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The Time is Running Out

In Matthew 25:1—13, a story is told of ten virgins among whom five were foolish and five were wise. This sad story depicts the both the Rapture and the Second Coming of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ:

“At that time God’s kingdom will be like ten girls who went to wait for the bridegroom. They took their lamps with them. Five of the girls were foolish, and five were wise. The foolish girls took their lamps with them, but they did not take extra oil for the lamps. The wise girls took their lamps and more oil in jars. When the bridegroom was very late, the girls could not keep their eyes open, and they all fell asleep. “At midnight someone announced, ‘The bridegroom is coming! Come and meet him!’ “Then all the girls woke up. They made their lamps ready. But the foolish girls said to the wise girls, ‘Give us some of your oil. The oil in our lamps is all gone.’ “The wise girls answered, ‘No! The oil we have might not be enough for all of us. But go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ “So the foolish girls went to buy oil. While they were gone, the bridegroom came. The girls who were ready went in with the bridegroom to the wedding feast. Then the door was closed and locked. “Later, the other girls came. They said, ‘Sir, sir! Open the door to let us in.’ “But the bridegroom answered, ‘Certainly not! I don’t even know you.’ “So always be ready. You don’t know the day or the time when the Son of Man will come. (ERV, Matthew 25:1—13)

Like the bridegroom in the story, Jesus is not coming back to wait. And for this reason, we have to always live in preparation of His coming. We have to stop living a careless life and prepare to meet him so that our story will not be like that of the five foolish virgins.

Arguably, this is the dispensation of the Holy Spirit but the sad news is that the Holy Spirit is about to descend into heaven. He came to prepare us for the Kingdom and He’s almost through with His work.

The oil in the story of the virgins could be likened to the anointing of the Holy Spirit that helps us to stay tune to the coming of the Lord. The light of many has grown dim. Our light begins to grow dim when the anointing goes down. The anointing is the Spirit of Jesus Christ. The good news is that the anointing can be increased (Psalms 92.10). So, increase your oil now before it is too late!

Prophetic Word: “If you cannot respect your friend, you cannot respect your spouse.”

*This message was preached by Pastor Lyndon Brown on November 8-10, 2005.

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