Friday, November 26, 2010

Oil in our lamps

1 ¶  "Then shall the Kingdom of Heaven be likened unto ten virgins, who took their lamps and went forth to meet the bridegroom.2  And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
3  They that were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them,4  but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.5  While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
6  And at midnight there was a cry made: ‘Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.’
7  Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.8  And the foolish said unto the wise, ‘Give us of your oil, for our lamps are gone out.’9  But the wise answered, saying, ‘Not so, lest there be not enough for us and you; but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.’10  And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage, and the door was shut.
11  Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’
12  But he answered and said, ‘Verily I say unto you, I know you not.’
13  Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of Man cometh.

Perhaps we have overlooked something in this parable: When the LORD came back, EVERYONE of the virgins were asleep! Half were prepared, though, for his coming, and half were not. Darkness has fallen, when the LORD tells us "no man can work", how will we then see? Well, if we have oil in our lamps, we will see quite well! So then, what steps must we take to ensure our lamps are full?

I believe the oil represents the anointing of the Holy Spirit, coming into our hearts through our intimate fellowship with Jesus Christ. We know that a dark time approaches, and we who are wise would prepare ourselves. We do not store up for ourselves treasures here on earth as those who know not God. Indeed, no matter how much food one would store, or guns one would have to defend it, when the apocalypse falls on this world, all will be washed away. But if we store up treasure in Heaven by practicing intimacy with the LORD we will have all that we need during the great tribulation. Remember, saints, "call 911"!

 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
Psalm 91:1

1 comment:

  1. Amen, brother. Thanks for the strong reminder. Like the disciples, we may fall asleep while we should be praying (Gethsemane), but if our lamps are trimmed and full of oil from our intimate relationship with Christ, we will be ready to awaken and open the door for Him. Good post! Look forward to more. May our lives be full of the riches of Christ today.

    I'd love to hear your comments on my teachings at narrow gate.
    A. Brother