An excerpt taken from my latest book: The Skinny Soul
Message no 26: Don’t be foolish!
Don’t let anyone tell you there is no such thing as the rapture! We are going up!
God has graciously left us umpteen Scriptures that He IS going to return, even though many Christians these days don’t believe it anymore!
“I WILL come again and receive you to Myself” (John 14:3)
“For as lightening so will be the coming of the Son of Man” (Matthew 24:27).
“They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds with power” (Matthew 24:30-31).
“He is coming with the clouds and every eye will see Him” (Revelation 1:7).
“The son of Man is going to come with His angels” (Matthew 16:27).
“The Lord shall descend from heaven with a shout” (1 Thessalonians 4:16).
The disciples were perplexed as they watched the Lord disappearing upwards out of their sight… “As they were gazing intently into the sky, behold two men in white clothing stood beside them and said, ‘This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven, WILL COME IN JUST THE SAME WAY as you have watched Him go”’ (Acts 1:9-11).
We do not know when the Lord will return. But He said He would and that’s why there are so many Scriptures telling us to always be ready!
“Stay AWAKE” (Mark 13:35).
“Be on the ALERT for you do not know the day or hour” (Matthew 25:13).
“The day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night” (Thessalonians 5:2).
“The Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him (Luke 12:40).
“WATCH therefore” (Matthew 24:42).
Does this mean we have to live like monks or nuns? No. The Proverbs woman is an example of how to live. She continued with her daily life: “She looks well to the way of her household” – yet she had joy in her soul because of the ‘future’ … “She smiles at the future”
The word ‘future’ literally means ‘latter.’ She smiles at the ’LATTER DAYS.’ She was excited about an eternal future with the Lord, and the Proverbs woman always reminds me of the parable Jesus told about the wise and foolish virgins…
“The Kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five were foolish and five were wise. When the foolish ones took their lamps they did not take extra olive oil with them. But the wise ones took flasks of olive oil with their lamps. When the bridegroom was delayed they all became drowsy and fell asleep. But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is here! Come out to meet him’ then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil because our lamps have gone out.’ No, they replied there won’t be enough for you and for us. Go instead to those who sell oil and but some for yourselves. But while they were gone to buy it the bridegroom arrives and those who were ready went inside with him to the wedding banquet. Then the door was shut. Later the other virgins came too saying ‘Lord, Lord let us in!’ ‘I tell you the truth; I do not know you’ Therefore stay alert because you do not know the day or the hour’ (Matthew 25:1-13).
I had never seen an oil lamp until we arrived in Spain as missionaries in 1970. It is called a ‘lamp’ because it shines brighter than a candle and doesn’t give off toxic fumes like a candle, and candles have to keep being replaced. I was fascinated how these tiny terracotta vessels could light up a home that had no electricity. The wick was just a thin piece of string dangling in the oil. But as long as the vessel was kept topped up with oil that wick did its job of keeping a home from darkness.
In the parable of the virgins, all ten of them were virgins, so they must have all been believers at one time. They must have all believed at one time that the bridegroom would keep his word and return as he’d promised. But five of them got fed-up of waiting and started to doubt it, eventually letting their lamps go out and falling asleep on the matter.
But the five wise virgins still believed it! They still anticipated it! They never doubted that the bridegroom would keep his word. The bridegroom’s promise was as fresh to them as when he said it. They didn’t only have oil in their vessels but even carried extra with them to refill just in case the bridegroom did tarry a while. I can imagine people mocking them saying ‘you mean you still believe that!?’
There are still foolish virgins today. I have met some of them. They seem like believers. They speak like believers. They worship like believers. But when you speak with them about the things of the Lord and especially about the second-coming it becomes apparent that they really aren’t believers! You are not a believer if you do not believe what Jesus said! And they could easily throw cold water over your lamp so that yours goes out too – if you stay around them long enough!
“Be DRESSED in readiness and keep your lamps lit” (Luke 12:35).
What does it mean to be dressed ready? How can we be dressed ready!?
Simple! By clothing yourself in truth!
Simple! By believing what the bridegroom said!
Simple! By still believing that the bridegroom will do what he said he would!
“Gird your loins with truth” Or “Put on the belt of truth.” (Ephesians 6:14).
In ancient times a ‘gird’ or ‘belt’ was a strong and firm belt wrapped tightly around the middle. It was a ‘belt’ or ‘gird’ of of preparation. That ‘gird’ held items of preparation in readiness for anything that could happen at any time! When someone had on their ‘gird’ or ‘belt’ others could see they were prepared for something!
You can’t be prepared for something if you don’t believe there is something to be prepared for!
Satan will always try to put doubt in our mind where God’s word is concerned as that is Satan’s job! It started long ago with Adam and Eve when Satan cast doubt on what God had said… “Did God really say…?”
Don’t let anyone who is not wearing a belt of truth make you feel foolish for still believing all of God’s word and for still believing that the rapture is going to happen! Take notice of those who have let their oil dry up, and make certain you won’t be one of them! “STAND FIRM (I.e. don’t abandon your position) with the belt of truth around you” (Ephesians 6:14).
The bridegroom IS coming back for his bride! Why? Because the bridegroom doesn’t lie! And it will be well worth the wait!
We must not neglect our soul – or we could become a foolish virgin!
If you keep on fattening up your soul it will – your oil won’t run out and you will stay awake!
“Looking for the appearing of the glory of our Saviour Jesus Christ” (Titus 1:13).
“I pray that your soul prospers” (3 John 1:2).
End of excerpt
God bless. Christine.
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