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The Parable of the 10 Virgins and their Lamps

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We will only find this parable in Matthew, chapter 25. A few days before He was crucified, Jesus taught three different parables on the importance of His children’s preparation for the day when He will return: the wise and foolish virgins (verses 1-13), the talents (verses 14-30), and the separation of the sheep from the goats (verses 31-46).

Today we will take a look at the 5 wise virgins and the 5 foolish virgins. I used to think of the 5 foolish virgins and feel angry at their foolishness. How could they claim to be true believers and wait until the very last minute to have oil in their lamps? Geesh! I have come to understand that they are not truly saved, but they are those who are putting on an act. We true believers must strive continually to let our lights so shine as to bring them to true Salvation.

Anyway, we read in chapter 24 how Jesus pointed out that He will return as a thief in the night. It will be at a time that we least expect, and many will become way too comfortable in the ways of this world, and therefore not be prepared. I sure do not want to be caught in some sinful behaviour when He calls me to meet Him. He taught that His followers will need to persevere in a lifestyle of faithful obedience as we wait for Him.

In the parable of the ten virgins, Jesus used the example of the Jewish wedding customs of His day as how to be prepared for His meeting His Bride on that day. It really is very interesting to study how the Jewish wedding ceremony compares to how Jesus will come for us at an unannounced time – The Rapture. If you would like, you may go and take a look at a very good description of this comparison here – The Rapture and the Jewish Wedding.

Jesus described the second phase of the wedding ceremony where the bridegroom and his party come to the bride’s home where the bride is waiting for him, with the ten virgins who are her bridesmaids. The time of his arrival was uncertain, maybe even after dark, so each young woman needed to have both her lamp and an extra flask of oil for it. The five wise virgins were prepared with additional oil, but the foolish ones were not. Therefore, when the bridegroom suddenly arrived at midnight, the foolish virgins’ lack of preparation was exposed, and they were denied entrance to the wedding feast. Those hypocrites who are not truly Saved by the Blood of Jesus will be denied entrance to Heaven.

Jesus’ message is clear: His Coming, like that of the bridegroom in the parable, may be delayed and the women and men who follow Him need to be continually prepared (Matthew 25:13).

The 5 wise virgins are the true believers who stay prepared for Christ’s return by keeping oil in their lamps. The 5 foolish virgins are those hypocrites who claim to be believers but they are not genuine in their hearts. Matthew Henry explains it very well, “Sincere Christians are the wise virgins, and hypocrites the foolish ones. Those are the truly wise or foolish that are so in the affairs of their souls. Many have a lamp of profession in their hands, but have not, in their hearts, sound knowledge and settled resolution, which are needed to carry them through the services and trials of the present state. Their hearts are not stored with holy dispositions, by the new-creating Spirit of God.”

“Our light must shine before men in good works; but this is not likely to be long done, unless there is a fixed, active principle in the heart, of faith in Christ, and love to God and our brethren. They all slumbered and slept. The delay represents the space between the real or apparent conversion of these professors, and the coming of Christ, to take them away by death, or to judge the world. But though Christ tarry past our time, he will not tarry past the due time.”

“The wise virgins kept their lamps burning, but they did not keep themselves awake. Too many real Christians grow remiss, and one degree of carelessness makes way for another. Those that allow themselves to slumber, will scarcely keep from sleeping; therefore dread the beginning of spiritual decays. A startling summons was given. Go ye forth to meet Him, is a call to those prepared. The notice of Christ’s approach, and the call to meet him, will awaken. Even those best prepared for death (2 peter) day of search and inquiry; and it concerns us to think how we shall then be found.”

“Some wanted oil to supply their lamps when going out. Those that take up short of true grace, will certainly find the want of it one time or other. An outward profession may light a man along this world, but the damps of the valley of the shadow of death will put out such a light. Those who care not to live the life, yet would die the death of the righteous. But those that would be saved, must have grace of their own; and those that have most grace, have none to spare. The best need more from Christ.”

“And while the poor alarmed soul addresses itself, upon a sick-bed, to repentance and prayer, in awful confusion, death comes, judgment comes, the work is undone, and the poor sinner is undone for ever. This comes of having oil to buy when we should burn it, grace to get when we should use it. Those, and those only, shall go to heaven hereafter, that are made ready for heaven here.”

