Don’t be Foolish!

Don’t let anyone persuade you that there’s no such thing as the rapture!

God couldn’t have been kinder than to leave us with so many promises that He IS going to return – promises made from His very own lips! Yet sadly, many Christians these days don’t believe it anymore!

The disciples were sad and perplexed as they watched the Lord gradually disappearing upwards out of their sight, “As they were gazing intently into the sky, 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).

“I WILL come again and receive you to Myself” (John 14:3).

“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).

We may not know when the Lord will return. But He said He would, and that’s why Scripture advises 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).

In 1970 when we arrived as missionaries in the outback of Spain, it was the first time i had ever seen an oil lamp. I was fascinated by a teeny terracotta vessel that lit up a home that had no electricity. 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. Even though the wick of the lamp is a mere piece of fine string dangling in the oil, as long as that tiny vessel is kept topped up with oil the wick did its job of keeping those homes from darkness.

Those little lamps always reminded me of the parable of the virgins in Matthew 25. All ten of them believed the same: that the bridegroom would keep his word and return just as he’d promised. But five of them got tired of waiting, and doubt set in, so they didn’t bother to keep oil in their lamps anymore. Their ‘belief’ on the matter had run out.

But five of the virgins ‘belief’ had not run out! They were the ‘wise’ ones! They still ‘believed’ what the bridegroom had promised!

All the promises in the word of God are only for those who ‘believe’ them! If you don’t ‘believe’ in the rapture then you are not one He’s coming again for! And this parable of the virgins proves it.

The five wise virgins still lived in expectation! They didn’t doubt the word of the bridegroom and that he would lie, so they were always prepared for his return. His promise was as fresh to them as when he made it. So much so, they didn’t only keep their lamp topped up with oil, they even carried around 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!?’ “Mockers will come saying ‘Where is the promise of His coming?” (2 Peter 3:4).

“At midnight there was a shout. Behold the bridegroom! Come out to meet him! The foolish said to the wise, give us some of your oil as our lamps have gone out” (Matthew 25).

There are still foolish virgins today. I often meet some. They speak like believers. They even worship like believers. But when you speak with them about the things of the Lord, and especially about the ‘rapture’ it’s clear that they aren’t ‘believers’ at all. You are an ‘unbeliever’ if you don’t believe the word of the bridegroom!

If you stay around ‘foolish virgins’ too long, they could easily throw cold water over your lamp of ‘belief’.

The five foolish were not allowed into the wedding feast when the bridegroom had returned, Why not? “Those who were READY went in with him to the wedding feast and the door was shut” (Matthew 2510).

“Be dressed in READINESS and keep your lamps lit (Luke 12:35).

What does it mean to be ‘dressed in readiness?’

Simple! By believing what the bridegroom promised!

Simple! By living in expectation, the promise being as real as when you first believed it.

Simple! By clothing yourself in truth!

“Gird your loins with truthPut on the belt of truth.” (Ephesians 6:14).

This belt  or ‘gird’ was a strong firm belt wrapped tightly around the middle. It was a ‘belt’ or ‘gird’ of preparation. The ‘gird’ held items of readiness for anything that could happen. When someone had on their ‘gird’ or ‘belt’ it was clear to everyone that they were READY for something!

You can’t be ready for something if you don’t believe there’s anything to be ready for!

Satan will always try to put doubt in your mind where God’s word is concerned as that is Satan’s job! It started 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 wearing one – for still believing the bridegroom. For still believing that the rapture is going to happen! Take note of foolish virgins who have let their ‘belief’ run dry and make certain you won’t be left behind with 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 He said He would! And it will be well worth the wait!

In the words of the Master Himself: Keep your lamps lit” (Luke 12:35).

God bless. Christine.

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