Posted on November 22, 2013
There is plenty of controversy surrounding end time events especially concerning the rapture and second advent. My purpose is not to add to the controversy but to see where we can find agreement and common ground in reference to end time events.
Here is a text:
“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Matthew 24:36-45)
Now let’s see what we can agree on.
1. Not all will be ready for the coming of the Son of man. Can we clearly see that? Why else would Jesus warn us over and over in the gospels if everyone automatically would be ready? This means that some will be ready and some will not. Sinners including unregenerate Jews will never be ready until they’re first born again. The Bible is written to born again believers. It takes a spiritual operation to even understand the scriptures. So we must surmise that Jesus is mainly talking to believers here. One is taken and another is left. It is rather obvious that sinners will not be ready therefore they will not be taken.
2. The people Jesus is referring to in the above text are people of the same household. Saints and sinners are not part of the same spiritual household of faith. Neither are unregenerate Jews and born again believers. He is talking to the Church, His true followers.
3. The parable of the virgins at the beginning of Matthew 25 further confirms this thought. All the virgins represent the living Church. They all have lamps which represents the Word of God as the Psalmist wrote that the Word is lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path (Ps 119). They all initially had oil in their lamps which represents the Holy Spirit. They all knew of the Bridegroom’s coming. So clearly they represent born again believers. Exactly 50% or one-half of them were ready for the Bridegroom and went into the wedding, but the other half were not.
What happened to the 5 foolish virgins? What was their fate? Did they suffer the wrath of God? Were they damned forever? Would God allow a portion of His born again people, and household of faith to be condemned with the world?
Find out in Part 2 – Just know to be ready for the coming of the Son of man. It’s almost midnight. Don’t be foolish or the door will be slammed in your face.
“And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.” (Mat 25:6-10)