Friday, August 31, 2018

Discerning the Ten Virgins / Called, Chosen, and Faithful

Matt.25:1-13 reads;
“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4 The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
6 “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’
7 “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’
9 “‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’
10 “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.
11 “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’
12 “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’
13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour."

Rev.17:14 indicates to us, that there are three attributes held out to each of the elect. First, they are "Called" by Gods' spirit, to the course and reward of Christ. The response to that call by the ten virgins, is pointed to at Matt.25:1... "the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.".
John14:1-6; Isa.64:8; Luke1:17; Job 11:13-18; John17:21,23; 14:23; 1Cor.3:9,16
All ten, turn their attention to the teaching and example of Jesus, in their intent to draw near to him in their understanding, spiritual perception, source of inspiration, behaviour, disposition, and aspirations.

Despite those common goals among the ten Called, only five were wise enough, to keep the oil of holy spirit with them as they went out (Jude 1:3; Rev.3:3; Heb.10:32). The foolish, went only with their lamps. What does this mean?

The wise, never relinquished the conviction, that holy spirit alone should be honored and obeyed as the source of ones' understanding, perception, behaviour, and beliefs (1John2:20,27; Luke 4:18; 1Cor.3:16; Eph.2:20; 4:4,7-8,11-12; 2:6; 4:8). The wise are keenly aware that their continuing light is dependent upon retaining a vessel, filled with oil (1Cor.12:8; Col.1:9; 3:16; 1Cor.14:15; John14:20). Holy spirit remains as their touchstone, in times of need.
The foolish assumed that the token which they first received, would suffice for the entire journey. They are overconfident, and unprepared for the testing that lay ahead. For this reason, they fail to commence to the next level of election... namely "Chosen". By abandoning their connection to Jesus and God's spirit through him, the foolish have failed to remain on the path of Jesus' teaching and example (John15:4,7; 8:31). As a result, they are not Chosen to be graced with a deeper understanding of the mysteries of God.

Next we are told, that the bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep (Matt.25:5).

Why does the Master/Bridegroom, delay?
Paul referred to a premature declaration by false prophets, that the bridegroom had arrived (2Thess.2:1-3; Luke 17:22; 12:45; Matt.24:23-25).
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Such false teaching, if taken in and believed, makes us expect the Bridegroom, too soon.
When the progressive evidence of that promised arrival does not appear, and proof is delayed; those in expectation grow drunk and drowsy (Eph.5:18). They fail to remain alert to the genuine, stealth arrival of the Bridegroom
(Mark 13:34-37; Luke 12:35-40; 21:34; 1Thess.5:7,2-6; Rev.18:3; Titus 1:7; Luke 12:45-46).
The vigins have not been given "the proper food (information) at the proper time" (Luke12:42), because the steward appointed to feed them, is proving false/unfaithful/uninspired.

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All ten virgins, succumb to the darkness of that deception (Matt.24:24-25; 1Tim.4:1; Rev.16:13-16; 19:20; Rev.13:11,7-8; Dan.7:21,25; 8:9-14,23-24; 11:16,31-34,35-37; 2Thess.2:4; 1Pet.2:5), a false sense of peace and security, and the postponement of their expectations. Due to the wine of the wicked steward, they all fall asleep.

Matt.25: 6 “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ "

A herald is heard, to rouse them to their senses!
(Matt.25:6; Isa.51:17; Rom.13:11; Eph.5:14; Isa.60:1).
They are directed by this herald, to "go out to meet" Jesus.
What does that mean?
Heb.13:13; Mark13:13
Are all the virgins willing to do all that is required to imitate the full course of Jesus (Rev.14:4; 1Pet.2:21), so that they can attain to the final step and be sealed as "Faithful"? (Rev.17:14)

Upon being roused, it is then time for all the awoken virgins, to evaluate their lamps (Matt.6:22-23; 2Cor.13:5). They "trim off" the remnants of past light from their tongue, in order to ignite freshly, the wick rooted in their reservoir of oil (Luke6:45; 2Cor.1:22).
Matt.25: "7 “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ "

Verse 8 provides a clear marker, which helps us to distinguish the "Chosen" elect, from those who have lost holy spirit and have not progressed beyond "Called". It shows us the distinction between those who are chosen to be given more, in contrast to those who are set to lose, even what they think they know (Luke 8:18; Matt.25:23).

