Matthew 25: 1--10
"Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins," [ the Church ]
" which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the Bridegroom." [ Jesus ]
"And five of them were wise, and five were foolish."
They that were foolish took their lamps , and took no oil with them:
[ were not walking in the Spirit, nor led of the Spirit -- Galatians 5 ]
But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
[ they were led of the Holy Spirit ( walking daily in the Spirit ) researching the Word diligently, and watching daily for the signs of our Lord's coming, as found in 2 Thessalonians 2 ]
"While the Bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept."
"And at MIDNIGHT there was a cry made",
[ possible meaning: the man of sin sitting in the Temple as God (2 Thessalonians 2 )
"Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet Him."
"Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps."
"And the foolish said unto the wise,
"Give us of your oil;
for our lamps are gone out"
[ they wanted to meet God, yet were not prepared -- not living in the Spirit
"laying aside every weight that so easily besets us" Hebrews 12:1
"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. "
[ we cannot do for others what they must do for themselves ]
[ Notice that the 666 Mark of the Beast has not yet been enforced, for they are still able to buy Spiritual helps, like
the Bible ( and other Godly literature ) which will help them in their daily walk, as they ask for the Holy Spirit to guide them in the Word, and the application of it. ]
[ It appears that Christian internet sites will no longer be accessed for free ]
"And while they went to buy, the Bridegroom ( Jesus ) came;
and they that were ready ( had their hearts and their lifestyle prepared ) went in with Him to the marriage: and the door was shut."
"Afterward came also the other virgins, saying,
"Lord, Lord, open to us." ( not called ' Bridegroom ' here )
But He answered and said,
"Verily I say unto you, I know you not."
[ They had not been relating with God in intimate prayer.
Were they abiding in God's word Daily, submitting to His Lordship and to the voice of His Holy Spirit ? Only God knows. ]
"Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of Man cometh."
( not called " Bridegroom " here )
[ This was spoken to those who were left behind. They will not know the time of the Cockcrowing rapture, which is for those who have been left behind and yet have come to repentance belatedly; and they have changed their lifestyle. Praise God for His Mercy !
The 5 Wise Virgins KNEW the time of their rapture; the unwise will not know the time of theirs.
The 5 Wise virgins DID know the time of the Midnight Rapture
as it says in 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3.
Jesus is called "the Bridegroom" in reference to the Five Wise Virgins.
He is called "Son of Man" in reference to the 5 Unwise Virgins. Big Difference.]
"Not everyone that saith unto Me, "Lord. Lord"
shall enter into the kingdom of heaven,
but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven"
"Many will say to Me in that day, "Lord, Lord,
have we not prophesied in Thy Name ?
"And in thy Name cast out devils ?
And in Thy Name done many wonderful works ?
"And then I will profess unto them, " I never knew you :
Depart from Me, ye that work iniquity "
"Having a form of godliness, but denying the Power thereof " ( not letting the Holy Ghost have His way with them)
2 Timothy 3:5 See also Matthew 22 .
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