cross and follow Me’… that denotes action that is on-going.  Romans 10:9-10 says If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in Your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be ‘saved’.  Confess meaning doing/saying the same things as Christ.  It’s on-going.  Believe meaning putting your trust in something, not mere acknowledgement.  It’s something you live out.

Are you living out your faith?  Or is it mere belief (acknowledgment)?  James 2:17 says if it’s mere belief (acknowledgement), it’s nothing.  Dead.  For even the demons believe… and they aren’t going to be in eternity with Christ.  He is coming very soon.  There was an engagement ring in the sky this year in Christ’s constellation – seven days after Pentecost.  Engagement rings denote a pending wedding… and what a sad day it will be when people who never truly gave their lives to the Master miss the Marriage Supper.  Who/what is priority in your life?  Who/what do you proclaim the most?  What matters to you more than anything else?  And how will that effect your eternity?

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