Those who lack spirit upon their awakening, seek to acquire it from those who maintained discretion when faced with deception, and held on tightly to spirit and truth (1Thess.5:21). Having lost their connection to Christ (Col.2:19), the foolish virgins seek to have bright lamps by siphoning off light from those who have retained spirit.
You will recognize such foolish ones, by catching them robbing as their own, the insight and perception of others. They would rather feign their wisdom through impersonation and robbery, than turn to Jesus in repentance.
What is this error, from which they need to repent?
The next verse tells us, because the wise virgins clearly see the folly of the foolish (Eph.5:11).

Matt.25:9 “‘No,’ the wise replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ "

Genuine holy spirit/oil, does not need to be paid for through enslavement to "those who sell" (Rev.13:17; Luke 11:13; Isa.55:1-2). Yet that is what those foolish virgins have settled for (2Cor.11:4). They have taken their fear, obedience, and need for approval away from Jesus.
In order to "buy" a different spirit/oil, they seek the approval of corrupt men, and give them fear and obedience. They have sold themselves to a different Master.
Rather than being willing to continue to progress on the courageous path of Jesus, they shrink back as cowards... afraid to face the enemies of truth, and die for their outspoken testimony (Rev.13:11,15,7; 9:6). Instead of contending with the enemies of truth, they submit to them.
They secretly subject themselves in fear, to the expectations of the last harlot and her beast (Prov.29:25; 2Cor.11:2-3,20,13) and are unwilling to finish the painful course of Christ (Luke 9:23; Rom.6:3; Rev.6:9-11; 12:11).
They are truly foolish, because they believe that God cannot see what they are doing. God knows that the light they pretend to have, is stolen from the receptacles of the faithful.... paid for by being deceptive impostors, and through a compromise of integrity. God sees that they refuse to love truth to the death, while they cringe in fear of men. They are unworthy of the light of Christ.
Any light that the foolish appear to shine, was not given to them by the faithful, voluntarily. The foolish paid for that light with their integrity, and their lives, due to their fearful subjection to an Idol.

Matt.25:10 “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut."

The foolish virgins did not go out to meet the bridegroom (Heb.13:13; Rom.6:5), because they were away, buying different oil (2Cor.11:4).
How were the wise virgins, "ready"?
Luke 12:35-40; Rev.3:20; 2:7,17,28; 1John5:4; Heb.11:1-2
The wise virgins have been victorious over the agents of deception and death (Mark 8:35; John16:2). They now have the glory of Christ, which he received through his own faithful death (John12:23-26; Rom.8:17). They are now sealed as Faithful slaves of God (Rev.7:3; Deut.11:18; Jer.31:33; Isa.59:21; Rev.17:14).

In what way was the door, shut?
Rev.22:14-15; 21:27; Luke 24:32,45; 8:10; Isa.29:11; Dan.12:10

Matt.25:
11 “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ 12 “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you."
(Rev.3:8) (2Cor.4:4; Luke 10:19; Col.1:13)
Can Jesus discern those who have upheld their honesty and integrity, died for the truth, and are tireless in their testimony from spirit? Can he recognize those impostors, who rob light from the lamps of the faithful, and at the same time, cringe in fear of men? Does Jesus know his own sheep? John10:14,27; 1Cor.8:3; 13:12
Due to God's mercy, the foolish are given one more warning...

Matt.25: 13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour."

The faithful have no need to be told what time it is (1Thess.5:1-6).
Those who do not know the day or hour, are told to open their eyes and wake up! (Rev.3:3). For the unrepentant impostors, their accounting with the Master will come like the flood of Noah's day, in which those who refused to listen, were all swept away (Luke 17:26; 2Pet.3:17; Rev.12:15-16; Eph.5:6-8; Isa.59:19; Dan.11:10; 9:26; Joel 2:2; Matt.24:21-22).
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6 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing this truth. I am still a small fraction of drowsy but am waking up to the truth I am being fed.

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    1. I appreciate that it is not easy to get a new wineskin to hold new wine (Mark 2:22).
      But we need to let go of our previous indoctrination as "Jehovah's Witnesses", if we hope to perceive the contents of the scrolls, now being opened.
      Thank you for your comment.

