Being Prepared

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No one knows the time of the Lord’s return. Be ready.

Story of the 10 Virgins

Mat 25:1  Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
Mat 25:2  And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

Mat 25:3  They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:

Mat 25:4  But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

Mat 25:6  And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

Mat 25:13  Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

This story has a simple meaning, in my opinion. Ten virgins means pious or religious women. The first five do not have oil in their lamps, which represents the presence of God in their hearts through the new birth, and are religious by works. The second five, who have oil in their lamps, have the new birth and know the Lord in their hearts.

Midnight, when the cry is made, is the moment of death when it is too late  for salvation and the second coming of the Lord.   Most believers assume the story is only about the His second coming, but why give a message that only applies to one generation? When we die, we meet our maker.  So the very first act of preparation is salvation.

Spiritual Discernment

Above all else, we need to stay close to the Lord in our sensitivity to his Spirit.  The more we put our mind on the world, the more insensitive we become to the still small voice of the Lord.