Matthew “Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten bridesmaids[a] who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 The five who were foolish didn’t take enough olive oil for their lamps, 4 but the other five were wise enough to take along extra oil. 5 When the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 6 “At midnight they were roused by the shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and meet him!’ 7 “All the bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps. 8 Then the five foolish ones asked the others, ‘Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.’ 9 “But the others replied, ‘We don’t have enough for all of us. Go to a shop and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 “But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came. Then those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked. 11 Later, when the other five bridesmaids returned, they stood outside, calling, ‘Lord! Lord! Open the door for us!’ 12 “But he called back, ‘Believe me, I don’t know you!’ 13 “So you, too, must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return.
What good does it do to pack for a vacation cruise, fly or drive to the appointed destination, line up on the dock to board the ship and then get to the ticket gate and find that the passport, tickets and other papers have been left at home on the dresser? What? If some jewelry had been forgotten, you can still make passage on the ship! If your favorite pair of shoes was missing, you can still make passage on the ship! But if traveling on an international cruise, proper identification is a requirement. You have to have what is necessary to board or the ship will sail without you!
So it is in the Kingdom of Heaven. There are consequences for being unprepared. Ten girlfriends with their lamps go to a wedding to meet the bridegroom. Five of them didn't have enough oil for their lamps. They had the materials but they didn't have all that they needed. They had not prepared for the uncertainties of possible delay. Sometimes the thought may manifest that we can give Jesus any old thing and He will be satisfied. A little oil, a little time, a little ministry, a little love, a little something, something and He will take it. But if you are looking for a King, you just don't come with a little something, something; you come prepared with your best for the King!
The other five girlfriends came with overflow; but it was their overflow - while waiting on the King - the bridegroom. They made certain that even if they didn't need the extra; they came prepared just in case. "Your Word is a lamp to my feet; a light to my path."
The bridegroom was delayed but He doesn't always come when we think that He should come, nevertheless, the celebration had not been called off. Each of the ten was invited and was supposed to be ready.
All of them fell asleep which is a natural thing to do when we are waiting - we rest. There was no condemnation in resting. When the "sound" was noised, "Look, the bridegroom is coming - Come out and meet Him;" panic ensued. Five prepared their lamps but they did not have any more oil. Its funny how people who run out of oil start looking for someone who has prepared themselves with overflow.
The wisdom of the other five girlfriends was that they were wise enough to say, "No, we don't have enough for all." What really made a point was that if the five foolish girlfriends had enough money to buy extra oil in the first place, why would they not prepare? Human nature - when a person feels that they can glean from another person's preparation or anointing, they don't feel it necessary to study, pray, prepare, get extra oil for themselves.
Apparently, it was a requirement to bring your lighted lamp with you into the celebration ("I hid the Word in my heart that I might not sin against You") and while the five foolish girlfriends shopped, the bridegroom arrived and He shut the door behind the five wise girlfriends. The celebration was always going to take place! The bridegroom was always going to appear! The lamps were always a requirement! And after the bridegrooms arrival the doors were always going to be shut. There was never going to be a time when the door was to be reopened after the marriage feast began!
But the latecomers stood outside of the door and called, "Lord! Lord! Open the door for us!" All dressed up, looking cute as a button, hairdo done, nails polished, dressed to the nine and still there is no party on that side of the door. He called back saying, "I don't know you!" Invited to the celebration, dressed to enter, lamp partially ready and He says, "I don't know you!" They were invited but they didn't stay ready. They had to go back to buy what they once already had.
It's easy to be prepared when the bridegroom comes quickly but it is much harder when He is delayed. You have to stay ready! Our desire for the coming of His Kingdom should outweigh our desire for anything else. Jesus' instruction for us is to watch! Watch! We don't know when He will return for us.
June 29, 2014 - This morning around 10:45 a.m., I saw a vision of a Bible. I saw the complete Book of Revelation lift up out of the Bible and then reinsert itself in the middle of the Book. When I blinked my eyes, I was so startled. What are You saying, Lord?
Revelation means "unveiling of truth." This is what Revelation 1:3 says, " “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near.”
I could not tell whether it landed in Psalms, Daniel or after Malachi...Whatever the meaning, God shall reveal...