The Parable of the Ten Virgins

The Parable of the Ten Virgins

Although it is only during the past four years that I became a Christian and accepted our Lord Jesus Christ as my Saviour, as I read my Bible and Pray, every day, I find myself drawing ever closer to our Heavenly Father and experiencing an ever-deepening relationship with Him.

In my reborn life, I always put God first and am obedient to His will. And it is through His grace and mercy that He gave me a Healing Miracle when I lay in my bed ‘dying’.

Before I was saved I was a serial sinner – but our Father God, in His loving and infinite wisdom, showed me that He had forgiven all my past sins and misdeeds and that now was the time when I could start afresh!

Living a sinless life is far from easy, there are temptations lurking around every corner and Satan is always trying to distract me by offering me the opportunity to do things that would be displeasing to God.

But with the guidance and protection of our Father God I tell Satan that he must leave me alone; that I am not interested in anything that he tries to offer me, and that he must stop trying to interfere in my life.

Whenever I face challenging decisions in my life, where choices are involved, if I ask the one question, “What would Jesus do?”, the answer is usually plain and simple.

When God created our world, the seventh day – the Sabbath – He intended it to be a day of rest. And for thousands of years the Sabbath Day – Sunday – was a day when no work was done.

It was, in my humble view, a great mistake and an error of judgement by those who approved the change in the law, for Sunday to become just another day in the week.

Satan must be jumping up and down with joy and happiness when he sees how much the Church is declining because people are being seduced away from the church because there are now so many leisure activities for people to attend that take them away from God.

Sadly, many traditional church-goers are being pressurised by their non-Christian friends and family to go out with them on Sundays, taking the children to Amusement Parks, Football Matches etc.etc.

And these ‘Christians’ are too weak to stand up for their beliefs and still attend their church regardless of the demands of their family and friends, who long ago have forsaken the Lord our God.

When I was a child, my parents insisted that I went to Church every Sunday morning, and my Sunday School was always full because other parents also insisted that my friends should go to Sunday School.

I was not allowed to go out to play with my friends on  Sundays and my parents never went anywhere on a Sunday, except, of course, to Church.

But, as I grew up, away from the influence and control of my parents, I became a backslider and indeed continued to be a backslider until Jesus saved me four years ago.

Perhaps the style of worship needs to change to encourage younger people to go to church? Many of the churches I have visited these past four years consist mainly of elderly people, who have been members of their church for many years; they are very happy and content to worship in their own cocooned comfort zone!

From my visionary standpoint, the main problem is that many of the church services are lifeless and (please forgive me, Lord) DULL. It is thus easy to see why young people fail to be attracted to the Church.

I have seen videos of church services in America where the young people take a prominent part, often through music. Music can prove very uplifting to the soul – and young people love charismatic hymns and tunes that are a very long way from anything written by Charles Wesley.

Churches here in the UK need to wake up and alter their modus operandi to meet the needs and expectations of the 21st Century generation of young people!

My wife, Marlene, and I now attend The Christian Centre in Ebbw Vale. The Christian Centre is an Apostolic Church with an ever-growing congregation, with a higher percentage of young people than many churches today.

It is a vibrant church. Every Sunday there are Worship and Praise Services and the singing is breath-taking. The anointing is very POWERFUL.

Where is the church (all churches) heading? Personally, I would love the old Biblical Teachings to manifest themselves into our 21st Century lives.

But times they-are-a-changing and with the ever-present internet (especially Facebook) we are now living in a world of which Moses could never have dreamt!

Here are some signs that the church is asleep:

  • The absence of conviction of sin
  • A lack of the fear of God
  • Little sense of outrage over the godlessness of society
  • Watching pornography and feeling justified
  • Avarice, greed and lack of financial integrity
  • No sense of outrage over the Church’s lack of credibility in the world
  • Little or no concern about people going to hell
  • Little concern about the lack of knowledge of God’s word
  • Indifference to the biblical view of marriage
  • Indifference to holding grudges and unforgiveness
  • Indifference to talking to people about Christ
  • Tolerating heresies such as open theism and hyper-grace teaching
  • Indifference to the teaching that the Bible is infallible
  • Indifference to how much time is spent in prayer and quiet time

When I was saved, and gave my heart to Jesus I thought that all Christians frequently read the Bible and prayed, at least once, every day.

