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Be ready for Jesus Christ’s return to earth!

Be ready for Jesus Christ’s return to earth!

The Parable of the Ten Virgins – Be ready for Jesus Christ’s return to earth!

Matthew 25:1-13 - Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 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. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 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. And 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. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: 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.

I’ve heard so many different explanations for this parable that at least I have somewhere to start. From one perspective, the oil represents the Holy Ghost. He moves into the heart of an individual who accepts Jesus Christ as the eternal sacrifice for his sins. Therefore, those who are in Christ possess the oil and are considered wise while those without it are foolish. Proverbs 11:30 says that a winner of souls is wise. As a result, both the offering and acceptance of salvation is wise in the Kingdom of Heaven. The image of the virgins sleeping while the bridegroom takes his time to arrive gives the picture of life as usual across the earth before the return of Jesus Christ. Some people are prepared for His return while others purposefully neglect to accept the free of gift of salvation available to them.

2 Peter 3:1-4 - This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: 3Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 4And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

The second coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has to be the hottest topic in The Church. Since the early days of the New Testament, people in The Church have been claiming that Jesus is coming soon. The word “soon” seems to no longer mean anything because few people know the real definition of “soon.” Unless you live in eternity I don’t think a couple thousand years could mean “soon.” One superstar preacher said Jesus was coming in 1986. Another said that He would come in 2000. Others say definitely, He's coming in 2020. So I guess I have a few years to live it up before it's all over.

1 Peter 4:7 - But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

I acknowledge that Jesus did give us warning signs concerning the end times and we can see some of them manifesting in our lives right now (Matthew 24). What’s important to note, however, is Matthew 24:14, which states, “And this gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” Therefore, in contrast to popular belief, the progress of the church's evangelistic efforts determines the end and not the world's moral degradation or the frequent occurrence of natural disasters! All of the wars, false prophets, sicknesses, famines and natural disasters which we claim to be the signs of the end have been going on for a very long time.

We should look closely at the words of Jesus concerning this issue in Matthew 24:6 and I quote, “And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.” Jesus taught the world about the Kingdom during His time on the earth and that is the message that we will have to present before His second coming. The end won’t come when the wars escalate. However, when the gospel of the Kingdom is preached everywhere, look up, because Jesus Christ will crack the sky.

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