1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridgroom.
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
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.
1 Thessalonians 4: 15-18
Hello, God's Blessings To All : ) - This article was posted in May of 2007 - I updated the article a bit today 6/27/08. I think the article is pretty relevant to the times we are in at the moment, given that Israel may attack Iran's Nuclear Works possibly this year.
Jesus says that no one knows the day and hour, but Paul in Thessalonians - Daniel's 70 Weeks Article - says that believers are not in darkness as to the Day of The Lord. The Day of the Lord will take place at the End of the World and Paul is saying Christians ARE NOT IN DARKNESS as to this time period/day. Jesus even pronounced doom on Jerusalem because they didn't realize the times they were living in. So us knowing the days we are living in I would say is an important thing.
Jesus even says if we don't watch for His return it will be to us as a thief. And we don't want that to happen because we want to be found ready as The Wise Bridesmaids who had Oil in Their Lamps and were ready to go to the Wedding when the Bridegroom arrived!!!!
Because Jesus is returning for the Faithful Christians.
There were other virgins or bridesmaids whom you could say would maybe Christians, who stopped caring about the Bridegroom's (Jesus) arrival. And they were excluded from the Wedding. - Jesus has to be a Christian's First Love! : )
There is even a crown promised to those who love His appearing. Looking for Jesus return is an awesome hope!
Well if we look out to the world at the moment, what we see is Jesus ETA (estimated time of arrival) could literally be real, real soon.
Let's Give The Situation In Iran Total Serious Consideration For A Moment.
Let's say Israel or the USA or Both Countries destroy Iran's Nuclear facilities, which could seriously, seriously happen in the next 2 years. ( As of 6/27/08 - Israel may attack Iran's Nuclear Works with-in weeks or months - possibly around November/December this Year of 2008 ) This event could lead directly to the end. I say this because in the Bible it says Damascus will be a ruinous heap - Isaiah 17:1
Sooner or later Syria is going to tangle with Israel I would say. If Iran's Nuclear Works wind up being destroyed, THEN THERE WILL BE A SUPER HIGH POSSIBILITY THAT SYRIA WILL STRIKE ISRAEL BECAUSE OF IT. MY THOUGHT IS THIS: THAT IF SYRIA LOBS OVER ONE OR MORE CHEMICAL/BIOLOGICAL BOMBS TO ISRAEL - ISRAEL MAY JUST WELL GO AHEAD AND NUKE DAMASCUS.
IF ISRAEL DOES THIS, LIKE TERRY JAMES AT www.raptureready.com WAS SAYING. THE WHOLE ARAB WORLD WILL BE TOTALLY IRATE IN WANTING TO DESTROY ISRAEL. (April 30, 2007 Nearing Midnight Commentary)
I THINK TERRY MIGHT BE RIGHT - ISRAEL WILL HAVE MAJOR PROBLEMOS, IF THEY NUKE DAMASCUS, THERE'S JUST NO OTHER WAY AROUND THAT I WOULD SAY.
THE ANTI-CHRIST, IF THIS WERE TO HAPPEN, MAY BE THE ONLY ONE IN THE WORLD WHO MAY BE ABLE TO MAKE PEACE.
Could Damascus and The Rapture be on the same page possibly - Giving the A/C his open pass to the world? Will Damascus tangle with israel in a bad way because of an attack on iran's nuclear works??
Damascus I feel, is doomed for their destiny on any day going forward, because Damascus I think is like "Terrorist Headquarters" and sooner or later someone in Damascus may do something very foolish connected with Iran's Situation or not.
If the Rapture happens real soon, the world will be totally at the end. And all things written in the Bible with a one world Gov't, Economy will happen real fast.
This Iran/Syria situation is really serious I think possibly. Is this going to lead right to the End????
Iran could seriously be attacked within two years (as of 6/27/08 it could be 5 Months or Less) and Syria will probably get involved.
Will it be this picture below with the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse being unleashed upon the earth? Sooner of Later though this picture below will become a reality:
The White Horse = The Antichrist entering the world scene
The Red Horse = War
The Black Horse = Famine
The Pale Horse = Death
This stuff is on the burner, what is going to happen?? - Is a good question -
Let's think about this too:
Abortion is off the charts, Homosexuality is becoming a factor, there are Nuclear Weapons, and if there is a WWIII there will be no more world.
- As of 6/27/08, Global Abortions are at 337 Million - And U.S. Abortions are at 44 Million -
This makes giving the Rapture a lot of Serious consideration.
Consider this as well:
Israel existence and the Muslim's world hatred towards Israel and Israel's importance to the End of the World.
Moral Integrity in the world is deteriorating so fast, and Morality, Holiness is super important to God. Purity to God is like everything.
I think we need to give each day
100% Serious Rapture consideration
From here to the day of the Rapture, or to the day of our death, whichever occurs first.
A labor of Love quoting Darrell from www.focusonjerusalem.com on looking for the Lord to return each day. ( Even if it doesn't occur in our life-times )
With so much occurring that aligns with The Bible/Bible-Prophecy in today's world, I would keep Extra Oil for The Lamps!!!