But it didn’t take me long to discover the truth – that the average Christian doesn’t pick up, or look at, a Bible from one Sunday to the next.

Can we honestly say that we are ready for the Second Coming of Christ?

AW Tozer wrote that if the Holy Spirit were completely withdrawn from the Church, “95 percent of what we do would go on and no one would know the difference”.

Tozer is undoubtedly correct. Only a very few churches that I have attended since being saved have had the presence of the Holy Spirit. Very few Ministers and Lay Preachers ever refer to the Holy Spirit in their sermons and my impression is that very few members of their congregations know what the Holy Spirit does and can do for them.

Many Biblical Scholars believe that the Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25: 1-13) is eschatological – referring to the last days. I am sure that God meant this parable to be prophetic.

This parable refers to the customs of the Jews, when celebrating a marriage. The bridegroom used to go in the evening to fetch home his bride by the light of oil lamps. These were carried by bridesmaids (the ‘virgins’), which could be as many as ten, and when they arrived at the bride’s house, there was a feast awaiting them.

Christ is the bridegroom of the church and those who are of the true faith are the companions of the bride, and they are patiently awaiting the arrival of Christ.

However, this does not refer to all Christians; some Christians cannot be included because they have strayed from the Lord’s pathway and are only lukewarm and synthetic Christians.

Of the ten bridesmaids/virgins mentioned “five were wise, and five were foolish”.

The foolish virgins had lamps, but no oil in their vessels to replenish them with: that is, they had enough religious knowledge to make a plausible appearance but their hearts were not truly sanctified and stored with holy affections and dispositions by the newly creating Spirit of God.

But the wise virgins already had oil in their lamps as well as a firm foundation in the Word of God.

In Matthew 25: 5 Jesus is saying that because the bridegroom took some time in coming, both the wise virgins and the foolish virgins fell asleep.

The five wise virgins, who have extra oil, represent those who are ready for that which is going to come; they are preparing themselves with great enthusiasm and excitement for the Second Coming and the return of Christ.

They not only have faith in Christ but they trust him implicitly and they are determined to wait patiently, for as long as they need, for Christ to return.

The five wise virgins have real grace in their hearts and who are, notwithstanding occasional lapses through sleepiness, in habitual readiness to meet Christ, either in death or in judgement, and they shall graciously be permitted to have eternal fellowship with Christ in His heavenly kingdom.

But the five foolish virgins represent false believers, who profess to know Gospel truths but they are more concerned about their worldly wealth and enjoying themselves rather than any deep desire to see the bridegroom (Jesus).

Their hope is that because they are associated with true Christians this will be enough to bring them into the Kingdom of God at the End Days.

The foolish virgins, when awakened through death or judgement, will soon discover that all their false truths will come to nothing and that their pleas for salvation will be too late and that they themselves will be permanently excluded from fellowship with Christ.

For in Matthew 25: 11-12 it is written: –

11 Afterwards 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.

And in Matthew 7: 21-23 we read: –

21 Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name, have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

This parable dynamically demonstrates the wisdom and profound effect of being ready and the devastating effect that will take place if one is unready and unprepared,

The five wise virgins, being ready, were admitted to the marriage feast, but the door was then immediately shut; and the five foolish virgins, coming afterwards, were denied admission and disowned by the bridegroom, as persons with whom He had no acquaintance.

Are you prepared for His Second Coming?

Will you be invited to the Lord’s Table?

Amen

The Ten Virgins

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Isaiah 9: 1-7 (Christian Word Search)

Today’s Word Search to challenge your Biblical Mind comes from Isaiah 9: 1-7:-
 
“For unto us a child is born.”
 
