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Bible Prophecy - The Rapture

Bible Prophecy - The Rapture

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 BIBLE PROPHECY 
RAPTURE
TOO LATE FOR SOMESOME ARE TAKEN, SOME ARE LEFT(Subjects in this Section)
1-THE RAPTURE:
 
WARNING(Scripture with commentary)
* The Rapture comes next. Just before the Rapture, we might expect some kind of a warning that Jesus isnow returning to rapture "His" people. It may be a warning that only some will recognize.It will be too late for those that are not watching and ready.God’s Word admonishes us, Heb 10:35-38-CAST NOT AWAY THEREFORE YOUR CONFIDENCE,WHICH HATH GREAT RECOMPENSE OF REWARD. FOR YE HAVE NEED OF PATIENCE,THAT, AFTER YE HAVE DONE THE WILL OF GOD, YE MIGHT RECEIVE THE PROMISE. FOR YET A LITTLE WHILE, AND HE THAT SHALL COME WILL COME, AND WILL NOT TARRY. NOW THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH: BUT IF ANY MAN DRAW BACK, MY SOUL SHALLHAVE NO PLEASURE IN HIM. 
Mt 25:1-13
-THEN SHALL THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN BE LIKENED UNTO (or comparable to)TEN VIRGINS, WHICH TOOK THEIR LAMPS, AND WENT FORTH TO MEET THEBRIDEGROOM.Mt 25:2-AND FIVE OF THEM WERE WISE, AND FIVE WERE FOOLISH.Mt 25:3-THEY THAT WERE FOOLISH TOOK THEIR LAMPS, AND TOOK NO OIL WITHTHEM:Mt 25:4-BUT THE WISE TOOK OIL IN THEIR VESSELS (or jars, or flasks along) WITH THEIR LAMPS.
 
 
Mt 25:5-WHILE THE BRIDEGROOM TARRIED (or was a long time in coming-NIV) (or wasdelaying, or was late), THEY ALL SLUMBERED (or got drowsy) AND SLEPT (or began to sleep).Mt 25:6-AND AT MIDNIGHT THERE WAS A CRY (or shout) MADE, BEHOLD, THEBRIDEGROOM COMETH; GO (come) YE OUT TO MEET HIM.Mt 25:7-THEN ALL THOSE VIRGINS (woke up) AROSE, AND TRIMMED (or prepared) THEIR LAMPS.Mt 25:8-AND THE FOOLISH (ones) SAID UNTO THE WISE, GIVE US (some) OF YOUR OIL; FOR OUR LAMPS ARE GONE OUT.Mt 25:9-BUT THE WISE ANSWERED, SAYING, NOT SO (no); LEST THERE BE NOT ENOUGHFOR (both) US AND YOU: BUT GO YE RATHER TO THEM THAT SELL (the dealers), AND BUY(some) FOR YOURSELVES.Mt 25:10-AND WHILE THEY WENT (on their way) TO BUY (to make the purchase), THEBRIDEGROOM CAME (or arrived); AND THEY THAT WERE READY WENT IN WITH HIM TOTHE MARRIAGE (or wedding, or wedding banquet, or feast): AND THE DOOR WAS SHUT.Mt 25:11-AFTERWARD (or later) CAME ALSO THE OTHER VIRGINS, SAYING, LORD, LORD,OPEN (the door) TO US (let us in).Mt 25:12-BUT HE ANSWERED AND SAID, VERILY (or indeed) I SAY UNTO YOU (I tell you thetruth-NIV), I KNOW YOU NOT (I do not know you-NASB).Mt 25:13-WATCH THEREFORE (keep watch) (be on the alert), FOR YE KNOW NEITHER THEDAY NOR THE HOUR WHEREIN THE SON OF MAN COMETH.Mt 25:1-THEN SHALL THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN BE LIKENED UNTO (or comparable to) TENVIRGINS, WHICH TOOK THEIR LAMPS, AND WENT FORTH TO MEET THE BRIDEGROOM. Note the beginning words, THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. Then it continues BE LIKENED UNTO. Theten virgins represent ten Christians. These are ten people that believe in Jesus. They had lamps, and their lamps were burning. They went forth to meet the Bridegroom. All ten were waiting for the return of JesusChrist to come for them.Mt 25:2-AND FIVE OF THEM WERE WISE, AND FIVE WERE FOOLISH. The next verse definesthe difference between being wise and foolish.Mt 25:3-THEY THAT WERE FOOLISH TOOK THEIR LAMPS, AND TOOK NO OIL WITH THEM.These had oil in their lamps, but they failed to take extra oil in their jars. The oil represents the Holy Spirit,which can be illustrated in the lamps that burn in the tabernacle and in the temple. These were not preparedto wait a long, long time for their Bridegroom to come and take them.Mt 25:4-BUT THE WISE TOOK OIL IN THEIR VESSELS (or jars, or flasks along) WITH THEIR LAMPS. The wise had oil in their lamps and also took additional oil in their jars. These were prepared towait as long as it would take, till the Bridegroom would come and take them away. They knew what toexpect. They made the needed preparations. They were prepared to replenish their lamps as needed. Thefoolish did not prepare. They did not know what to expect. They were not prepared for the long wait and allthat might go along with it. Their root withered away.Mt 25:5-WHILE THE BRIDEGROOM TARRIED, THEY ALL SLUMBERED AND SLEPT. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep-NIV. The Bridegroomwas a long time in coming, and, indeed, the church has now been waiting for the Bridegroom for nearly2000 years. We see pictured here the church age that will see the return of Jesus to take His bride away. Allten virgins became tired and fell asleep.Mt 25:6-AND AT MIDNIGHT THERE WAS A CRY (or shout) MADE, BEHOLD, THEBRIDEGROOM COMETH (or here’s the bridegroom); GO (come) YE OUT TO MEET HIM. Here is thewarning that the Bridegroom is about to arrive. Here is the warning that the Rapture is about to happen.From this warning, we may note, that just prior to the Rapture actually happening, there will be some kindof a cry, or a warning, so that all the virgins will know the time, for the Bridegroom to carry His brideaway, is at hand. The cry was made at midnight. Some might consider this indicates the cry just before theRapture may happen at midnight, Israeli time.When the bridegroom (in the Jewish marriage of olden times) was returning for his bride, a shout wouldlet her know that he was arriving. He had made a contract for her some time before. He had then gone awayto prepare a place for her. Once his father approved the bridal chamber, he would then give permission togo and fetch his bride, who had been patiently waiting for him. Now the bridegroom anxiously returns for her. She has made herself ready. She always kept oil in her lamp, for she was never quite sure when her  bridegroom would return. It might be at night, so she had to be ready. There would be a "shout" or warning
 