“The suddenness of death and of Christ’s coming to us then, will not hinder our happiness, if we have been prepared. The door was shut. Many will seek admission into heaven when it is too late. The vain confidence of hypocrites will carry them far in expectations of happiness. The unexpected summons of death may alarm the Christian; but, proceeding without delay to trim his lamp, his graces often shine more bright; while the mere professor’s conduct shows that his lamp is going out. Watch therefore, attend to the business of your souls. Be in the fear of the Lord all the day long.”

Matthew 25:1-13

1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
9 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.
10 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.
11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2018 in God's Truth

 

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Beware of False Prophets-Know God’s True Word

Do Not Be Deceived

I am reading in Matthew 24 and 25 the past few days. I love the promise Jesus gives us in Chapter 24:22 “And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” We can easily find, because the internet is so full of anything you can imagine and find, false doctrines being pushed that the Rapture will happen after the Great Tribulation. I just have to shake my head and laugh at such foolishness. They are in essence calling Jesus a liar. Then look at what Matthew 24:31 says, “And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” The angels shall gather God’s elect/children/saints from one end of heaven to the other! How did they get there? Why, by the Rapture or the catching up together to meet Jesus in the air, 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18 “For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” Yes, we ought to be comforted and comfort others with these true Scriptures of God’s Word, instead of twisting them into deceitful lies.

And immediately after Jesus says that His elect will be spared, he tells them of signs to watch for, verses 23-27 “Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”

I notice every time there is an eclipse or a super moon, etc. the heretics come out of the woodwork trying to deceive people more, and unfortunately, even some of His elect are falling for it. They like to quote the Scriptures that say “the sun will 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,” to try and get people to believe that we are now in the Great Tribulation. We are not because God’s Spirit in His children is still here. But take note of the words they leave out that come right before that verse, Matthew 24:29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days…” These things are to happen AFTER the tribulation.

If you believe that God’s Spirit through His church has already been taken from this earth, you are sadly deceived as well. Believe you me, things are going to be horribly abominable and sinful after God’s Spirit is removed from this earth. This earth will no longer have God’s fervent praying children crying out for mercy for mankind. Those left behind will go through such awful times that this world has never seen because our enemy and God’s enemy will have full control of this world. Just as hell was not created for man but for satan, the tribulation is not meant for God’s saints but for those who chose to reject Christ as God’s Son and the Saviour of this world. The tribulation is meant to try and change those hardened hearts to see that God is God and Jesus is His Son and Jesus came to save man from hell. And some will turn and accept Jesus as Saviour because of those horrible things to come. How sad that they will not do it now.

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2018 in God's Truth

 

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How Prayer Helps us Grow Closer to Jesus

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Yes, our alone prayer time with our Lord is a very important part of growing closer to Jesus every day. What a great privilege it is to have this direct access to Jehovah God!

Here are just a few quick references in God’s Word for how praying will help us grow in our relationship with the Lord.

Hebrews 4:14-16 “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Jesus is truly our great high priest. We need no other. It helps us be close to Jesus to know that while He was here on this earth, He was tempted of the enemy, but showed us how to overcome by speaking the Word of God, at which the enemies must flee. His Word is quick/alive.)

Luke 11:1-10 “And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. (God is Holy) Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. (Provision) And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. (Forgiveness) And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. (Delivered by God’s power, none of our own) And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. (Inconvenient) I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. (Be persistent and consistent.) And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”

Matthew 26:41 “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (There is a constant battle going on within the child of God between our flesh and our spirit. We must stay in very close contact with our Saviour to have victory over temptation. I so look forward to eternity in Heaven where there will be no more temptation nor sin!)

And let us not forget the prayer at the time of Salvation! Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”

“Dear God, I know that I am a sinner. I know that I deserve Hell for my sins. I know Christ died and rose again to save me and that you offer me the gift of eternal life. I now accept that gift and ask Christ to come into my heart and save my soul.”

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2018 in Godly Women

 

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Oh the Love of God!