This word search has been specially designed and created by my wife, Marlene.
 
To view and download this Word Search please go to:-
 
With many joy-filled blessings
Geoffrey

Listen to God: A Lesson

A young man had been to Wednesday night Bible Study. The Pastor had shared about listening to God and obeying the Lord’s voice. The young man couldn’t help but wonder, “Does God still speak to people?”

After service he went out with some friends for coffee and pie and they discussed the message. Several different ones talked about how God had led them in different ways.

It was about ten o’clock when the young man started driving home. Sitting in his car, he just began to pray, “God…If you still speak to people speak to me. I will listen. I will do my best to obey.” As he drove down the main street of his town, he had the strangest thought to stop and buy a gallon of milk.

He shook his head and said out loud, “God is that you?” He didn’t get a reply and started on toward home.~ ~~ But again, the thought: Buy a gallon of milk.

The young man thought about Samuel and how he didn’t recognize the voice of God, and how little Samuel ran to Eli. “Okay, God, in case that is you, I will buy the milk.” It didn’t seem like too hard a test of obedience. He could always use the milk. He stopped and purchased the gallon of milk and started off toward home.

As he passed Seventh Street, he again felt the urge, “Turn Down that street.” This is crazy he thought and drove on past the intersection. Again, he felt that he should turn down Seventh Street. At the next intersection, he turned back and headed down Seventh. Half jokingly, he said out loud, “Okay, God, I will”.

He drove several blocks, when suddenly, he felt like he should stop. He pulled over to the curb and looked around. He was in semi commercial area of town. It wasn’t the best but it wasn’t the worst of neighborhoods either.

The businesses were closed and most of the houses looked dark like the people were already in bed. Again, he sensed something, “Go and give the milk to the people in the house across the street.”

The young man looked at the house. It was dark and it looked like the people were either gone or they were already asleep.

He started to open the door and then sat back in the car seat. “Lord, this is insane. Those people are asleep and if I wake them up, they are going to be mad and I will look stupid.” Again, he felt like he should go and give the milk. Finally, he opened the door, “Okay God, if this is you, I will go to the door and I will give them the milk. If you want me to look like a crazy person, okay. I want to be obedient. I guess that will count for something but if they don’t answer right away, I am out of here.”

He walked across the street and rang the bell. He could hear some noise inside. A man’s voice yelled out, “Who is it? What do you want?”

Then the door opened before the young man could get away. The man was standing there in his jeans and T-shirt. He looked like he just got out of bed. He had a strange look on his face and he didn’t seem too happy to have some stranger standing on his doorstep. “What is it?” The young man thrust out the gallon of milk, “Here, I brought this to you.” The man took the milk and rushed down a hallway.

Then from down the hall came a woman carrying the milk toward the kitchen. The man was following her holding a baby. The baby was crying. The man had tears streaming down his face.

The man began speaking and half crying, “We were just praying. We had some big bills this month and we ran out of money. We didn’t have any milk for our baby. I was just praying and asking God to show me how to get some milk.” His wife in the kitchen yelled out, “I ask him to send an Angel with some. Are you an Angel?”

The young man reached into his wallet and pulled out all the money he had on him and put in the man’s hand. He turned and walked back toward his car and the tears were streaming down his face.

God is always speaking, just pay attention and listen…..

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

 

Sunday Reflections

Reflect on your life this morning. Count your blessings and see the grace and mercy of our Father God.

He has walked through every trial, sickness, troubles, sadness, sorrow, and joy with you. He was and is always at your side in the highs and lows of your life.

We arise today through His grace for we have breath to see another day.

Give thanks to God. He never leaves us nor forsakes us.

Rejoice and be glad for all that we are, and we have.

This Sunday morning, give God all the glory for who He is and what He has done for us. Grace, love, faith, peace, hope, mercy, joy, happiness, and His blessings abound in your life today. Glory to God.