that the bridegroom was coming, just before he would enter to take her away to the dwelling place he had prepared for her.In this last generation of time, true born-again Christians should be anxiously awaiting for the "shout,"which signals that the Bridegroom is arriving to "snatch" us away. Through all the signs and propheciesthat God’s Word has given, we "know" that it is near, even at the door.Mt 25:7-THEN ALL THOSE VIRGINS (woke up) AROSE, AND TRIMMED (or prepared) THEIR LAMPS.Mt 25:8-AND THE FOOLISH SAID UNTO THE WISE, GIVE US (some) OF YOUR OIL; FOR OUR LAMPS ARE GONE OUT. It appears up to this time that either the foolish virgins did not realize their lamps had gone out, or they just did not care, as the bridegroom tarried.Here is a picture of five foolish Christians. They believed in Jesus. Their lamp was burning. They hadoil. They were a light for Jesus, but, as time passed, they ran out of oil. As time passed, their lamps fadedand then went out. We might say that in the time of testing, they fell away. Perhaps, they became lukewarmas a result of all the deceptive, lukewarm preaching.The foolish virgins, or foolish Christians, now realize that their lamp went out. The foolish virgins still believed in Jesus, but their flame had become cold. Their love for Jesus had become cold. Though they did believe in the Rapture, it caught them by surprise. They realized they were not ready to meet Jesus. He hadcome as a thief in the night to them. They were not truly expecting in their heart that He would come whenHe did. They were unprepared.The wise virgins, even though they had fallen asleep, still had oil in reserve. Their lamps, or light for Jesus, did not go out.But now, the foolish Christians turn to them for oil.Mt 25:9-BUT THE WISE ANSWERED, SAYING, NOT SO (no); LEST THERE BE NOT ENOUGHFOR (both) US AND YOU: BUT GO YE RATHER TO THEM THAT SELL (the dealers), AND BUY(some) FOR YOURSELVES. It is interesting to note, the wise virgins thought that they did not haveenough oil for both themselves and the foolish virgins. They told the foolish virgins to go to them that sell.Was the supply of oil that the wise virgins had running low in this lukewarm age of falling away?Did the foolish virgins go to their preacher to get oil? Note the words, BUY FOR YOURSELVES. Itmight be difficult to buy oil at midnight. The Holy Spirit cannot be shared. The Holy Spirit regenerateseach person individually. These Christians were not ready. They didn’t understand that once the shout hadgone out, it was too late. They couldn’t be saved and taken in the Rapture. Yet, in this short span, from thetime of the "shout" to the time Jesus will return, they will try in vain to get ready; however, it is too late.(Note, there is no indication in this parable of a great revival waking up the church before the Rapture.)Mt 25:10-AND WHILE THEY WENT (on their way) TO BUY (to make the purchase), THEBRIDEGROOM CAME (or arrived); AND THEY (the virgins) THAT WERE READY WENT IN WITHHIM TO THE MARRIAGE (or wedding, or wedding banquet, or feast): AND THE DOOR WAS SHUT.The foolish virgins depart to go buy more oil. It appears, as we will see, that they went to the blindleaders of the blind, or a "different Jesus." They did not know how to get saved. They were blind.And while they were gone, Jesus came. All those wise Christians that were ready, whose lamps had notgone out, were raptured and went to the marriage.Mt 25:11-AFTERWARD (or later) CAME ALSO THE OTHER VIRGINS, SAYING, LORD, LORD,OPEN (the door) TO US (let us in). Now the foolish virgins return. To whom had they gone? They couldnot have gone to born-again preachers, as the born-again preachers would have been raptured. Theyseemingly went to the blind leaders of the blind. Apparently, they could not recognize the difference. Itappears, they now think they got saved. They think they now have oil, as they say, LORD, LORD, OPENTO US. They seem to say, "Jesus, we have accepted You as our Savior." There is a difference betweenaccepting Jesus and "receiving" Him, as the KJV states. Seldom do ministers preach "will Jesus accept us?"in this Laodicean age. We appear to have a picture of five foolish Christians that are terrified. Theyrecognized that the Rapture had happened. They recognized that they had been left behind. They are pleading, OPEN TO US—but it is too late. We might also conclude from this that once the cry is made, just before the Rapture occurs, from that point on, no one will get saved. None of the foolish virgins were ableto get saved, even though they tried.Mt 25:12-BUT HE ANSWERED AND SAID, VERILY (or indeed) I SAY UNTO YOU (I tell you thetruth-NIV), I KNOW YOU NOT (I do not know you-NASB). The terrifying message comes forth, IKNOW YOU NOT. They now face the Tribulation, but will they survive?There are many foolish virgins in this last generation that will be left behind when the Rapture comes.

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