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  2. Thank you, This is very enlightening. Just a small part of what I gleaned is this. My old indoctrination led me to think about the "door" being opened as in Revelation 3:8 as different from what I am getting here. This article helps me to see that opening the door is actually to understanding. Luke 24:45 says this: "...Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures." This request by the foolish virgins "please sir, open the door to us" is a request for understanding. Not only are our minds opened, but also our hearts...the vessel that holds the Holy Spirit Oil. Thank you for this.

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  3. How do we buy for more oil and anointing because what I see these days is common to every groups of believers, they seek not anymore to learn from each other. But stick to one what they learned from their Pastor alone, so the mistake of the Pastor and teacher so is goes to the group. As dears called, chosen and faithful where do you buy more oil save from what you have received?

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    1. This is Pearl

      Jesus said; "18 I counsel you to BUY FROM ME, gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see."
      --
      Oil, is spirit (1Sam.16:13; Luke4:18; Acts10:38; 2:17; Isa.32:15).

      Gold, is a symbol for a fine heart (Job23:10; Zech.13:9; Mal.3:3)
      that has been purified by God's wisdom (Ps.12:6; James1:21; 1Pet.1:23).

      Fire, is God's Word (Jer.23:29)
      and comes from the words of the "two witnesses" who prophesy from Jesus (Jer.5:14; Rev.11:3-5; Zech.4:11-14).

      White clothes/robe, is righteousness from obedience to the death (Rev.19:8; 6:11).

      Nakedness, is our sins being seen by God (Heb.4:13; Nahum3:5; Isa.57:20; Job26:5-6).

      Eye salve is humility (realizing we are only dust, fit to be spit out/rejected, by Jesus), which heals the blindness caused by confidence and pride (John9:1,6; Rev.3:16; Isa.64:8)
      so that God can mold us. We also must accept our need to be washed in the Pool of Siloam ("Sent" waters)
      (John9:6-7; Rev.22:16; John16:7,13; Mal.3:1-3).

      The eyes of the Body of Jesus, provide us with spiritual perception, that enlighten our path (Matt.6:22; Ps.119:105).
      The light of prophetic spirit/"eye" (Rev.5:6; John16:15; 15:15),
      is given to each congregation/lampstand (Rev.1:20; 22:16)
      through each messenger, sent by him to it's congregation/lampstand/household.
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      The big problem, is that people don't know where to go, to get those gifts from Jesus, or how to buy those gifts from him.
      To gain the gold refined in fire, they must go to the real Temple priests and prophets of God, who have been enlightened (1Pet.2:9; Matt.5:14-15; Rev.1:20; Dan.12:3-4; 9-10).
      They must recognize, the genuine steward appointed over the house/congregation, by Jesus (Luke12:42; Rev.1:20).

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    2. Pearl Doxsey again.

      When you read John 15:4-5, do you see that those who are attached to Jesus and receive spirit from him, are like branches on a vine?
      " 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
      5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."
      --- Apostle Paul spoke of the spirit, as the "nourishing sap" of a vine, at Rom.11:17... "If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root"
      So the branches get holy spirit, directly from Jesus. Is this every Christian? No, because if we look at Rev.14:18-20, we see that there are also grapes attached to the branches, that get spirit from them. The vine can be the good one of Jesus and his holy branches that give holy spirit... or, it can be an evil vine, that feeds people demonic spirit and lies....
      Rev.14: "18 Still another angel, who had charge of the fire, came from the altar and called in a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, “Take your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of grapes from the earth’s vine, because its grapes are ripe.” 19 The angel swung his sickle on the earth, gathered its grapes and threw them into the great winepress of God’s wrath. 20 They were trampled in the winepress outside the city, and blood flowed out of the press, rising as high as the horses’ bridles for a distance of 1,600 stadia."
      Deut.32:32-33 reads;
      "32 Their vine comes from the vine of Sodom
      and from the fields of Gomorrah.
      Their grapes are filled with poison,
      and their clusters with bitterness.
      33 Their wine is the venom of serpents,
      the deadly poison of cobras."
      --- Do you know if you are a branch that is in union with Jesus, or if you are a grape, who should receive spirit and truth from a branch? Do you know the difference between the branches and the grapes that the branches feed spirit to? Not all are branches. Not all are grapes. If you are not a branch, and you want more spirit and truth... then you need to find a branch to feed from... and make certain that you are choosing the correct and holy vine.
      The scriptures in my first comment, will show you the same thing. You need to find a genuine priest, branch, and prophet of God, if you want the spirit coming from the root/vine/Jesus.

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