Don't Get Caught Sleeping

Matthew 25:1-13 (NASB)
1"Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the groom.
2 Five of them were foolish, and five were prudent.
3 For when the foolish took their lamps, they did not take
extra oil with them;
4 but the prudent ones took oil in flasks with their lamps.
5 Now while the groom was delaying, they all became drowsy and
began to sleep.
6 But at midnight there finally was a shout: ‘Behold, the groom! Come out to meet
him.’
7 Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps.
8 But the foolish
virgins said to the prudent ones, ‘Give us some of your oil, because our lamps are going out.’
9 However, the prudent ones answered, ‘
No, there most certainly would not be enough for us and you too; go instead to the merchants and buy some for yourselves.’
10 But while they were on their way to buy
the oil, the groom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut.
11 Yet later, the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open up for us.
12 But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’
13 Be on the alert then, because you do not know the day nor the hour."

The contractions are getting closer together and I honestly believe that it won't be too much longer when the Groom will call us out. Do not wait until the time is upon us but be like the intelligent maidens and prepare your light. Tick, tock, tick...
 
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I agree, somewhat. One thing is that we do not need to be obsessed with the 2nd Coming of Christ. That leads to fear and God is not the author of fear.

Second is, the ONLY way to be spiritually prepared is to be SAVED!

2 Peter 1:10........
"Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall".

Make sure you are saved TODAY!

However, the problem is something that I observed as a young man more years ago that I can remember. I call it a “welfare mentality.”

When working at a juice plant loading frozen juice into trucks, once in a while I noticed that some of the men wasn’t at work. When I asked where they were, the other workers would laugh and say that he got paid and got drunk. As soon as he needed more money, he would be back at work.

I have since discovered that there is a common mindset shared by a LOT of people, in that they rarely, if ever, think about the future. They only think about today. If they get some money, they don’t think about the fact that rent will be due in two weeks or that other bills will be coming due. They only think about the fact that they’ve got money in their pocket today. Since they’re “rich” today, they will treat all their buddies to a round of drinks. They’ll gamble or spend it all in frivolous ways. But the one thing they will not do is save any money, because they don’t think about the future.

Our Lord taught that we should not be anxious about tomorrow in Matthew 6:34, , but He did not teach that we should ignore tomorrow or be stupid and certainly that we do not pay our bills.! In fact, to the contrary, Jesus taught that our view of the future ought to be uppermost in our thinking about how we should live today.

As followers of Jesus Christ, we should think often about the fact that He is coming soon and that every person must stand before Him to give an account. We should view ourselves as stewards who have been entrusted with time, money, and abilities, which we are to use for our Master’s kingdom. At some time—we don’t know when, but we do know that it is certain—our Lord will return and we must give an account to Him of how we used what He gave us. After telling His disciples to seek for His kingdom, Jesus goes on to exhort them to be ready for His return, because when He comes, He will judge everyone.

We should be ready for the Lord’s return. making sure that we are born again believers in Christ!
 
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Agreed.

In fact, IMO anyone who is not interested or looking for the 2nd Coming just might not be a saved person.

2 Peter 1:19 says.........
“So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts”.

I believe that the signs of the times are validating the Word of God.

Amos 3:7........
“Surely the Lord GOD does nothing unless He reveals His secret counsel to His servants the prophets”.
 
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It appears from vss 9-10 the difference is possession of oil (Holy Spirit) or not.
So those born again possess the oil and the foolish ones (unbelievers) don't.

Matthew 25:7-10 (NASB) "Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. "The foolish said to the prudent, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' "But the prudent answered, 'No, there will not be enough for us and you too; go instead to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.' "And while they were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut.

Here is the clincher...Matthew 25:12 (NASB) "But he answered, 'Truly I say to you, I do not know you.'

The Lord knows who are His.
 
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God has described the chaste virgin bride we can offer our opinions of it.

The idea of spiritual lamp prepared would be like that described when Paul prophesied the Holy Spirit in each of the Bereans worked with them to both reveal by the light of the word and empowered by the unseen father to finish it .In that way he is of one mind and always does whatsoever his soul pleases .It is him who does make our hearts soft with the water of the word the work of the unseen Holy Spirit.

The key is .readiness of mind that is if we let the mind of Christ work with us according to the commandment. Remember not only does he teach and comfort but also brings to our minds that which has previously taught.

Acts 17:11 [Full Chapter] These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

Paul having the wisdom of faith as a surrogate mother planted the seed and watered it in a labor of birth till Christ was formed in Timothy. The as a surrogate Mom Paul espoused Timothy as the chaste virgin bride to Christ t her husband.

A person would have to search out the gospel understanding in the two parables below.

Galatians 4:19 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,

2 Corinthians 11:2For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
 
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Dear brothers and sisters;

No one is above another in the eyes of Jesus. This is why when He spoke in parables to His disciples He was aware.

Mark 4:33-34, 33 With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it. 34 He did not speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything.

There is a contrast between corrupting, rash speech and encouraging speech sprinkled with salt. The verb or noun of one word may differ in our definitions. But it is profitable when we listen and strive to understand the other. When we gain this, it leads to good fellowship and conversation.

God bless you all and your families.
 
This is my understanding . . .

I believe these verses are referring to the latter days. The wise virgins apparently knew the signs of the end times and had the seal of God in their minds. The foolish did not have enough oil, and they certainly would be deceived in the end.
I think this a perfect understanding.
 
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This is my understanding . . .

I believe these verses are referring to the latter days. The wise virgins apparently knew the signs of the end times and had the seal of God in their minds. The foolish did not have enough oil, and they certainly would be deceived in the end.

I think that it would be helpful for everyone to realize that when Jesus in parables, He used familiar objects and situations to teach a hidden spiritual truth. He used parables so that only those who were willing to study the parable would understand the truth. You see....He was pushing the idea of "in depth Study" to show how one is approved, a workman for God). Yes, this parable likens the second coming of Jesus Christ, which is when the Savior will return to earth to rule during the Millennium, to a wedding.

The rest of the story of the parable of the ten virgins is based on ancient Jewish wedding customs. The bridegroom and his friends escorted the bride from her home to the home of the bridegroom. Along the way friends of the bride waited to join them. When they arrived at the bridegroom’s home, they all went inside for the wedding. These weddings usually took place in the evenings, so those waiting for the bride and bridegroom carried lamps.

Do you SEE IT>>>>>>>>>>>Friends of the Bride came along to join the procession. !!!! When they arrived at the bridegroom’s home, they all went inside for the wedding.

SEE IT YET??????

Now remember......Matthew is written to and focused upon the JEWS!

I believe that this parable is referring to those living in what the Bible calls The Tribulation Period, the beginning of Daniel’s 70th week prophesy.
It is the 7 year period of time in the end times between the Pre-Tribulation Gathering Away of the Saints and the Second Coming of Christ with His Bride which is "saved church age believers;" who is in fact US today who believe on Christ for salvation.

Matthew 25 starts with the very first word being, “THEN”. So when is the then? The very first word is showing a very clear context not to be ignored. Remember that the book of Matthew was one continuous work and chapters were added later to the Bible for our referencing. So when is the then? We need to go back into Matthew 24 and follow it back to verse 29:

Matthew 24:29........
"Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken".

So then, it seems clear to me that Matthew 25 and the Parable of the Ten Virgins is all about and addressing the survivors of the Tribulation Period and not the Church. The parable is not referring to the Pre-Tribulation Gathering Away at the end of the Church Age, even though many pulpits are teaching such. They are ignoring the very context of the very first word in Matthew 25.