Oh, yes the wonderful love of God is way beyond human comprehension. Every time I am led by the Spirit to fast and pray for others and I think I am being such a huge blessing to them; alas Jesus presses upon my heart the fact that He heard and answered all according to His will. What peace follows. Not only peace, but the humbleness of realizing that not only did God hear my prayers, He also blessed me with amazing joy. This is the joy all God’s children experience when we just simply obey the prompting of the Holy Spirit, such as when we lead lost souls to Salvation. I guess what I am trying to say is that when we let the Lord use us to accomplish His will, in our minds we think more of the blessing we are doing for others. Then God goes and sends the filling of his Holy Spirit to bless us as well. Wow! What a blessing that He would use us lowly humans, even though He surely does not ‘need’ us to accomplish His purpose, but He loves to bless us. Well, enough said. It is so very hard to put these blessings of a joyful heart, that only God can give, into human words. I was not looking for a blessing for me, but I got one anyway!

I just want to thank you Lord!

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2018 in God's Love

 

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Forever Thankful!

I have been under the weather for several days now. I was not up to joining my brethren at Faith Baptist Church this Sunday. But, I am so thankful that the sermons are recorded on our church website!

Thank you Pastor Rainey and all those involved in recording and uploading these wonderful Biblical teachings! One was the Sunday School lesson and the other was the morning service message.

Let Not Man Put Asunder

Take it to the Lord

As you can see, there are many other messages you may listen to and learn straight from God’s KJV Word.

Enjoy! I sure did.

Service Times

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Sunday School 10:00 A.M.
Sunday MorningWorship 11:00 A.M.
Sunday Evening Worship 6:30 P.M.

Wednesday Evening 7:00 P.M.

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2018 in God's Love

 

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Christian Beware!

Beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing/false prophets! It is so disappointing that so many in this great country who call themselves Christians believe these charismatic liars because they do not ‘study to show themselves approved.’ In other words, they do not know God’s inerrant true Word which is the only true Bible, the King James Bible. The true Bible has not been corrupted by the many changes and deletions that have been made in all the other versions that man himself, on his own, has come up with. If we are truly born-again by the precious blood of Jesus, and if we do spend time in His True King James Word, we will know by the prompting of God’s Holy Spirit in us that men like Joel Osteen are indeed false teachers. (If you need to see for yourselves the truth of the corrupt versions, you may do so here: http://av1611.com/kjbp/charts.html and here: http://www.av1611.org/tracts.html#BibleVersions. Make yourselves aware! AND REMEMBER: “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” Revelation 22:18, 19

These are just a handful of verses from God’s Word warning us about these false teachers! Below them you may watch a video which will open your eyes about the heretic, Joel Osteen, if you feel so inclined to make yourself aware of the truth. Be fooled no longer! There is absolutely no reason for any of us to be so deceived.

Matthew 7:15 – Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

Matthew 7:21 – Not every one 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.

Matthew 24:24 – For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

Romans 16:18 – For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. (It is ALL about the money!)

1 John 4:1-6 – Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.   (Read More…)

2 Peter 2:1 – But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

2 Corinthians 11:13-15 – For such [are] false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.   (Read More…)

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2018 in God's Truth

 

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It’s Not Helpful!

I fully believe that God moved my friend here to share this. It is perfectly well said and I agree totally. While I do at some times say the words, “Everything happens for a reason,” I would never say it to someone grieving any kind of loss. I say it for every day trials that I believe happen for God’s purpose. This is a great read, very inspirational. Thank you Linda.

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I’ve been having a rather lengthy  Facebook conversation with some former students of mine, including one of my sons.  I guess it’s not surprising that it has taken  the form of a blog post in my head, so here it is.

Believers, Christians, often experience awful, horrible, heartbreaking events. Babies die, husbands or wives leave, life-threatening illnesses occur,  violent crime takes away our feelings of safety, value, and belief in God Himself. Severe persecution in some parts of the world  threatens believers every single day, and there is no escape from it.

These hurting people often cry out, “Why?  Why are these things happening?  Where is God?  Why is He allowing this?”  Some will get answers from well-meaning people, but those answers only serve to increase their sense of helplessness and abandonment.

One of those answers, which has become ubiquitous  lately, is,”Well, everything happens for a reason.”  And that is…

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Posted by on January 8, 2018 in Uncategorized

 
 
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