Go into His house with gladness and Worship Him today: our Lord is very good.

Whether you are on the mountain top or down in the valley, enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise.

It is the time of worship. He is waiting. Let your lifestyle be an attitude of worship.

Be blessed and let the Spirit of the Lord be upon you as you rejoice in His presence.

Hallelujah

Praise be the Lord!

(Marlene Keyte)

Sunday Blessings

I love the letters written by Paul, the Apostle. It was he, of course, who originally persecuted Christians to the full extent of his authority.

And in 1 Timothy 1: 15 he writes that Jesus came into the world to save sinners, and that he was the worst sinner of all!

Nothing he did, you might think, deserved God’s love.

But God lovingly transformed Paul into a man who would dedicate himself to spreading the gospel message in many lands.

We ourselves are unable to do enough good deeds to earn our right to enter the kingdom of heaven. Salvation, I have discovered, is only possible because of the grace of our Father God.

Jesus, who died on the cross, and who took the punishment for our sins, deserves all the credit for our redemption.

May you have a blessed Sunday, praising and worshipping our Heavenly Father, as you go to your church this holy Sabbath day.

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Today’s Scriptural Messages

We began very slowly and gradually the numbers of people to whom I have been sending our Scriptural Messages has grown way beyond our initial expectations.

It is very time-consuming although I must say that at the same time it is very rewarding. Every day I receive a large number of messages – mostly through Facebook – from people who have been both comforted and encouraged by reading the words of God.

God knows the needs of everyone receiving the Scriptural Messages (Philippians 4: 19).

So that I may not only continue to send the Daily Scriptural Messages to people already receiving them, but to make the messages available to even more people worldwide who are hungry for God’s Word, in future I shall be sending the messages via Mail Chimp.

Subscribing online is very simple. All you have to do is to sign up by clicking on the link below:-

http://godsholyspirit.net/ScripturalMessages.html

And once you have signed up you will receive your Scriptural Messages courtesy of our friendly Mail Chimp.

May our Father God bless you mightily in everything you say, everything you do and everywhere you go.

Geoffrey

 

Isaiah 10: 27

Isaiah 10: 27

(“And it shall come to pass in that day that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing “.}

God’s people were in captivity and a Word of prophecy that there will be deliverance not from their distress but from captivity in Babylon.

Are we in captivity?

Our churches are constantly under attack from the enemy. Are we in bondage? Powers of darkness bring new troubles, and new attacks on the Body of Christ. Some of God’s people buckle so easily under the strain. Satan is sifting out people for his kingdom, trying to bring discouragement and to destroy the Body of Christ.People do not even notice what they are doing and begin to bow down to him for he is so very subtle.

Satan takes God’s word and twists it and makes it sound so good and makes us believe what we want to believe and it is certainly not the truth of the Gospel.Have we buckled under his words and to his power? Our churches are losing its power and are in bondage.Be discerning.

God has given us His Power. The power through the anointing of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit breaks the yoke of bondage. The bondage of fear that grips our hearts. Do not bow down to Satan listening to the good sweet sugar coated words that make you feel good.

Be obedient to the Word of God, which cuts through our heart and makes us aware of our sinfulness and lifts us up. People of God arise through the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Do not give Satan a foothold in your life or in yourchurch. Satan has a tight grip on the body of Christ.

People of God destroy his works and the church will prosper. Resist him and he will flee.The anointing will break that power. The anointing will set you free. In the midst of all the works of Satan, there is Hope in Christ.

 Prayer: –

Heavenly Father, we need the anointing. We desire the anointing.

The anointing that breaks the yoke of bondage.

The anointing that will release the Body of Christ from the vice grip of Satan.

Open our eyes that we can see. Set us free from all bondage so that the church will once again reign in the power of the Holy Spirit. Come Holy Spirit, come. Reign in me , Sovereign Lord reign in me. I need the anointing of the Holy Spirit in Jesus name.

Amen

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey