The State of our Lamps
Penned by: Kevin K O’Connor
Date of penning: Sept 07, 2017
Thought: To examine the present state of our lamps and what it means
Scriptural Springboard: Mat 25:6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Mat 25:7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
Mat 25:8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
Our Lord & King Jesus, told us in Matt 24 AND in the parable of the wise & foolish virgins of Matt 25:1-13 that in each case there would be a VERY slight notice prior to His arrival. In Matthew 24 it was verse 37 where He says the following; Mat 24:37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. And, since the Lord Himself has told us, here’s what happened in the days of Noah; Gen 7:1 And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation. Gen 7:2 Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female. Gen 7:3 Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth. Gen 7:4 For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.
Notice that in each case only the ones that had prepared well in advance were the ones actually taken. In Noah’s day, no one but Noah and his family that had continued to warn for over a hundred years of what was going to happen was saved out of trouble, in the same way, even though both the wise and foolish virgins had been waiting AND both groups were finally made aware of His SOON arrival, only the wise ones were taken. That’s ‘exactly’ how it’s about to happen in only days now, when the Lord finally removes His bride prior to His Father unleashing His wrath upon this sin-sick world that His watchmen have been warning His children about for years now.
The wise virgins have ‘plenty’ of oil which comes from pressing in to the One You love, not a naming and claiming a text that ‘no one knows the day or the hour ….’ I’m sure in the same way, the foolish virgins had their mantra as well ‘oh we too are virgins in waiting for the Bridegroom ….’ Oh well, so it goes for quoting a phrase. Quoting a phrase does NOT produce the oil of a passionate relationship, Joyful and Expectant watching does, hence the reason our Lord Himself has told us to be watchful; Luk 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. Those that have up to the point of being notified ‘Behold, the Bridegroom cometh’ who have only poo-pooed the thought, will be left behind just as the foolish virgins that had been waiting right alongside of the wise ones but with one BIG difference, they truly weren’t expecting Him!
Now is the time to redeem the fact that they’re ONLY NOW truly aware that the Bridegroom indeed is on His way; determine within their own hearts to resist the mark of the beast and surrender their lives to be beheaded. Oh they can continue to quote to themselves the phrase that they continued to quote while others were getting excited in hopes that it will get them invited to the most exciting event in Heaven and on earth, but it won’t be long before they realize just as the foolish virgins had, it won’t do them any good at all. They ‘knew’ that the wise ones were ready hence they were now asking them for the same oil of preparation that they had so poorly neglected.
The purpose in this ‘penning’ is not a ‘told you so’ but is for the purpose of preparing the hearts of those that our Lord loves dearly for the most horrendous let down they’ve ever experienced on this planet. Christ’s Wedding Feast will NOT be for those who have been sitting on a quote, but it will be for those who have been pressing into a passionate, loving relationship with Jesus and ‘watching for Him expectantly’! The day of the doggie parable is about to finally come to fruition, those that have been let down by the MANY disappointed denials of being taken before now, will finally be gone and those sitting on the couch not bothering themselves to get excited will now finally be the dejected ones; http://www.rubornagain.com/Doggies.htm
The state of our lamps is EACH PERSON’S responsibility. While the wise ones have faithfully tried to warn the foolish ones, only now as the days are coming to a final conclusion, are they finally aware of the sign of the times. The time to have prepared, was BEFORE the final 7 days as in the days of Noah or at the Midnight cry in the parable of the virgins.
Heavenly Father, by Your Almighty Grace, please help the foolish virgins in this day and hour to determine in their hearts to finally repent of their lethargic attitudes of complacency and enter into a heartfelt determined dedication and willingness to give of their lives in the upcoming Tribulation, for it’s in the Everlasting, Glorious, and Matchless Name of Jesus our Lord & King we pray, Amen.
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